Wisconsin officials find Governor’s comments about use of agents provocateurs “deeply troubling”
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Friday, Feb 25th, 2011
The Mayor and the police chief of Madison, Wisconsin have both asked Governor Scott Walker to explain comments he made indicating that he had considered employing “troublemakers” to infiltrate and discredit the Wisconsin protests.
Walker made the comments in what he believed was a private telephone conversation with billionaire philanthropist David Koch, a deep-pocketed political ally of Walker. In reality the caller was a reporter from the Buffalo Beast, who recorded the entire conversation.
Though the story made national headlines, the media failed to point out the most shocking of Walker’s comments, that he had considered the use of agents provocateurs in an effort to ultimately bring down the protests.
“But what we were thinking about the crowds was planting some troublemakers,” states the journalist, Ian Murphy, posing as Koch, to which Walker responds, “You know, the problem was, because we thought about that,” before going on to explain that such a move wasn’t necessary because the public was already largely in opposition to the union demonstrators.
Clearly Murphy initially intended the call as a prank, however, when Walker actually admitted to having considered infiltrating the protests, a dark reality was revealed.
The alternative media exposed the details and sent the story viral, now officials in Madison are asking questions.
“I spent a good deal of time overnight thinking about Governor Walker’s response, during his news conference yesterday, to the suggestion that his administration ‘thought about’ planting troublemakers among those who are peacefully protesting his bill,” Police chief Noble Wray said in a statement.
“I would like to hear more of an explanation from Governor Walker as to what exactly was being considered, and to what degree it was discussed by his cabinet members.” Wray added.
“I find it very unsettling and troubling that anyone would consider creating safety risks for our citizens and law enforcement officers. Our department works hard dialoging with those who are exercising their First Amendment right, those from both sides of the issue, to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure they can demonstrate safely,” he said.
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz also noted that he found Walker’s comments disturbing. He said Walker’s statement was “deeply troubling” especially because of the way the governor followed up by “brushing it off”, referring to Walker’s refusal to address the issue in press conferences and appearances on Wednesday and Thursday.
“The governor of Wisconsin actually thought about planting people in the crowds who might turn these peaceful protests into something ugly?” Cieslewicz asked in a statement.
“For the governor of our state to suggest that he even considered disrupting these peaceful protests is a serious thing. We need to hear more from him on exactly what he meant. I hope the media will keep after it.” he added, while praising the protesters and the police for “acting so responsibly” and being “incredibly well organized”.
When asked about the comments on Fox News Wednesday night, Walker tentatively suggested that the idea came from legislators and others – but he didn’t name names. Mayor Cieslewicz wants to know who within Walker’s inner circle brought up the idea.
Walker’s admission that his office considered using stooges to infiltrate the protests and stir up trouble is even more alarming given the fact that Jeff Cox, a deputy attorney general at the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, posted a tweet under the Twitter user name JCCentCom on Saturday in which he said that police in Wisconsin should use “live ammunition” and “deadly force” to break the protests.
Similarly, Walker’s move to put the Wisconsin National Guard on alert as hundreds of Guard troops return from Iraq in case of trouble is equally disconcerting given the fact that Walker himself considered using provocateurs to stage such trouble.
Walker’s consideration to mandate a law enforcement response also takes on greater significance in light of the fact that Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association executive board president Tracy Fuller said earlier this week that troopers would obey orders, don riot gear and “absolutely” use force against protesters to crush dissent if they were told to do so.
Walker’s admission that his office considered using the same ploy confirms that, far from residing in the realm of conspiracy theory, the use of agent provocateurs to stage violence as a means of deceiving the American people into supporting or opposing political agendas is a routine method of malevolent manipulation.
Listen to the full prank call below. The topic of using provocateurs to infiltrate protesters crops up at the 4:25 minute mark in part two of the clip.
Paul Joseph Watson contributed research to this article
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.
This article was posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 at 10:12 am