posted on Apr, 25 2009 @ 02:46 PM
This isn't news. It is routine for police to use paid informants, "snitches", and other informal, secretive sources for information. Paying for
information is only a part of it, and a small part at that. Often policemen pay from their own pockets, because their departments won't fund the
More often, the police will offer a deal to a small-time criminal, letting them walk or have a minor penalty for some crime. The price is to give the
police information. These are routine in any large police department (and possibly in smaller ones as well).
Often the police or other agencies will infiltrate a group, in order to learn of potential crimes being planned. In many cases the information is
misused in order to thwart perfectly legal activities. Sometimes, at least in Chicago, the authorities have planted "agents provacateur" to incite
violence or other illegal behavior in a group, thus justifing the police using force against the group.
So yes, that kindred spirit, sympathetic to "The Cause" may, in fact, be a police plant, or someone from an opposing group, or even a reporter. The
bigger the group, and the more the police dislike it, the more likely it is that someone's a plant.