Social Activist Supports Peace, Non-Violence; Becomes Outcast
Of course, this is not how this piece is being spun
When the scheduled federal trial begins this month for two Texas men who were arrested during the Republican National Convention on charges of making and possessing Molotov cocktails, one of the major witnesses against them will be a community activist who acted as a government informant.
Brandon Darby, an organizer from Austin, Tex., made the news public himself, announcing in an open letter posted on Dec. 30 on Indymedia.org that he had worked as an informant, most recently at last year’s Republican convention in St. Paul.
Mr. Darby’s revelations caused shock and indignation in the activist community, with people in various groups and causes accusing him of betrayal.
“The emerging truth about Darby’s malicious involvement in our communities is heart-breaking and utterly ground-shattering,” said the Austin Informant Working Group, a collection of activists from the city who worked with Mr. Darby. “Through the history of our struggles for a better world, infiltrators and informants have acted as tools for the forces of misery in disrupting and derailing our movements.”
Actually there is no indication he was an infiltrator; rather it appears obvious that he was a legitimate volunteer who became an informant when he learned of plans for violence at the RNC. But that doesn't stop a HuffPo blogger
from waxing indignant:
The trial for Austin residents David McKay and Bradley Crowder is on January 26th, and each could be imprisoned for up to 30 years. I am hoping that within three weeks our new administration stops shadowing those trying to rebuild my city like they are enemy combatants.
Because it is important that social activists like McKay and Crowder be free to make as many molotov cocktails as needed.
Hat Tip: Memeorandum
Labels: Bradley Crowder, Brandon Darby, David McKay