Regarding Steven Jablonski's Deceptions, Grand Juries and Sensible Solidarity

  • Posted on: 9 February 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

This is a collaborative statement written by former friends and comrades of Steven Jablonski.

“At the very rare chance that I am being subpoenaed [to] this Grand Jury, I could not find myself in a better situation.” - Steven Jablonski

In July, 2012, following riotous May Day demonstrations in Seattle, WA, several anarchists in Seattle, Olympia, WA, and Portland, OR, were subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury.* The state has historically used grand juries to repress rebels and to map their social and political networks. Though ostensibly investigating the sticks-and-stones attack on the William Kenzo Nakamura United States Courthouse in Seattle on May Day, this investigation came on the heels of years of increasingly combative and contagious anarchist activity in the Pacific Northwest. Thus, it was obvious that May Day was merely an excuse; the real goal was to cast a chill over a situation that was quickly heating up. In response, PNW anarchists joined forces to mount a fierce resistance to the state's attempts to disrupt anarchist organizing and action.

We went into overdrive, learning from and educating each other about grand juries and histories of effective resistance. To say nothing, to refuse to cooperate, to deny the state the answers it wanted—this was the collective strategy. Supporters held public events and demonstrations and raised thousands of dollars to support the grand jury resisters. Actions proliferated across the country and even across borders. Some of those subpoenaed quietly went into hiding while others appeared before the grand jury and refused to testify. KteeO Olejnik, Maddy Pfeiffer, and Matt Duran spent months in prison for their refusal to cooperate. Then there was Steven Jablonski, the self-styled rebel on the run.

Many know Steven Jablonski as the grand jury resister who chose to leave the country in order to avoid testifying after purportedly receiving a phone call from an FBI agent informing him that he was the intended recipient of a grand jury subpoena. Steve spent over a year in voluntary exile in Canada, returning in March, 2014.

Early in his time in Canada, Steve released a statement explaining his choice to flee rather than potentially face prison time and expressing solidarity with the grand jury resisters. A new website launched in May of 2013 with a post calling for support and donations. Then, on September 28, 2013, an update detailing various instances of extreme harassment from Canadian authorities with yet another plea for donations was published on the internet. Throughout his stay in Canada, Steve received thousands of dollars from friends and supporters and was sheltered by comrades in several cities. People also engaged in clandestine solidarity actions, putting their safety and freedom on the line for Steve.

Steve returned to the United States in March, 2014, and moved back to Olympia, WA. Soon after, in June, 2014, Crimethinc published a detailed interview with Steve wherein he chronicled the hardships he suffered while in exile in Montreal. Meanwhile, he continued to report to his friends ongoing and increasingly bizarre harassment by local cops and federal agents, in both Olympia and the Bay Area. Each interaction sent new waves of stress and anxiety through our networks.

Steve was always alone in his stories about being harassed. Despite this, he resisted using a buddy system to ensure that he was never unaccompanied and thus vulnerable. Ignoring suggestions from friends, he refused to document these interactions by claiming he was unable to take photos or video. He also remained steadfastly opposed to seeking legal council. This went on for a year before several people who knew Steve confided in each other that the stories he was telling were beginning to sound outlandish. We became worried that he might be experiencing paranoid delusions and contacted one of his family members to follow up on a recent harassment story that involved this person.

This is why, in November, Steve was caught in a lie and finally confronted. He subsequently sent out an e-mail in which he chronologically listed all the instances of state harassment he previously claimed had occurred over the past several years, admitting to fabricating some of them but still insisting much of it was true. Soon after, however, Steve called a friend and admitted to lying about almost all instances of harassment that had transpired over the past several years.

Between specific instances of harassment and their life-jamming consequences, Steve publicly and/or privately plucked away on our heart strings on over forty occasions, spinning what he ultimately confessed to being a malicious web of unforgivable lies.

Though Steve has stated that he lied to “get cred” in anarchist circles and because of distress, the real reasons behind his campaign of lies and manipulation is unknown. It is also unknown whether he was ever actually a target of the grand jury.

We are releasing this information so that Steve is no longer able to use his reputation as a grand jury resister to insinuate himself into other anarchist circles. He claims to be teaching English in Cambodia.

In retrospect, it is plainly apparent that his chosen strategy of “resistance” to the grand jury was extremely dangerous and should not be emulated by anyone, ever. There is a tendency for anarchists to make martyrs of those experiencing direct repression, and we fear that Steve's tall tale of resistance could influence future resisters to choose a similar path of ineffective, unsafe and romanticized faux-clandestinity.

