Standing Rock Police Attack Protesters Again: ‘He Just Smiled and Shot Both My Kneecaps’

This is what the time of the unveiling means.

When this all comes out, actions like these will be grounds for attempted murder. If the weather is cold enough, and it is proven that they are using water instead of other methods in order to produce a long-term difficulty in remaining in place to protect what is theirs to protect in the first place from those who are invading on Earth, it will be seen as an act of war.

Note: They are using water to harm “water protectors”. That is a kind of diabolical twist that mocks the honor and spins the situation into an ironic gamble of intentions and misery.

Humans were first taught how to do that, the one’s who do it are not native.

Get the picture?
Aug Tellez

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The ‘water defenders’ trying to stop an oil pipeline were hit with water cannons that turned to ice in the frigid temperatures as rubber bullets and tear gas flew. It didn’t stop them from coming back though.

Holly Devon

11.21.16 10:38 AM ET

Photos Courtesy of Avery White

CANNONBALL, North Dakota—Though the night would soon be marked by tear gas and water cannons shooting through barbed wire and concrete barriers, at the beginning of the gathering held on Sunday evening under the floodlights of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site, the air was permeated by the sound of prayer and the unmistakeable scent of the sage smoke billowing above the road.

To the Standing Rock “water defenders,” an unflagging devotion to prayer has been the continuous thread in the tumultuous, months long stand-off between the authorities supporting Energy Transfer Partners, the company in charge of constructing the pipeline, and the Lakota of the Standing Rock Reservation and their allies. While those opposing DAPL are certainly determined to prevent the construction of the pipeline underneath the Missouri River less than a mile from the reservation, throughout the main camp of Oceti Sakowin the signs strictly prohibiting the use of any weapons (or anything which can be perceived as such) demonstrate an equal commitment to nonviolence.

This did little to prevent a rapid escalation on the part of the authorities. Though the spiritual ceremonies continued throughout the night around a small fire lit to warm the natives and their allies as temperatures dropped well below freezing, the sound of screams quickly drowned out the prayers. Although authorities claimed water cannons were only used to put out fires set by protestors, the one small fire on the road was well out of the way of the barricade, and the other, where medics treated the residents of Oceti Sakowin who had no access to hot running water or medical facilities, was separated from the melee by a valley running along the road.

Amid allegations that aggressive protesters were attempting to attack the law enforcement line, hundreds of unarmed people were successively tear-gassed and blasted with high pressure water hoses.

“I was tear gassed over 15 times, which made it hard to breathe and left my face burning for hours. I got hosed down with a water cannon in freezing temperatures leaving me hypothermic, and I was slammed into a barbed wire barricade out of panic caused by the police after a flash grenade was thrown and caught fire to a field,” said Cheyenne, a young native woman from Michigan, whose face was streaked with tear gas, and whose eyes were red and swollen.

Another young native man from the Ojibwe nation, reports being openly targeted by a police officer using “non-lethal” weapons to cause serious harm.

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“He shot me with a rubber bullet right in the belly button, and when I showed him that he had hurt me, he just smiled and shot both my kneecaps,” he said.

As the night wore on, ice from the water canons enveloped the barbed wire and glistened under the floodlights. Helicopters circled ominously overhead, and from the hill which sloped away from the road the red lights of police cars grew increasingly numerous. In spite of the hostility, the water defenders continued to hold their ground, in an attempt to communicate their message to those who opposed them. Smiles For The People, a young woman who was maced  throughout the night, insisted that in spite of her injuries, she wouldn’t give up.

“I’m here to protect the water and make sure that DAPL and the workers all know that without water we can’t live—water is sacred, you can’t drink oil,” she said. “What they’re doing is morally wrong in every respect.”

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Others close to the barricade chanted into loudspeakers, hoping to reach the people on the other side.

“We are protecting you! You are protecting oil and we are protecting you. You will be drinking the same clean water as us when we shut this thing down!”

