The Thieves Will Out With Their Nookie

Synergy posted:

when the communist aliens come to visit the debris of a shattered earth i hope all they find is a floating copy of das kapital and the single "nookie" by limp bizkit.

was nookie a critical response to marxist analysis? *a translucent alien hums and strokes its tentacles*

the earth and it's mysteries shall forever remain sealed



I listened to "Nookie" by Limp Bizkit after nearly twenty years of not doing that.

"I did it all for the nookie," the song insists again and again. But what is the content of "it"? I combed through Fred Durst's lyrics in search of some mention of all that he'd done, the sheer lengths he'd gone through for the nookie. The results are underwhelming.

Let's examine his behavior. For the sake of the exercise we'll accept the proposition that existence is not a predicate and omit forms of "to be." Where does that leave us? Here are the active first-person verbs:

  • "I came into this world as a reject"
  • "Dwelling on the past"
  • "Hey, I think about the day"
  • "Should I be feeling bad? (No.) / Should I be feeling good? (No.)"
  • "You would think that I'd be moving on / but..."
  • "I should give her a break;"
  • "I wont lie, that I can't deny:"
  • "Why did I wait so long, huh"
  • "To figure it out? but I did it"
  • "And still I surrendered"
  • "I appreciate it"
  • "I'm just gonna stay here and always be the same"


A pattern emerges. His "actions" are anything but — purely ideational, generally past-fixated personal rumination, with no actual materially meaningful content. When he trips over something substantive ("move," "give," etc.), it winds up being in the subjunctive or conditional mood, or otherwise something he expressly refuses to do. Pure navel gazing.

This is not to decry introspection, were such a thing present. However, these stagnant waters run too shallow for meaningful reflection, and our narrator pridefully guards against any suggestion of personal fault: "I'm a sucker like I said / fucked up in the head (Not!)" The Bizkit delivers this classic reversal with all the crushing sincerity of late-90s cathartic nu-metal — all the more jarring in the face of the likewise suffocating ironism bemoaned of ensuing decades. At any rate, Durst's transactional account of events suggests he had performed such deeds as had entitled him, somehow, to nookie; surely these must have consisted of more than moping and brooding.

In fact, the single most significant action in the entire piece comes right at the beginning: "I came into this world as a reject." But none of us come into the world of our own power. So the principal thing Fred "did" in the entire narrative actually consisted of the labor of another — someone who likewise enjoys the largesse of the imperial core. Indeed, in this crucial respect, Durst's "nookie" might better be termed "booty."

The truth is, Fred Durst didn't do a goddamn thing for that nookie. It fell into his lap by dint of privilege and the labor of others, be it his birthgiver or whoever applies Wes Borland's makeup. And once he's lost it — his loss being his erstwhile homies' gain — we're treated to a raucous, juvenile rage session over the indignity he feels he's suffered.

Truly, this multi-platinum hit remains a tale for our times.

Also, something about a cookie. I couldn't follow that part.

Discussion of The Thieves Will Out With Their Nookie on tHE r H i z z o n E:

#1
maybe he worked as a database admin or network engineer
#2

swampman posted:

My current crazy unfounded suspicion is that after a few years of massive logging, especially in the Americas, a petroleum distribution crisis will cause unrestrained tree death as the remaining ones are cut for fuel. Tree catastrophe 2021, I'll bet $150 on it



there's no deforestation in north america

#3
in 2021 the average temperature will be 40 C anyway so who cares about trees
#4

le_nelson_mandela_face posted:

swampman posted:

My current crazy unfounded suspicion is that after a few years of massive logging, especially in the Americas, a petroleum distribution crisis will cause unrestrained tree death as the remaining ones are cut for fuel. Tree catastrophe 2021, I'll bet $150 on it

there's no deforestation in north america

what's the joke here

#5
marxism-leninism-mothlyreviewism-readsettlers.org-thought
#6
don't think im going to miss twitter tbh
#7
i was thinking about all the articles and social media discussion revolving around rhino poachers. people become seriously vicious when they hear about rhino poachers, and when they hear about the poachers being "shot on site", they're all for it. kill those fucks. they deserve to die. fucking rhino poachers. sick. for what? some chinese dick pills. unbelievable. kill them all.

