Infiltration of Political Movements is the Norm,
Not the Exception in the United States

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers



This article is a "follow-on" to our recent article, "The Police and Agents Provocateurs;" it substantiates from "outside sources" the information contained in it.

It is absolutely amazing how impervious Christians are to the HORROR they have embraced insofar as their alliance with the American New World Order System is concerned; how loath they are to face the BRUTAL facts concerning this world-wide system of MISERY; and - most of all - how unwilling they are to speak out against the way the leaders of our church have allied themselves (and, ipso facto, average Christians) with this system of TERROR - and all of this while this evil system is even now closing in on them, and forcing them into compliance with it.

What is being created - as two-time Nobel Prize winner Johan Galtung has said - is a "LEGALLY CRIMINAL SOCIAL STRUCTURE" in the United States. By "legally criminal" Galtung means that what the American elites have been doing is legalizing their otherwise criminal acts of oppression directed against the American population - AND AVERAGE AMERICANS - EVEN CHRISTIANS - ARE BEING PRESSED INTO THE SERICE OF THIS SYSTEM. Concerning what has been happening, Anthony D. Romero, the American Civil Liberties Union's Executive Director, writes:

"Acting under the broad mandate of the 'War on Terrorism', the U.S. security establishment is making a systematic effort to extend its surveillance capacity by PRESSING THE PRIVATE SECTOR INTO SERVICE TO REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES OF [OTHER] AMERICANS. These efforts ... run the gamut from old-fashioned efforts to recruit individuals as eyes and ears for the authorities, to the construction of vast computerized networks that systematically feed the government a steady stream of information about our activities."

The ACLU labels this -

"... a MASSIVE effort ... to turn regular Americans into ... government MONITORS who, pressed by constant urgings for vigilance and suspicion ... are asked to report to the authorities anything they think is 'unusual or suspicious' ... The new warnings are enormously vague and broad, yet frightening and intense. Unlike 'wanted' posters and other traditional public appeals, they are based not on crimes that have already been committed, but on the prospect or suspicion that an individual might be planning something bad ... The government's constant exhortations to micro-vigilance ... is creating an atmosphere of CONFORMISM and mistrust that encourages abuse and divides Americans from one another ..."


- Antipas



On March 6 members of an off-shoot of Anonymous, Lulzsec, were arrested as a result of an FBI informant who the media describes as a Lulzsec leader. The six arrests were for people allegedly involved with Lulzsec which had become known for targeting the ... CIA ...

NOTE: Anonymous is a decentralized network of individuals focused on promoting access to information, free speech, and transparency. The organization is centered on exposing the "dirty deeds" of the CIA and other government entities as well as the corporate misdeeds of some of America's largest corporations. As a result, Anonymous has become a special target of America's governmental and corporate elites.

Exactly one year ago to the day of the arrests, The Guardian published an article headlined, "One in four US hackers 'is an FBI informer'." The article described how the FBI has used the threat of long sentences [often on "trumped-up" charges] to turn some members of Anonymous and similar groups into informants. Gabriella Coleman, a professor at McGill University who is an expert on digital media, hackers and the law, said:

"There had been rumors of infiltration or informants. At some level, Anonymous is quite easy to infiltrate, because anyone can sort of join and participate. And so, there had been rumors of this sort of activity happening for quite a long time."

When the long history of political infiltration is reviewed, the Occupy Movement should be surprised if it is not infiltrated. Almost every movement in modern American history has been infiltrated by police and others using many of the same tactics we are now seeing in Occupy. [Please see our article, "The Police and Agents Provocateurs."]

The most famous surveillance program was the FBI's COINTELPRO which according to COINTELPRO documents targeted the Civil Rights movement, anti-war and peace movements, the New Left, socialists, communists, etc. Among the groups infiltrated were:

  • The Southern Christian Leadership Conference

  • The NAACP

  • The Congress for Racial Equality

  • The American Indian Movement

  • The Students for a Democratic Society

  • The National Lawyers Guild

  • The Black Panthers

  • The Weather Underground

NOTE: Members from all these groups were jailed on "trumped-up" charges, and many were even assassinated. [We urge you to see our article, "The Utility of Police Brutality in the Elite's War against the Poor" for information on how the elites targeted and even assassinated members of the Black Panther Party and murdered Martin Luther King.]

Significant leaders from Albert Einstein to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who are both now memorialized in Washington, were monitored. The rule in the United States is to be infiltrated; the exception is not to be.

The Church Committee has documented the history of government infiltration for purposes of political repression. They described infiltration efforts going back to World War I, including the 1920s, when agents were charged with rounding up "anarchists and revolutionaries" for deportation. The Church Committee found infiltration efforts growing from 1936 through 1976, with COINTELPRO as the major program. While these domestic political spying and disruption programs were supposed to stop in 1976, in fact they have continued. As reported in The Price of Dissent, Federal Magistrate Joan Lefkow found in 1991, the record -

"shows that despite regulations, orders and consent decrees prohibiting such activities, the FBI has continued to collect information concerning only the exercise of free speech."

