Over 2000 Veterans To Form Human Shield At Dakota Pipeline Protest

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Following the overwhelming interest in the newly formed group "Veterans Stand for Standing Rock", Reuters reports more than 2,000 U.S. military veterans plan to form a human shield to protect protesters of a pipeline project near a Native American reservation in North Dakota, organizers said, just ahead of a federal deadline for activists to leave the camp they have been occupying.

As we previously noted, the group has a strict no weapons policy but is stocking up on body armor and protective gear like gas masks to withstand potential attacks from the heavily militarized police, who have arrested at least 400 of protesters so far. According to on-site medics, hundreds of protesters have also been injured. Last week, a 21-year-old woman was reportedly hit with a concussion grenade, leading to a severe injury that may require her arm to be amputated. Though police have blamed protesters for what happened to her, at least one witness claims law enforcement’s version of events is untruthful.

Outrage against incidents like these, as well as attacks on journalists via tasersrubber bullets, and felony charges has made the ongoing situation ripe for outside intervention.


“This country is repressing our people,Wood Jr. said last week.If we’re going to be heroes, if we’re really going to be those veterans that this country praises, well, then we need to do the things that we actually said we’re going to do when we took the oath to defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic.”


With 2,100 veterans signed up to make a stand, it appears police will be forced to reconcile their aggressive behavior with the nonviolent show of veterans, who intend to march toward police on site.


The group has gained substantial financial backing since word of their mission spread. According to their GoFundMe page, they have already raised over $500,000 to fund their trip, which is planned for December 4 to December 7.

Notably, Reuters reports that this comes as North Dakota law enforcement backed away from a previous plan to cut off supplies to the camp – an idea quickly abandoned after an outcry and with law enforcement’s treatment of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters increasingly under the microscope.

State officials issued an order on Monday for activists to vacate the Oceti Sakowin camp, located on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, citing harsh weather conditions.


The state's latest decision not to stop cars entering the protest site indicated local officials will not actively enforce Monday's emergency order to evacuate the camp issued by Governor Jack Dalrymple.


Dalrymple warned on Wednesday that it was "probably not feasible" to reroute the pipeline, but said he had requested a meeting with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council to rebuild a relationship.


Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, a contingent of more than 2,000 U.S. military veterans, intends to go to North Dakota by this weekend and form a human wall in front of police, protest organizers said on a Facebook page. Organizers could not immediately be reached for comment.


"I figured this was more important than anything else I could be doing,” Guy Dull Knife, 69, a Vietnam War Army veteran, told Reuters at the main camp.


Dull Knife, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota, said he has been camping at the protest site for months.


Morton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Rob Keller said in an email his agency was aware of the veterans' plans, but would not comment further on how law enforcement will deal with demonstrators.

Local law enforcement said on Tuesday they planned a blockade of the camp, but local and state officials later retreated, saying they would only check vehicles for certain prohibited supplies like propane, and possibly issue fines. Dalrymple on Wednesday said state officials never contemplated forcibly removing protesters and there had been no plans to block food or other supplies from the camp. "That would be a huge mistake from a humanitarian standpoint," he said on the conference call.

Protesters, who refer to themselves as “water protectors,” have been gearing up for the winter while they await the Army Corps decision on whether to allow Energy Transfer Partners to tunnel under the river. That decision has been delayed twice by the Army Corps.

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Royal Wulff's picture

They're twinning an existing pipeline.

Infocat's picture

The entire protest is a stupid leftoid farce. Leftists have fallen for a massive propaganda campaign like always.


cossack55's picture

Time to channel Dugout Doug

AVmaster's picture

There's already a pipeline right were they are building this new pipeline....



AVmaster's picture

This is about warren buffet protecting his BNSF investments, which has several major mainlines going thru montana north dakota and south dakota all the way thru this entire corridor to denver, chicago, all the way down to Texas...

I should know this, my dad is a retired track inspector for BNSF in eastern montana, our entire family is a BNSF family...
Buffet was also behind the cancelling of Keystone.

Land Snark's picture

Yep...follow the money. There don't appear to be any clean hands here. The "natives" already accepted $375K from a wind farm company while protesting the oil company. Greed from one "tribe" against the other to gain transfer rights even though the pipeling is a half a mile from their reservation. Vets looking for a noble cause to fight sadly have not found one here.

SelfGov's picture

Yes an existing pipeline that has had problems of its own. We don't need another.

Especially for shitty Bakken shale "oil."

AVmaster's picture

Nobody in williston seems to have a problem with this...