As mentioned above, several of the PNW grand jury subpoenants disappeared quietly and with little fanfare and managed to avoid both testifying and prison time. In contrast, Steve's whereabouts were known to many, and he continued to use insecure means to remain in contact with his friends back home. He justified this behavior by claiming that since he hadn't actually received his subpoena, a legal loophole meant that he wasn't actually breaking the law.

Steve profited both monetarily and emotionally from anarchists' strong commitment to solidarity and put the people who cared about him at risk. In private, he shamed us for not being more supportive, rarely expressed gratitude, and would even pressure us to put ourselves at various levels of risk for him.

Choosing to go underground is not something that can be taken lightly. True clandestinity requires commitment, and it requires cutting ties. Isolation from friends and family is an unfortunate necessity. We will not pretend that we are experts, but we do know that you can't go underground while simultaneously calling, Skyping, and e-mailing your besties. Notwithstanding supposed “legal loopholes,” this horrible security practice achieves the work of the police.

We want to again thank both the quietly avoidant and the openly defiant Pacific Northwest grand jury resisters. We continue to be inspired by KteeO, Matt, Maddy, Kerry Cunneen, Dennison Williams, and all the anonymous rebels who stuck their necks out in daring solidarity actions. This courage may well have held back a flood of repression that could have sunk several pirate ships.

As recently as February, 2014, PNW anarchists are still being detained and questioned about May Day 2012. Though this news about Steve is terrible, we hope it can serve as a reminder of the strength of silence and solidarity.

Some crucial lessons learned since the truth about Steve came to light:

1. Don't be afraid to respectfully question or challenge those who are being targeted by the state. Moreover, don't look down on those who choose to be critical in a sensitive moment.

2. Encourage those experiencing repression to document (with cameras, with notes written down immediately after, etc.) and make public instances of harassment. This is important for countless reasons, not only to demonstrate that said instances actually occurred.

3. Do not idolize a person or forgive their shitty behavior with the excuse that they are a victim and therefore too fragile to reflect on their actions.

4. Responding to repression is a collective responsibility. Individuals are singled out and targeted but the true goal is often to weaken, destabilize, and spread paranoia among a group of people. Make informed decisions together!

5. Gossip less and practice respectful confrontation between comrades. The better our communication and ability to resolve conflicts, the less the state (or plain manipulative assholes) can exploit our weaknesses.

What To Do if You Receive a Subpoena

If you are served with a subpoena, call the National Lawyers Guild Hotline at 888-NLG-ECOL (888-654-3265) or call a criminal defense attorney immediately.

DO NOT KEEP YOUR SUBPOENA A SECRET. Everyone is safer (including you) if as many people as possible know what is happening and can coordinate support activities accordingly.

IF APPROACHED, DO NOT TALK TO THE FBI. NOT EVEN IF IT’S “JUST A CHAT.” The Feds are trained to manipulate you into sharing information. You are not legally required to talk to them or to open your door to them. Be brave, say nothing, and contact a lawyer immediately.

More Information on Grand Jury Resistance
Essential and Inspiring Statement of Resistance by the Bay Area Grand Jury Resistance Collective
How to Crush a Grand Jury the No Compromise Way

*What is a Grand Jury?

In the federal legal system, the grand jury is used to decide whether someone should be charged (“indicted”) for a serious crime. The grand jury hears evidence presented by the prosecutor: the U.S. Attorney. The grand jury uses subpoenas to gather this evidence. It can subpoena documents, physical evidence, and witnesses to testify. Grand juries exist to coerce civilians into providing information about themselves and others to law enforcement and intelligence agencies. They operate in secret; no judges or defense attorneys are present, and neither Constitutional rights nor conventional evidence-gathering protocol apply. Grand juries are frequently used to harass activists and dissidents.

Grand juries basically force witnesses to choose between snitching and serving time. “Cooperation” with the Feds is a euphemism for coercion. If a witness chooses to cooperate with a Grand Jury but does not answer their questions (by pleading the Fifth or saying “I don’t know”) they are often found in contempt of court, or later charged with perjury. If a witness chooses not to cooperate, they may be found in contempt of court. Snitches are always promised leniency or a reduction of punishment, but this is almost always a lie. Grand Jury resisters can be incarcerated for as long as the Grand Jury is in session, which can be up to eighteen months, with three opportunities for six month extensions.

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Comments

our own brian williams.

:P the appeal of the cult of personality does this to ppl i think

I think especially the part about ignoring people's terrible behaviors once they've claimed for themselves some unfuckwithable identity like resistor or survivor touches on issues being felt all over the country right now. Dealing uncritically with people is not a form of support and, particularly in the case of trauma and serious mental illness, can be a real disservice to both the person and the communities/people they victimize.

That's just so true. Our town is being brought to a standstill right now and people just have cotton in their ears and refuse to see how much they're being played.

