In a story from “The Intercept“, newly released documents show that a mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan has operated without a license in North Dakota for the entirety of the pipeline security operation. “We are doing management and IT consulting for our client and doing no security work.”
The documents also provide extensive evidence of aerial surveillance and radio eavesdropping, as well as infiltration of camps and activist circles.
Internal TigerSwan communications describe the movement as “an ideologically driven insurgency with a strong religious component” and compare the anti-pipeline water protectors to jihadist fighters.
Details of the operations, infiltration and tactics were disclosed. Of the thousands of papers to go through, the details become quite scary. To think that a private security company can force a pipeline down the throat of any chosen victim is apparent. Period.
Discussions of other agencies’ cooperation and calling them out. “Calhoun, Boone and Webster county law enforcement are not supportive of DAPL Security’s mission” the report says, noting those agencies’ “reluctance to arrest or cite trespassing individuals.”
Division tactics that most denied existed: “Exploitation of ongoing native versus non-native rifts, and tribal rifts between peaceful and violent elements is critical in our effort to delegitimize the anti-DAPL movement.”
Infiltrations confirmed: “TigerSwan collections team will make contact with event organizers to embed within the structure of the demonstration to develop a trusted agent status to be cultivated for future collection efforts,”
The examples are plenty. The private company had the green light to spy, lie and “control” the story. Suckering Morton County into thinking this was some “dangerous” group with “unknown weapons” and ties to terrorism.
For the complete list of documents and a more detailed review, visit the site HERE