its inception, No Compromise has endeavored to foster a strong grassroots
community in which organizations that support the underground can become more
effective through networking with like-minded groups. We have always felt it our
obligation to provide the activist community with accurate and reliable information
regarding animal liberation activities. To this end, No Compromise has
strived to serve as a resource that educates our movement about the underground
warriors who take direct action against those who exploit and murder animals.
We believe these efforts are integral to sustaining an effective, long-lasting
movement that aims to end the perpetual bondage and suffering of our animal sisters
and brothers. Snitches and collaborators critically undermine these efforts and
jeopardize the integrity of our movement. When faced with such a threat from within,
there can be no indecision; there can be no ambiguity as to what is inexcusable
It is worth mentioning that No Compromise has received
letters from Justin Samuel regarding his cooperation with government authorities
and information he provided to them about his alleged involvement with Peter Young
in a series of past fur farm raids. Mr. Samuel desires that we publish these letters--in
part, as an attempt to justify and yet apologize for his actions. No Compromise
will not publish these letters. Whatever the circumstances, and however unfortunate
they may be, one thing is clear: he provided government agents with incriminating
information about Peter Young. Mr. Samuel has served his time in prison; Peter
Young is still on the run. Justin Samuel violated one of the fundamental principles
of this movement and thus has no place and no voice in this movement. It is that
simple, and we will give no credence to the issue.
No Compromise sets
forth the following protocol regarding snitches, activists-turned-informants,
First and foremost, a snitch is any person who implicates
other activists as having participated in illegal or underground action. Someone
who knowingly and intentionally provides information to further a law enforcement
investigation into the movement and/or its members--no matter the reason--will
be labeled as a snitch.
In this time of government and private interest
reprisals against the movement, it is crucial that we come to understand the serious
ramifications of cooperation with law enforcement--police officers, detectives,
FBI agents, or other government agents operating in a similar capacity. Activists
should never, under any circumstances, provide information or names of other activists
to the authorities.
Infiltrators, private investigators and law firms hired
by animal abusers are emerging as entities seeking information for lawsuits aimed
at disrupting the movement. Those of us within the movement should make every
effort imaginable to avoid aiding, knowingly or unwittingly, in the witch-hunts
conducted by those entities as well.
It is necessary to reiterate that No
Compromise and the animal liberation movement condemn those who have turned
their backs on the animals in order to save their own skins. Collaboration with
the State is unacceptable, and snitches will receive absolutely no support--financial,
legal, moral, or otherwise.
It is NEVER acceptable to provide information
about other activists to our opposition, no matter how benign such information
may seem. The claim that, I only told them what they already knew
is a wholly unacceptable and ignorant excuse. When in doubt, it is best to remain
silent rather than potentially harm another activist.
Sometimes there is
uncertainty as to whether an activist has crossed the line in dealings with law
enforcement. Unfortunately, there is no simple litmus test in which activists
who inform on others turn from green to red. But the severity of the circumstances
cannot simply be avoided because it makes us uneasy as individuals.
often than not, the collaborator will be a friend--someone once close and trusted.
Turning ones back on a friend and casting him/her out is never an easy undertaking.
But realize that if one truly believes in animal liberation, a snitch is no friend
to the animals and cannot be a friend to the movement. The threat that snitches
pose to the movement cannot be overstated, and ones dealings with a snitch
cannot be clouded by emotion or personal sentiment.
In such instances where
the facts are less than clear, every effort should be made to ascertain the truth
through court records, police reports, and through the words and behavior of the
activist in question. Condemnation should not come without cautious consideration
and deliberation. While the alleged informant should be provided every opportunity
to account for his/her actions, deference should be given to the activist or activists
who are affected by the words and actions of the alleged informant. Ultimately,
the integrity of the movement should be of the utmost concern.
act out of fear and self-interest. The self-interested individual will undoubtedly
clash with the interests of the animals, and in a movement that places innocent
life above all else, there can be no acceptance of those whose self-interest jeopardizes
the lives of animals and activists alike. A weak movement cannot bring about animal
Additionally, such activists-turned-traitors will not be welcomed
back into the movement with their shedding of crocodile tears. In no way will
No Compromise serve as a forum for snitches to explain their
reasoning or justify their treachery. No Compromise is a magazine and tool
of supporters of direct action, not a medium to debate the self-serving actions
Furthermore, No Compromise will not list groups In
the Trenches that allow informants to operate within their organization.
One of the requirements for groups to be listed In the Trenches has
always been that they support the A.L.F., and No Compromise would be doing
an incredible disservice to the underground by promoting organizations that harbor
informants. To do so would essentially encourage other groups and new activists
to work with those individuals who pose a serious and direct threat to the strength
of this movement.
In the face of growing government repression, it is becoming
ever clearer that we need a strong, solid movement. Allowing an activist environment
that overlooks such destructive behavior as snitching will be the demise of the
animal liberation movement. There is no place for snitches in a revolutionary
movement. There can be no acceptance of those who have turned their back on the
animals and their human allies.
The animal liberation movement can only
succeed within a security culture; No Compromise whole-heartedly condemns the
cowardly actions of those who violate our most basic and fundamental tenets. These
principles exist for the express purpose of protecting the freedom of those warriors
working directly to end the oppression of animals where illegal direct action
is often the only path towards freedom. In their own self-interest, snitches destroy
this hope of liberation, and we have no place to excuse their grave offenses.
Compromise has no desire to create a movement witch hunt, as doing
so would be playing into the hands of our adversaries. At the same time, we ask
those who suspect another activist of having cooperated with the State to contact
No Compromise directly so that we can properly confirm whether or not the suspicions
are founded. In fairness to the accused and to prevent the spread of unsubstantiated
and demoralizing rumors, contact No Compromise so that the truth can be
obtained quickly and equitably with the least amount of disruption within our
In order to reinforce our defenses we must locate, isolate, and dispose
of the weak links in the chain. Snitches are the weak links in our movement and
must be treated accordingly. There can be no room--no tolerance--for those who
pose a direct threat to our movements vitality and our goal of total and
lasting animal liberation.