Meet Stacy Litz, https://www.facebook.com/stacylitz
Stacy was a member of Students for Liberty, the Drexel Student Liberty Front, Center for a Stateless Society, and presumably numerous other activist outlets. She has been to Porcfest. Lot's of people know and (used to) trust her, as a well liked member of the liberty community.
I should say ahead of time, I don't know Stacy personally. The following is my opinion of the multiple accounts I've read on her from the following sources.
Stacy's Blog http://drugwarvictim.blogspot.com/
C4SS Statement http://c4ss.org/content/10305
Mike Moceri of the Student Liberty Front Statement https://www.facebook.com/groups/studentlibertyfront/permalink/10150825778480772/
A C&P of Stacy's Facebook note http://freeconcord.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/2012_05_09_slitznote.pdf
And another note I read from her friend which has since been made private.
Apparently the basic story goes like this, and I'm going to make this very brief because the details are published elsewhere and I wish to address priniples, not rehash a single drug sting. While attending Drexel University, Stacy and her friends buy a whole bunch of MDMA off of Silk Road to use and sell. Stacy sees a great money making opportunity and goes into business selling numerous different drugs. One of Stacy's customers gets busted. He rats out Stacy, introducing her to an undercover cop who procedes to make 13 buys off of her before busting her for 13 felony drug sale charges.
Thus far, as anybody who has ever been involved in drugs can tell you, this is a pretty typical day in the world of drug dealers, as terrible as it is, it happens all the time. Any liberty activist can tell you that this is wrong, The State is victimizing innocent people and caging them and depriving them of property, it is a horrible consequence of an out of control government abusing its citizenry. It is the perfect example of why statism is dangerous, immoral, and must end once and for all.
What happens next is also all too common. Having 13 felony charges over ones head can weigh on a person in a way few of us can really comprehend. The police know this, and use it to their advantage. Out comes the sunnier side of Stacy's aggressors, as they offer her exactly what she's been hoping for, a way out. That way out being, to put others in her place, by working as an informant.
What is one to do? You face decades in prison, you're a young, attractive, ambitious, politically active woman who had a bright future ahead of you just a few hours ago, and these armed men tell you that you have moments to decide if you will throw it all away, or let others take your place. You weigh your life against that of other people, you imagine growing old in a cage, being assaulted, raped perhaps, everything you've ever worked for being destroyed, forgetting aout the person you used to be, getting out of prison and being unfamiliar with the world around you, unable to cope with how much things have changed since you went in so many years ago, your friends and family forgetting about you, unable to get a job because you're a convicted felon, poverty, loneliness, depression, desolation, and it will last for the rest of your life.
A difficult predicament indeed, and according to the people who kidnapped you, all you need to do to get out of it, is bring this misery to others. Think about it, your narcissism is kicking in, you start thinking about how you are more valuable than others, how if you just do this one thing, you can learn your lesson and make a difference for the future. You think "If it were them in this position, they would do it me, right?", and chances are, you're absolutely right about that part. Almost anybody would, we know that because that's exactly how Stacy was caught, it happens all the time. If not for drug informants, the drug war would end inside of a year. Somebody gets caught, flips on someone else, and so the cycle continues in perpetuity.
I know these thoughts because I have processed them ahead of time. I have no respect for The State, I think they are vicious and immoral individuals acting out absurd fantasies that hurt all of us. I have decided they are the enemy of free humanity, that this makes them my enemies, and I have dedicated my life to seeing them fall. I have made this decision knowing that it may well get me caged (again) or even murdered, and before I made this decision, I had to process that information. I will serve no cause by ratting out my friends, I have to decide each time I defy The State, not what the odds of my getting caught are, but if I have the will to withstand their aggressions should I be caught. And so I don't break policies unless I have decided ahead of time that I have the will to withstand their response.