Oh, but they're white folks, so they don't count....

phaedrus1952's picture

Amor Tera

People seem to justify positions by regularly referring to other sour es, even if the sources may not validate the position stated.

As virtually no one takes the time to resarch, fake referrals proliferate with an air of authority.

Would you be kind enough to list several of the articles from the 1851 Treaty that justify the tribe's present situation and your linking it?

You may find that one of the provisions ensured safe passage to the west for pioneers.

Oh, wait.  How did that provision work out again?

Mr T's picture

Infocat you spreading truth, or manure? So you are a truth warrior,eh?  Why did you not mention a single pipeline accident? In your search for truth did you find any information about what happens to drinking water when your precious oil is mixed in?


Based on my experience any entity that puts truth or justice in their name doesn't know either

Because you supposedly represent truthjustice I will go easy on you.someone who supposedly represents truth and justice would not single out a group "the left" as being responsible for this terrible display of trying to prevent an oil pipeline from potentially contaminating the Missouri River.

Why are youso single minded? That is a rhetorical question I know why

Wahooo's picture

That's a damned good blog. It does appear that the dialogue has stopped on this issue and identity politics has taken over. This exciting drama, "Unicorns at Standing Rock," includes an award-winning cast of actors:

The Noble, Downtrodden Indian Tribe

The Vicious NAZI Police State

THe Greedy Oil Company

The Selfless, Patriotic Veterans

The Heroic Activists for Social Justice


'Merica, wake the fuck up! It's all a fucking play.



Mr T's picture

This might sound crazy especially to a fish, but maybe, maybe some people care enough that they do not want to risk their drinking water for ANY reason. Huh, whod a thunk? 

Wahooo's picture

There's already a pipeline within miles of the proposed location. That river is criss-crossed with pipelines. As the blogger points out, The Noble, Downtrodden Tribe is closing its water intake there and moving it 70 miles downstream in South Dakota, thereby mitigating The Headline Risk. And if you really wanted to weight risks, you'd have to weigh moving all that oil by railcar v. pipeline. THAT'S the debate they should be having. Sure looks to me like the protesters are jockeying for some more public dollars.

Mr T's picture

I am not a Global Warming climate change believer, however

Oil is toxic. 1 quart renders 250000 gallon of drinking water unuseable. Why would you want to risk that?

Especially because they never fix their previous fuck ups.

You know if we paid the actually long term cost of oil and its long term effect it would be to expensive and Er would find alternatives.

Like our debt slimey lizard people would rather push that on future generations.

Be proud. The Lizards love you!

phaedrus1952's picture

The DAPL already crosses the Missouri upstream a bit from Williams county to McKenzie.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Maybe some people just need some horseshit reason to bitch about energy of any kind? Wouldn't it be ironic if they all froze to death for lack of energy to heat their homes?

So where is the risk/reward analysis of pipeline safety vs. Truck or Train safety....oh but that puts the problem in somebody else's backyard. Somebody who is non-white.

Mr T's picture

Maybe some people do not want the possibility of oil in their drinking water? Why is that so hard for your little moose brain to comprehend?


Are you fucking people?  

I will use a common refrain I see here


are you fucking human?

amor terra's picture

It is ironic.  If the pipeline is so freaking great, why didn't they put it through the original location near Bismarck?  Oh yeah, that's where the people with money live...


phaedrus1952's picture

Another falsehood.

Look at the current pipeline path and see it encompasses the prolific fields starting in Montrail, going to Williams, thence crossing the Missouri to pass the McKenzie and Dunn counties best areas.

Shortest route is going straight to Patoka.

Bismarck was NEVER entertained as a serious option as a ND regulator publicly stated a few weeks ago.

Texican's picture

Lake Oahe vs. Bismarck Crossing

10.6 miles shorter

Co-located with exiting easements 34.6 miles

11 less flood plain crossings

21 fewer freshwater emergent wetlands crossed

$20.5 million cost saving

Gilford's picture

If I'm not mistaken Standing Rock's main source of revenue is industrial scale cattle ranching which is, as the greenies always remind us, about the worst thing you can do for your aquifiers.  Water Protectors indeed....

amor terra's picture

Particularly for tar sands oil, which won't even be used in this country because it burns too toxic, at a time when the biggest challenge facing American Oil is OVERSUPPLY.

AVmaster's picture

The whole thing smells like another warren buffet BS attempt at protecting his BNSF investment.

ArgentDawn's picture

The irony of course being the current federal government is directed by barack obama.

