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Mon Jul 22, 2013, 07:45 PM

This is BRANDON DARBY.



This is BRANDON DARBY. He is an FBI informant that often infiltrates leftist spaces. HE WAS RECENTLY SPOTTED AT A TRAYVON MARTIN RALLY IN TEXAS. BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR HIM.

An article widely circulated among activists by Courtney Morris, How Misogynists Make Great Informants, is ABOUT THIS MAN.

Why Misogynists Make Great Informants: How Gender Violence on the Left Enables State Violence in Radical Movements
JULY 15, 2010

In January 2009, activists in Austin, Texas, learned that one of their own, a white activist named Brandon Darby, had infiltrated groups protesting the Republican National Convention (RNC) as an FBI informant. Darby later admitted to wearing recording devices at planning meetings and during the convention. He testified on behalf of the government in the February 2009 trial of two Texas activists who were arrested at the RNC on charges of making and possessing Molotov cocktails, after Darby encouraged them to do so. The two young men, David McKay and Bradley Crowder, each faced up to fifteen years in prison. Crowder accepted a plea bargain to serve three years in a federal prison; under pressure from federal prosecutors, McKay also pled guilty to being in possession of “unregistered Molotov cocktails” and was sentenced to four years in prison. Information gathered by Darby may also have contributed to the case against the RNC 8, activists from around the country charged with “conspiracy to riot and conspiracy to damage property in the furtherance of terrorism.” Austin activists were particularly stunned by the revelation that Darby had served as an informant because he had been a part of various leftist projects and was a leader at Common Ground Relief, a New Orleans–based organization committed to meeting the short-term needs of community members displaced by natural disasters in the Gulf Coast region and dedicated to rebuilding the region and ensuring Katrina evacuees’ right to return.

http://inciteblog.wordpress.com/2010/07/15/why-misogynists-make-great-informants-how-gender-violence-on-the-left-enables-state-violence-in-radical-movements/




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Reply This is BRANDON DARBY. (Original post)
MrScorpio Jul 2013 OP
Cal Carpenter Jul 2013 #1
formercia Jul 2013 #2
Warren DeMontague Jul 2013 #3
kalli007 Jul 2013 #14
freshwest Jul 2013 #4
pinboy3niner Jul 2013 #7
DirkGently Jul 2013 #5
starroute Jul 2013 #6
starroute Jul 2013 #8
starroute Jul 2013 #9
starroute Jul 2013 #11
Dawson Leery Jul 2013 #10
99th_Monkey Jul 2013 #12
starroute Jul 2013 #17
99th_Monkey Jul 2013 #19
struggle4progress Jul 2013 #13
HiPointDem Jul 2013 #20
struggle4progress Jul 2013 #21
LaydeeBug Jul 2013 #15
SalmonChantedEvening Jul 2013 #16
dmr Jul 2013 #18
MinM Jul 2013 #22
librechik Jul 2013 #23

Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 07:54 PM

1. Kick

Very important info for activists. Even if they never see this guy it is good to be reminded that others like him are out there.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 08:01 PM

2. Where there's one Cockroach, there will be more.

Don't let yourself be provoked into doing something illegal.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 08:05 PM

3. Is there such a thing as a "registered molotov cocktail"?

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 10:06 PM

14. Lol! That was my first though too!

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 08:31 PM

4. These types have always been around, I guess. The ol' 'Give it up for the Revolution' gambit.

If not given into, a collection of ideological and gender based smears followed any refusal. IOW, the person being hit upon is a traitor to the Cause, not pure enough.

Ran a lot of people off and caused a lot of division. It's still going on in other ways, will likely always go on. It's just another divide and conquer technique.

Looking out for agent provocateurs in any kind of venue is not paranoia, it's survival. The first thing taught as e trained for our anti-war, civil rights and environmental actions was that anyone trying to incite violence, is THE MAN.

Shun him, don't fall for the passion or go for the drama. He is NOT your ally and is looking to discredit what you're doing.




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Response to freshwest (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 09:03 PM

7. Both informants and undercover LEOs have been around for a long time

A friend in Vietnam Veterans Against the War was involved in planning large protests in D.C. back then, and along with reps of other peace groups attended pre-protest meetings with law enforcement reps. In the next few years, my friend said, he learned that more than half of the protesters' reps actually were undercover law enforcement officers from various agencies.

