The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI have allegedly been giving advice to various US cities about how to deal with the Occupy protests that have sprung up across the country in the past two months. The claims are another sign of official concern at the growing influence and media visibility of the Occupy protest movement.
The DHS and FBI have allegedly advised cities to show a massive police presence while focusing on legal technicalities such as zoning laws in an attempt to get move protesters on from various sites. Although the claims have not been confirmed, it is certainly noticeable that recent moves by city authorities in several parts of the US do seem to be similar to one another.
Despite the use of legal moves and increasing levels of police force, the Occupy movement shows no signs of slowing down. If anything, it seems to be growing and becoming a genuine cultural phenomenon. Will it actually change anything? The odds are stacked against true progress, but you should never count anything out entirely.