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08:31 PM on 01/06/2009
no, it's not a satire. It's interesting that an FBI agent would reveal that he infiltrated this organization. He was there to gather information and snitch, and he inserted himself into a position where he acted as a public representative, appearing on PBS discussing politics and posing as a leader fighting for those harmed in the hurricane. I have been told that there are intelligence people in all sorts of positions- television personalities, newspaper columnists, even political office, they are there to gather information and to guide public opinion and the public's attention, but self exposure is unheard of.

In any case, how pathetic that the government has not, to this day, been moved rebuild the American neighborhoods that were destroyed by the storm, yet there is a rush to get undercover agents in the groups representing the downtrodden. There is a rush to bailout the Wall street crooks, (and the government was careful to attach a provision to the HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of dollars saying, "you can't ask for any information about where this money goes or how it is spent".)

LOL! We elected them!
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maxfax
Taa - dah!
09:31 PM on 01/07/2009
patnb, amazing isn't it.
12:47 AM on 01/08/2009
Er, did you actually read the article? The guy is NOT an FBI agent. Sheesh how did this get "HuffPost's Pick" He volunteered to help the FBI by informing on people he thought were using the movement to pursue their own violent agenda.

And I think he was totally right!

I had the same experience in an environmental protest group, crazy people infiltrated our movement and used our actions to start rioting and ruined everything we worked for. Their actions discredited our efforts and made things worse by ruining the image of our movement and our message.
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06:02 PM on 01/06/2009
Is this true? Or satire? What's the background story?
04:36 PM on 01/06/2009
This article says he wore a wire while at common ground. Where did that claim come from? Its not in his letter or the linked articles.

He may have been an informant too back then, but I'm not sure how you could keep a wire on you in NOLA for long....???
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03:53 PM on 01/06/2009
What an un-American hypocrite Agent Darby is!
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In an open letter, Darby defended wearing a wire while working at Common Ground with: "It is very dangerous when a few individuals engage in or act on a belief system in which they feel they know the real truth and that all others are ignorant and therefore have no right to meet and express their political views."
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... which is exactly what the FBI has been assuming when they send you to spy on American citizens for no basis but your description of our belief system, which by the way you don't bother to understand, only misrepresent. I also have the right to choose to whom I express my political views. You do not have the right to know what I do not choose to tell you.
02:51 PM on 01/06/2009
Shades of Nixon seem to be all over the Republican Convention. Who was that president that sent FBI spies into Activist groups to encourage radical protest?
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nevadagirl
Socialist in high heels.
03:58 PM on 01/06/2009
Your freakin' tax dollars hard at work.
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09:32 AM on 01/07/2009
Catching people trying to ki11 innocent people. Thank you Govt.
02:38 PM on 01/06/2009
Darby defended wearing a wire while working at Common Ground with: "It is very dangerous when a few individuals engage in or act on a belief system in which they feel they know the real truth and that all others are ignorant and therefore have no right to meet and express their political views." Which would explain invading Iraq on trumped up intelligence but that's probably not where he was going with this missive.


The FBI are an insurated "few individuals" as well. "They feel they know the real truth and that all others are ignorant and therefore have no right to meet and express their political views." Thus we had the preemptive arrests in Minneapolis before the Republican National Convention. People were arrested for possibly thinking of doing something illegal. And others were arrested because they might support the position of the wannabe "extremists".
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09:33 AM on 01/07/2009
they had bombs in a van. A little more than thinking about it, no?
11:53 AM on 01/06/2009
Only one way to be sure that no one is wearing a wire: naked meetings.

Trying to figure out exactly when I left the United States of America and moved to the Soviet Union...cause this is not my beautiful country.

