Undercover NYPD Cop Arrested for Role in Assault on SUV Driver: Worked Undercover on Occupy Wall Street

The officer, who was not on duty, came forward several days after the Sept. 29 fight to say he was present, according to a source

By Shimon Prokupecz
|  Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013  |  Updated 9:07 AM EDT
An NYPD officer who was on a deep undercover assignment when a violent fight erupted between a group of motorcyclists and a man driving a Range Rover in Manhattan is seen on new video smashing a window on the SUV, sources say. Tracie Strahan reports.

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An NYPD officer who was on a deep undercover assignment when a violent fight erupted between a group of motorcyclists and a man driving a Range Rover in Manhattan is seen on new video smashing a window on the SUV, sources say. Tracie Strahan reports.

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An NYPD officer who was on a deep undercover assignment when a violent fight erupted between a group of motorcyclists and a man driving a Range Rover in Manhattan has been arrested, police say.

Detective Wojciech Braszczok, 32, turned himself in to police Tuesday evening and was charged with riot and criminal mischief, according to police. He was with his attorney when he surrendered and is expected to make a court appearance Wednesday.

Braszczok has spent 10 years with the NYPD, the last five as an undercover, including during the Occupy Wall Street movement, according to a law enforcement official.

During his time with Occupy Wall Street, he participated in demonstrations, attended meetings and essentially lived like a protester to provide information to the NYPD, according to the official.

His attorney, Phil Karasyk, has declined to comment.

Braszczok was seen on new video punching the SUV, shattering its rear window, a law enforcement official told NBC 4 New York earlier Tuesday.

Braszczok, who was not on duty, came forward last Wednesday, several days after the Sept. 29 chase that ended in a fight, to say he was present, according to a source, and did not call 911 when the assault was taking place.

The video that just recently surfaced shows the undercover smashing the window, but not participating in the assault. He rides off when the driver is pulled from the SUV, according to a person familiar with the investigation. The video has not been made public.

Sources say Braszczok was not truthful with investigators about his role.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said earlier in the day that a detective had been placed on modified duty and that his involvement is under investigation.

Undercover officers are required to immediately report being a witness to a crime. Uniformed officers are required to take police action if they see a crime occurring, but the rules are murkier for undercover officers who face blowing their cover, confusing civilians who don’t realize the undercover is really a cop and ruining years-long investigations.   It is not clear why Braszczok was riding with the group of motorcyclists.

Five bikers aside from Braszczok have been criminally charged; the latest two were arraigned Tuesday on gang assault and other charges.

Those two motorcyclists were identified by police as Craig Wright and Clint Caldwell. Prosecutors say Wright punched the SUV driver through the broken window and joined in stomping him on the street. A judge set Wright’s bail at $100,000.
Wright’s lawyer, Mitchell Elman, cautioned against any “rush to judgment” in the highly scrutinized case.
“Mr. Wright, obviously, has every right to fight these charges,” he said.
Attorney information for Caldwell was not immediately available.

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Top one percent took record 19.3percent of US income last year – the LARGEST share of pre-tax income since 1927

  • Last year the top 1 per cent of earners  in the U.S. accounted for 19.3 per cent of pre-tax income
  • That’s the largest per cent since  1927
  • The economic disparity between the 1 per  cent and everyone else in the U.S. has escalated drastically in the past three  decades
  • The Occupy Wall Street movement, which  started two years ago this month, created the slogan ‘We are the 99 per cent’  highlighting this economic disparity

By  Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 12:21 EST, 10  September 2013 |  UPDATED: 16:38 EST, 10 September 2013

Almost two years to the day that the Occupy  Wall Street movement started, a report confirms that the rich are getting even  richer.

The top 1 per cent of earners collected 19.3  per cent of household income in 2012, their largest share in Internal Revenue  Service figures going back a century.

U.S. income inequality has been growing for  almost three decades.

Record breaking: The top 1 per cent of earners took home a record 19.3 per cent of pre-tax income - the largest share since 1927 

Record breaking: The top 1 per cent of earners took home  a record 19.3 per cent of pre-tax income – the largest share since  1927

 

 

Escalating wealth: For the past three decades the only growing economic disparity has been between the top 1 per cent of earners in America, and everybody else 

Escalating wealth: For the past three decades the only  growing economic disparity has been between the top 1 per cent of earners in  America, and everybody else

 

But until last year, the top 1 per cent’s  share of pre-tax income hadn’t surpassed the 18.7 per cent it reached in 1927,  according to an analysis of IRS figures dating to 1913 by economist Emmanuel  Saez of the University of California, Berkeley, and three colleagues.

