Category Archives: Counter-Insurgency

The Anti-Terrorist Law vs. the Autonomist Mapuche Movement; Contributions to the Debate by Hector Llaitul

Chilean riot cops raid Mapuche community.

Chilean riot cops raid Mapuche community.

Neoliberal governments, like their economies, need certain commodities in the course of their development with the ends to consolidate, improve and deepen their dynamics, which may not necessarily be easy for the elites. This is why they build stories that empathize with people’s needs, with its deep and heartfelt demands, fill solutions in the framework of populism, but under no circumstances promote participatory processes where the model is questioned and new cultural and economic practices are generated. Read the rest of this entry

Vancouver police raid suspected anti-pipeline graffiti ‘taggers’

Mural artist Milan Basic standing in front of his mural that has been spray-painted with "Oil Spill."

Mural artist Milan Basic standing in front of his mural that has been spray-painted with “Oil Spill.”  FYI Milan, your mural is part of an effort by the city, the cops, and business owners to stop graffiti, the original street art.

By Brian Morton, Vancouver Sun, June 6, 2014

A police raid of an east Vancouver home earlier this week as part of an investigation of anti-pipeline graffiti is being criticized as disproportionate to the alleged crime.
Five people were arrested during the raid, but all were released and no charges have been laid, Vancouver police Const. Brian Montague said Friday.
“I expect that charges will be recommended at some point down the road,” Montague said. “It is linked to an investigation related to the ‘no-pipelines’ tagging we’ve seen around town.”
The raid, however, drew criticism in a blog post on Warrior Publications by author identified only as “Zig Zag.” Read the rest of this entry

Federal agency seeks to widen surveillance beyond Idle No More to any demonstrators in Canada

Police videotaping anti-Olympic protesters in Vancouver, 2008.

Police videotaping anti-Olympic protesters in Vancouver, 2008.

David Pugliese, National Post/Postmedia News | June 5, 2014

The federal government is expanding its surveillance of public activities to include all known demonstrations across the country, a move that collects information even on the most mundane of protests by Canadians.
The email requesting such information was sent out Tuesday by the Government Operations Centre in Ottawa to all federal departments.
“The Government Operations Centre is seeking your assistance in compiling a comprehensive listing of all known demonstrations which will occur either in your geographical area or that may touch on your mandate,” noted the email, leaked to the Citizen.

“We will compile this information and make this information available to our partners unless of course, this information is not to be shared and not available on open sources. In the case of the latter, this information will only be used by the GOC for our Situational Awareness.”
The Government Operations Centre or GOC is supposed to provide strategic-level coordination on behalf of the federal government “in response to an emerging or occurring event affecting the national interest.” Read the rest of this entry

CF Counter-Intelligence Unit monitored Idle No More during 2013

Train blocked in Toronto, February 2013.

Train blocked in Toronto, February 2013.

by Justin Ling, National Post, June 1, 2014

As First Nations activists shut down roads and bridges in protest last year, the Counter-Intelligence Unit of the Ministry of National Defence was watching. Closely.

All the while, behind the scenes, they were preparing to tell the media they were doing no such thing.

The Canadian Forces spent virtually all of 2013 keeping eyes on the Aboriginal protesters, out of fear that they could pose a threat to military personnel or intercept weapons shipments, according to documents obtained under Access to Information laws. Read the rest of this entry

Military counter-intelligence unit monitored Elsipogtog anti-fracking protests: documents

Colonial terrorism: RCMP ERT members during early morning raid on blockade camp, Mi'qmak territory, Oct 17, 2013.

Colonial terrorism: RCMP ERT members during early morning raid on blockade camp, Mi’kmaq territory, Oct 17, 2013.

By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, May 30, 2014
The Canadian military used its counter-intelligence unit to monitor the aftermath of last October’s RCMP raid on a Mi’kmaq Warrior Society-led anti-fracking camp in New Brunswick in preparation for the eventuality the situation went “sideways,” according to internal document obtained by APTN National News. Read the rest of this entry

Ottawa prepared for nation-wide protests following RCMP Elsipogtog raid: documents

RCMP vehicles burn following Oct 17, 2013 raid on anti-fracking blockade near Rexton, New Brunswick.

RCMP vehicles burn following Oct 17, 2013 raid on anti-fracking blockade near Rexton, New Brunswick.

By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Jan 8, 2014
The federal government prepared for the potential of a nation-wide flare up of protests triggered by heavily-armed raid last October by RCMP tactical units on a Mi’kmaq-led anti-fracking camp in New Brunswick, internal government records show. Read the rest of this entry

Counter-Insurgency: Stratfor Monitors and Studies Social Movements

Women warriors at a tire fire blockade on Hwy 11, Dec 2, 2013.

Mi’kmaq women warriors at a tire fire blockade on Hwy 11, New Brunswick, Dec 2, 2013.

By Kevin Zeese, http://www.PopularResistance.org, December 31st, 2013

Stratfor is a private intelligence agency that works for business interests and government.  It tracks and analyzes a lot of issues – the economy, military conflict, politics, energy and security.  Recently it has also been monitoring, analyzing and reporting on social movements. Their interests in movements show their concern that revolts have been growing and are having an impact around the world. Read the rest of this entry

#Solidarity Fail: Cops and Collaborators Conspire to Isolate Warriors at Vancouver Protest

By Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, Dec 6, 2013

"I'd like to thank the police... for punching me in the face" said no on ever; Mi'kmaq warriorPaul "Soda Pop" Francis assaulted by RCMP, Dec 2, 2013.

“I’d like to thank the police… for punching me in the face” said no one ever; Mi’kmaq warrior Paul “Soda Pop” Francis assaulted by RCMP, Dec 2, 2013.

FYI:  Here is a very recent and clear example of how police and Native collaborators work in undermining and dividing our movements, while attempting to isolate warriors and other radicals in our ranks.

On Dec 2, 2013, a national day of solidarity with the Mi’kmaq anti-fracking resistance was held (#Shutdown Canada).  In Vancouver, the day started at around 7AM with a one hour blockade of the main entrance to the Port of Vancouver.  It was a good start in manifesting solidarity for the Mi’kmaq and in the spirit of the call out. This action was carried out by social justice activists, anarchists, and a couple of Native warriors. Read the rest of this entry

PDF: Low Intensity Operations by Frank Kitson

Kitson low intensity operations bookcoverThe classic counter-insurgency manual written by former British Army officer General Frank Kitson.  With experience in countering anti-colonial resistance in Kenya, Malaysia, and Northern Ireland, Kitson was one of the first to articulate the theory and practise of modern counter-insurgency operations, including how to co-opt resistance movements by allying the state with the pacifist reformist elements within the movement.

To view or download the PDF click the link:

low-intensity operations

Source: http://libcom.org/files/low-intensity%20operations.pdf

Grim report warns Canada vulnerable to an aboriginal insurrection

John Ivison, National Post, May 1, 2013

Masked warrior on guard at burning car barricade, Burnt Church, NS.

Masked warrior on guard at burning car barricade, Burnt Church, New Brunswick.

Mankind is at a crossroads, Woody Allen once quipped: “One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness.  The other to total extinction.  Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”

Canada’s relations with its aboriginal people are also at a crossroads but, fortunately, one of the potential paths forward promises a more auspicious outcome than Mr. Allen’s doomsday scenario. Read the rest of this entry

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