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Witness to Betrayal: scott crow on the Exploits and Misadventures of FBI Informant Brandon Darby

The State

scott's note on the piece: This is a difficult post for me, but I want to put it out there with reservations. It feels toxic and relieving at the same time for this to come out.

I have been asked numerous times to do long interviews just about Brandon Darby only, but have always refused until now. After the films and all of the other pieces here and there I thought I would tell everything from my perspective I could including my mistakes and regrets. This interview covers most everything of my interactions with him from the beginning. It doesn't tell anyone else's stories (and there are a lot). It was conducted by author Kristian Williams (who has written extensively on police repression and informers). He did an excellent and thorough job with it. I will not ever do one like this again.

It was too difficult and let's be honest the rat doesn't deserve the space. My apologies if it is triggering to anyone else Thanks for reading this.

Witness to Betrayal: scott crow on the Exploits and Misadventures of FBI Informant Brandon Darby

Kristian Williams
Toward Freedom
Thursday, 19 December 2013

Brandon Darby has been notorious in anarchist circles for a decade — first as a wing-nut, a macho bully, and a womanizer; then as an informant and agent provocateur. He started out as a hippie, became a pseudo-militant leftist, and is now a pundit on conservative blogs. He has been credited with helping to found Common Ground Relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and has been accused of nearly destroying the same organization to satisfy his own ego — or at the behest of the FBI. Following the 2008 Republican National Convention, he was the key witness in the prosecution of Brad Crowder and David McKay, young men charged with making firebombs. Their case revealed that Darby had been on the government’s payroll for years, and the two men point to his influence as the decisive factor leading them to consider arson.

scott crow is one of the few people who saw this entire series of transformations unfold up close. crow was a friend of Darby's, one of the founders of Common Ground, and initially one of Darby's most public defenders. He's now one of his most vocal critics.

I met up with scott at the Anarchist Black Cross conference, held in an old Christian summer camp in rural Colorado. In our wide-ranging interview, he told me the story of his friendship with Darby, and its demise. He talked about Darby's entrance into activism, his long history of troublesome behavior, and the movement failures that granted him such prominence and allowed him to work so much havoc.

The story he tells is not that of a hero turned traitor, but — more disconcerting, I think — that of a deeply damaged individual driven less by political principle than by paranoid/romantic fantasies and a desire for personal glory.

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