Saez wrote that 2012 incomes of the richest  Americans might have surged in part because they cashed in stock holdings to  avoid higher capital gains taxes that took effect in January.

The nation’s top 1 per cent have been the  targets of resentment in recent years which was manifested in the Occupy Wall  Street movement that started in September 2011.

The movement started in New York’s Zuccotti  Park, and thousands camped out and marched for months calling for wide-reaching  change in the capitalist system.

The adopted chant was ‘We are the 99 per  cent’ and the movement spread to cities throughout the U.S.

Richer: Microsoft founder Bill Gates is definitely a member of the 1 per cent in the U.S. This past May he regained the title of 'World's Richest Man' 

Richer: Microsoft founder Bill Gates is definitely a  member of the 1 per cent in the U.S. This past May he regained the title of  ‘World’s Richest Man’

 

A report by the Congressional Budget Office  found that the income inequality in the U.S. had not risen dramatically over the  past 20 years, except when it came to the top 1 per cent.

Their earnings went up astronomically while  all the other percentiles remained relatively the same.

The Occupy Wall Street movement has largely  fizzled out now, since the group was kicked out of Zuccotti Park. But they  continue to hold marches.

Last September, they marked the one-year  anniversary of the movement by returning to Zuccotti Park and 185 people were  arrested across the city that day

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DoD training manual suggests Founding Fathers followed ‘extremist ideology’

 Published time: August 25, 2013 11:41                                                                            

A man is arrested during the Occupy Wall Street protest September 17, 2012 on the one year anniversary of the movement in New York.(AFP Photo / Stan Honda)A man is arrested during the Occupy Wall Street protest September 17, 2012 on the one year anniversary of the movement in New York.(AFP Photo / Stan Honda)

A Department of Defense training manual obtained by a conservative watchdog group pointed to the original American colonists as examples of an extremist movement, comments that have sparked fear of a broader crackdown on dissent in America.

The training manual provides information that describes, among  other things, “common themes in extremist ideologies.”

Now, if the Department of Defense has its way, historical figures  who risked their lives to free America from British colonial rule   – names like Paul Revere, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin and  Samuel Adams – will be rebranded as dangerous extremists,  alongside the likes of skinheads and neo-Nazis.

The first paragraph of the section entitled ‘Extremist  Ideologies’ opens with a statement that has drawn heated  criticism: “In US history, there are many examples of  extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to  free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who  sought to secede from the Northern states are just two  examples.”

In America’s early colonial period, many colonists served in  state militias under the direction of the Continental Army in an  effort to free the Thirteen Colonies from British rule. Indeed,  the Second Amendment of the US Constitution clearly states: “A  well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free  state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be  infringed.”

The   document, entitled Equal Opportunity and Treatment Incidents  (EOTI), was obtained on Thursday by Judicial Watch, a watchdog  group, through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The military manual defines extremism as a “term used to  describe the actions or ideologies of individuals or groups who  take a political idea to its limits, regardless of unfortunate  repercussions, and show intolerance toward all views other than  their own.”

Some would argue the military manual invokes a rather broad and  loose definition that may be applied to any number of persons and  organizations, including the Girl Scouts of America, for example,  selling cookies door-to-door.

The manual warns military personnel that “the objectives of  extremist organizations is [are] viewed as detrimental to the  good order, discipline, or mission accomplishment of the unit and  is [are], therefore, subject to appropriate disciplinary  action.”

The manual goes on to discuss “Doomsday thinking” under   “traits or behaviors that tend to represent the extremist  style.”

 

A participant in Occupy Wall Street protest is arrested by police during a rally to mark the one year anniversary of the movement in New York.(AFP Photo / Emmanuel Dunand)A participant in Occupy Wall Street protest is arrested by police during a rally to mark the one year anniversary of the movement in New York.(AFP Photo / Emmanuel Dunand)

 

Extremists often predict dire or catastrophic consequences  from a situation or from a failure to follow a specific course,  and they tend to exhibit a kind of crisis-mindedness. It can be a  Communist takeover, a Nazi revival, nuclear war, earthquakes,  floods, or the wrath of God. Whatever it is, it is just around  the corner unless we follow their program and listen to their  special insight and wisdom, to which only the truly enlightened  have access.