ConnectingTheDots's picture

You may want to revisit your history lessons to see what you missed.

phaedrus1952's picture

Virtually every bit of information coming out regarding this situation, including much of the above article, is demonstrably false.

The woman whose arm "might be amputated" was injured handling homemade explosives made from small propane cylinders in an attempt to remove the remaining vehicle blocking the bridge over route 1806.


Should any reader care to truly discover the bigger story bere, try reading Judge Boasberg's ruling, upheld upon appeal, that describes this entire process.

Try googling. 'Spirit Horses' on YouTube to watch an assault on police by mounted 'water protectors'.

Try reading accounts from local papers in Bismarck and Williston to see the impact on locals, including repeated lockdown of local schools and armed escorts accompanying school buses to ensure childrens' safety.

Want irony?

The encampents are burying fecal waste in a flood zone. The tribal chief is worried that the 'Water Protectors' are despoiling the Water supply which, btw, is having a new intake relocated in a few weeks 70 miles downstream.


Disappointing that so much easily verifiable data is overlooked in reporting on this matter.

AE911Truth's picture


It is cold at Standing Rock. Bring one of these to keep you warm, and to show them we do not need oil.


gratefultraveller's picture

Interesting. Have you seen it working?

NoPension's picture

I just spent the last 1 1/2 hours, watching their ( one of) video, on YouTube.

It seems real and logical. I'm close to DC, and I plan to attend the roadshow presentation on 12-6.

Don't want to get my hopes up too much, but this sure seems like the real deal.

medium giraffe's picture

No, sadly it isn't.  BPL have been at this for years now, and have produced nothing.  If below ground state hydrogen ('hydrino') was actually possible it probably would have been a) observed already and/or b) on every cover of every publication everywhere.

This is a pretty good discussion



As someone poined out in the comments section:


"Since the ground state is defined by the Bohr radius, then they would have to change this. And since the Bohr radius is defined by three fundamental constants, Planck's constant, the electron mass and the electron charge, then they would have to change in some way the relations between these fundamental constants of nature....which is impossible."


A pity, as this sort of tech would help create world peace and send us to the stars.  But no, rather than totally debunk quantum physics, it seems they're just the victims of some bad math.  I would love to be proved wrong but it's been 25 years and counting....

UnacknowledgedX's picture


Oddly enough though, the device works, and has been credibly, independently validated more than a dozen times. Theories are just our best guess at how things work. In science, observation take precedence over theory.


ElectroGravitic's picture

To generate enough energy to replace current sources, the manufacturer would have to make 100,000,000 10 Mega-Watt devices requiring a billion kilograms of silver. Do you see a resource shortage? Cliff High was right.

Rakksan's picture

Local law enforcement, non veterans , can't wait to shoot and kill their first perp. Cowards all. Just give me my pay check.

Shropshire Lad's picture

They have become the local thug enforcement for the corporations.  The rule of law is long gone.

X_in_Sweden's picture
X_in_Sweden (not verified) Rakksan Dec 1, 2016 6:11 AM

The real question is,

"How many of the '2,000 U.S. military veterans' are federal agents?".

More than 1. Probably minimum +100.

10% says it's 200 FEDS.

I'd say, at least +200.

ConnectingTheDots's picture

Let's hope that these "federal agents" are not planted provacateurs.

S Spade's picture

i expect most are veterans in the same vein as our 2nd useless sec of state, john liar n betrayor kerry...another hired mob.

WTFUD's picture

That statement's a bit weird Sam equating Vets with an Elitist.

Arnold's picture

We all can't marry a widowed ketchup fortune, but might like to.

amor terra's picture

Which side is sending out the stormtroopers getting paid fat salaries and hiding behind MRAPS and body armor sucked from the government tit?

c2nnib2l's picture

Winter is coming they will freeze out eventually :/

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) c2nnib2l Dec 1, 2016 6:11 AM

People have no idea how cold it gets in ND.

Spray water and it freezes before it hits the ground.

Visitors don't put blankets in the their car, car breaks down and they would freeze to death on the side of the road before cell phones.

Agstacker's picture

They will leave to warm themselves in a home that utilizes...natural gas.  

ItsAllBollocks's picture

It's truth or dare time for the powers that shouldn't be. It's also a time when precidents are set by whichever side stands down. I wonder if this will be the straw that broke the camels back. Good luck people, I wish you well and hope your actions are an inspiration for the entire nation.

WTFUD's picture

What about all them Hollywood Films where the 'Little Guy' overcomes Adversity to win through in the END?