Dakota Access Pipeline: What You’re Not Being Told

When protesters in North Dakota were attacked by pepper spray and attack dogs over Labor Day weekend, many mainstream media outlets reported on it, but afterwards, there has been very little, if any coverage on what is actually going on in Western North Dakota.  I had the opportunity to communicate with Leili Crows Heart over the past several days, and she shared with me some several important pieces of insider information in which I am about to share.

If you are unaware of any of this, lets start with some background.  The Dakota Access Pipeline is an oil pipeline which starts in the Bakken and Three Forks regions of North Dakota and is planned to also run through South Dakota, Iowa and eventually link up with an existing line in Illinois. It will run for approximately 1,172 miles in a 30 inch diameter pipeline that will carry 470,000 to 570,000 barrels of oil per day.  The project is an estimated $3.78 billion investment that will create 8,000 – 12,000 jobs during construction.

For more background, you can check their official facts page here:

http://www.daplpipelinefacts.com/docs-dapl/08092016/DAPL_FactSheet33-8_09_16.pdf

Over Labor Day weekend, Democracy Now put out a video showing contracted security teams pepper spraying and using attack dogs on  protesters attempting to stop construction on the pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux’s historical ancestry burial grounds.  The video was highly edited it seemed, and didn’t really show the entire truth, but it did still an outrage on social media.  Some reports indicated the the protesters trespassed on land owned by the Army Corps of Engineers, and this is why the security team was used and arrests were made.  Even Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman was issued an arrest warrant for covering the story.

Leili Crows Heart is a member of The Affiliated Tribes, which consists of the Mandans, Hidatsa and Arikara, located on the Ft. Berthold Reservation which is divided into 5 segments due to construction back in 1953 of the Garrison Dam.  When this dam was built, it divided the tribes and physically separated them from each other.  With this new activity at Standing Rock, the tribes are coming back together.  Leili was able to tell me that there are currently 260 tribes at Standing Rock at the camp.  During, and right after the attack dog incident, Leili and others started to notice that several of their Facebook posts were being deleted after they were shared.  They were trying to reach out to anyone who would listen, but perhaps Facebook didn’t want anyone to hear.  Upon my first look at her Facebook page, I was shocked at how little information that was actually there, and she told me she used to have a lot more, and she had to keep re-posting the same thing several times as it kept being deleted.  Keep in mind, that cell phone coverage is very poor, or unavailable in this remote part of North Dakota, which makes it difficult for anyone to get news out in a timely manner.

I asked her about local news coverage, and she replied as, “We watch the news waiting to see if there is any actual truth getting out.  But no. Just the sheriff telling outright lies.  Everyone believes him because ND is a racist as f..k state!”  As far as any national news scene, she informed me that she has only witnessed Democracy Now and Nat Geo.  She along with others have been trying to get this news out there, but no one seems to be listening. “Standing Rock needs to be on the national news.  They need to be heard and seen that they are peaceful PROTECTORS of the land.  They pray and sing in prayer all day everyday.  Elders and children alike.”

The area that was being worked on the day of the incident, wasn’t even supposed to happening.  It has been reported that this particular area was on Army Corps of Engineers land, when in fact it was on private property.  It was part of the scheduled route, but previously they had been working about 1 1/2 miles away.  On this day, they moved the bulldozers to this area and upon hearing the noise of the machines, people started to ascend onto the area to get them to stop.  Wouldn’t you be upset to discover this going on if you were in their place?

Why did they pick this area to bulldoze that day?  Here is where it get interesting.  The landowner noticed some previously unknown rock cairns (a pile of rocks set up as a landmark) and had notified the tribe.  Upon the tribe investigating the area, they notified the state, who decided to halt the digging until more information could be gathered and get surveying done to discover the expanse of the burial site area.  It was the very next day that they moved the bulldozers and starting working in the area, again moving their equipment 1 and a half miles from their last work area.  This is the reason for the controversy.  According to Leili, they bulldozed right away in order to hide and destroy their ancestors and sacred burial sites.  The protesters were only trying to protect these sites and artifacts and were not out there to incite a riot.  They didn’t fight, just defended.

“We’re worried about the planet.  DAPL is worried about making money no matter what it destroys.  That’s what the government/corporation is doing.  They are going to suck the last breath of life from our mother earth if we don’t stop them.  We’re worried about the planet!” Leila told me.

