Nebraska Approves Keystone XL Pipeline as Opponents Face Criminalization of Protests

(We use drones to silence dissent against our glorious pipelines in other countries. Drones and “no-knock” raids at 3am. We should feel proud back here in the U.S., the land of “at least I know I’m FREEEEEEEE”, they will only detain, arrest and prosecute us as “terrorists” for doing the same thing. How’s that Trumpening CHANGE working out for you now? heeheehee)

by Alleen Brown, from The Intercept

Nebraska’s Public Service Commission approved the Keystone XL pipeline Monday, eliminating a major regulatory hurdle to construction of a project that galvanized people across the U.S. into opposition. The decision comes days after the existing Keystone pipeline, to which the KXL will connect, spilled an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in South Dakota. To many pipeline opponents motivated by the inevitability of a spill, the contaminated land proves their point.

Those who have been fighting the pipeline for more than five years, and many more drawn into opposition via last year’s dramatic confrontation at Standing Rock, say the approval of KXL marks the beginning of the next phase of the pipeline battles. Opponents in Nebraska will have 30 days to appeal the decision and have promised lawsuits. “We have to do everything we can in order to make sure that this pipeline never gets built,” said Bold Nebraska founder Jane Kleeb in a press conference after the decision.

Meanwhile, organizers are preparing to stand in the way of construction. A coalition including several tribes, native-led organizations, and environmental nonprofits released a call to action, asking people to sign up to “commit to creative peaceful resistance along the pipeline route when construction begins on KXL, likely next spring.” The statement asserts that anyone traveling to resist must undergo a training and remain peaceful.

Monday also marked the one-year anniversary of one of the most aggressive police actions against Dakota Access pipeline opponents, when police sprayed protesters with water cannons in freezing temperatures. Indeed, the new Keystone XL fight will take place in a climate where anti-pipeline organizing has become increasingly criminalized.

Last month, 84 members of Congress — including four Democrats from Texas — signed a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking whether domestic terrorism laws could be used to prosecute individuals shutting down oil pipelines. In response to queries about the letter, the Department of Justice told Reuters earlier this month that it would aggressively prosecute anyone who damages “critical energy infrastructure in violation of federal law.”…

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Privatizing the Police State: Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”

by , , , from the Intercept

A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures, collaborating closely with police in at least five states, according to internal documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first detailed picture of how TigerSwan, which originated as a U.S. military and State Department contractor helping to execute the global war on terror, worked at the behest of its client Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, to respond to the indigenous-led movement that sought to stop the project.

Internal TigerSwan communications describe the movement as “an ideologically driven insurgency with a strong religious component” and compare the anti-pipeline water protectors to jihadist fighters. One report, dated February 27, 2017, states that since the movement “generally followed the jihadist insurgency model while active, we can expect the individuals who fought for and supported it to follow a post-insurgency model after its collapse.” Drawing comparisons with post-Soviet Afghanistan, the report warns, “While we can expect to see the continued spread of the anti-DAPL diaspora … aggressive intelligence preparation of the battlefield and active coordination between intelligence and security elements are now a proven method of defeating pipeline insurgencies.”

More than 100 internal documents leaked to The Intercept by a TigerSwan contractor, as well as a set of over 1,000 documents obtained via public records requests, reveal that TigerSwan spearheaded a multifaceted private security operation characterized by sweeping and invasive surveillance of protesters.

As policing continues to be militarized and state legislatures around the country pass laws criminalizing protest, the fact that a private security firm retained by a Fortune 500 oil and gas company coordinated its efforts with local, state, and federal law enforcement to undermine the protest movement has profoundly anti-democratic implications…

Included among the documents obtained via public records requests were “daily intelligence updates” developed by TigerSwan that were shared with law enforcement officers, thus contributing to a broad public-private intelligence dragnet..

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Trump Frees the Markets’ Bladder by Unleashing the DAPL (a company he or may not still be invested in)

by Scott Creighton

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The Donald signed an executive order yesterday, one of many that promises to free the glorious markets and let loose the invisible hand of Big Business, in this case Big Oil, so it can bitch-slap anyone who happens to get in it’s way (or live in its way as it turns out)

President Trump signed executive orders Tuesday to revive the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines, another step in his effort to dismantle former president Barack Obama’s environmental legacy.

He also signed an executive order to expedite environmental reviews of other infrastructure projects, lamenting the existing “incredibly cumbersome, long, horrible permitting process (pipelines are considered part of our “critical infrastructure”).” Washington Post

Native Americans, protesters and anyone else who gives a shit about individual rights, clean drinking water, environmental protection and stuff like that are a bit perturbed by President Populist’s apparent sycophancy to America’s established interests.

One can hardly blame him though seeing as how the future of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) may directly affect the president’s stock portfolio.

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So What is This ‘Veterans for Standing Rock’ Thing All About?

by Scott Creighton

“Most civilians who’ve never served in a uniform are gutless worms who’ve never been in a fight in their life,” Wes Clark Jr. Leader of Veterans for Standing Rock

“If you are 20 years old you’re not going to live out the rest of your life and die of natural causes (because of Global Warming™) Wes Clark, Jr. Sept. 2016

A bunch of vets, something like 2,000 or so, are traveling to Standing Rock to put themselves between the protesters up there in North Dakota and the riot-gear outfitted police who are actively defending Big Business interests. They are not taking weapons and plan to be there for a whopping 4 days (Dec. 4th – Dec. 7th)

The “leaders” of this excursion say they are doing it to see if the cops will beat on vets like they would beat on Native American water protectors and random concerned citizens who are there supporting the protest.

This “test” they say will show the true nature of the police action up there.

Think about that for a second: a large group of American military personnel heading somewhere to help the indigenous people oppose a pipeline rather than install one. That’s gotta be a first.

So what is this all about? Are they going to stand there for 4 days yelling back and forth at cops and then pack up and leave on Thursday allowing the thugs to go right back to what they’ve been doing? Are some of them agent provocateurs looking to kick-off some sort of national action against vets? Is it just shameless opportunism set up by a couple guys looking for some activism street-cred? Do they honestly expect the cops to suddenly bow down to their veterans cloak of superiority super powers and run away leaving the pipeline vulnerable to the ravages of the masses?

I don’t know. Let’s see what we can find out.

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Silent On DAPL: Will Sen. Warren Stand Up For Anything!? (Jimmy Dore video)

Sheriff CAVES! Brings Cops Home From Dakota Access Pipeline Protests – Jimmy Dore

‘Day of Action’: More than 200 protests planned against Dakota Access Pipeline

from RT

People march during a protest in Bismarck against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline under Lake Oahe and near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, North Dakota, U.S. November 14, 2016. © Stephanie Keith

People march during a protest in Bismarck against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline under Lake Oahe

Demonstrators across the US are planning to hold more than 200 rallies against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Tuesday. The ‘Day of Action’ is expected to be the largest protest against the pipeline since the government halted the project in September.

The ‘Day of Action’ was called for by indigenous leaders in support of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Its goal is to stop the US government and the Army Corps of Engineers from building the pipeline, Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) spokesperson Dallas Goldtooth said, as cited by Reuters. IEN is one of the organizers of the Tuesday protests.

“The purpose is to elevate the issue and to encourage the Army Corps to exert its power to stop this pipeline,” Goldtooth said.

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