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FBI – Your Tactics Aren’t Welcomed In This Peaceful Community

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Below is the transcript of my video with relevant links.

Below that is the embedded Crimethinc document mentioned.

Here’s a related write-up by fellow CopBlock.org contributor Ademo Freeman: Phil Christiana – (FBI Agent) It’s Not My Friends You Should Be Looking At

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A couple of days ago Crimethinc published the pamphlet Bounty Hunters & Child Predators: Inside the FBI Entrapment Strategy.

Screen shot 2012 05 31 at 3.28.23 PM 300x201 FBI   Your Tactics Arent Welcomed In This Peaceful CommunityThe document outlines tactics used by FBI employees to frame individuals, which is then leveraged for political gain to vilify entire groups of people and ideologies.

Having long advocated for complete liberty – that is, 100% freedom and 100% responsibility, where each of us is free to act, so long as we don’t initiate force, I am aware of many situations that fit the entrapment model described – where no one is acting in the wrong until a FBI employee infiltrates, advocates violence and in almost every case, supplies the money or ordinance on which the arrest and headline hinge. And through which another claimed usurpation of rights is “justified.”

This scenario became a bit more real for me after I learned that a friend had been asked by an FBI agent to wear a wire.

Yesterday just before 4pm Rich Paul – an activist known for his advocacy for self-ownership – was picked-up by Keene Police employees, ostensibly on a warrant. Rich was brought to the Keene police department and led into an interrogation room where he had an exchange with a man who identified himself as Phil.

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Phil inquired where Rich had been immediately prior to the arrest. Rich said “at the club” and Phil gave the address of the Keene Activity Center.

The Keene Activity Center, or KAC, is one a side of a duplex that’s billed as

the community center, heart of operations, and meeting space utilized by liberty-oriented individuals based in Keene. The KAC is a comfortable environment to be yourself among friends working in concert to advance the peaceful evolution.

Phil asked Rich to return to the KAC, wearing a wire, and to share with those present a completely fabricated scenario – that he’d been snatched-up for a crime that he hadn’t committed. Rich was told by Phil that he wanted to see who questioned the story and at what length.

Rich invoked his right to remain silent and noted his desire to speak with his attorney before deciding how to move forward.

Phil gave Rich his business card – after he’d tried to scratch-out his last name which was still readable as Christiana- and told him to keep their exchange confidential and be in touch by 5pm today.

Instead, at 5pm Rich’s attorney gave Christiana a call and myself and others are working to make this situation transparent.

After all, we have nothing to hide. No one associated with the KAC advocates violence.

A quick Google search turned-up Christiana’s bio:

I am a CPA (accountant) by education from Rutgers University in New Jersey. I have been a special agent with the FBI for 20 years. I was stationed in the Boston field office as a new agent in 1992. I spent five years as an operator with the FBI Hostage Rescue Team at Quantico, VA (1996 – 2001). I am currently assigned to the NH joint Terrorism Task Force at the Bedford (NH) Resident Agency as a special bomb technician. I am also responsible for security related issues at the Manchester Boston Regional Airport and Seabrook Nuclear power plant. I have also served as the primary firearms and tactial instructor for the Boston Field office.

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But there’s more to this story.

Back in 2005 DadaOrwell shared on NHUnderground – then the most-popular forum in the ‘shire – that he received a call from Phil Christiana, who sought to “maintain a dialogue”

He wrote:

He says he wants to have lunch with me or  something along those lines in about a month. I assume he is trying to do intelligence, find the next tim mcveigh or determine for sure that this movement is the wrong place to look. This is not something I object to in theory, but I do feel uncomfortable doing anything that would cost taxpayer dollars, such as sitting down to lunch with these guys for an hour at taxpayer expense.

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[UPDATE - it was brought to my attention that "dadaorwell" was the forum handle used by Dave Ridley, so the above is from the same interaction attributed to Ridley immediately below]

Longtime ‘shire-based journalist Dave Ridley, who, based on his entertaining and informative videos, has gained a following from many in the area – including LEOs who’ve told me personally that they watch and respect his channel, noted that he too was visited by Phil Christiana.

