Conservative Agent Provocateurs at Occupy DC in America and in SNP Masks Britain

Mike put up on his blog a few days ago a piece about a group of goons, who hassled Ed Miliband while wearing SNP masks. He’s convinced that the group of seven weren’t Scots Nationalists, but Tories wishing to make a bit of aggro, while making equally sure their own party doesn’t get the blame. Well, tough luck with that.

In fact, the use of agent provocateurs to cause trouble seems to be another tactic the Tories have learned from the Repugs over in America. This is another piece from The Young Turks from way back in 2011, reporting on how Patrick Howley of the American Spectator infiltrated an Occupy DC protest to encourage them to break through the security chain around the Smithsonian Museum. They didn’t; he did. He was the only one to break through, and actually confessed in the pages of the magazine to having infiltrated the Occupy protest in order to cause trouble.

The American Spectator is a right-wing magazine with an absolutely minuscule circulation, at least as far as American publications go. It also seems to have been something of a home for Conservative nutters. It was the magazine that was behind the ‘Clinton Crazies’ when Bill Clinton was president, running articles alleging that Slick Willy had murdered 21 of his aides, as well as importing cocaine into American through a secret airfield in Arizona, among other daft conspiracy theories. It was classic ‘tin foil’ hat stuff, which one of the journalists involved said a little while ago now was completely wrong. It doesn’t seem to have stopped them acting like idiots, however.

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