Portland? Olympia?

well that sucks.

The last time I know that someone was questioned by the FBI about mayday was May 2014 not feb 2014

no it was february 2015

i think that is just a typo. probably meant to say Feb 2015 in the original piece.

2014 IS a typo. Means to say 2015.

Jablonskiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

Pirates? No wonder I don't fit in I'm a ninja!

Now I'm not outright saying this isn't true, but this doesn't seem like it was brought up with anyone in the PNW and I feel like this wasn't even written by folks here.

Something like this needs verification outside of "just some friends n shit" in italics.

Knee jerk kick to the gut, got verified, fuck life.

You up there in the NW? Ask the people who were in his crew. They will confirm it is legit.

Sucks but like another comment said the allure of the "militant" and all its social capital is strong.

THIS is exactly why I'm glad this was posted. Who knows wtf Steve could get up to among ppl who don't know he is completely untrustworthy.

the moderator of this website and former friends of this person who "wrote" this are fucking idiots. why did this get posted?

Is it not news? Is it not about a public personality?

security, there is nothing else to say beyond this. it should be taken down.

yeah, if the pigs finds out they never actually tried to question steve, then we're all fucked!

Security is exactly why this should stay up.

Security doesn't mean shield your friends so they can get away with taking advantage of others.

there is enough communication internationally to make sure people know about this, it does not need to be on blast on the internet so other feel just as self important as steve.

you didn't read down to the comment about public humiliation being a natural consequence for this kind of shit yet did you?

Online version of it. Not to be confused with the behind-a-horse-or-truck version, which is usually fatal

What are you talking about? I know Steve and know this shit is at least mostly true and doesn't even cover some other shit. As for posting it maybe it wasn't a good idea, but it's not impossible that some of the people closest to him posted this.

Well I don't know Steve but it's like some high school tomfoolery up in here, meanwhile people be getting killed on the battlefield in rojava. Puts things in perspective.

lol wtf are you talking about?
he lied and took a large amount of folks, sure it's not that big of a deal, but people should still be made aware of it

Thank you for placing the word "wrote" in quotes. You really blew my mind with that non-sequiturious use of quotes. I would like to suggest that all anarchistnews posts from "now" on must include one randomly scare-quoted word.

Steve, I'm glad you came clean when you were pushed to it. I'm glad it doesn't seem you have rolled. Did you do it to never work? Did you do it for adventure? I know you've done worse in the past, but that doesn't mean this wasn't bad, but was it that bad? You're not busting into peoples rooms in the middle of the night and violently interrogating them anymore, you just lied to some friends. You fucked up. Maybe you know it and maybe you don't care. I don't know. I'm not one to hope. But flee if you must, but if you roll on us you'll actually be the enemy you fear people might see you as now and we don't have information structure of CSIS, but we do have communication networks and we do have teeth. Who knows maybe you'll piece some of this broken trust back together and we might share a slice again sometime. Maybe you need some help and weren't getting it and now you are. Again, I don't know and I'm not one to hope.

the seduction of the militant identity and the lengths people will go to for acceptance and the perception of greatness.

when people fear great ways of being, great posturings and facades draw people like moths to the flame

idk I also think that it's fucking militant macho rev bullshit persecution complex bullshit not just people not willing to "do great things" or w/e

The real irony is that there's nothing much to respect in getting fucked over by the system. The people we should be looking to respecting are the ones who can avoid that altogether.

Megalomania is nasty shit!

as someone in the PNW, this was not constructed by (nor given the green light by) anywhere near the necessary circle of friends close to the situation. this was irresponsible and inconsiderate.

cont'd: not to mention dangerous.

the publishing and writing perhaps is not, but the facts have been confirmed have they not?

Hello comrade, I'm also someone in the PNW, and I'm sorry to say you simply missed the assembly wherein the consensus vote necessary was reached to permit the posting of this article. You were invited, but you were also warned that a certain so-and-so whom you cannot be in the same room with due to polydrama would be present, to which you said "fuck that" and went on a rant about how they were "fucked up."

I am not even sure if this is really something that happened but it's totally believable.

it's not something that happened. someone is just trolling because I dunno they are dumb or whatever

No, it did happen, but we don't include you in assemblies anymore because of your crypto-leninist ideas about volunteerism so you didn't hear about it.

Please submit all future writings to the PNW Anarchist Media Politburo as editable documents at least 90 days before publication. Thank you.

Nice! Anarchists making reactionary comments likening a group of people's concern over the self-determination of their own shit with totalitarian censorship!

the critical thinking skills are strong with this one...

Are they not deriving their precieved control from some aribitrary authority?

Hey I can be reactionary too!