As reported in The Price of Dissent, Federal Magistrate Joan Lefkow found in 1991, the record "shows that despite regulations, orders and consent decrees prohibiting such activities, the FBI had continued to collect information concerning only the exercise of free speech."

How many agents or infiltrators can we expect to see inside a movement? One of the most notorious "police riots" was the 1968 Democratic Party Convention. Independent journalist Yasha Levine writes:

"During the 1968 protests of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, which drew about 10,000 protesters and was brutally crushed by the police, 1 out of 6 protesters was a federal undercover agent. That's right, 1/6th of the total protesting population was made up of spooks drawn from various federal agencies. That's roughly 1,600 people! The stat came from an Army document obtained by CBS News in 1978, a full decade after the protest took place. According to CBS, the infiltrators were not passive observers, monitoring and relaying information to central command, but were involved in violent confrontations with the police." [In other words, they were attempting to portray the demonstrators as violent anarchists.]

Peter Camejo

Peter Camejo, who ran for Governor of California in 2003 as a Green and as Ralph Nader's vice president in 2004, often told the story about his 1976 presidential campaign. Camejo was able to get the FBI in court after finding their offices broken into and suing them over COINTELPRO activities. The judge asked the Special Agent in Charge how many FBI agents worked in Camejo's presidential campaign; the answer was 66 agents. Camejo estimated he had a campaign staff of about 400 across the country. Once again that would be an infiltration rate of 1 out of 6 people. Camejo discovered that among the agents was his campaign co-chair. He also discovered eavesdropping equipment in his campaign office and documents showing the FBI had followed him since he was a student activist at 18 years old.

The federal infiltration is buttressed by local and state police. Local police infiltrators have a long tradition dating back to the Haymarket riots of 1886 and the 1904 "Italian Squad" in New York City. In addition to political activity they were also involved in infiltrations of unions especially around strikes. Common throughout the United States were the so-called "Red Squads;" a 1963 report estimated 300,000 officers were involved in surveillance of political activities. These were local police focused on the same types of people as the FBI. Some of their activities included assassinations of political activists. [We urge you to see APPENDIX 3 of this article, "The Death of Gary Webb; Is the government Sending us a Message?"]

Bonus Marchers in their World War I dress uniforms.

In fact, a predecessor to the modern Occupy, the Bonus March of 1932, was infiltrated by federal agents. Their focus was on radicals, anarchists and Communists who might be in the movement. The infiltration resulted in greatly exaggerated reports about radicals inside the Bonus encampments, which were primarily made up of veterans and their families that were used to help justify their removal by President Herbert Hoover with military troops acting against veterans under the command of General Douglas MacArthur, assisted by then-colonels Eisenhower and Patton.

Another predecessor to the Occupy, Resurrection City of 1968, a "community of love and brotherhood," that occupied the Washington, DC mall for four months was organized by the Poor People's Campaign fulfilling a plan made prior to the death [really, assassination] of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [Please see our article, "Now Is the Time to Do Something; It May Be too Late Tomorrow," for a detailed discussion of King's assassination."]

Poor People's march organized by Martin Luther King just before the government assassinated him. [Again, please see our article, "Now Is the Time to Do Something; It May Be too Late Tomorrow," for a detailed discussion of King's assassination."]

Resurrection City was heavily infiltrated by layers of police including the FBI, military, Park Police, Secret Service and Metropolitan DC police. FBI director Hoover had agents go to press conferences with false media identification, stationed FBI agents around the perimeter of the encampment and authorized an expensive informant program. After the FBI, the most expensive infiltration of Resurrection City was military intelligence which conducted an unlawful surveillance program, intercepting radio transmissions, monitoring radio traffic and intercepting all communications which were then passed on to the FBI, Secret Service, DC police and Park Police. The military also sent fictitious media to press conferences. The Metropolitan DC police "red squad" sent undercover officers into the camp and took mug shots of its members.

Infiltration tactics continue, perhaps have even escalated today. In a recent report the ACLU writes:

"Today the government is spying on Americans in ways the founders of our country never could have imagined. The FBI, federal intelligence agencies, the military, state and local police, private companies, and even firemen and emergency medical technicians are gathering incredible amounts of personal information about ordinary Americans that can be used to construct vast dossiers that can be widely shared with a simple mouse-click through new institutions like Joint Terrorism Task Forces, fusion centers, and public-private partnerships. The fear of terrorism has led to a new era of overzealous police intelligence activity directed, as in the past, against political activists, racial and religious minorities, and immigrants."

The Occupy Movement: today's target by the government.

There have also been multiple reports of the CIA working with New York City police for years, an activity that is almost certainly illegal.