Nowadays,” the manual continues, “instead of dressing  in sheets or publicly espousing hate messages, many extremists  will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to  make the world a better place.”

Many Americans and civil rights groups fear that in the event of  another national emergency, perhaps on the scale of a 9/11, the  US military will take over the role of ‘maintaining law and  order’ inside of American communities. These fears were increased  after US President Barack Obama signed into law on Dec. 31, 2011  the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which grants  sweeping powers to the US military.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) came out with a harsh  rebuke immediately following passage of the controversial  legislation.

President Obama’s action today is a blight on his legacy  because he will forever be known as the president who signed  indefinite detention without charge or trial into law,” said  Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director.

The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no  temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and  future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from  any battlefield.  The ACLU will fight worldwide detention  authority wherever we can, be it in court, in Congress, or  internationally.

The signing of the NDAA nullifies the Posse Comitatus Act, which  worked to prevent the US military from taking over police  functions within local communities.

The US Congress passed a bill (on Jan. 1, 2012, known as the  National Defense Authorization Act) that repeals Posse Comitatus,  which means that we have now institutionalized and codified  martial law,” Congressman Ron Paul told a group of supporters  in June 2012, as reported by Live Leaks. “Right now the battle  against terrorism involves all of us. Everybody in this country  is a potential terrorist.

If you happen to visit a website, or attend a meeting that  contains a particular viewpoint…you can be accused of being a  terrorist and the bill says you have no right to a lawyer,”   Paul added.

In January 2012, a study funded by the Department of Homeland  Security (“Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the  United States, 1970 to 2008”) characterizes Americans who are   “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and   “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme  right-wing” terrorists.

Robert Bridge, RT

Bridge is the author of the book,   Midnight in the American Empire, which examines the dangerous  consequences of extreme corporate power in the United States.

 

http://rt.com/usa/us-military-extremism-terrorism-right-963/

Anonymous group claims Bank of America monitored activists

Feb 28, 2013 13:56 Moscow Time

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The famous hacktivist group, Anonymous, has released data that it claims shows how Bank of America employed security firms to monitor hackers and activists.

They unveiled some 14 Gigabytes of data, code and software that allegedly “shows that Bank of America and others are contracting other companies to spy and collect information on private citizens,” adding the “overall quality of the research is poor and potentially false.”

Hacktivists said they didn’t need to break into any BofA accounts as all the documents were stored on a misconfigured server and were effectively “open for grabs.”

Leaked data reveal that TEKSystems assembled reports on Occupy Wall Street online activity and hackers in 2012.

Voice of Russia, SALON

 

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_02_28/Anonymous-group-claims-Bank-of-America-monitored-activists/

Bomb materials, weapons found in Ridgewood home : A 60-year-old doctor with ties to the Occupy Wall Street move­ment

Bomb materials, weapons found in Ridgewood home

Saturday, November 17, 2012    Last updated: Sunday November 18, 2012, 9:51 AM

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RIDGEWOOD — A 60-year-old doctor with ties to the Occupy Wall Street move­ment has been charged with possessing a large amount of chemicals commonly used for making bombs and explosive devices, authorities said on Saturday.

Officials worked at 183 Union Street in Ridgewood on Saturday morning, November 17.

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Officials worked at 183 Union Street in Ridgewood on Saturday morning, November 17.

Roberto E. Rivera of 183 Union St. was arrested following a multiagency investiga­tion, that included the FBI and Bergen County Bomb Squad. Authorities found several chemicals, assault rifles and other weapons in Rivera’s home, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said.

Rivera was charged with recklessly creat­ing a risk of widespread injury and unlawful possession of a destructive device, a large­capacity ammunition magazine and a stun gun, prosecutors said. His bail was set at $1 million.

In October last year, Rivera was pho­tographed by Bloomberg News for a feature on Occupy protesters. He is quoted saying, “I’m glad that at last the youth of America is able to stand on two feet and take a position that millions of people around the world have taken that they will not be intimidated by the capitalist free market paradigm and they will fight against gross inequality in distribution of income and assets.”

Occupy Wall Street organizers distanced themselves from Rivera. William Dobbs, a spokesman, said the movement is about protesting “Wall Street greed and is firmly committed to non-violence.”

