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Ash writes: "The bulldozers returned to the site of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline project Saturday. The protesters, anchored by Standing Rock Sioux tribal activists, rallied quickly to defend 'the land.' The result was a chaotic confrontation between white private security forces armed with mace and attack dogs and an unarmed multi-ethnic coalition of Americans determined to stop them in their tracks."

September 3, 2016, Two protesters come face to face to with pipeline industry security dogs. 6 protesters were treated for dog bite injuries. (photo: Getty Images)
September 3, 2016, Two protesters come face to face to with pipeline industry security dogs. 6 protesters were treated for dog bite injuries. (photo: Getty Images)


Unarmed Dakota Pipeline Protesters Withstand Dogs and Mace, Drive Back Enbridge Security Forces

By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News

05 September 16

 

he bulldozers returned to the site of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline project Saturday. The protesters, anchored by Standing Rock Sioux tribal activists, rallied quickly to defend “the land.” The result was a chaotic confrontation between white private security forces armed with mace and attack dogs and an unarmed multi-ethnic coalition of Americans determined to stop them in their tracks.

The all-white security personnel did not hesitate to use their mace, and unleash the dogs. Multiple protesters were treated at the scene for pepper spray exposure and dog bites. The snouts and mouths of the dogs could be seen smeared with human blood. Security forces claim four security personnel and two dogs were injured.

The protesters did not back down. Withstanding the attacks and risking personal injury, they advanced toward security, dogs, and bulldozers alike, demanding the work cease and the Enbridge personnel depart.


September 3, 2016, The scene near Cannonball, North Dakota as a protester stood in the way of truck. (photo: Reuters)

The construction site quickly took on the feel of a battlefield. Skirmishes erupted around the newly plowed mounds and trenches, with cameras and reports from Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! rolling.

As it became clear that the protesters would not be intimidated, Enbridge security reigned in their dogs and began to withdraw, finally departing in their pickup trucks and SUVs.

The Dakota Access Pipeline, also known as the Bakken Pipeline System, is backed by a murky affiliation of energy industry players including Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P., Energy Transfer Partners, L.P, Marathon Petroleum Corp., and Sunoco Logistics Partners, L.P., with Enbridge playing a central role.


September 3, 2016, A pipeline industry security stands at the ready with a dog. (photo: Tomasalejo)

Late last week, Enbridge announced it was rolling up the separate but related Sandpiper Pipeline project in the face of heavy protests and mounting losses.

Also last week, the City of Minneapolis passed a City Council resolution in support of the indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation. It was the third such municipal resolution to be passed. St. Paul and Seattle have passed similar resolutions recently.

This most recent confrontation and the violence surrounding it are likely to strengthen the resolve of those standing in defiance of the Dakota Access Pipeline. If the fate of the Keystone XL and Sandpiper pipelines is any indicator, local resistance may yet again prevail.


Marc Ash is the founder and former Executive Director of Truthout, and is now founder and Editor of Reader Supported News.

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+108 # guomashi 2016-09-05 11:36
Bravi tutti quanti!

The irony is that you (protestors) are protecting the oil companies and the security guards too.
They cannot withstand the destruction they are loosing upon the planet any more than the rest of us can.
 
 
+74 # mozartssister 2016-09-05 13:17
How true. But oh, they should be so ashamed.
 
 
+7 # randrjwr 2016-09-07 09:50
Quoting mozartssister:
How true. But oh, they should be so ashamed.


They have no shame.
 
 
+130 # grandlakeguy 2016-09-05 13:28
I am so ashamed of what the United States has become.

Now the fact that our elections are rigged is ever more apparent to even a casual observer...more and more of us are realizing that we are no longer a free people.
 
 
+115 # newell 2016-09-05 14:30
Has become? We, the Europeans, demonized, colonized and exterminated most of the indigenous. Then we brought in slaves from Africa. Both went on for 400 years. Then we rained down bombs (some nuclear) killing millions of civilians in the last 75 years. And now we are busy consuming the planet. Because of the internet we are just now finding out who the real evil empire is, and has always been. And the hard truth is that you, me and all citizens of any country, are responsible for what their country does.
 
 
+55 # Littlebird 2016-09-05 16:25
newell, you are echoing some of my own statements in other posts, that "we the people" are the only resistance against tyranny and injustice in our country. It takes all of us to stand against injustice and uphold freedom. If we had the bravery of these natives, we could prevent wars and change injustice by our sheer numbers of protest and votes to overcome the powers that have corrupted our nation.
 
 
+5 # rayb-baby 2016-09-06 00:10
"..... we are just now finding out who the real evil empire is, and has always been."
I certainly don't dispute the first half, but the "has always been" is far from accurate. There have been many others before and during our time. It's not from lack of effort that another civilization isn't the evil empire of today. We just happen to be at the right place at the right time with the right people and resources to be able to enact it. It's in mankind's nature to exploit others for their own survival. Tell me when in history it hasn't been that way.
 
