Big Oil and Big Government in North Dakota do not want Americans to really see the coming environmental damage from this pipeline, so they attempt to assassinate the messenger here, as they did with Amy Goodman.
I hope that they are equally unsuccessful with Deia Schlosberg, as this is a critical First Amendment case, and the victory of Big Oil and Big government would absolutely eviscerate what is left of First Amendment protections to the American people to witness to the truth, even if that truth is uncomfortable to large corporations and the crooked state governments they support.
And, as reported yesterday at blackistednews.com:
40 COPS WITH RIOT GEAR, ARMORED VEHICLE AND LRAD SWARM 5 PRAYING NATIVE AMERICANS AT DAPL
The article continues: "Over the past several weeks, the police state has come out in full force as Native Americans fight to protect their water sources from the threat of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Mainstream media remained largely silent as federal, state and local authorities worked on behalf of Energy Transfer Partners to squash dissent.
Even prominent journalists found themselves targets of the State, charged with dubious “crimes” such as “inciting a riot” and “conspiracy to theft of services” – for doing nothing more than filming protests and the ensuing violent crackdowns.
THE FIRST AMENDMENT IS NO OBSTACLE WHEN IT COMES TO ADVANCING THE INTERESTS OF THE CORPORATOCRACY.
This was put on display again on October 15 when five Native American Water Protectors left a protest near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to pray on the shoulder of a public road.
In response to this peaceful behavior, 40 cops from at least eight departments in three different states – complete with riot gear, automatic rifles, an armored vehicle and even an LRAD acoustic weapon – swarmed the five praying, unarmed Native Americans.
Video taken at the scene shows the police presence swell as the prayer continued, with one officer approaching the group, telling them they had five minutes to stop praying and leave before they were arrested for “unlawful protest.”
Welcome to Amerika: your papers, please!!!!
There are moments when I despair to my very soul about the future of this country, and good people, trying to make a difference, peacefully, getting treated like this; upon reading what happened to these 5 protesters, this is one of those moments, folks.