I suspect that even my friend turned informant at one point. He was set up for a drug bust by undercover agents, but the one thing he didn't explain, either in his published memoir or in talks with those who knew him, was how he got out of the charges.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 08:47 PM

5. Darby's the name. Fomenting violence to get lefties imprisoned is the game.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 08:59 PM

6. Darby is one of my absolutely favorite right-wing creeps

I was collecting notes on him last year when he and Lee Stranahan were responsible for the anti-Occupy smear job, Occupy Unmasked, done on behalf of the late Andrew Breitbart. Here's something Stranahan wrote at one of the Breitbart websites, whining about how his sock puppet here at DU had a post deleted in which he defended Darby:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/02/21/democratic-undergrounds-hides-occupy-assaults-smears-brandon-darby

21 Feb 2012

The popular liberal website Democratic Underground had a vicious, factually inaccurate post about Bigs contributor Brandon Darby and our work on the story of assaults at Occupy. I decided to correct these errors and my post was promptly banned by a "jury" at Democratic Underground and hidden from view; another clear example of the constant liberal censorship and how the entire left seems intent on covering up assaults at Occupy.

The original thread started Saturday was entitled Why are FBI agent provocateurs taunting Occupy? was started by a user named FarLeftFist, who wrote: "A little background: Brandon was outed as an FBI agent after posing as an Leftist activist in 2008. He threw a number of people in jail as an agent provocateur and now spends his time working for Andrew Breitbart and still works undercover. He spends his time on Twitter along with Andrew Breitbart taunting Leftists and posting smears ALL DAY LONG. Him and Andy also spend alot of time along with Dana Loesch having twitter-wars with Keith Olbermann and others. I have been involved in these back and forths as a twitter user myself. They get nasty, ugly, and even threatening as Darby and Breitbart unleash their moronic henchmen on anyone they choose" . . .

So, I had a Democratic Underground account I started a couple of years ago but haven't used. I decided it was time to post. I said: ". . . And now you attack a guy -- Brandon -- who STOPPED people from using Molotov Cocktails. That's the 'snitching' he did; stopping admitted, convicted liars who wanted to perpatrate violence. Is violence okay if Republicans are your targets? Stop acting like sheep and believing the radical left's lies."

In less than an hour, I relieved the following, telling me that my post was hidden by a "randomly selected jury." The Kafkaesque anonymous cyber tribunal didn't ask me to testify or ask any questions. Such is left wing "justice."

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Response to starroute (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 09:05 PM

8. And here's something about when Darby was sniffing around Occupy Oakland

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/15/18699587.php

Nov 15th, 2011

Someone who personally knows Brandon Darby said they spotted him sniffing around Occupy Oakland in October. This month he's asking right wingers to help fund his attacks on the occupy movement with a sustained visit to the Bay Area. Not only is Brandon Darby an asshole, con man, double-crosser, entrapper, and snitch of the highest order, but now he's looking to build himself up as an "indie" reporter on the right, backed by some other creep called Lee Stranahan. Darby is hoping to feed outlets like Glen Beck and Breitbart with steady diet of red meat about the evils of Occupy Oakland and Occupy SF. It's not yet known if he has found enough gullible half-wits to fund his continued misadventures, but people at Northern California occupations should be on the lookout. Here are some photographs of Darby so you can better recognize him. He is starting to look somewhat older, he may be with or without beard, with or without sunglasses, and he seems to like beanies and caps. He or someone near him will probably have a video camera. This is your fair warning to shun and avoid this sneaky and shady character. Tell a friend about Brandon Darby.

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Response to starroute (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 09:10 PM

9. Darby's pal Stranahan outed the cousin molested by George Zimmerman

I would guess that whatever is going on isn't just a matter of Darby doing his provocateur act. I suspect he and Stranahan are hoping for an opportunity to smear the Justice for Trayvon Martin movement in general -- probably by accusing it of being yet another ACORN operation.

If I were among the protesters, I'd also be on the lookout for James O'Keefe, who was also sniffing around Occupy Wall Street back in 2011 in association with the other Breitbart people.

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Response to starroute (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 09:30 PM

11. A few more dots to connect

A self-justification Darby originally wrote for Breitbart's Big Government can be found at http://www.grouchyconservativepundits.com/index.php?topic=4367.0;wap2.

It runs through his claims of having had a run-in with ACORN in New Orleans after Katrina when he was still ostensibly a leftist, says that his growing disillusionment with the left after he returned to Texas led him to become an FBI informant, and ends by smearing activist Lisa Fithian.

And here's something from Matthew Vadum praising Darby and Stranahan. Vadum is the person who did more than anyone else to destroy ACORN and is the inventor of the complicated conspiracy theories involving people like Frances Fox Piven that Glenn Beck has been responsible for giving wider distribution. Beck has more or less said that Vadum taught him everything he knows.