 
+4 # randrjwr 2016-09-07 09:48
You are right, of course, with Hitler's Germany Tojo's Japan being glaring examples. We and our allies, together, just happened to be strong enough to beat them. But the most galling thing to me is how we, the U.S.A., persist in claiming the "moral high ground" while doing or immoral deeds.

Now we are faced with another "lesser of two evils" choice that will surely continue the immorality, regardless of who "wins."

Littlebird is also right--we need more brave protesters.
 
 
0 # newell 2016-09-08 06:00
"It's in mankind's nature to exploit others for their own survival. Tell me when in history it hasn't been that way."

Before civilization and before organized religion. At one time all humans were hunter-gatherer s (even whites). We ALL sang, danced, told stories, crafted tools and art with our hands, hunted and gathered our own food, and most importantly, were part of our environment, not fighting against it. There is much we can learn from our past--not necessarily copying, but emulating it.

And you are confusing humans with their changing cultures. Humans are not the problem. Our materialistic over-competitiv e, spectator culture is the problem.
 
 
+34 # Nominae 2016-09-05 17:48
Quoting grandlakeguy:
..more and more of us are realizing that we are no longer a free people.


"None are more hopelessly enslaved than
those who falsely believe they are free."

~ Goethe
_
 
 
+32 # Hendrik Gideonse 2016-09-05 13:31
I puzzled through this and finally realized you meant 'you protestors.' My first take was you "Marc Ash" which didn't make sense, but then couldn't get it out of my mind. We're doing a solidarity gathering sponsored by the Wabanaki and a host of others in Bangor, ME this Sunday afternoon (Sept. eleventh).
 
 
+37 # guomashi 2016-09-05 13:55
Sorry for the ambiguity. I will edit it.
I am sorry I can't participate in the solidarity event due to distance, but I do expect to be in the Dakotas later this month to participate there.
 
 
+5 # economagic 2016-09-06 19:21
Ha! Yet another example of the pitfalls of verbal communication as in a little exchange starting with Salburger near the bottom of the page, and by one of our clearer communicators at that! Sometimes I wonder that we are able to communicate at all, as slippery as language inherehtly is.

(Oops, here is yet another example in "inherehtly"!)
 
 
+137 # Blackjack 2016-09-05 13:31
These tribal activists have become my heroes. Who in this country anymore has shown this kind of courage, determination and resolve to stand against the powers of greed?
 
 
+77 # Vardoz 2016-09-05 14:56
They are fighting for the 18 million people that rely on water from the Missouri, There was just a big pipeline leak in Montana and there have been leaks all across our nation polluting and poisoning our water, food and wildlife. Without prudent regulations oil, coal and chemical companies will destroy our environment. They already are as we are now in the 6th extinction caused by human practices. These corporations have a bad track record and lack principles and ethics when it comes to people's health, safety and welfare. The people who are protesting at standing rock are protesting for all of us. Oil, coal and chemical companies don't care if they endanger our lives.
 
 
+10 # JohnBoanerges 2016-09-06 05:41
Now if they could turn that peaceful persuasion to freeing Leonard. Sigh.
 
 
-38 # jimmyjames 2016-09-05 13:39
I sugest the Indian tribes bring their own mace and their own dogs to protect themselves. Fight fire with fire!
 
 
+70 # Majikman 2016-09-05 14:26
That's the gut response, jimmy, and just the excuse law enforcement needs to bring down the hammer. HARD
 
 
+29 # jimmyjames 2016-09-05 14:41
Quoting Majikman:
That's the gut response, jimmy, and just the excuse law enforcement needs to bring down the hammer. HARD

I hear ya, Majikman...but good Lord, unleashing attack dogs on innocent protesters? How much must man endure? Sholuld they ever fight back, or just be trampled on by the anarchists?
 
 
+59 # guomashi 2016-09-05 15:38
Quoting jimmyjames:
[quote name="Majikman"]...but good Lord, unleashing attack dogs on innocent protesters? How much must man endure?


Don't forget, we are talking about Native Americans.
The fact that they continue to exist at all proves enduring is their strength.
They deserve our respect and we deserve our shame for not rising to the occasion as powerfully as they have.
 
 
+16 # Cassandra2012 2016-09-05 23:09
Quoting jimmyjames:
Quoting Majikman:
That's the gut response, jimmy, and just the excuse law enforcement needs to bring down the hammer. HARD

I hear ya, Majikman...but good Lord, unleashing attack dogs on innocent protesters? How much must man endure? Sholuld they ever fight back, or just be trampled on by the anarchists?

