A New York Times article reveals evidence of dirty work by Homeland Security:
After federal border agents detained several Mexican immigrants in western New York in June, an article about the incident in a local newspaper drew an onslaught of vitriolic postings on its Web site. Some were racist. Others attacked farmers in the region, an apple-growing area east of Rochester, accusing them of harboring illegal workers. Still others made personal attacks about the reporter who wrote the article. Most of the posts were made anonymously. But in reviewing the logs of its Internet server, the paper, The Wayne County Star in Wolcott, traced three of them to Internet protocol addresses at the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees border protection. [Emphasis added]
This little caper sounds like a classic, Soviet-style "active measures" operation ("psyops" in US intelligence jargon), designed to foment conflict and destabilize a targeted society. It's part of the dialectical power seizure strategy: (1) Manipulate people into fighting one another; (2) Ally yourself to the stronger faction, and use that faction's support to further your totalitarian agenda; (3) Switch your support to the other side and play them for suckers, increasing your power still more.
Under Bush, the elites, posing as crusaders against terrorism, manipulated the right into cheering for two colonial wars and a domestic police state. Under Obama, they overtly pose as crusaders against racism, encouraging the left to cheer for draconian restrictions on speech ("hate crime" laws). Their agents covertly pose as racists to frighten the left and its non-white constituents, so that they not only cheer for these restrictions but demand them. It's reasonable to assume the spooks will also try to manage the right's opposition to the hate crime laws.
Broken wrote a timely blog post on this very subject yesterday. Conservatives and libertarians must be wary of police infiltration into our own organizations. In fact, we ought to take it for granted. Folks, watch out. Any "patriot" in your group who agitates for insurrection against the government, or lets out that he's plotting it, is probably a spook or at least an informer for the spooks. Keep away from such people, lest you be arrested on some trumped-up "terrorist" charge to pad the resume of an ambitious prosecutor.
For an example of how the Feds apply anti-terrorist laws to people who merely associate with militants, see this article on the Lackawanna Six by James Bovard:
The Lackawanna Six was a group of half-a-dozen Yemeni-Americans from a Buffalo suburb who traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan in the spring and summer of 2001 and attended an al-Qaeda training camp. Some members of the group asserted that they fled the camp after they heard appeals for violence against America.
After the six were arrested by the FBI and local police in September 2002, the Justice Department announced that it had "identified, investigated and disrupted an al-Qaeda-trained, terrorist cell on American soil." President Bush hyped the arrests of an “al-Qaeda cell” in Buffalo in his State of the Union address a few months later. While the president, the Justice Department, and legions of federal officials speaking anonymously to the media touted the Lackawanna Six as terrorists, the feds never dared make such a suggestion in court. Salon noted that “prosecutors never offered evidence that the Lackawanna defendants intended to commit an act of terrorism.” A secret FBI report in early 2005 admitted: "To date, we have not identified any true 'sleeper' agents in the U.S." nor any “evidence of concealed cells or networks acting in the homeland as sleepers."
But the feds did “persuade” the defendants to plead guilty to “material support of terrorism” – an amorphous charge that could mean something as simple as paying for their food at the camp. The feds coerced the plea bargain by threatening to label the men “enemy combatants” and send them to Guantanamo – and to charge them with treason, for which they could be executed. Neal Sonnett, chairman of the American Bar Association's Task Force on Treatment of Enemy Combatants, observed: "The [Lackawanna] defendants believed that if they didn't plead guilty, they'd end up in a black hole forever. There's little difference between beating someone over the head and making a threat like that."