Notorious Green Scare Snitch to DJ in Eugene Saturday

chelsea dawn gerlach snitchFormer environmental activist and eco-sabatuer Chelsea Gerlach is now out of prison, on the streets, and in the dance clubs of Oregon. Gerlach was a key leader in a cell of the Earth Liberation Front and is one of the individuals responsible for the 1998 $12 million Vail Mountain ski lodge arson attack, as well as 19 0thers. In 2005 she was arrested along with  five other former cell members.

At the time of her arrest she was working as DJ in Portland, OR and selling illegal drugs. Her and her partner Darren Thurston (who later also turned informant) were living together, having put activism behind them, but still living an outlaw lifestyle. Besides the drug dealing business they were also collecting and storing guns illegally. Instead of standing by her actions and once professed ideals, Gerlach quickly turned informant after her arrest in exchange for preferential treatment.

As an informant she helped in the prosecution of numerous activists. One former close friend and comrade of her’s, William “Avalon” Rodgers, even committed suicide in custody in response to the treacherous actions of his former friends like Gerlach and the following police action. In exchange for her compliance Gerlach was sentenced to a few months less than she would have received otherwise and was sent to a nicer cage with more privileges than at least one of her co-defendants.

Gerlach admits that she carries “some shame for the anger and fear I have invoked — both through my acts of property damage and through my cooperation with the government.” She became a devout Buddhist and then a Christian while in prison. She is now attending classes at Portland State University, and says that she plans to pursue a graduate degree in divinity.

Gerlach will be a DJ at the Chance to Dance fundraiser at WOW Hall 7-9 pm Saturday, March 22. The event is a benefit for her disabled nephew Malachi.

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COINTELPRO Target, Former-Black Panther Marshall “Eddie” Conway is Free!

Robert Boyle, Marshall Eddie Conway and Phillip G. Dantes. (Photo: Laura Whitehorn)

Robert Boyle, Marshall Eddie Conway and Phillip G. Dantes. (Photo: Laura Whitehorn)

Thanks in large part to the convenient testimony of a jailhouse snitch, Marshall “Eddie” Conway was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 1970 murder of a Baltimore police officer. Now nearly 44 years years later Eddie Conway is free thanks to tireless support of National Lawyers Guild attorney Robert Boyle and others. Volunteer lawyers in the case proved that justice had been denied due to the judge instructing the jury that told them that they could convict Conway even if they had doubts about his guilt.

Conway was a member of the the Baltimore Chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense which it was later discovered was founded by undercover police officers. By the time of Conway’s arrest, the Party’s leadership had already been decimated by COINTELPRO. Government agents had infiltrated various chapters leading to arrests, incidents of snitch-jacketing (sometimes with deadly consequences) and fractures due to false rumors. The most egregious known incident was the outright murders of Chicago based Panther leaders Mark Clark and Fred Hampton! Conway was considered to be part of the party secondary leadership. His unjust nearly four and a half decades behind bars was a result of that.

Military Spy Infiltrated Anarchists in Cooperation with Police

John Towery military spyJohn Towery, a career military police officer turned private military employee spent years posing as an anti-war activist and infiltrating anarchists starting in September 2007. Towery attempted to build a multi-agency working group to target and study anarchists as well as others. He brought a fire arm to activist events and offered to train others in using a guns to clear a building, target practice and gun shows to purchase weapons. He suggested anarchist activists adopt military strategies and provided manuals to properly do so. He also encouraged anarchists to link up with violent fascists groups, an idea he may have stolen directly out of farcically terrible 2003 film The Anarchist Cookbook. [Spoiler alert: Making alliances with fascists did not go well for the fictional anarchists in the film, and so the protagonist chose in the end to become a paid FBI informant instead!]

Though Towery, known to activists in the Tacoma, WA area as “John Jacob (agent_orange@riseup.net),” was outed as an undercover government agent in July 2009 there is an ongoing civil case against him and the government agencies he represented. As a result of an unrelated cases also involving anarchists and police an email Towery sent was released that reveals details about his efforts to spy on activists and some of the many agencies he was cooperating with.