What can one expect from our very own storm troopers--total ly without conscience & totally beholden to their oligarch neo-fascist
" employers!"this Labor Day reminiscent of the Pinkerton ruthlessness against labor protests of the past...
 
 
+2 # JohnBoanerges 2016-09-06 05:43
Recall that Gompers backed Pullman (and the pinkies).
 
 
-2 # Ralph 2016-09-06 18:24
The corporate fascist beast is loose in the global village, slaughtering world citizens hand over fist. Even Gandhi recognized the need for the citizenry to defend themselves. You rather we lay down and make ourselves cannon fodder and fertilizer. Yours is the most dangerous of all ideologies and emboldens the fascists.
 
 
+47 # LionMousePudding 2016-09-05 15:14
I disagree. Let peace prevail. It is more frightening. And the media must not be able to show them as violent Indians.

Also, if the Natives escalate, so will the forces of power. They may end up slaughtered. They are not white. They are as expendable to the powers as Iraqis.

All the powers need is clips on the media showing how violent the Natives are, and their slaughter (genocide) will be accepted.
 
 
+29 # reiverpacific 2016-09-05 18:04
Quoting LionMousePudding:
I disagree. Let peace prevail. It is more frightening. And the media must not be able to show them as violent Indians.

Also, if the Natives escalate, so will the forces of power. They may end up slaughtered. They are not white. They are as expendable to the powers as Iraqis.

All the powers need is clips on the media showing how violent the Natives are, and their slaughter (genocide) will be accepted.


Aye; just like the US press of the time showed Custer and his destruction-ben t 7th cavalry as the "martyrs" and "victims" of the Greasy Grass when all the assembled tribes wanted was to be left to their own traditional way of life, which could not be tolerated by the US government.
And the US populace is just as gullible and uninformed today, if not more so.
The Wasicu should join with these good warriors to protect themselves and the next seven generations from the wreckage that this kind of extractive recklessness with wreak -probably several times- threatening the existence of all on this precious mother planet.
In the spirit of Crazy horse -MetakuyeOyasin .
 
 
+6 # jimmyjames 2016-09-05 15:21
Quoting jimmyjames:
I sugest the Indian tribes bring their own mace and their own dogs to protect themselves. Fight fire with fire!

Okay all you thumbs down votes. Picture yourself with your spouse and child, standing at a picket line holding protest signs. A "security man" shows up with an attack dog and tells you to move away. You do not, because you believe in your cause. The security guy sprays mace in your kids face and unleashes his dog on your wife. What should you do? Wave your sign in his face? I know perfectly well what I would do.Get real.....
 
 
+29 # Patriot 2016-09-05 16:59
Everyone probably agrees with your feelings, Jimmyjames; I certainly do. But we've been down this road before, and nonviolence is all that works--and it defeated the security men and dogs and mace--this time. God help & protect the protesters; doesn't seem like the Governor or the President will!
 
 
+17 # John S. Browne 2016-09-05 17:20
#

Yep, most people, including governors and presidents, are brainwashed by the false propaganda that "all (or most) protesters are violent", etc.; so there's no relief, or protection coming, from those people; nor can it be expected from them, "liberal" or "conservative". So, the minority of us, in as many numbers as we can muster, are on our own; and we better muster those numbers, minority or not, and be out "en masse" more and more! Otherwise, this corporate-fasci st takeover is only going to get worse & worse.

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+9 # Cassandra2012 2016-09-05 23:16
Quoting jimmyjames:
Quoting jimmyjames:
I sugest the Indian tribes bring their own mace and their own dogs to protect themselves. Fight fire with fire!

Okay all you thumbs down votes. Picture yourself with your spouse and child, standing at a picket line holding protest signs. A "security man" shows up with an attack dog and tells you to move away. You do not, because you believe in your cause. The security guy sprays mace in your kids face and unleashes his dog on your wife. What should you do? Wave your sign in his face? I know perfectly well what I would do.Get real.....

Gandhi, Martin Luther King, basing their ahimsa (non-violent) protests on Thoreau (and to some extent, Tolstoy)
'won' more than they would have by violence!
 
 
+2 # JohnBoanerges 2016-09-06 07:39
The elite of Boston convinced GW that the unlawful tax protesters of western Mass had no cause but were only violent ruffians and convinced him to attend the unlawful constitutional convention which, had he not, would have failed. Read about Shays Rebellion:http: //www.saylor.or g/site/wp-conte nt/uploads/2011 /03/Shays-Rebel lion.pdf. The entries in Wikipedia and History Channel are garbage for leaving out the role of the rich loyalists is squeezing the poor western farmers of which Shay was one. So, yes, JSB, hang that thing upside down and bless you for opposing tyranny in obedience to God.
 
