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Re: Standoff at Standing Rock: WE WON!
« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2016, 06:05:54 AM »
We won this one!  :laughing4:

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The bought and paid for Judge ruled against the tribes, but immediately after that the Federal Goobermint and Army Corps of Engineers pulled their permits and halted the pipeline!

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Federal government moves to halt oil pipeline construction near Standing Rock Sioux tribal land

It's a great victory, but I wouldn't be spiking the ball in the end zone quite yet. The oilers haven't yet run out of money, judges or lobbyists. Or Senators.

Plus, with the latest poll reversals, when #CheetoHitler wins POTUS, Secretary of Energy Sarah Palin will be cutting the ribbon for Dakota Access, with crucified protestors in the background.

It's a Stay of Execution for sure, not a permanent solution.

But, it did wake up and energize at least the First Nations people.  Iowa WHITE farmers also were filing suit.  It will be much more difficult for them to get this pipeline through now.

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It also galvanized the protest movement to an extent. A friend of ours formerly from Occupy Roanoke, Paulette Moore, is a filmmaker who was livestreaming from the site.

 It's also interesting to read this site (after a couple of days being seriously distracted by work) and to read Palloy's posting about the selloff of oil from the strategic reserve, and about the Plutocracy film.

 Anyone who is ever read Howard Zinn will have the scales stripped away from their eyes in terms the first principles of the formation of this country, and for whose benefit.  The official story is, after all, a marketing story. Standing Rock is just the latest  battle in a war that has raged for centuries, and that will continue.

It also illustrates beyond a shadow of a doubt that elections have consequences. Imagine for a moment the response of a Cheney or Romney administration to Standing Rock. Tell me again why it is idiocy to vote. Cue the laugh track.
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Joint Statement from Justice, Department of the Army and Interior
« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2016, 07:39:31 AM »
 

Joint Statement from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior Regarding Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior issued the following statement regarding Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

Friday, September 9, 2016

“We appreciate the District Court’s opinion on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act. However, important issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations and their members regarding the Dakota Access pipeline specifically, and pipeline-related decision-making generally, remain. Therefore, the Department of the Army, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Interior will take the following steps.

The Army will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe until it can determine whether it will need to reconsider any of its previous decisions regarding the Lake Oahe site under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or other federal laws. Therefore, construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time. The Army will move expeditiously to make this determination, as everyone involved — including the pipeline company and its workers — deserves a clear and timely resolution. In the interim, we request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe.

“Furthermore, this case has highlighted the need for a serious discussion on whether there should be nationwide reform with respect to considering tribes’ views on these types of infrastructure projects. Therefore, this fall, we will invite tribes to formal, government-to-government consultations on two questions: (1) within the existing statutory framework, what should the federal government do to better ensure meaningful tribal input into infrastructure-related reviews and decisions and the protection of tribal lands, resources, and treaty rights; and (2) should new legislation be proposed to Congress to alter that statutory framework and promote those goals.

“Finally, we fully support the rights of all Americans to assemble and speak freely. We urge everyone involved in protest or pipeline activities to adhere to the principles of nonviolence. Of course, anyone who commits violent or destructive acts may face criminal sanctions from federal, tribal, state, or local authorities. The Departments of Justice and the Interior will continue to deploy resources to North Dakota to help state, local, and tribal authorities, and the communities they serve, better communicate, defuse tensions, support peaceful protest, and maintain public safety.

“In recent days, we have seen thousands of demonstrators come together peacefully, with support from scores of sovereign tribal governments, to exercise their First Amendment rights and to voice heartfelt concerns about the environment and historic, sacred sites. It is now incumbent on all of us to develop a path forward that serves the broadest public interest.”
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Re: Standoff at Standing Rock
« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2016, 07:48:47 AM »
From Stan Goff, for my money one of the more reliable observers out there:

Do not for a minute believe that this administration will stop that pipeline. They are trying to find a way around the political embarrassment the protesters have created, which may mean extending the pipeline around the now-contested site. It will take a continued struggle for every foot along the route to halt this. The investments are huge' and the role of the capitalist state is to ensure return on investment. This state will follow through. Its character has not changed. It is retrenching. Stand by.

