Government and Big Banks Joined Forces to Violently Crush Peaceful Protests

George Washington's picture

The definition of fascism used by Mussolini is the “merger of state and corporate power“.

Government and the big banks are in a malignant, symbiotic relationship. And our economy now exhibits a merger of state and bank power.

Prominent economist Robert Kuttner said in 2009:

What we have is something perilously close to a dictatorship of the Fed and the Treasury, acting in the interests of Wall Street.

The government and banks use anti-terror laws to stifle dissent.

As Naomi Wolf reports, they joined efforts to violently crush the occupy protests:

The violent crackdown on Occupy [which was protesting the SAME THING as the Tea Party ... and the Boston Tea Party] last fall … was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police. The crackdown, which involved, as you may recall, violent arrests, group disruption, canister missiles to the skulls of protesters, people held in handcuffs so tight they were injured, people held in bondage till they were forced to wet or soil themselves –was coordinated with the big banks themselves.


[A newly-released document] shows a terrifying network of coordinated DHS, FBI, police, regional fusion center, and private-sector activity so completely merged into one another that the monstrous whole is, in fact, one entity: in some cases, bearing a single name, the Domestic Security Alliance Council. And it reveals this merged entity to have one centrally planned, locally executed mission. The documents, in short, show the cops and DHS working for and with banks to target, arrest, and politically disable peaceful American citizens. ….


Plans to crush Occupy events, planned for a month down the road, were made by the FBI – and offered to the representatives of the same organizations that the protests would target ….


The FBI – though it acknowledges Occupy movement as being, in fact, a peaceful organization – nonetheless designated OWS repeatedly as a “terrorist threat”….


[The executive Director of The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund - the group which obtained the document] points out the close partnering of banks, the New York Stock Exchange and at least one local Federal Reserve with the FBI and DHS, and calls it “police-statism”:


“This production [of documents], which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement … These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America.”


The documents show stunning range: in Denver, Colorado, that branch of the FBI and a “Bank Fraud Working Group” met in November 2011 – during the Occupy protests – to surveil the group. The Federal Reserve of Richmond, Virginia had its own private security surveilling Occupy Tampa and Tampa Veterans for Peace and passing privately-collected information on activists back to the Richmond FBI, which, in turn, categorized OWS activities under its “domestic terrorism” unit. The Anchorage, Alaska “terrorism task force” was watching Occupy Anchorage. The Jackson, Michigan “joint terrorism task force” was issuing a “counterterrorism preparedness alert” about the ill-organized grandmas and college sophomores in Occupy there. Also in Jackson, Michigan, the FBI and the “Bank Security Group” – multiple private banks – met to discuss the reaction to “National Bad Bank Sit-in Day” (the response was violent, as you may recall). The Virginia FBI sent that state’s Occupy members’ details to the Virginia terrorism fusion center. The Memphis FBI tracked OWS under its “joint terrorism task force” aegis, too. And so on, for over 100 pages.

Eric Zuesse notes:

The FBI was organizing against the OWS movement even before it was known to the general public, and they kept on their campaign against it, until it was dead.




The FBI’s police-state snooping and tracking of Occupy Wall Street … had begun even before most Americans knew that there was any such movement for the FBI to snoop against.


In other words, the reason why Barack Obama’s “Justice” Department refuses to prosecute even a single one of the mega-bank executives who profited so enormously from having defrauded both mortgagees and the investors in mortgage-backed securities, and who were bailed out by future U.S. taxpayers whose government purchased those remaining “toxic assets” at 100 cents on the dollar, is clear: we live in a police state, and these elite crooks control it. This is not real democracy.


Voters were given a choice in November between a President like that but whose liberal rhetoric is condemnatory of “Wall Street,” versus a professional stripper of corporations, whose rhetoric was overtly supportive of Wall Street. And voters chose the former. But this nonetheless is a police state, not an authentic democracy.

Mussolini would recognize it as fascism.