 
+67 # John of Milpitas 2016-09-05 13:42
"Also last week, the City of Minneapolis passed a City Council resolution in support of the indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation. It was the third such municipal resolution to be passed. St. Paul and Seattle have passed similar resolutions recently."
Resolutions are nice, but where's the Police Protection for the protestors?
 
 
+5 # newell 2016-09-05 14:32
best laugh I've had all day.
 
 
+31 # RobertMStahl 2016-09-05 13:50
Thanks for reporting this!
 
 
+42 # jimmyjames 2016-09-05 13:51
I would like to know where I can send contributions to help these people who are intent on saving our earth - anyone?
 
 
+27 # guomashi 2016-09-05 13:57
If you find out, please post.
Their web site is not functioning at the moment.
 
 
+46 # Billsy 2016-09-05 15:22
Here's everything you need to know to help fight the Dakota Access Pipeline!
1. You can donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List:
http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/
2. Contribute directly to the tribe to support the Red Warrior Camp: http://standingrock.org/…/standing-rock-sioux-tribe--dakot…/
3. Call the White House... (202) 456-1111. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers' Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
4. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf
5. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp gofundme account: https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp
6. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903
7. You can sign the petition to the White House to Stop DAPL: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/…/stop-construction-dakota…
8.Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:
a. Lee Hanse
Executive Vice President
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403-6455 Lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com
b. Glenn Emery
Vice President
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403-6762 Glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com
c. Michael (Cliff) Waters
Lead Analyst
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
1300 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Telephone: (713) 989-2404 Michael.Waters@energytransfer.com
 
 
+18 # Patriot 2016-09-05 17:05
Thanks, Billsy, for this comprehensive list. Well done.

I've copied it and will start working my way down it. Signed the Credo petition and worte Obama two days ago, but there's plenty left to do, even from so far away in Kentucky.
 
 
+6 # BlueMorpho 2016-09-06 10:16
@Billsy,
You've done homework for a lot of us. Thanks.
 
 
+69 # Maybe 2016-09-05 13:54
This brought tears to my eyes. If this is what it takes to take back the country for the people, I only wish I was there (unarmed) to help these heroes fight back. We the people ultimately prevailed and got us out of Viet Nam. If we hang in, we CAN win. And I'm proud to be a Minnesotan.
 
 
+80 # Maybe 2016-09-05 13:55
John of Milpitas ... there was no police protection for the strikers in the thirties who wanted unions, there was no police protection for the Blacks who marched with Dr. King, and there never will be police protection for the people versus big money. They're on the wrong side. It's up to us, alone.
 
 
+42 # djnova50 2016-09-05 14:16
They/We are not protestors. They/We are protectors of the water and the earth because all life has value. Without water, what happens to life?

If you want to learn more there is a video series on the Jill Stein for President Booster Club YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/Jgr7FrZHPPw?list=PLTwoZMZdoo7Z-jshuWE0ZiKrqHrVekXvg

To find a place to donate, you can look at standingrock.org

To stand in solidarity, you can go here: nodaplsolidarit y.org/
 
 
+16 # boredlion 2016-09-05 14:27
There is also a press release encompassing several web- and facebk sites at lastrealindians .com - article "Private Security for Dakota Access Pipeline unleashes dogs on Water Protectors Several Injured" posted on Sept. 4, 2016 by Matt Remle.

There is also a Credo Action petition one can sign, addressed to Pr. Obama, at act.credoaction .com/sign/NoDAP L
 
 
+8 # jimmyjames 2016-09-05 14:29
Thanks DJ, I just sent them $50 bucks to help out. Maybe they can buy some mace to help defend themselves against the anarchists.
 
 
+10 # LionMousePudding 2016-09-05 15:18
I read 'mice.'

I have a T-shirt with Mighty Mouse behind glass like a fire extinguisher in a public building. The caption is:

In case of emergency, break glass, release mouse.

Just had to go off tangent :O
 
 
+17 # djnova50 2016-09-05 15:07
I'm also on the email list for CREDO Action and signed that petition as well.
 
 
+10 # John S. Browne 2016-09-05 15:23
#

Me, too; two days ago. Please, "BoredLion", when you put links, please add the "http://" and/or "www" (and remove the spaces in the URLs); because, without those actions, we can't highlight and right-click on them to open them, and have to enter them by hand (or can't highlight, copy, and paste them accurately into the address bars of new tabs or windows without having to edit them to get them to work properly). Thank you much.

#
 
 
+5 # tedrey 2016-09-05 15:18
Thanks. Signed.
 
 
+51 # uuzul 2016-09-05 14:21
It must remain a protest without weapons. The moment the protesters pick up a weapon, even mace, even their own attack dogs (who will be instantly shot), even sticks and stones the protesters will be mowed down without a second thought and the media will scream about the ARMED PROTESTERS. No, this requires bodies in the field.
 