Investors in Dakota Access

Citibank, JP Morgan Goldman-Sachs, Bank of America, ,Morgan Stanley, HSBC, Enbridge, Marathon, Sunoco, Wells Fargo, BNP Paribas, SunTrust, Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Mizuho Bank, TD Securities, ABN AMRO Capital, DNB First Bank (Philly, not Norway, but DNB Norway, too), ICBC London, SMBC Nikko Securities, and Société Générale.

Any questions about why the Obama Administration, and any future Clinton Administration will try to bulldoze over or work their way around these troublesome Indians? It may not work, though.

I suspect that this protest is more historic than we can yet know. It is just beginning to ramify.

The fact that Black Lives Matter has declared solidarity, that Wall Street is at the epicenter, that BLM has also raised the issue of Palestine, that the nation's largest prison strike is being prepared, and that the establishment parties are in shambles, are all indicative of a groundswell like we haven't seen in fifty years.

I can only hope that every foot of that pipeline will be contested, that armed thugs show up along the route like Bull Connor's dog-cops, that athletes continue to kneel for the anthem. The anesthesia is wearing off. We are waking.
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Re: Standoff at Standing Rock
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Re: Standoff at Standing Rock: WE WON!
« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2016, 09:24:51 AM »
It also illustrates beyond a shadow of a doubt that elections have consequences. Imagine for a moment the response of a Cheney or Romney administration to Standing Rock. Tell me again why it is idiocy to vote. Cue the laugh track.

So what will the difference be between Killary or The Donald in how they would handle Standing Rock?

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Re: Standoff at Standing Rock: WE WON!
« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2016, 10:47:43 AM »
It also illustrates beyond a shadow of a doubt that elections have consequences. Imagine for a moment the response of a Cheney or Romney administration to Standing Rock. Tell me again why it is idiocy to vote. Cue the laugh track.

So what will the difference be between Killary or The Donald in how they would handle Standing Rock?

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One is attached to a bunch of strings and does what the vested interest tells her to do while lies exude from the cracks of her plastic face. 

The other is an utterly incompetent windbag of torrential ego maniacal smelly fart sounds who'd probably bomb the site with a nuke, declare moral bankruptcy, gak a line of coke, and tell America that Natives are savage throw backs to a time of self reliance which can no longer be tolerated.   

Either way the pipeline goes through in the end no matter how you slice it. 

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Re: Standoff at Standing Rock
« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2016, 10:51:21 AM »
I read today on Bill McKibben's site that Hillary is going to do something meaningful about climate change...lol.

 :aola: :wav: :LolLolLolLol:

Maybe she'll stop Trumps smelly fart sounds and therefore save us from some methane being released into the atmosphere. 

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And Kunstler deleted a comment that mentioned Standing Rock today.
« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2016, 11:32:27 PM »
I'm sure that he did shocks no diners and sadly this too seems to be of little surprise as America willingly embraces a new era of robber barons with their Pinkerton malfeasance.

North Dakota arrest warrant for Amy Goodman raises fears for press freedom

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/12/amy-goodman-arrest-warrant-north-dakota-oil-pipeline-protest

The Democracy Now! host has been accused of entering private property during her reporting on the Native American protests of an oil pipeline



The arrest warrant for award-winning journalist Amy Goodman has raised concerns about free speech violations and press intimidation. Photograph: Right Livelihood Foundation / HO/EPA

North Dakota police have issued an arrest warrant for the Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman, who has been reporting on the Native American protests against an oil pipeline, accusing her of entering “private property” to conduct interviews.

The charges have raised concerns about possible free speech violations and press intimidation, since the Morton county sheriff’s office accused the award-winning broadcast journalist after Democracy Now! filmed security guards working for the Dakota access pipeline using dogs and pepper spray on protesters.