Not only have budgets increased in the post-911 world, but restrictions on spying have been weakened and court review has become rarer. The government, often with corporate interests, are gathering huge amounts of data on Americans and targeting a wide range of groups and individuals for intelligence gathering and infiltration.

We will not know the extent of current infiltration and the activities of government agents for quite some time, but in the post-911 world, with record intelligence budgets and a massive new homeland security bureaucracy, spying is very likely more extensive than ever. Add to that the private security of corporations and political organizations tied to the two political parties and the extent of Occupy infiltration is very likely quite extensive.

The most common purpose of infiltration is the intelligence function of gathering information, but the goals are commonly more aggressive. Herbert Hoover ordered FBI agents to "expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize" the activities of these movements and their leaders according to COINTELPRO documents.

According to, Surveillance and Governance: Crime Control and Beyond, the goal of COINTELPRO was also to "expose, disrupt, misdirect, or otherwise neutralize" groups. FBI field operatives were directed to:

  1. Create a negative public image for target groups by surveilling activists and then releasing negative personal information to the public.
  1. Break down internal organization by creating conflicts by having agents exacerbate racial tensions, or send anonymous letters to try to create conflicts.
  1. Create dissension between groups by spreading rumors that other groups were stealing money.
  1. Restrict access to public resources by pressuring non-profit organizations to cut off funding or material support.
  1. Restrict the ability to organize protests through agents promoting violence against police during planning and at protests.
  1. Restrict the ability of individuals to participate in group activities by character assassinations, false arrests, surveillance.

NOTE: We urge you to examine APPENDIX 1 to this report, "The Infamous Case of Sherman Austin" and APPENDIX 2, "The Frightening Case of Julian Assange." These cases detail the ferocity the government is using in pursuing those it deems "enemies of the state." IF THESE WERE THE ONLY TWO CASES, IT WOULD BE BAD ENOUGH. BUT THE ACLU HAS DOCUMENTED THOUSANDS OF SIMILAR CASES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY - ALL DESIGNED TO INTIMIDATE THOSE WHO ARE ATTEMPTING TO STAND UP AGAINST THE MACHINATIONS OF THE AMERICAN SUPER-STATE.

The COINTELPRO documents disclose numerous cases of the FBI's intentions to stop the mass protest against the Vietnam War. Many techniques were used to accomplish the assignment. The documents state:

"These included promoting splits among antiwar forces, encouraging red-baiting of socialists, and pushing violent confrontations as an alternative to massive, peaceful demonstrations."

Infiltration to gather intelligence and intentionally disrupt and break up social movements is common in the United States. At this point in history when the degree of wealth inequality has reached such staggering proportions that the richest 400 people have the same wealth as the bottom 154,000,000 people, when unemployment and foreclosures rates are high, when tens of millions can't afford health care and students can't afford to go to college, those in power are fearful that the people will rise up. Events of the past year, particularly the Occupy, reveal that this uprising has begun. It is likely that the powerful will use the tools available to stop Occupy, including infiltration to disrupt, divide and misdirect. [Please see our article, "To the Barricades."]

False arrests of demonstrators and the resultant threat of imprisonment are commonly used to turn demonstrators into snitches and provocateurs.



What follows is a series of three reports detailing what has happened to specific individuals who have chosen to speak out against the machinations of the American super-state. NOT ONE OF THEM IS A CHRISTIAN ! - which exposes the cowardice of most Christians today. There will be a reckoning someday, and I fear that American Christians will fail in much the same way that German Christians failed regarding Hitler.

Tyranny normally begins on the fringes of society and is first directed against those who do not possess the power to defend themselves (such as the poor, socialists, homosexuals, etc.) and then it works its way in towards the center; it first targets those members of the community that nobody cares about, and then moves its way up the "food chain." This is what Pastor Martin Niemoeller tried to convey many years ago when he talked about his experience in Hitler's Third Reich:

"First the Nazis came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

"Then they came for the Jews and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

"Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

"Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.

"Then they came for me, but by that time, no one was left to speak up."




Sherman Austin

The experience of Sherman Austin with America's Police-State serves as an ominous reminder of what one - anyone - can expect who decides to take a position against the elites who command the heights of America's political and financial pyramids. SHERMAN AUSTIN was a webmaster for a so-called "anti-government" website connected to anti-WTO and anti-World Bank demonstrations.

In one of the government's first attempts to exercise the new US Patriot Act, Austin's home was surrounded on January 24, 2002, and raided by approximately 25 heavily armed FBI and Secret Service agents. He was interrogated for several hours while agents ransacked his house and seized the computers he used to run his website. Evidently a protest guide had been posted on one of the site's discussion boards which contained information on explosives. Who posted the information remains a mystery to this day, although it's not a stretch to believe that the FBI was responsible(please see our latest article, "Greed, Avarice, and the Coming Dictatorship"); but leaving aside the question of who was or was not responsible, the fact remains that the information itself was legal and is easily available on any number of other websites on the internet or in any number of Right Wing publications or scientific journals throughout the country.

