Democracy Now! does a follow-up story today on yesterday’s hour-long expose on John Towery, the military and police informant who spied on PMR, IWW, and SDS groups in Olympia and Tacoma.
John Towery contributed to a document released in March 2009 about integrating and coordinating intelligence for the purpose of state repression. Other contributors who may be acting similarly to Towery are listed as members of “Tiger Team”. This document is available here.
No one really knows the extent to which these “fusion cells” are linked to the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), which has played to part of COINTELPRO in undermining community political activity. However, it is clear that this is part of the same networking complex between local police departments, FBI, Homeland Security, and DOD, that composes the JTTF. Since John Towery has been outed he admitted to activists his role as a spy for the military, although of course continues to mislead and misinform people about his real identity and intentions.
For more background, check out the original release of this information, Agent Orange is a Spy for Fort Lewis.