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Crying Wolf

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A couple people have asked about my reaction to Naomi Wolf’s latest assertions that crackdowns on Occupy were driven by the federal government. My reaction remains the same — i.e. she’s got absolutely nothing. If you look carefully, you’ll note that the sweeping claims aren’t backed up by any specific cites from the documents in question. And if you look at them, you’ll see why — there’s some description of planned Occupy protests followed by a lot of redacted material. None of what we can actually see remotely backs up Wolf’s claim that there was a “terrifying network of coordinated DHS, FBI, police, regional fusion center, and private-sector activity so completely merged into one another that the monstrous whole is, in fact, one entity.” Maybe the redacted material would show this, and maybe it would also show who killed the Lindbergh baby, but you can’t just assume that redacted material proves exactly what you’ve always believed it would show.

So, once again, there’s nothing but Wolf’s reactionary assumption that crackdowns on Occupy couldn’t possibly be the work of our benevolent local overlords acting alone but must have been directed by the big bad federal government. The argument hasn’t become any less bad or any more substantiated despite her new set of sweeping assertions.

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