This is ONE animal being killed by some poor ass african dude so he could sell some horns to some dumb ass chinese person. I get it. it's awful. it's horrible. But where is this malice when a company destroys ENTIRE ecosystems. BP can poison a whole fucking ocean and nobody sees a day in jail. nobody. People get upset about it for sure. but it don't take long before it's a distance memory and you continue to buy BP products (if you ever stopped).
I wish people were sharing pictures of the sexy tattooed chick that killed all the negligent CEO who dumped carcinogenic chemicals in a town's water supply. Or I'd like to read the article about the climate change denialist/energy lobbyist getting his car blown up by an eccentric group of jazz musicians.
Disclaimer: I don't want anyone to die, I'm just joking around, nice try CIA

But nope. People are only okay with people getting killed when it's a big dumb animal getting it's horn stolen. I'm sure if that horn powered Musk's gigafuckery we'd be singing a different tune. And if that rhino got bombed by a drone, well, i dunno. fuck this post is stupid! i just wanna post! god damn it! let me post!
#8

Constantignoble posted:

Synergy posted:

when the communist aliens come to visit the debris of a shattered earth i hope all they find is a floating copy of das kapital and the single "nookie" by limp bizkit.

i listened to "Limp Bizkit - Nookie" after nearly twenty years of not doing that

"i did it all for the nookie," the song insists again and again. but what is the content of that "it"? i combed through durst's lyrics in search of some mention of all that he'd done, the sheer lengths he'd gone through for the nookie. the results are underwhelming.

let's examine the verbs. for the sake of the exercise we'll accept the proposition that existence is not a predicate and omit forms of "to be." where does that leave us? active first-person instances:

"I came into this world as a reject"
"Dwelling on the past"
"Hey, I think about the day"
"Should I be feeling bad? (No.) / Should I be feeling good? (No.)"
"You would think that I'd be moving on / but..."
"I should give her a break"
"I wont lie, that I can't deny"
"Why did I wait so long, huh"
"To figure it out? but I did it"
"And still I surrendered"
"I appreciate it"
"Im just gonna stay here and always be the same"

a pattern emerges. his actions are anything but; purely ideational, generally past-fixated personal rumination, with no actual materially meaningful content. when he trips over something substantive ("move," "give," etc), it winds up being in the subjunctive or conditional mood, or something he refuses to do. pure navel gazing.

the single most significant action in the entire piece comes right at the beginning: "I came into this world as a reject." but none of us come into the world of our own power. so the principal thing fred "did" in the entire narrative actually consisted of the labor of another, someone who likewise enjoys the largesse of the imperial core. indeed, in this crucial respect, durst's "nookie" might better be termed booty

the truth is, fred durst didn't do a goddamn thing for that nookie. it fell into his lap by dint of privilege and the labor of others, be it his birthgiver or whoever applies wes borland's makeup. and once he's lost it -- his loss in this case being his erstwhile homies' gain -- we're treated to a raucous, juvenile rage session over the indignity he feels he has suffered

truly, this is a tale for our times



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#9
A man was shot and killed in a police chase in Florida last weekend after he fired a rifle at the under-construction Sabal Trail Pipeline. This martyr's bravery should inspire us all; his ineffective tactics should serve as a warning.
#10
this is how you do it http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/10/18/Dakota-Access-pipeline-equipment-fire-called-arson/4801476792932/
#11


its going up now, so i guess they fixed the problem
#12
scientific progress marches ever onwards and upwards, into the brave new dawn:

In their March 6 monthly update, NSIDC sounded the alarm about a looming satellite gap that threatens the continuity of the 39-year satellite record of sea ice extent. After the 2016 failure of the F19 polar-orbiting satellite, there are just three satellites remaining that perform sea ice extent monitoring. These are the American F18 and F16 satellites, which are operating 2 and 8 years beyond their designed 5-year lifetimes, respectively, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2), which will reach its 5-year design lifetime in May 2017. It is unlikely that a new sea ice extent monitoring satellite will be launched before 2022.