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Ridley wrote about their exchange:

My experience with him was that he was more or less polite and professional…but creepy. He came to the same Keene house when I lived there, to learn more about Russell Kanning’s plans for civil disobedience at Manchester Airport’s TSA checkpoint.  That was in 2005.

He also requested to have lunch with me and indicated, not in so many words, that he wanted me to be an informant.  I told him I would be interested in having that lunch but would report everything we said to the public.  He decline to interact with me after that

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not included in video: Phil Christiana had an hour-long conversation with then Keene-based activist Russel Kanning:

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In early 2011 Christiana visited the home of then-Keene-based activist Kurt Hoffman. After Christiana identified himself as “Phil” who worked with the FBI Hoffman shut his door and declined to talk.

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Christiana later called Hoffman twice from a number later determined to be his cell phone – (603) 365-8098 – and visited Hoffman’s dad in Mass, during which time he inquired about his knowledge of activities in Keene.

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Later that summer, after the conclusion of the Porcupine Freedom Festival – an annual, week-long event held at Rogers Campground that was attended by over 1,200 pro-liberty people, FBI employees stopped-by and questioned the owners about those who attended, though they claimed to be concerned about vendors selling alcohol without a license.

A couple of months back Brad Jardis – who himself had worked in law enforcement before quitting his job due to his unwillingness to arrest those who use marijuana medicinally – confided that he had been asked to sit-down with a FBI employee. That conversation too was focused on learning who at the KAC advocated the use of violence.

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In no uncertain terms Jardis told the inquisitor that such a line of questioning was totally off-base because no one at the KAC advocated such things.

More-recently, after friend Josh Nilsson was picked-up for not checking in with his probation officer as dictated, he too was questioned along a similar vein. While caged at the Cheshire County jail, Josh was asked if he was aware of any violence advocated by anyone associated with the KAC. He laughed at such a statement, knowing full-well that it was completely without merit.

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Should we be surprised by Phil Christiana’s snooping-around here in Keene or that of his colleagues in other areas where individuals freely associate and advocate for an alternative to the system that today bestows upon some extra rights?

No. In fact, it’s to be expected due to the perverse incentives inherent in the institution for which they work.

The way Christiana and other employees of government agencies justify their taxpayer-funded salaries is to create issues where none exist – something economist Bob Higgs has deemed the ratchet effect. Manufactured and trumped-up Incidents and arrests are given as justification for a greater police state and the expense of your rights.

There’s no internal check on government as it exists today. No matter the “leadership” the trend is always to grow in size and scope simply because the goods and services its actors provide – in this case “law enforcement” – are provided in a vacuum, absent mechanisms for real accountability. Services rendered are either unwarranted – such as victimless crimes – or done inefficiently.

The Crimethinc write-up mentioned at the beginning of this video seeks to instill in readers the need for a security culture to mitigate risks. The best way that can be done, in my opinion, is to be transparent. To not let threats scare you into complacency or even worse, partnership. Especially if you’re not doing anything wrong. That’s the purpose of this video.

As the size and scope of the liberty-oriented community grows in Keene and around the world, those who seek to maintain the Statist Quo are rightly worried. Not due to the threat of violence – at least from this community – but due to the fact that the bad idea on which they subsist is being seen and thus is eroding.

I know I and the people with whom I choose to associate – diverse as they are – advocate peaceful tactics. FreeKeene.com – a group blog where some who patron the KAC blog – has the tagline “peaceful evolution.” That’s not just a phrase but an idea. And ideas have consequences.

It’s not about a revolution – violent or otherwise, as whatever form that takes, it still revolves around the bad idea of a “leader” but about an evolution – moving past that outdated concept to a free society where we each govern ourselves.

