I’ve previously stated my curiosity about who is paying for these massive late, style raids on the Occupy encampments. Getting hundreds of officers working overtime in the middle of the night isn’t cheap.
That is why I’m glad legal groups supporting the occupations are taking steps to find out what role, if any, the federal government had in planning, coordinating and/or funding these actions. The National Lawyers Guild has filed FOIA requests with federal agencies for information about their role in the occupy evictions. From the NLG:
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) and the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Committee filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests Wednesday with the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the National Park Service (NPS). The requests ask that the agencies release all information on the planning of the coordinated law enforcement crackdown on Occupy protest encampments that played out in multiple cities over the course of recent days and weeks.
Each FOIA request states: “This request specifically encompasses disclosure of any documents or information pertaining to federal coordination of, or advice or consultation regarding, the police response to the Occupy movement, protests or encampments.”
These FOIAs could potentially be very enlightening, and I strongly hope to see many more filed by other organizations in the near future.