Fun bonus post:

Peaceful Protest Treated as Terrorism By the FBI

Yves Smith notes that newly-declassified documents prove that the federal government treated peaceful protesters as terrorists:

The FBI deemed OWS [Occupy Wall Street] to be a terrorist organization and went into “guilty until proven innocent” mode. Many of the FBI descriptions of possible OWS actions or those of affiliated organizations like Adbusters consistently look to have taken the most inflammatory snippets and presented them out of context.


The FBI also seems to believe that there is no such thing as peaceful protest, that any non-violent activity has the potential to turn violent and therefore should be treated as violent.

In fact, according to Department of Defense training manuals, all protest is now considered “low-level terrorism”. And see this, this and this.

And an Army colonel has written a paper advocating military methods for “crushing” a Tea Party type insurgency.

Indeed, doing anything to challenge government or big bank policies can get you labeled a potential terrorist in America today.

Do you get it yet?

Big Brother is hereand he’svery well armed.


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tip e. canoe's picture

morals of the occupy story so far (for the rest of us):

talk is cheap, confrontation is costly, charity is fucking expensive, and mutual aid is priceless.

Arkadaba's picture

Trollapaluza! And most of them seem fairly new to the game. 

Good article and yes, as originally conceived, OWS and the Tea Party did share some common grievances. The goal of divide and conquer as well as demonizing the other seems to have succeeded exceedingly well.

Nehweh Gahnin's picture

Eric Zuess states "...and they kept on their campaign against it, until it was dead."

The only problem with that statement is that Occupy is not dead.  It wouldn't hurt for tptb to believe that, but I'm pretty sure they know better.

forrestdweller's picture

i am sorry to say, but where i live, the occupy movement consisted for the greater part of lazy drug using bums, psychiatric patients, homeless people, illegal aliens. it was a mess. and the movement blew itself up, because it had too little normal people in it. sorry to say.

Nehweh Gahnin's picture

I'm not sure where you are, but -- correct me if I'm wrong -- I'm pretty sure you weren't involved in it directly.  This type of misperception is what you get from the MSM, or from the uncritical accretion of unquestioned and unexamined assumptions.  Your preconceived notions are showing, good sir/lady.

lakecity55's picture

The military was using U2 flights over the US to gather intel back in the 1960s.

All we are seeing now is the technological refinement of capabilities.

Before there was Big Brother, there was little brother.

Five years ago, I had an officer in G3 tell me "...Posse Comitatus is dead, SGT." This was not something he was gloating over; quite the opposite.

23 states have a State Militia. These soldiers are drawn directly from their communities and still support the Constitution. Period. The rest of the states need to get busy and legislate their own State Militias.

If you study Andrew Jackson's history and philosophy of the Militia, the individual states were to have their own Militias organized under their States' Constitutions. These were to provide for common defense, act as a counterweight to Federal Hegemony, and serve as a cadre of trained citizen-soldiers who, in case of emergency, would be augmented with able-bodied citizens (per the Dick Act, 1903) to quickly swell the ranks if needed.

Our state has seen an increase in volunteers, who are sworn to protect the Lives and Property of the individual state and its citizens. Additionally, our state has a Statute prohibiting the confiscation of firearms during an "emergency."

There is a legal, constitutional framework in place for each state to organize for its defense and response to man-made or natural disaster. 

It's up to the Citizens to organize to protect their states and communities via this legal, state-centric method.

q99x2's picture

In the 60s they used to beat them with clubs, gas them and attack them with German Shepards. They were facists back then too. But now the banks control the FBI...that might be a new twist.

LadyEconomist's picture

Occupy was created to show that there is as strong leftist movement AS OPPOSED to the grassroots Tea Party. It is a manufactured opposition. I remember how quickly they were embraced by the administration and all left-wing politicians. How relieved they felt that there is a counter-force to the Tea Party. These thugs would be unleashed to bit up quiet and peacefull citizens when it comes to major protests. They suppose to scare and intimidate Tea Party Members not to protest against the current government. Occupy Wallstreet are simply puppets and future weapon in the hands of currently in power Left. They went a little bit out of control, because you cannot control everyting with drug addicts, but overall they have a role to play. We should follow the money. Who is sponsoring them? 