On Monday, Standing Rock water defenders gathered again on Highway 1806, though some of them are still recovering from the night before. On the other side of the barrier are armed police and tanks, and officers are repeatedly threatening arrest for criminal trespassing, though the road is technically public property. The defenders intend to continue to stand their ground, in spite of the exhaustion and extreme cold.


Support: EXXON Hates America Campaign

FINALLY: A TV ad that tells it like it is: EXXON HATES AMERICA. Go to if you want to see it on national television! (And go straight to… to donate.)

What would YOU spend the $20 Billion in Big Oil subsidies on instead?

Special thanks to Greenpeace Canada and Red Rock Pictures for their amazing b-roll and support.

“One of the prerogatives of American citizenship is the right
to criticize public men and measures.”

– Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter in a free speech case

Exxon Hates America is clearly satire, but with a serious message. If one judges Exxon and other fossil fuel companies not by the words on their press releases, but by their actions and predictable and already evident consequences, we believe Exxon really may hate America – even if they believe otherwise.

When Oil Change International, The Other 98%, and Environmental Action launched Exxon Hates Your Children in late 2012, ExxonMobil never directly communicated with our organizations. Instead, they chose to attempt to censor our free speech by seeking to persuade station managers, who often receive advertising revenue from the oil industry, to not run the ads.

ExxonMobil finds this critical speech to be offensive. That is neither surprising nor relevant. As the Supreme Court has noted:

“[T]he fact that society may find speech offensive is not a sufficient reason for suppressing it. Indeed, if it is the speaker’s opinion that gives offense, that consequence is a reason for according it constitutional protection.”

So, does Exxon respect America enough to allow us our rights?

Or will they try to silence us again, just as they and others in the fossil fuel industries have tried to silence and mislead ordinary communities that have spoken out for their health and their homes as more important than the industry’s profits?

There are several key assertions in the ad:

  1. “Oil hurts communities and endangers the planet.”

    Burning fossil fuels is the top source of climate change, and the local pollution impacts of drilling are often severe.

    Oil is a major cause of global warming. The oil industry’s business model depends on drilling for more and more of the fuels that cause climate disruption, even though fossil fuel companies have already discovered significantly more oil, gas and coal than scientists say we can safely burn. Even the International Energy Agency now agrees that in order to have even chances of limiting global warming to just 2 degrees Celsius (beyond which the worst impacts of warming will kick in), two-thirds of the current proven reserves of fossil fuels must remain in the ground by 2050. And yet, every year the oil industry is finding more reserves that we cannot burn.

    There are also well-documented negative impacts on communities that oil and gas extraction bring with them. It’s called the resource curse, and the trend holds globally that wherever the oil and gas industries go, crime, drugs and conflict follow closely. Even Fox News is alarmed by the rise in crime around the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota.

    Last year, on March 29 2013, Exxon Mobil, the most profitable company in the world, spilled at least 210,000 gallons of tar sands crude oil from an underground pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas. The pipeline was carrying tar sands oil from Canada, which flooded family residences in Mayflower in thick tarry crude.

    A Greenpeace Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) revealed that Exxon downplayed the extent of the contamination caused by the ruptured pipeline. Records of emails between Arkansas’ DEQ and Exxon depict attempts by Exxon to pass off press releases with factually false information. In a draft press release dated April 8, Exxon claims “Tests on water samples show Lake Conway and the cove are oil-free.” However, internal emails from April 6 show Exxon knew of significant contamination across Lake Conway and the cove resulting from the oil spill.

    Now oil and gas companies and their paid allies in government are determined to fight community efforts to disclose the type of chemicals that are being used in fracking operations, going as far as to propose a recent bill in North Carolina that would make it a class 1 felony to disclose those chemicals publicly. Many of these types of bills are backed by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a secretive group that is in turn backed by ExxonMobil and other oil and gas companies.

    Exxon is the #1 natural gas producer in the U.S., but when fracking was proposed in Exxon CEO’s Rex Tillerson’s backyard, he sued to stop it. How’s that for hating America with your hypocrisy?

    Further resources data and analysis on community impacts of the oil industry are available here, here, here, and here.

  2. “We own your government”

    This is obvious hyperbole, but it reflects the widespread belief that lobbyists, and particularly oil and gas companies have more influence on and access to government than do ordinary citizens.

  3. “Big Oil invests millions buying politicians, and we get back billions of your tax dollars”

    It is a matter of fact that the oil industry spends millions on campaign finance and lobbying expenditures and receives billions of dollars in taxpayer support.

  4. “You’ll be seeing more of our exploding trains, dirty pipelines, and fracking wells”

    The All of the Above Energy strategy favored by the industry is leading to an unprecedented expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure across America. U.S. natural gas production has risen by 18 percent and oil production has grown by 35 percent from 2008-2013.

    Further resources, data and analysis:

Does Exxon actually hate America? No one knows, but its record and actions, and those of its fossil fuel industry colleagues, credibly indicate a disregard for our nation and its future. The ad produced by Environmental Action, The Other 98% and Oil Change International is obvious satire, but with a serious message that is protected by the First Amendment.


Ed Note: While I love the energy behind this campaign, there’s not one word above about free energy technology that’s been open sourced to the public, or the Tesla based technology that’s been fueling military and corporate black operations projects for over 50yrs. It’s truly time for a paradigm shift toward total transparency, accountability and no hidden agenda’s….even from alternative based media and environmental organizations claim to support environmental sustainablity.

Profiting off polluting: How Big Oil is defrauding states to clean up toxic fuel leaks. Oil companies are being paid twice to deal with their own messes

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 04:57 AM HST

Profiting off polluting: How Big Oil is defrauding states to clean up toxic fuel leaks

To anyone who drinks water, the rusted, leaky underground tanks storing underground fuel are the “single largest threat” to its safety. To major oil companies, they’re an opportunity to profit.

Reuters has an exclusive report on the despicable fraud being carried out by Big Oil. Call it “double-dipping”: When toxic, potentially carcinogenic leaks of gas and diesel threaten aquifers, the companies accept government funds to clean it up. Then, they apply for a second payout from the insurance companies. And all the big guys, it seems, are going for it: Chevron, Exxon, ConocoPhillips and Sunoco have agreed to settlements over the past three years totaling over $105 million.

“When I first saw these cases, I thought this is kind of incredible,” said New Mexico Assistant Attorney General Seth Cohen. “The oil companies have, in effect, profited off polluting.”

Here’s more from Reuters on the widespread fraud and the dream team working to expose it:

Approximately 40 states and the District of Columbia have special funds to cover the costs of removing and replacing the old tanks, excavating tainted dirt and pumping out dirty groundwater.

Since 1988, there have been more than half a million leaky tanks reported across the country. Nearly 80,000 spills still are waiting to be cleaned up.

In the New Mexico settlement last September, court documents show the origin of the case against Chevron was a sealed lawsuit filed by [Thomas] Schruben and [Dennis] Pantazis’ team in 2009 under a state law designed to protect taxpayers from fraud.

One document from 2006, for example, shows Chevron received a check for $19,000 from the state to clean up and monitor a leak at a gas station in the small, southern New Mexico town of Artesia. On the application to receive money from the tank fund, the company checked “No” next to the question: “Do you have insurance?”

The lawsuit accused Chevron of receiving insurance payouts to deal with many kinds of environmental contamination, including policies that would have covered leaks at the gas station in Artesia – a fact it kept hidden from the state.

About 20 more cases across the country are currently pending.

None of the companies, of course, have admitted to having done any of this wittingly. Those who have settled out of court did so on good faith that they simply didn’t realize they had applied twice for cleanup funds. As Reuters points out, the millions paid out in settlements are practically nothing for them. But for cash-strapped states, they’re a major something.

Lindsay Abrams

Lindsay Abrams is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email

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