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Topic - Infiltrators and informants (27)
"He was here - on and off - for about 2 years, first appearing in the Summer of 2016. His name is "Shane". That's his undercover name, and his real name. "Shane Bond", is what he told us - with "us" being the different communities and circles in Hamilton he tried to infiltrate."
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Friends & other activists
Topic
Infiltrators and informants
Type
Text
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30 July 2022
by Puget Sound Prisoner Support (pugetsoundanarchists.org)
"This information was compiled from public arrest documents regarding incidents in the Seattle area [...]. We provide our observations of these cases to highlight the dangers of not following security practices, as well as to inform the community that one of the defendants has cooperated with the authorities."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Infiltrators and informants, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Video surveillance
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Text
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30 July 2022
by Rolling Thunder (crimethinc.com/rt)
"At the end of 2005, the FBI opened a new phase of its assault on earth and animal liberation movements - known as the Green Scare [...]. This offensive, dubbed Operation Backfire, was intended to obtain convictions for many of the unsolved Earth Liberation Front arsons of the preceding ten years - but more so, to have a chilling effect on all ecological direct action. In the following analysis [...] we review everything we can learn from the Operation Backfire cases, with the intention of passing on the lessons for the next generation of environmental activists."
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Friends & other activists
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Infiltrators and informants
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Text
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29 July 2022
Advice from CSRC: if you're interested in this resource, you might also be interested in Toronto G20 Main Conspiracy Group: The Charges and How They Came To Be.
"Amanda "Mandy" Hiscocks, a long-time activist from Guelph, Ontario, was centrally involved in organizing against the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto. This interview deals with instances of state repression against the opposition to the summit, including tactics and strategies used by the state to try to infiltrate the opposition."
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Friends & other activists
Topic
Infiltrators and informants
Types
Audio, Text
Date added
10 July 2022
"It all starts with a first meeting: they are offered a job, money or accommodation in exchange for information. They are told that they will be able to speed up their administrative procedures, and that they will be slowed down if they refuse. Under pressure, this person thus put his finger in the gears and agreed to go to regular meetings with plainclothes cops in a park near the police station."
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(de) Es gibt nicht nur ihre Techno-Überwachungswerkzeuge in unserem Leben, es gibt auch noch die Snitches
"Alles beginnt mit einem ersten Treffen: man bietet ihm Arbeit an, Geld oder eine Wohnung im Austausch für Informationen. Man stellt ihm eine schnellere Bearbeitung seiner Anträge in Aussicht, und diese umgekehrt zu verzögern, sollte er sich weigern. Unter Druck gesetzt hat er zugestimmt sich zu regelmäßigen Treffen mit Zivis in einem Park in der Nähe des Kommissariats zu begeben."
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(fr) Y a pas que leurs outils de techno-surveillance dans nos vies, y a les poukaves aussi
"Tout commence par un premier rendez-vous : on lui propose un travail, de l’argent ou un logement en échange d’informations. On lui fait miroiter une accélération dans ses démarches administratives, et à l’inverse de les freiner en cas de refus. Mise sous pression, cette personne a ainsi mis le doigt dans l’engrenage et accepté de se rendre à des rendez-vous réguliers avec des flics en civil dans un parc, près du commissariat."
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Friends & other activists
Topic
Infiltrators and informants
Type
Text
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17 September 2021
by Thomas Meyer-Falk
"Thomas Meyer-Falk (Sicherungsverwahrung der JVA Freiburg) berichtet über Formen der Überwachung im Knastalltag."
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Origins
Friends & other activists, Friends in jail
Topics
Infiltrators and informants, Physical surveillance
Type
Audio
Date added
10 August 2021
"Enttarnung der ehemaligen verdeckten Ermittlerin Maria "Block" / Böhmichen in der linken Szene Hamburgs."
Origin
Friends & other activists
Topic
Infiltrators and informants
Type
Text
Date added
5 August 2021
"Wir dokumentieren an dieser Stelle einen Rechercheartikel [...] zur Enttarnung eines V-Manns der Staatsschutzbehörden NRW, der in den 1990iger über Jahre in Wuppertal und Solingen in der linken Szene aktiv war. Die Wahrheit wird uns nicht davonlaufen!"
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Friends & other activists
Topic
Infiltrators and informants
Type
Text
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5 August 2021
"This text tries to come to terms with the events surrounding the repression case in Zurich, in which a former anarchist fellow directed suspicion towards other people in his environment in order to clear himself. It is about repression, betrayal and other abysses."
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(de) Zurück bleiben Trauer, Wut und Unverständnis
"Dieser Text versucht die Geschehnisse rund um den Repressionsfall in Zürich aufzuarbeiten, bei dem ein ehemaliger anarchistischer Gefährte gegenüber der Staatsanwaltschaft den Verdacht auf andere Leute in seinem Umfeld gelenkt hat, um sich selbst zu entlasten. Es geht um Repression, Verrat und andere Abgründe."
