Friday, July 9, 2010

G20 Cop Infiltrators Helped Organize Riot

A friend of mine sent me this article from the Hamilton Spectator about one of the organizers for the Southern Ontario Anarchist Resistance (SOAR) who has been charged as a "mastermind" of the "aggression".
I didn't think that much of it at first, being just another of the extensive bits of coverage on the G20. But after thinking about it two things came to my quick-working mind.
1) How do I get to be a "mastermind" of something?

2) According to the article: "Police say the 24-year-old is a member of the Southern Ontario Anarchist Resistance and was arrested after his group was infiltrated by two undercover agents in an investigation that began April 2009." But wait - if the cops had been infiltrating this group for over a year and knew that they were "masterminding aggression" how is it that they were unable to stop them in advance? They knew their plans - and if they were planning to break the law that is a crime in itself - and they could have easily stopped them on the day, knowing their plans there too.
Don't get me wrong here - I'm not advocating police espionage into political groups. We know where that leads - it was how the RCMP ended up having its spy toys taken away and CSIS got set up: they were caught digging in everyone's garbage from socialists to trade unionists to NDP politicians. But if the cops were in there it was presumably to pre-empt the kind of damage that they are crowing about. Is this how they would operate in the case of "terrorism" as well: wait until they blew up a bunch of shit and then arrest a lot of people who had nothing to do with the explosions?
But since the cops were MEMBERS of SOAR and didn't arrest them till after they allegedly broke a few windows etc. that means that the cops were actually helping to organize the very actions that they were supposedly fighting against. If, on the other hand, the cop infiltrators DIDN'T organize any of the rioting it can only be because SOAR wasn't involved in any rioting and we can presume that all those in custody will be released very soon and the charges dropped. If SOAR was involved with organizing property destruction we have to ask the question of what role the police played in this. Did they encourage and foment it? Were they involved in the logistics of organizing it? etc.
I wonder if Toronto City Council will have a vote commending this particular aspect of the police operation.
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