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Friday, May 26, 2017

'A Nation of Bullies' US Israeli Spy Towers on Tohono O'odham Land -- 'No Significant Impact'

A Nation of Bullies
'No Significant Impact' ruling for US Israeli spy towers on Tohono O'odham land

Photos O'odham harvesting cactus fruit, endangered Sonoran jaguar, endangered Sonoran Pronghorn, and blooming prickly pear cactus which depends on bee pollinators
By Brenda Norrell

The United States has once again rubber-stamped an environmental impact assessment, finding that the U.S. Israeli spy towers will have "no significant impact" on the traditional way of life of Tohono O'odham, its culture or endangered wildlife in the fragile ecosystem of the Sonoran Desert.
The United States has rejected and refuses to honor the opposition stated by Tohono O’odham’s Gu Vo District. The opposition to the towers by Gu Vo District was also ignored by the elected tribal legislature of the Tohono O'odham Nation, which has long been compromised by the tribal government's parasitic relationship with the United States government.
The ruling ignores and condemns the endangered Sonoran Pronghorn and Sonoran Jaguar here, and all endangered species in the fragile ecosystem of the Sonoran Desert and O'odham homelands.
The Gu-Vo District opposed this proposal from the beginning, and the United States ruled it could care less.
Gu-Vo, in the westernmost district of the Tohono O'odham Nation, told the U.S., prior to the assessment, "The Gu-Vo District opposes these proposed tower sites to protect cultural sites on the holy mountain now called the Ajo Mountain Range. The mountain holds human remains of our people and also places of our cultural practices (medicine bundles) home and home of the ceremonial deer and bighorn sheep and mountain tortoises that are protected under the Endangered Species Act."
"The United States government military forces, the border patrol, have not been forthcoming with impact information, such as health effects and have deliberately misinformed the people regarding the immediate environmental impacts such as the roads they will build on the mountain and installation of electrical power lines to the sites as well as that these proposed tower sites will have a 25-year or longer impact on the mountain, the animal and plant life and the O'odham lives."
"The Gu-Vo District communities landscape have already been greatly impacted by numerous unauthorized roads and destruction of our mountains and hills of great significance to the O'odham way of life. Our future generations will face more restrictions to live on our original lands as our rights as original Indigenous peoples continue to deteriorate."
"These U.S. proposed towers also are not on the border but in our communities and on the border of the Tohono O'odham Nation reiterating discrimination and deliberate attack on the O'odham," said Gu-Vo District.

Ofelia Rivas, O'odham living on the border and founder of O'odham VOICE Against the Wall, describes the him'dag, way of life. "The O’odham way of life is based on the land that has held the remains of our ancestors since the creation of this world. The O’odham did not migrate from anywhere according to our oral history. Our creation tellings record our history and teach the O’odham principles of life. The survival of O’odham today is based in our him’dag."

Although opposition to the spy towers has poured in since the first billion dollar spy towers by Boeing, which didn't work, the opposition was ignored by Homeland Security during the Obama Administration. The contractor selected during the Obama Administration was Israel's Elbit Systems, responsible for Apartheid security in Palestine.
In the opposing comments in the assessment, Joshua Garcia, in Tohono O'odham's Chukut Kuk District, said the towers will violate his family's farmland and is near the family cemetery.
"Toro's Ranch is the location of a saguaro fruit harvesting camp," Garcia said, pointing out that the location of tower sites are on his family's farmland and near his family cemetery.
"The impact statement makes no reference to these concerns."

A Nation of Bullies
In opposing comments in the assessment, Dee Downing wrote of the need to respect O'odham in Gu-Vo District, and the need to protect sacred lands.

"What exactly are we protecting/defending is we become a nation of bullies when interests serve a powerful few."
"If that is our new way, then what is there of value to protect."
Dan Todd, opposing the towers, said that the burial places, ceremonial places and ancient village sites must be protected and preserved. Todd reminded the United States that both the authority and voice of Gu-Vo District must be honored and adhered to.
Timothy Wickland and Randy Williams said Gu-Vo District's opposition of these towers must be respected for O'odham to carry on for future generations.
The finding of no significant impact by U.S. Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, is in violation of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which the United States signed, and ensures "free, prior and informed consent" before entering Indigenous lands for construction and development. This fact was pointed out by opponents in their comments.

Jaguar, secretive, depends on its critical habitat
A public educator in Colorado, Kendra Layton, who has spent time in the borderlands, said these towers will disrupt the ecosystem and movement, territories and reproduction of desert wildlife.

Elbit spy tower in Nogales, Ariz.
The United States, in its findings, refused to protect and defend these endangered species on Tohono O'odham land -- jaguar, Sonoran pronghorn, lesser long nosed bat, and yellow billed cuckoo.
Further, as opponents point out in the comments, the damage done by electromagnetic waves to humans and wildlife needs further research before endangering lives on Tohono O'odham land.
In opposing comments in the assessment, Peter Ragan points out that the microwave emissions could affect the bees and bats in the region, and pollinators of the cacti. More research is needed before these potentially harmful emissions are deployed in the fragile ecosystem of the Sonoran Desert.
The natural pollinators are vital for the Saguaro cactus to survive. Along with being part of the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert, the Saguaro are part of the traditional and cultural lifeways of O'odham, including the harvesting of fruit.