 
+15 # LionMousePudding 2016-09-05 15:20
Yes. As I wrote above, all the media needs is a few clips of Natives acting violently towards the powers, the country will accept genocide like they do of brown skinned Iraqis.
 
 
+36 # Colleen Clark 2016-09-05 14:34
And a shout out to Gandhi for having spread the idea of passive resistance more than a century ago!
For any of us at any time this protest is a lesson in the power of being right, being on the side of the people against the big powers of money backed up by the threat of physical violence.
 
 
+34 # jimmyjames 2016-09-05 14:36
I sincerely hope that many of our white brothers and sisters enjoin this protest. We all must come together to save our planet Earth!
 
 
+30 # newell 2016-09-05 14:46
Thank you Amy Goodman for being there.
 
 
0 # BlueMorpho 2016-09-06 10:18
@newell,
She's wonderful. Isn't she?
 
 
+3 # John S. Browne 2016-09-06 14:32
#

Wonderful in some ways, not so wonderful in extremely-impor tant ways: She won't even touch on 9/11 Truth, which is very telling because in not doing so she is ignoring and failing to cover tons of evidence of U.S. government, and others', complicity in 9-11, and that the U.S. government and mainstream media's official story, aka official conspiracy theory, of what allegedly happened on 9-11, and who perpetrated it, doesn't hold up under scrutiny AT ALL; leaving those who totally face the whole truth, wondering why Amy Goodman won't cover it, which there are absolutely no justified excuses for whatsoever. Come on, Amy(!):

Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth

http://www.ae911truth.org/

The Tyranny of 9/11: The Building Blocks of the American Police State from A-Z

http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f6eb78f457b7b82887b643445&id=ddfda8fed5&e=30fe85827b

#
 
 
+3 # randrjwr 2016-09-07 10:05
I totally agree about the 911 cover-up. How can ANYONE look at the clip of Building 7 coming down and still believe the Gov's story?
 
 
-3 # BlueMorpho 2016-09-07 11:08
@JSB,
While I never thought the gov. was innocent of 9-11, I haven't watched Amy Goodman or Democracy Now! for as long as others have. I'll bear in mind what you've said.

Having said that, I'm rather surprised that you deigned to reply to my response to newell, considering the vomit you spewed at me before.

FYI, even though you went off, not just on me--but on a tangent--I didn't mean to be condescending. (Perhaps you'd have preferred it if I'd said "poor a$$hole" instead.) I've heard people recommend breathing for a few secs. before replying and I've seen it work.

Also, regarding the guidelines, I have empathy for those who've been attacked as I have. One person was the target of repeated crap. So I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.
 
 
+1 # John S. Browne 2016-09-07 19:17
#

It is YOU who have been attacking me in that other thread, I won't tolerate it, and you can't stand it that you can't get away with it with me. I stand up for myself and tell it exactly like it is, including about self-righteous posers and/or poseurs like yourself. I'm not the only one here who sees through you; others here recognize what an attempted-manip ulator you are; so, do you see how your attempt at ingratiating yourself with others at my expense, is not working? "Cheers", phony.

Example: You, like Amy Goodman and many others who have absolutely no excuses for not objectively investigating the matter, have had fifteen literally-blood y years to investigate the subject of 9-11, and you haven't. And you, personally, probably never will, just as Amy Goodman and most of those others likely never will either; knowing better than to believe anything the government says, and yet swallowing "hook, line and s(uc)ker" the official conspiracy theory lie that the government official 9-11 story is, as well as a literally-blood y, evil fairy tale.

(Continued below)
 
 
0 # John S. Browne 2016-09-07 19:17
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So, as a result of my standing up for nothing but truth, and exposing your naked instigation of aggression while trying to make your target(s), like me, look like the "guilty" ones, and "singing", 'Na, na, na, na, na, I'm smarter than you, and I'm able to make you look like a "turd"; hah, hah, hah, hah, hah(!)', you expose yourself for the scurrilous phony you are. I'm surprised that, at least in that other thread, you haven't yet typically resorted to calling me "crazy", "insane" or "in need of mental help", etc.; but that's probably next. Prove me wrong.

#
 
 
+13 # jimmyjames 2016-09-05 14:52
Seriously guys. I am NOT a violent person and I totally believe in non-violent protest. As a teenager, I protested the Vietnam War (non-violently) several times in the late 60's. But if now, I was standing on a protest line and some asshole sprayed my face with mace, and I happened to have a can of mace in my pocket, he would get as good as he delivered (and so would the dog that tried to bite me).
 
 
+4 # John S. Browne 2016-09-05 15:31
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Seriously?! While your eyes are watering so bad, and you're in so much pain, that you can't see or concentrate on anything else but getting some relief for your eyes, you would supposedly be able to get your can of mace out and aim it at, and "hit", your aggressors, who would probably be on you before you could get a "shot" off?! Come on, Man, get truly real would you please?!

