Canada: How police infiltrated groups planning G20 protests

[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.]

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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

Federal Bureau of Instigation

August 30, 2011

Entrapment as Government Policy–The FBI Goes Rogue
by LAWRENCE DAVIDSON

Here is an important question: What single organization is responsible for more terror plots in the USA than any other? Possible answers: Al Qaida. That would no doubt be the popular answer but it would be wrong. The KKK. Way past their prime, so that is not it. The Jewish Defense League. Good guess, but still not it. So what is the correct answer? It is the Federal Bureau of Investigation, AKA the FBI. Don’t believe me? Well, just read Trevor Aaronson’s expose entitled “The Informants” published in the September/October 2011 issue of Mother Jones.

Aaronson looked at over 500 terrorism related cases taken up by the FBI and found that over half of them involved the Bureau’s stable of 15,000 informants. Many of these are ex-felons and con men who are often paid well if their efforts result in an arrest and conviction. So what, you might say. Using informants to obtain information about criminal activity is an old and legitimate tactic. Yes, however, that approach to information gathering is not exactly how the FBI uses all of its informants. Indeed, the Bureau has a program, misnamed “prevention” which encourages its agents to get creative in the use of informants. How creative? Well, if they can’t find any terrorist activity going on, they have their informants instigate some. Where are they doing this? Mainly in our country’s Muslim communities. Continue reading

FBI and NYPD: Luring the migrant into a fake “terror plot” — then jailing him for decades

Report Documents Fake Terror Threats Concocted by FBI and NYPD

Color Lines, Monday, May 23 2011

Shahawar Matin Siraj immigrated to Queens, N.Y., from Pakistan with his family when he was 16. Siraj began working at his uncle’s Islamic bookshop in Queens where, soon after 9/11, an undercover police officer began coming around and engaging Siraj in conversations about politics and religion. Whatever Siraj said to the officer in those conversations, it was enough for NYPD to soon assign another undercover officer to befriend the young man as well.

That second officer showed Siraj images of victims of American wars in the Middle East and of Guantanamo Bay, and began making up stories about secret terrorist organizations inside the U.S. Over the next year, the undercover agent prodded Siraj to devise a plan to detonate a bomb in New York City, as a means of responding to the U.S. government’s violence. Siraj first agreed but eventually refused to actively participate in the plot, saying, “No, I don’t want to do it.” But after more repeated prodding of the young man, Siraj finally agreed to act as a lookout for others.

A week later, Siraj was called by the NYPD to a police station to deal with an outstanding misdemeanor charge. Upon arrival, he was arrested and charged with conspiracy. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison. The next day, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested and detained Siraj’s mother, sister and father. His mother and sister spent 11 days and his father six months in a New Jersey detention center. Continue reading

Shahawar Matin Siraj, Newburgh 4 and the Fort Dix 5: All Lured Into Terror Plot By Overzealous FBI Informants, New Report Claims

[It should be called the Department of Frame-up, Break-in, Infiltration (FBI), with special units for Profiling, Provocation and Entrapment.  This article spells out the current tactics of the guardians of injustice assigned to Deliberate Harassment and Setup (DHS). — Frontlines ed.]

By Graham Rayman, the Village Voice
Wed., May 18 2011

Thumbnail image for colorcodedterrorL.jpgA new report out of the NYU Law School slams the feds and the NYPD for conduct in three recent terrorism cases, saying that the government should end the practice of sending “paid informants into Muslim communities or families without any particularized suspicion of criminal activity.”

The report, called “Targeted and Entrapped,” was compiled by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and the International Human Rights Clinic at the NYU School of Law.

In the case of the Newburgh 4, as the Voice has reported, the paid FBI informant, Shahed Hussain, spent months trolling for someone interested in terror, and finally found ex-con, pot smoker and video game player James Cromitie who haltingly over 8 months went along with a plot that was largely devised and pushed forward by the government. Cromitie and three other men were convicted last fall, and face up to life in prison. Continue reading