FBI – Your Tactics Aren’t Welcomed In This Peaceful Community

This content was originally posted to CopBlock.org.

Below is the transcript of my video with relevant links.

Below that is the embedded Crimethinc document mentioned.

Here’s a related write-up by fellow CopBlock.org contributor Ademo Freeman: Phil Christiana – (FBI Agent) It’s Not My Friends You Should Be Looking At

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A couple of days ago Crimethinc published the pamphlet Bounty Hunters & Child Predators: Inside the FBI Entrapment Strategy.

The document outlines tactics used by FBI employees to frame individuals, which is then leveraged for political gain to vilify entire groups of people and ideologies.

Having long advocated for complete liberty – that is, 100% freedom and 100% responsibility, where each of us is free to act, so long as we don’t initiate force, I am aware of many situations that fit the entrapment model described – where no one is acting in the wrong until a FBI employee infiltrates, advocates violence and in almost every case, supplies the money or ordinance on which the arrest and headline hinge. And through which another claimed usurpation of rights is “justified.”

This scenario became a bit more real for me after I learned that a friend had been asked by an FBI agent to wear a wire.

Yesterday just before 4pm Rich Paul – an activist known for his advocacy for self-ownership – was picked-up by Keene Police employees, ostensibly on a warrant. Rich was brought to the Keene police department and led into an interrogation room where he had an exchange with a man who identified himself as Phil.

Phil inquired where Rich had been immediately prior to the arrest. Rich said “at the club” and Phil gave the address of the Keene Activity Center.

The Keene Activity Center, or KAC, is one a side of a duplex that’s billed as

the community center, heart of operations, and meeting space utilized by liberty-oriented individuals based in Keene. The KAC is a comfortable environment to be yourself among friends working in concert to advance the peaceful evolution.

Phil asked Rich to return to the KAC, wearing a wire, and to share with those present a completely fabricated scenario – that he’d been snatched-up for a crime that he hadn’t committed. Rich was told by Phil that he wanted to see who questioned the story and at what length.

Rich invoked his right to remain silent and noted his desire to speak with his attorney before deciding how to move forward.

Phil gave Rich his business card – after he’d tried to scratch-out his last name which was still readable as Christiana- and told him to keep their exchange confidential and be in touch by 5pm today.

Instead, at 5pm Rich’s attorney gave Christiana a call and myself and others are working to make this situation transparent.

After all, we have nothing to hide. No one associated with the KAC advocates violence.

A quick Google search turned-up Christiana’s bio:

I am a CPA (accountant) by education from Rutgers University in New Jersey. I have been a special agent with the FBI for 20 years. I was stationed in the Boston field office as a new agent in 1992. I spent five years as an operator with the FBI Hostage Rescue Team at Quantico, VA (1996 – 2001). I am currently assigned to the NH joint Terrorism Task Force at the Bedford (NH) Resident Agency as a special bomb technician. I am also responsible for security related issues at the Manchester Boston Regional Airport and Seabrook Nuclear power plant. I have also served as the primary firearms and tactial instructor for the Boston Field office.

But there’s more to this story.

Back in 2005 DadaOrwell shared on NHUnderground – then the most-popular forum in the ‘shire – that he received a call from Phil Christiana, who sought to “maintain a dialogue”

He wrote:

He says he wants to have lunch with me or something along those lines in about a month. I assume he is trying to do intelligence, find the next tim mcveigh or determine for sure that this movement is the wrong place to look. This is not something I object to in theory, but I do feel uncomfortable doing anything that would cost taxpayer dollars, such as sitting down to lunch with these guys for an hour at taxpayer expense.

[UPDATE – it was brought to my attention that “dadaorwell” was the forum handle used by Dave Ridley, so the above is from the same interaction attributed to Ridley immediately below]

Longtime ‘shire-based journalist Dave Ridley, who, based on his entertaining and informative videos, has gained a following from many in the area – including LEOs who’ve told me personally that they watch and respect his channel, noted that he too was visited by Phil Christiana.

Ridley wrote about their exchange:

My experience with him was that he was more or less polite and professional…but creepy. He came to the same Keene house when I lived there, to learn more about Russell Kanning’s plans for civil disobedience at Manchester Airport’s TSA checkpoint. That was in 2005.

He also requested to have lunch with me and indicated, not in so many words, that he wanted me to be an informant. I told him I would be interested in having that lunch but would report everything we said to the public. He decline to interact with me after that

not included in video: Phil Christiana had an hour-long conversation with then Keene-based activist Russel Kanning:

In early 2011 Christiana visited the home of then-Keene-based activist Kurt Hoffman. After Christiana identified himself as “Phil” who worked with the FBI Hoffman shut his door and declined to talk.

