If you are a member of a mosque, a person of color, or a member of an organization that advocates for peace, the environment, animals, economic justice, or just about any other cause–heads up–the FBI (or the state or local police) is sending paid informants into your community and organizations to spy on you. Worse, they may try to entrap you or one of your peers in a manufactured plots that could end you up in jail.
The FBI’s most successful counterterror operations follow the same pattern: paid informants come into a community, latch onto the most vulnerable members, befriend them, give them gifts, money, drugs and/or alcohol, bully them into joining fake terror plots, and provide everything that is needed to carry out the ploy. Then, BAM! the fake plot is exposed, people’s lives are ruined and the FBI is able to demonize a whole community or movement while pretending they have heroically saved us from terrorism.
We call this pattern Manufacturing Terrorism and it is playing out now in Muslim communities and is being used against environmentalist, anarchists, the Occupy movement, and others.
Confidential informants are the unseen foot soldiers in the government’s war on drugs. By some estimates, up to eighty per cent of all drug cases in the country involve them.
In Spite of Local Law Limiting Investigations of First Amendment Assemblies, DC Police Infiltrated Organizing Group for Inauguration Protests
Before the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) had arrested a single protester at Trump’s inauguration, undercover agents had infiltrated one of the main groups organizing protests according to court documents.
In response to revelations that the FBI and DHS have been spying on Black Lives Matter, Occupy, anti-pipeline activists and peace and solidarity activists, individuals and 131 civil society organizations asked the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to find out the true extent of improper spying.
The Inspector General found that the NYPD broke the rules on surveillance of political activity, doing it for too long without a reason. Also, 95% of those spied on were “individuals associated with Islam.”