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The authoritarian response to the occupations and protests brought international criticism, and disgust by many. That response is the face of another force in the social landscape; a generalized fear of change and a desire to maintain the peace and defend the status quo.

For some helpful perspective on authoritarianism take a look at the section on The Tea Party within the GOP section under bipartisan politics. The Tea Party is an authoritarian movement, a political leaning that fundamentally differentiates it from The Occupy Movement. Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies” A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures, collaborating closely with police in at least five states, according to internal documents obtained by The Intercept.

Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”

The documents provide the first detailed picture of how TigerSwan, which originated as a U.S. military and State Department contractor helping to execute the global war on terror, worked at the behest of its client Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, to respond to the indigenous-led movement that sought to stop the project. Lobbying firm's memo spells out plan to undermine Occupy Wall Street.

By Jonathan Larsen and Ken Olshansky, MSNBC TV A well-known Washington lobbying firm with links to the financial industry has proposed an $850,000 plan to take on Occupy Wall Street and politicians who might express sympathy for the protests, according to a memo obtained by the MSNBC program “Up w/ Chris Hayes.”

Lobbying firm's memo spells out plan to undermine Occupy Wall Street

The proposal was written on the letterhead of the lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford and addressed to one of CLGC’s clients, the American Bankers Association. CLGC’s memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and allied politicians. The memo also asserts that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and targets specific races in which it says Wall Street would benefit by electing Republicans instead. Two of the memo’s authors, partners Sam Geduldig and Jay Cranford, previously worked for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

BGR Public Relations — Ed Rogers. Ed Rogers, Group Chairman of BGR Group (formerly Barbour Griffith & Rogers, LLC), founded the firm with former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour in 1991.

BGR Public Relations — Ed Rogers

With offices in Washington, D.C., and London, BGR is a diversified government relations, strategic consulting, public relations and financial advisory firm. BGR provides guidance and representation to clients as diverse as Citigroup, the Kurdistan Regional Government, Pfizer and Raytheon. Immediately prior to founding the firm, Ed served as the Deputy Assistant to President George H. W. Bush and Executive Assistant to the White House Chief of Staff. Ed has also been involved in private equity and other commercial transactions in various international markets since the mid-‘90s. OWS is over - The Insiders. Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 11/16/2011 Nov 16, 2011 06:57 PM EST TheWashingtonPost I think it’s safe to say the Occupy Wall Street experiment as a political force is over.

This blog post by Ed Rogers, group chairman of the lobbying firm BGR Group, was published through a respectable national news outlet on November 16th, 2011. – tor.nelson

Sorry, Carter, it was born a political zombie, and it only became more rancid over time.

OWS is over - The Insiders

The left wing in America can’t resist rambling stoners, malcontents, and Grateful Dead camp followers. As everyone knows, zombies never really die, so it is possible the OWS movement will infest public space again. THE BEST VIDEO ON "OCCUPY THE WORLD" One of the Most Chilling Photos from OWS. There haven’t been very many iconic images or art works coming out of the Occupy Wall Street movement yet things may be changing.

One of the Most Chilling Photos from OWS

In addition to the OWS “bat signal” that we posted about earlier today, this photograph in The Guardian by AP photographer Randy L. Rasmussen may be one of the most incredible images captured during the international protests. Taken yesterday, during the November 17 day of action at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon, the young protester being pepper sprayed by riot police is a visual symbol of the power imbalance taking place at these protests. Seemingly faceless black-clad police with visors and helmets are pushing back and harming non-violent protesters.

The NYPD Didn't Want You To See Occupy Wall Street Get Evicted. A police officer carries trash through Zuccotti Park (AP) During our coverage of the eviction of the Occupy Wall Street protesters early this morning, a NPR reporter, a New York Times reporter, and a city councilmember were arrested. Airspace in Lower Manhattan was closed to CBS and NBC news choppers by the NYPD, a New York Post reporter was allegedly put in a "choke hold" by the police, a NBC reporter's press pass was confiscated and a large group of reporters and protesters were hit with pepper spray.

What Police Officers Did To Occupy Wall Street Laptops. Occupy Oakland mass arrest attempt caught on video. U.N. Envoy: U.S. Isn't Protecting Occupy Protesters' Rights. WASHINGTON -- The United Nations envoy for freedom of expression is drafting an official communication to the U.S. government demanding to know why federal officials are not protecting the rights of Occupy demonstrators whose protests are being disbanded -- sometimes violently -- by local authorities.

