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This isn't what I was hoping for when I voted for Obama. Just sayin'. I mean, it's a damn sight better than President McCain (with Palin!) or President Romney, but still. That's not good enough.
@1 Thanks. We need practical advice like that. (And thanks for the post, Brendan.)
And thanks to all working for their community and fighting the good fight, even in the face of police-state persecution.
By the way, any sentences handed out in the 2012 riots? So how does it work in Seattle..white people can smash stores and smoke drugs in public, and get good press. But everyone else who jaywalks gets punched in the face. Is that how it works?
On a more serious note, what @1 said. And can we please start having a serious conversation about dismantling the security state?
This is the problem in activist communities. How can you by default be sympathetic to this part of his story? What about the women involved in your activist groups?
Check this out: http://inciteblog.wordpress.com/2010/07/…
Childs's priors and his profile as an informant are an interesting look at how that kind of thing goes down—but the strangest part is Duff getting a visit from FBI agents (while disembarking a city bus) the day after Duff publicly criticized the FBI for using these visits as a mode of intimidation.
A lawyer and a tape recorder is moot as any decent attorney will advise you to say nothing--it's not like they're trying to help you or are going to give you a break. But, just so you, et ux, know, EVERY phone call to the federal building, especially the FBI in Seattle is recorded, even though no message announces this. One good reason (legally) is the feds only require single party consent to recording a conversation (phone) while Washington law generally requires two/all. The federal building is governed by exclusive federal jurisdiction (different rules), even though (technically) a legal analysis indicates the laws on BOTH ends of the call must be honored. But the State of Washington isn't going to go after the FBI (it wouldn't do any good) on this one.
What's important for everyone to know is, if a party (such as the FBI) *KNOWS* the call is being recorded/monitored (as they do for calls to that office), there is NO expectation of privacy. Thus, you are not breaking Washington's Privacy Act law if *you* record the call (even without telling them). Still, it's almost always a bad idea to speak with them in the first place. Just hang up if they call, or refuse to talk if they contact you personally.
As to the 'informant', that's a mixed bag...like two scorpions in a bottle: the hate group (@narchists) and the informant for a state sponsored terrorist organization (the FBI). Given the choice (if it is a choice) between a hate group and state sponsored terrorist organizations, we're probably better off (if you can call it that) with the latter. Because of the violence, assaults, thefts, vandalism, and myriad other crimes promoted by black bloc co-conspirators, their anonymity needs to be stripped from them at every opportunity. Anonymity has a long tradition as a shield for pure speech--it inappropriate for it to be used as a cloak for criminal conduct. (A)narchists are terrified (even as they, themselves, attempt to inspire terror in the public/officials) of having that anonymity stripped because it will force them to be responsible and be held accountable for their ACTS. Thus, anyone/everyone who would strip them of that anonymity which they choose to use as a weapon, is labeled a 'snitch'. They often assault and/or label photojournalists (if they don't allow the violent street radicals to have editorial control of the reporting) as 'snitches'. But today, WE are the media.
So, take your pick: Rubbing shoulders with a pervert in the service of a state sponsored terrorist organization (FBI), or characters indistinguishable from those in Lord Of The Flies (@narchists). Is this a great country, or what?!
Does it still not dawn on anyone at the Stranger that the 1%'s "left" fist serves the same corporate police state agenda as it's "right" fist?
That when the end result is the same, like this police state we're seeing unfold before our eyes, that it's time to reject BOTH corporate puppets, regardless of gender or skin color?!!
Jesus Christ, the goddamned irony! Is the Stranger trying to have it both ways here? Whose side are you really on? (Oh, and are you guys gearing up to push Hillary Clinton as the "only realistic option to defeat republicans" bullshit again in 2016?)
To say the least, sex offenders like this one should not be paid by our tax-dollars to work for the FBI. He, and his supporters, belongs in prison for life! Why our laws don't prioritize putting predator pedophiles in prison above and beyond all other criminals is something I can't live with...
As for the FBI, well, they clearly they go after peaceful activists, officially calling them "terrorists" to justify their persecution of anyone who dares to speak out against corporate rule. American people have got to be the biggest cowards that after all this evidence of Obama's expansion of Bush's ugliest policies, they still refuse move outside the 2 political parties who both agree that this is what the FBI should be doing.