Category Archives: Counter-Insurgency

How Security Professionals Elicit Information From People In Interview Situations

Interrogation Vader 1by, undated

If a trained interviewer has ever questioned you, you may have started out by promising yourself to keep certain information secret. Then during the interview, you spilled it all. Police detectives, officers and savvy security professionals have learned how to talk to people in ways that will elicit information that subjects prefer to conceal. How do they do that?  Read the rest of this entry

Video: WARRIOR, The Life of Leonard Peltier

Posted to Youtube by Suzie Baer, Oct 17, 2015

This is the definitive feature documentary about American Indian activist, Leonard Peltier. His story is told within the context of the American Indian Movement, the US federal government, and the multi national companies interested in mining the land in South Dakota.

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Anti-terror bill would widen powers for Canadian border guards

Citing war on terror, Tories propose sweeping new powers for spies, police

First Nations: ‘Time bomb’ is ticking, new book argues

Warriors at Kanesatake after evicting cops from the territory, 2004.

Warriors at Kanesatake after evicting cops from the territory, 2004.

Mark Kennedy, Ottawa Citizen, Dec 4, 2014

Canada is headed toward a confrontation with its First Nations people that could lead to “coherent civil action” that threatens the country’s economic lifeblood, a new book warns.

Time Bomb, written by Doug Bland, former chair of Defence Management Studies at Queen’s University, argues that the conditions are present for an uprising by First Nations people frustrated by decades of seeing their aspirations ignored by Canadian governments.

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The FBI COINTELPRO Program and the Fred Hampton Assassination

Fred Hampton, Chicago Black Panther Party, 1968.

Fred Hampton, Chicago Black Panther Party, 1969.

G. Flint Taylor, Huffington Post blog, originally posted Dec 3, 2013, reposted Dec 2, 2014

On December 4th it will be 44 years since a select unit of 14 Chicago Police officers, on special assignment to Cook County State’s Attorney Edward Hanrahan, executed a pre-dawn raid on a west side apartment that left Illinois Black Panther Party leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark dead, several other young Panthers wounded, and the seven raid survivors arrested on bogus attempted murder charges. The physical evidence soon exposed the claims of a “shootout” that were made by Hanrahan and his men to be blatant lies, and that the murderous reality was that the police fired nearly 100 shots while the Panthers fired but one.

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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


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