Editors Note: As the editor of Raging Chicken Press, I want to make clear that no one should assume from these documents that the FBI was planning assassinations. A careful read of the documents seem to suggest that the FBI was tracking some kind of plot to shoot Occupy “leaders.” The documents do not suggest that the FBI was behind this organization as a previous comment pointed out. We do not know definitively who was behind this plot, but principled action from this point should be for the FBI to make public its findings and its investigation. I am sorry that the headline for this article was ambiguous. It is not the intent of Raging Chicken Press to sensationalize reports. I would like to point out, however, that Jason Leopold deserves major props for getting access to these documents and making them public.
- Kevin Mahoney, Editor, Raging Chicken Press
Jason Leopold, an investigative journalist for Truth-Out, has obtained FBI documents – through the Freedom of Information Act – relating to Occupy Wall Street. Most of the pages in the documents are redacted, and show concerns of cyber threats against the financial sector. However, there are questions of assassination plots against Occupy activists in Houston, Texas. Because the documents have redactions, it is not clear who or what group was planning the assassinations.
On page 61, the sections reads:
An identified [redacted] of October planned to engage in sniper attacks against protesters in Houston, Texas, if deemed necessary. An identified [redacted] had received intelligence that indicated the protesters in New York and Seattle planned similar protests in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. [Redacted] planned to gather intelligence against the leaders of the protest groups and obtain photographs, then formulate a plan to kill the leadership via suppressed sniper rifles.
The bottom of page 68 and the top of page 69 reads:
On October 13, 2011, writer sent via email an excerpt [redacted] regarding FBI Houston’s [redacted] to all IA’s, SSRA’s and SSA [redacted]. This [redacted] identified the exploitation of the Occupy Movement by [redacted] interested in developing a long-term plan to kill local Occupy leaders via sniper fire.
The full document can be found here.
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