As far as the people being arrested for trespassing, Leila told me that the land owner had granted permission for them to be there, so I expect the charges to be dropped eventually, including the charge for Amy Goodman.

All work has been supposedly been halted, but the tensions have not.

Please share this as they need a voice, and no one is listening.

Here are some other people out in the area who are posting daily, if not more frequently if you would like more information.

On Facebook:  Waniya Locke, We Are The Media , Indigenous Americans, Linda Black Elk

 

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Decision Expected by 6 pm today by DNC to Replace Hillary Clinton

This morning Rebekah Worsham Tweeted this out at 7:12 AM.

She has a golden source within to the Clinton campaign and I trust her report from this source.

Keep an eye on this all day.  It seems like the key questions are;

A) Will Hillary actually decide to step away because it’s her call.  They cannot kick her off of the ticket.  She has to resign as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States via Article 2, section (c) of the rules.

B)  Who will they decide to replace her?   Some think it will be Joe Biden, while others think it should be Bernie Sanders.  There has been a lot of talk for the last 18 months or so of Joe Biden getting into the race late and “Saving the Day” for the democrats, so was this the plan all along? Doubtful, but perhaps they always knew they had that ace up their sleeves.

Bernie supporters still feel that he should be the nominee since he had more followers than Hillary, he never actually conceded to Hillary and other reasons here:

Some Bernie supporters have even said if they don’t select him, they will be voting for Donald J. Trump, which may have a huge effect on the final outcome.  I think Bernie supporters will get even more vocal than they have in the past, even more so than during the outside the DNC in Philadelphia back in July.

This should be another interesting day.  I’ve been saying all along that this General Election process was going to be very interesting and nothing like we have ever seen.

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Hillary Clinton Has Fainting Spell, Campaign claims its Pneumonia

Hillary Clinton attended the 9/11 Memorial event today in New York, but had to leave early as she was rushed out and helped by several people to get into a van.

Several videos have finally surfaced showing how she clearly had to be aided to move the few feet from the sidewalk into the van.  The one video clearly shows her feet nor working on their own and appear to be dragging.

 

 

 

Hillary’s campaign released the following statement from Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, M.D.:

If she indeed has pneumonia, she should be resting and not going anywhere.  I’m no doctor, but I know that much.  And if she was diagnosed on Friday, why are they just releasing a statement today?  I’m not buying it.

The media has come with every type of explanation for this incident, recapped by this tweet from Mike Cernovich:

So what happens if Hillary is found too ill to continue?  Here is the rules from the DNC Article 2:

So really what that says, in Section 1, part C is that they can replace Hillary with whoever they want?  Is Joe Biden next one in?  Tim Kaine?  Bernie Sanders?  I think the Bernie Sanders supporters would have a fit if it wasn’t him, don’t you agree?

 

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Joint Statement from Departments of Justice, Army and Interior about Dakota Access. 

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/joint-statement-department-justice-department-army-and-department-interior-regarding-standing

Department of JusticeOffice of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, September 9, 2016

Joint Statement from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior Regarding Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior issued the following statement regarding Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
“We appreciate the District Court’s opinion on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act. However, important issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations and their members regarding the Dakota Access pipeline specifically, and pipeline-related decision-making generally, remain. Therefore, the Department of the Army, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Interior will take the following steps.
The Army will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe until it can determine whether it will need to reconsider any of its previous decisions regarding the Lake Oahe site under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or other federal laws. Therefore, construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time. The Army will move expeditiously to make this determination, as everyone involved — including the pipeline company and its workers — deserves a clear and timely resolution. In the interim, we request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe.
“Furthermore, this case has highlighted the need for a serious discussion on whether there should be nationwide reform with respect to considering tribes’ views on these types of infrastructure projects. Therefore, this fall, we will invite tribes to formal, government-to-government consultations on two questions: (1) within the existing statutory framework, what should the federal government do to better ensure meaningful tribal input into infrastructure-related reviews and decisions and the protection of tribal lands, resources, and treaty rights; and (2) should new legislation be proposed to Congress to alter that statutory framework and promote those goals.
“Finally, we fully support the rights of all Americans to assemble and speak freely. We urge everyone involved in protest or pipeline activities to adhere to the principles of nonviolence. Of course, anyone who commits violent or destructive acts may face criminal sanctions from federal, tribal, state, or local authorities. The Departments of Justice and the Interior will continue to deploy resources to North Dakota to help state, local, and tribal authorities, and the communities they serve, better communicate, defuse tensions, support peaceful protest, and maintain public safety. 
“In recent days, we have seen thousands of demonstrators come together peacefully, with support from scores of sovereign tribal governments, to exercise their First Amendment rights and to voice heartfelt concerns about the environment and historic, sacred sites. It is now incumbent on all of us to develop a path forward that serves the broadest public interest.”

