The FBI’s documents show a government agency at its most paranoid. It considered all planned protests, and the individuals involved, as potential threats. Most disturbing of all, there is talk (p. 61) of the government being ready to “engage in sniper attacks against protesters in Houston, Texas, if deemed necessary” and perhaps needing to formulate a plan “to kill the leadership [of the protest groups] via suppressed sniper rifles.”
Furthermore, the documents reveal a close and intricate partnership
between the federal government on one side and banks and private
businesses on the other.
On August 19, 2011, the FBI met with representatives of the New York
Stock Exchange in order to discuss OWS protests that wouldn’t happen for
another four weeks. In September of that year, even before OWS got into
full swing, the FBI was notifying local businesses that they might be
affected by protests. It is not clear if, while on Wall Street, the FBI
investigated the criminal and irresponsible behavior engaged in by some
of the largest banks on the planet, behavior which led directly to the
financial crisis of 2008.