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+9 # jimmyjames 2016-09-05 15:44
Quoting John S. Browne:
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Seriously?! While your eyes are watering so bad, and you're in so much pain, that you can't see or concentrate on anything else but getting some relief for your eyes, you would supposedly be able to get your can of mace out and aim it at, and "hit", your aggressors, who would probably be on you before you could get a "shot" off?! Come on, Man, get truly real would you please?!

#

Yes, seriously. I trained in the Marine Corps. We got teargassed - much worse than mace, and were required to be able to load and fire a weapon and give our name, rank, and serial number after being gassed.

Yes, I do live in the real world.
 
 
+2 # John S. Browne 2016-09-05 17:07
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Most people aren't trained in the Marines to resist succumbing to the pain and other symptoms of eye exposure to mace and/or other things, and to take lethal action(s) in spite of the pain, etc.; and, thus, most people would be writhing in pain, unable to defend themselves while in such a state (and you know what I'm saying is completely true); so, you are still not being "real", no matter how much you believe and/or claim you "are".

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+7 # Ted 2016-09-05 20:24
Hi jj, here's an ironically sourced piece about the superior effectiveness of non-violent resistance you might find interesting.

You see, a passive response to aggressive authoritarianis m is not just in keeping with a pacifist ideology, it can be twice as successful in achieving a "win" situation and has an even more beneficial long-term effect on the resulting aftermath of the initial conflict.
Have a quick looksee...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2014/07/24/the-proven-superiority-of-nonviolent-resistance/#36858e451c27
 
 
+6 # economagic 2016-09-05 20:34
# jimmyjames 2016-09-05 14:52

That's the reason people engaging in civil disobedience in protests such as this have for decades been required to undergo serious training in how to do non-violent protest. Innocent bystanders are on their own. People in the CD group are responsible to and for everyone in the group.
 
 
+19 # John S. Browne 2016-09-05 15:05
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Yet another disgusting and inexcusable display of corporate-fasci st violent force and aggression by "private-contra ctor 'police'" in defense of exploitation and destruction of land, and serious harm to people on or surrounding those lands. The corporate-fasci sts will do virtually ANYTHING to bulldoze their destructive and harmful actions through, including attacking non-violent protesters. We have seen it time and time again for over a hundred years, where private "security" personnel have actually murdered, if not mass-murdered, non-violent resisters standing their ground. But now, the People are finally winning some battles against them and their most egregious assaults on people and land, thanks to the presence of media filming the entire confrontations.

Without media present at such events, the corporate-fasci sts would likely seriously injure and/or murder non-violent protesters and get away with it. They consider almost any means of ramming through their exploitation and harm to people and land to be "acceptable", no matter how much collateral damage, and even death, ensues. They have little or no conscience, and consider all of us, as well as the entire environment and the balance of nature, to be expendable. Thus they exploit, do damage to, and grievously harm increasing numbers of people, and larger and larger swaths of land, with no regard for having already seriously damaged nature's balance to the point where we are paying for it to an extreme extent.

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+29 # Hooligan 2016-09-05 15:32
The so-called "Security Personnel" should be arrested for assault. What the hell gives them the right to violently assault unarmed people?? My respect & gratitude goes out to our Native American brothers & sisters who are fighting for all of us & for the very earth itself.
 
 
+14 # Littlebird 2016-09-05 16:04
I wonder if the tribal police can stand guard over their people to prevent harassment and attack. It seems that the tribal police could arrest those so called "private police" for entering Indian land and causing mayhem.
 
 
+6 # guomashi 2016-09-05 17:53
so far as i understand they are not actually on indian land. however, the pipeline runs through some sites that are important to the tribe.
 
 
+11 # Helen Marshall 2016-09-05 18:53
And not only that, it threatens the water supplies of millions. They are doing this for us, descendants of the people who herded them into reservations...
 
 
+11 # Nominae 2016-09-05 18:05
Quoting Hooligan:
The so-called "Security Personnel" should be arrested for assault. What the hell gives them the right to violently assault unarmed people??


Right *ON, Hooligan !

*WHO is even authorized to PERMIT a mob of mercenary rent-a-cops to unleash trained attack dogs on people defending their OWN LAND ????

BULL freakin' CONNOR ??
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+8 # economagic 2016-09-05 20:40
It's called the Law of Private Property, aka The Divine Right of Capital (Marjorie Kelley, 2001). It's essentially the same law that permits police to kill any person because "I thought he had a gun."

Otherwise known as right makes might: The brilliant idea of the Founders of the American Republic that authority should be subject to the same laws as everyone else was truly brilliant. But who is to police them? "Self-policing" is neither a legal or political issue but a moral one.
 