I’m glad Rich and others approached by Christiana have spoken-up. Just like in the schoolyard, it is the bullies, those who initiate force and who act in the wrong, who rely on threats to censor their misdeeds, knowing full-well that were their actions known, they would not be tolerated.

Transparency is key. The curtain is being pulled-back and many are seeing that the emperor wears no clothes. Authority once unthinkingly granted is being retracted.

To me, the means don’t justify the ends. The means are an end in themselves. Live not according to fear, but according to your own conscience. Be led by love.

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Boston Field Office of FBI
Phone: (617) 742-5533
Fax: (617) 223-6327
E-mail: Boston@ic.fbi.gov

Bedford Satellite Office of Boston Field Office of FBI (covers Cheshire County)
Phone: (603) 472-2224
Fax: (603) 472-9419

Phillip “Phil” Christiana
(603) 365-8098

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Inside the FBI Entrapment Society [pdf for reading]
Inside the FBI Entrapment Society [.pdf for printing]

Inside the FBI Entrapment Strategy – by CrimeThinc

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Phil Christiana – (FBI Agent) It’s Not My Friends You Should Be Looking At

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

It’s been brought to my attention that the FBI has been snooping around the Keene area for several months. First they called in a fellow Free Keene blogger (who asked not to be identified) and asked him if violence was advocated amongst those who frequent the Keene Activity Center. The Free Keene blogger clearly told them they had the wrong people and that if violence was ever advocated, it would be rejected as a means to the end  by any real “Free Stater” (a term I use only as a way to identify a group, it should be understood that ‘free staters’, like everyone else, are individuals responsible for their own actions and thoughts).

Top this off with a few sketchy visits from new movers, who I now believe to be FBI agents or informants, and it’s almost comical – if not so scary – how pathetic the FBI’s attempts are at infiltrating the Keene Activity Center (KAC). One guy, ‘Michael’, came to the KAC for a visit (which is typical of new movers) and  after a long conversation – where I asked him directly if he was an agent of the state (he said he was not) – it was decided that “Michael’s” views are not acceptable to those who frequent the KAC and he was asked to leave. He has never attempted a return but it should be noted that this man may still be trying to infiltrate liberty groups.

Fast forward a couple a months and the FBI – Phil Christiana – decides to interview another liberty minded person, Rich Paul. Known for his self ownership activism, relating to the war on drugs – particularly marijuana – Rich was targeted for allegedly making voluntary exchanges of substances the government deems illegal. Funny thing is, Phil and the state agent that was assisting him didn’t even care about the drugs. What did Phil and the FBI want? They wanted Rich to wear a wire into the Keene Activity Center. Phil wanted to provide Rich with a story about his arrest and gauge the reactions by some of my fellow activists. In return for his assistance Rich was told his alleged crimes would disappear. Before I go further I’d like to tell you a little more about Phil Christiana. First, I found it nothing short of hilarious that Phil decided to black out his middle initial and last name from his business card when providing it to Rich. It took me all of two seconds to figure out what his actual name was (nice try Phil). After a simple google search I found Phil’s bio- something he seemed to leave on the interwebs. It states:

I am a CPA (accountant) by education from Rutgers University in New Jersey. I have been a special agent with the FBI for 20 years. I was stationed in the Boston field office as a new agent in 1992. I spent five years as an operator with the FBI Hostage Rescue Team at Quantico, VA (1996 – 2001). I am currently assigned to the NH joint Terrorism Task Force at the Bedford (NH) Resident Agency as a special bomb technician. I am also responsible for security related issues at the Manchester Boston Regional Airport and Seabrook Nuclear power plant. I have also served as the primary firearms and tactial instructor for the Boston Field office.