“In addition to the Army, Coast Guard, and Olympia Police Department, the following agencies are known to have spied on, infiltrated, or otherwise monitored the activities of PMR and/or related or associated activists: Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Tacoma Police Department, Lakewood Police Department, Ft. Lewis Police Department, 504th Military Police Division, Aberdeen Police Department, The Evergreen State College Police Department, the Lacey Police Department, the [Tumwater] Police Department, the Seattle Police Department, the King County Sheriff’s Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Protective Service, other Divisions of the Department of Homeland Security, Naval Investigative Services, Air Force Intelligence (which has created a special PMR SDS taskforce at McGwire Air Force Base in New Jersey), The Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Seattle Joint Terrorism Taskforce, as well as the previously discussed civilian employees of the City of Olympia. This list is likely incomplete.” More agencies confirmed including the Los Angeles Police Department according to National Lawyers Guild Attorney Larry Hildes who represent the activists who were victims of spying.

Hildes also said that Towery seemed determined to instigate another “Cleavland 5 or a NATO 3 situation” by his attempts to encourage violence and the acquisition of weapons.

Fresh Snowden Docs Detail Government Dirty Tricks

new cointelpro snowden docs activist groupsThe most recent governments secrets to be revealed by Edward Snowden show some of the disgusting tactics that governments have been using against political activists to “ruin reputations,” execute “false flag operations” and more. A previously secret PowerPoint presentation titled The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations has now been published in it’s entirety. The slides were prepared and assembled by the British Government Center Headquarter’s (GCHQ) previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group).

The information was shared with the NSA as well as equivalent organizations in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Among the tips included is the “honey pot” (where sex or the expectation of sex is used to manipulate or lead a target into a compromising situation. Although the main targets mentioned here are computer activists, those familiar with the case of Mark Kennedy or Eric McDavid know that these techniques have been put into practice in an effort to disrupt environmental and other activists.

Canadian Activists Sue RCMP Over Infiltrators

RCMP informants Environmental protest groups, including the indigenous / first nations movement Idle No More, have filed suit against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) for illegally monitoring activists. The existence of spies within anti-pipeline organizations was confirmed last November by documents obtained by the Vancouver Observer under Canada’s Access to Information Act. The documents were redacted in a manner that obscured the sources of police intelligence information. Hopefully this lawsuit will reveal the individuals who have been providing information to the police.

Jerry Koch Released After 8 Months Behind Bars For Not Talking

Free Jerry Koch Spread Anarchy Grand JuryAnarchist grand jury resister Jerry Koch has been released after eight months behind bars for refusing to testify against others before a federal grand jury. It is believed that the grand jury was investigating the 2008 “bicycle bomber” attack on the Time’s Square military recruitment center.

U.S. District Judge John F. Keenan was convinced to release Jerry after a brief written by National Lawyers Guild attorney Moira Meltzer-Cohen, which was submitted before Christmas. It was possible for him to be held on civil contempt for 18 months.

Though Jerry was never accused of committing a crime himself, he still spent the better part of a year locked up in a dehumanizing facility without any idea of when his confinement would end. Please support him as he adjusts to living outside a of cage. Remember that Jerry refused to sacrifice his integrity or his principles, in exchange for his personal freedom.

Non-Cooperating Green Scare Defendant Sentenced

Rebecca Rubin Earth n Animal Liberation FrontToday, former Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front member Rebecca Rubin was sentenced to five years in federal prison for participating in a series of acts of arson that left numerous targets in ruins. She accepted responsibility for her actions and even apologized to those she may have hurt, but she did not name names.

Rubin was arrested after surrendering to authorities in 2012, six years after a warrant was issued for her arrest. According to the government sentencing guidelines: “Even now the government is unaware of what defendant did during this interim period, where she was, and who may have harbored her, and she refuses to talk about it.” Providing assistance to a fugitive can be a serious crime, so it is encouraging to see her remain silent on this subject.

Even more serious, two of Rebecca’s alleged co-conspirators are still at large. In the words of the state: “Defendant elected, however, not to identify certain people with whom she conspired and committed the crimes in this case. That, of course, is her right, but it restricts her usefulness.” They also noted  that she has “a continuing desire to protect the last remaining fugitives.”

We applaud Rebecca Rubin for maintaining her courage and integrity. She will soon be transferred to federal prison where she can consistently receive letters of solidarity, as well as books, and funds to purchase food and other necessities not provided to her by the prison.

Once released Rebecca will be forced to serve a two year period of supervised release and will be ordered to pay “$13,905,815.90 in mandatory restitution” to the victims (earth rapers and animal abusers) of her “crimes.” Support Rebecca Rubin!