By Nick Bernabe
Nov 22, 2016
(ANTIMEDIA) North Dakota — An unprecedented militarized crackdown took place Sunday night at the construction site of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), located just outside the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.
The month-long standoff between Native American “water protectors” and militarized law enforcement saw a dramatic escalation as water cannons, tear gas, rubber bullets, concussion grenades, armored vehicles, and other “less than lethal” weapons were used against the protesters after they cleared an abandoned vehicle that acted as a roadblock on a nearby bridge.
This unprecedented crackdown left hundreds of protesters wounded. According to an official statement from the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council:
“Approximately 300 injuries were identified, triaged, assessed and treated by our physicians, nurses, paramedics and integrative healers working in collaboration with local emergency response. These 300 injuries were the direct result of excessive force by police over the course of 10 hours. At least 26 seriously injured people had to be evacuated by ambulance to 3 area hospitals.”
Many of the injured suffered from hypothermia after law enforcement doused protesters with water cannons despite sub-freezing temperatures.
But perhaps the most egregious act was when a concussion grenade fired by police struck activist Sophia Wilansky in the arm, tearing it apart. In photos taken after the incident, bone could be seen where the flesh was torn away (photos are not included because they are too graphic). Her arm may need to be amputated due to the injuries.
In light of this overwhelmingly violent crackdown by U.S. law enforcement, one would expect the media to be up in arms with their coverage of Standing Rock. I mean, chemical weapons (tear gas), grenades, assault weapons, water cannons, and street tanks are being deployed against peaceful Americans in America. But the media’s coverage is apathetic. In fact, most outlets are downplaying the violence there.
Here’s a rundown of some of the mainstream news coverage put together by Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR):
“The New York Times (11/21/16) gets a failing grade for its headline over a report on escalating police violence against Native American activists and others defending the Missouri River against the Dakota Access Pipeline:
16 Arrested at North Dakota Pipeline Protest
“Sorry, New York Times – when more than 470 people have been arrested opposing the pipeline since August, that’s not the news. Nor did the print edition headline — ‘16 Arrested at North Dakota Pipeline Protest as Tensions Continue’ — add anything.
“No, the news in the story came in the second paragraph, where reporter Jonah Engel Bromwich wrote that ‘officials also defended their use of fire hoses against protesters the night before, despite the below-freezing weather.’
“Perhaps Times editors thought that wasn’t news, because police use of ‘water cannons’ against demonstrators was mentioned in an AP report that ran on the Times website the day before (11/20/16) under the anodyne headline ‘Police, Protesters Face Off at Dakota Access Pipeline.’ If that was the case, editors could have found more pressing information than the arrest count in the eighth paragraph of the latest story:
“Dallas Goldtooth, a spokesman for the Indigenous Environmental Network, said in a phone interview on Monday that the Oceti Sakowin medical team, which had been working in tandem with medics from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, had reported that nearly 200 people were injured and 12 people were hospitalized for head injuries. One protester went into cardiac arrest and was revived by the medic team, he said.
“NPR’s website (11/21/16) likewise reported the story of police violence leading to widespread injuries under an innocuous headline: ‘Police, Protesters Clash Near Dakota Access Pipeline Route,’ as did ABC News (11/21/16) with its ‘Hundreds of Dakota Access Protesters Clash With Police.’ This ‘clash’ framing — also utilized in headlines on CBS (11/20/16) and CNN (11/20/16) — implies a parity between police in military vehicles, employing water cannon, tear gas, pepper spray, rubber-coated bullets and concussion grenades (one of which may have cost an activist her arm), on the one hand, and basically unarmed civilians on the other. (Police say one officer was hit in the head by a thrown rock.)
“The Washington Post (11/21/16) got the news into the headline, but framed it from a police perspective: ‘Police Defend Use of Water Cannons on Dakota Access Protesters in Freezing Weather.’”
As FAIR succinctly concluded:
“One almost gets the sense that editors writing headlines like these have enlisted themselves on the sheriff’s team, waving spectators away with a ‘nothing to see here, folks.’”
While all eyes last month were on the most extraordinary build-up to a US election, Earth Changes continued apace.
