Topic of the Week: Snitches, Moles, Informants, oh my!
Decades ago, I was part of organizing against Operation Rescue. At a couple of meetings some people showed up who seemed off. No one asked them to leave, although we all agreed afterwards that they were suspicious. When we called the contact info they'd left, it was wrong numbers all the way down. The first time this happened we all agreed that we would call them out if it happened again. It happened at least twice more, to similar silence from those of us who felt uncomfortable.
Surely now people are more prepared to deal with sketch people. What has been your experience (or the accurate stories you've heard)? How have your groups dealt with them? What do you wish had happened? What was great? What was the evidence that was convincing? And what was the long term impact on the group?
additional question: since the police/agents of the state are also experts at getting information from those of us who are not intending to give them anything, suggestions about how to resist their techniques (besides not talking without a lawyer, which is great advice but only goes so far).