Nehweh Gahnin's picture

Biggest load of ignorant horseshit I've read today.  Congrats.

lakecity55's picture

They are sponsored by NGOs with money from George Soros as well as lesser-known wealthy statists.

If you go to their websites and click "about," you can gain clues and then track the funding backwards to its source.

You would be surprised at the NGOs who fund these groups (or if a ZH reader, you would not be surprised).

LadyEconomist's picture

I know. Breitbart made a documentary about them. They should be all exposed and properly labeled.

Vooter's picture

"Breitbart made a documentary about them."


LadyEconomist's picture

I know, you get your news only from HuffPos and MSNBC.

roadhazard's picture

Except you have it exactly opposite. Repubican Dick Armey is the head behind the Tea Party. The Tea Party was invited to join OWS against the banks and Wall Street but they were too fucking afraid to get maced. Fair weather, weekend, repubican, Obama protesters. OWS is people pissed off at rich thugs stealing their future. OWS said they did not want Democraps coming down and speaking for them because they were part of the problem too, and they didn't. Repubicans only wanted OWS protesting in front of the White House.

Yes, lets follow the money. Jamie Diamon gives the NYPD a big chunk to there retirement fund and they go out and beat up on OWS. The truth is Still the truth. You should get some.

Vooter's picture

The funniest fucking thing was hearing Tea Party people say, "Well, at least WE didn't get arrested..."

If you're not getting arrested, you fucking morons, then YOU'RE NOT DOING IT RIGHT!!! Get it? Is it really that complicated? When you're getting fucked in the ass by the banks and your own government, is the sane response to BE POLITE to them??? Is it? goddamn monkeys...

robobbob's picture

OWS went out of their way with incendiary rhetoric and distasteful conduct to make sure a wedge was driven between OWS and TP. classic divide and conquer. OWS was gobbled up and misdirected just as quickly as most of the tea party was.

Do you really think Ma and Pa middle class could ever join hands with Mr Crap on a Police Car while marching under a May Day flag?

Vooter's picture

"Do you really think Ma and Pa middle class could ever join hands with Mr Crap on a Police Car while marching under a May Day flag?"

No, because they're FUCKING COWARDS. Of course they wouldn't. They wouldn't get off their couches and march or fight if someone offered them a year's supply of macaroni and cheese. Do you really think that politeness and cleanliness are important qualities to bring to a PROTEST??? LOL...

smacker's picture

I agree about the emergence of fascism in the United States. The more recent growth of police-state anti-liberty laws completes the picture. It can only get worse.

And it's happening across Europe too, in the EU. And of the UK has long had a discreet level of fascism going back a long time where it's so-called quango regulators (Ofcom, Ofgas et al) are supposed to protect consumers against price-gouging and unfair monopolistic practices (mainly in the energy, water and telecoms sectors), but are actually in bed with them and, at best, act as mediator to resolve disputes.

Winston Smith 2009's picture

Just found this and it is EXCELLENT:

The Ascendence of Sociopaths in US Governance
Doug Casey, Chairman, Casey Research
March 21, 2012

shovelhead's picture

Fully agree.

I particularly like the gamma rat observation.

Common sense written uncommonly well. Truth doesn't need histrionics to make it's point.

Glad you reminded us how good his stuff is.

See? You're still in the game. You just pretend you gave up.

Winston Smith 2009's picture

Thanks, but by my definition of being "in the game," one must be trying to convince the vast majority who aren't smart or informed enough to be reading materials like the columns found here that they are being had.  I gave up on that for the reasons previously stated: the vast majority are apparently incapable of critical though and are deluged with billions of dollars worth of propaganda meant to maintain that status quo.

