Today on Your Call: How have informant laws changed since 9/11?

Apr 19, 2012

On today's Your Call, we’ll mark the beginning of the 55th annual San Francisco International Film Festival by discussing one of it’s featured films--Jamie Meltzer’s Informant.  The film follows the story of Brandon Darby, a charismatic activist turned FBI informant. Since 9/11, the FBI has built a network of more than 15,000 informants. How much impunity does the FBI have for entrapment? How have the laws changed since the Patriot Act? Join us at 10 or email  What do activists need to know about their rights?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Jamie Meltzer, director of Informant, a documentary making its world debut at the 55th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival

Jim Wedick, former FBI agent, featured in the film, Better This World 


Informant -- the film

55th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival

Jamie Meltzer -- website 

Jim Wedick: Former FBI agent 

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The Rag Blog: Lisa Fithian: FBI Informant Brandon Darby : Sexism, Egos, and Lies

This American Life: “Turncoat,” a story about Brandon Darby 

Huffington Post: Better This World: Two Friends, Eight Bombs, One FBI Inform

Better This World -- the movie 

Austin Chronicle: The Informant: Revolutionary to rat: The uneasy journey of Brandon Darby 

The Texas Observer: The Spies of Texas 

Democracy Now!: FBI to Expand Domestic Surveillance Powers as Details Emerge of Its Spy Campaign Targeting Activists

C-Span: Thinking Like a Terrorist

The New Press: Hell No: Your Right to Dissent in Twenty-First-Century AmericaTrevor Aaronson: The Terror Factory