#13
tfw your smoke alarm is beeping so you take out the battery
#14
per discussion elsewhere, here's an image. and i added capitalization and stuff, that's good right? i've never done this before. if it needs a title then how about "E’er the Thieves Will Out With Their Nookie"?

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#15
rep im gonna miss tinder. ;_;
#16
Another housing collapse is going to be the best thing to ever happen to the world


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-04-19/the-nightmare-scenario-for-florida-s-coastal-homeowners

#17
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/major-report-prompts-warnings-that-the-arctic-is-unraveling1/

I'm starting to get pretty frustrated with leftists approach to the climate change problem. I feel like people are severely underestimating the magnitude of the problem we're facing. Things are really fucking bad. Everything is going to change dramatically very soon. Why isn't this the absolute forefront of every discussion? I just don't get it.

I see a lot of articles discussing how to mitigate climate change, that we need to stop capitalism from polluting blah blah blah. But we're way past the point for mitigation. Everyone needs to re-frame their thinking to that of adaptation and resilience. Even in conservative best case scenarios for keeping temperatures less than 1.5°C you'd pretty much need a worldwide revolution to immediately reduce emissions AND science fiction carbon capture. That's some fucking wishful thinking. The only change that's going to be happening is a response to climate change effects, and by that time it will be too late (it is too late now, jesus fucking christ).

We will see an economic collapse due to climate change. There is no doubt about that. If rich assholes can trigger a severe recession because of number fuckery then what's going to happen when people realize that their coastal properties have ZERO VALUE. Fucking shock waves. This is not going to happen in decades. This is something that will happen in years.

Leftists need to make a big effort to understand what the world might look like post collapse* (and when I say collapse, it's post economic collapse, not some complete collapse of civilization or other doomsday scenario. There will be some time to fix things). Leftists need to be positioned to assume power. I highly doubt there is going to be much room for liberalism in the chaos of the Anthropocene. It's either anarchy or a controlled economy through socialism or fascism. And the only way to beat the fascists is to be more prepared.

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#18
The last 2 countries I've visited were Cuba and Syria, which have each done fantastic jobs of keeping their countries together despite apocalyptic conditions.

Perhaps we should calibrate our expectations for quality of life to those levels.
They have plenty of innovative coping mechanisms to provide decent services at a fraction of the material and energy resources we use.

Meanwhile western societies are building dysfunctionality into their systems at a breakneck pace, based ideology and abstract financial models

I was trying to explain to a recently arrived syrian refugee to Dublin how we can have 100s of people sleeping on the streets here in a rich city that has no war or shortages of any kind
#19

hey posted:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/major-report-prompts-warnings-that-the-arctic-is-unraveling1/I'm starting to get pretty frustrated with leftists approach to the climate change problem. I feel like people are severely underestimating the magnitude of the problem we're facing. Things are really fucking bad. Everything is going to change dramatically very soon. Why isn't this the absolute forefront of every discussion? I just don't get it.

I see a lot of articles discussing how to mitigate climate change, that we need to stop capitalism from polluting blah blah blah. But we're way past the point for mitigation. Everyone needs to re-frame their thinking to that of adaptation and resilience. Even in conservative best case scenarios for keeping temperatures less than 1.5°C you'd pretty much need a worldwide revolution to immediately reduce emissions AND science fiction carbon capture. That's some fucking wishful thinking. The only change that's going to be happening is a response to climate change effects, and by that time it will be too late (it is too late now, jesus fucking christ).

We will see an economic collapse due to climate change. There is no doubt about that. If rich assholes can trigger a severe recession because of number fuckery then what's going to happen when people realize that their coastal properties have ZERO VALUE. Fucking shock waves. This is not going to happen in decades. This is something that will happen in years.

Leftists need to make a big effort to understand what the world might look like post collapse* (and when I say collapse, it's post economic collapse, not some complete collapse of civilization or other doomsday scenario. There will be some time to fix things). Leftists need to be positioned to assume power. I highly doubt there is going to be much room for liberalism in the chaos of the Anthropocene. It's either anarchy or a controlled economy through socialism or fascism. And the only way to beat the fascists is to be more prepared.



