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President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s senior staff was updated regularly about the Occupy Wall Street movement last November, at the same time that mayors were planning a nationwide crackdown on the protests, according to new documents obtained by Business Insider through a Freedom of Information Act Request. The documents show that Napolitano’s staff — including chief of staff Noah Kroloff, deputy chief of staff Amy Shlossman, and John Sandweg, the Secretary’s special counselor — received email updates about Occupy protests in several cities, including Atlanta, Portland, and Washington, D.C. The emails are dated from November 2011, around the time that mayors in at least 10 cities orchestrated a coordinated crackdown on the movement.
While the documents don’t necessarily indicate that the Department of Homeland Security was directly involved in the crackdown, they do indicate that concern about the Occupy movement went all the way to the top of the agency.
We are still combing through the 355-page FOIA cache, and will update if there are more details.
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