So how could the information have been a concern to authorities? It wasn't a concern; it was simply used as an EXCUSE to take down his "left-wing," "anti-government" website. During the whole process, Austin was repeatedly told that he was not going to be arrested - and he wasn't, at least not then. But he was told to "watch it." Plainly, Austin was being INTIMIDATED.

Nonetheless, Austin went ahead with plans he had already made to attend the demonstration against the World Economic Forum in New York City, a demonstration that we in Antipas also attended and demonstrated at. THAT WAS EVIDENTLY A MISTAKE! - AUSTIN HAD REFUSED TO TAKE THE FBI'S "ADVISE" AND "FADE INTO THE WOODWORK" - which is what the government wants all of us to do: to "shut up" and "do what we are told."

At the demonstration against the World Economic Forum, the police repeatedly swarmed over the demonstrators and harassed them, despite promises that they would let them demonstrate peacefully. They did demonstrate peacefully, but still the police refused to leave them alone - after all, the mere fact that one would have the nerve to demonstrate against the "richy riches" of the world and disrupt them in their deliberations on how to squeeze more money out of the poor and downtrodden of the world was reason enough for the police (the elite's flunkies) to make life miserable for the demonstrators. Indeed, we at Antipas were lucky not to be arrested ourselves, although at ALL times we were non-violent and peaceful - we were passing out salvation tracts and "flyers" to the demonstrators, and they were being taken and read - with a hearty thanks, both for the tracts and also because we had had the courage - as Christians - to stand with them against the American New World Order System. Indeed, as a result of our efforts in passing out flyers at this and other demonstrations across the country, hundreds of unsaved "lefties" are now regular readers on our website.

Austin (whom none of us know personally) wasn't so lucky. He was evidently arrested in a police "sweep" a few blocks from where we were standing and taken to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Jail and held there incommunicado for 30 hours. Finally, he was taken out of his cell and put into a backroom in handcuffs and leg irons where he was interrogated by the FBI and the Secret Service. Finally, he was driven to the Federal Court House and released. As he was waiting for someone to come and pick him up, five FBI agents entered the courthouse and re-arrested him for "distribution of information related to explosives over the internet" - a charge that the FBI had dropped against him the month previous. AUSTIN HAD REFUSED TO TAKE THE HINT! - TO "SHUT UP" AND BACK AWAY FROM HIS ANTI-GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES. And now he was going to pay the price.

He was hurried out of the courthouse into a black SUV and driven to a federal building. At Austin's bail hearing, the FBI claimed that Austin was a "man on a mission" and that he had driven 3,000 miles from California to the east coast to carry out his "mission." The "mission" that he was supposedly on was not specified by the government. The judge denied Austin bail and after eleven days he was shackled and taken to an air force base where federal inmates are bordered onto planes surrounded by guards with M16s and shot guns and flown to a federal jail "hub" in Oklahoma where he was finally released after a thirteen-day imprisonment.

Now, again, what was the purpose in all this: the purpose was, as it was in the beginning, to INTIMIDATE Austin; to shut him up - and the FBI was accelerating the INTIMIDATION: the initial arrest; then the re-arrest (after they found out who he was when he was "netted" in the police "sweep" in New York - specifically, that he had already been "warned" back in California to cease his "anti-government" activities, and that he had refused to "knuckle under"). Now the INTIMIDATION was being broadened: moving him from jail to jail, interrogating him for hours on end, arresting and re-arresting him, and finally letting him go free out in the middle of nowhere in Oklahoma - with no money and no way to get back home. This is what the government can do now to a "dissenter" - all without any FORMAL charges ever being leveled against him.

Six months later, after Austin finally made his way back to California, prosecutors contacted his lawyer and said they had found nothing with which to prosecute him, BUT THEY DIDN'T WANT TO "LET HIM OFF THE HOOK." That would never do; what kind of an example would that be to other "dissenters" throughout the country. No, they had to make an example out of him. They would "hound" him to death. Make life miserable for him; grind him into the dirt, and bury him in legal fees.

The government can do that, you know! What chance does a poor person or someone of modest means have in confronting the government? - regardless of the question of guilt or innocence. Not much! - about the same kind of chance a poor black man has when he is arrested: None! Sure, there is the "public defender" - who is so buried in work that he has about five minutes in toto to spend with you before you come to trial. And then there is always the matter of "manufactured evidence." White, suburban Christians, of course, would deny that that ever happens; but the "denizens of the underclass" know better!