It’s my understanding that Rich won’t become an agent of the state and why should he? He hasn’t harmed anyone. Unlike Phil and his co-workers who routinely cut deals, set people up and harm others who’ve harmed no one. So Phil, if you’re looking to collect information on people causing harm or advocating violence, look no further than a mirror. The government, through agents like you, are the most violent, harmful people in the world. Your job is funded by millions who would most likely allocate their hard earned wealth elsewhere. Your duties include kidnapping, threatening and (at times) the use of deadly force. If you want to stop the violence, quit your job. Or if you really want to learn and understand complete liberty, feel free to email, Facebook or call me (I’m sure you have access to my information). I’d be happy to provide you with a clear understanding of my views, you don’t need to wiretap peaceful people. Something agents of the state call criminal when done to them, trust me I know. I’m facing 21 years for wiretapping, or the same exact thing you tried to get Rich to do to me and my friends. I eagerly await our interview.

What is Terrorism?

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Local Activists, Architects Partner with Residents to Re-Purpose Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla

Thursday, May 31st, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–MAY 31, 2012

Press Contact:

Debbie Reyes, California Prison Moratorium Project, 559-367-6020

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Mid-Morning Links

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Criminal Justice in a Voluntary Society

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

If you are not satisfied with the level of “protection” now being provided by law enforcement personnel you owe it to yourself (and future generations) to consider alternatives with an open mind. This video does a solid job of outlining one such alternative that relies not on claimed customers within an arbitrary political boundary and a “legitimate” right to initiate force but on consensual interactions, incentives, and reputation. What do you think? -Pete

From Chase Rachels: This video depicts how law and order may be established in a free and voluntary society, without the use of the coercive monopoly otherwise known as the state.

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Criminal Justice in a Voluntary Society

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

If you are not satisfied with the level of “protection” now being provided by law enforcement personnel you owe it to yourself (and future generations) to consider alternatives with an open mind. This video does a solid job of outlining one such alternative that relies not on claimed customers within an arbitrary political boundary and a “legitimate” right to initiate force but on consensual interactions, incentives, and reputation. What do you think? -Pete

From Chase Rachels: This video depicts how law and order may be established in a free and voluntary society, without the use of the coercive monopoly otherwise known as the state.

Criminal Justice in a Voluntary Society is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights

To Serve and Protect

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

A grand jury in West Palm Beach, Florida, says Eric Perez received “fundamentally inadequate” care at the Palm Beach county juvenile detention center. Perez had been arrested for marijuana possession. He was allegedly tossed on his head during “horseplay” with some of the guards. He was taken back to his cell despite being unsteady on his feet. He spent the next several hours, hallucinating, crying in pain, calling for help, vomiting, and soiling himself before dying. Though an officer checked on his cell every 10 minutes, the only effort to get him help were two calls to the head nurse that went unanswered.

ACLU Sues for Right to Protest and Film Police

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Here is the interesting story of the work of a few good men in Escondido keeping the police accountable. We will keep you informed of what transpires.

escondido aclu 300x300 ACLU Sues for Right to Protest and Film PoliceThe ACLU is suing the city of Escondido for three separate incidents where city police, aided by California Highway Patrol have violated the first amendment rights of protesters. The protesters were engaged in peaceful protest of the city’s border checkpoints. All three occasions included police interference of protest or peaceful filming of their activities.

When interviewed, David Loy, the legal director for the ACLU in San Diego said, “This is a clear-cut case about First Amendment rights to protest and monitor the actions of police officers. Vague boilerplate claims about traffic and officer safety do not justify trampling on the First Amendment.”

Matthew Bologna and a friend were protesting in January, 2011 when approached by officers who cited a law about not selling things within 500 feet of a freeway to compel them to move their protest. When contacted by the ACLU, the department said the officer was concerned about “driver safety, as he believed passing traffic was being distracted by the protest signs.” They did, however, admit that there was no specific policy explaining how this concern was to be handled and that police are not permitted to override the first amendment for safety concerns.

Bologna was again harassed by officers for filming their on duty operations at the checkpoint three months later. They ordered him to stop filming them, because, as they put it: “We have a policy not to have you in our operational area for officer safety reasons.” They insisted even when Bologna pointed out that he was filming on a public sidewalk on the opposite side of the street from the checkpoint.