Rivera, who is unemployed, has a license to practice medicine in New York State, prosecutors said. Electronic records show only one Roberto Rivera registered to practice medicine in New York. Rivera’s license lists an address in Yonkers.

A woman who answered the phone at the Yonkers address on Saturday said she did not know anything about the charges yet. After further questioning, she said, “I’m going to have to go, sorry,” and hung up.

Ridgewood police first responded to Rivera’s home on a report of potential hazardous material at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, prosecutors said.

Police found a “highly volatile chemical” on the property, and after obtaining a search warrant, the FBI and bomb squad located several other chemicals, which are “commonly used in the making of explosive devices,” prosecutors said. A further search revealed a number of assault rifles and other weapons in the home.

The case remains under investigation by local, county and federal agencies.

Twitter surrenders Occupy protester’s tweets

By Joseph Ax

NEW YORK |         Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:41am EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Twitter handed over tweets from an Occupy Wall Street protester to a New York criminal judge on Friday after months of fighting a subpoena from prosecutors.

The company surrendered the micro-blogging posts to Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino but they will remain under seal until another appeal by the protestor, Malcolm Harris, is argued next week.

Harris was one of hundreds arrested during a mass protest on the Brooklyn Bridge in October 2011. The Manhattan district attorney’s office wants the tweets, which are no longer available online, to try to undermine Harris’ argument that police officers appeared to lead protesters on to the bridge’s roadway only to arrest them for obstructing traffic.

Twitter had faced a Friday deadline to comply with the subpoena or face contempt and a substantial fine. In court on Friday, the company’s lawyers asked one last time for the judge to stay his order but he refused and they turned over the documents to him.

The surrender of Harris’ tweets comes just as the Occupy movement prepares to mark its one-year anniversary next week. Activists in the movement, which last fall sparked a national conversation about economic inequality and coined the catch phrase “We are the 99 percent,” plan to attempt to surround the New York Stock Exchange and stage a sit-in on Monday, September 17, which is one year after their first protest.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Writing by Dan Burns; Editing by Bill Trott)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/14/net-us-twitter-occupy-idUSBRE88D01S20120914

Site appeals against court request to hand over details of tweets relating to Occupy activist charged with disorderly conduct

By Dominic Rushe, The Guardian
Monday, August 27, 2012 16:19 EDT

Twitter has lodged an appeal against a New York judge’s decision that it must hand over detailed information related to an Occupy Wall Street protester charged with disorderly conduct.

In July, Twitter was ordered to hand over almost three months’ worth of messages and other details related to the account of activist Malcolm Harris. Harris was among the hundreds of protesters accused of disorderly conduct during a protest on Brooklyn bridge last October.

Prosecutors have argued that Harris’s tweets show he knew he should not have been on the bridge. He has filed his own appeal, arguing that the judge’s ruling would hand over details of where he was and who he spoke to, as well as his tweets, and falls “so far outside the realm of a legitimate ruling that we are entitled to a pre-trial appeal”.

Twitter has argued that the posts belonged to Harris and, as such, it would be violating his fourth amendment right against unreasonable searches if it were to disclose the communications without first receiving a search warrant.

The case has evolved into a closely watched legal scrap over the extent of the US authorities’ right to access information from social networks. Twitter has previously resisted attempts by the US authorities to access the account of Icelandic MP and former WikiLeaks associate Birgitta Jónsdóttir.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a motion with the court in support of Twitter. ACLU attorney Aden Fine said: “Under the first and fourth amendments, we have the right to speak freely on the internet, safe in the knowledge that the government can’t get information about our speech without a warrant and without satisfying first amendment scrutiny.

“We’re hopeful that Twitter’s appeal will overturn the criminal court’s dangerous decision, and reaffirm that we retain our constitutional rights to speech and privacy online, as well as offline.”

The New York district attorney’s office issued a subpoena to Twitter in January calling on the firm to hand over “any and all user information, including email address, as well as any and all tweets” for the period in question.

Last month Manhattan criminal court judge Matthew Sciarrino rejected most of Twitter arguments that the authorities were infringing Harris’s constitutional rights, and said that Twitter owned his messages.

Sciarrino said he would review all the material that he ordered turned over and would pass on “relevant portions” to prosecutors

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/aug/27/twitter-judge-occupy-order