U.N. Envoy: U.S. Isn't Protecting Occupy Protesters' Rights

Frank La Rue, who serves as the U.N. Russia concerned about protesters’ rights violations in US, Canada. Did the NYPD Break International Law in Suppressing Protest? July 25, 2012 | Like this article?

Did the NYPD Break International Law in Suppressing Protest?

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Justice Department, UN to Protect Protestors’ Rights (New York, NY, July 25, 2012) – The City of New York must take immediate action to correct the clear pattern of abusive policing of Occupy Wall Street protests, said legal experts in a complaint filed today with New York City authorities, the U.S. The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy. US citizens of all political persuasions are still reeling from images of unparallelled police brutality in a coordinated crackdown against peaceful OWS protesters in cities across the nation this past week.

The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy

An elderly woman was pepper-sprayed in the face; the scene of unresisting, supine students at UC Davis being pepper-sprayed by phalanxes of riot police went viral online; images proliferated of young women – targeted seemingly for their gender – screaming, dragged by the hair by police in riot gear; and the pictures of a young man, stunned and bleeding profusely from the head, emerged in the record of the middle-of-the-night clearing of Zuccotti Park. But just when Americans thought we had the picture – was this crazy police and mayoral overkill, on a municipal level, in many different cities?

Press Release: Anonymous Hacked Documents Reveal Law Enforcement Spied on Occupy and Shared Information with Private Intelligence Company, STRATFOR. January 26, 2012 Contact Deep Green Resistance: Lierre Keith lierrekeith[at]yahoo[dot]com Aric McBay aric[at]aricmcbay[dot]org (847) 773-7478 View documents here.

Press Release: Anonymous Hacked Documents Reveal Law Enforcement Spied on Occupy and Shared Information with Private Intelligence Company, STRATFOR

View Deep Green Resistance response and picture of Stratfor employee. Computer hackers known as Anonymous leaked information obtained by hacking into private intelligence firm Stratfor’s computer network. The documents – what Anonymous is calling a teaser – suggest that from at least October to November 2011 Stratfor worked with Texas law enforcement to infiltrate the Occupy movement and spy on the Deep Green Resistance movement. Occupy Wall Street Monitored By U.S. Conference Of Mayors, Emails Show. WASHINGTON -- After denying that they are coordinating responses to Occupy Wall Street, the U.S. Conference of Mayors recently surveyed city administrations across the country about the movement. In late November, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, the District of Columbia mayor's office received a request to update its answers to the survey. White House & Dems Back Banks Over Protests: Newly Discovered Homeland Security Files Show Feds Central to Occupy Crackdown.

Exclusive: Homeland Security Kept Tabs on Occupy Wall Street. Evicting the Public. Why has occupying public spaces brought such heavy-handed repression? Across America police have been called to clear protestors from parks and university campuses. City's ban on Occupy Austin ruled unconstitutional. Judge acquits Occupy Philadelphia protesters in bank sit-in. The jury of 10 women and two men had deliberated about 13 hours since Friday before it returned the verdict to a packed courtroom shortly before noon.

Afterward, Judge Nina N. NYPD Raids Activists' Homes Before Tomorrow's Occupy Wall Street Protests. Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers - Activists accuse FBI of targeting anarchists. April 08, 2014. Activists cry foul over FBI probe. The search was part of a mysterious, ongoing nationwide terrorism investigation with an unusual target: prominent peace activists and politically active labor organizers. For Anarchist, Details of Life as F.B.I. Target. DOD to ACLU: We surrender. (Originally posted on Daily Kos.) It might seem hard to believe, but it is true. FBI Documents Reveal Secret Nationwide Occupy Monitoring.

Government Surveillance of Occupy Movement. Special Report by Center for Media and Democracy and DBA Press. FBI OWS Documents. Democracy Now!: The FBI vs. Occupy? Secret Docs Reveal "Counterterrorism" Monitoring of OWS From Its Earliest Days. FBI Ignored Deadly Threat to Occupiers. How the FBI Coordinated the Crackdown on Occupy. FBI Occupy Wall Street Memos Skip Infiltration Of Occupy Cleveland. How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations.