If someone writes a story about the ensuing autocracies occurring in North Dakota, it should elicit feelings of revolution in us all. However, this has not been the case as there has been a concerted effort by the government, and their corporate media cohorts, to protect Big Oil interests. These efforts are now manifesting into civil rights violations of Native Americans and their fellow unarmed Water Protectors. Initially there was silence from cable news, despite there being enough noise to make the President feign interest enough to speak on it. Though, he didn’t really say much of anything. There have been several court challenges and requests to do land surveys before proceeding that were mostly denied to seemingly expedite construction. A treaty for these original Americans to have sovereignty over their land has been changed and ignored so often, they have been all but completely marginalized by the US Government.
With the hope that we would all be so distracted by the elections, or that the cold Dakota winter would end the fight for them. Depending on the same mother nature they insult with their dirty energy to crush the spirits of the few who would show up to defend their water, the Sioux tribe, and their burial grounds. That there would be enough fear of Trump or Clinton winning to keep any white protestors joining the fight. Surely they are too busy complaining about the Electoral College and the Popular Vote to care. Surely they are too scared of the perceived rise of White-Supremacy that the media is legitimizing (much like they did Trump by spreading their messages en masse) to endure the rubber bullets, chemical warfare, hearing damage, grenade explosions, and hypothermia from water cannons. Surely there would be no hardened activists willing to leave their lives for very long in order to stand up to the fascist government thuggery presently endorsed by Obama’s public silence. One has to wonder what his private position is, but a quick peek at his legacy would make it pretty easy to infer.
Who has the stomach for this fight, especially once winter takes hold? Go ahead; violate and intimidate those unarmed “Hippies” and “Indians” with our military equipment and body armor that U.S. veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are envious of. No one would last long enough for us to have to directly deal with this. Wait it out and the pipeline will already be under the Missouri river. It will be too late to do anything about it. Just wait it out…
Boy did they ever miscalculate while making their assessment of the situation. The oil police, and their federal and local government supporters, just had their worst nightmare occur. A 21 year-old white woman from New York City, named Sophia Wilansky, may end up losing her arm from a police percussion grenade.
This was one of several grenades that were allegedly thrown into a crowd of unarmed and defenseless people. These grenades come with specific warnings from the manufacturer to not throw them at people. There is a disturbing history of SWAT and other police using these explosives, whether intentionally or not, in an incorrect manner leading to several horrible injuries. The most disturbing of which came when a 1 year-old infant who was sleeping in their crib, had one of these land on their pillow during a “no-knock” drug raid in Georgia on Oct. 7th, 2014. Click on one of the links for more details on this, and other injuries caused by these dangerous, explosive devices.
NBC and ABC are starting to wake up a little. Some of the upset Hillary supporters are starting to notice the importance of this event over their recent election loss. Many people on both sides seem to be waiting for Trump to take office. Never mind that President Obama, a supposed Progressive (but actual Wall Street Corporatist), is in charge now; never mind that he kicked the can down the road so that an even more fascist regime will be all that is left to help people. To help them against the very government forces employed to protect the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline at all costs.
Speaking of the new regime, their leader has millions of his own dollars to lose by intervening. Does Obama expect President-Elect Trump to stand up to the oil executives that fund both major party’s campaigns? The same corporate donors who write their own legislation for lawmakers to get passed or else? Nope. This is exactly what his bosses told him to do. Not to mention the crafty political strategy of attempting to ride out the next few months in order to shift the issue (and later, the blame) to the Republicans, is almost certainly by design.
The good news is that there’s now drone footage of the oil police using cannons to cover Water Protectors in freezing water during a night of mid 20 degree weather. This is being shown on some network news outlets, finally. It’s not just TYT Politics covering the event now. It’s not just H.A. Goodman, Tim Black or Mike Efin Brown talking about it. The atrocities are no longer occurring to ONLY the Native Americans.
Get ready for the silence to finally break, but be even more ready for the media to start framing the protesters as violent, hired thugs. They are a voice for the elite. There is nothing more elite in the U.S. than Big Oil.
Get ready to donate to hep the Water Protectors. Be especially ready to put your own body on the line, as this fight will likely not remain contained to the flats, hills and buttes of North Dakota. Be ready for more of this as the new regime takes over.
They will be pumping what seem like willfully ignorant statements like, “AllLivesMatter” while police continue to clash with protesters who have been framed by the media as violent rioting anarchists, while simultaneously ridiculing them as spoiled, whiny liberals without jobs.
Get Ready…The lid is about to blow off.
“The doctor just said she may need as many as 20 surgeries over very many months to have any hope of saving her arm and her hand,” Wilansky’s father, Wayne Wilansky, told a group of reporters outside a Minneapolis hospital.