Spy Towers road construction added destruction

Photo: Elbit spy tower during construction near Nogales,
Arizona on US Mexico border.
The assessment ignores the fact that O'odham burial
places are at the targeted tower site in Gu Vo District.
The United States will not only construct spy towers on sovereign Tohono O'odham land, but the construction will damage the land with 14 new roads and road construction.
The U.S. said the project “includes new sensor towers, collocating equipment on two existing communication towers and within two command and control facilities in U.S. Border Patrol Tucson Sector.  The Proposed Action also includes the construction of 14 new access roads (up to 0.24 miles total) and improvement of approach roads (up to 70.90 miles total) on the Tohono O’odham Nation, as well as maintenance and repair of these roads.”
In the ultimate show of arrogance and disregard for O'odham and the fragile ecosystem, the United States says in the environmental impact statement:
Based on the Final EA, a determination was made that the proposed action will not significantly affect the human environment and that further analysis is not required.  Therefore, a FONSI was issued, and an Environmental Impact Statement is not required.”
Copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News

Protest of violence by Elbit Systems in Gaza

Final Tower Assessment by U.S. Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, 2017:

U.S. wasted one billion dollars on spy tower boondoggle, Boeing spy towers didn't work:

U.S. spy tower built by Boeing, which did not work, on Tohono O'odham Nation,
Sells, Arizona, 2007 photo by Brenda Norrell, Censored News.

Sonoran Jaguar

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Water Protectors in Appeals Court: Militarized Police, Water Hoses, Dangerous Munitions

Water Protectors Case in Appeals Court: Militarized Police, Water Hoses, Dangerous Munitions
Water Protectors File Arguments in the 8th Circuit on Militarized Policing
By Water Protector Legal Collective
Censored News
Dundon et al. v. Kirchmeier, 8th Circuit Case No 17-1306
Water Protector Legal Collective attorneys filed legal arguments today asking the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a North Dakota federal district court ruling upholding local law enforcement agencies’ indiscriminate use of high pressure fire hoses and dangerous munitions on protesters. The plaintiffs want the appeals court to order the lower court to grant an injunction prohibiting law enforcement from shooting indiscriminately into crowds of protesters, or at minimum, order the lower court to hold a hearing to hear directly from witnesses for both sides on the water protectors’ request for a preliminary injunction.
On Nov. 20, 2016, lead plaintiff Vanessa Dundon was severely injured and partially blinded when she was hit in the face with a teargas canister. 300 people were treated for injuries ranging from hypothermia to fractures to partial loss of a limb when the Morton County Sheriff turned fire hoses, impact munitions and explosive grenades on water protectors who were protesting and praying on a bridge near the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction site and within the boundaries of Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires, or Great Sioux Nation) treaty lands. Ms. Dundon, who is a Navajo Nation member, and eight other named plaintiffs are suing Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier and other officials in a civil rights class action which seeks both injunctive relief and compensation for the injured.
“Judge Hovland denied the preliminary injunction motion without a hearing, even though he acknowledged that there were major factual disputes between the two sides,” said WPLC cooperating attorney Rachel Lederman, lead counsel for the Dundon plaintiffs. “The judge accepted law enforcement’s tale of being overrun by violent rioters even though we filed 50 sworn declarations telling a very different story. The vast majority of the water protectors were simply praying, singing, chanting, taking photos, or trying to aid the injured when they were drenched with freezing water, gassed and shot at for hours. We can’t allow this to continue when all over the country, indigenous peoples and their allies are taking a stand against fossil fuel pipelines and the desecration of native land and the environment.”
One of the declarations submitted by plaintiffs was by former Baltimore Police Commissioner Thomas Frazier, who opined:
“The use by law enforcement of shotgun fired bean bag rounds, as seen in video supplied to me by the plaintiffs, is excessive. These are highly dangerous weapons which should never be used indiscriminately in a crowd, yet that is exactly what I saw based on the video evidence. It is inappropriate and excessive force to shoot bean bag rounds, or to launch direct impact sponge rounds, into a crowd for the purpose of crowd dispersal…
“The brute force of the impact of the water jet is a force option that would not be considered appropriate by most modern police chiefs or sheriffs, or tolerated by their citizenry. In this case, the use of this device in sub-freezing temperatures, in my opinion, serves no reasonable purpose and can only be considered a retaliatory and punitive action.”
Commissioner Frazier went on to explain: “Law enforcement’s unnecessary use of these [munitions] and the resulting serious injuries from their use are important reasons which justify the Plaintiffs’ request that this Court prohibit the reckless use of the these weapons. If the victims of these weapons had violated the law, there were enough law enforcement officers present to arrest them. Therefore, there exists no reasonable justification for their use.”
Defendants Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier and other law enforcement defendants can be expected to file a response in the 8th Circuit in about a month. The plaintiffs expect amicus (friend of the court) briefs to be filed by the ACLU and Amnesty International supporting their arguments.
Water Protector Legal Collective Contact:
Rachel Lederman, WPLC Attorney:, 415-350-6496
Brandy Toelupe, WPLC Attorney:, 720-876-8300
Jessica Beheler, WPLC PR and Media Coordinator:, 701-595-1509
If you are a Water Protector and need legal assistance, please call the WPLC Hotline at (701) 566-9108.
If you need travel assistance returning to North Dakota, contact the Freshet Collective at (605) 519-8180.
The Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) provides on-the-ground legal representation and coordination for Water Protectors engaged in resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, ND in partnership with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG). To support the work of WPLC, please visit

Ohio State Trooper Sniper on a Hill
Sniper during peaceful protest by unarmed water protectors at Standing Rock.
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