Homeland Security communicated with local officials about Occupy

Occupy Portland protesters gather outside City Hall in November. Occupy Portland protesters gather outside City Hall in November. Don Ryan/AP

If Occupy Wall Street activists were worried about the Department of Homeland Security monitoring their activities, wait until they get a load of this. According to new DHS documents obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF), DHS officials were also communicating with local authorities in cities where Occupy Wall Street protests occurred. 

PCJF, a civil rights legal group working on behalf of filmmaker Michael Moore, says the documents reveal a "vast, tentacled, national intelligence and domestic spying network that the U.S. government operates against its own people." One of its examples is from November when the DHS sent a request from the Chicago police department, in the words of PCJF, "requesting coordination and information-sharing about Occupy encampments and arrest charges in New York, Oakland, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. Denver, Boston, Portland OR, and Seattle."
 
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