July 4, 2008
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the FBI will dispatch “hundreds” of agents during the DNC “to gather intelligence on possible terrorist activity.” It apparently does not matter there is “no word on any terrorist threats to the convention, but the FBI is taking no chances.” The FBI is not worried about al-Qaeda. Instead, it is keen on “studying tactics, which have blocked streets and disrupted traffic in the past,” tactics employed by its own agents provocateurs as an excuse to crack down on citizens exercising their right to petition the government under the First Amendment.
|Free speech zone at the Boston DNC.|
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation has collected extensive information on the tactics, training and organization of antiwar demonstrators and has advised local law enforcement officials to report any suspicious activity at protests to its counterterrorism squads, according to interviews and a confidential bureau memorandum,” the New York Times reported back in 2003. “F.B.I. officials said in interviews that the intelligence-gathering effort was aimed at identifying anarchists and ‘extremist elements’ plotting violence, not at monitoring the political speech of law-abiding protesters.”
Not only does the FBI monitor “anarchists” and other “extremist elements,” they actively organize “suspicious activity,” as the case of Anna Davies, aka Anna Davidson and Grai Damiani, reveals. Davies “infiltrated peace and justice rallies and anarchist meetings, and even attempted to join protests against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) ahead of the DNC’s national convention… as a paid FBI confidential ‘informant.’ Activists say that she has tried to provoke conflict at various advocacy events and violent incidents with police to get people arrested. In other words, Anna is not just an informant, she may be a provocateur,” writes Jennifer Van Bergen. “The FBI will not discuss Anna’s status or the specifics of her training or operations but denies that informants are trained to provoke.”
No, of course not, never mind the long and sordid history of FBI provocation, going back at least to the 1920s. More recently, the FBI’s notorious COINTELPRO was used to infiltrate and seed chaos within political groups. “Agents and informers did not merely spy on political activists. The main purpose was to discredit and disrupt. Their presence served to undermine trust and scare off potential supporters,” write Mike Cassidy and Will Miller. Nothing much has changed over the decades. The FBI — acting as the government’s political police, no different than the Cheka and KGB in the old Soviet Union — “is dangerously targeting Americans who are engaged in nothing more than lawful protest and dissent,” Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, told the New York Times. “The line between terrorism and legitimate civil disobedience is blurred, and I have a serious concern about whether we’re going back to the days of Hoover.”
In fact, the “days of Hoover” never ended. It should be remembered that the late FBI director J. Edgar Hoover instructed his agents, operatives, and informers “to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize activities” of American citizens engaged in lawful and constitutionally protected activity. Hoover may be gone, but the FBI, as America’s political police, still faithfully honors its creed of subverting the Bill of Rights.
Since “everything changed,” thanks to the false flag terror attacks of September 11, 2001, it has become a lot easier to “monitor” activists. “A chainlink fence or chicken-wire barricade will be erected to contain demonstrators outside the convention, a la the ‘free-speech zone’ erected outside the 2004 Dem convention in Boston,” notes the Sun-Times.
It will also make it easier for the agents provocateurs to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” Americans exercising their right to petition the government.
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