What inevitably happens in this kind of a situation is the government "persuades" the defendant to "cop" a plea under the threat that if he refuses to do so, the government will "go after him" with everything it has, including a maximum prison term in the company of sodomites (which situation the government could "clean up" if it wanted to: it doesn't want to) and the unspoken threat of "manufactured evidence." No one wants that! At first, Austin rejected the plea - he was guilty of nothing. But the thought of being "cast down into the pit with the sodomites" for twenty years is enough to make almost anyone "re-think" his position - which is exactly the threat the government held over his head: his lawyer informed him that the government would seek a "terrorism enhancement" on his charge which would make him eligible for an added 20 years on his sentence. As a result, Austin took what he thought was a binding pre-indictment plea agreement - which was initially one month in jail, and five months in a "community corrections facility," but the government reneged on the plea - after getting Austin to "admit" "guilt" insofar as the charge was concerned. Now the government had him by the proverbial "you know what." He had pled guilty to a felony, and he was sentenced to one year in federal prison and three years of supervised release with the stipulation that he would cease and desist from all his "anti-government" activities.

Austin last words to all of us were these: "I think the government made it clear when it said, 'you're either with us or against us. Remember, fascism and a police state doesn't come all at once, it comes piece by piece. How far will we allow it to go until we are all locked up in concentration camps."




By Mike Head

Julian Assange

Internal emails obtained from the US private intelligence firm Stratfor indicate that the Obama administration has had a secret indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for more than 12 months. The emails, published by WikiLeaks this week, also point to the close involvement of the Australian Labor government and intelligence agencies in the operation against Assange, an Australian citizen.

The emails were sent by Fred Burton, Stratfor's vice-president for counterterrorism and corporate security. Burton is a former Deputy Chief of the US Department of State's counterterrorism division for the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). The DSS is playing a leading investigative role in the ongoing operation to extradite Assange to the US, where he would be tried under the Espionage Act of 1917 and could face the death penalty.

In January 2011, Burton revealed in Stratfor correspondence that a secret Grand Jury had issued an indictment: "Not for Pub—We have a sealed indictment on Assange. Pls protect." According to Burton:

"Assange is going to make a nice bride in prison. Screw the terrorist. He'll be eating cat food forever."

A few weeks earlier, following Assange's release from a London jail, where he had been remanded as a result of a Swedish prosecutor's arrest warrant, Burton told SkyNews: "extradition [to the US is] more and more likely."

Burton's emails indicate that the US government is employing the same "counter-terrorism" methods against WikiLeaks as against Al Qaeda, "Take down the money. Go after his infrastructure. The tools we are using to nail and de-construct Wiki are the same tools used to dismantle and track aQ [Al Qaeda]," he wrote.

Later Burton pointed to a relentless dirty tricks and destabilization operation. "Ferreting out [Assange's] confederates is also key. Find out what other disgruntled rogues inside the tent or outside [sic]. Pile on. Move him from country to country to face various charges for the next 25 years. But, seize everything he and his family own, to include every person linked to Wiki."

The Stratfor emails undoubtedly reflect sentiments inside the American government to exact revenge on Assange and destroy WikiLeaks for having exposed US war crimes all over the globe. These exposures began in April 2010, when WikiLeaks released a video of a massacre of civilians in Baghdad by a US attack helicopter. Since then the site has released thousands of documents detailing US killings of civilians and complicity in torture in Afghanistan and Iraq, and numerous other conspiracies carried out by Washington and its allies.

Burton's emails help confirm earlier reports, dating back to December 2010, that a secret Grand Jury had been empanelled in Virginia, near Washington, to prepare a sealed indictment under the Espionage Act.

In the past, this reactionary law has mostly been used to prosecute government officials who make classified information available to foreign agents. Now it is being employed to blatantly censor publication of politically damaging information. In earlier periods, the Act was invoked to imprison American socialist presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs, execute Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for allegedly passing nuclear information to the Soviet Union, and prosecute Daniel Ellsberg for leaking the Pentagon Papers, which exposed the US war crimes in Vietnam.

Responding to the Stratfor disclosures, Assange said:

"For over a year now, the US Attorney General Eric Holder has been conducting a 'secret' Grand Jury investigation into WikiLeaks. This neo-McCarthyist witch hunt against WikiLeaks may be Mr Holder's defining legacy. Any student of American history knows that secret justice is no justice at all."

The Stratfor correspondence makes clear the connection between Assange's indictment and the imprisonment of alleged WikiLeaks source Private Bradley Manning. In an email to Stephen Feldhaus, Stratfor legal counsel, Burton remarked:

"I look forward to Manning and Assange facing a bajillion-thousand counts [of espionage]."

Manning has been held in US military brigs for more than one and a half years, and subjected to months of solitary confinement, forced nakedness, sleep deprivation and other cruelties amounting to torture. This brutal treatment is aimed at forcing him into a plea bargain to help the US government's case against Assange. Currently under house arrest in Britain, Assange is awaiting a decision in his UK Supreme Court appeal against extradition to Sweden on baseless sex charges, which could quickly lead to his extradition to the US.

Assange's arrest, in December 2010, came just after WikiLeaks began publishing 251,287 leaked US embassy cables, the largest collection of confidential documents ever released into the public domain. WikiLeaks was subsequently subject to a block on financial donations by Visa, MasterCard and PayPal, forcing it to suspend its activities.