I think I have mentioned this on the zzone before but I am friends with someone who just finished up their PhD under one of the world's leading arctic climatologists, and, uh, yeah, it's been too late for years

Like most huge existential horrors I think no one is talking about it because no one knows what to do. At least on the individual level. On the national / political level obviously the solution is change a ton of shit, but it's a geopolitical game of chicken - you have to fuck up the earth as hard as possible until you can't anymore, unless everyone simultaneously collaborates (and believes that the other countries will actually do what they promise). Since that's never going to happen, it's fygm until the very end, my friend

#20
Even more alarming, though, is the fact that the rate of ocean acidification is happening faster today than it occurred during the Permian-Triassic mass extinction. That event is called the “Great Dying” because it was the most devastating mass extinction ever, resulting in some 95 percent of all species kicking the bucket. As the science journalist Eric Hand points out, whereas 2.4 gigatons of carbon were injected into the atmosphere per year during the Great Dying, about 10 gigatons are being injected per year by contemporary industrial society. Thus, the sixth mass extinction mentioned above, also called the Anthropocene extinction, could turn out to be perhaps even worse than the Permian-Triassic die-off.

http://www.salon.com/2017/04/30/its-the-end-of-the-world-and-we-know-it-scientists-in-many-disciplines-see-apocalypse-soon
#21
Sonia Martinez-Romaih · Works at Wells Fargo
One thing about climate remains consistent and that is that it changes all the time. There were 5 ice ages on our planet all before the time of man meaning people aren't the bigger factor in this. Plus most of the affect of climate change which scientists claim will happen in 125 to 150 years from now won't affect us or our lives. We should be selling the ways by which we can improve the environment much like a savings account for the future. What are we as individuals doing? It's like a 401k plan, that 3 or 4% each payday that adds up. We need to recycle more than we throw away, we need to walk or ride a bicycle to get to places more, live closer to work, drive cars that have low emissions, use less gas, get higher miles to the gallon, brew your own coffee at home and do not use a Keurig, the K cups alone in landfill circled the planet 7 times last year, don't litter, if one is a celebrity or high paid executive that flies private planes? Sit down and shut up about climate change as you're a hypocrite. I see a lot of people going on about "climate change" accusing others but my question to them would be "what are you doing to make it all better?"
Like · Reply · 8 · Apr 30, 2017 12:13pm · Edited

Richard Hughes
Actually, your premise is untrue. We have all the tech and it could imprpve our lives.
Like · Reply · 3 · May 1, 2017 12:42am
#22

What sort of person might actually want to do this, though? Unfortunately, there are many types of people who would willingly destroy humanity. The list includes apocalyptic terrorists, psychopaths, psychotics, misanthropes, ecoterrorists, anarcho-primitivists, eco-anarchists, violent technophobes, militant neo-Luddites and even “morally good people” who maintain, for ethical reasons, that human suffering is so great that we would be better off not existing at all.



baaaaaarf liberals are so fucking stupid

#23

xipe posted:

Even more alarming, though, is the fact that the rate of ocean acidification is happening faster today than it occurred during the Permian-Triassic mass extinction. That event is called the “Great Dying” because it was the most devastating mass extinction ever, resulting in some 95 percent of all species kicking the bucket. As the science journalist Eric Hand points out, whereas 2.4 gigatons of carbon were injected into the atmosphere per year during the Great Dying, about 10 gigatons are being injected per year by contemporary industrial society. Thus, the sixth mass extinction mentioned above, also called the Anthropocene extinction, could turn out to be perhaps even worse than the Permian-Triassic die-off.

http://www.salon.com/2017/04/30/its-the-end-of-the-world-and-we-know-it-scientists-in-many-disciplines-see-apocalypse-soon



on the other hand, one animal that's thriving under late capitalism is the tick: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/06/150601-ghost-moose-animals-science-new-england-environment/

pretty on the nose, mother nature

#24

hey posted:

we're way past the point for mitigation. Everyone needs to re-frame their thinking to that of adaptation and resilience.


got it, so inland servers, waterproof phones and computers, "underwater style" irony,

#25
Judging by the hole in the satellite picture
The ice we skate is getting pretty thin
The water's getting warm so you might as well swim
My world's on fire, how about yours?
That's the way I like it and I never get bored
#26
would there be any interest in semi-regular highlights, summaries, and what-nows of climate papers?

we need to start preparing our communities for this imo
#27

toyotathon posted:

would there be any interest in semi-regular highlights, summaries, and what-nows of climate papers?

we need to start preparing our communities for this imo

let me refill my brain pills first.

