An attorney pursuing a lawsuit against alleged domestic United States military spying says during depositions in the case a civilian employee who worked for the Army admitted he was paid to attend activist meetings at private homes in the state of Washington. And a fusion center intelligence employee, who coordinated with the military, also considered civil disobedience to be “terrorism.”

The lawsuit is known as Panagacos v. Towery. It accuses the US military of directing John Jacob Towery, who worked for the US Army Force Protection Division at Fort Lewis, to infiltrate a group called the Port Militarization Resistance (PMR) in Olympia and Tacoma, Washington. It also accuses the cities of Olympia and Tacoma of coordinating with the military to violate the First and Fourth Amendment rights of activists.


5 thoughts on “Lawyer: Military Employee Admitted He Was Paid by Army to Attend Private Activist Meetings

  1. We had a man come to speak at UCT who had studied social activism in New Zealand, I think. He said so often, when people are told to seek out terrorists, and don’t know where there are (or if there are) terrorists, they search for activists instead.

    That said, some activists are very theoretical, and have long academic debates. Attending those meetings would probably be deathly dull for anyone not wanting to split hairs over theory.


    • It’s an old story. In 2011, Wall Street secretly teamed up with federal, state, and local law enforcement to infiltrate, provoke, and suppress the OWS movement in the U.S. Organized populist activism always puts the greatest fear into The Establishment. The French and Russian revolutions still weigh heavily on aristocratic minds.


  2. It’s good that the govt’s actions are being exposed. This cannot be allowed to happen in a free, democratic society.


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