It is clear that Australian authorities, acting on the instructions of the Gillard government, are heavily involved in the conspiracy against Assange. In July 2010, Burton wrote to George Friedman, Stratfor CEO and founder:

"We probably asked the ASIS [Australian Secret Intelligence Service] to monitor Wiki coms and email, after the soldier from Potomac [Manning] was nabbed. So, it's reasonable to assume we probably already know who has done it. The delay could be figuring out how to declassify and use the Aussie intel on Wiki."

Because of the widespread support for Assange in Australia and internationally, the Australian government has repeatedly denied any knowledge of his indictment. Yesterday, in parliament, the government's Senate leader, Chris Evans, again stated:

"I can tell you that the Australian government is not aware of any charges by the US government against Mr Assange."

These denials fly in the face of the record. The Labor government publicly backed the persecution of Assange from the outset. In December 2010, Prime Minister Julia Gillard improperly declared the WikiLeaks publication of the US cables "illegal." Without any legal basis, the then attorney-general, Robert McClelland, claimed that obtaining classified information was also an offence under Australian law. The government authorized an investigation, involving ASIS, the Australian Federal Police and other security agencies, to assist the US witch hunt.

Assange and WikiLeaks are being pursued because their cable leaks have helped lay bare the criminal objectives and operations of US imperialism and its allies, including Australia, which stand in direct opposition to the interests and sentiments of the broad mass of the world's population.



Is the government sending us a message?

by: S.R. Shearer

"Tyranny inspires awe and terror precisely because it ALLIES ITSELF WITH DEATH. The spectacle of the scaffold and its terror are its distinguishing marks. Knowing that the tyrant does not shrink from atrocities strikes fear into the hears of his subjects."

- Foucault

Gary Webb


On December 10, 2004 former investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News Gary Webb - who had been on the CIA's "black list" ever since he broke the story of the agency's VILE involvement in flooding the poor black neighborhoods of L.A. with cocaine in the early 1980s - was found dead in his Sacramento area home, an apparent suicide according to the coroner. There was a gunshot wound through his head. No! - make that TWO (possibly three) gunshot wounds, apparently from his father's old .38 caliber revolver. [Please see our articles, "The Drug Epidemic, Viruses, Ebola, and AIDS" and "Material Developed by Gary Webb on the Importation of Drugs into the Neighborhoods of the Poor" for a "run-down" or synopsis on Webb's article, "Dark Alliance;" please also see our story as to why the elites (and the CIA) targeted the poor black neighborhoods of the country in this fashion, "The Utility of Police Brutality in the Elite's War Against the Poor;" finally, we urge you to read our article on the CIA's obscene involvement in the drug trade entitled, "A Short History of the CIA's Involvement in the Drug Trade."]

AMAZING! Absolutely AMAZING - two (or three) gun shot wounds in Webb's head? A suicide? Wow! - what did Webb do? Put a second (and possibly a third) round through his head after he was dead from the first one, just to make sure that he was - in fact - dead? That's what the Sacramento County Coroner's Office and the Sacramento Bee Newspaper - in addition to Michael Ruppert - think. For example, Ruppert writes:

"Gary's suicide was accomplished with two gunshot wounds to the head. In death Gary proved to be as determined and single-minded as he had been in life ... Here are the facts: Gary Webb fired two shots from a .38 caliber revolver into his own head. (A suicide) ... open and shut." [Some kind of "determination!" some kind of "single-mindedness!" - Antipas editor.]

.38 caliber revolver

Ruppert - after describing a .38 caliber revolver as a "relatively weak handgun" (which it is NOT, as anyone who has ever had any experience with one should know) - goes on to elaborate (really "pontificate") on the "ins and outs" of suicides, citing his experience as a former L.A. cop. His explanation is that the first shot (which entered Webb's head just behind and above his right ear) missed the brain, and blew out Webb's lower left jaw and the left side of his face. Ruppert then says that Webb still had the "presence of mind" - after half his face had been blown away - to shoot himself a second time through the brain, killing himself (Ruppert leaves unexplained how he might have gotten off the third round).

But come on now, Ruppert's tortured explanation as to what happened is - on the face of it - nonsensical. The angle is too extreme! Go ahead, try it yourself; get a ruler, measure out @ 12 inches (to allow for the length of the revolver, put the "gun" (so to speak) above and behind your right ear, and at an angle that would allow the shot to pass through your lower left jaw, and then ask yourself, is that really possible? Surely Webb, again, whom Ruppert describes as a "determined and single-minded person" bent on suicide, would have known that that difficult-to-achieve and extremely contorted shot would not kill him - although the shock of the round would most likely have rendered him senseless.