Loy has concluded, “The time has come to resolve this in court. Escondido officers continue to violate the First Amendment. CHP has admitted that its traffic safety standard is ‘vague’ but refused to provide any guidance on when and under what circumstances it might restrict political speech in a public forum. Plaintiffs have no choice but to ask the court to protect their free speech rights.”

In the meantime, Bologna continues to hold public officials accountable. “I absolutely will continue to protest these open displays of tyranny,” he said. “I believe in freedom and that does not involve being stopped for no reason and asked to present papers.”

 

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Anaheim PD take mugshots of innocent high school boys in public – filmed by Orange County CopWatch

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Thursday May 3, 2012

Went out riding with a buddy in Orange County California and saw several police goons conducting some sort of investigation on high school boys. Of course I always immediately pull out the camera and start filming, I am instantly being asked questions by one of the LEO’s. I refuse to answer his questions and they go about their business. Shortly after, one of the LEOs started taking mugshot-style photographs of both teens, obviously embarrassing the boys and intimidating them into more mindless sheepy drones. I found it appalling that these grown men are taking photos of boys no older than 15, after not finding anything during a search and investigation. After asking questions I am met with 3 pissy officers frantically trying to explain this absolute nonsense.

Thanks Officer 81, an addition to my growing collections of shields and badges!

-OC Copwatch
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And Now They Are Coming For You

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
A Few Words from the Editors...

We live in an exciting time where it can be reasonably believed that the current ruling order can be overthrown and an entirely new world can flourish in it's place. Entire governments have been brought down, insurrections nurtured and pushed to their most subversive ends, and people across the globe anticipate a coming, perhaps winnable, clash between themselves and power. However, it is also a scary time to call yourself an anarchist, with the media and whole governments inflating fears of anarchist "terrorism," bomb-plots, and attacks. In recent months, 10 people have been brought up on conspiracy charges. Each of these cases is similar; an FBI informant finds young idealistic people involved on the periphery of protest movements and pushes them toward radical action, only to later arrest them after they have been pushed. In this special article from a comrade in the bay area, they discuss how strategies classically used against revolutionaries have come to be more broadly applied to other groups of people, as though they too are seen by the state as combatants and potential insurgents. 


Eric McDavid
In Modesto, we've already seen police target anarchists for repression, as was the case when the Stanislaus County Sheriffs launched a sting operation against an underground needle exchange in order to "rid the parks of anarchists and junkies," as head Sheriff Adam Christianson explained before the Board of Supervisors. In 2006, an Auburn anarchist, Eric McDavid, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being entrapped by an FBI informant without even carrying out an action. While we have seen the state act against anarchists in this area, we also have seen the targeting of whole groups of people based on the neighborhood they live in or their immigration status. When the needle exchange was shut down, people reacted with solidarity: dropping banners, holding demonstrations, packing the courtroom, and throwing benefits to raise money, but what was our response when immigration officials raided a Modesto area flea market, carting away children under the pretext of looking for pirate DVDs? Where was the rage when the city of Modesto declared entire neighborhoods under gang injunctions, which in colonial fashion created curfews, forbade people from associating with each other, and hindered the movements of entire groups of people? 


We should not be surprised at state repression against radicals when such strategies are used by the government against huge segments of the population. Generalized surveillance, mass incarceration, the ubiquitous exploitation of migrant workers terrorized to silence through the constant threat of deportation, and gang injunctions which keep poor communities of color fractured and isolated are all part of a social war waged against the very population itself. With these first forays into the domestication of warfare into the every day fabric of our lives, is it any wonder that the state would target those who already proclaim themselves combatants in just such a war?


And Now They Are Coming For You


3 of the 5 people arrested after protests
in Chicago. 
The image of five men circulates through the news media and around the internet.  A few weeks later, a new story, this time the mugshots of three more men flash on the screen, followed by the pictures of two other men in the following days.

The ten white men are in serious trouble, something about “terrorism” from the sounds of it, but the situation is very confusing.  One thing is clear: informants were involved in all of these cases, and that they developed friendships with these young men in order to entrap them.