Before you read on, make your choice. Really think about this, do you keep your mouth shut and take your chances, or do you turn on your people? Chances are you've decided to turn on your people, self preservation instincts are a powerful thing, in a lot of ways, I understand where you're coming from. Nobody wants to go to prison.
But chances are, you know the answer to this problem is to stay out of the drug trade and avoid its dangers, if you are in the drug trade, and your decision was to to turn on your people, today should probably be your last day in that business, because what happened to Stacy next should be a lesson to all of us.
So Stacy, understandably shook from her encounter with armed men in costumes, decided to take the deal. She gave names, she made buys, her friends home was raided by men armed with machine guns, and to date at least 3 people have been arrested on felony charges stemming from her work with The State. She confesses to trying to give up others unsuccessfully. Her victims face years in prison, lifetime disarmament, and other consequences that may well follow them to their graves, not to mention the property stolen and damaged in the raid.
Then there is the fact that we still may not know the full extent of this problem yet. How many other investigations are presently ongoing? How many busts are to come down the road? How many of the people busted as a result of her actions will flip and rat out more people?
There is no argument to be made that Stacy was in any way justified for her actions. Being a libertarian means being responsible for ones own actions, you have to think ahead of time, and cannot pawn off the consequences of your actions on others simply because you failed to weigh the consequences of your actions ahead of time. Stacy was an activist against the drug war, she knew full well what The State would do to her if they found out. She just irresponsibly thought "Well, it's never going to happen to ME. I'm special". No Stacy, you're not special.
Stacy has labeled her blog "Drug War Victim", but Stacy was only a victim of the drug war until she decided to turn on her people, once that happened, Stacy become an enemy combatant in the drug war, on the side of the aggressors.
But to this point in the story, Stacy's problems have only just begun. In the search warrant used in the raid, police intentionally gave very specific information about their "confidential" informant, that lead to Stacy being outed as a snitch. Her friends confronted her about it, and she acted like she had no idea what they were talking about. She later showed up to a party, where she was made aware that they knew what she had done, and she left a short time later.
Stacy wrote a facebook note confessing to her collaboration with The State, she explained her motives, she described herself as a victim, she said she was sorry, she claimed she didn't understand what she had done. But she did understand, she wrote about it, in detail, she sacrificed others for her own best interests. Stacy violated the non-aggression principle by sending agents of The State after her people.
Word quickly got out. Stacy was a public figure, so her actions became of interest to a worldwide community of liberty activists who, whether they engage in illegal activities or not, have no tolerance for collaboration with The State. She is being ostracized from her community, people are threatening her, she is desperate, plagued with guilt, and uncertain of her future.
Now that she has been outed as an informant, she is unable to bust anybody else, and The State dose'nt think she's given them enough victims yet, so they are proceeding against her, apparently, as if she never even cooperated.
The Police used Stacy, and when they were done with her, they fed her to the wolves. Even police don't respect informants, they use them like they use everyone else, until they are no longer of use. Now Stacy faces the worst of both worlds, The State is coming for her, her friends ostracize her, she faces threats of violence from individuals, she'll likely wind up serving a lengthy prison sentence, and doing time in prison is even worse when you're an internationally known snitch.
Whatever your opinions of Stacy, whatever you decide your relationship with her will be in the future, learn from this. Snitching doesn't work. If you are captured by The State, your only options are to suffer their wrath, or to fight back. Collaborating with them will only make matters worse. The agents of The State work in the best interests of The State, they have no interest in honesty or contracts, they lie, and steal, and assault, and kidnap, and murder. There can be no moral argument to be made for collaboration with them, no matter what threats or promises they make, they are not worthy of our trust. Nor can you trust lawyers simply because you find them listed on a particular website, lawyers are trained to speak the language of The State, that is to say, they speak deceit. If a lawyer can extract $2500 from you, and all he has to do is help you negotiate a plea arrangement, then that lawyer just got $2500 for doing next to nothing. If you intend to defy The State, read up on their laws, and be involved in your defense, taking a lawyers word for it is certain to lead to catastrophe.
