The presentations by Kit Bonson, Saqib Ali, Max Obuszewski, and Sue Udry were followed by a series of questions from the audience, among them:
- What will the public do when these kinds of abuses are claimed? Activists are ready to be persuaded, but ordinary people don’t want to believe these kinds of things are true.
- What are the real prospects for cooperation with libertarian, conservative, otherwise right-wing groups on issues like these?
- What are the limits, if any, on infiltration of peaceful groups by law enforcement?
Selected relevant links:
- Public responses
- Study Finds That Fear Won’t Don’t Do It: Why Most Efforts at Climate Change Communication Might Actually Backfire (Nesbit, bigthink.com, 11/16/10)
- (counterpoint) The death of environmentalism: Global warming politics in a post-environmental world (Nordhaus, Shellenberger, Oct 2004 via Grist.org)
- Working with conservative groups
- Rules governing infiltration of First Amendment activity groups
- In Maryland, law enforcement must certify ‘reasonable articulable suspicion’ — as they see it: Section 3-701 of Maryland Code: “…(c) (1) A law enforcement agency may not conduct a covert investigation of a person, a group, or an organization engaged in First Amendment activities unless the chief or the chief’s designee makes a written finding in advance or as soon as is practicable afterwards that the covert investigation is justified because: (i) it is based on a reasonable, articulable suspicion that the person, group, or organization is planning or engaged in criminal activity; and (ii) a less intrusive method of investigation is not likely to yield satisfactory results. …“
For more about the forum and links to videos of the speakers, visit Activists survey challenges to dissent at Wheaton forum, propose Rapid Response Network.