Tacoma Action Figure: Mr. Timothy Smith

Is NOT a Terrorist
posted Feb 1, 2011
tacoma, tacomic, Tim Smith, civil liberties, activist, FOIA, JBLM, domestic spying, war crime
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Thanks to Freedom of Information Act Requests by warrior-poet Timothy Smith, News papers across the McClatchy empire were able to paint a disturbing picture of a paid JBLM army employee recruited by Pierce County law enforcement to spy on American, anti-war activists
here. here. here. here. here. and here
Hey isn't that against the law or something?
According to THE NEW TAKHOMAN :
A few observations by hathaway on Spy vs. Spy
Tonight Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland will be giving the first State of the City Address, a highly publicized piece of pap as to 
how wonderful everything is and how lucky YOU are to be a citizen of The City of Tacoma.
She will be telling you of all of the achievements our elected officials have made on YOUR behalf in the past year and how they have 
and are going to continue to serve YOU in the year to come. But in reality she is simply going to be reading a very boring piece of 
tripe penned, not by her, but by the taxpayers highly paid hack, city mouth piece, Rob McNair-Huff.
She is going to attempt to schmooze you and suck you into a false sense of security and serenity.
We wish her luck in her quest as here is what she is not going to tell you tonight. She is not going to tell you that for the past 
several years your Tacoma Police Department has been spying and keeping dossiers on you, the average citizen of the City of Tacoma.
She is not going to tell you that your city government has accepted Federal dollars to fund, for example, fire boats, surveillance 
cameras and a cornucopia of crime fighting equipment with the codicil that once that funding was accepted it would not be used to 
surveil YOU.
What she is not going to tell you, because she no knowledge of (It is the City Manager form of government is it not?) is a December 
public document request that the city complied with which justifies every word you have read to this point.
A public records request that police department legal eagle "Iron" Mike Smith released and now has asked to be returned so it never 
see the light of day. A day late response and millions of Judson lawsuit dollars short Mayor Strickland.
Do I now have your attention and interest Dear Readers as over 40 phone calls have been made by this scribe to clarify what you are 
currently reading. Not one call returned. No, not one call returned by the personages elected by you to represent you, or by any city 
employees paid to serve you.
So now that you have come with me this far and have read this reporter's diatribe here is the bottom line.
The Tacoma Police Department, in violation of Federal law CFR 28.23, has been using federal funds, not only to play a Mad Magazine 
game of Spy vs. Spy, against Iraq war protesters, but have used these federal funds to spy on local anti-abortionist groups, biker 
clubs and even have in their possession, visa vie surveillance, that a local citizen put her underwear up for auction on Craig's List.
So who are you going to listen to Dear Readers? Mayor Strickland, the forty some odd public officials, the paid city hack Rob 
McNair-Huff, or Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell who on February 7 has to publicly justify the expenditure of the public funds spent on spying on YOU'? [sic]
But I also like what this TNT commenter has to say...
Drew Hendricks says: JANUARY 31, 2011 AT 8:28 PM
"Sorry, the case is closed on this one: Towery was already in several Olympia area listservs in February 2007. Even Chris Adamson admits that he was already at a planning meeting for a demonstration in Tacoma when Chris approached him about becoming a "confidential human source." The documents released by the City of Tacoma show that Towery sends two emails from his US Army email address. The "firewall" was a story they concocted after the fact, or else a conspiracy to skirt the law in the first place. Which is worse?"

previously on The Tacomic: How to qualify for homeland security money.

by The Jinxmedic on 2/1/2011 @ 6:27am
Not commenting on this one, sorry.

by captiveyak on 2/1/2011 @ 7:19am
At the risk of being teased for being a lackey, I'm witholding all but two comments: 1. McNair-Huff is no hack, and could write circles around Hathaway's well-meaning but barely-coherent screed. 2. Unless you'd prefer for your City gov't to spend more money on law suits than pot holes, you ought to be grateful that no gov't official had the indecency to spew vociferous admissions, accusations or other such infantile reflexes. This is a touchy issue with touchy implications. Discipline and deliberate pacing are required.

by NineInchNachos on 2/1/2011 @ 7:42am
The screed, I believe, speaks for itself.

by NineInchNachos on 2/1/2011 @ 8:05am

Tim Smith points out that the above is not a FOIA request with the is a Public Disclosure Request. FOIA is for a Federal Agency...


by captiveyak on 2/1/2011 @ 8:09am
yes, the screed speaks for itself. I am not commenting on the content of it.

But the "hack" accusation was quite unnecessary. Hathaway trades in cynical political psychadelic sensationalism - with a credo that essentially equates to "Out of 100 things, trust in 1 - you'll frequently be wrong, but you'll never be taken in." I don't think that's a bad thing. it's just a very apparent worldview, and it makes an easy seat from which to lob cheap shots at everyone more compromised than the fringe. Without people like that, however, valuable ideas might never gain publicity or traction.

