Carl Gibson | Reader Supported News | January 1, 2013
December 16th of 2012 marked the 239th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, when activists clad in Native American costumes protested a tax code that benefited a multinational corporation at the cost of taxpayers, and committed one of the biggest acts of property destruction in history by dumping the East India Tea Company’s product into the Boston Harbor by the crateful. For nearly fifty years, the act was either shunned or ignored by the populace. But today, those activists’ names are among the revered “founding fathers” of our country.
Yet, while we celebrate the radical activists behind the Boston Tea Party, today’s activists protesting corporate greed and a rigged tax system are labeled “terrorists” by the federal government and investigated as such. This week CNN reported what most of us in the movement already knew and assumed – that the FBI had been closely monitoring the Occupy movement since its infancy and considered the movement’s organizers a terrorist threat. And judging from a photo of my #S17 arrest in the CNN article’s slideshow, it’s safe to say I’m probably being closely monitored as well. Maybe they’re reading this article. Maybe they’ll at least learn something.
Since September 17, 2011, police have arrested at least 7,719 people affiliated with Occupy Wall Street. But since September of 2008, when banks, ratings agencies, corrupt regulators and complicit economists helped cause the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, not one banker or corrupt government official has been jailed. The fact that the federal government has used extensive resources to help coordinate law enforcement response to the Occupy movement is well-documented. The FBI’s budget request for 2013 is $8.2 billion. Surely, with 34,000 employees and an impressive budget, the FBI could glean all the information they needed for the arrests of those who rooked families out of their homes to make excessive short-term profits. There’s certainly no shortage of evidence that can be found for free with a simple Google search.