Does One Join the A.L.F.?
One joins the A.L.F. simply by doing A.L.F.
actions. There is no official membership. Just abide by simple guidelines listed
in No Compromise and don't hurt anyone.
Do not ask the ALFSG to join the
A.L.F. or any other group. This will only alert law enforcement who may be tapping
phone lines or opening mail. The SG only becomes aware of A.L.F. activists' identities
if and when they are arrested for committing an A.L.F. action and no longer deny
Begin by yourself or with one or two people you have
known for years or who have proven beyond a doubt to be selflessly committed to
animal liberation. Avoid working with anyone who cannot keep quiet when the A.L.F.
is discussed and blabber on about how they know who A.L.F. members are. Most likely,
those who claim to know, know nothing. If you are considering approaching someone
you haven't known for years, spend time alone with him or her, discussing issues
not related to animal liberation and look for indications of honesty, sincerity,
soft-spokenness and, most of all, a sign that he or she is not afraid of such
personal consequences of strong-held beliefs as imprisonment.
do discuss doing A.L.F. actions, primarily discuss security. Ask if he or she
would consider no longer attending demonstrations or other events where police
videotape attendants. Discuss any and all plans for A.L.F. actions only in person
and never on the phone or computer or even in your own homes or cars. Go for a
walk and avoid the cloak-and-dagger suspicious behavior you see in movies.
a pledge to each other, ceremonially if necessary, to prove your willingness to
go to prison rather than inform on other A.L.F. members. Such words will reassure
you when you or another are sitting in a cell wondering if your fellow A.L.F.
cell members are talking.
With careful planning, meticulous reconnaissance
and security precautions, you will reduce, to an absolute minimum, your risk of
getting caught. Trust your intuition, avoid developing a pattern (like only striking
on weekends), show respect to your fellow warriors on your path to empowerment,
and remember that whatever you go through in a jail cell is nothing compared to
the pain inflicted on animals.
Should I Do A.L.F. Actions Close to Home?
operating in any areas where you will already be a suspect simply because you
are a known animal activist. Cross county lines or state lines, preferably. The
first suspects in A.L.F. activity are always local animal rights activists with
arrest records. If you live in the city, operate in another city or in the country.
Do not visit people in your target area the same night you plan to strike there.
Gas up well away from your target area and inspect your vehicle for broken lights
or expired registration tags and remove any identifying stickers or decals. Although,
D.A.R.E. stickers or "Support Your Local Sheriff" decals can't hurt.
Also avoid the hours when bars or nightclubs are letting out as police will be
looking for drunk drivers. If you must operate close to home, prepare an unsinkable
alibi because, more than likely, you will be questioned if you are a known activist.
Is it true that criminal forensics investigators
can identify you simply by finding a strand of hair, drop of blood or saliva?
Just because you got away from
your last action doesn't mean they're not out to get you. Yes, the FBI and ATF
can identify you through DNA testing-that is, if they can obtain a DNA sample
through a subpoena or court order. Let's say you throw bricks through your local
fur shop's window and paint slogans on its walls. On your way home, you throw
your ski-mask out the window as you drive to drop off a press release to the local
media. If you've cut yourself on glass at the store and dripped one drop of blood,
you will have left enough DNA evidence for the FBI and ATF to identify you. If
your ski-mask is found, the saliva or hair on it is even more evidence. If you
licked the envelope in which you dropped off the press release or the stamp you
mailed it with, then you had better get a lawyer. In an investigation with known
suspects (possibly any or all local animal rights activists), police will use
comparative studies to try to identify the culprit. From 1991 to 1993, activists
were subpoenaed for hair, blood, saliva, fingerprint, and handwriting samples.
So try not to slobber, bleed, or brush your hair when out on an action.
I've been experimenting with different types of
paint bombs on billboards in my area, but I have yet to discover the perfect projectile.
Christmas bulbs are fragile and hard to find out of season, bell peppers leak,
and bottles are too hard to break. Can you help me?
A Paint Panther
Try light bulbs. Not only are they lightweight
and inexpensive, but you can even recycle your old bulbs this way. Here's how
you do it. First, take your burnt-out bulb and with a fine-toothed hacksaw, cut
the aluminum base about 3/4 of an inch from the end, but leave it slightly connected.
Next, bend open the cap at a 90 degree angle. Then, with a screwdriver, gently
tap into the bulb to break off the filament from the body of the bulb. Be careful
not to let the screwdriver fall through and break the bulb! Now empty out any
loose fragments and pour in some oil-based red paint with a little paint thinner
to make it nice and runny. Wipe off any excess paint and/or thinner from the rim
of the bulb and fold back the cap. While holding the bulb end up, liberally affix
duct tape around the cap until you are confident the bulb won't leak. Despite
this, you should avoid carrying the bulb cap-side down. A cardboard six pack holder
works for transport. So save those burnt-out bulbs and recycle!
The Shadow Activist is available to answer your questions about illegal direct
action and other forms of psychological and guerrilla animal warfare. Send questions
to No Compromise and don't sign your real name or lick the stamp or envelope!
The Shadow Activist is really a mainstream animal welfare activist who would never
want anyone to break the law or do any of the ineffective tactics mentioned. This
is for your entertainment only. Continue writing letters to opposition-funded
politicians and corporate non-recyclable wastepaper baskets.