The Houston Chronicle reports that the FBI was “aware” of a plan to assassinate the leaders of Occupy Houston via “suppressed sniper fire.” In a highly redacted document obtained by a local attorney from the FBI, via a Freedom of Information Act request, a very odd picture is painted.
The attorney who obtained this document is named Paul Kennedy and he has been highly active in the Occupy active since its inception, providing legal assistance for members arrested. After obtaining the documented, he posted it on his website:
An identified *REDACTED* as of October  planned to engage in sniper attacks against protesters in Houston, Texas, if deemed necessary. An identified *REDACTED* had received intelligence that indicated the protesters in New York and Seattle planned similar protests in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. *REDACTED* planned to gather intelligence against the leaders of the protest groups and obtain photographs, then formulate a plan to kill the leadership via suppressed sniper rifles.
On 13 October 2011, writer sent via email an excerpt from the daily *REDACTED* regarding FBI Houston’s *REDACTED* to all IAs, SSRAs and SSA *REDACTED*. This *REDACTED* identified the exploitation of the Occupy Movement by *REDACTED* interested in developing a long-term plan to kill local Occupy leaders via sniper fire.
Kennedy has some analysis of the document that is worth reading as well. I agree with him that the Government was obviously not behind this supposed assassination attempt. However, there are three things about the entire thing that are perplexing:
1. Did the FBI know about it and cover it up?
That is still quite a serious offense. Most likely, there was a far-right organization which plotted the attempted attack. If there was a credible threat to it all, and it comes out that the Bureau buried the information and purposefully did not do anything, that could be a scandal in and of itself. The Chronicle should most definitely extend its muscle to investigate further into this issue.
2. What leaders?
As some may recall, I visited Occupy Houston way back when. I had always had some problems with the way the organization was run, and that was well before the communists hijacked the movement and moved it into margins. Occupy’s two key effondrements were its lack of a coherent message and its lack of competent leadership. In fact, OWS and descendant groups, such as Occupy Houston, prided themselves as a “leadership organization.” Accordingly, this begs the question of who the two people they would shoot would be.
And for all those who would still argue that there were de facto leaders, I simply beg to disagree. The few times I observed what was going on in Tranquility Park, it seemed just about as unorganized as humanly possibly.
3. Was the gun incident related?
As some may recall, there was an attempted shooting at Occupy Houston in November 2011. The lunatic was subdued and apprehended before he could hurt anyone. However, this was the first thing I thought of when hearing of the uncovered plot. Odds are they are not connected, though.
I absolutely think more information should be released before coming into any rash conclusions, but what a bizarre story.
Brains & Eggs has more.