There are alternative explanations, of course. One of them is that the second (and possibly the third) round can be accounted for as a "reflexive response." But that explanation would make sense only to someone who has never fired a .38, as I did on many occasions when I was attached to the 515th Counter Intelligence Group out of San Francisco in the early 1970s. The fact is, the trigger on a .38 is NOT that easy to pull back on (especially a trigger on an older .38), and since each discharged round requires a separate and distinct pull on the trigger, one is left perplexed as to how Webb might have gotten off his second (and possibly his third) round as a "reflexive response." And more than that, the recoil from the first shot would have knocked the barrel of the gun up and away from Webb's head; there would have been no second (or third) head wound; a shot into the ceiling of the house - maybe; possibly another one into the wall, but nothing more.

The fact is, none of the explanations offered by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office, the Sacramento Bee, or Michael Ruppert makes any sense. The most reasonable explanation - though the one no one wants to admit it - is that Webb was assassinated by someone standing over and behind him.

But Ruppert (and the Bee as well as the coroner) will have none of that, and to bolster his rather farcical story, Ruppert attacks the reporting of Alex Jones and John Hankey, both of whom claim that Webb was "hit" by the CIA. Ruppert writes:

"Jones has a large syndicated ... radio show for which he claims a listening audience of millions ... Jones conducted separate radio interviews with a former 'business partner' of convicted drug dealer Ricky Ross and a second guest, retired DEA Agent, Celerino Castillo. Later Jones injected second-hand source comments from an alleged documentary film maker which were attributed to Ross. ROSS' LIFE AND HIS SELLING OF LITERALLY TONS OF COCAINE IN LOS ANGELES HAD BEEN WEBB'S ENTREE INTO THE DARK WORLD OF COVERT OPERATIONS. Castillo apparently had no idea his remarks were being aired in context with these statements ... made by a drug dealer (i.e., Ricky Ross) ... Since no other sources are named - no family, no colleagues, no one who had spoken to Webb personally - then Jones' 'credible' sources who are two of the largest drug dealers in West Coast history, one of whom (Ross) has spent almost two decades in prison ... HEY ALEX, DRUG DEALERS LIE!"

Rupert continues, quoting Alex Jones:

"Credible sources who were close to Gary Webb have stated that he was receiving death threats, being regularly followed, and that he was concerned about strange individuals who were seen on multiple occasions breaking into and leaving his house before his suicide ...

"Ricky Ross, one of Gary Webb's primary sources ... had spoken to Gary in the days before his death. Gary told Ricky that he had seen men scaling down the pipes outside his home and that they were obviously not burglars, but 'government people'. Gary also told Ricky that he had been receiving death threats and was being regularly followed. It was also mentioned that Gary was working on a new story concerning the CIA and drug trafficking."

However, Ruppert discounts all this; he claims that nothing that Ricky Ross says can be relied upon. But that's strange - it was Ross who essentially gave Webb entree (as Ruppert puts it) into what was going on in Los Angeles regarding the CIA's involvement in the drug trade there, and it was precisely this story that Ruppert rode to fame - essentially piggy-backing off Webb to do so. How is it that Ross is credible insofar as what he had to say to Webb about the CIA's involvement with the drug trade in L.A. (which was later certified to be true by the CIA's own Inspector General), and not credible when he gives evidence as to what Webb had to say about a CIA "contract" that had been put out on him? Ruppert can't have it both ways.

Ruppert is nothing more than a silly ass who has been trying to parlay his experience as a DUMB L.A. cop into a writing career. He implies that he has experience in "covert intelligence operations" - but, in fact, he has none. He was just a DUMB cop. Nothing more! Moreover, Ruppert is a follower of George Soros, which should give anyone pause as to Ruppert's credibility.

Ruppert slavishly repeats Soros's ridiculous world-view everywhere he goes; indeed, it wouldn't be "too much" to describe Ruppert as a "MOUTHPIECE" for Soros. As for Soros, he is a man who plays both sides against the middle, a person who has over the years taken untold amounts of money from the CIA, and who pushes incessantly for the legalization of hard drugs all over the world. Anything that Soros says should be discounted as nothing more than CIA "disinformation."

Soros's operations - which include the Center of American Progress (a think tank for elite Democrats modeled on the Heritage Foundation); Americans Coming Together (a voter mobilization funding mechanism); and (an Internet gathering place for pseudo-radicals) - are, like the Democratic Leadership Council which spawned them, a clever means to "cut out" real radicals from the market place of ideas.

Soros has been using his ill-gotten billions to cast himself as the "savior of the Western World," claiming to be in a fight to stop the expansion the American New World Order System; but what he has really been doing is buying up the Democratic Party and turning it into a toothless tool of the "Billionaires Club" which postures as an "anti-Empire" party, but which in reality is nothing more than a mechanism designed to render impotent those radicals who truly oppose the Empire by denying them any institutional support for their activities. And it's not just that: The fact is, Soros shares an intimacy with many proponents of the American New World Order System which is simply inexplicable. For example, take Soros's close friendship with George Schultz, who - as the "godfather" of Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle and the one who did so much to launch Bush's bid for the presidency in 1999 - should be at the very forefront of Soros's "enemies list." Very strange. Very strange, indeed.[Please see our article, "George Bush, the Promise Keepers, and the Principles of Messianic Leadership."]