Are you saying that snitching is cool, cause like who cares what information is publicized about what or who or when or how without consideration of those involved! yeah!

No, it's not about a lack of consideration, but about the close friends being the only authority. There were more people directly involved especially in Canada that are not in the PNW clique.

the close friends were never the only authority - you're responding to a proposition that was never made. the fact is that it shoulda been a bigger discussion than it was, because this didn't just refuse some almighty (and imaginary) 'friend authority clique', but totally neglected to consider a large amount of considerable people.

'Cause people are making that argument all over these threads. I'm not even the original poster of the jest I was just defending it's critique of the authority of the PNW friend group over all else. No one has come out in the open about this so I don't even know if the PNW friend group didn't post this, but all I can say is there's plenty of people that steve manipulated that probably have good reason to post this and just because the friend group didn't okay it doesn't mean it shouldn't be posted. That being said the friend group does seem on the level about all this and should have been consulted and heeded if they were not.

The point is everyone has self-determination of their own shit, so it's up to each of us to decide whether we want to deal with that kind of difficulty either by forming structures of authority like a "friend group" (WTF?) that decides what can be said or if we can learn to absorb things outside of our control by developing a more flexible sense of self. For anarchists, the later should be the only legitimate choice.

people seem to think it is only up to Steve's closest friends whether or not this should have been posted
but he put people in danger from being targeted by police by crashing at peoples places and lied about the shit that made them want to put him up and also took peoples money so idk maybe it's up to people like that too
i do not know if this was the best way to present this
it also left out a lot of information that could have been more problematic for the lack of a better word
i for one am glad this will kill the rumour mills that have been sprining up about this
but am also worried about steve feeling like (A)s have no forgiveness for even simple stunts like this or maybe he has a mental condition that meds or therapy can help with
speculation is just that
i for one would like people to know not use the internet like therapy and remeber whose listening
but if people think they need to make pressing points public
go for it
bleh
imma listen to letters of insurgents and eat pizza

If someone thought it necessary to be public, then those who want to express the lack of group consideration that went into it should also feel free to publicize their issues with it. It's not like it being publicized forces everyone to fall in line with the decision.

I agree that criticism of the piece should be taken into consideration, but I also don't think that making everything "public" whatever the fuck that piece of liberal newsspeak means is a good idea including the original piece itself.

it isn't newspeak. public means the internet.

not really though cause people were talking about this openly before it went on the internet

right, and 'openly' isn't 'public', a news publication is.

that's how it's being used here.

welp, you convinced me I guess both not keeping it on the DL and posting it in plain view can apropriately be called public

Dammit J-blo!
Really?!
I keep thinking i got a read on you and you just keep surprising me

I am a bit lost here on the people who think this isn't relevant. I am the first one to fly off the hinges on some of the idiotic call outs that have happened over the past decade. Relationships gone slights wrong etc. Silence in the face of violence yada yada

And maybe this could have been written more succinctly but people deserve to know if the person they supported was lying about it! People sent him money, made friendships and sent support in differing ways. It's not like he wronged someone else and it only slightly or doesnt at all impact his current friends.

It's relevant. Simple as that.

I remember a few years back right after he posted the piece on anews about getting approached by a vehicle w/govt. plates while he was going for a run, and shortly thereafter there was some drama about him getting a firecracker thrown at him from a moving vehicle and someone in the vehicle (perhaps the same person that threw the firecracker) yelled "snitch!"
So did that firecracker thing ever actually happen? Did anyone else see it? Or was it just some of those goofy pricks from 'the compound'(remember that nest of crazies, sure glad none of those pieces of shit ended up sticking around) trying to out-crazy a liar?

"Steve has stated that he lied to “get cred” in anarchist circles"

The mileu is the worst part about anarchism.

The worst part is people who use the word mileu

You just proved why the anarchist milieu/scene/whatever is so bad.

In the US at least "milieu" fits. The only other word that might fit is "scene".

Don't expect to be taken any more serious than that without a good reason.

Loose lips sink ships.

all the damn time

Not this time?

Why would this shock anyone? Lying, using people for money, freeloading, manipulating others, playing guilt and emotional games, looking out for one's own skin even if it means betraying others... That's literally what I EXPECT from anarchists these days.

Reading this I couldn't help but think it sounds like 90% of the anarchists in my city.

Sturgeon's law

True enough but when it comes to radicals of any stripe I've found that the level of shit is considerably higher than in the general population.

You need a thick skin and mine's been worn down.

Replace "anarchists" in this comment with either "welfare people", "homeless guys", "Blacks", "Latino-Americans" and that will reveal everything about the above commenter.

Deflect however you want and pretend your little scene isn't full of self serving manipulative and abusive brats.