#28

toyotathon posted:

would there be any interest in semi-regular highlights, summaries, and what-nows of climate papers?

we need to start preparing our communities for this imo


yes please

#29
im going to miss being able to load up all star by smash mouth and listen to it while also watching the video
#30
does anyone have thoughts on why former communist areas have propensity to turn reactionary?

villages in syria that used to be communist became supporters the Ikhwan uprising in Syria
https://soundcloud.com/user-436493237/communist-party-of-syria?in=user-436493237/sets/handsoffsyria-cork-qa

countless examples from eastern europe too
Adolescents in 1989, the three grew up in the east German city of Jena at a time when the old authorities in the GDR (family, school, police) were compromised and powerless, but no new authority had emerged to fill the vacuum. This fed into a wave of racist violence across Germany, albeit primarily in the former East, in the early 1990s, culminating in racist pogroms in Hoyerswerda (Saxony) and Rostock-Lichtenhagen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) for which few ever went to prison.
https://www.nsu-watch.info/2016/07/the-nsu-complex-racist-murder-neo-nazi-terror-and-state-collusion-in-the-federal-republic/

parenti had some musings in the early 90s
#31
Parenti deserves a Chomsky audience and vice versa
#32

xipe posted:

does anyone have thoughts on why former communist areas have propensity to turn reactionary?

villages in syria that used to be communist became supporters the Ikhwan uprising in Syria
https://soundcloud.com/user-436493237/communist-party-of-syria?in=user-436493237/sets/handsoffsyria-cork-qa

countless examples from eastern europe too
Adolescents in 1989, the three grew up in the east German city of Jena at a time when the old authorities in the GDR (family, school, police) were compromised and powerless, but no new authority had emerged to fill the vacuum. This fed into a wave of racist violence across Germany, albeit primarily in the former East, in the early 1990s, culminating in racist pogroms in Hoyerswerda (Saxony) and Rostock-Lichtenhagen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) for which few ever went to prison.
https://www.nsu-watch.info/2016/07/the-nsu-complex-racist-murder-neo-nazi-terror-and-state-collusion-in-the-federal-republic/

parenti had some musings in the early 90s


i imagine it having something to do with the immediate and intense failure of formal liberalism to improve their situation, and (at least in eastern europe) the fact that left wing politics were strongly suppressed

#33
yeah you had the empire putting insane amounts of resources into producing exactly those outcomes. not as well documented in the case of Syria as with the former USSR but the Ikhwan stuff was heavily orchestrated by the CIA and friends and they had the specific goal of suppressing communism or anything resembling it in Syria.
#34

tears posted:

im going to miss being able to load up all star by smash mouth and listen to it while also watching the video



All Star But Only The Words "Just," "Walk," "Away," "From," "The," "Gas"

#35
#36

Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”
by Alleen Brown, Will Parrish, Alice Speri / The Intercept


A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures, collaborating closely with police in at least five states, according to internal documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first detailed picture of how TigerSwan, which originated as a U.S. military and State Department contractor helping to execute the global war on terror, worked at the behest of its client Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, to respond to the indigenous-led movement that sought to stop the project.

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. One report, dated February 27, 2017, states that since the movement “generally followed the jihadist insurgency model while active, we can expect the individuals who fought for and supported it to follow a post-insurgency model after its collapse.” Drawing comparisons with post-Soviet Afghanistan, the report warns, “While we can expect to see the continued spread of the anti-DAPL diaspora … aggressive intelligence preparation of the battlefield and active coordination between intelligence and security elements are now a proven method of defeating pipeline insurgencies.”

