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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Obama Administration tells GSA to "stand down" against Occupy Portland protesters, once called in the riot police on Tea Partiers

Its so interesting the way this administration runs things........in documents obtained by Judicial Watch (a favorite web site resource of mine) it is clear the Obama Administration, the DHS, and the GSA told law enforcement officials to "stand down" against violent Occupy Protesters in Portland last November.
The records, obtained pursuant to a November 11, 2011, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, include internal DHS correspondence. One November 6, 2011, e-mail exchange between DHS/National Protection and Programs Directorate Chief of Staff Caitlin Durkovich and GSA Public Buildings Service Commissioner Robert Peck (who has since been fired) specifically related to Occupy Portland protests taking place on federal property in Portland:
I am sorry to be emailing you on a Sunday night, but wanted to let you know our Press Shop has received a couple of calls from Portland media outlets about a group of 11 protesters who again set up camp at Terry Shrunk Plaza in Portland last night. They have chained themselves to a large drum filled with concrete. GSA controls the permits and has asked FPS [Federal Protective Services] not to enforce the curfew at park and the prohibition on overnight encampments. Reporters have asked if we will be arresting the protestors as FPS did last week.
Our FPS Commander in Portland says they are standing down and following GSA’s request to only intervene if there is a threat to public safety.
 Peck responds:
Caitlin: yes, that is our position; it’s been vetted with our Administrator and Michael Robertson, our chief of staff, and we have communicated with the WH [White House], which has afforded us the discretion to fashion our approach to Occupy issues…The arrests last week were carried out despite our request that the protesters be allowed to remain and to camp overnight…
 During the Occupy Portland protests the participants threw a projectile at a police officer, injuring him, attacked a news crew reporting on the story and had at least 25 arrests.

Its important to remember, this is the same Administration that once called out riot police

during a Tea Party protest........