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It Figures

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 25, 2008

By now, most of you have no doubt heard about the FBI’s plan to get informants to infiltrate vegan potlucks in the Twin Cities area to hunt down those evil liberal hippies who are almost certainly plotting violence for the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, even though there’s no evidence that the hippies are actually plotting violence — though there are recorded incidents where the moles in these groups were the ones inciting violence:

During the lead-up the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City, the NYPD’s Intelligence Division infiltrated and spied on protest groups across the country, as well as in Canada and Europe. The program’s scope extended to explicitly nonviolent groups, including street theater troupes and church organizations.

There were also two reported instances of police officers, dressed as protestors, purposefully instigating clashes. At the 2004 Republican National Convention, the NYPD orchestrated a fake arrest to incite protestors. When a blond man was “arrested,” nearby protestors began shouting, “Let him go!” The helmeted police proceeded to push back against the crowd with batons and arrested at least two. In a similar instance, during an April 29, 2005, Critical Mass bike ride in New York, video footage captured a “protestor”—in reality an undercover cop—telling his captor, “I’m on the job,” and being subsequently let go.

This sort of poo-stirring by infiltrators has already been occurring locally:

Minneapolis’s own recent Critical Mass skirmish was allegedly initiated by two unidentified stragglers in hoods—one wearing a handkerchief over his or her face—who “began to make aggressive moves” near the back of the pack. During that humid August 31 evening, officers went on to arrest 19 cyclists while unleashing pepper spray into the faces of bystanders. The hooded duo was never apprehended.

In the scuffle’s wake, conspiracy theories swirled that the unprecedented surveillance—squad cars from multiple agencies and a helicopter hovering overhead—was due to the presence of RNC protesters in the ride. The MPD publicly denied this. But during the trial of cyclist Gus Ganley, MPD Sgt. David Stichter testified that a task force had been created to monitor the August 31 ride and that the department knew that members of an RNC protest group would be along for the ride.

Bear in mind that some of our local right-wing bloggers like Mitch Berg do silly things like brag about their ties to right-wing agents proshlockateur like “Protest Warrior” who do stupid things while pretending to be lefties. Meanwhile, these brave Republican local bloggers and talk-show gabbers such as Learned Foot and Michael Brodkorb (“faces made for radio”, indeed) are being put forth as suitable FBI moles — though whether any of these clowns has the guts to stand and reap the whirlwind they’d be sowing is debatable.

Yupper, violence-inciting moles and proshlockateurs: Just what we need for fun times here in September!

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3 Responses to “It Figures”

  1. Stormcrow said

    Well, I guess bottom-feeding for generic lefties is easier than going out and trying to find somebody who might actually pose some danger to the nation. That last requires some serious hard work.

    The FBI has always struck me as a very mixed bag. Some of these people are serious cops. Others are just Geheime Staatspolizei wannabes who are deathly allergic to the painstaking detail work that serious cops eat, drink, and breathe. They go for the easiest, cheapest, and most politically convenient busts they can, and devil take the consequences.

    The problem, of course, is that these malicious clowns have the same power that the real McCoys have. While leaving the same sort of wreckage trails behind them that other, more mundane sociopaths do, magnified by that power.

    Chasing people like Oppenheimer while ignoring Klaus Fuchs. Shadowing MLK, while pretending the Mafia didn’t exist.

    The only thing these people ever leave behind them is a wasteland of blown cases and wasted resources and wrecked lives.

  2. Charles II said

    There’s a simple reason for the two kinds of agents, Stormcrow. At times, the FBI is heavily politicized, as under Hoover (and under Bush). At other times, it functions like a normal bureaucracy, hiring and rewarding merit.

  3. The FBI has always struck me as a very mixed bag. Some of these people are serious cops. Others are just Geheime Staatspolizei wannabes who are deathly allergic to the painstaking detail work that serious cops eat, drink, and breathe. They go for the easiest, cheapest, and most politically convenient busts they can, and devil take the consequences.

    Hoover used to drive the Brits barking mad during both the runup to US involvement in World War II and the war itself. Instead of either trying to turn uncovered Nazi spies, or leaving them in place while feeding them disinformation, he’d go for the big fat headline-grabbing bust that would alert the Nazis that a particular spy network no longer worked.

    Chasing people like Oppenheimer while ignoring Klaus Fuchs.

    Well, of course, Oppenheimer was suspect because he dared openly question the utility (not to mention the morality) of the nuclear arms race, so of course the FBI had to persecute him — even though there’s no way in hell the Soviets would have used such a high-profile guy as a spy; they knew that his speaking out against the Bomb would lead to him having his every more picked apart, which is not something good intel agencies want to happen with their spies. Fuchs, on the other hand, kept his head down and didn’t speak out publicly, and thus was able to spend the better part of the decade transmitting information to the Soviets. (Ironically enough, he may have hindered more than he helped — Russian scientists had actually improved on the design of the original US bomb, but Beria, who ran the Soviet bomb project, trusted Fuchs more than he trusted his own scientists and insisted they build their bomb after the manner of the American original, per Fuch’s information.)

    Shadowing MLK, while pretending the Mafia didn’t exist.

    Hoover of course was both a racist and a prude who was probably gay but too prudish ever to act on his gayness; MLK’s having sex, especially with white women, sent him round the bend.

    As for his strange refusal to go after the Mafia — instead going after Jack Anderson, the chief journalist investigating the Mafia — some have theorized that the Mob had got wind of his preference for males (and maybe even got a few juicy photographs) and used said information to blackmail him, but it could just be because he was a blinkered, prudish, hidebound dork who worried far more about Commies and hippies and blacks (oh my!) than anything else.

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