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Thursday, November 10, 2011

IEN: Victory for Mother Earth on Keystone Pipeline Review!

Breaking news today on the Keystone XL Pipeline fight!

By Indigenous Environmental Network
November 10, 2011
Mother Earth Achieves a Victory Today with Obama Administration Decision to Delay the Keystone XL Pipeline Decision
TURTLE ISLAND -- The United States Department of State and President Barack Obama announced they would seek a new environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline. This would delay and hopefully stop this expansion of the flow of dirty oil from the tar sands of Canada. The Indigenous Environmental Network, through its Canadian Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign and it’s Keystone XL Pipeline organizing work has successfully put an indigenous and human rights face to this dangerous and environmental destructive tar sands pipeline.
The Obama Administration decision today to delay the Keystone XL Presidential Permit decision until 2013 to evaluate other options, such as rerouting the pipeline around the Ogallala Aquifer and the Sand Hills of Nebraska buys time to strengthen the organizing work to stop the pipeline entirely. However, it is hopeful this delay will give the government the ability to offer this project the scrutiny it deserves. One of the demands the Indigenous Environmental Network has requested of the U.S. government within its pipeline environmental assessment process is the need to strengthen and ensure pipeline safety.
Today's decision by the Obama Administration is a step in the right direction – an ethical decision.
IEN has been part of a massive successful movement of Native Nations from Canada to the U.S. standing with environmental organizations, faith-based groups, youth and students, labor and rural citizens living along the proposed pipeline demonstrating opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline and the expansion of the tar sands.
The recent “Circle Around the White House” this past Sunday brought over 12,000 people forming a circle three time deep. Clayton Thomas-Muller, IEN Canadian Indigenous Tar Sands campaign helped coordinate Native Nation voices at the Circle with Vice President Tom Poorbear of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Debra White Plume, Oglala Lakota representing Owe Aku speaking loud and clear against the pipeline and the tar sands.
All the nation-wide and local actions against the Keystone XL pipeline and against the expansion of the tars sands helped elevate the level of awareness of what the pipeline is all about. Hundreds of thousands of people wrote letters, made calls, and used social networking tactics mobilizing for the protection of the environment, demanding climate justice and challenging corporate power structures of oil cronyism and the Koch brother oligarchs. A big thanks and hand shake to everyone!
There is growing opposition to the Canadian tar sands. It is the tar sands in northern Alberta, Canada, located with the traditional territories of Cree, Dene and M├ętis indigenous communities from where the dirty tar-like oil is taken out of the ground, devastating the ecosystem, polluting the water and causing human health illnesses and deaths. With the voices of the First Nation Chiefs such as Bill Erasmus of Northwest Territories, Canada and George Stanley, from Alberta, Canada and the voices of Native grassroots young people from the tar sands impact zone, Americans are better informed of the human rights issues connected to the pipeline.
Today’s decision by President Obama is a clear message that the tar sands are a toxic energy source, a major emitter of greenhouse gases contributing to climate change, a polluter of precious water and an unsustainable type of development that violates the rights of Indigenous peoples.
For the past months, people-centered actions have brought people from all walks of life, and on both sides of the U.S. – Canadian border, questioning the energy, economic and climate policies of both countries that only deepen the addiction to dirty oil and continue global warming. We saw people starting to see the need to support a movement away from a fossil economy to an economy that respects the rights of Mother Earth.
Water is Life. Water was a major issue from the downstream communities of the tar sands in Canada to the people living in rural America along the proposed pipeline. The decision by the Obama Administration could protect a water source, the Ogallala Aquifer, that provides safe drinking water for 3 million people.
This has to become more than simply a delay. We will work to ensure this day is remembered as the beginning of the end for the tar sands.
Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network Tribal Campus Climate Challenge organizer said, ""The decision to delay the pipeline is a victory and I will gladly celebrate that victory; even if only for a moment. I live in North Dakota where the Keystone I pipeline still runs through and still has the potential to continue to leak and perhaps even be expanded. So, I will not become complacent nor quit speaking out against the Canadian tar sands until they are shut down permanently. When I begin to hear the U.S. Administration talking about alternatives to the fossil fuel industry, and the creation of green jobs, instead of alternatives to pipeline routes it will truly be music to my ears; then and only then will I know we have succeeded in protections for our Mother Earth and for the future generations."
Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network director, said, “The position taken by the Obama administration today to delay the permit for the Trans Canada Keystone XL pipeline in order to do a new environmental review is the right decision – an ethical decision. We applaud President Obama and the State Department for listening to the voices of youth, elders, faith-based groups, labor, students, environmental organizations, Native Nations, and those living along the proposed pipeline, who are standing united against dirty oil from the tar sands. This is the beginning of a new era in which people are demanding that their rights be recognized. The need to protect our sources of clean water, to fight for stabilizing climate change, and to say “No” to corporate polluters setting the agenda in Washington is now. We must not let up. The struggle for environmental and economic justice -- for energy and climate justice -- and the fight for Native Treaty Rights must continue. Mother Earth has achieved victory today.”
Marty Cobenais, Indigenous Environmental Network, Keystone XL Pipeline organizer said, “I applaud President Obama for standing up for Mother Earth, and making this decision. This is an important first step to stop the expansion of the tar sands.”
White House: Office of the Press Secretary November 10, 2011
Statement by the President on the State Department’s Keystone XL Pipeline Announcement
 I support the State Department’s announcement today regarding the need to seek additional information about the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal.  Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood.  The final decision should be guided by an open, transparent process that is informed by the best available science and the voices of the American people.  At the same time, my administration will build on the unprecedented progress we’ve made towards strengthening our nation’s energy security, from responsibly expanding domestic oil and gas production to nearly doubling the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks, to continued progress in the development of a clean energy economy.

