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Soros Fingerprints on “Occupy Wall Street”

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The Fingerprints of George Soros Are All Over the Occupy Movement

By Tina Trent – January 25, 2012

In an interview in Newsweek, George Soros has denied subsidizing the Occupy movement.  Specifically, he is denying reports that his Open Society Institute funneled money to the eco-anarchist magazine, Adbusters, through the Soros-funded Tides Foundation.

Adbusters, a magazine based in Canada, produced the iconic Occupy poster depicting a ballerina dancing on the Wall Street Bull as club-wielding protesters riot behind her.  The magazine’s founder, Kalle Lasn, also chose the date for the first Wall Street Protest. Lasn says he never received money from Soros.  Although it is difficult to trace donations through the Tides Foundation’s intentionally labyrinthine channels, there is no reason not to believe him.

But not funding Adbusters doesn’t mean that George Soros is not funding Occupy Wall Street.

Money from Soros’ foundation does fund dozens of organizations that take part in Occupy protests or provide leadership in the Occupy movement.  Several organizations with deep involvement in Occupy also rank among the largest grantees in Soros’ multi-billion dollar philanthropic empire.

The Tides Foundation itself, which has received more than $11 million from Soros since 2005, has made Occupy Wall Street a priority.  On October 12, Melissa L. Bradley, CEO of Tides, wrote:

As the new Chief Executive Officer of Tides, I am thrilled that #OccupyWallStreet has emerged and continues to grow. Since our inception, Tides has supported such movements. Our commitment to racial, social, and economic justice within healthy communities remains strong after 35 years.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which has received nearly $11 million from George Soros since 2005, maintains programs in 42 states to assist Occupy protesters. “[O]ur royal blue-clad legal observers are on hand monitoring police activity and recording any instances of police misconduct,” they boast.  Other support for Occupy from the A.C.L.U. includes defending “protesters’ freedom of speech nationwide” and “distributing materials and holding information sessions about demonstrators’ rights.” At Occupy sites throughout the country, A.C.L.U. lawyers, staff, and volunteers are “facilitating contact with government officials, and representing protesters’ interests in court and in meetings with police and other officials.”

The National Lawyers Guild, another Soros grantee, is also providing legal representation and monitors at protest sites, most notoriously in New York City, where one NLG “legal monitor” feigned being run over by a motorcycle cop.  The Alliance for Global Justice, another recipient of Soros funds, is serving as Occupy Wall Street’s fiscal sponsor.

Soros-funded think tanks and media organizations churn out Occupy position papers, editorials, and articles while offering expert witnesses to discuss the movement.  The Economic Policy Institute, which received a healthy $6.4 million from Soros in just five years, is promoting a briefing paper that shows “OWS is fundamentally right

in raising awareness of rising economic inequality.”  The Media Democracy Fund, the Media Consortium, Democracy Now, The Center for Media Justice, Media Matters, NPR, Pacifica News, and dozens of other leftist media organizations that receive Soros funding are acting as cheerleaders for the Occupy Movement.

Soros money underwrites the Center for American Progress (CAP).  While speaking to the Newsweek reporter, Soros cited “analysis, produced by the political blog, that shows how the Occupy movement has pushed issues of unemployment up the agenda of major news organizations, including MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News.”  ThinkProgress is a project of the CAP.

Meanwhile, Soros-funded “social justice” organizations are providing the Occupy movement with organizers and other resources.  In Atlanta, the American Friends Service Committee is deeply involved in the Occupy Movement and planning “Occupy Fort Benning” at the site of the former School of the Americas.  Tim Franzen, a spokesperson for Occupy Atlanta who works for the AFSC, claims on their website that former members of the Crips and Bloods gangs have been inspired to share a tent at Occupy Atlanta., The NAACP, and La Raza also receive substantial funding from Soros while participating in Occupy protests.

The Soros Foundations have even given money to the Ruckus Society, a radical “anti-corporate” action center which runs training camps to teach activists how to invade buildings and labs, perform reconnaissance, and commit acts of civil disobedience.  The Ruckus Society has trained activists from domestic terrorist groups ALF and ELF, and Ruckus members and alumni are, of course, involved in the Occupy movement.

An over-riding goal of Soros’ U.S. “philanthropy” is to undermine the legitimacy of American institutions of criminal justice and national security, which he views as authoritarian and prejudiced.  So when Soros says, “yes, yes, yes,” to the question of whether he thinks there will be “riots on the streets,” it is perhaps unsurprising that

the Newsweek reporter described his response as “gleeful.”

Soros does worry that riots, “will be an excuse for cracking down and using strong-arm tactics to maintain law and order.”  But with the hundreds of millions of dollars he has committed to weakening our justice system, maybe he will live to see the rioters win in the end.

In the Newsweek article, George Soros called the Occupy Movement, “an inchoate, leaderless manifestation of protest.”  The movement might lack a leader on the top, but countless other leaders throughout Occupy are underwritten by Soros himself.  So where, precisely, does that place him?

On his GBTV show, Glenn Beck thanked for supporting his return to Fox News.  Beck specialized in exposing Soros before Soros-funded groups forced his ouster from the channel.

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