“This is an unacceptable violation of freedom of the press,” Goodman said in a statement after police accused her of criminal trespass, a misdemeanor offense.

On 3 September, Goodman reported at the site of the Native American-led protest of a controversial $3.8bn oil pipeline that the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says poses a threat to its water supply and could damage its cultural heritage.

Goodman’s dispatch on the use of dogs quickly spread online and was viewed more than 13m times on the news program’s Facebook page. Many outlets rebroadcast the footage, including CBS, NBC, NPR and CNN, according to Democracy Now!.

An 8 September criminal complaint was filed against Goodman and Cody Hall, a protest organizer. The charging document from the state’s attorney for Morton County calls on the defendants to be “arrested and dealt with according to law”.

Lindsay Wold, a special agent with the North Dakota bureau of criminal investigation, wrote in an affidavit that a “large group of protesters” were blocking a highway and that employees of the Dakota access pipeline were working in a nearby field, “utilizing heavy equipment to clear the land”.

Security workers had formed a line to try to block the activists, Wold wrote.

The agent alleged that the protesters broke through a fence, crossed on to the private land, halted the employees from working, and assaulted security guards.

“Amy Goodman can be seen on video on the private property that is beyond the border of the fence,” Wold wrote. The agent also cited damage on 6 September to the pipeline’s equipment, including a flat tire and dirt placed in the fuel tanks of several vehicles.

Democracy Now! quoted a protester at the time describing the dogs violently attacking activists: “These people are just threatening all of us with these dogs. And she, that woman over there, she was charging, and it bit somebody right in the face.”

“The dog has blood in its nose and its mouth,” Goodman said. “Why are you letting their, her dog go after the protesters? It’s covered in blood.”

Denis Moynihan, special projects coordinator for Democracy Now!, declined to comment further on Monday, but confirmed that Goodman had not been arrested. Goodman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Spokespeople for the sheriff and prosecutor’s office declined to comment. Deputies stopped Hall on 9 September, allegedly for “expired tabs”, and then arrested him for two counts of criminal trespass, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The US army, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Interior, which is responsible for Native American affairs, announced on Friday that it would delay issuing permits to the pipeline to dig on federal land by the Missouri river, above the Standing Rock reservation.

The government said that it would also discuss with tribes how “to better ensure meaningful tribal input into infrastructure-related reviews and decisions and the protection of tribal lands, resources, and treaty rights”.

The pipeline is slated to transport fracked crude from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota to a refinery near Chicago, inspiring an unprecedented gathering of Native American protesters.

Some protest organizers have lamented that although the pipeline threats echo the dangers of the defeated Keystone XL pipeline, the North Dakota controversy has received much less attention from the media and major environmental groups.

Democracy Now! said it is now consulting with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and lawyers in North Dakota. CCR’s legal director, Baher Azmy, told Democracy Now!, “This is clearly a violation of the first amendment … an attempt to repress this important political movement by silencing media coverage.”

The sheriff’s office said there have been 38 arrests associated with the protest.


There is more info at the guardian.  I could not get it all here.  The newspaper it seems does not want to easily share. If you go there you will find a video.
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Re: And Kunstler deleted a comment that mentioned Standing Rock today.
« Reply #23 on: September 13, 2016, 12:06:51 AM »
I'm sure that he did shocks no diners and sadly this too seems to be of little surprise as America willingly embraces a new era of robber barons with their Pinkerton malfeasance.

They're trying to silence Amy Goodman so when they restart the pipeline she won't be there to report on it.

It won't work.  Somebody else will take her place.

Hydra with Many Heads time here.

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Re: And Kunstler deleted a comment that mentioned Standing Rock today.
« Reply #24 on: September 13, 2016, 03:49:51 AM »
I'm sure that he did shocks no diners and sadly this too seems to be of little surprise as America willingly embraces a new era of robber barons with their Pinkerton malfeasance.

They're trying to silence Amy Goodman so when they restart the pipeline she won't be there to report on it.

It won't work.  Somebody else will take her place.

