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  •  I saw that when Naomi Wolf's article ran (2+ / 0-)
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    in the Guardian. I don't remember the details, and I'm not going to dig through it again, but I saw a more benign explanation: the FBI was tipped off to these plans, and knew that they'd have to keep an eye on things, but had nothing actionable that they could react to. In other words, there has to be more evidence of an imminent threat before the government is allowed to act. That's they way we want our government to work, isn't it? The fact that no OWS protester was assassinated is either our great good luck, or further evidence that there was no concrete plan in action to assassinate anyone. I lean toward the latter, at least until more evidence arises to suggest that I'm wrong.

    I really did read through the entire FOIA dump that Naomi Klein was working from in her article. In almost all cases, I saw the FBI worried about OWS becoming something other than the peaceful demonstration that it generally was; and I saw them genuinely worried about protecting OWS demonstrators from harm from outside agitators. In sum, it looked to me like the FBI was mostly doing its job.

    Again, I don't deny the possibility that something more nefarious is going on. But I don't tend to pick the nefarious explanation as the best explanation when there are others that appear to be at least as well-founded.

    Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

    by Nowhere Man on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 09:02:45 AM PDT

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