Christiana later called Hoffman twice from a number later determined to be his cell phone – (603) 365-8098 – and visited Hoffman’s dad in Mass, during which time he inquired about his knowledge of activities in Keene.

Later that summer, after the conclusion of the Porcupine Freedom Festival – an annual, week-long event held at Rogers Campground that was attended by over 1,200 pro-liberty people, FBI employees stopped-by and questioned the owners about those who attended, though they claimed to be concerned about vendors selling alcohol without a license.

A couple of months back Brad Jardis – who himself had worked in law enforcement before quitting his job due to his unwillingness to arrest those who use marijuana medicinally – confided that he had been asked to sit-down with a FBI employee. That conversation too was focused on learning who at the KAC advocated the use of violence.

In no uncertain terms Jardis told the inquisitor that such a line of questioning was totally off-base because no one at the KAC advocated such things.

More-recently, after friend Josh Nilsson was picked-up for not checking in with his probation officer as dictated, he too was questioned along a similar vein. While caged at the Cheshire County jail, Josh was asked if he was aware of any violence advocated by anyone associated with the KAC. He laughed at such a statement, knowing full-well that it was completely without merit.

Should we be surprised by Phil Christiana’s snooping-around here in Keene or that of his colleagues in other areas where individuals freely associate and advocate for an alternative to the system that today bestows upon some extra rights?

No. In fact, it’s to be expected due to the perverse incentives inherent in the institution for which they work.

The way Christiana and other employees of government agencies justify their taxpayer-funded salaries is to create issues where none exist – something economist Bob Higgs has deemed the ratchet effect. Manufactured and trumped-up Incidents and arrests are given as justification for a greater police state and the expense of your rights.

There’s no internal check on government as it exists today. No matter the “leadership” the trend is always to grow in size and scope simply because the goods and services its actors provide – in this case “law enforcement” – are provided in a vacuum, absent mechanisms for real accountability. Services rendered are either unwarranted – such as victimless crimes – or done inefficiently.

The Crimethinc write-up mentioned at the beginning of this video seeks to instill in readers the need for a security culture to mitigate risks. The best way that can be done, in my opinion, is to be transparent. To not let threats scare you into complacency or even worse, partnership. Especially if you’re not doing anything wrong. That’s the purpose of this video.

As the size and scope of the liberty-oriented community grows in Keene and around the world, those who seek to maintain the Statist Quo are rightly worried. Not due to the threat of violence – at least from this community – but due to the fact that the bad idea on which they subsist is being seen and thus is eroding.

I know I and the people with whom I choose to associate – diverse as they are – advocate peaceful tactics. FreeKeene.com – a group blog where some who patron the KAC blog – has the tagline “peaceful evolution.” That’s not just a phrase but an idea. And ideas have consequences.

It’s not about a revolution – violent or otherwise, as whatever form that takes, it still revolves around the bad idea of a “leader” but about an evolution – moving past that outdated concept to a free society where we each govern ourselves.

I’m glad Rich and others approached by Christiana have spoken-up. Just like in the schoolyard, it is the bullies, those who initiate force and who act in the wrong, who rely on threats to censor their misdeeds, knowing full-well that were their actions known, they would not be tolerated.

Transparency is key. The curtain is being pulled-back and many are seeing that the emperor wears no clothes. Authority once unthinkingly granted is being retracted.

To me, the means don’t justify the ends. The means are an end in themselves. Live not according to fear, but according to your own conscience. Be led by love.

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Boston Field Office of FBI
Phone: (617) 742-5533
Fax: (617) 223-6327
E-mail: Boston@ic.fbi.gov

Bedford Satellite Office of Boston Field Office of FBI (covers Cheshire County)
Phone: (603) 472-2224
Fax: (603) 472-9419

Phillip “Phil” Christiana
(603) 365-8098

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Inside the FBI Entrapment Society [pdf for reading]
Inside the FBI Entrapment Society [.pdf for printing]

Inside the FBI Entrapment Strategy – by CrimeThinc

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5 Comments

  1. Thank you for all the documentation in this post. So this agent has been sniffing around for seven years? The recent tactic of federal agents doggedly encouraging dissenters to commit preposterous violent actions is chilling. One must assume the agent knew those at the KAC advocate non-violence. I suspect the Keene connection of one of the guys who was setup in Chicago caused the all-seeing eye to turn its attention to Keene area dissenters. Scary times.