People in Ohio involved in FBI
entrapment case. 
In most of the cases it seems the men are charged with nothing more than talking, yet they are facing lengthy prison sentences.

How did we get to this point?

Background

Late 2002- 20,000 feet above the ocean a young man lies on the cold metal floor of an airplane, his arms and legs affixed to metal posts by sturdy canvass straps.  His captors speak a language he does not understand, yet they constantly scream at him, their mouths just inches from his face.  He is afraid.

The airplane lands somewhere outside of an Eastern European capital.  He is placed in a van and driven away from the makeshift airport.  They arrive at what appears to be a small office building on the outskirts of a city.

This place does not exist on any map.

Inside the building are not offices but 6 tiny damp cells.  The cells have no sinks or benches.  There is not even a toilet.   He is forced to the ground and, once again, his arms and legs are strapped down.

A hood is thrown over his head and he feels water running down his body.  His captors are yelling.  He cannot breathe. 

Guantanamo Bay 
In the past decade, thousands of Muslims have been subjected to the most disturbing forms of incarceration and interrogation imaginable.  Of those incarcerated, most were never officially charged.  Many did not survive the ordeal.

Extraordinary rendition, the extrajudicial abduction and international transport of a person for the purpose of interrogation, became commonplace during the “war on terror”.   Countless people who were never charged with a crime were transported to “black sites”.  The US government refuses to acknowledge the existence of many of these secret prisons. 

Like “indefinite detention” and “enhanced interrogation techniques”, “extraordinary rendition” is another euphemism used to downplay the campaign of terror waged by the US against the Muslim world.

Abdulrahman al-Awlaki
Friday, October 14, 2011 -  A 16 year old American boy, along with nine others, is killed in a targeted CIA drone strike in Yemen. Abdulrahman al-Awlakibecomes the third American killed in Yemen by United States drones in just over two weeks.

These attacks made it clear that the most brutal methods, those aerial bombardments normally reserved for citizens of far-away lands, would now be used against Americansas well.

The targeted CIA murder of an American boy would normally cause an outrage. 

But he was Muslim, and we had grown to expect this.

It’s hard not to feel that we failed to respond appropriately to this decade long campaign of state repression, and that our failure to act then has helped to create the situation we are in today.

Drone planes carry out attacks and
conduct surveillance. 
Perhaps we didn’t understand how similar our struggles are.  Maybe we were susceptible to the reactionary media campaigns and thought that these young men from the Muslim world were the same men who burned women with acid in Pakistan or poisoned girls for learning to read in Afghanistan. Perhaps we convinced ourselves that, without knowing each individual’s politics, that they were all religious fundamentalists who wanted a return to an era of the most unbridled patriarchy.  Maybe believing this made it easier for us to ignore their persecution, perhaps it gave us an easier justification for our inability to act than to admit that we were afraid. 

It is now apparent that we ignored their struggle at our own peril.

The Precedent

Tarek Mehanna
Last month Tarek Mehanna was sentenced to 17 years in prison for translating communiqués issued by Muslim combatants.  This case is just another demonstration of the extreme racism of the judicial system.  But it has become apparent that the State is no longer content to suppress only ethnic minorities.  Any challenge to the system will now be met with the most brutal reprisal.

The prosecutions of animal and earth liberation militants from 2006 to 2009 was as much an attempt by the State to destroy those movements as it was a chance to set a precedent in the conviction of white Americans as terrorists.  Using the fear of the not-so-distant World Trade Center attack and the precedent of the convictions of countless Muslims for doing far less, the State successfully targeted another network of people.  They saw the animal and earth liberation movements as being marginal enough that they could be used as a testing ground for a campaign of persecution that is now aimed at all who disobey.

Somebody Snitchin’

Informants have been critical in the prosecution of nearly all terror cases.  We have been told that their role is to identify plots and to stop them before they are carried out. 