 
+5 # Nominae 2016-09-06 12:52
Quoting economagic:
It's called the Law of Private Property, aka The Divine Right of Capital (Marjorie Kelley, 2001)

Thanks, economagic.

I had obviously jumped to the inaccurate conclusion that the Oil Boyz had encroached upon Reservation Land. If the Standing Rock protesters had come onto "private property", the law you indicate would indeed give the mercenary rent-a-cops all of the legal "cover" they would need.

I have recently been appalled reading about "Special Police" who are trained and hired by corporations. These are likewise rent-a-cops, but
(at least in some Eastern States) they have their own cruisers, their own guns, the authorization to use them, and the power of arrest over anyone who is on Corporate private property.

Sorry, economagic. I guess I am even older than I like to think. The America that I grew up in was a very different place. Present day U.S. bears resemblance to the U.S. I grew up in mostly in the fact that the physical geography still remains in the same location.

For instance, when JFK gave his Inaugural, he addressed a U.S. population of 180 million. To name only one change, we are now a Nation of 314 million - approaching double - in what seems to be a *stunningly brief period of time. It is, in terms of population, as if someone has now "airdropped" an entire *extra United States directly
on top of the U.S. that existed in 1961.
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+5 # economagic 2016-09-06 19:29
Yep, a fellow geezer and I were discussing just the other day how as we age the world goes faster (really!), even as we go slower, a double whammy!
 
 
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+8 # Ted 2016-09-05 20:42
I wonder if attempting to press assault charges against the individual 'security' personnel would have a positive effect? Maybe even just for the public awareness need?
 
 
+18 # Cherylaaa 2016-09-05 15:36
We are all in this together because if the powers that be succeed in destroying the land/water, we will all die together...peac e.
 
 
+5 # newell 2016-09-05 15:56
Did you ever notice that the big rich houses are almost always on a hill --to keep from getting flooded. And it will be the rich that will be able to move to higher ground when the seas rise.
 
 
+26 # Littlebird 2016-09-05 16:44
Wouldn't be be wonderful to see a "sit in" of thousands of Americans with the tribal leaders that are protecting their territory against the pipeline instead of the few that are now having to prevail against the onslaught of dogs and assault. A peaceful sit in, like the marchers for civil rights, would send the message that we are united with the Indian tribes and will protect them. Maybe it would help to surround the reservation with protection by the sitters, who will just be there as a barrier against assault and at the same time show a resistance to the companies who, by their greed, try to pollute our land and water with oil. It is not only the reservation water that will be contaminated.
It is about time to stand up and stop the onslaught of our earth and resources.
 
 
+11 # Annette Saint John Lawrence 2016-09-05 17:36
One of the most meaningful reports. Thank You.
I will make the calls.
 
 
+7 # Helen Marshall 2016-09-05 18:52
IF you want to help and cannot be there, here is the site:
http://sacredstonecamp.org
 
 
+3 # ReconFire 2016-09-05 19:59
Jimmyjames I'm with you. I wish I could afford to go there to teach the protectors how to take out the dogs. No reason to put-up with this, the attackers are NOT the authorities, no need to worry about non-violence with these a$$holes.(yes Mr. Browne the Marine Corp taught me this skill also)
Where is the FBI/Justice Dept., don't they have jurisdiction ?
 
 
+4 # Nominae 2016-09-06 13:16
Quoting ReconFire:
Where is the FBI/Justice Dept., don't they have jurisdiction ?

Six inches past any border on Reservation Land, the FBI/Justice Dept. does indeed have, not only jurisdiction, but the legal responsibility to enforce applicable law.

However, in response to "where is the FBI" the only answer that applies here is: "Conspicuously Absent". And when it comes to protecting Native Americans for *any reason, but most *especially protecting them against Corporate Oil, "conspicuously absent" is where we can expect the FBI/Justice Dept. to remain.
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+7 # elkingo 2016-09-05 20:44
Saw Mace and dogs, but not one tomahawk. This is no different than hiring goons to attack coal miners in the 20's * 30's or calling out the Army for the Bonus Marchers then. The Corpora-buggies have no regard for human life.
(Duh, ya think?) This bullshit is more and evidence that WE are the EVil Empire.
 
 
+3 # elkingo 2016-09-05 20:53
I was relieved to see that one of the corporation's scumbag hired thugs was a woman!!! Let's hear it for progressive hiring!
 
 
+9 # Dred Pierce 2016-09-06 02:06
What the Native Americans are doing is called LEADERSHIP. Every single one of us have got to start showing up at EVIL capitalist, 1% attempts to earn more money by DESTROYING OUR World and saying in no uncertain terms NO. We will fight you if you wish but NO is FINAL. No evil profits for any of you SICKOs today. The EVIL CAPITALISTS are depending on us all staying home and posting on comment sections instead of GETTING IN THEIR FACES and DEFIANTLY SAYING NO. This is our future if we choose to have one.
 
