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#81 sierraleone

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Posted 27 May 2017 - 11:16 AM

omg, ridiculous. Real scary and ridiculous at the same time.…

I am about 3/4 through the article now, and just had to share this:

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Perhaps one of the most striking revelations of the documents is the level of hostility displayed by TigerSwan toward the water protectors. TigerSwan consistently describes the peaceful demonstrators using military and tactical language more appropriate for counterterrorism operations in an armed conflict zone. At times, the military language verges on parody, as when agents write of protesters “stockpiling signs” or when they discuss the “caliber” of paintball pellets. More often, however, the way TigerSwan discusses protesters as “terrorists,” their direct actions as “attacks,” and the camps as a “battlefield,” reveals how the protesters’ dissent was not only criminalized but treated as a national security threat. A March 1 report states that protesters’ “operational weakness allows TS elements to further develop and dictate the battlespace.”

In one internal report dated May 4, a TigerSwan operative describes an effort to amass digital and ground intelligence that would allow the company to “find, fix, and eliminate” threats to the pipeline — an eerie echo of “find, fix, finish,” a military term used by special forces in the U.S. government’s assassination campaignagainst terrorist targets.

TigerSwan pays particular attention to protesters of Middle Eastern descent.


Stockingpiling signs? Oh the nerve!

People are at risk! Of splinters!

Edited by sierraleone, 27 May 2017 - 11:17 AM.

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Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
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Rule#6: Remember the future.
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Posted 06 June 2017 - 07:58 PM

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:

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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….

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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:

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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. Seems apt.

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
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 01:34 AM

I just read on Facebook that a federal judge had ruled favorably on certain aspects of the tribe's case that the Army Corps Of Engineers had violated the law by failing to consider ramifications upon fishing rights, hunting rights, and environmental justice when hastily implementing 45's mandate just after the inauguration to have the pipeline cross the Missouri River above their tribal land.

It was not immediately announced if this would result in a near future pipeline shutdown, but a further more detailed decision from the judge is due in the next couple of weeks on the impact of his rulings.

Edited by yadda yadda, 15 June 2017 - 01:37 AM.


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 05:30 AM

Beat me to it :)

I saw this on Facebook, and have been pleasantly surprised to find a WaPo article on it, it is titled "Judge: Redo part of analysis for Dakota Access Pipeline".

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U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said in a 91-page decision that the corps failed to take into account how a spill might affect “fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.”

The judge said the Army must redo its environmental analysis in certain sections and he’ll consider later whether the pipeline must halt operations in the meantime. A status conference is scheduled for next week.
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Boasberg rejected two earlier complaints by the tribes. One was that the construction threatened sites of cultural and historical significance and the other was that the presence of oil in the pipeline under Lake Oahe would desecrate sacred waters and make it impossible for the tribes to freely exercise their religious beliefs.

Edited by sierraleone, 15 June 2017 - 05:30 AM.

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
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 07:49 PM

I had heard about a week back that Judge James Boasberg had made a decision to require more oversight of DAPL by U.S. Army corps, and more cooperation with the tribes regarding this oversight. Here is the Reuters article.

There is an Intercept article: An Activist Stands Accused of Firing a Gun at Standing Rock. It Belong to Her Lover - an FBI Informant.

The accused is Red Fawn Fallis, a camp medic. She maintains her innocence. The gun owner was not just an FBI informant, but a *paid* FBI informant. He infiltrated the anti-DAPL camps at least 2 months, and become a "lover" to Red Fawn a couple weeks, before the alleged incident on Oct 27.

This smells of at worst entrapment, at best a set up with planted evidence. Of course, it could be neither.

Interesting history in their Native American lineages. Both are descended from people at the A.I.M. (American Indian Movement) 71 day stand-off in 1973 at Wounded-Knee, but from different sides. She has family members on the AIM side, standing off in opposition against the corrupt tribal government selling off lands rich in resources. He had family members among the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs, basically a law-enforcement arm).

Red Dawn Fallis's case starts January 29th.

Edited by sierraleone, 13 December 2017 - 07:53 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
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html



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