advice below is reprinted from a must read book for activists--War at Home: Covert
Action Against U.S. Activists and What We Can Do About It by Brian Glick. Published
by South End Press, 116 Saint Botolph St., Boston, MA 02115. It is available from
the Animal Liberation League, PO Box 240655, Apple Valley, MN 55124 for $5.
Check out the authenticity of any disturbing letter, rumor, phone call or other
communication before acting on it. Ask the supposed source if she or he is responsible.
[Please re-read this one again. It is very important!]
2. Keep records
of incidents which appear to reflect COINTELPRO-type activity. [Also, report your
experiences to No Compromise and other groups that document repression].
Deal openly and honestly with the differences within our movements (race, gender,
class, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, personality, experience,
physical and intellectual capacities, etc.) before the FBI and police can exploit
4. Don't try to expose a suspected agent or informer without solid
proof. Purges based on mere suspicion only help the FBI and police create distrust
and paranoia. It generally works better to criticize what a disruptive person
says and does, without speculating as to why.
5. Support all movement activists
who come under government attack. Don't be put off by political slander, such
as recent attempts to smear some militant opponents of government policy as "terrorists".
Organize public opposition to all FBI witchhunts, grand jury subpoenas, political
trials and other forms of government and right-wing harassment.
relationships with sympathetic journalists who seem willing to investigate and
publicize domestic covert operations. Let them know when you are harassed. Since
the FBI and police thrive on secrecy, public exposure can undermine their ability
to subvert our work.
7. Don't tough it out alone. Don't let others fret
and suffer by themselves. Make sure that activists who are under extreme stress
get the help they need (someone to talk with, rest, therapy, etc.). It is crucial
that we build support networks and take care of one another.
8. Above all,
do not let our movements be diverted from their main goals. Our most powerful
weapon against political repression is effective organizing around the needs and
issues which directly affect people's lives [and the lives of animals and the