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.
New Defense Department Policy Bans Same Spying Practices Army Used on U.S. Antiwar Activists for Years
New rules for Army Intelligence agents prohibit surveillance “for the purpose of collecting information on the domestic activities of U.S. persons” or “anonymous spying on email listservs.”
Back in March, hundreds of protesters descended on the Superdome in New Orleans to disrupt a federal auction for new Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases. Now an advocacy group wants to know if federal officials worked with local law enforcement and oil and gas industry insiders to spy on environmentalists involved in that and other protests held as part of the campaign.
UN Special Rapporteur: US Falls Short on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association
“In short, people have good reason to be angry and frustrated at the moment. And it is at times like these when robust promotion of assembly and association rights are needed most.”
“In spite of this brotherly love, Standford made one comment that should jump out to anyone concerned about free speech. According to the article, Standford conceded that the police were “already monitoring some of the groups who have received demonstration permits.”
In 1968, outside the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Chicago, police violently cleared the streets of antiwar protesters, smashing heads and clubbing with abandon. Inside, even some Democratic Party officials blanched at the level of brutality. Abraham Ribicoff, a senator from Connecticut, denounced the police’s “Gestapo tactics” from the podium of the convention hall, earning the ire of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley and the applause of many delegates.