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DHS Monitoring OWS: The FOIA Docs

The first in a long series of Freedom of Information Act Requests (FOIA) was responded to by the Department of Homeland Security. Truthout was the first news organization to receive and post the information it received.

From DHS Turns Over Occupy Wall Street Documents to Truthout:

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This report has been updated with new information gleaned from the cache of documents.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) closely monitored the Occupy Wall Street movement, providing agency officials with threat assessments, regular updates about protests taking place throughout the country, responding to internal requests for intelligence on the group and mining Twitter and other social media for information about Occupy’s activities, according to hundreds of pages of internal documents DHS released to Truthout in response to our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Eric Neuschaefer, a DHS FOIA program specialist, said the agency expects to release a second set of OWS-related documents to Truthout, the first news organization to file a FOIA request with DHS for OWS records, sometime in mid-April. He added that DHS will release files on a “rolling” basis once they are processed and cleared by DHS component offices.

More information

Homeland Security Monitored OWS, Denies Coordinating Evictions, Gothamist

DHS Turns Over Occupy Wall Street Documents to Truthout, Scoop.co.nz

FOIA Request Shows Feds Were Gathering Intel On Occupy Wall Street BEFORE The First Tent Went Up!, Democratic Underground

SUV Burning Spurred Internal Debate at DHS on Its Role Regarding Occupy, First Amendment Activity, truthout

Documents Show NYPD Spied on Liberal Political Groups, In These Times

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