A year ago, Vadum recommended the Darby/Stranahan radio show, writing, "Darby is the former radical community organizer who helped undermine an anarchist plot to attack the 2008 Republican convention in Minnesota as revealed in my book, Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers (WND Books)." (https://www.capitalresearch.org/2012/04/darbystranahan/)

So if Darby has been seen crawling around, this is not just some random FBI provocation. This is the usual suspects looking to paste the Trayvon Martin protests into their all-embracing conspiracy theories and using them to smear Occupy and/or the Democratic Party. (They don't much seem to care which.) The protesters are well-advised to be on their guard.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 09:17 PM

10. This Breitbart/Arpaio lackey is the opposite

of Charles Johnson (who found sanity) from the LGF blog.

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/page/280527_Beckbot_Brandon_Darby_Tells_Ma

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 09:36 PM

12. The FBI has thousands of "Brandon Darby"s on their payroll

So don't think if THIS Brandon Darby isn't infiltrating your leftist group, that you
are safe from such infiltration .. just sayin'

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #12)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 10:45 PM

17. I very much doubt Darby is an FBI infiltrator at this point

It's absolutely true that any protest movement needs to assume it's riddled with infiltrators and act accordingly. But Darby is something different. Once he'd done his original provocateur thing, he was of no further use to the FBI. They presumably cast him loose at that point -- and Breitbart came to his rescue. Now that Breitbart is gone, he seems to be dealing with Glenn Beck. But whatever the details, he seems to be primarily functioning as a smear artist, trying to find dirt on dissidents and cast them in the most embarrassing possible light. He's a slightly less erratic version of James O'Keefe and correspondingly more dangerous.

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Response to starroute (Reply #17)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 10:47 PM

19. Interesting stuff. Yes BD seems like a bundle of bad news. ~nt

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 09:36 PM

13. Dear Stupid Fucks -- Somebody once told us that for every person who learns by reading,

there are a few who learn by observation, and most of the rest just have to try peeing on an electric fence themselves before they believe you when you tell them it's not a good idea to pee on the third rail in the underground

We are, of course, sad to hear that your young chums have been imprisoned -- though it's likely we would have actually broken out in tears had we heard instead they seriously injured someone with Molotov cocktails -- and so we thought we'd offer some advice, on the off-chance that some of you sometimes learn by reading

(1) It is almost impossible to make an articulate and convincing argument with Molotov cocktails. Whenever you find yourself thinking that burning down Moe's diner will make everybody nicer, will encourage some chef somewhere to cook kickass apple pies and sell huge slices at giveaway prices, and will bring the neighborhood around to your way of thinking, ask a friend to smack you in the nose and yell You stupid fuck! -- because what WILL happen, if you carry through on your shit-headed plan, is that most people will conclude there is something wrong with your head, lots of them will hope you should be shot down like rapid dogs, nobody will care why you did it, and anybody who's been seen with you will be demonized as murderous arsonists by the opposition. It's not merely a waste of energy: it's counter-productive

(2) Objectively speaking, the shithead who is trying to talk you into manufacturing Molotov cocktails is not your friend. He may be an otherwise nice person with some screws loose; he may be somebody trying to disrupt your movement; he may be any number of things, but friend he is not. We aren't lawyers, and don't want to practice law without a license, so if you need real legal advice, talk to somebody who's actually passed the bar, but we will say:
(2a) entrapment law is tricky: yes! there is such a thing as entrapment but no! an entrapment defense probably won't work for you when you want to argue that somebody talked you into manufacturing Molotov cocktails; and
(2b) if some shithead is going around trying to talk folk into manufacturing Molotov cocktails, and you know about it, and then somebody does it, you might find yourself facing a conspiracy charge, unless you make it damn clear you completely oppose such a thing and won't have any part of it









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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #13)

Tue Jul 23, 2013, 12:29 AM

20. is that original?

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #20)

Tue Jul 23, 2013, 12:33 AM

21. if you mean, did i just write it, the answer is yes. if you mean, did i just invent all that stuff,

the answer is, more or less, no: lots of it is common knowledge from the sixties movements, with some stuff i learned by reading nelson mandela, all stuck under a somewhat garbled version of a famous will rogers quote

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 10:09 PM

15. kick. nt

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 10:31 PM

16. K&R

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 10:45 PM

18. K&R

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 07:10 PM

23. Damn, from the title I thought you meant the new royal baby name had at last been chosen!

cheez.

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