Do not tell me that Stacy was without options. She had several very viable ones.
1. Do your time
You knew the danger you put yourself in, it was that danger that allowed you the profit margins that provided for the large sum of FRN's and silver that was confiscated. Do not pretend to me that you sold drugs to further the cause of liberty, you sold drugs to enrich yourself, and it was the war on drugs that allowed you to profit as you did, and while I have no problem with a person profiting from drugs, you have no right to be surprised when you get caught, as so many others have. Nor should you pretend that going to jail "simply wasn't into the cards" for you, as you said in your note. You dealt your own hand, do not blame your cards on anyone but the dealer. Going to jail is an option, I know that because it is an option that I myself have exercised, I know that because my friends are in jail right now, I know that because I fully expect to be in jail in the future, that is what happens when you defy The State in a statist society, and that is why we are activists. If it were possible to stand in open defiance of The State and NOT go to jail, we're not having this conversation.
2. Go to trial
You wouldn't be the first to do it. Weed-a-Claus comes to mind. You could have outed your informant, and shot for jury nullification, even if you didn't take it all the way you could have...
3. Plead it out
The State does not seek to sentence you to the max on 13 felony drug sales, they seek to gain your compliance, this is the business of The State. You were a sympathetic defendant, that is, before you turned snitch. The State hates to take a sympathetic defendant before a jury. For all I read about your case, I heard nothing of a plea offer. You very well might have wound up on probation if you had kept your mouth shut, instead you turned on your people, which amounted to a confession. You never challenged the warrant or the circumstances of your arrest, and now you'll never have the chance, because you flipped witihin 6 hours of your arrest.
4. RUN! You had a global network of liberty activists at your disposal, many of us would have helped you to hide, myself included, given the proper introduction. Perhaps the liberty movement needs to organize a modern day "Underground Railroad" to hide victimless "criminals", that we could offer as an alternative to the coercion that Stacy faced.
There are those who say that they appreciate Stacy's honesty after the fact, but the truth is, Stacy only came clean after she was outed by The State. Had Stacy come clean before ratting out her friends, then her honesty would be worthy of praise and a global network of activists has her back. If Stacy hadn't been outed, she would still be working as an informant, she might well be at some public event we hold trying to do buy busts, she would have done this for as long as she could maintain her cover and had these cases hanging over her head. She could have, and may well already have, introduced undercover agents into the movement, they may well be reading the same message as you, they may well be commenting on it in full agreement, they may well make inroads with you by talking about this very scenario.
In the end, Stacy is still indignant towards those who condemn her actions, she seems to think the people she hurt are wrong for sounding the alarm to the rest of the community. She writes on May 3rd that she is not sorry about "Being mad that the people who know are telling every Tom, Dick and Harry about this. Maybe respect my privacy a little bit and, again, put yourself in my shoes and realize it is a really complex situation that is hard to grasp when you're only telling people the bad parts.". This sort of cognitive dissonance is amazing to me, asking people to respect her privacy after she gets a friends home raided by the police. She says that the people who ostracize her are "their own version of the state" and repeatedly makes mention of them "becoming the state", when in fact, the only libertarian in this equation who acted as an agent of The State, was Stacy Litz. On April 19th she writes "This "right libertarian" thing doesn't work because it lacks human emotion, so stop claiming to be so much of a tight ass principled libertarian for five seconds and realize it doesn't work."
I am a principled libertarian Stacy, it does work. Initiatory force, and fraud are what fail, and your willingness to engage in both is why you are now the enemy of both sides of the law. It is a shame that others had to be harmed so you could be exposed for what you are, a dangerous, irresponsible, unprincipled fraud, but I say good riddance to you nonetheless. I do however thank you, for serving as a a powerful example to the rest of the community that collaboration with The State leads to nothing but anguish.https://www.facebook.com/notes/christopher-cantwell/stacy-litz-the-liberty-snitch/10150873433034231