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Friday, January 10, 2014

Looking for "Intel" On Occupy Protesters? Bank of America Boasts To the Washington State Patrol It Will Find It First

Posted by on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Former Washington State Patrol (WSP) officer Kim Triplett-Kolerich now works for Bank of America as the company's "West Region" Senior Crime and US Intelligence Analyst. She's based in downtown Seattle.

Here's what she does with her time, according to an email she wrote to WSP in November, unearthed by public records activist Andrew Hendricks:

From time to time I will see items that I believe will be of use to my friends at WSP - especially during session. May Day I will pick your brain for intel and I will give you a lot also - the Public-Private Partnership worked great last year and hopefully being ahead of the Anarchists will protect all of you from the protests/arrests/injury.

If you find any intel on Anarchists or Occupy Protesters please let me know - I will most likely find it first as Social Media trolling is not what the WSP does best - Bank of America has a team of 20 people and that's all they do all day and then pass it to us around the country!!"

This isn't the first time Bank of America has been accused of hiring private "intelligence" agents to identify, track, and undermine political activists. In 2011, the New York Times and other publications wrote about leaked documents showing that tech-security firm HBGary drew up a proposal for the bank to engage in "counterespionage work"—digging up dirt, planting fake documents, etc.—against WikiLeaks and its supporters, including journalist Glenn Greenwald. The bank denied any relationship with HBGary. But Triplett-Kolerich is a Bank of America employee. Company representatives, including Triplett-Kolerich herself, did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

When law-enforcement agencies engage in this kind of surveillance and disruption, there is at least a presumption of public benefit—to protect and to serve. But a bank doesn't even pretend to serve any interest beyond its own.

"When corporations or volunteers spy on people's political associations and report to police, they sidestep the primary way we have to control what police do with that information," Hendricks told me by phone. "I can't file a public records request with the Bank of America to see what they are doing with this information." And he says he wouldn't put it past them to use the "intel" they've gathered against him as a customer.

The Washington State Patrol doesn't come out of this looking very good either. This all started, Hendricks says, because he "noticed this guy videotaping the proceedings"—a November 5 gathering of several dozen Anonymous demonstrators in Olympia for what they called the Million Mask March. A Facebook post described the event as a protest of "the billionaires who own banks and corporations who corrupt politicians." Hendricks wanted to know why the "guy"—a police officer—was filming them.

Turns out, the officer shot over an hour of continuous footage of the activists, at times zooming in on faces, and the patrol used an aircraft for additional surveillance. According to a WSP activity log, multiple undercover officers were deployed at the event and an after-action report says the agency spent $28,707 and 602 man hours responding to the march, including a joint briefing with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. The report points out that "there was no property damage, injuries, or arrests," but attributes this to the success of the WSP's actions, not to the fact that the activists were merely there to "hold teach-ins and rallies."

Why the surveillance and concern about terrorism?

"Non-peaceful individuals or groups may attach themselves to this group," the patrol's after-action report says. WSP Sergeant Jason Hicks tells me they were concerned about "outside agitators"—he refused to get specific about who these people were, and praised the organizers for their emphasis on peaceful protest. "On the off chance that some criminal activity takes place, we wanted to make sure that we had as much we could get."

As for Bank of America's Triplett-Kolerich, Hicks confirmed the authenticity of the emails and defended her collaboration with the patrol. "Of course we’re going to take as much information as we can glean," he says.

 

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seatackled 1
They should be zooming in on the faces of BA executives if they're looking for criminals.
Posted by seatackled on January 10, 2014 at 4:13 PM · Report this
Fnarf 2
BofA has 20 employees who do nothing but troll social networking? Wow. How does one get that job? Who do you think the trolls on Slog are?
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on January 10, 2014 at 4:18 PM · Report this
seatackled 3
@2
Any of the ones who have tons of data and links that are frequently misrepresented, probably a few of the gun nuts, especially the one who does the copy and paste.
Posted by seatackled on January 10, 2014 at 4:23 PM · Report this
Maverick Biceps 4
its cool that the Bank of America Senior Crime and US Intelligence Analyst is a barely literate person passing along newsletters about "OpForTheLulz"
Posted by Maverick Biceps on January 10, 2014 at 4:29 PM · Report this
5
Just don't call it "fascism". That would be uncivil and divisive.
Posted by Pol Pot on January 10, 2014 at 4:38 PM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 6
LOL... You wanted BofA to notice you. They did. And now you whine about it??? I wonder what happens when a bunch of stoners try to fuck with the third largest company in the world... Guess we'll find out. Pass the popcorn please!
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on January 10, 2014 at 4:39 PM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 7
@5
Fascists or Anarchists.
Deeply depressing choice…
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on January 10, 2014 at 4:41 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 8
@3,

Also, I'd wager many of the ones who don't participate in any of the non-political topics. Most polito-trolls on Slog never show up in the pop culture threads.
Posted by keshmeshi on January 10, 2014 at 4:52 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 9
Every day, in every way, we become more like East Germany
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on January 10, 2014 at 6:39 PM · Report this
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B of A has a Facebook page. You might let them know what you think.