My conclusions comes from years of experience and giving anarchists an honest effort. Your little scene is full of shit and regardless of identity the one I've learned to take caution around is the "anarchist" one.

Truth be told, I've never been used, abused, slandered, dragged through the mud, had my own identity turned into a reason to mock me, cheated, stolen from, lied to, put up with as much drama, threatened, etc. as I did when I associated with anarchists.

Because of course none of that stuff above happens in authoritarian society... just in the anarchist sub-world! Right.

Now stop being a HYPOCRITE, grow up from your whining, and come to terms with the reality that society sucks, no matter what people into it pretend to be, anarchists or not. Yeah, I too had my beef with the moral dandies and liber(al)tarian leftists for a long while, before I realized they're just products of a bigger social machine. Full of non-anarchist people out there who are as much sectarian backstabbing bullshitters.

Your crybabying against "anarchists" -which I assume are those trust fund hipsters yo misidentified as such- doesn't DSTRACT from the critique of the authoritarian world at all.

Well, you must never have been involved in non-anarchist politics! That's where politics gets really nasty.

90% of this comment is crap!

"Someone parasited you? It's all your fault, because you're anarcists!!

I'm saying its no suprise as a solid 90% of anarchists ARE parasites. So someone played you like you all play everyone else.

It's beautiful actually.

This just in: 90% of capitalists are parasites. Argue with this.

(puts sunglasses on)

Anarchists are so clueless. He is slathered with corporate logos. Didn't this ring any alarms?

It's 2015. No one has given a shit about wearing corporate logos for years,

Count me with the various anarchists who think it was important to post this publicly. Not everyone knows someone "in the know" to have received some random e-mail from this scumfuck, and do you really think the feds haven't been laughing about this for years? There are no secrets here to be spilled.

I liked that this missive had some lessons learned at the end, I hope that this never happens again, but I also hope thousands of anarchists aren't taken in by some attention-seeking asshole next time.

As far as this is substantiated it's all okay in my book as well. But beware of how public exposure can quickly become devastating if it's ill-based slander against individuals held "undesirable" by some cliques there and there. Especially if related to Montreal, one of the milieus where that kind of filthy politics have been going on unchecked for years... dividing and turning a lot of legit people off, including me, in the favor of some toxic authoritarians who pose as "anarchists".

As usual, the line in the sand -or the trench- that divides legit exposure (of undercovers, shitty persons, rapists, etc) from shitty slander is EVIDENCE. This means the collective process of exposure needs to be centered around isolating and confirming facts empirically, instead of "my buddy told me so" allegations (herd mentality).

This is more deeply what distinguishes between the empiricism of a coming anarchist world, from a return to the dark age obscurantism (i.e. absolutist rationalism in morally-contentious matters).

Yeah, but "evidence" is meaningless among anarchists. Ask for it and you'll find yourself branded with any number of nasty monikers like "schill" or "apologist". We deal instead in feelings, polemics, false dichotomies and innuendo.

It's all a feminist conspiracy to cut off our dicks! The writing is on the wall, sheeple. When the scum manifesto is brought to fruition and men are lined up against the wall by feminazis and your dicks are chopped off with machetes you will wish that you would have heeded my advise. No penis is safe!

So true! I got a buncha documents about Solanas hanging out and smokin' weed with young Obama, Killary, George Soros, the Black Panthers and Weather Underground. Gimme back my penis commies!!!!

Every single person who ever knew Steve even just a little bit (including many who didn't) already knew everything in this post. So who is the audience? Why does the "general public" need to know something so embarrassing? I agree that this situation is not the same as public call-outs regarding a couple people's personal conflict but I think you can have transparency without telling the whole world. The whole world doesn't need to know that our movement is full of crazy people any more than they already think that. I dunno, I can sympathize with arguments going the opposite way too, in terms of setting the record straight for people in the future looking back on stories of grand jury resistance but I just think it would not be a bad principle to try to handle ALL our dirty laundry INTERNALLY as much as possible. I mean posting this shit online is the same in my mind as wheatpasting this on the street and I assume you don't think that would be relevant/appropriate do you?

I'm all for this being a discussion at an ABC conference at the most maybe but when it comes to posting things online it just stinks of typical media sensationalism. One of the things that should make us different from the mass media is that all the sensational details and flaws of people's lives don't need to have a big magnifying glass put on them for other's entertainment. We can talk about this shit as a movement without Joe the Plumber in the Midwest being able to read about it. I mean I heard there have been numerous meetings talking about this issue in the Bay and Seattle and other cities as well so why is that not sufficient?

Again, I sympathize with and understand why certain people would want to write something like this but I just can't shake comparing posts on the internet to wheatpasting posters. Is this really for the public or for us internally?

