10 Tips to Make Sure Your Activist Group Isn't Set Up by the FedsSubmitted by Const. Clayton on Tue, 04/30/2013 - 13:34
The FBI and federal government have been caught red-handed setting up groups, staging terrorists attacks, staging drills, creating patsies, and infiltrating activist groups. Here are 10 good tips to avoid the embarrassment of your group ending up in the headlines as another excuse to further the police state agenda. No matter if you are a 9/11 group, anti-GMO, anti-war, Christian, Muslim or whatever the cause may be. If you run a group these tips are for you.
#1 Make everybody introduce themselves each meeting
When meeting as an activist group always have new people stand up and introduce themselves at the start of each meeting. This is a huge deterrent to would-be federal operatives who have to go to great lengths to create back stories in order to appear harmless and friendly to the cause of the group.
#2 Assign trusted group members to check on every new member
Assign a trusted individual to meet with the new people after the group or before if possible. Take down their names, email addresses, phone numbers and then have that person go home and research the new person, email them a welcome letter with the group rules, find their Facebook profiles and just do your due diligence to make sure that individual is exactly who they say they are.
#3 Always ask a ton of questions to new people
Ask new members many questions such as, do they have a family? Do they live in town? Where or what part? How did you hear about the group? Have they participated in other activist networks, etc., etc. The more questions you can fire at them in rapid succession gives you more opportunity to check their back story, motives, intent and sincerity toward the cause.
#4 Every meeting and rally give a 'non-violent disclaimer' at the very start
Make sure you state at the beginning of each group that this is a non-violent group, that you never condone illegal or violent actions, and if anyone makes suggestions of violent acts or anything illegal that they will be immediately warned and no longer welcome.
#5 Look out for more vulnerable members
One thing federal agents are always doing is trying to find the weak person in the group, the dumb one who has great intentions but is not as smart as the rest. These are the ones that agents will cozy up to and start to gradually radicalize towards violence. As leadership, you must recognize not everyone is hip to the fact that there are wolves in their midst, so always be on the lookout for people who make it their business to friend your friends and fellow activists both inside and outside the group.
#6 Make friends with local politicians, judges, police and sheriffs whenever possible
Don't be afraid to develop relationships with your local law enforcement and public servants. You are not a violent group so make sure the officials in your town know it. This means schedule sit-downs with a sheriff, talk to your politicians as much as you can, befriend police officers at every rally you hold; and, most of all, be polite and respectful at all times. These people will be your greatest allies if the feds through DHS, the FBI, ATF or any other federal agency moving in on their jurisdiction are looking to set you up.
#7 Familiarize yourself with the federal Fusion Centers
Every region in America is under the control of federalized Threat Fusion Centers now and they are charged specifically with the task of gathering information on what they perceive as dissident groups. They are constantly being fed propaganda demonizing groups in America. They try to get local law enforcement to take federal money, equipment, training, and information to instill a sense of fear about your group. Identify your local fusion center, go to their websites, anonymously call them, ask questions, look for alerts, drills, and anything they are being fed or are feeding your local township about your group. Beware when dealing with them; it does no good to put yourself on their radar, so try to gather this information as covertly as possible.
#8 Step up security
Have people designated as official security representatives of your group. This means they don't participate; they are charged with watching doors, backpacks, cars, trucks, cell phones, bulges under clothes anything and everything that could be deemed a threat to the safety of the group. These people should regularly meet together and discuss security procedures. Every new setting, whether a meeting hall or rally, should be probed early and often for security holes and lapses. They also should have the means to protect the group -- meaning a legal, permitted, concealed handgun that nobody knows about except the top group leadership.
#9 Run your own safety drills
Have evacuation plans that every once in a while you go over with group members. Check fire exits, have first aid kits, fire extinguishers handy, and rendezvous points in case any federal informant or patsy decides to harm you or others in the group. Prepare for these situations; as unlikely as it may be, always err on the side of caution. The more high profile and impacting your group becomes in the community the more it becomes a potential target for a staged provocateured action. You are responsible for your members lives; take this very seriously, it will go a long way towards instilling confidence in the membership base.
#10 Never work with informants or do anything illegal
Do not be naive, never take things from random strangers like drugs, never talk about explosives, illegal firearms, etc, etc. Familiarize yourself with the laws in your state, even obscure ones. Anything can be used to set you up and demonize your group these days and it is best that you stay outside of the grey zone. When traveling as a group to locations or events, only allow trusted individuals to carpool group members. The ability for death squad operatives to pick you up, drug you, and leave you somewhere with a bomb, a gun, or in the middle of a school shooting spree is a very very real possibility.
The tactics being leveled against genuine, honest, activist groups these days are especially nasty. It is your duty to keep informed and on high alert continuously to avoid a bad situation. Know that any mistake you make can be instantly turned into a media frenzy by the powers-that-be in order to step up the security state. This cannot be over emphasized and must be on the radar as a very real possibility for anyone who is looking to right the evils we are now facing in our country. Keep these rules in mind, never lose hope, and know that there are many out there who are fighting for a better future in the hope that America can recover from the tyranny and oppression we face. God speed!
This article first appeared at Truth Alliance Network