THE DECOLONIZER

How To Conduct Sabotage

THE DECOLONIZER
How To Conduct Sabotage

Sabotage is the intentional tampering, disruption, or otherwise destruction of systems, equipment, and/or processes that causes tangible damage to an oppressive power.

As a technology of mass resistance sabotage has been one of the greatest weapons of the people. Historically, combatants, workers, peasants and even slave laborers have made use of sabotage to subvert the established order. 

There are many kinds of sabotage that can vary greatly in approach and application. Wide-scale worker sabotage for instance might look completely different from infrastructural sabotage. Protests that shut down streets and passageways are examples of sabotage as well as the individual act of working intentionally slower on a job. But all sabotage is functional and can be used to the advantage of a movement and its goals. It is a tactic that fully belongs to the masses of people and on an individual level anyone can conduct sabotage at any time.

Sabotage on an individual level may be useful and gratifying. But sabotage on a mass level can be paralyzing for an administrative regime and can leave it fully incapacitated. Combine coordinated mass sabotage with direct action or armed movement and you have all the pieces for the elimination of a repressive regime. Under a situation of oppression, the masses should be openly encouraged to conduct sabotage where ever possible. 

Step One: Industrial Sabotage    

Industrial sabotage is any kind of sabotage that disrupts the flow of capitalist industry. It is mainly conducted on the job by workers in order to slow down or halt production. While you are in the best position to conduct industrial sabotage when you are an actual employee at a facility, you can also organize industrial sabotage from outside. To do this you must first build strong, trustworthy relationships with workers who are for your cause. Always remember that it is the workers who will likely be disciplined by management should the plan to sabotage becomes exposed. You should always consider and weigh the risks of job security for workers when ever industrial sabotage is attempted. The tactics of industrial sabotage include minor tampering of products, machine tampering, machine malfunction, slowing of work flow, spreading of misinformation or confusion on the job, causing general disorganization, undermining of authority, intentionally misplacing or destroying key documents, intentional loss of sales, tampering with surveillance systems, work stoppages and strikes. 

Another form of industrial sabotage is that which is conducted by consumers. Shoplifting, boycotting, product tampering, looting, and dissuading other consumers to buy the target's products all fall within this category. Consumer and worker forms of industrial sabotage can be coordinated together to cause serious harm to an industrial entity.    

Step Two: Cyber Sabotage

Cyber sabotage involves any kind of attack on a facility's computer or network systems. Depending on your target, your knowledge of software and hardware may need to be more sophisticated. For example, a cyber attack on a military base will require more knowledge and preparation then a cyber attack on a company. For minor hacking you can use what is called a LOIC, a program which can DoS websites causing them to crash. Other tactics include creating cyber viruses and Trojans, hacking into password protected accounts, leaking of sensitive information, deleting documents and hijacking of computer operating systems.

Step Three: Communication Sabotage

Along the same vein, communication sabotage involves inhibiting a target's ability to communicate effectively. This could involve cyber sabotage as well as attacks on phone lines, internet connections, cell phone towers and mail tampering. The use of signal jamming devices is helpful. Breaking into the offices of government or corporate buildings for the purpose destroying or stealing valuable documents is a useful practice. Wire tapping of the targets communications as well as the planting of informants can make any sensitive information public knowledge. Another tactic equally important in communication sabotage is the spreading of misinformation and confusion. One way to do this is to plant a provocateur within the target facility for the sole purpose of throwing off the communication. You may also get civilian comrades to give false information and tips to the police.

Step Four: Infrastructural Sabotage 

Any kind of attack on the material structures of society falls under infrastructural sabotage. These tactics range from the tampering of electrical systems, black outs, and power shortages to the blockade of supply lines through protests and other means. Other forms include the blockade or destruction of bridges and tunnels, the shut down of target buildings through mass occupations, tampering with the structural integrity of target buildings, the blockading of roads leading to the target, the blockade or destruction of railways, and the shut down of key economic sites. Infrastructural sabotage should be conducted with the careful concern of its effects on the general population. To limit the harm done to the people, these activities should be as focused as possible. 

Step Five: Military Sabotage 

Military sabotage is any attack on military equipment and vehicles and/or a military's ability to act. These tactics include pouring sand into the gas tanks of police cars and army vehicles, slashing their tires, removing vital car parts, and planting car bombs. Other methods include tampering with helicopters, jamming military guns and equipment, stealing military equipment, planting explosives in police and military facilities, blockading police precincts, destroying surveillance cameras, planting tracking devices, as well as cyber attacks on military computer systems.