Because the general public was solicited for money, time, and support.

Now get over your self and learn some personal responsibility.

Why are Steve's actions this person's personal responsibility?

Or any of ours?

Good reasons to publish for all to see:
"In retrospect, it is plainly apparent that his chosen strategy of “resistance” to the grand jury was extremely dangerous and should not be emulated by anyone, ever. There is a tendency for anarchists to make martyrs of those experiencing direct repression, and we fear that Steve's tall tale of resistance could influence future resisters to choose a similar path of ineffective, unsafe and romanticized faux-clandestinity.

As mentioned above, several of the PNW grand jury subpoenants disappeared quietly and with little fanfare and managed to avoid both testifying and prison time. In contrast, Steve's whereabouts were known to many, and he continued to use insecure means to remain in contact with his friends back home. He justified this behavior by claiming that since he hadn't actually received his subpoena, a legal loophole meant that he wasn't actually breaking the law.

Steve profited both monetarily and emotionally from anarchists' strong commitment to solidarity and put the people who cared about him at risk. In private, he shamed us for not being more supportive, rarely expressed gratitude, and would even pressure us to put ourselves at various levels of risk for him.

Choosing to go underground is not something that can be taken lightly. True clandestinity requires commitment, and it requires cutting ties. Isolation from friends and family is an unfortunate necessity. We will not pretend that we are experts, but we do know that you can't go underground while simultaneously calling, Skyping, and e-mailing your besties. Notwithstanding supposed “legal loopholes,” this horrible security practice achieves the work of the police.

We want to again thank both the quietly avoidant and the openly defiant Pacific Northwest grand jury resisters. We continue to be inspired by KteeO, Matt, Maddy, Kerry Cunneen, Dennison Williams, and all the anonymous rebels who stuck their necks out in daring solidarity actions. This courage may well have held back a flood of repression that could have sunk several pirate ships.

As recently as February, 2014, PNW anarchists are still being detained and questioned about May Day 2012. Though this news about Steve is terrible, we hope it can serve as a reminder of the strength of silence and solidarity."

perhaps public humiliation is a natural consequence for manipulating others for personal gain through deceit. I have no problem with that.

"Every single person who ever knew Steve" that's bs and also, what about people who will know steve in the future?

Every single person did not know about this, up to and including some people who were doing anti-repression work in the PacNW specifically related to May Day 2012.

The general public doesn't give two shits about the anarchist drama club. But the desire to keep everything internal and within your own clique just ends up fucking people over every damn time. This should be about getting the word out to communities that may be taken in by this behavior, not saving face because people feel foolish for what happened (which they should not feel in my opinion because sometimes friends are not convenient or tidy, but we should keep having them anyway)

This is Smoke, a Montréal person.

I'm happy to see this posted. I think it's better to have the details around a situation like this out in the open rather than just in private conversations - which, of course, also happen on the internet, and probably over insecure communications platforms like Facebook, Skype, whatever. There are lessons for everyone, even those who don't know Steve, but I also think it's fair to say that enough interacted with Steve, gave money to him, etc. that it's worth talking about on a mostly Turtle Island-wide anarchist news platform.

Steve, if you read this, I'm a little pissed off at you, but not much. You didn't hurt me. You mostly just inconvenienced me a couple of times, and that's not so bad. I actually liked living with you, for what it's worth. I would talk to you about why you did this shit, if you wanted. I'm open to the idea, maybe cuz I'm naïve, that what you did was not entirely a matter of you being a purely manipulative shitstain, and that maybe some other stuff was going on. But fuck what you did, and fuck you entirely if you choose to just run away forever from the people that provided for you.

smoke, i admire your commitment to identifying yourself in your comments without creating an account. May it never blow up in your face :)

with love,

Re: "without creating an account", lol, good point. Fixed that now.

holy crap, smoke, did we hook up in the dungeon at the bash back convergence? fuck, smoke the canadian. lost your contact info. shit. that was so hot.

sorry if this is a different smoke. ;)

Yes. Are you O?

well if anything good came out of this post it is the above exchange

Best comment ever posted on @news.

Formerly from Mtl and I tell ya it's good to see when people get out of their paranoid echo chamber to expose the stuff that need to be exposed, as far as security culture goes. Been smelling a lotta closed, poorly-vented space stench lately... and also that stench of rot.

I can only guess the most obvious... that the guy's just too ashamed of himself to get to face the people he fucked with. Life will probably make him suffer for a while, and he'll just grow up.

While one person may have exploited out solidarity, this does not change the fact that the best way to stay out of jail while refusing a grand jury subpoena (or any other court process) is to refuse to peacefully walk in the door. The quiet warriors we never heard from have just set this example.