The role of the informant is to create a situation that justifies his existence.  An informant does not infiltrate a terror cell.  He creates one.

Many of us believed that informants target the key players of a movement in an attempt to remove influential people, thus striking a crippling blow. 

COINTELPRO targeted revolutionary
movements and groups in the 1960's-70's.
In the 1960s the FBI targeted the leaders of social movements for “neutralization”.  To cut off the head was to kill the body.  We learned from this and developed bodies that could function without a head.  No longer could they destroy us by targeting a few key people.

But they also learned.  Informants no longer look for leaders, they look for followers, those bright-eyed young idealists who will do anything to end this global cycle of suffering. 

Our diffuse structure has been met by a diffuse repression.  To target at random, to incarcerate the least threatening among us, sends a message that is much more terrifying than the old method. 

They no longer seek to decapitate a movement, but to slash wildly at its body so that none of its parts are safe. 

Today, there is nowhere to hide.

The Homefront

Occupy Oakland 
The Bay is the epicenter of struggle in this country.  We have almost grown used to the experience of small-scale uprisings.  We have participated in conflicts we never would have thought possible.

Around the country our allies have taken notice.  It is certain that the same is true of our enemies.

In Ohio, Minnesota, Washington, Illinois, even in small town Iowa the State’s secret messengers have reared their heads. 

But here they have remained silent.

The current wave of struggle in the Bay began three and a half years ago, and almost immediately evidence of informants was apparent.

At the height of the Oscar Grant movement we learned that the FBI expressed a great deal of interest in the anarchist tendency in the Bay.  It was uncovered that someone was feeding information about anarchist participation in the uprising to law enforcement.  It was suspected that this source was close to or within the anarchist movement.

This person was never discovered.

Around this time a strange figure appeared.  Claiming to be a leader of the “Oakland Panthers”, he publicly exalted the dumbest forms of violent action and considered macho homophobic yelling matches to be an admirable form of struggle.  He physically attacked people at random.  He was trusted by few.  It was revealed that he was a pimp who had worked as an informant for OPD in the recent past, and it was speculated that he still working for them.  3 years later he made an appearance at an Occupy Oakland action, trying to persuade a young anarchist to light something on fire.  He was outed and hasn’t been seen since.
We're already at that point...

It is apparent that law enforcement has, to some degree, used covert methods against radical movements in the Bay in recent times.  They have reason to fear the fighting force we have developed.  But, with the exception of a washed up pimp-turned fake Panther, none of the State’s messengers have been discovered.

Be safe.  There are enemies among us, though we have yet to identify them.

Learn from the cases of the ten men, and from all the prosecutions before them.  Be cautious about your use of the word “trust”.  Don’t let anyone drag you into a situation that you are not prepared for.

Organize your conspiracies carefully.  We must learn to strike harder and more effectively.  The anger we carry with us will one day bring down empires.

Until now the victims of the most brutal state repression have been the same people that have always had the boot on their neck. Though at times the police have clearly targeted people they believed to be white anarchists, the judicial system continued functioning in the same way it always has. In the past three and a half years of struggle in the Bay, nearly all of the people who have done time have been working-class black males.  

Media encourages people to call police on rioters and
looters after Oscar Grant revolt in Oakland.
For those of us who were raised to believe that, because of our race, we would be subjected to the full range of terror the State has to offer, this was not surprising.  In a sense, we do not react with the same emotion to these situations because we have grown to expect them.  That Muslims are indefinitely held in solitary confinement, that black youths fill the jails, we have come to believe that this is simply the order of things.

But this will soon change. 

The controlled management units, the sensory deprivation, the enhanced interrogation techniques, the indefinite detention, all the tools of the wars against populations abroad are coming home.

You watched as they tortured Muslims in Iraq, detained Mexicans in Arizona, incarcerated blacks in Oakland, and as you watched you thought to yourself this is fucked up. 

But you said nothing as they were thrown to the lions.

And now they are coming for you.

Further reading: 
Repression As State Strategy - A Murder of Crows