By lex, on August 25th, 2009
Remember all the news reports about that plot to firebomb the Republican National Convention last summer?
Yeah. Neither did I. It doesn’t fit the narrative.*
Still, there was a plot, and it was disrupted. And now, one of the plotters – indicted for the scheme and facing as many as 20 years in prison – now stands accused of making terroristic threats against the informer:**
A Texas woman faces trial this month in Austin on charges she threatened to kill a government informant who infiltrated an Austin-based group that planned to bomb the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., last fall.
Katyanne Marie Kibby, 25, was indicted in June by a federal grand jury in Austin. She is accused of retaliating against Brandon Darby, the community activist-turned-informant who helped federal prosecutors win convictions against Bradley Neal Crowder, 24, and David Guy McKay, 23.
Prosecutors say the e-mail threat was made Jan. 10. That was two days after Crowder reached a plea bargain with federal prosecutors in Minneapolis for his role in the plot to build Molotov cocktails and attack the GOP convention in September 2008.
Crowder and McKay were part of a group of activists that had gone to the Twin Cities to take part in street demonstrations. The FBI had infiltrated the group with Darby. Crowder and McKay built eight of the gasoline firebombs but didn’t use them, a fact law enforcement officials credited to Darby.
Fair enough, and hat’s off to Darby for his the bomb-side conversion. He apparently concluded that the stilt puppet set had taken things a little too far, and the feds agreed, sentencing McKay and Crowder to a whopping 2-4 years in the big house.
But here’s where it sort of gets interesting:
Members of the Austin protest community heaped scorn on Darby, saying he had betrayed longtime friends and colleagues.
Get that? Left-wing anarco-syndicalists had planned to firebomb a political convention in Minnesota, one of their number re-considered the consequences and informed the feds, and for the bongo bangers, he’s the bad guy.
Just don’t, you know: Question their patriotism.
* 09-10-2018 Link Gone; no replacements found – Ed.
** 09-10-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.