I posted the link to that article because it most clearly and efficiently states the root of the problem: sociopaths elected by the clueless (to be polite).

roadhazard's picture

Any protest that is not winger led is led by hippie/commies.

Eric L. Prentis's picture

George Washington gives ZH another important article. God bless. Please continue your wonderful work.

Winston Smith 2009's picture

"Government and the big banks are in a malignant, symbiotic relationship."

More correctly - Most governments and those with large amounts of money to "donate" to government officials either directly as bribes or through "campaign donations" are in a malignant, symbiotic relationship. 

This has always been the case.  However, modern technology has taken it to an Orwellian level.

Infnordz's picture

Yes, corruption and corporatism seem to be getting progressively worse; however these systems of corruption cannot continue indefinitely, they eventually collapse.  If anything, the book 1984 was an object lesson, because evidence of the collapse was revealed by the shrinking Chocolate bar and other shortages.

I try not to read newspaper or watch TV because most of it is so full of BS and fnords that it can easily become stupifying.

If The Daily Bell are right with this article and others; the governments, banks, corporations, the wage slaves, and the 'welfare' slaves are just pawns and puppets of elite psychopaths, at the peak of the global power pyramid, and "Occupy" was just elite sponsored manipulative street theatre which went too far off script, so the performance had to be cut short, by force.

So what do we do about these elite scum, their cronies, and their belief systems, manipulation networks, and memes, instead of wasting time on impotent childish protests and armchair rants?


shovelhead's picture

I think the cash in the envelope to the Governor and the Pinkerton's of yesteryear were pretty effective back in the day. The only check on their power was the "crusading journalists' and the tabloids who told a different story to the Hurst et al. 'news'.

Some kings would let their leigemen run rampant on the common folk as long as they got their share and used the Church to instruct the peasants to their duty to the lords.

Humans...Same shit, different day.


shovelhead's picture

So much little education.

Short and sweet. Tea Party vs. Occupy...

One believes in, supports and defends the Constitution of the United States and wants to restore the rule of law.

The other wants something, but if it is the same as above, they are in the wrong camp.

Personally speaking, It seems quite foolish to lobby the criminals for 'change'. CRIME AND THEFT is their business. The problem is that the people WE PAY to police and enforce the law are in the pay of the criminals.

There could be no con job without Congress and the Executive Alphabet Agencies collusion. One can only be gotten rid of by shining a light on their activities and making them scurry away and the other are your neighbors YOU AND I put there to do a job they are failing to do.

The crooks are grateful we aren't really involved and don't vote and merely complain about how useless it is to bother.

We give them their best cover and pay for the privilege. This is bad enough were it just ourselves being fleeced but they now, with our helpful inaction, they have stolen our children's and even grand-children's future.

This is unacceptable.

We really do need to get together and discuss differences, and discard those who's aims differ from a constitutional rule of law and show some serious numbers on the Capitol steps.

History shows us that power is strictly a numbers game.

We have the numbers. Time for the clown show to fold and leave town and put some responsible adults in charge.

Return to Constitutional law or face ad hoc law of an angry population fed up with being bled dry and their families impoverished.

Simple enough.


Winston Smith 2009's picture

I agree with everything you said but this:

"The crooks are grateful we aren't really involved and don't vote and merely complain about how useless it is to bother.

We give them their best cover and pay for the privilege."

I left the "we" group years ago when I actually took the effort to become informed.  I also spent years actively seeking to inform others. 

Now, I don't bother.  The vast majority of voters are apparently incapable of critical though, a learned skill.  Combine that with a multi-billion dollar propaganda effort directed against them to maintain the status quo with the multi-trillion dollar taxpayer gravy train and a superficial, sensationalist (profits must be made) corporate media and you have what TJ warned about:

"If a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was & never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson 1816 January 6 to Charles Yancey

This doesn't help, either, referring to the IQ bell curve:

"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that." -- George Carlin

shovelhead's picture

I'm with Ron White..."You can't fix stupid."

You can fix confused and misdirected though.

