As life has been moving at light speed over the past few years it would be a lie to claim that the current revelation is any different. During times of upheaval and tension it takes a long time to shake out the truth. In ten or maybe twenty years some of us might be able to talk about this latest twist with some certainty. How do you face down the prospect that the entirety of the state apparatus of your city worked against you? Worked to destroy you, methodically under the orders of both their immediate superiors and others. I suppose the obvious answer is you learn what you can, move on and keep fighting.
Documents, thousands of pages detailing official police, politician and DHS correspondence in regards to the opposition movement locally have been released. Much of it is not so surprising, at least to myself. Most importantly you have the state, which lays out the plan and reasoning for destroying initiatives that threaten the status quo. There are the expected collaborators, working against political organizations that threaten their goals. There are those unexpected twists, the seemingly oblivious nature to how organizing works, confusion, lies and obfuscation even between departments. At one point the Police claim that kids under 10 using finger paint on a sign were “teenagers with washable spray paint.” If that wasn’t enough, it was revealed that they have been sending undercover police officers into bars radicals frequent.
Of greater importance there are those spots, in the correspondence where the truth seeps through. The piece that gets stuck in the throat of your average American who would rather hit the ignore button. The liberal who has outrage only so far as their comfort. The liberty minded patriot, willing to fight against government intrusion only when the opposing team is intruding. The place in the American political landscape that is a caricature of itself. The helpful realization that the people who struggle for change are always the outsiders, the radicals, the risk takers and the hated. When society is swimming against you, keep moving in that direction.
” I am glad we are taking these folks seriously, when we do that, we win and they go home saddened ”
Says Mr. Renwick, Homeland Defense Unit. And why wouldn’t he feel this way? Everyone who upholds the law believes the same as anyone who fights against it feels outrage. The vast majority of people who make up the systems of control all over the world are similar in kind. They come from similar backgrounds, they believe similar ideas and have similar goals. These individuals make up a massive, overarching violent institution managed by the entire ruling class. Does that bother you to hear? If your inclination is to run away while cupping your ears and screaming, this is for you specifically.
” Which side are you on? “
There are two sides, those who fight the system is in its entirety and those who are willing accomplices. You can choose to be silent in the face of tyranny, that is of greater respectability than those who would sell you out. Such as the liberal activists on a quest for
“unity” intended to protect their privilege in the face of tyranny. Always at the expense of those who struggle against it. Unity now can only be defined as that principle in which we never compromise with those that want to destroy us. The people who disagree are the people who condone violence, harassment, intrusion and disruption from the most violent institution in the world. Non-violence means never working with the state, its politicians or institutions in any capacity.
Assumption, Reaction, Solidarity
The state, capital and institutions of control are taking us seriously because the future of their project demands our obedience. And it is more pressing, the global uprising radicalized thousands in the United States. Many people, when the time comes will be willing to stand up and confront this sick machine openly, without begging politicians or marching in circles. The state knows this, they know that it is different now. That time is coming very soon, war and austerity are coming. We all know it.
Our reaction to the state revealing its intention does not have to be a loss. We need to use this as a jumping point in any way we can. Support your friends, challenge your community, participate and propagandize and be ready for what is coming. Just last night, I sat down with many people and surprisingly heard collectively that this attack if anything demands solidarity. It demands that we show our strength in the face of empire, without fear. And that is no joke, the people I know are not afraid, they are energized.
Five thousand or so pages of documents detailing the states suppression of opposition movements here: Source Documents