Practices and Security Culture
Your Friends Wisely for Illegal Activities
need to stress the importance of choosing your "friends" wisely.
As we have seen, even cell members can turn into informers when the heat
is on and fear has taken over their reasoning. Here are a few words on
how to better choose the people that you take action with:
work with individuals who are involved in other criminal activity,
especially if it is violent in nature. When these people are caught
for unrelated activity, they will (and have) snitched on their cell-mates
to avoid other charges.
work with people who are not committed to the cause. When the stakes
are high -- as it is with any illegal Direct Action -- trust your
gut. If you are uncomfortable with any potential cell member -- don't
work with them. PERIOD.
allow trusted friends to "vouch" for others. You should
have first hand experience working with every cell member before even
approaching the subject of illegal Direct Action with him or her.
Oftentimes friends are blinded to their friend's quirks, which might
point to the fact that s/he is just plain not suited for this activity.
to imagine potential cell-mates -- and yourself after they
are caught and are being interrogated: How would they respond? Would
the fear cause them to break? Could they handle the pressure of jail
time or their parents?
once a person finds people they think are of a high enough caliber to
work with, next you want to:
sure every one of them is familiar with police interrogation techniques
and procedures so they can spot the lies of the authorities should
they be apprehended.
sure they all are ready to go to jail for 5 to 10 years, if the worst
happens. All cell-mates should be able to discuss what would be the
hardest thing for them to cope with should that happen -- i.e. supporting
children or non-human family members, pressure from parents to capitulate,
fear of being beaten in jail or whatever. Beware of those activists
who are so "hard" and say they could do jail time no problem
- people like this turn out to be all talk way too quickly.
even though it sounds strange, the cell should partake in some sort of
ritual where everyone promises to other cell members to never talk to
anyone (friends, lovers, cops, etc.) about the action, and that all information
will never leave the confines of the active cell. This sort of "blood
sibling" type ritual might be the one thing that helps weaker people
through a hard spot after an arrest. It is important that all participants
in an action know what's expected from them if the shit should hit the
"Choosing Your Friends Wisely" by the Animal Liberation Front