(it) Restano solo dolore, rabbia e incomprensione
"Questo testo cerca di affrontare gli eventi inerenti il caso di repressione a Zurigo in cui un ex compagno anarchico ha diretto i sospetti su altre persone del suo ambiente per scagionare se stesso. Si tratta di repressione, infamia ed altri abissi."
Origin
Friends & other activists
Topic
Infiltrators and informants
Type
Text
Date added
5 August 2021
by Antifaschistische Linke Berlin
"Es ist keine angenehme Vorstellung, dass jemand, mit dem du – womöglich sehr eng – zusammenarbeitest, mit dem/der du einen trinken gehst, der/die mit einer/m deiner Freund_innen schläft, in Wirklichkeit alles, was du machst, untergraben will. Spitzel sind leider eine uralte Begleiterscheinung von Herrschaft und Oppositionelle mussten sich zu allen Zeiten mit ihnen herumschlagen – aber selten waren sie auf Spitzel so gut vorbereitet, dass sie mit ihnen, bzw. einem Spitzelverdacht vernünftig und zielgerichtet umgehen konnten. Diese Broschüre vermittelt Erfahrungen, die verschiedene Gruppen an verschiedenen Orten in den letzten Jahren gemacht haben, und die Lehren, die daraus gezogen wurden."
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Friends & other activists
Topic
Infiltrators and informants
Type
Text
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1 August 2021
by Markus Mohr, Klaus Viehmann (Hg.)
"Die zumindest in politischen Kreisen naheliegende Frage »Wer ist ein Spitzel?«, wird hier an keiner Stelle explizit reflektiert. Wir wollen keine schematischen Spitzelenttarnungsrezepte liefern, wo selbstständiges Denken, Analysieren und Aufmerksamkeit jenseits der Paranoia gefordert sind. Wer dieses Buch gelesen hat, wird aber unserer Meinung und Hoffnung nach mit dieser Frage verant- wortlicher umgehen können als zuvor. Er oder sie werden wissen, was sie schon wussten, dass es nämlich Spitzel gibt, aber sie werden hinzugelernt haben, wann, wie und wo sie aufgetreten sind. Welche Methoden sie anwenden, mit welchen Legenden sie arbeiten und wie sie – zumindest manchmal – enttarnt werden konnten. Sie werden auch eine Ahnung davon bekommen haben, in welchen Verhältnissen Spitzel wachsen und gedeihen können und welche soziale und politische Umwelt ihnen eher hinderlich ist."
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Friends & other activists
Topic
Infiltrators and informants
Type
Text
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21 July 2021
Advice from CSRC: if you're interested in this resource, you might also be interested in Organizing Against the G20 in Toronto: Interview with Mandy Hiscocks.
"This zine explores the conspiracy case that came out of the G20 summit in Toronto, Canada in 2010. It examines the role anarchists played in organizing resistance to the G20 and the ways in which the state responded to this activity. It can help sharpen our understanding of how states use surveillance, infiltration, and the legal system itself to prevent people from acting. It's an important expansion on the topics raised in other more basic security culture zines."
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Origin
Friends & other activists
Topics
Infiltrators and informants, Physical surveillance, Security culture
Type
Text
Date added
21 July 2021
"I want to have the kinds of security practices that allow me to be open while knowing that I've assessed the risk I face and am taking smart steps to minimize it. Security culture should make openness more possible, not less. This proposal for security culture is based on reframing: on shifting our focus from fear to confidence, from risk aversion to courage, from isolation to connection, and from suspicion to trust."
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Origin
Friends & other activists
Topics
Infiltrators and informants, Security culture
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
by Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (mininginjustice.org)
"Towards the end of 2014 we started to suspect that two members of the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (MISN) - the mining justice group we are a part of - were not who they said they were. In the beginning of 2015, we kicked them out of our group, quite certain they were undercover police. In the summer of 2015, an article about our experiences was published in a mainstream Toronto newspaper. This is that same story, but this time around we are using our own words and political analysis rather than framings that are palatable to mainstream media."
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Friends & other activists
Topic
Infiltrators and informants
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
by Groupe anti-répression Lausanne
"Été 2008, le Groupe anti-répression Lausanne (gar) découvre qu’il a été, à l’instar d’Attac-Vaud et d’autres collectifs, infiltré par une agente de Securitas. Sous la fausse identité de Shanti Muller, celle qui deviendra la cheffe du Crime Investigation Service (CIS), service d’investigation de la filiale lausannoise de Securitas, a fréquenté et espionné le gar dès l’automne 2003 et ce jusqu’en 2005."
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Encore une infiltration de groupes politiques par une agente de Securitas (2008)
En guise de bilan de l’infiltration du Groupe anti-répression par une agente de Securitas (2011)
Origin
Friends & other activists
Topic
Infiltrators and informants
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
by ActivistSecurity.org collective
"It is never pleasant to think that one of the people you are working with, possibly very closely, who you go drinking with, who is sleeping with one of your friends, who seems so full of life and passion is actually trying to undermine everything you are doing. Unfortunately, if your group is challenging often very powerful industries or people with vested interests it is inevitable you will make enemies along the way."
