Newsflash: You’re living in a police state. In a free society, police do not infiltrate peaceful protests.
That’s exactly what happened at Oakland over the past few days and has likely happened at several other Occupy Wall Street protests throughout the nation. The police infiltrate the protesters, pretending to be one of them – as if the protesters truly were a foreign enemy of the state.
Obviously there are tactical advantages to infiltrating such a protest. Inside agents could provide the rest of the police force with valuable information, such as the plans and strategies of the protesters, new and current locations, and lots of other data.
While police infiltrating the protesters to gather data does not directly infringe on the right to peaceably assemble or ones right to privacy, it does show a lot about the mindset of the police force – they view you as the enemy. They already used flash gernades, rubber bullets, and tear gas on the Occupy Oakland crowd (and others, nationwide). Now they’re infiltrating the protesters to gather data, and to perhaps act as provocateurs.
The motive behind these police provocateurs isn’t explictly known, but it is not in good faith.
There have been documented cases of U.S. police acting as agent provocateurs at various peaceful protests in the past. Is it far-fetched to think that police might insight violence as an undercover protester in order to use violence of the protesters at large? Could these “undercover” police start violence, insight a riot, or otherwise create mischief in the protesters name? It seems like a weak, underhanded tactic, but remember – it’s been done before, and they view you as the enemy.
Just a protester?
Actually, he’s a police officer:
A second officer was also spotted infiltrating the Occupy Oakland protest:
This video by InfoWars gives a clearer example, and shows at least two police officers integrated with the protesters, and then later in full police uniform. Keep in mind that the very well may be more than the two that were spotted at Occupy Oakland, and if they’re in Oakland, they’re almost definitely at Occupy Wall Street.
The heavy-handed tactics by police, in Oakland and nationwide, do nothing but fuel the fire. Every time the public learns of police infiltration, police brutality, or otherwise overbearing techniques against a peaceful protest, more will join. After all, Occupy Wall Street saw one of it’s largest attendance surges after Officer Bologna pepper-sprayed three women.
When your government’s law enforcement spends its time infiltrating a peaceful protest, you know you’ve drifted far down the path to police statism.
I’m unaware of reported cases of police infiltration elsewhere, but I’m sure it’s happened. If you have information on this, please leave it in the comment below.