Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Cuyahoga Bridge Affair
So some rather dumb "Occupy Anarchists" in Cleveland were snared in the Fed's classic entrapment scheme that has been used so successfully against multitudes of Arab "terrorists" and others in our great and glorious war on all kinds -- well some kinds -- of terror...
I guess it's good to have confirmation that the Feds are looking at "Occupy Anarchists" as yet another variety of Domestic Terrorists. We knew this from the way civic paramilitaries (ie: police forces) were treating the Occupy Encampments and their eradication as if they were engaged in a National Special Security Event and that Occupy constituted an existential threat to the State.
If there was any doubt before, it should be laid to rest now.
The format is the same pretty much every time: an informant/provocateur is planted among the target group to troll for willing -- or sometimes not so willing -- participants in some grand scheme to blow shit up, cause mayhem, murder, or what have you. Whoever indicates interest in going along with this scheme is then targeted for investigation and arrest. The plot is always under the control of the Feds and their informant/provocateur and the public is never in danger. So they say, at any rate. The targets have no idea what's really going on.
It's happened so many times in the Muslim and Arab communities (and some of the others that have been targeted, like the "eco-terrorist" community and the anti-globalization community) that the signs of targeting and provocation and infiltration are generally well-known and anticipated. It's getting harder and harder to find willing (or not so willing) fools and victims.
The paranoid among the Occupiers have suspected this sort of infiltration/provocation and entrapment has been a feature of the Security State in dealing with Occupy from the outset, but until now, there wasn't any certainty of it. Now that we know, for sure, what to do about it becomes something of a pressing matter of concern. That we found out, for certain, on May Day is intended to be a kick in the nuts, so to speak, to serve notice to Occupy that its continued presence and disruptive tactics will not be tolerated.
There was a prelude incident. On April 30, in San Francisco, a troupe of Black Clad Hooligans went on a rampage through the Mission District. According to witnesses, they were "escorted" on their merriment by the police. According to witnesses, these hooligans were unknown to Occupy SF; they were strangers, and immediately, it was assumed that they were provocateurs, either police or paid troublemakers.
News reports about the events on the 30th were strikingly similar, making the case that the kinds of vandalism and violence that occurred in the Mission on Monday night was a likely harbinger of what would happen ("Let's hope not!") during the May Day rallies and marches.
The TeeBee news reports were so similar and the paint-splattered Mission police station backdrop so identical that it seemed to me -- and to some other observers -- that the whole thing had been carefully orchestrated to foster an image of "Occupy Violence" and thus dissuade the dissuadable from participation in May Day events.
Just so with the Cuyahoga Bridge Affair.
The authorities know they can't keep everyone away from Occupy events, but if they can keep the Good People away -- that is to say, those with a stake in things as they are -- then they have accomplished their objective.
That is, I'm convinced, what most of the garment rending in parts of the "nonviolence" community over Occupy's "failure" (because of all the violence, dontyousee) is really about. Making sure that those who superficially or sincerely believe in the "Ghandian" and "Kingian" ways of nonviolence, or who would like to pretend they do, don't get involved with Occupy and stay firmly attached to the system as it is.
In the meantime, we can be sure that if this relatively mild strangulation strategy doesn't work to end the Occupy uprisings, other, harsher, tactics will be employed.
We have seen this movie before, you know.