Infiltration: How the Feds Discredit and Destroy Perceived Enemies

The federal government has gotten very good at infiltrating the various organizations that have formed in opposition to big government. This is not some shadow occurrence anymore. Even the mainstream media is apparently willing to report on federal infiltration:

Militia groups are still surrounding the Bundy ranch days after the BLM ended its roundup of cattle. There is concern among some of them that they have been infiltrated by undercover federal agents.


One man, among the self-described militia, says at least two federal agents went undercover to gather information and are preparing to make arrests. This latest information is causing increased tensions among those who say their goal is to protect rancher Cliven Bundy. Around 50 people remain at the ranch, many living in tents, and are prepared to stay for weeks, even months. The men say they took an oath to protect, but they are worried there is a rat in the ranks.

There probably is a rat in the ranks. Infiltration is the easiest method available to destroy a homegrown organization. Think about it. If you can get a “member” of an organization to do something really stupid or instigate violence, you discredit the whole movement. You get your paid media shills to report on that isolated member’s volatile behavior, and all of a sudden, the whole movement loses momentum.

There have been many cases of infiltration recently, and I think the proliferation of these stories has two causes. For one, I think independent news sources are reporting on these stories much more often. But secondly, I think that, more and more, average citizens are fed up with the civil government. This unease creates a situation where more and more “anti-government” organizations proliferate. And infiltration is the easiest way to keep these organizations from becoming too influential. Infiltration works a number of ways:

  1. It creates tension and strife within the organization, as the possibility of infiltration creates paranoia and distrust among members.
  2. Infiltrators can do things in the name of the organization that discredit it in the public eye.
  3. Infiltrators can radicalize the other members of an otherwise peaceful movement.
  4. Infiltrators keep the feds informed of the movements of the organization from within.

Do you remember the Occupy Wall Street arrests that happened in October of 2011? Did you know that plain clothes police officers in the crowd of protesters were the loudest, most obnoxious members of the crowd? These plain clothes police officers turned a peaceful protest into what looked like a rowdy mob necessitating “police” intervention. One of the men arrested was interviewed about the events:

But legally, we’re allowed to stay until the cops come and say, if you don’t leave you’ll be arrested. But what was unknown to us and to a lot of people that day, including those in Times Square, was that there were undercover cops already there, paid to be disruptive and to be loud. One undercover cop present [at Citi] was louder than the entire group.


How did you know he was an undercover cop?


He arrested one of the protestors outside, and slammed her into the wall, and pushed her back into the bank. We all saw him at the precinct with us. He was laughing with the fellow white shirt cops, telling them about what we’d been saying, basically. It was a bit startling how inside their information was—how they were being paid to go to these protests and put us in situations where we’d be arrested and not be able to leave.

Undercover infiltrations basically destroyed the Occupy Wall Street movement. I don’t really have much love for the group’s ideology, but I am disturbed by how tirelessly the civil government works to discredit dissenting voices.

I would imagine that these infiltrations occur far more commonly than we know. Think about Fast and Furious. That was a federal infiltration gone horribly awry. And we probably wouldn’t have heard about it this soon if it weren’t for independent media. And we wouldn’t have heard about it at all if it had “worked.”