A Few Words from the Editors...
We live in an exciting time where it can be reasonably believed that the current ruling order can be overthrown and an entirely new world can flourish in it's place. Entire governments have been brought down, insurrections nurtured and pushed to their most subversive ends, and people across the globe anticipate a coming, perhaps winnable, clash between themselves and power. However, it is also a scary time to call yourself an anarchist, with the media and whole governments inflating fears of anarchist "terrorism," bomb-plots, and attacks. In recent months, 10 people have been brought up on conspiracy charges. Each of these cases is similar; an FBI informant finds young idealistic people involved on the periphery of protest movements and pushes them toward radical action, only to later arrest them after they have been pushed. In this special article from a comrade in the bay area, they discuss how strategies classically used against revolutionaries have come to be more broadly applied to other groups of people, as though they too are seen by the state as combatants and potential insurgents.
We should not be surprised at state repression against radicals when such strategies are used by the government against huge segments of the population. Generalized surveillance, mass incarceration, the ubiquitous exploitation of migrant workers terrorized to silence through the constant threat of deportation, and gang injunctions which keep poor communities of color fractured and isolated are all part of a social war waged against the very population itself. With these first forays into the domestication of warfare into the every day fabric of our lives, is it any wonder that the state would target those who already proclaim themselves combatants in just such a war?
|3 of the 5 people arrested after protests |
The ten white men are in serious trouble, something about “terrorism” from the sounds of it, but the situation is very confusing. One thing is clear: informants were involved in all of these cases, and that they developed friendships with these young men in order to entrap them.
|People in Ohio involved in FBI|
How did we get to this point?
|Drone planes carry out attacks and|
|COINTELPRO targeted revolutionary|
movements and groups in the 1960's-70's.
|Media encourages people to call police on rioters and|
looters after Oscar Grant revolt in Oakland.