Sad.
03:54 PM on 01/06/2009
When was it? During slavery, prohibition, civil rights, cointelpro, native massacres, when and where was this exactly, the beautiful country your are thinking about? There were no good old days where every one's rights were respected and we had equality. We are not there yet so let's stop pretending we ever were. That is part of our problem. Just because we're "rich" by comparison doesn't mean we are the greatest or the fairest or the prettiest we don't float like butterflies and sting like bees. The landscape unless we destroy it will always and has always been beautiful, our sociopolitical structure... not so much.
07:24 PM on 01/06/2009
you're right we have the worst government on the planet........except all the rest
02:24 PM on 01/07/2009
THANK YOU!! It frustrates me that people believe there were "good old days" and still buy into this political mythology. Our's is a history of struggle against oppression-religious, economic and social, and what a rich history it is. Much more wonderful than the sugar sweet good old days crap.
12:18 AM on 01/07/2009
Any group should have members patted down before entry to a meeting...that's what it has come down to.
11:19 AM on 01/06/2009
Those attempting to undermine this post by criticizing it for lacking clarity sound like typical agents posing as cyber progressives. It's simple, crittical work was being performed in N.O. and throughout the Gulf Coast region. Darby's the founder of the 'mainstream'/ whitewashed group Common Ground. Being an activist an organizer myself who was active in the Gulf Coast region during Katrina and its aftermath, i witnessed numerous accounts of this group's intent to further create division among those conducting work on behalf of the victims of Katrina and its aftermath. In short, agent provocateurs primary function is to create further confusion and chaos - especially during moments of heightened agitation. As far as the Katrina mobilization effort, it has been effectively neutralized with the working poor navigating through this madness without any genuine allies. Darby's actions are inexcusable. If he was a genuine activist he should have remained committed to transforming the realities of those underserved and exploited by this empire rather than using the working poor as fodder. With all the attrocities committed throughout the Gulf Coast by vigilante and government officials, i find it interesting that he would focus his efforts on assisting those responsible for this chaotic situation - which again has provided the working poor with no positive resolution to their daily challenges. i urge posters to stop making Darby out to be some sort of hero for snitching. There is nothing admirable by befriending individuals, while simultaneously conducting covert operations for government agencies.
12:12 PM on 01/06/2009
reporting on criminals i have nothing but praise for him
01:49 PM on 01/06/2009
"Those attempting to undermine this post by criticizing it for lacking clarity sound like typical agents posing as cyber progressives."

A little paranoid are we?

The fact is this post does not communicate the story all that well because it fails to put its commentary into context. It is a valid criticism.

~The Shadow Government (We are people too)
06:32 AM on 01/06/2009
I knew this guy years ago.

http://www.texasobserver.org/blog/index.php/2008/12/31/lifes-a-snitch/

Kids with bombs, hum...not good...not good here in America, not good in Africa, or Asia, or let's see the Middle East.

If I had a wish it would be that all weapons would be rendered useless for a period no less than 20 years, let people deal with anger and injustice with two hands, words and no firearms. What a concept.
10:25 PM on 01/05/2009
it's not paranoia if they're really after you

http://www.thoughtcancer.com/2007/12/constitutional-violations-under-bush.html
09:16 PM on 01/05/2009
COINTELPRO is alive and well in the twenty-first century. Watch out, fellow subversives, we are ALWAYS being watched.
09:16 PM on 01/05/2009
This is an old CIA tactic. It gets worse than that, police throughout histroy have infilitrated protest groups and have started violence just to give the government an excuse to crackdown and invoke martial law of the citizenry. This will probably happen in Greece any day now and France is already ripe for this kind of scenario. It's one of the oldest tricks in the history of tyrannical governments.
05:04 AM on 01/06/2009
The only small problem with your insane speculation is that France and Greece are real democracies not an elected monarchy like in the us. Please stick to what you know.
12:20 AM on 01/07/2009
Hardly insane...I think YOU need to stick to what you know...which is NADA.
08:41 PM on 01/05/2009
what's amazing is this young man preyed upon his colleagues for up to 2 years and then turned them in. what happened to creating change from the inside?
if he really wanted to be a hero he would have outed himself to them so they couldnt take their obsessive fantasy any further. and, on a side note. stop fing up our world by trying to hurt other people kiddies. real life activists know that change doesnt come from violence.
09:55 PM on 01/05/2009
Riiiiggghhhht. Us "kiddies" grew up seeing exactly how much change "real life activists" singing kumbaya in the late sixties brought to our country. Hmmm... Haymaker riot or sit-ins... which did you say brought about change?
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nothingmusic42
11:45 PM on 01/05/2009
neither didn't work. the 60's failed, and we all saw how much LA changed after the riots...
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slarabee
abusus non tollit
01:34 AM on 01/06/2009
The 60's was not a complete failure. Anyone that says that it was is not familiar with the history of civil rights in the US.
In fact I would say that more was accomplished to encourage emergent thought during that era than at any other time in the last century. I am proud of the counter culture for standing up. You may not agree with them either then or now but if that is the case it would take an extreme life changing event to make you see beyond your surroundings. I hope you do not experience that event.
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08:00 PM on 01/05/2009
The FBI has invaded all domestic groups, including the ACLU, any anti-war group. I welcome them. F them. It's just to make people paranoid. I don't give a flying F if I am on their list.
10:42 PM on 01/05/2009
That's what Hoffman and Rubin said, at first. Those who don't learn from COIN.TELP.RO are doomed to be the Fed's future victims.
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maxfax
Taa - dah!
07:54 PM on 01/05/2009
Did he have a problem with over paid, no bid federal government contracts with Halliburton?
12:22 AM on 01/06/2009
Aaaahhhhh. Well played sir. Well played!
11:05 AM on 01/06/2009
Not sure I understand either the comment by maxfax, or your reply. As a matter of fact, Darby was arrested in 2004 as he participated in a protest outside Halliburton offices in Houston. Check the NYT story linked in the article above....