also:
kimberly.s.triplett_kolerich@bankofamerica.com
Posted by westello on January 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM · Report this
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ftw
Posted by no traffic lights on January 10, 2014 at 6:49 PM · Report this
12
I think it's understandable for BoA to want to find out as much as possible about Occupy types. Some of those people like to smash plate glass windows. Even the ones who don't engage in that kind of behavior provide de facto cover for those who do.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on January 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 13
@12

My god, yes. All those windows. All those precious, precious windows. I'd have a staff of 20 working full time to protect my windows if I had so may nice ones.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on January 10, 2014 at 8:44 PM · Report this
McBomber 14
Wait. "Public activist" Andrew Hendricks is a BofA customer?
Why? Get thee to a credit union, Andy.
Posted by McBomber on January 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM · Report this
AndrewHendricks 15
I don't actually have a Bank of America account. I don't have ANY bank account. It makes it easier to be poor when no one is ripping me off for overdraft fees all the time.
Posted by AndrewHendricks http://www.scribd.com/andrew_hendricks_2 on January 10, 2014 at 11:23 PM · Report this
NopeNope 16
1) Maybe people should stop being so cavalier about the information they post on social networking sites? Maybe challenging the state isn't such a harmless game?

2) Anyone who doesn't think that corporations won't use any means at their disposal to stop people who threaten their existence is delusional. If protesters/anarchists/commies/etc... ever actually threaten major banking systems, their counter-intel and enforcement tactics will just grow to be more extreme.
Posted by NopeNope on January 11, 2014 at 12:51 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 17
Yet another reason you should keep your cash and loans with a local credit union, rather than with the least coast banksters.

BECU FTW!

@16
Yea seeing these "anarchist" on Facebook is pretty laughable, seems they missed the Security Culture 101 class. http://www.crimethinc.com/texts/atoz/sec…

@3
Actually, I probably hate the banking system and its Fiat currency more than any of the slogs progressives. After all it was his royal highness Barack Hussein Obama who handed the $700 billion in bailout which was then spent on bonuses for execs.

@2
Oh look Fnarf is engaging in unwarranted self-importance again, how long till he starts making death threats at someone.

@9
Yea, with our socialist politicians and apodments, maybe we will even get gun control.
You realize that East Germany is what you are constantly preaching for right? Idiot!
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on January 11, 2014 at 2:30 PM · Report this
venomlash 18
@17: "After all it was his royal highness Barack Hussein Obama who handed the $700 billion in bailout which was then spent on bonuses for execs."
YOU LIE LIKE A RUG. The EESA and TARP were enacted under Mr. Bush, before Mr. Obama had even been elected. At least TRY to make your lies sound convincing, you fuckwit!
Posted by venomlash on January 11, 2014 at 3:53 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 19
@18

Yea retard, just like foreign wars, drone murders, and domestic spying it started under Bush and continued to flourish under your corrupt Chicago "community activist" Barack Hussein Obama, and the Democrat controlled house and senate.

But it is all ok when done by a black man with a “D” behind his name.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on January 11, 2014 at 4:12 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 20
@18

Yea retard, just like foreign wars, drone murders, and domestic spying it started under Bush and continued to flourish under your corrupt Chicago "community activist" Barack Hussein Obama, and the Democrat controlled house and senate.

But it is all ok when done by a black man with a “D” behind his name.

Im sure you would eat a bowl of turds if the party told you they came out of Barack's ass.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on January 11, 2014 at 4:12 PM · Report this
ɥsɐןɯouǝʌ 21
It seems I've struck a nerve.
Posted by ɥsɐןɯouǝʌ on January 11, 2014 at 6:14 PM · Report this
NaFun 23
Holy crap, Cascadian Bacon and sgt_doom are the same person.
Posted by NaFun http://www.dancesafe.org on January 12, 2014 at 11:46 PM · Report this
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I don't get it. So what?? What's sauce for the goose is good for the gander. (A)ctivists plan & plot on how to bring down businesses/corporations. Why shouldn't these targets resort to fact gathering, which is perfectly legal, to defend themselves or preempt nefarious intentions? It's not like Olympia businesses haven't been vandalized for failing to fall in line with the @genda Olympia's @ctivists are promoting.
-amicuscuria.com/wordpress-
Posted by pinbalwyz on February 17, 2014 at 6:32 AM · Report this
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How is this news or a problem that a corporation is watching those watching it? It would be poor management who ignored its persecutors. It's not that I like BofA--hate it, actually--but, I recognize its natural incentives to self preservation. That's hardly a surprise. That it need not share its intelligence with a 'snitch hunter' such as Andrew Hendricks is hardly disturbing. Drew is a self described (A)narchists. Does he have a BofA account? Now THAT is the real story in all this.
-amicuscuria.com/wordpress-
Posted by pinbalwyz on February 17, 2014 at 6:43 AM · Report this

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