  2. FBI go home ….

  3. as a voter and taxpayer that makes you the primary consumer of FBI services as well as owner of this taxpayer funded crime family.
    How do FBI agents spend your tax dime?

    two reads
    see link for full story

    1st read

    http://azstarnet.com/news/local/crime/suit-fbi-failed-to-stop-arivaca-deaths/article_8ae54c50-c5da-598e-81cd-4c5aeb80c644.html

    June 1 2012
    Suit: FBI failed to stop Arivaca deaths
    Victim says informant warned agency of plan
    Tim Steller Arizona Daily Star

    The FBI should have prevented a 2009 home invasion in Arivaca that left a man and his 9-year-old daughter dead, the surviving victim alleges in a lawsuit against the federal government.

    Convicted murderer Shawna Forde asked an FBI informant in Colorado to participate in the attack two weeks before it happened and even drew a map of the site, survivor Gina Gonzalez says in the lawsuit.

    The informant passed the map on to his FBI handler in Colorado, and the agent there passed it on to the FBI office in Phoenix, but that office lost the map, the suit says.

    By its own rules, FBI agents were required to tell local law enforcement in Southern Arizona of the planned crime, the suit says. But the FBI didn’t intervene.

    2nd read

    see link for full story
    CNN exclusive: FBI misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape

    By Scott Zamost and Kyra Phillips, CNN Special Investigations Unit
    January 27, 2011

    Washington (CNN) — An FBI employee shared confidential information with his girlfriend, who was a news reporter, then later threatened to release a sex tape the two had made.

    A supervisor watched pornographic videos in his office during work hours while “satisfying himself.”

    And an employee in a “leadership position” misused a government database to check on two friends who were exotic dancers and allowed them into an FBI office after hours.

    These are among confidential summaries of FBI disciplinary reports obtained by CNN, which describe misconduct by agency supervisors, agents and other employees over the last three years.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/01/27/siu.fbi.internal.documents/index.html
    Read the FBI documents obtained by CNN
    — An employee had “a sexual relationship with a source” over seven months. The punishment was a 40-day suspension.
    — The supervisor who viewed “pornographic movies in the office while sexually satisfying himself” during work hours received a 35-day suspension.
    — The employee in a “leadership position” who misused a “government database to conduct name checks on two friends who were foreign nationals employed as exotic dancers” and “brought the two friends into FBI space after-hours without proper authorization” received a 23-day suspension. The same employee had been previously suspended for misusing a government database.
    — An employee who was drunk “exploited his FBI employment at a strip club,” falsely claiming he was “conducting an official investigation.” His punishment was a 30-day suspension.
    — And an employee conducted “unauthorized searches on FBI databases” for “information on public celebrities the employee thought were ‘hot'” received a 30-day suspension.

  4. Fucking FBI… They are the fucking violent ones…acting like WE are the ones to be investigated… go away you violent fbi motherfuckers , NO we are not going to be like YOU….. If we DO threaten your monopoly on violence ,we threaten it by peaceful means. INVESTIGATE YOURSELF MOTHERFUCKER

  5. FILE UNDER: Who’s got your back covered
    or The inmates are running the Asylum, eh?
    You do own the system?
    http://www.zpub.com/notes/fbi-shame.html
    couple of reads

    June 1, 2012
    Report finds no crime in Indy evidence mishandling
    see link for full coverup

    http://heraldbulletin.com/breakingnews/x234180318/Report-finds-no-crime-in-Indy-evidence-mishandling

    INDIANAPOLIS — An internal investigation into how Indianapolis police mishandled blood taken from an officer accused in a fatal drunken-driving crash found no criminal intent, but the final report released Friday sharply criticized the department’s training, supervision and procedures for staff handling evidence.

    The FBI reviewed the mishandling of vials of blood taken from Officer David Bisard, who was suspended after the 2010 crash that killed a motorcyclist and injured two others. FBI agents agreed with the city’s Public Safety Department that staff handling the blood had no criminal intent, so the agency declined to investigate further, the Indianapolis Metro Police Department said in a statement.

    2nd read
    see link for full story
    http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2005/Feb-10-Thu-2005/news/25838673.html

    Thursday, February 10, 2005
    FBI agent charged with DUI in crash

    see link for full story
    http://www.ticklethewire.com/2009/09/11/fbi-media-spokeswoman-in-dallas-ft-worth-pleads-guilty-to/

    FBI Media Spokeswoman in Dallas-Ft. Worth Pleads Guilty in Drunk Driving Crash

    FBI agent, who was the face of the FBI down in the Dallas-Fort Worth area (she was the media spokeswoman), was the subject of Texas media reports this week after she pleaded guilty last Friday to drunk driving.