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Breaking: Judge denies work stoppage in Dakota Access Pipeline. 

US District Judge James Boasberg has finally ruled today denying the request from the Standing Rock Sioux to halt construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline near Bismark, North Dakota. 

In his statement, the judge said, that the Army Corps of Engineers “has likely complied with the NHPA (National Historic Preservation Act) and that the Tribe has not shown it will suffer injury that would be prevented by any injunction.”


No reports at this point of what will happen now, if you recall from my previous report that the Governor has activated the National Guard to help local law enforcement with traffic, and whatever else they might be needed for.  It has been reported that the Guard are not scheduled to be near any protest areas. 

I expect more protests tonight and this weekend. Keep an eye on this story. 

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Ruling Expected Today on Dakota Access Pipeline, Governor Calls in the National Guard

U.S. District Judge James A. Boasberg is expected to announce his ruling later today on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline which is scheduled to run through North Dakota, into South Dakota, Iowa and connect with another pipeline in Illinois.

The Standing Rock Sioux have expresses concerns that the pipeline will damage historical ancestry landmarks, put their water supply at risk, and that the Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Historic Preservation Act when it decided to run the pipeline through their lands.  They are being represented by lawyers from Earthjustice.  Last week a temporary moratorium was enacted to stop construction of the project and both sides were given time over the last week to state their side of the story.  They are hoping for a permanent stoppage in today’s ruling.

The project is being built by a Texas company, Energy Transfer Partners, and they claim that the Standing Rock Sioux had ample time before construction began to state their case. They claim the pipeline would carry 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken region of North Dakota to the existing pipeline already in Illinois.

People have been out protesting in this area for several weeks now, or even months,  and on September 3, of this year, attack dogs and pepper spray were used on the protesters.

Just yesterday, North Dakota’s Governor, Jack Dalrymple,  activated the National Guard to assist the Morton County Sheriff’s department with traffic at hot spots and support in other ways if needed. Just having the presence of the guard there, they hope, will have a calming effect on the protesters if things go badly.

“The Guardsmen will not be going to the actual protest site,” the North Dakota National Guard said Thursday afternoon. “The governor also placed additional Guardsmen on standby alert in the event they are needed to support law enforcement response efforts.”

Stay tuned on this one folks, as things may get crazy.  The announcement is expected today before noon central time, and I will update when news breaks.

 

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Hillary Wears Earpiece During Commander-in-Chief Forum

Last night during the Commander-In-Chief forum held at the USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex, NBC’s Matt Lauer had a chance to interview both Hillary Clinton and Donald J Trump back to back, while also getting questions from Veterans also in attendance.

During the hour-long event, it appears as if Hillary Clinton was wearing an earpiece in her left ear, and at times seems like she was breaking her sentences up as if she was trying to concentrate on listening to whomever was talking in her ear.

This Tweet from James Woods: You can clearly see what appears to be the earpiece.

Here is another Tweet from James Woods with a link to an email sent from Hillary’s top staff member Huma Abedin from September 24, 2009 asking Hillary “Did u take your earpiece or do I need to get it?”  So, its obvious she has used them in the past.

I have seen no evidence in the past that Hillary has any hearing problems, so the likelihood that this is a hearing aid is doubtful.  If indeed it is a hearing aid, then Hillary should come out and admit is as such, and admit that she has a hearing problem to debunk the claims that she was using an earpiece to receive help during the forum.

There have been other pictures circulating this morning of Hillary without and earpiece in, but NYPD did confirm that Hillary Clinton was indeed wearing one before the event began. “NYPD sources involved with the NBC forum’s security detail confirm Clinton was wearing an ‘inductive earpiece.”

Here’s another image, but included is what is being claimed as the room of people helping here out during the forum:  This information has not been confirmed by me.

So what do you think?  To me, it appears as if she did indeed wear the device, and probably received assistance during the event.

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