Yup, around 30-40 years ago, when the nazis first took power in the US under Bush-Raygun, the environmentalists were suddenly the new internal “enemy”. Back then, there were very smart and principled people who resisted all kinds of aberrant garbage the new corporatist nazis under Bush were doing. They fought animal vivisection by raiding facilitles, they blockaded huge Old Growth forest clearcuts, they tried to stop all kinds of evil nasty things that greedy evil white right people did in the US. So the moniker “eco-terrorist” was created by the nazis to categorize these people and attack them even when they were doing perfectly legal things, which was most all the time. Because, you see, they were stopping criminal activities by the corporations and the universities that serve them before they could collectively mess up the planet and it’s inhabitants even more than before. . . . Because it really is the same criminal activity and disrespect; same capitalist nazi crap, different generation.
The lying nazi crap reached a peak during Redwood Summer when they were blocking the logging of old growth timber that summer. Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney were nonviolently blocking the logging with their friends when suddenly their car blew up; a bomb had been put on it and was detonated remotely. Then the feds charged both of them with terrorism saying that they had built a bomb and that it blew up accidentally, when actually they had planted it in the car, and then blew them both up. This is a classic US fascist setup and the real shame is that a couple of years later, Judi Bari died of her injuries. The worst criminals in Amerikkka demonizing the best of America once again. And the setups like this abound too. Look at Oswald and the Boston Bomber.
So lets see what others have done too. There was the anti-vivisection lab raiders liberating lab animals-they went to prison for up to six years each for doing the correct thing about horrific possibly criminal animal abuses. The people who sabotaged the GM tree lab by torching it went for six years+. This was done only after all the proper legal regulatory processes were so corrupted as to be completely unable to scientifically evaluate the long term impacts of introducing GM trees into existing ecosystems; the whole protective apparat was just bought off and totally corrupted from above by the University of Washington-one more evil death-dealing university in the US pantheon of capitalist miseducation.
And this is the pattern too. The mining company, or the energy company, or the logging company, or whomever else comes along and says,”I want this. . . .”. and then both lobbies and bribes off the relevant parties in both congress and the regulatory agencies until it gets what it wants even thugging up, threatening, even killing environmentalists and others, regulations and consequences be damned especially under the republicans. And a lot of times unless there is serious and persistent well financed grassroots opposition, the stupid, greedy, lying planet-killing bastards get what they want. And time and again, courts and regulatory agencies completely fail the situations they are presented with and why is that? Because there are weak human beings in positions of power who are easily manipulated by wrong information and then bought off by the pack of lobbyists following closely behind. And they stay bought off and compliant with criminal corporations’ wishes for long, long periods of time. There’s the congressman’s salary and then there’s the backdoor lobbyist payola greasing the rails of the bill spewing process. That’s why they go in broke and come out rich. Think of it; we didn’t have single-payer healthcare for thirty years plus because Max Baucus and a few othe repugnicrats could block it persistently for all that time, and maybe he was paid very well to do it too.
So if the system is totally corrupted and does not respond to the truth because of that, is it OK to vandalize the machines that are destroying the planet illegally? That is a hard question to be answered by the people on the ground in the situation. Very few judges out there are capable of litigating complex cases like that without their emotionalized biases taking over the situation and ruining it as far as coming up with a decent, legal, and appropriate decision; most times judges find for the rich businessman rather than the more complicated community issues that are brought up. And a lot of communities don’t have the resources to counter well paid corporate attorneys even if they are correct and the attorneys are lying and working the loopholes. And this is the rub; that a lot of communities just don’t care about the issues anymore; they can barely keep up with the bills, let alone the news. And activists, that’s the reason they don’t get involved-because they have too much to lose and they don’t have one extra minute or dollar to devote to the cause; it’s not because they don’t care, they just can’t begin to find the time or the money working three jobs when in the 9170’s, you only had to work one good paying one.
So when most people come home and get their eleven minutes of propaganda from the local network outlet, they probably don’t know to fact-check the issue and come to a reasoned conclusion, they instead just go with the soundbites, however dishonest and bad they may be. I have seen two issues now where the big money pushed the lies on the TV where the people didn’t know what to do and mostly responded to the lying propaganda and voted against their interests because they hadn’t done the thinking to see through the lies. They fell back on their emotional conditioning (the hard-working lying thieving corporate bastard is the underdog BS-but the ploy works with a lot of Americans because they don’t think it through-that’s why Bush wanted to cut public education-you’d figure out the scam then). Finally, I leave you with this situation. Tennie White was a black organizer who tested out this piece of ground for PCB contamination. There was very high levels of the chemical in the ground. She was prosecuted by the EPA for falsifying sample tests; a completely bogus charge. The EPA was colluding with the company to minimize the amount of toxic contamination by attacking the person, a black person, telling the truth on the samples. Expect more of this kind of malicious kangaroo court proceeding with Pruitt as head of the EPA.
And now we come to the situation at Standing Rock. The police and the military contractors there had been indoctrinated into the idea that they were facing a violent insurgency that was well armed because all the police and the military contractors were armed to the teeth, as in ready to massacre the nonviolent protesters for whatever excuse was given. There were youth horse-riders who were wounded by live fire, a helicopter dumped pesticide and herbicide on protesters in the first few days of autumn, and a nine year old girl was reported as shot to death by a sniper; a sniper from Ohio was shown later special-did he do it? The point of all this is that the police response was totally unsupervised overkill by people that were indoctrinated by false information to hate on and possibly fire on innocent, nonviolent protesters. Some cops quit the duty because they did not want to be a party to this kind of abuse and lawlessness. And maybe the response should have been given to police officers experienced in crowd management and de-escalation, not aggressive counterinsurgency. Because what played out at Standing Rock was criminal and the strategy and tactics endangered the lives of nonviolent peaceful protesters. And in other places, we have military people dressing up dead farmers as terrorists after they’re dead (Algeria and Colombia) trying to say that they were terrorists when they weren’t. What happens when the cops are criminals and use force wrongfully? Not enough yet. . . . Because the lie they’re always trying to pass off is that the left is the threat rather than the rightwing murderers. The guy who shot Pope John Paul II was a rightwinger tied to the turkish grey wolves, not a leftist as big propaganda outlets were trying to say from the start with no evidence. This pattern repeats itself ad infinitum too, with the goal to blame the poor people for what the rich people actually do. The police and military at Standing Rock were looking for an excuse to harm, maim, torture, beat, shoot, and imprison innocent nonviolent protesters that were trying to get their nation and people to commit to start doing the correct thing about global warming. 105+ environmentalists have been murdered in Honduras besides Berta Caceres. These mass murders are crimes, and nothing to be celebrated. The real shame to see is how willing a lot of people in Amerikkka are willing to believe the lies, want to believe the lies rather than face the more complicated truths about situations.