More than 100 internal documents leaked to The Intercept by a TigerSwan contractor, as well as a set of over 1,000 documents obtained via public records requests, reveal that TigerSwan spearheaded a multifaceted private security operation characterized by sweeping and invasive surveillance of protesters.

As policing continues to be militarized and state legislatures around the country pass laws criminalizing protest, the fact that a private security firm retained by a Fortune 500 oil and gas company coordinated its efforts with local, state, and federal law enforcement to undermine the protest movement has profoundly anti-democratic implications. The leaked materials not only highlight TigerSwan’s militaristic approach to protecting its client’s interests but also the company’s profit-driven imperative to portray the nonviolent water protector movement as unpredictable and menacing enough to justify the continued need for extraordinary security measures. Energy Transfer Partners has continued to retain TigerSwan long after most of the anti-pipeline campers left North Dakota, and the most recent TigerSwan reports emphasize the threat of growing activism around other pipeline projects across the country.

The leaked documents include situation reports prepared by TigerSwan operatives in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, and Texas between September 2016 and May 2017, and delivered to Energy Transfer Partners. They offer a daily snapshot of the security firm’s activities, including detailed summaries of the previous day’s surveillance targeting pipeline opponents, intelligence on upcoming protests, and information harvested from social media. The documents also provide extensive evidence of aerial surveillance and radio eavesdropping, as well as infiltration of camps and activist circles.

TigerSwan did not respond to a request for comment. Energy Transfer Partners declined to comment, telling The Intercept in an email that it does not “discuss details of our security efforts.”

A screen shot taken from one of the “daily intelligence updates” developed by TigerSwan that were shared with members of law enforcement. Photo: PowerPoint screen grab

Additional documents, obtained via public records requests, consist of communications among agents from the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Justice Department, the Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, as well as state and local police. The “Intel Group,” as its members refer to it, closely monitored anti-Dakota Access protests in real time, scooped up information on the water protectors from social media, and shared intelligence.

Included among the documents obtained via public records requests were “daily intelligence updates” developed by TigerSwan that were shared with law enforcement officers, thus contributing to a broad public-private intelligence dragnet. In the internal situation reports, TigerSwan operatives comment frequently about their routine coordination and intelligence sharing with law enforcement. The intel group went so far as to use a live video feed from a private Dakota Access security helicopter to monitor protesters’ movements. In one report, TigerSwan discusses meeting with investigators from North Dakota’s Attorney General’s Office.

North Dakota’s Attorney General’s Office declined to comment.

TigerSwan’s internal reports and the intelligence briefings shared with law enforcement name dozens of DAPL opponents. Some of those named are well-known activists, while others have minimal public affiliation with the water protector movement. The reports’ authors often comment on camp dynamics, including protester morale and infighting, and speculate about violent or illegal actions specific individuals might take and weapons they might carry. The documents reveal the existence of a “persons of interest” list as well as other databases that included identifying information such as photographs and license plate numbers.

The situation reports also suggest that TigerSwan attempted a counterinformation campaign by creating and distributing content critical of the protests on social media.

The Intercept is publishing a first set of TigerSwan’s situation reports from September 2016, which describe the company’s initial operations. We are also publishing two additional situation reports dated October 16 and November 5, along with PowerPoint presentations shared with law enforcement that correspond to the same dates. The names of private individuals whose actions are not already in the public record, or whose authorization we did not obtain, have been redacted to protect their privacy. The Intercept will publish the remaining situation reports in the coming weeks.

In addition, The Intercept is publishing a selection of communications, obtained by public records requests, detailing coordination between a wide range of local, state, and federal agencies, which confirm that the FBI participated in core Dakota Access-related law enforcement operations starting soon after protests began last summer. Finally, we are publishing two additional documents, also in the public record, that detail TigerSwan’s role spearheading Energy Transfer Partner’s multipronged security operation.

The FBI did not respond to a request for comment.
A Public-Private Partnership

Beginning in April of last year, indigenous activists calling themselves water protectors and their allies spent months attempting to block construction of the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline, which runs near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota and traverses three other states. DAPL opponents were met with a heavily militarized police apparatus including local and out of state police and sheriff’s deputies, as well as Bureau of Indian Affairs police and National Guard troops. The police became notorious for their use of so-called less than lethal weapons against demonstrators, including rubber bullets, bean bag pellets, LRAD sound devices, and water cannons.