Farmington, NM: Human Rights Speakers Series

San Juan College Speaker’s Series about Civil Rights and Navajo Human Rights with Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission
Native American Week at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico November 14-16, 2011
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Monday, November 14, 2011
10:00 am -11:15 am Keynote presentations (Sun’s Room) “The U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the local level Orientation on the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
By the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission --Rodney L. Tahe, Policy Analyst, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission --Naomi L. White, Associate Attorney, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission
11:30 am – 12:45 pm Keynote Presentations (Sun’s Room) “Civil rights are human rights, but not all human Rights are civil rights” Orientation of Navajo human rights --By the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission
 --Rodney L. Tahe, Policy Analyst, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission--Naomi L. White, Associate Attorney, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Panel and Video: 10:00 am -11:15 am (Room 1614) Police procedures: Police policing Police--Chief Kyle Westall, City of Farmington Police Department--Acting Chief, Captain Dwayne Billsie, Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety
11:30 am – 12:45 pm (Room 1614) Flex Your Rights (Video) and Review
--Leonard Gorman, Executive Director, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission--Naomi L. White, Associate Attorney, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 – Panels
10:00 am -11:15 am (Room 1614) Know your rights about employment law--Albert Sanchez, Program Analyst, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (tentative)--Reynold R. Lee, Director, Navajo Nation Office of Navajo Labor Relations--Naomi White, Associate Attorney, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission
11:30 am – 12:45 pm (Room 1614) Know your rights in consumer rights issues--Daniel Abeyta, Attorney, DNA People’s Legal Services--Delores Begay, Loan Officer, Navajo Nation Credit Services Department--Earl Ashley, Loan Officer, Navajo Nation Credit Services Department--Lauren Bernally-Long, Policy Analyst, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission--N. Toby Benallie, Owner, Summit Ridge Wood Design.


Bumbling undercovers, provocateurs, in the Occupy movement

Undercover officers who made arrests London
Occupy Movement: Police infiltrators, provocateurs and self-appointed spies
Censored News
Today, Censored News shares news of the undercover police officers, and provocateurs, who have been infiltrating the Occupy Wall Street movement, in New York, Oakland, Calif., Nashville, Tenn., Portland, Oregon, London and Maui, Hawaii.
At Occupy Portland, Oregon, people in the crowd recognized the two police officers and called out their names. The video shows them leaving the gathering, and also in uniform.
Undercover officers in London are caught during a violent arrest on video, revealing a team of hood-covered, sweatshirt-wearing undercover officers.
In Nashville, Tenn., police quickly found out that their officers just didn't blend in. In fact, they couldn't even get into an online chat.
At Occupy Oakland, undercover officers are caught on video, in street clothes and in uniform. Then one officer, Fred Shavies, attempts to redeem himself to occupiers. It might have worked, if a writer had not found Shavies' court record of an attack on a cameraman in 2009.
At Occupy New York, a Canadian special forces agent leaves his wallet behind after scaling a sculpture. Also in New York, a security contractor wonders if anyone at Occupy Wall Street will recognize him.
Finally, in Maui, a provocateur attempts to halt video interviews, as Maui officers write down license plate numbers of protesters.
Occupy Nashville, police infiltrators:
"The Tennessean today writes about how the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) infiltrated Occupy Nashville using plainclothed officers. The paper used a public records request to obtain emails confirming that two THP officers infiltrated the Nashville protests," reports Think Progress.
"In addition to regularly monitoring Occupy Nashville updates on social media, the THP unsuccessfully attempted to access a secure chat room for the group on Oct. 10. “I attempted to log onto it giving a fake login name Patrick82 on my laptop and was not successful,” an email from Lt. Preston Donaldson said.
Also see The Tennessean original article
Occupy Oakland: Police infiltrators:

