Kristian Williams on police informants and security culture for organizers

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Mon, 08/04/2014 - 12:00am
Kristian Williams on police informants, infilitrators, security culture for activists, and paranoia.
Bill Resnick talks with local police scholar Kristian Williams about the dangers of police infiltration of radical social movements, connecting this to State practices for manufacturing terrorists it takes the credit for exposing. Kristian describes the range of ways that police surveil, manipulate, or disrupt organizations. They consider what makes a person vulnerable for being targeted by police, and Kristian also talks about beating back paranoia by learning to trust in our reasonable precautions. They also talk about his recent work for DCSC, a group-blog devoted to "thinking critically about security, surveillance, and counterinsurgency".

Kristian Williams is the author of "Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America", "American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination", and "Hurt: Notes on Torture in a Modern Democracy". His work has appeared in Clamor, Counterpunch, the Monthly Review, Toward Freedom, and In These Times.
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