Federal Reserve, FBI spied on Occupy Wall Street movement, documents show

The FBI disclosure also contradicts a previous denial made by the agency in November 2011 to about possessing such documents.

The documents reveal that the agency had been monitoring the Occupy movement as early as August 2011, considering it a potential criminal and terrorist threat.

“The documents are heavily redacted, and it is clear from the production that the FBI is withholding far more material,” stated Heather Benno, staff attorney with the PCJF.

Benno said that PCJF was filing an appeal to demand full disclosure of the agency’s Occupy operation.

The FBI also disseminated information about Occupy to campus officials in Syracuse, Albany and Oswego, N.Y.

“A representative of the State University of New York at Oswego contacted the FBI for information on the OWS protests and reported to the FBI on the SUNY-Oswego Occupy encampment made up of students and professors,” said the PCJF.

In May 2012, DHS released 335 pages of documents that revealed widespread monitoring of Occupy by the federal government, coordinated through local DHS fusion centers.

The fusion centers — which coordinate intelligence gathered between federal, state and local law enforcement — were heavily criticized as a failure in a Senate report last year.

Members of the movement were not unaware of the FBI’s watchful eye, however, and were often suspicious of newcomers to the group.

Representatives from Occupy Wall Street did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller’s request for comment.

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