Alex Constantine - January 6, 2013
PressTV, January 3, 2013
An analyst says the FBI has a history of being linked to assassinations of trade union and rights movement officials and now labels OWS as domestic terrorists.
In the background of this, newly leaked documents by the FBI of a plot to assassinate leaders of the OWS movement have been uncovered in the US where the FBI did not inform victims targeted and have not provided details of who is suspected to be involved in the plot. Meanwhile the FBI in its domestic terrorism policy sees the OWS members, who have only ever demonstrated in an unarmed and peaceful way, as potential domestic terrorists.
Press TV has interviewed Mr. Caleb Maupin, International Action Center, New York about this issue. What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Press TV: Let's get this straight here - the FBI being aware of a plot to assassinate members of Occupy Wall Street movements in the US, but not informing their victims. What kind of message does that send regarding first of all the FBI?
Maupin: Well, it's very suspicious. If you look at the documents that have been released, they don't say who it was who was trying to assassinate members of Occupy Wall Street and that's very suspicious... was it a civilian, was it some crazed right wing individual like who shot up a school in Connecticut or was it a member of another law enforcement agency or the FBI itself.
There is a whole history of the FBI engaging in violent activities against different groups in the United States, the most extreme example being the assassination of Fred Hampton.
Fred Hampton was the leader of the black panther party in Chicago who was murdered in his bed with 200 bullets because he was leading a dissident group... so the FBI have a whole history and pattern of interrogation and acts of violence against oppressed people. That's the context this is taking place in.
Press TV: Isn't it alarming in whom they consider these protesters to be domestic terrorists and criminals or just average Americans?
It makes me think back on the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) when they purchased - figures vary from 500,000 to up to a million rounds of ammo - in order to prepare themselves for what they called domestic terrorists.
Maupin:Well, it's very frightening because if the terminology of domestic terrorism gets introduced and protesters are viewed as terrorists, that allows all kinds of frightening legal implications, especially with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) around indefinite detention, the rules around torturing - it opens up all kinds of suppression against Occupy Wall Street activists.
It's very weird; it shows an extreme double standard because there are all kinds of ultra right wing groups that work hand in hand with the FBI all the time. Hal Turner a neo-Nazi is on the payroll of the FBI and it has been revealed that he is getting large checks of thousands of dollars from the FBI in order to preach his fascist message.
In 1979 the Bureau of Alcohol Firearms and Tobacco worked very closely with the FBI to assassinate some Trade Union organizers in the Communist Workers Party in Greensburg North Carolina.
The FBI works very closely with the Ku Klux Klan and other fascist organizations, but for some reason they label left wing activists Occupy Wall Street who have never murdered anyone or threatened anyone; it labeled them domestic terrorists and that's very frightening and it shows what side they're on politically.