What are Informants?

Informants

Many people in our society commit crimes or do something that gets them into trouble with the police. Instead of going to jail some are offered a way out. Some are offered the choice of becoming snitches or informants.

Many are offered these programs without the benefit of seeing a lawyer or they are told that if they see a lawyer the offer will be withdrawn. Many see this as a way out, a get out of jail free card, however this becomes a package that can have many draw backs, not just for the informants, but for the society at large, when they are left to roam free and continue some of the same activities that brought them to the attention of law enforcement in the first place.

The spy programs being used in many cities are similar to the Statsi system that was used in the former East Germany. Informants are asked to go back and spy on friends, family, neighbours. It’s not a good life style and many find that they are no better than indentured slaves trapped in a program that is nothing better than a life time jail without a cell.

Unlike a 20 year prison sentence that has a time frame, once they become parts of these programs, they are trapped and owned by the state for life and there is often no way out. Some who have tried to get out, have had unfortunate endings. However to many people who are offered these programs, they initially seem like life lines out of a life behind bars. For some it is, for others it’s something much worst.

The other aspect of these programs that many are just starting to look into is entrapment. Other snitches who go out of their way to get innocent people into situations where they can be forced to become parts of these programs. There are people who are parts of these programs that are specifically looking to go out and find others that they can entrap in these programs, sometimes if they can not get you into the program by legitimate means, they will get you in by other means.

The best thing you can do for yourself if you are caught in something that is illegal or embarassing is buy yourself enough time to think things through, see a lawyer if you can. Don’t let anyone force or pressure you into these programs, because once in, unlike jail, there does not seem to be a way out.

To find out more about some of these programs, you can read some of the following articles.

Articles

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/

freeheadlines/LAC/20060808/INFORMANTS08/national/National

http://www.slate.com/id/2132092

http://www.law.uc.edu/lawreview/uclaw73pdf/0645natapoff.pdf

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13970.htm

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0731/p06s01-woam.html

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/01/28/BAGHUGV3AE1.DTL

http://www.hiphopmusic.com/archives/001245.html

http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/wajsman052006.htm

http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/wajsman052006.htm

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060403/william

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-03-28-stop-snitching_x.htm

http://www.oscweb.com/writing/crime10.htm

Websites

http://www.November.org

http://www.whosarat.com

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