Officer Fred Shavies resonds to video (above.) Watch here:
Officer Fred Shavies attacked cameraman in 2009:
Portland undercovers identified at Occupy gathering

Occupy Wall Street New York provocateurs, infiltrators

Canadian special forces agent leaves wallet behind after scaling sculpture:
By Brenda Norrell
Photo GN Miller NY Post
NEW YORK -- Canadian Special Forces Agent Dylan Spoelstra, 24, of Toronto, left his wallet behind exposing his identity, after he was arrested at Occupy Wall Street scaling a sculpture on Saturday morning. The police said that after his arrest, he was brought to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after surrendering just after 9 a.m.
Occupy Wall Street media coordinator Thorin Caristo said when Spoelstra began climbing the reddish-colored Joie de Vivre sculpture in Zuccotti Park, on Saturday at 5:30 am, Caristo said he knew it was staged. Caristo recalled the event, first saying to himself, “I can’t believe he’s climbing the sculpture." Police arrived and began inflating airbags. Earlier, families had gathered on Friday at Occupy Wall Street with their children to camp, so it was a special time. However, police cleared them all out during Spoelstra's stunt. “Police cleared out the families and began negotiations with the gentleman on the sculpture," Caristo said. "My own personal feelings that this was a staged event."
Three hours later, police took Spoelstra to Bellevue mental hospital. Then, on Saturday night, Occupy Wall Street security found Spoelstra's wallet, revealing that Spoelstra is a member of Canadian Special Forces. “Our concern is that this was a staged even. Now we are just concerned about who he was working for," Caristo said. In a previous interview with Bloomberg news, Spoelstra described himself as "ex-military" and a "bartender." Spoelstra told Bloomberg, published on Oct. 10: "I read about the pepper spray and clubbing. I have first aid training so I figured I'd just come down here and help out. I respect the cops. I worked for the government for half a decade so I will tell them I respect your service. But I'm on the side of the people."
Security contractor, self-appointed spy, at Wall Street New York
Thomas Ryan: Self appointed spy of Occupy Wall Street New York:
Gawker: Meet the guy who snitched on Occupy Wall Street to the FBI and NYPD:
Read more:

London undercover officers 
Undercover officers who made arrests at
the Occupy site in Finsbury Square, Moorgate,
London (Photo via Twitter) 

VIDEO BELOW: Violent arrest at Moorgate by undercover cops


Occupy Maui: Police log license plate numbers as police provocateur is identified:

Also see:
London: Police officer who posed as green activist lost everything:

Mohawk Nation News: Deadly shell game is over!

MNN EDITORIAL: Deadly shell game is over!
Mohawk Nation News

MNN Nov. 6, 2011. Western society is a closed society. Families are mostly immediate members. Victimization of women and children is hidden.

Indigenous communal society is open. We are one family.

The white race has always experimented on their own people to create humans that are obedient. Their economic, social and government institutions reflect this. They seek to domesticate and control all other humans.

The international partnership of bankers, politicians, bureaucrats, corporations and military have committed mass murders to try to instill hopelessness and fear in us.

Global control is a big shell game based on these entities controlling our money. Their confidence trick is to perpetrate fraud to take over the world. It’s imploding. They need another con game to create world fascism.

US President Obama vows to try to erase our inherent tie to our land by revolution so as to steal it. We are resisting this attempted split between us and our mother, the earth.

Killing, brutalizing, displaying Gadafi’s bloody body was meant to disrupt our system. It didn’t.

