Truthout Begins Publishing Department of Homeland Security Documents on Occupy Wall Street
Last October Truthout.org’s Jason Leopold filed a Freedom of Information Act Request with the Department of Homeland Security for “emails, memoranda, letters, audio/video, transcripts, reports, including Threat Assessments, related to the protest movement known as ‘Occupy Wall Street.’”
Today, the first documents have been released.
According to Truthout, a California-based nonprofit, the FOIA request seeks to answer whether the DHS advised local law enforcement officials on how to respond to Occupy Wall Street and it national offshoots.
Additionally, Truthout is making the documents it receives available to the public on its Web site.
I’ve scanned through a few and what’s interesting is not any perceived or nefarious activity, but rather looking at how the DHS’s internal media team acts and reacts to incoming requests from news organizations looking for comments and statements about specific activities.
For example, the screenshot above shows DHS Press Secretary Matthew Chandler explaining to other staff how to respond to inquiries from CBS, the Associated Press, Daily Caller and Salon. Specifically, that coordination is “not occurring in any wholesale manner” and references its official position that the DHS is “treating all of these protests nationwide as peaceful demonstrations.”