I was part of Occupy Houston. We were not violent people. We just wanted something better in this country. I went to many Occupy Houston meetings and I never heard anything about any violence towards anybody.
(Picture is one I took in 2011 of dangerous Occupy Houston protesters)
From the Houston Chronicle--
Details of a plot to kill Occupy Houston leaders won't be released after a federal court upheld the FBI's claim that the documents are legally exempted from the Freedom of Information Act. The FBI argued information was withheld, including 12 of 17 relevant pages, to protect the identity of confidential sources who were "members of organized violent groups," according to Courthouse News Service. A heavily-redacted FBI document first revealed a Houston plot "to gather intelligence against the leaders of the protest groups and obtain photographs, then kill the leadership via suppressed sniper rifles."
From Top Texas blogger Perry Dorrell at Brains & Eggs---
This isn't an equal opportunity tactic by the FBI -- as far as the courts have allowed us to know. There have been no reported assassination plots against the leaders of Open Carry Texas, or Open Carry Tarrant County, or the ultra-conservative freaks who surrounded Cliven Bundy and actually pointed their rifles at federal agents. There has been no arrest of the woman who forcibly interrupted the Muslim day at the Capitol, but there have been federal agents making inquiries of Keystone XL and fracking protestors. There have been examples of law enforcement and gas industry representatives exchanging "intelligence" about these activists.
So it is revealed -- even as it is concealed -- that the peaceful protestors associated with Occupy Wall Street and its affiliate, Occupy Houston, are the ones who most terrify law enforcement and, by extension, those by whom they are employed and deployed to "serve and protect". The people whose only weapons are a sign, a chant, perhaps a bullhorn, and the might of right on their side are the enemies, not the ones with guns threatening state lawmakers, or killing Muslim honor students, or the ones with badges shooting people because they are black, or poor or mentally ill or disabled.
They make federal judges quake in fear, federal agents concoct plots to assassinate them, their membership and communications are infiltrated in low- and high-tech ways, all because the power of social justice is considered a terrorist threat. Those who feel the most threatened by a change in the social order gift them with military grade weapons and the legal authority to kill anyone they desire without the slightest accountability, all to ensure the authority of our overlords. That would be the unelected overlords, those who make sure their pawns, lackeys, and stooges are elected.
This is the state of our union today. It is not hyperbole.
It is increasingly doubtful that voting is going to change much of anything in this regard, and the fact that fewer and fewer people are voting suggests they are aware of the charade. I'm still looking for some peaceful solutions to this state we have gotten to, but those options are narrowing significantly.
I've quoted my good friend Perry at some length here because I can't make the same case any better than he has with his post.
Increasingly I've wondered if people on the left should consider arming themselves.
The main argument I have against arming ourselves is that there is no limit to the extent that the right will kill to make an America in their own image. The genocide of the native American population and our history of Jim Crow and slavery tell us all we need to know.
We can't out-hate the American conservative. We have to be disciplined enough to practice a love and kindness that will win over hearts and minds.
Still--We should keep open the prospect in our minds of not letting ourselves just be picked off while our government just looks the other way for the benefit of the rich.
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