The FBI extensively monitored the Occupy Wall Street movement around the United States, using counterterrorism agents and other resources, according to recently released FBI internal documents.
The heavily redacted documents indicate that FBI counterterrorism agents were in close communication with law enforcement agencies, businesses, universities and other organizations across the country about the Occupy Wall Street movement, even before Occupy Wall Street set up a camp in New York’s Zuccotti Park in September 2011.
In August 2011 the FBI informed New York Stock Exchange officials of a “planned Anarchist protest titled Occupy Wall Street” scheduled for September 17, 2011. The FBI also notified several New York businesses of the impending protests, according to the documents.
The documents, released under a Freedom of Information Act request, contain references to an October 2011 FBI domestic terrorism briefing in Jacksonville, Florida, regarding the spread of the Occupy Wall Street movement and “the emergence of Occupy chapters in and around the North Florida area.” FBI officials also recommended setting up tripwires with Occupy event organizers.
The FBI was concerned that the Occupy venues could provide “an outlet for a lone offender exploiting the movement for reasons associated with general government dissatisfaction,” according to the documents