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Is The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Behind Crackdowns On The Occupy Movement?

It was brought to my attention that members of The Department of Homeland Security have been sighted on campus, taking pictures of protesters, and most likely creating a who’s who list of people at UC Davis. While having government agencies pay attention to revolutionaries is nothing new (see Abby Hoffman and friends) I find it profoundly disturbing that they are here on our campus. Not that I have anything to substantiate it, but I would not be surprised if the UC Davis police department had received input from DHS officers on how to deal with Occupy protesters. This postulate comes from an article by Naomi Wolf in the UK’s Guardian “The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy”

In the article she says

For the terrible insight to take away from news that the Department of Homeland Security coordinated a violent crackdown is that the DHS does not freelance. The DHS cannot say, on its own initiative, “we are going after these scruffy hippies”. Rather, DHS is answerable up a chain of command: first, to New York Representative Peter King, head of the House homeland security subcommittee, who naturally is influenced by his fellow congressmen and women’s wishes and interests. And the DHS answers directly, above King, to the president (who was conveniently in Australia at the time).

In other words, for the DHS to be on a call with mayors, the logic of its chain of command and accountability implies that congressional overseers, with the blessing of the White House, told the DHS to authorise mayors to order their police forces – pumped up with millions of dollars of hardware and training from the DHS – to make war on peaceful citizens.

 

If you see official looks men standing around in gray suits taking pictures, I would ask them what their business on this campus is. If they make you feel unsafe or unwelcome then please feel free to make an official complaint (logged with the UCDPD, Office of the Chancellor, GSA, or any student organization) and we can work together to bar them from campus.

 

– Gordon Walker

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