Hydra with Many Heads time here.

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These techniques have been used time and time again. US labor history is peppered with them. In Homestead and Blair mountain it was Pinkertons; today it's G4. Thug hirelings. And goverment hold's business's coat while it kicks protestor ass, and then provides legal cover.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

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Re: And Kunstler deleted a comment that mentioned Standing Rock today.
« Reply #25 on: September 13, 2016, 03:59:51 AM »
These techniques have been used time and time again. US labor history is peppered with them. In Homestead and Blair mountain it was Pinkertons; today it's G4. Thug hirelings. And goverment hold's business's coat while it kicks protestor ass, and then provides legal cover.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

No worries.  They will run out of working money before we run out of Hydra Heads.

You gotta have some patience here.  Rome wasn't built (or destroyed) in a day you know.  ::)

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Re: Standoff at Standing Rock
« Reply #26 on: October 14, 2016, 08:43:48 PM »
The battle goes on.

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http://grist.org/briefly/a-journalist-arrested-for-filming-a-dakota-access-protest-could-face-more-prison-time-than-edward-snowden/

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A journalist arrested for filming a Dakota Access protest could face more prison time than Edward Snowden.


Ten activists were arrested on Tuesday for shutting down tar-sands oil pipelines. Among them was Deia Schlosberg, producer of the documentary How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.

Schlosberg reportedly faces three felony conspiracy charges. If convicted, she could be sentenced to 45 years in prison. To put that in perspective:

Neil Young, Mark Ruffalo, and other celebrities called for the charges to be dropped on Thursday, arguing that Schlosberg was not participating in the protest but documenting the event as a filmmaker. That’s right, folks: In the eyes of the legal system, spilling the NSA’s secrets is less reprehensible than doing a journalist’s job.
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Re: Standoff at Standing Rock
« Reply #27 on: October 14, 2016, 11:22:37 PM »
In February 1979, John Trudell led a march in Washington, D.C. to draw attention to Indian difficulties.

He had been warned against speaking out but John was and activist and the FBI hated him.  The FBI does not have a red man's soul in any way.  On the steps of the FBI building John spoke out on the agency's harassment of Indians.  Less than 12 hours later John's wife, Tina and his three children, were burned alive in their family home in Duck Valley, Nevada along with Tina's mother.



The hatred in Washington for the Indians goes long and deep.  The hatred was institutionalized long ago and for most people monkey see monkey do explains everything that they do; so the hatred festers as it is imitated by new occupants of the bureaucracy as generations pass.




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North Dakota pipeline protest prompts more than 80 arrests
« Reply #28 on: October 22, 2016, 04:16:03 PM »
At least they're not making it cheap for the scumbags to keep this up.  :icon_sunny:

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North Dakota pipeline protest prompts more than 80 arrests
By Associated Press October 22 at 5:53 PM

MANDAN, N.D. — More than 80 people protesting the Dakota Access pipeline were arrested Saturday during a demonstration that gathered about 300 people at a construction site in North Dakota and prompted law enforcement officers to use pepper spray.

Morton County sheriff’s office spokesman Rob Keller said authorities were called at 5:20 a.m. Saturday to a pipeline construction site located about five miles from an area where protesters have been camping out for weeks near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers. The confrontation between officers and protesters lasted five hours.

The sheriff’s office released a statement, saying officers used pepper spray when some protesters attempted to breach a line that law enforcement officers had formed between demonstrators and construction equipment. The statement said one protester attempted to grab an officer’s pepper spray canister, spraying the officer in the face and blinding him for five minutes.

Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said Saturday’s incident showed that “this protest is not peaceful or lawful.”

“It was obvious to our officers who responded that the protesters engaged in escalated unlawful tactics and behavior during this event,” he said. “This protest was intentionally coordinated and planned by agitators with the specific intent to engage in illegal activities.”

Protests have drawn thousands of people to the area where Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners is trying to finish building the 1,200-mile pipeline. More than 220 people have now been arrested since demonstrations began in August.

