The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Houston office was aware of an alleged plot “to engage in sniper attacks against protestors (sic) in Houston, Texas if deemed necessary,” according to documents obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund through a Freedom of Information Act request in December, website WhoWhatWhy.com reports.
The protesters in question were members of the Occupy movement, a loosely-organized, mostly peaceful phenomenon that arrived in cities throughout America in the fall of 2011. While they had no single set of objectives, they tried to bring attention to what they perceived as faults with our nation’s government, such as its increased susceptibility to corporate influence.
The identity of the organization that was believed to be planning to use snipers against them was redacted from the documents before they were released.
Paul Kennedy, the National Lawyers Guild attorney who represented a number of Occupy Houston activists who were arrested during the protests suggested that it could have been another law enforcement agency. “The use of the phrase ‘if deemed necessary,’ sounds like it was some kind of official organization that was doing the planning,” he told WhoWhatWhy.com.
Paul Bresson, head of the FBI media office, told WhoWhatWhy.com, “As far as the question about the murder plot, I am unable to comment further, but rest assured if the FBI was aware of credible and specific information involving a murder plot, law enforcement would have responded with appropriate action.”
In an open letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller that was published on Occupy.com earlier this year, Occupy Houston member Carl R. Gibson took a different view of the situation.
“If you could’ve been killed by an assassin and an authority, sworn to protect you, knew about it but said nothing, wouldn’t that make that authority just as guilty as the assassin if their plot succeeded?” Gibson wrote. “Your offices knew of this plot, yet none of us who were at risk of assassination were informed. In my eyes, such negligence only enables those with violent intentions to act, and makes your agents complicit in what could’ve been murder.”
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