The Long Con
May 5, 2011 9:08 PM Subscribe
"I didn't realize I was playing a chess game for my life with the FBI. They were playing chess, and I was off finger-painting in the corner.
" Rick Wilson, an occasional activist who liked to throw after-hours parties in his Capitol Hill apartment, was the target of an intricate and costly 2-year long undercover sting operation led by the Seattle Police Department and the FBI. Their goal; to get Rick to reveal his ties to eco-terrorism groups and two of the more progressive city council
members. (Members who have encourage increased oversight of the SPD) The only problem, there were no such ties.
Brendan Kiley, writer at The Stranger
, reports on the operation and subsequent entrapment of Wilson. The article touches on the trend of FBI counter-terrorism efforts in the US being directed at "environmental radicals.
" With undercover operatives frequently encouraging targets to act. This is also the subject of a new book
by Will Potter, Green is the New Red