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An agent provocateur is a person assigned to provoke unrest, violence, debate or argument by or within a group while acting as a member of the group but covertly representing the interests of another. In general, agents provocateur seek to secretly disrupt a group's activities from within the group.
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An agent provocateur is a person, often a police officer, whose duty is to make sure suspected individual(s) carry out a crime to guarantee their punishment; or who suggests the commission of a crime to another, in hopes they will go along with the suggestion, so they may be convicted of the crime the provocateur suggested. The phrase comes from the French language, where it means, roughly, "inciting agent"; the plural is agents provocateurs.
The activities of agents provocateurs are typically called sting operations. Agents provocateurs are typically used to investigate consensual or "victimless" crimes; since each participant in such a crime is a willing participant, only a police spy posing as a fellow participant in criminal activity is likely to be able to uncover such a crime.
Agents provocateurs are also used in the investigation of political crimes. Here, it has been claimed that the provocateurs deliberately seek to incite ineffective radical acts, in order to foster public disdain for the political group being investigated; and to worsen the punishments its members are liable for. Within the United States the COINTELPRO program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation had FBI agents posing as political radicals in order to disrupt the activities of political groups the U.S. government found unacceptably radical. The activities of agents provocateurs against political dissidents in Imperial Russia was one of the grievances that led to the Russian Revolution.
The activities of agents provocateurs pose a number of ethical and legal issues. Within common law jurisdictions, the law of entrapment seeks to discern whether the provocateur's target intended to commit the crime he participated in with the provocateur, or whether the suggestion to commit the crime began with the provocateur. It is also debatable whether the institutionalized deception that resort to agents provocateurs entails by definition does more harm to the social order than the various consensual offenses typically investigated by provocateurs."
Intelligence sources now reveal that Osama bin Laden
was a willing partner in this subterfuge and that he acted as an agent
provocateur on behalf of the Saudis to protect their vital oil interests and
to effectively neutralise Saudi dissidents.
Do you think it's possible Gabe, that Ted Gunderson, Ex FBI Special Agent
in Charge in Los Angeles with 700 men under his command at the time of his
retirement in 1979, might be more of a true patriot than you suspect and that
Ted is the target of a covert disinformation campaign?
Is it possible that Ted Gunderson's credentials and former status as a head
FBI honcho, makes him a prime target by the parasites running this regime
to discredit him in the public's eye, especially with those in the patriot
Controversial performer Christoph Schlingensief has attracted the attention of federal prosecutors with his “Aktion 18,” a
mock-support campaign of the Free Democratic Party (FDP).
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