At the current “occupy” protests cops and protesters are from the same herd. Cops see anyone on the street as a potential enemy. These elite controlled sheepdogs fire at their own people to scare and herd them back in line, to get them ready for the great culling.

Cops fear coming face to face with the “free ones”. At us they send drones, chemical weapons, bombs and killer bacteria.

They think they can outsmart nature.

Caucasians are basically plain people, colorless, with uneven features and suffer from genetic anomalies.

Addiction to plastic surgery is rampant among their rulers and the social climbers, to look younger, fitter and show off their wealth. They have no respect for elders.

They get surgically fixed up cute-like so they can be favored pets. “Here, cutie, cutie.”

The women favor the Barbie Doll look: short nose, overblown lips, blond, blue eyed with generic even features, big boobs, fake bronzed skin and straight capped teeth. The men are paranoid of going bald.

Are they hiding their reptilian forbears? We can still see their immoral system of oppression of mankind and that the world is based on white privilege.

“We shall hide the truth so close in their face, they shall not recognize it until it is too late”. [The Secret Covenant, Constitution of the Blood Line.]

Drawing blood was how the colonists got our possessions. They fear losing their self-centered dream, not being able to pay their college, house and car loans or their vacations.

The betrayed occupy protesters keep supporting their worse tyrants.

They face their tormentors, saying, “Look, see what you’re doing to me!” Their masters say, “Good. Suffer some more!” To stop their complaining, they’re stroked once in a while.

The free ones cannot submit to anyone. The rulers are obsessed with wiping out our naturalness.

Indigenous defenders are guerrilla strategists. Our initiative comes from nature. We can start all over again as long as we have our minds, our land, our lives and our people.

The rulers tried unsuccessfully to change us by slapping, beating, and trying to make us run back to lick their hand. Those “unfit’ were sterilized or “put down”.

We live in close knit family groups. We loathe captivity and are suspicious of strangers. Those who rebel are targeted and disposed of, one way or another.

According to Darwin’s research on selective breeding, the brains of domesticated animals is 23.9% to 35% smaller than their wild predecessors, such as the wolf and present day dogs. Domestics are being taken care of. They don’t need large brains. They don’t even need chains.

Domestic animals are artificially bred to be submissive to their masters. They pet, abuse them and then call them back for a pat on the head, who then wag their tails in submission.

Using this model, the rulers introduced their people to hierarchy. They eat anything and too much, grow fast, don’t flee, submit themselves to social control and are not tied to the land and the natural world.

The rulers need other humans to look after and work for them. Humbleness is rewarded. Free and independent thinkers are weeded out.

Their unnatural habitats called “cities” are toxic and unsustainable.

The “Civilized” tried to get the Indigenous to do their work, get their food and take care of them. We wanted to show them how to take care of themselves.

Colonizers found that a species that has no fear of them can be quickly exterminated. Over 100 million of us in the Western hemisphere were murdered.

Canada tried unsuccessfully to make us become obedient servants. Half our children in their residential school, over 50,000, died or were murdered, through deliberate infections, experimentation, perversion by upper levels of the church, political, judicial and police systems.

Recently a Texas judge and his wife were secretly videotaped brutally beating their 16 year old daughter with a leather strap. She screamed and cried. The next day she was swollen and bruised and her father said, “good”.

In another true story, a preacher’s wife and mother of 3, shot her husband dead. He had been abusing her, making her watch pornography, dress up like a whore and performed perverted sex on her. She was acquitted.

Both these stealth predators are upper middle class. They can cover up their abuse. Their victims did not question it until they snapped.

Robert Jensen in “Why White People are Afraid” summarizes [AlterNet] that:

They got their wealth through the work of others. They stole the resources to make weapons to control the people and strip the earth.

They fear losing what they stole if the political and social systems become fair. If the hierarchy evaporated, resources would be evenly shared.

They committed genocide to get and keep what they took. They know of their depravity. Their greatest fear is that everyone can see that hierarchy is a lie.

When we become the majority, will we treat them the same way they mistreated us? When we were the majority, we took care of them.

The US has created Non-Human Zones to decrease the population of “immigrants” [Indigenous] whom they call “undesirables”. They think brown couples shouldn’t have children or only one. They, however, can have more as nature is depopulating them.

They are being absorbed out of existence. The children of mixed couples are predominantly colored.

Can domestication be bred out? It took thousands of years to create the servile class by setting up the hierarchy and perverting the truth.

How far will they go? Let’s get ready to rock!

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