Be sure that if you are at all successful in opposing a pipeline you
will get infiltrators, whether FBI or private security. Be prepared
to deal with it, whether by checking backgrounds, or comparing
lists, or by some other methods.
One of the most effective methods
appears to be exposing what the pipeline company and their hired
hands are up to, as The Intercept_ did about infiltrators at
Standing Rock, using leaks from private security
firm TigerSwan, which was hired by pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners (ETP)
to “protect” its Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
THE INFILTRATOR: How an Undercover Oil Industry Mercenary Tricked Pipeline Opponents Into Believing He Was One of Them, Alleen Brown, The Intercept_, 30 December 2018,
Joel McCollough, far right, at a climate march launch event in Chicago hosted by Food and Water Watch in April 2017. Photo: Courtesy of Gloria Araya, in
What he’s certain of is that the glimmer of opportunity he saw at
the beginning of the pipeline fight was extinguished when The
Intercept published more than 100 TigerSwan situation reports leaked
by a former operative, revealing the security firm’s extensive
surveillance efforts, coordination with law enforcement, and
comparisons of water protectors to jihadi fighters. …
He remembers thinking at one time, “If they watch their p’s
and q’s, they will be the standard. They’ll be the company that
everybody’s gonna use.” The former contractor laughed.
“That didn’t happen.”
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