New film pulls back curtain on undercover police tactics
Peace activists and those who work for social justice have long complained about being monitored by the police. Indeed, the Department of National Defence once tried to cover-up the fact it was keeping tabs on my peace work.
But what about those times when police go much further than monitoring, to actually going undercover to infiltrate the group – and trying to coax activists into acting illegally and with violence.
That may sound far-fetched for Canada, but that’s exactly what happened back in 2007 when peaceful protesters realized undercover police had joined their protest and were trying to turn the protest violent, throwing rocks at police. Fortunately, my friend Dave Coles spotted the provocateurs from their shoes – the same the lines of police were wearing! Yep, it’s a true story.
The underhanded tricks used by police agents who infiltrate organizations is the topic of a forthcoming documentary by filmmaker Amy Miller. Amy has just dropped the trailer for her new film titled, “Manufacturing The Threat.”
“Shining a light into the murky world of police infiltration, incitement, and agent provocateurs, Manufacturing The Threat shows how Canada’s policing and national security agencies, granted additional powers after 9/11, routinely break laws with little to no accountability or oversight,” says the description.
“For the first time ever, a feature-length documentary is examining the issue of agent provocateurs and entrapment in Canada’s national security apparatus. Manufacturing the Threat is a thrilling and emotional film, which examines a deeply disturbing episode in Canadian history when an impoverished couple was coerced by undercover law enforcement agents into carrying out a terrorist bombing. Further, viewers learn that this case is far from unique in the context of Canadian intelligence.”