Make them look for you, force them to fight if you are found, a hell of a lot of times they simply won't bother. Look at the huge warrant backlogs in cities like New York, etc.

One more thing: if every grand jury that investigates anarchists gets not only a stone wall of silence but at least some grand jury resistors setting the "I do NOT have to snitch nor go to jail" example, there will be a lot less grand juries because they won't want to look impotent.
Let them understand that fucking with us means no quarter asked or given, no surrender and no prisoners taken!

You tell'em internet warrior. The words you type into the comment box are so brave and heroic. Every letter you type causes a devastating blow to capitalist patriarchy. Every platitude you articulate turns back the tides of a millennia of oppression. Every piece of advise you give is as if it was manifested from the tree of knowledge. You are the champion of liberation. You are the spirit of freedom. You are the Alpha and Omega of anarchism.

You're a petty idiot.

I actually appreciated the comment by 'War on Grand Juries' a few up from this one. But your 'brave internet warrior' comment, on the other hand, was just kind of retarded. Consider reformulating your troll into something more interesting, at a minimum. Thanks <3

Not the "brave internet warrior" OP, but I'll gladly back them up.

This is a real issue that affects real people with real lives. Running from a subpoena isn't something most people can easily do and is generally a lot more disruptive to one's life than simply showing up at the courthouse and taking your lumps. That's why people do it - if just avoiding these fuckers like a bad bill collector worked everyone would do it and the justice system would collapse.

Lots of people here have been through this or similar trials, either as defendent or support, and quite frankly, what "War on Grand Juries" was describing just isn't realistic. If you wanna have a discussion on the merits of 'going underground', that's one thing (and probably a good idea). If you wanna do a bunch of militant posturing and tell people facing oppression what they "should" do, then be prepared to face some snarky comments about internet warriors.

If this entire ugly affair shows one thing, it's the dangers of bullshit militant posturing.

This is Steve. Pretty much everything people are saying about me is true. I am a shitty person, who used,manipulated,lied and abused people for years.I made up dramatic stories to get people to offer me sympathy and damaged so many people and milieus/communities/networks(whatever you want to call it), and the people closest to me.

I understand that my words are almost entirely meaningless in this situation, based on my actions and the dangers I've put people in and the trust I've broken.

I'm not sure who wrote this post but i take no issue with it being shared, the choices I made effected, effect, and to continue effect more people than I could ever think of.

I made up a lot of shit, but one thing I did not make up was receiving a subpoena to the grand jury. A friend asked if there was anyway I could try to provide some evidence substantiating this and I called the Seattle FBI and video recorded the conversation.

If anyone wants to view the video it's here.

https://vimeo.com/115599485

it's password protected. password- pizza

I don't expect people to 100% believe the video, i also collected a screenshot that shows the time and duration of the call, It was the best thing i could think of to do to verify the subpoena.

I made up a lot of shit about my time spent in canada, but I do not think it was voluntary exile, i legitimately expected to be served a subpoena if i stayed.

Though i have lied and manipulated and put people in danger. I have not and will not cooperate with a state investigation. But i see the damage I have done has already accomplished some of the states goals destabilizing communities,breaking trust, and forcing people to rethink some of their closest relationships. I know there's nothing i can do to fix that.

I get most people don't want anything to do with me in anyway, but if anyone does want to talk/commnent/question/discuss whatever. they can email marcowright223@gmail.com

Thanks for reading.

I wouldn't open up that video, the FBI may have taps on it!

It's an Illuminati/jewish/cultural-marxist/NWO/FEMA/reptilian conspiracy man

No. This is Cointelpro, you noodlehead. And thanks but no thanks to pay lid service to the FBI/DHS/NSA.

Now go back to the sweet sweet liberal '90s and sleep well. Your queen Hillary's about to run for POTUS, btw. Dreamy times, yes... dreamy times.

"one thing I did not make up was receiving a subpoena to the grand jury"

"I made up a lot of shit about my time spent in canada, but I do not think it was voluntary exile, i legitimately expected to be served a subpoena if i stayed."

So you didn't make up that you received a subpeona before you left, but while you were in Canada you were expecting to be served a subpeona?

I know your email was probably hastily written and I'm probably just focusing on a non-pertinant point to this whole situation, but this doesn't make sense.

If that is actually you, Steve, I appreciate you are coming clean to everybody. It doesn't un-do anything you did, but it helps to at least clarify the situation. This situation has led me to lose any respect I had for you, and it is unlikely you'll ever be able to earn it back.

