#TheResistance must be vigilant. The #GOP conned their base by appealing to their emotions. They can and do use the same methods on us. Be cautious of individuals and organizations that are infiltrating our groups to gain counter-intelligence. If it seems off, it likely is. Generally, an infiltrator has four goals:
- Gather contact information of Democrats, #HRC Supporters or members of #TheResistance for marketing purposes or harassment
- Perform oppositional research on groups and leaders and keep tabs on our activities and knowledge
- Exploit fear and anxiety to discourage action, particularly the fear of retribution or violence
- Foster distrust and division within #TheResistance and within the Democratic Party
Take note of who one is following and who is following them. What type of information do they share? Do they refer you to a website that is gathering any kind of data? Are they trying to directly gather information? Asking people to email or text them? This is a low-cost method of gathering contact data. Be wary of anyone who claims to have insider knowledge that they can’t tell you because ‘it’s not safe’ or making vague claims they can’t validate.
Remember, fear, anger and anxiety is normal, but it makes us vulnerable targets for those who wish to bait us into giving up personal information that could potentially be used to undermine our efforts. Stay Strong! Stay Aware!
For a more detailed examination of Infiltration in the Resistance and what you can do about it, please read my article in Dame Magazine: How Can The Resistance Ward Off Infiltrators?