a friend sent me a copy of a blog post, detailing the federal government's use of paid informants to infiltrate the group that occupied an abandoned building at the malheur national wildlife refuge in southwest oregon. transcripts from the recent trial in portland, oregon of several of the "occupiers" indicate that as many as 16 informants were keeping the government apprised of what the group was up to.
this is not the "opinion" of the blog author at "outpost of freedom," this is from the sworn testimony at trial of the state agents who were involved in the apprehension of the bundy's, and the killing of finicum, under questioning by an asst. u.s. attorney, and bundy's defense lawyer. http://outpost-of-freedom.com/
it is abundantly clear that the government knew what the group was up to. and, that informants were crucial in setting up the road block in which lavoy finicum was shot and killed.
the following exchange was had between my friend and "me" on "informants" in general. [i am in italics, friend "___" in regular typeface.--
me:as per usual, the government has more informants than the people the govt. is seeking to infiltrate. in tzarist russia, they were called "agents provocateurs." those who provoked rebellion, and got others hanged.not much changes.
in other words, the government makes trouble so that it can suppress the troublemakers, having identified them.
for the government, it is a good system. it identifies trouble makers & suppresses them, and also grows the police apparatus to remind the rest of us what the costs are.a trick of the tzarist apparatus, the soviet apparatus, and now the amerikan apparat.
[to: me]The commies got to commie!
me:yep, that's about it. and, the sheriff of nottingham always had a ready supply of deputies. always. people will do almost anything for three hots and a cot. anything. killing is the least of it.