The surveillance issues are one thing. The black and white "conspiracy hacks" language is another. You can't have a discussion in only hyperbolic terms. Well... yes you can. I guess that's what America is these days. A very long, painful, idiotic discussion in hyperbolic terms.

by NineInchNachos on 2/1/2011 @ 8:18am
Well yeah. I hear you and yes very rational. However, it's fun to yell at the TV and go crazy. It's where the money is these days!

by NineInchNachos on 2/1/2011 @ 8:35am
From screed to shining screed. From hyper-rational captiveyak neo-hipster short stories to semi-drunken new takhoman email tirades... It's all part of the great tapestry of America (unless you're like the Jinxmedic who "non"communicates with sighs and cryptic silence, but perhaps that is part of the tapestry, too).

by NineInchNachos on 2/1/2011 @ 8:38am
Even so, its getting harder for me to tell the difference between tragedy and comedy.

by captiveyak on 2/1/2011 @ 8:44am
Agreed. I'm glad your Tacomic covered this issue. It's certainly an interesting one, and people should read about it.

by NineInchNachos on 2/1/2011 @ 9:04am

He read my book over Christmas break. How bad can he be?

by captiveyak on 2/1/2011 @ 9:07am
also, can we talk re: yelling at TV/Going crazy/$$? I would be willing to deepen my "going crazy" resume if it meant $$.

by NineInchNachos on 2/1/2011 @ 9:16am


Awesome action figure.

Thought I should mention two things that an old army intel guy like [NAME REDACTED] might want corrected...

1) Documents were requested from the Washington State's Open Records Act, Public Document Request (not FOIA).

2) Interestingly, [NAME REDACTED] may not really be a Bradley Manning supporter... (information suggests that if Manning was involved in releasing classified documents, it was for very wrong, personally-financially-self-involved-notoriously-benefiting reasons... not for the simple and pure purpose of exposing truth). Perhaps the symbol of an Army Chief Warrant Officer embalm would be more fitting on [NAME REDACTED]'s T-shirt...

Well, three things... I think [NAME REDACTED] is actually quite attractive without that slouch hat.

Thanks for the well-deserved honor bestowed upon him.

Tacoma is lucky to have you both,

by NineInchNachos on 2/1/2011 @ 9:40am

Q: How do I make money from intellectual garbage or e-waste?

by NineInchNachos on 2/1/2011 @ 2:13pm
Papers please, Papers! They want their papers back!

by cisserosmiley on 2/1/2011 @ 7:01pm
i am totally on the government's side on this one, i also do not think the government monitors any electronic correspondence, and i am just glad the correct edited papers were exchange for the more open bad papers, thank you government.

by NineInchNachos on 2/2/2011 @ 11:02am



Yes I have a different take on the Wikileaks/Assuagne/Manning hype.

Probably more in line with John Young of Cryptome.

But yes...I do think the manner in which SPC Manning is currently being treated is oppressive and punitive for someone that has yet to be found guilty of ANYTHING.

Love the action figure......can I get a signed copy?

by NineInchNachos on 2/2/2011 @ 1:14pm
possibly related?

Editorial: Public notices in newspapers equal open government

by NineInchNachos on 2/6/2011 @ 12:28pm
more goodness!

Government Monitoring of Activists in the Puget Sound: the Northwest Detention Center Expansion File

by NineInchNachos on 2/6/2011 @ 12:31pm

by NineInchNachos on 2/14/2011 @ 1:33pm
Another blog post!

"For example, documents obtained from the City of Tacoma's "Homeland Security Committee" show that in the spring of 2006, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) reported on a Women's Conference hosted annually by Governor Christine Gregoire at the Governor's Mansion in Olympia. ICE directed the Federal Protection Service (FPS), law enforcement and other security partners to monitor and report on such planned activities within their respective jurisdictions. Additionally, ICE requested that local law enforcement and other security partners provide follow-up reporting.

Is the “Women’s Leadership in Washington” really an extremist threat?"

by NineInchNachos on 3/8/2011 @ 2:39pm

"The records clearly show that if you dissent, you will be monitored, and no group or person is above suspicion. This is not what we Americans expect. This is not legitimate national security."

by NineInchNachos on 3/8/2011 @ 2:40pm
actually it is the same story. Oh well.

by NineInchNachos on 5/27/2011 @ 2:14pm
"U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton said in his ruling this week that the protesters can continue to pursue allegations that their free-speech and privacy rights were violated."


by NineInchNachos on 7/8/2011 @ 1:57pm
Sad day for my friend Tim Smith.
His school is going to be demolished soon.



by NineInchNachos on 9/7/2011 @ 11:17am
Meet the new folks who will be illegally infiltrating your friendly neighborhood anarchist & peace activist groups

by NineInchNachos on 9/9/2012 @ 11:12am
thank god for people like Tim Smith

by NineInchNachos on 9/9/2012 @ 11:27am
in case you missed it,   5 part mini series on the disgusting birth of the NWDC  thanks to the old skool Tacoma City Council...

part 1 -
part 2 -
part 3 -
part 4 -
part 5 -

I renew my call to fire city attorney Liz Pauli, surely one of the worst city attorneys of all time.  Also, if you ever have the chance to haunt the dreams of former council member Kevin Phelps please do!

by NineInchNachos on 10/15/2012 @ 9:11am
TIM SMITH making a difference

by NineInchNachos on 2/26/2013 @ 12:16pm
alert tim smith!