The sheriff’s office said four people who attached themselves to a sport utility vehicle parked on private property near construction equipment were among those arrested Saturday. Two of the individuals attached themselves to the outside of the vehicle, one person was attached to the steering wheel, and another had his body outside of the vehicle with his arm fed through a hole in the door and his hand in a bucket of hardened concrete.
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Those arrested Saturday are facing charges including assault on a peace officer, engaging in a riot and criminal trespass.

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http://www.salon.com/2016/10/25/dakota-access-pipeline-protests-grow-127-arrested-over-weekend-in-police-crackdown/


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Dakota Access pipeline protests grow: 127 arrested over weekend in police crackdown
Tribe reclaims territory, citing treaty; calls on DOJ to intervene as authorities clamp down on #NoDAPL protests
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Dakota Access pipeline protests grow: 127 arrested over weekend in police crackdown


Activists at a climate change rally in solidarity with protests of against the Dakota Access pipeline, in Los Angeles, California on October 23, 2016 (Credit: Reuters/Patrick T. Fallon)

Protests against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline continue to grow. At least 127 activists were arrested in demonstrations over the weekend, the largest group yet.

Police detained activists on an array of serious charges, including reckless endangerment, engaging in a riot, assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest, CNN reported.

For months, indigenous groups have led protests against the enormous, nearly 1,200-mile pipeline. If constructed, it would transfer roughly 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day across several states, from North Dakota to Illinois.

Indigenous leaders warn the oil pipeline could pollute their water and land. They call themselves not protesters, but “protectors.”

Environmental justice activists have also joined the demonstrations in solidarity, stressing that the massive oil pipeline would further fuel catastrophic climate change.

Local authorities in North Dakota, particularly the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, have harshly clamped down on the protests. Activists said authorities sprayed them with mace and violently threw them to the ground over the weekend.
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Indigenous activists also said that, when they were asked to disperse, they tried to do so but were surrounded by police. Their group, which included elders and children, was then attacked. A young woman was hit with a police baton, they said.

On Sunday, self-described water protectors reclaimed unceded territory that they said was “affirmed in the 1851 Treaty of Ft. Laramie as sovereign land under the control of the Oceti Sakowin,” the indigenous name for the Sioux. This camp is on the proposed path of the Dakota Access pipeline.

Activists put up road blocks on a highway and county road on Sunday, closing them for several hours. The indigenous rights group Honor the Earth said in a statement that the blockades were set up to protect their “camp from overtly militarized law enforcement.”

Mekasi Camp-Horinek, an Oceti Sakowin camp coordinator, added in the statement: “We will be occupying this land and staying here until this pipeline is permanently stopped. We need bodies and we need people who are trained in non-violent direct action. We are still staying non-violent and we are still staying peaceful.”

Indigenous leaders stressed the environmental destruction the $3.8 billion oil pipeline could bring. “I’m also taking this action to protect the water and for the future generations in alliance with and an accomplice to the first people of this nation,” activist Michael Bowersox said in a statement. “I hope other people will step up to stop this pipeline from being built; we can’t be dependent on fossil fuels if we expect the children seven generations from now to have a healthy earth, environment, and clean water to drink.”

At past protests, private security forces hired by the pipeline company have used mace and even attack dogs to intimidate peaceful protesters. One of the dogs seen in video footage captured by the independent news outlet Democracy Now had blood in its teeth and mouth.

Over the weekend, authorities also shot down a camera drone activists were using in order to document police brutality. Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier claimed the drone was “threatening” and said it violated Federal Aviation Administration rules. Police continued to use a helicopter to surveil the activists.

In an interview with NBC on Sunday night, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe called on the Department of Justice to intervene.

“The DOJ should be enlisted and expected to investigate the overwhelming reports and videos demonstrating clear strong-arm tactics, abuses and unlawful arrests by law enforcement,” tribe chairman Dave Archambault II said.

Archambault emphasized that the “intimidation by militarized police in riot gear and unlawful arrests” violated activists’ First Amendment rights.
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