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MrScorpio

(73,666 posts)
Fri May 1, 2015, 04:39 AM May 2015

This Guy Is In Baltimore...

How a Radical Leftist Became the FBI's BFF


To many on the left, Brandon Darby was a hero. To federal agents consumed with busting anarchist terror cells, he was the perfect snitch.

FOR A FEW DAYS IN SEPTEMBER 2008, as the Republican Party kicked off its national convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Twin Cities were a microcosm of a deeply divided nation. The atmosphere around town was tense, with local and federal police facing off against activists who had descended upon the city. Convinced that anarchists were plotting violent acts, they sought to bust the protesters' hangouts, sometimes bursting into apartments and houses brandishing assault rifles. Inside the cavernous Xcel Energy convention center, meanwhile, an out-of-nowhere vice presidential nominee named Sarah Palin assured tens of thousands of ecstatic Republicans that her running mate, John McCain, was "a leader who's not looking for a fight, but sure isn't afraid of one either."

The same thing might have been said of David McKay and Bradley Crowder, a pair of greenhorn activists from George W. Bush's Texas hometown who had driven up for the protests. Wide-eyed guys in their early 20s, they'd come of age hanging out in sleepy downtown Midland, commiserating about the Iraq War and the administration's assault on civil liberties.

St. Paul was their first large-scale protest, and when they arrived they were taken aback: Rubber bullets, flash-bang grenades, tumbling tear-gas canisters—to McKay and Crowder, it seemed like an all-out war on democracy. They wanted to fight back, even going so far as to mix up a batch of Molotov cocktails. Just before dawn on the day of Palin's big coming out, a SWAT team working with federal agents raided their crash pad, seized the Molotovs, and arrested McKay, alleging that he intended to torch a parking lot full of police cars.

Since only a few people knew about the firebombs, fellow activists speculated that someone close to McKay and Crowder must have tipped off the feds. Back in Texas, flyers soon began appearing at coffeehouses urging leftists to beware of Brandon Darby, an "FBI informant rat loose in Austin."


http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/08/brandon-darby-anarchist-fbi-terrorism



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This Guy Is In Baltimore... (Original Post) MrScorpio May 2015 OP
Cops infest all political and activist forums. Jesus Malverde May 2015 #1
Being active on the left was a lot like the old Soviet bloc joke. hobbit709 May 2015 #2
K&R (n/t) derby378 May 2015 #3

hobbit709

(41,694 posts)
2. Being active on the left was a lot like the old Soviet bloc joke.
Fri May 1, 2015, 04:58 AM
May 2015

How do you play Russian Roulette"

You have six people in a room telling anti-state jokes and you don't know who the informer is.


Forwarded the info to some people that may be interested.

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