UNDERSTANDING CONTAMINANTS TO NONVIOLENT STRUGGLE (CANVAS CORE CURRICULUM) Problems that can harm a nonviolent movement
- NEVER ASSUME YOUR OPPONENT’S INTELLIGENCE
AGENTS HAVE NOT INFILTRATED YOUR MOVEMENT
Plan and act accordingly. Follow a “need to know” rule. If someone doesn’t need to know the names of other members, places, or times of some action or aspect of your movement, don’t give them that information. If you know that a meeting is scheduled for next week, before you inform others, decide if they need to know about it. If they have a need to know — do they need to know about it now, rather than a few hours prior to the meeting? Leaders can set an example by accepting that this rule applies to them as well. For example, if it is not necessary for a leader to know the bank information for the movement, or the storage location of movement materials, that leader should accept that he or she does not know either. This is not about trust. It is about making sure that information stays secure.
- UNDERSTAND THAT CHANGING NORMAL ACTIVITIES
OR ACTING DIFFERENTLY CALLS ATTENTION TO
Security services conduct pattern analysis. They analyze patterns of people’s and organization’s regular behavior. When an organization or individual start behaving differently (breaking the pattern), he/she/it attracts attention.
- TEACH YOUR ACTIVISTS “Security culture”
As a nonviolent movement becomes more effective, harassment by your opponent and intelligence and infiltration activities will increase. You must create secure communication channels within your movement. This is more than merely educating movement activists about your opponent and its capability to infiltrate the movement. It also includes acting in solidarity with each other. The best protection is to train activists about what to say, what not to say, and more importantly, how to say things.