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Friends & other activists
Topic
Infiltrators and informants
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
"To je smyslem Černorudé příručky - podpořit v nás sebevědomí, zmenšit náš strach a zároveň přiložit další kámen do pevnosti s názvem bezpečnostní kultura. Nejde přitom jen o jednotlivce, důsledný musí být každý jeden z nás. Pokud všichni budeme pevní a důslední, pak se výrazně sníží riziko, že budeme chyceni a nakonec rozbiti jako celek."
Origin
Friends & other activists
Topics
DNA, Digital surveillance, Direct action, Fingerprints, Hidden devices, Infiltrators and informants, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Security culture
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
by ActivistSecurity.org collective
"This booklet is an introduction to security for action and activists. It is hoped it will provide you with the necessary information for taking action and for effective campaigning in the face of state and corporate oppression."
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Origin
Friends & other activists
Topics
Infiltrators and informants, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Video surveillance
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
by Kristian Williams (kristianwilliams.com)
"Profiles of Provocateurs provides recent case studies of the use of agents provocateurs in political prosecutions, and offers practical advice on taking care of ourselves in the face of repression."
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Friends & other activists
Topic
Infiltrators and informants
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
2012
by Claire Wolfe and others (rats-nosnitch.com)
"Your guide to protecting yourself against snitches, informers, informants, agents provocateurs, narcs, finks, and similar vermin."
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Friends & other activists
Topic
Infiltrators and informants
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
"Security is vital to the success & survival of the resistance movement. This is because we have an enemy who actively works to undermine, neutralize, & ultimately destroy us. Failure to remain aware of security concerns can mean the difference between victory or defeat, freedom or imprisonment, life or death. Not only for yourself, but others around you."
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(es) Seguridad y Contra-Vigilancia: Información contra el estado policial
"La seguridad es vital para el triunfo y sobrevivencia del movimiento de resistencia. Esto es porque tenemos un enemigo que activamente trabaja en sabotearnos, neutralizarnos y finalmente destruirnos. Fallar en lo que a seguridad concierne puede ser la diferencia entre la victoria y la derrota, libertad o aprisionamiento, vida o muerte. No solo para ti mismo, sino también para los que te rodean."
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(it) Sicurezza & Contro-Sorveglianza: Informazione contro lo Stato di Polizia
"La sicurezza è vitale per il successo e la sopravvivenza dei movimenti di resistenza. Ciò è per il semplice motivo che abbiamo un nemico che lavora attivamente per ostacolarci, neutralizzarci e infine distruggerci. Non prestare attenzione riguardo a tutto ciò che concerne la sicurezza può determinare l’esito tra la vittoria e la sconfitta, tra la libertà e l’imprigionamento, tra la vita e la morte. Non solo per te stesso, ma per tutte le persone attorno a te."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Hidden devices, Infiltrators and informants, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Video surveillance
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
"This project has been assembled to distribute much needed information about Security Culture throughout activist groups in Australia [...]. The intent is to spread awareness and share knowledge about why Security Culture is needed, and why it is imperative for all groups - regardless of tactics - to adopt stringent security awareness into their work."
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Origin
Friends & other activists
Topics
Digital surveillance, Facial recognition, Hidden devices, Infiltrators and informants, Physical surveillance, Security culture, Video surveillance
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
Warning from CSRC: we consider this resource to be partly outdated, but we think it can still be useful. Please take it with caution.
"This is a handbook for the Canadian activist who is interested in creating and maintaining security awareness and culture in the radical movements."
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(pt) Cultura de Segurança: Um manual para ativistas
"Esse é um manual para ativistas que estão interessados em criar e manter uma consciência e cultura de segurança nos movimentos radicais."
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Origin
Friends & other activists
Topics
Infiltrators and informants, Security culture
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
"This zine is about exploring possibilities for countering covert investigative efforts initiated or assisted by police. The objective of countering all aspects of state led intelligence gathering is not inherently to reveal under-cover activity but to create a safer and less penetrable network to operate out of. This zine offers suggestions on how to start making your networks safer and creating an active security culture within our everyday activities and organizing."
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Origin
Friends & other activists
Topics
Infiltrators and informants, Security culture
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Text
Date added
7 May 2021
by Chris Jones for Statewatch (statewatch.org)
"This briefing outlines the transnational police groups, networks and organisations that are known to exist for the purpose of coordinating undercover police operations across state borders, primarily in Europe."
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Independent researchers
Topics
Borders, Infiltrators and informants
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
by Undercover Research Group
"The Undercover Research Project aims to create an one-stop resource on political policing and undercover surveillance. This blog discusses the undermining of protest and dissent, to support others holding those responsible to account."
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Was My Friend A Spycop?
Origin
Friends & other activists
Topic
Infiltrators and informants
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
by Courtney Desiree Morris (creolemaroon.blogspot.com)
"By not allowing misogyny to take root in our communities and movements, we not only protect ourselves from the efforts of the state to destroy our work but also create stronger movements that cannot be destroyed from within."
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Origin
Friends & other activists
Topic
Infiltrators and informants
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021