One cannot help but wonder what kind of a "game" Soros is up to, and why - whenever Bush "the younger" gets into financial trouble - there's Soros to "bail" him out the way he did when he rescued Bush's failing Spectrum 7 oil firm in 1985. No! - there's more to Soros than meets the eye, and - as a result - there is probably a lot more to Ruppert's opposition to the idea that Webb was "hit" by the CIA. As I have said so many times before, in today's America, up is down, black is white, and right is left. As for me, I wouldn't believe a thing that Ruppert has to say, if only because of his seeming devotion to the ideas that Soros is propagating throughout the world.

Nonetheless, what I say doesn't amount to much in the elite world that is pushing the story that Webb committed suicide. But still, the suicide theory is such a farce! - and it gives one an idea of just how stupid the elites think ordinary people are: Clods that - as Edward Bernays puts it - must be "MANIPULATED" by lies. The fact is, the story of Webb's suicide as concocted by the Sacramento Coroner's Office, the Sacramento Bee and Michael Ruppert is such an apparent sham that one would feel that on the face of it, it must be rejected. Notwithstanding, in a statement released to the press, the coroner has pressed exactly this ABSURDITY on the public, asking them to suspend "common sense" and believe that it's possible for a dead man to kill himself twice over. The coroner says:

"The cause of death was determined to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head ... The investigation is continuing and will take an estimated additional six to eight weeks to complete."

"I'll bet the so-called 'investigation' is going to continue! - it's going to take at least that long for the government to get all its 'ducks in a row,' and get everyone's story to 'line up'."

Still, there are protesters (and not just Jones and Hankey); in fact, the Bee says it has received what it describes as a "... barrage of (outraged) calls." However, the Bee is sticking to its story and dismissing the callers as a bunch of "kooks" and "conspiracy nuts" - but, then, that's "standing operating procedure" for the government and its toady press in today's world - an attempt to shame people into silence insofar as the obvious is concerned!

The coroner claims that a hand-written note by Webb was found at the scene "indicating" an "intention" to take his life - although we are left clueless as to what the coroner means by the words "indicating" and "intention." These are, of course, favorite government "fudge" words.

Some who don't know that much about how either the CIA or the FBI work might protest that Webb's murder couldn't possibly have been a "government job" because it was too messy, too untidy. But these kinds of "hits" are meant to be slipshod and somewhat cluttered (as it were). The elites are sending a message to those who would dare follow Webb and people like him down the dark, ill-lit corridor of the country's secrets to peek through that mysterious door at the end of the hallway. The message is, Beware of what you see - the same thing that happened to Webb can happen to you. If the "suicide" story is airtight, the message could not be sent; there has to be enough doubt for the message to get through to those who are intended to hear it.

Foucault was right! - "Tyranny inspires awe and terror precisely because it ALLIES ITSELF WITH DEATH." The fear of a midnight knock on the door, the disappearance of a friend or a co-worker who had challenged the government, an unexplained death that one thinks might be an assassination, but can't prove it - all this strikes TERROR and HORROR into people. The very real fact of the matter is, "Knowing that the ... (government) does not shrink from atrocities strikes FEAR into the hearts of the people." [Please see our article for a description of just how the CIA operates when it thinks no one is looking, "The Horror of John Dimitri Negroponte and Everything He Represents."]

That's where we are today insofar as the American government is concerned. The elites are conveying a message; maybe the public doesn't "get it" (largely because they choose to ignore it), but those who oppose the government understand perfectly the message that is being conveyed, AND THAT'S ALL THAT COUNTS insofar as the elites are concerned!

Believe me when I tell you that there are going to be an increasing number of other such "messages" being sent in the coming years. Then we will see how many Christians are out in the streets protesting what's happening, and calling a spade a spade - after all, bravery is attributed to DOERS of the Word, not HEARERS only. That's what the Bible says:

"... be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, DECEIVING YOUR OWN SELVES." (James 1:22)

So far I don't see many Christian "doers" in Babylon who are out in the streets protesting what the elites are up to and picketing churches that have linked themselves up with the American New World Order System. My detractors say they're there, but I don't see them - and my critics are certainly not out "in the streets of that Great City" protesting themselves. So far, there is only silence; and if there is any activity at all, it's the kind of "activity" that can be engaged in behind the relative anonymity of a computer screen.

The only real protests that I can detect are coming from left-wing secularists at the anti-globalist demonstrations that most Christians I know wouldn't be caught "dead" at. Some kind of bravery! Some kind of courage! What phonies my critics are! What a farce they are engaged in! Well did Jesus say of them -

"... they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." (Matt. 15:14)

God bless you all.

SR Shearer,
Antipas Ministries







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