Some advice: If you're looking here for some sort of redemption, you probably aren't going to find it. Folks justifiably feel betrayed. Don't try to prove yourself.. That's what led to this shit in the first place. Your actions have spoken. The "Scene cred" or whatever it was you were looking for is gone and it isn't coming back. From here on out, don't do yourself any more disservices and just stay honest. It is easier and you won't dig yourself any deeper. It goes without saying, but stay the fuck away from the State. Talk to a 'movement' or 'activist' lawyer if they try to contact you. Even if all they do is hand you their card. Unsurprisingly they're probably more likely to target folks who have been exiled or have become jaded.

"I know your email was probably hastily written and"

* and by 'email' I mean 'comment'.

If that is Steve, that's some grown-up ass shit too say and a great start. Kudos.

Everytime someone posts here links to Youtube, Vimeo, Gmail, Twitter or Facebook these sites ask me to pay with a buncha scripts and cookies. I'm too poor to cover those expenses. Dirty money that gets people to jail.

to everyone freaking out about java...watch the video at the damned library

Hello Steve,

We have never met, though I had this gut feeling from the start that your story was bogus.

A comment down there says that you can't expect having redemption coming here and posting this. I think it's partly wrong...

You can be redeemed, but there's only one way.

You gotta commit on your own an attack against the US power structure, or its manifestation(s) abroad, something worthy of the CCF or FAI, but something that, unlike some of their attacks, is certain the establishment that runs the show, their milieu, their safety, their routines, their vital institutions. An act that won't be likely to be debated in terms of efficiency and accuracy. Something that can expose you to decades in prison.

Then you'll have to publicly admit you did it and show how did it, then you may ask for forgiving. In other words, do all the job the pigs would do with you, except your arrest and prosecution of course. If you do this you'll win the trust of many anarchists, including me (and that means something, because I'm one of those rare crazy motherfuckers). Anarchists can forgive even though they don't forget, just that unlike Christians, it's not all free and unconditional. There's a price to pay for the shit you do.

"is certain TO HARM the"

Remember in Montreal when we were taking pictures of 500 dollars of fundraiser money as we were blowing fat lines of really good coke through it? I knew your story about getting dropped off by cops barefooted was squirrely when I heard contradicting details in two different tellings of it. Shows what a chump I am for have believing you, especially since you've been playing me for over ten years. I guess it was easy though. Thanks for the good times.

If that actually is Steve, still don't open it. Steve may BE a cop by now for all we know.

The person in that video is CLEARLY a crisis actor

Yeah he's not even wearing a tinfoil hat.

No one should even click on this shit with Javasnitch or cookies enabled. The text above also feels fake like a snitch.

Fakesters in a fake world of non-life. Paid with fake money to use with a fake smile at the counter. And they throw people in prison for this. Wow.

You know, I bet Steve is revealing in how much internet attention he is getting and how many people are mourning his fall from grace.

Fuck him. Let him rot. Move on.

1) start a personality cult
2) 'they're after me'
3) voluntary exile
4) ???
5) profit

steve jablonski or bob avakian??

*x-files theme song*

That there are Watchers watching the watchers, and there is a justice preying above you, which doesn't give a damn about your justice. A cold, gray, dead desert is where you will be left abandoned because all this time you are been at the forefront of the problem with this world, not part of the solution for another. Your time will be up, soon.

Fire walks with us.

"Jablonski's Deception: one anarchist's journey of poly-drama, pizza, and cocaine."

Could have been a good Super NES title.

We was snorting coke too? Didn't read that part. An indicator of him being either a depraved middle class boy or just a pig (paid depraved middle class boy).

Oh yeah, Stevie was known to use his nose often.

"Bad scene, everyone's fault." We should resist collectively, but individualize the "paranoid delusions" of anyone who exploits this. The political milieu, by its very nature, leaves itself open to all kinds of manipulations. This isn't news nor is this news the worst.

Speaking of which, "contagious," really? Puh leeze...

cloudfront.crimethinc.com/pdfs/runningfromthedevilimposed.pdf

"The hardest part was that my older brother died in December of 2012, when I was still in exile. Because of my legal situation, I was not able to attend the funeral or spend any time with my family. If nothing else in the world has solidified my utter hatred for the Capitalism and the State, then being torn away from attending the funeral of my brother certainly has. It’s something I have lost a lot of sleep over and still have only begun to address."

- did he even have an older brother?
if yes, did that older brother die in December 2012?

"another close friend of mine was also stopped by the FBI a few weeks ago when he returning from Europe. They interrogated him for an hour or so but he refused to answer any questions."

- did this even happen?
if yes, why did he refer to it? any clues?

could the former friends and comrades of his clarify these points?

thanks in advance.

absolutely true - he has an older brother who passed away on december 19 of 2012 in new york city - joseph

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