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Wikileak Warriors: US cables on Native ‘threats’

Two recent news articles from APTN National News highlight US involvement in counter-insurgency operations against Indigenous peoples in Canada, and other social movements.  One concerns the 2004 confrontation at Kanesatake when a corrupt band chief brought in dozens of outside Native cops to conduct raids on the territory.  At this time, Quebec officials requested assistance from the FBI due to alleged concerns over Natives from the US entering the territory.  Both articles are derived from US diplomatic cables that were recently revealed through Wikileaks. Read the rest of this entry

Oka: A Political Crisis and its Legacy

by Harry Swain, Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver/Toronto 2010

Book Review by Zig Zag, March 2011,

What more could be said about the 1990 ‘Oka Crisis’ thirty years after the fact? Quite a bit apparently, at least if you were one of the Queen’s henchmen. Harry Swain was a long-time government bureaucrat with the Department of Indian Affairs, and from 1987 to 1992 was deputy minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC, the current version of DIA). While there are many accounts of that summer’s standoff, most have been written by journalists. Swain is the first senior government official closely involved in managing the dispute to write an account from the state’s perspective. Read the rest of this entry

The FBI’s Domestic Counter-Insurgency Campaign (1960s-70s)

The FBI’s infamous Counter-Intelligence Program (COINTEL-PRO) should serve as a chilling reminder of the length to which our enemy will go to crush our resistance. This is especially true since veterans of this time are still with us, & many remain in prison to this day as a result (inc. Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abu-Jamal, etc.).
Many are also dead, killed by the FBI, police, & paramilitaries during the 1960’s & 70’s. Our failure to learn from this time would not only leave us vulnerable to the same tactics, it would be a dishonor to the sacrifices made by the previous generation. Read the rest of this entry

Insurgency & Counter-Insurgency

Insurgency is an organized revolt against a government or foreign occupation force. It is a mass movement arising from the civilian or Indigenous populations as a whole. Although insurgencies involve the organization of combat forces (usually guerrillas), these forces would be quickly isolated & destroyed without support from the population. Read the rest of this entry