His statement, which was posted on Indymedia
To All Concerned,
The struggles for peace and justice have accomplished significant change
I've had the honor to work with many varying groups
and individuals on behalf of marginalized communities and in various
There are currently allegations in the media that I have
worked undercover for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
allegation no doubt confuses many activists who know me and probably
leaves many wondering why I would seemingly choose to engage in such an
The simple truth is that I have chosen to work with the
Federal Bureau of investigation.
As compelling as the natural human desire to reason and express oneself
can be, regardless, I must hold my comments at this time on certain
aspects of the situation.
That said, there are a few statements and
generalizations I will make relating to my recent choices.
Though I've made and will no doubt continue to make many mistakes in
efforts to better our world, I am satisfied with the efforts in which I
Like many of you, I do my best to act in good
conscience and to do what I believe to be most helpful to the world.
Though my views on how to give of myself have changed substantially over
the years, ultimately the motivations behind my choices remain the same.
I strongly stand behind my choices in this matter.
I strongly believe that people innocent of an act should stand up for
themselves and that those who choose to engage in an act should accept
responsibility and explain the reasoning for their choices.
It is very dangerous when a few individuals engage in or act on a belief
system in which they feel they know the real truth and that all others
are ignorant and therefore have no right to meet and express their
Additionally, when people act out of anger and hatred, and then claim
that their actions were part of a movement or somehow tied into the
struggle for social justice only after being caught, it's damaging to
the efforts of those who do give of themselves to better this world.
Many people become activists as a result of discovering that others have
distorted history and made heroes and assigned intentions to people who
really didn't act to better the world.
The practice of placing noble
intentions after the fact on actions which did not have noble
motivations has no place in a movement for social justice.
The majority of the activists who went to St.
Paul did so with pure
intentions and simply wanted to express their disagreements with the
It's unfortunate that some used the group as cover for
intentions that the rest of the group did not agree with or knew nothing
about and are now, consequently, having parts of their lives and their
peace of mind uprooted over.
There is no doubt in my mind that many of you reading this letter will
say and feel all possible bad things about my choices and for me.
the choice to have my identity revealed and was well aware of the
consequences for doing so.
I know that the temptation to silence or
ignore the voice of someone who you strongly disagree with can be
overwhelming in matters such as this one; and no doubt many people will
try to do just that to me.
I have confidence that there will be a few
people interested in discussion and in better understanding views
different from their own, especially from one of their own.
hope is that the entire matter results in better understanding for everyone.
Many of you went against my wishes and spoke publicly in defense of me.
Those involved were correct when they wrote that I wasn't making my
choices for financial reasons or to avoid some sort of prosecution.
were incorrect that my ideology didn't support such choices.
individual who publically defended me stated that they didn't believe I
was working undercover because the government would have used my access
to take down a more prominent activist if the allegations were true.
indeed the government or I was interested in doing so, it could have
happened in such a manner.
However, the incorrect notion that the
government was out to silence dissent was the cause for the mistake made
by that person.
In defense of the individuals who openly did their best
to do what they thought was defending me, they did not know the truth
and they had no way of knowing the truth due to their ideological and
personal attachments to me.
It's unfortunate that the
truth couldn't have come out sooner and that the needed preparations
for such a disclosure take time.
I really did mean it when I said that I
didn't want to discuss it and that I didn't want folks addressing the
Again, I strongly stand behind my choices in this matter.
forward to open dialogue and debate regarding the motivations and
experiences I've had and the ethical questions they pose.
Brandon Michael Darby
All are welcome to contact me via email.
Please understand if it takes
me awhile to respond.
(reposted from http://neworleans. indymedia. org/news/2008/12/13465. php )