    KRLD news radio reported that Bailey was arrested last year after causing a “wrong-way crash on the Dallas North Tollway” while driving at a high rate of speed.

    (FBI Agent) Farrall gets 90 days in wrong-way case
    Miami Herald ^ | January 09, 2003 | Noah Bierman and Natalie P. McNeal

    see link for full story
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/819829/posts

    `Not once did this man even get up here and accept responsibility for his actions. I think that’s telling.’ — MICHAEL HOROWITZ, who prosecuted David Farrall

    A judge told David Farrall that law enforcement officers need to uphold a higher standard than the rest of the community. Then he sentenced the former FBI agent to 90 days in jail in one of the most notorious DUI cases in South Florida history.

    Florence Thompson, whose two sons died in a wrong-way crash with Farrall three years ago, shrieked ”yes!” when she saw bailiffs clapping handcuffs on the agent for the first time. Still, she remained angry Farrall didn’t face a more severe punishment.

    He could have faced 30 years in prison if a jury had convicted him of DUI manslaughter in November. But jurors cleared the former agent of the most serious charges — convicting him only of six misdemeanors. That left Wednesday’s sentencing hearing a battle over days, rather than years.

    Farrall crashed with Lauderhill brothers Maurice Williams, 23, and Craig Chambers, 19, on Nov. 23, 1999, near I-95’s Atlantic Boulevard exit. The two brothers, who had come from choir practice, died in the mangled wreckage. Farrall, who had been drinking and watching Monday Night Football, survived.

    The case drew enormous community attention because the brothers had initially been blamed for the crash before Florida Highway Patrol reversed its findings. Protesters claimed bias against young black men in favor of a white law enforcement officer.

    Bruce Udolf capitalized on the botched investigation to win his client’s acquittal. That fueled community anger further. Protests included courthouse marches and traffic slowdowns along I-95.

    Farrall’s six misdemeanor convictions included two charges of DUI, two charges of driving with an unlawful blood-alcohol level and two charges of reckless driving.

    Wednesday, Broward Circuit Judge Marc Gold only considered the four charges related to drinking. Combined, they carried a maximum of six months in jail.

    He has yet to decide whether to grant a new trial on the reckless driving charges that could add three more months to the sentence. Gold will grant a new trial on those charges if he believes a late-emerging defense witness, who claims to have seen the crash but got many of the details wrong.

    Gold agreed most first-time DUI offenders receive less jail time than Farrall.

    ”As a law enforcement officer, he has an even greater responsibility. He sets standards by his conduct,” Gold said.

    Farrall will also serve 12 months probation and 50 hours of community service. He’ll have his license suspended for one year, attend DUI school and pay a $250 fine.

    Prosecutor Michael Horowitz, buoyed by community outrage, asked for the maximum six months and 500 hours of community service.

    Gold reserved ruling on another special request: that Farrall pay $126,975.67 prosecutors spent on outside investigators.

    ”Not once did this man even get up here and accept responsibility for his actions,” Horowitz said, with his finger pointed at Farrall. “I think that’s telling.”

    Defense attorney Bruce Udolf shot back: ”Whatever he would say to give condolences would only be cynically dismissed by those who despise him.”

    He said Farrall didn’t speak Wednesday because he, along with the FHP and FBI, are facing two lawsuits seeking $150 million.

    Udolf continued to paint Farrall as a victim who lost his job, family, friends and credibility throughout the three-year ordeal. He called the demand for $126,000 an example of ”showboating” by losing prosecutors and said his client couldn’t afford to pay it.

    ”This would have to be the most expensive DUI prosecution in the history of man,” he said.

    Community organizers had promised to take action if Farrall was not sentenced to jail time Wednesday. When the three-hour hearing ended, they instead turned their attention to supporting the victims.

    ”Ninety days is nothing, but at least there is some satisfaction that he will spend 90 days in jail,” said the Rev. Dennis Grant, who spoke at the hearing and held his arm around Thompson as she left the courtroom.

    Thompson sounded exhausted from the three-year ordeal as she watched her sobbing daughter hug a close family friend.

    ”He should have gotten 30 years, but of course, the jury messed up along with the Florida Highway Patrol,” Thompson said. “There is no satisfaction no matter what.”

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