 
+5 # Kauai John 2016-09-06 04:00
So, where can I send money?

Nothing I say here is going to matter.
 
 
+12 # Ted 2016-09-06 05:33
About halfway through these comments you'll find a comprehensive list of ways you can contribute to this effort.

But please don't sell yourself short! Your participation in this particular discussion DOES matter!

Discussion is the best way for people to confront and work out pressing problems with the sharing of ideas (good and bad) and group decisions on the many ways we can each, or as a group, confront and help to resolve our important issues. Sometimes a LOT of words must be shared before progress can be made, Sometimes money is even needed to support an effort, and I'm sure your donation will be appreciated. Discussion like this can greatly help to form plans of action, protect vulnerable activists, overcome media bias, etc, etc, on and on...

The action occuring on the ground right now in Dakota that you want to contribute to is the result of a discussion among like-minded people on how to resist the abuse being done by others trying to profit from that abuse.

So please consider being more open to the opportunity to say what you have to say WHENEVER you feel you want to join in on any discussion about anything that concerns our mutual welfare.
 
 
+6 # Salburger 2016-09-06 05:38
Good report. but the writer or copy editor needs to learn how to spell without relying on spellcheck. "reigned in" should be "reined in"
 
 
+2 # Nominae 2016-09-06 13:24
Quoting Salburger:
.. but the writer or copy editor needs to learn how to spell without relying on spellcheck. "reigned in" should be "reined in"

Thanks, Salburger, and yes, friends, it *DOES matter.

Ineptitude and inaccuracy in spelling, syntax, context, etc. seriously reduces the impact of any author's output by making them look like ill-educated morons.

Likewise ignorance and helplessness regarding the correct and simple usage of "apostrophe s".

If we *are at least 8th grade grads, we need to look it. Permitting a national "standard" of sloppy, slovenly and stupid is what earns us knuckle-draggin g, mouth-breathing national candidates with room-temperatur e IQs after the fashion of our National *Treasure, D. Trump. ;-D
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+1 # John S. Browne 2016-09-06 14:49
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And commas, semi-colons, colons, periods, etc.

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+3 # economagic 2016-09-06 19:14
A-bleepin'-men! Verbal communication is ambiguous enough at its best. Orwell was right about the language becoming degraded in its ability to communicate any but the crudest feelings and ideas, but Huxley was right (as Neil Postman pointed out) that we do it to ourselves.
 
 
+4 # Nominae 2016-09-07 02:47
Quoting economagic:
but Huxley was right (as Neil Postman pointed out) tha we do it to ourselves.

Indeed we do.

Influenced by thirty years of leaders who are virulently anti-science, anti-intellectu al, and anti-FACT, this pap holding that "Stupidity is an American Virtue" seeps (as it is fully *intended to do) into all of the nooks and crannies in the minds of the increasingly dumbed-down public.

W famously stated *as President, that HIS Administration was a
"*faith-based" endeavor, NOT a "*fact-based" effort". Check *THAT !

And, yes he *DID say it right out loud, *IN broad daylight and
*ON National Television !

When we hear *THAT, impeachment should be the only *ALLOWABLE response. The country is not intended to be run by people "praying" that things will correct themselves, but by those people fully informed regarding the FACTS at hand, and applying the best analysis that can be brought to bear *upon those facts to correct the course of the Nation in the favor of the Citizenry.

That, of course, is *precisely the problem. This country is not now - nor has for some long time *BEEN - focused upon the "good of the people". This is why high-functionin g clinical retards like W are *FORCED upon the public in lieu of actual leaders, or any people intent upon so much as even *accidentally serving "we the people" !
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+1 # economagic 2016-09-09 15:34
Much of what you say of W applies to many mainstream economists, whose discipline requires them to believe "six impossible things before breakfast" (Lewis Carroll)!
 
 
+7 # Capn Canard 2016-09-06 07:36
The Banksters and bishops of high finance will get what they want. This Dakota pipeline is just more of the same. Freedom is just an illusion meant to keep us all complacent.

Note how easily all American police have become the disposable tools of the Wealthy interests.
 
 
-4 # Ralph 2016-09-06 21:47
Kudos to jimmyjames and his 39 down arrows. What a cowardly lot of criminals who post here and claim we should all lay down as the planet gets destroyed and we should all turn a blind eye to endless war and mass murder. Self defense is a natural right of humans. If you deny that, you are nothing more than a useful idiot of the fascists. Disgraceful what we have become as a nation.
 
 
+1 # chapdrum 2016-09-07 10:59
"And the hard truth is that you, me and all citizens of any country, are responsible for what their country does"

In my experience, most of what is done in the name of American citizens seems to matter little (just done take away our consumer toys; that'll really get us riled).
 

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