A sobering but encouraging thought was that the American Revolution was fought by only 3% of the population.

The truly stupid are only motivated by hunger. This is why delay could be fatal.

Nobody wants these people running amok.

TrulyStupid's picture

Recent history underscores that in a corrupt society power is a money game...greed is good, banks are people, dollars are votes.

spinone's picture

This is nothing new.  Corporations and government in the USA have always colluded to defeat the working class when it excercises its "constitutional rights".  Just look at the ludlow massacre as an example:

Never learned about that in history class, did you?  How about the Textile workers strike:

You can see that the use of force by corporations and the government against peaceful protesters in NYC is just more of the same.  The difference now is that it can be videotaped and posted to the internet for all to see. 


working class dog's picture

Well said Element


Break the dysfunctional behaviour of the aggressives (profit and increase my position at any cost 1% Koch brother, Carlyle group bunch) and you may be able to stop the spiral down into Nazi Germany gubbament. The sad fact is a small percentage of the population took over these gubbaments and used the corporates, and miliatary thru gubbament control first.

We are doomed, unless the wall street business model for investors is changed, and the fed is scrapped.

brettd's picture

Want to really hurt TPTB?

Get a 3-4% of Taxpayers to refuse to pay their taxes as peaceful protest.

(Then elect people who will give them Amnesty...)

mickeyman's picture

Better would be if all taxpayers borrowed all the money they could and used it to short the market; then when da Boyz drive the market up regardless, declare bankruptcy.

spinone's picture

They'll just go to jail.

Vooter's picture

Well, this isn't really a surprise, since the only people who voluntarily join the police or the military are people who are unable or unwilling to do anything else. This kind of shit is exactly what these monkeys DO. It's all they KNOW. Change will come when being a cop or a soldier in America is considered a badge of shame rather than a badge of honor--and we're certainly not there yet...

lakecity55's picture

Sorry, you are painting with too broad a stroke.

I must down-arrow you.

Middle_Finger_Market's picture

I think the writing is clearly on the wall for the American dream. The empire is on its last legs without reforming and overhauling, the bankers are firmly at the helm and the FED will do anything to keep them alive. The common man is going to get crushed, when the lose it the feds will use all the stockpiled ammo they have to quell dissent by extreme force. They pretend to want to take the guns back and destroy the 2nd ammend, but they don't really. They want to to shoot first, so that they can shoot back. The world will turn to America and queation their morales, America will turn back with more aggresive foreign policies. The empire is becoming isolated and desperate and unless mass, peaceful stackeouts take place (and by mass I mean millions) then the common American will fall into bondage more severe than ever before. Those that survive will become slaves.   

batterycharged's picture

This is CAPITALISM! Woohoo!

Money rules!

Anything else would be Socialism!

Boooo Socialism!

ncdirtdigger's picture

Which PUBLIC school taught you that?

batterycharged's picture

Capitalism: An economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit.


Aren't banks private owners? They seem to be controlling everything....for profit.


Sean7k's picture


Definition of 'Capitalism'

An economic system based on a free market, open competition, profit motive and private ownership of the means of production. Capitalism encourages private investment and business, compared to a government-controlled economy. Investors in these private companies (i.e. shareholders) also own the firms and are known as capitalists.

Read more:

You need to broaden your definition. 

Gene Parmesan's picture

This isn't capitalism you moron.

batterycharged's picture

Yes it is.

It's a free market.

The strongest survives.

And the banks are the strongest.

You're not some pussy that wants Socialism, are you? SOCIALIST!

If you can't accept this, you must want socialism. MARXIST!

SubjectivObject's picture

"And the banks are the strongest"

But not strong enough to mark its assets to market.  What's up with that?

Not strong enough to come out of the "shadow" banking system.  What's up with that?

Not strong enough to maintain the centurys old chain of title system.  Surely you know what's up with that.

e-recep's picture

maybe. but strong enough to ass-rape everyone else in the country. and that's what counts.