Apparently Intercept's last report on TigerSwan/DAPL was the first part of a multiple series called TigerSwan's Tactics
Part 2: Standing Rock Documents Expose Inner Workings of "Surveillance-Industrial Complex"
First three paragraphs:
ON A FREEZING NIGHT in November, as police sprayed nonviolent Dakota Access Pipeline opponents with water hoses and rubber bullets, representatives of the FBI, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, North Dakota’s U.S. Attorney’s Office, and local law enforcement agencies frantically exchanged emails as they monitored the action in real time.
“Everyone watch a different live feed,” Bismarck police officer Lynn Wanner wrote less than 90 minutes after the protest began on the North Dakota Highway 1806 Backwater Bridge. By 4 a.m. on November 21, approximately 300 water protectors had been injured, some severely. Among them was 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky, who nearly lost her arm after being hit by what multiple sworn witnesses say was a police munition.
The emails exchanged that night highlight law enforcement efforts to control the narrative around the violent incident by spreading propaganda refuting Wilansky’s story, demonstrate the agencies’ heavy reliance on protesters’ social media feeds to monitor activities, and reveal for the first time the involvement of an FBI informant in defining the story police would promote.
Wow. So this wasn't just a local sheriff or private contractor run amuck….
You read the rest of it and it is obvious they were misleadingly crafting a narrative, instead of finding the truth, including government law enforcement….
Overall, TigerSwan depicted the situation on the ground as volatile, at times painting the anti-pipeline camps as rife with drug use and “sexual deviance,” its inhabitants likely to stir violence.
Sexual deviance? Pearl clutching time! And these people are bad-ass militant private security contractors?
Interesting bits in there about "fusion centres", signed into being by POTUS Bush II as part of the 9/11 Commission Act in 2007. DHS got $300 million more to fund these fusion centres, which are intended to facilitate information sharing of anti-terrorist information between local/state/federal governments. There are 77 fusion centres in the country, at least one in each state. One of the stated goals of these fusion centres is to protect the nation's critical infrastructure. Note, though, 85% of this critical infrastructure is owned by private interests. Also, their role has grown, sans-legislation authorizing it.
TigerSwan has still not gotten a license to operate in North Dakota.
Regarding whether laws have been broken:
Still, it’s not clear that either TigerSwan or law enforcement crossed a legal line with their surveillance activities. Private companies have few obligations to protect constitutional rights to free speech, association, or privacy. And while public agencies, including law enforcement, do have that obligation, they also have ample leeway to operate in invasive and unethical ways that are nonetheless legal. As The Intercept reported in January, detailed guidelines govern the FBI’s activities involving confidential informants and covert online work. But the guidelines are filled with loopholes that ultimately allow FBI agents to spy on just about anybody if they get the right approvals.
They have a section in there called Modern Day Pinkertons.
Edited by sierraleone, 06 June 2017 - 09:08 PM.
Rules for surviving an Autocracy:
Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen