The Obama Administration Encouraged Law Enforcement To Let The Occupy Movement Break The Law

What do you think the chances are the Obama Administration would have done this for Tea Partiers?

On Nov. 6, 2011, DHS/National Protection and Programs Directorate Chief of Staff Caitlin Durkovich and GSA Public Buildings Service Commissioner Robert Peck, who has since been fired, communicated via email and specifically discussed Occupy Portland protests that were occurring on federal property in Portland.

Durkovich wrote:

I am sorry to be emailing you on a Sunday night, but wanted to let you know our Press Shop has received a couple of calls from Portland media outlets about a group of 11 protesters who again set up camp at Terry Shrunk Plaza in Portland last night. They have chained themselves to a large drum filled with concrete. GSA controls the permits and has asked FPS [Federal Protective Services] not to enforce the curfew at park and the prohibition on overnight encampments. Reporters have asked if we will be arresting the protestors as FPS did last week.

Our FPS Commander in Portland says they are standing down and following GSA’s request to only intervene if there is a threat to public safety.

Peck responded:

Caitlin: yes, that is our position; it’s been vetted with our Administrator and Michael Robertson, our chief of staff, and we have communicated with the WH [White House], which has afforded us the discretion to fashion our approach to Occupy issues…The arrests last week were carried out despite our request that the protesters be allowed to remain and to camp overnight…

Even with help from sympathetic Democratic mayors and the White House, there have been more than 7,000 arrests associated with the Occupy Movement. As I wrote on the Huffington Post back in February, it’s time for the White House to start treating the Occupy Movement like a criminal gang instead of working to help it get away with breaking the law.

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5 Responses to The Obama Administration Encouraged Law Enforcement To Let The Occupy Movement Break The Law

  1. TB Moore says:

    This is not surprising given the general gangster atmosphere that has permeated the White House and the Obama Administration, e.g. His protecting his Atty General in the Fast and Furious debacle, his endorsement of whatever fits his agenda for re-election be it gay marriage, federal mandates for his policies to try to force his liberal progressive agenda, etc.

    When you have crooks in positions of authority, you’ll have crooks in the rank and file.

  2. Michael R Johnson says:

    Occupy Portland protests that were occurring on federal property in Portland.
    Terry Shrunk Plaza in Portland.
    Is the above referanced place on government property? and show me the area in Oregon that is government property, on a map!

  3. Liz says:

    You take something and turn it into what ever you want it to say! You are so rasist that it is sickening to my stomach. You say the White House atmosphere is gang like because President Obamba comes from Chicago. How imbeclilic you sound. Do you think Americans are stupid? Some are, the ones that believe you! I doubt very much if what you have stated is true.

  4. Jerm says:

    So Obama is not cracking down on a pro-democracy civil disobedience movement by giving local authorities more local freedom on how to handle them? So you want the federal government to have more control over local government and more power to engage non-violent anti-government protest? If you like that kind of thing why not go live in Syria.

  5. Chris says:

    It is our right and our duty to protest when we see fit to do so as the people. While I doubt Obama would have allowed this to happen if it were conservative Republicans asking him to release his college records or to oppse the release of the terrorist he released to Iraq, or any other matter that has to do with his so called leadership; I am glad the people got to voice their opinions. It needs to be done more often and with more passion. Without our constitutional rights we are just another country under the rule of a tyrant.

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