The curtain-raiser in October 2016 was Hurricane Matthew, which left a swathe of destruction across Colombia, the Caribbean and the US East Coast. The strongest North Atlantic storm in a decade, Matthew was also the strongest storm ever recorded so close to the equator, dumped so much water that it broke rainfall records wherever it went, and cost over $10 billion in damages. Haiti, where over 1,600 people were killed, bore the brunt of it.
Extreme weather is so ‘normal’ now that South Carolina last month recorded its seventh ‘1-in-1,000-year’ flood event in just 6 years, beating rainfall records set in… September 2016. While much of the US saw record-breaking warm temperatures for October, copious amounts of snow across Russia meant that the northern hemisphere’s snow cover extent by late October was second only to that recorded in 1976.
We also have a dozen mind-blowing meteor events in this month’s video, a reflection of what we suspect is another end-of-year uptick in ‘space visitors’. As we reported at the beginning of the year, fireballs have significantly increased over the last decade, and the skies become especially ‘illuminated’ during the latter half of each year.
These were ‘the signs’ in October 2016…
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To understand what’s going on, check out our book explaining how all these events are part of a natural climate shift, and why it’s taking place now: Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection.
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Comment: Update 23 November 2016 – It has come to our attention that the ‘meteor over south Wales’ @15:14 is being claimed as the creation of some liberal artist, which may or may not be the case.
A recent survey found that over 54% of Americans do not believe the official government narrative of September 11th.
The establishment has long used the term “conspiracy theory” to discredit any idea in the public sphere that has anti-establishment leanings or runs counter to the government’s narrative regarding an event or situation. In 1967, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) wrote a dispatch which coined the term to discredit those Americans who were not content with the findings of the Warren Commission following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The dispatch, which was obtained by the New York Times in 1976, was part of the CIA’s Clandestine Services (CS) unit and was classified as “psychological operations.” The document also lays out the exact arguments used by the establishment for years to discredit certain theories such as: claiming that eyewitness testimony is unreliable, claiming that it’s irresponsible to speculate, claiming its impossible for so many people to keep quiet about large conspiracies, claiming conspiracy theorists are politically or financially motivated in the promotion of these theories and refocusing attention on “official” reports.
Despite the CIA’s best efforts, the belief in conspiracy theories remains alive and well in the United States and many once-ridiculed conspiracies have been proven to be fact as information became declassified and publicly available. In fact, the assassination of President Kennedy has long been the most widely believed “conspiracy theory” among the US populace, with over 60% of Americans believing that Kennedy’s death was part of a larger conspiracy and not the work of a lone gunman. Now, another “conspiracy theory” is approaching that same level of acceptance as over half of Americans do not believe that government’s official narrative regarding the September 11th attacks.
According to a survey conducted by Chapman University, 54.3% of Americans now believe that the government is covering up information related to the 9/11 attacks. Indeed, the 9/11 commission is widely believed to have been “set up to fail,” not unlike the Warren commission, and then-President Bush even tried to appoint war criminal Henry Kissinger as its overseer. This increase is possibly do the significant evidence compiled by groups of professionals such as Architects and Engineers for 9/11 truth and Pilots for 9/11 truth. It is also possible that increasing distrust of the government could also be to blame. The Chapman survey also found that the “top fear” of 2016 among Americans was the corruption of government officials.
In addition, it is also possible that recent developments this year have resulted in a majority of Americans questioning what really happened on September 11th. This year, previously withheld documents were released, implicating Saudi Arabia in the attacks. Congress even passed a bill allowing 9/11 victims and their family’s to sue the Middle Eastern monarchy. The move actually caused several prominent Saudis to say that the Saudi’s were only involved as part of the US’ plan to carry out the attacks in order to justify a global, never-ending “War on Terror.”
In addition, during the Presidential Election campaign, Donald Trump promised to re-open the 9/11 investigation on more than one occasion, drawing attention to the speculation surrounding the true nature of the attacks. Interestingly, Trump himself was one of the first people to suggest that bombs had been used to bring down the Twin Towers, which scientific studies have now confirmed as fact. Trump, in an interview that took place the same day as the attack, said “I happen to think that they had not only a plane but they had bombs that exploded almost simultaneously, because I just can’t imagine anything being able to go through that wall.”
With half of Americans as well as the President-Elect questioning the official 9/11 narrative, it appears that the “conspiracy theorist” pejorative has run out of steam. Perhaps that’s why the media and the political establishment are now all abuzz over “fake news,” opting for direct censorship over ridicule.