[How to guard against police infiltration and entrapment? Serious activists need to answer this question, and study the growing amount of now-public material on the police methods of controlling, distorting, and destroying political opposition movements. The key to blocking and limiting police counter-insurgency infiltrations: Groups must establish clear and commonly-held political objectives, against which all organizational and tactical questions are critically subordinated. On this basis, trusted personal relations can be established, purposeful community relations can be fostered and cultivated, as well as making clearly defined alliances with detailed and limited common objectives and tasks. And, they need to combine all this with political education which includes “Know Your Rights”, “Don’t Talk”, “Why we must stand together”, “How the police work to turn activists against each other”, and “The importance of not cooperating with police, of exposing the police state, and of defending the people’s struggles with utmost seriousness.”— Frontlines ed.]
Adrian Morrow and Kim Mackrael, Globe and Mail, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011
In early 2009, two strangers started mingling with the activist communities of Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph.
The first was a man. Those who crossed paths with him say he ingratiated himself by chauffeuring people to protests in his white van and buying them pitchers of beer at the bar after. The second, a woman, told people she had fled an abusive relationship, acquaintances say.
Both were undercover police officers infiltrating organizations planning protests against the Toronto G20 summit in June, 2010. They were part of the Joint Intelligence Group, an RCMP-led squad with officers seconded from the Ontario Provincial Police and other forces, whose task was to gather information on threats to the summit.The probe, which lasted a year and a half, would fail to prevent the smashed windows, burning squad cars and 1,100 arrests for which the summit would become known. But it did end with 17 people accused of conspiracy to commit mischief. For at least some of them, Tuesday is expected to be judgment day.
Court proceedings so far are covered by a pretrial publication ban; a separate court order prohibits disclosing undercover officers’ identities. But The Globe and Mail interviewed activists over the course of several months and examined public documents to glean a sense of the depth of the infiltration. Continue reading