But it was the brutality of private security officers that first provoked widespread outrage concerning the pipeline project. On Labor Day weekend of 2016, Democracy Now! captured footage of pipeline security guards attacking peaceful protesters with dogs.

In the aftermath of that incident, Energy Transfer Partners turned to TigerSwan — a company with a deep background in counterterrorism operations — to oversee the work of the other security companies contracted to protect the pipeline. Other security firms working along the pipeline included Silverton, Russell Group of Texas, 10 Code LLC, Per Mar, SRC, OnPoint, and Leighton, documents show.

Based in Apex, North Carolina, TigerSwan was created by retired Army Col. James Reese during the height of the war in Iraq. Reese, a former commander in the elite Army special operations unit known as Delta, entered into the exploding private security and intelligence industry hoping to compete with Blackwater, then the most successful of the private military companies supporting U.S. war efforts in the Middle East and Afghanistan. TigerSwan has an estimated 350 employees and maintains offices in Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, India, Latin America, and Japan.

Records from the North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board show that TigerSwan has operated without a license in North Dakota for the entirety of the pipeline security operation, claiming in a communication with the board, “We are doing management and IT consulting for our client and doing no security work.” In September, the licensing board learned about the company’s position as a Dakota Access contractor and wrote a letter to its North Carolina headquarters requesting that it submit a license application.

TigerSwan then did so, but the board denied the application on December 19. After James Reese wrote a letter objecting to the decision, the security board’s executive director responded on January 10 that “one reason for the denial concerns your failure to respond to the Board’s request for information as to TigerSwan’s and James Reese’s activities within the State of North Dakota.” Neither TigerSwan nor the board responded to questions regarding the current status of the company’s license.

The leaked situation reports indicate that during the company’s first weeks working on the pipeline, TigerSwan operatives met with law enforcement in Iowa and North Dakota, including Sheriff Dean Danzeisen of Mercer County, North Dakota, who “agreed to sharing of information.” (In the report, TigerSwan misspells the sheriff’s name as “Denzinger.”) By September 13, the documents indicate, TigerSwan had placed a liaison inside the law enforcement “joint operation command” in North Dakota. The fusion of public and private intelligence operations targeting water protectors was underway.

One of TigerSwan’s lines of communication with law enforcement was via intelligence briefings that echo the company’s internal situation reports. The briefings obtained by The Intercept were sent by TigerSwan’s deputy security director Al Ornoski to a variety of recipients, including the Gmail account of Sheriff Danzeisen. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, who was regularly involved in policing the protests, also received at least one of the TigerSwan briefings.

Danzeisen did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesperson for the Morton County Sheriff’s Department wrote in an email to The Intercept that the department “did maintain communication with TigerSwan security in order to understand when and where DAPL construction activities were taking place. This gave law enforcement situational awareness in order to monitor and respond to illegal protest activity.”

TigerSwan also aided prosecutors in building cases against pipeline opponents. According to an October 16 document obtained via a records request, the security team’s responsibilities included collecting “information of an evidentiary level” that would ultimately “aid in prosecution” of protesters.

A leaked report dated September 14, 2016, indicates that TigerSwan met with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation “regarding video and still photo evidence collected for prosecution.” The same document describes plans to “continue building Person of Interest (POI) folders and coordination with intelligence.” TigerSwan’s situation reports also describe conversations between the company’s operatives and FBI agents on at least four occasions.

Activists on the ground were tracked by a Dakota Access helicopter that provided live video coverage to their observers in police agencies, according to an October 12 email thread that included officers from the FBI, DHS, BIA, state, and local police. In one email, National Security Intelligence Specialist Terry Van Horn of the U.S. attorney’s office acknowledged his direct access to the helicopter video feed, which was tracking protesters’ movements during a demonstration. “Watching a live feed from DAPL Helicopter, pending arrival at site(s),” he wrote. Cecily Fong, a spokesperson for law enforcement throughout the protests, acknowledged that an operations center in Bismarck had access to the feed, stating in an email to The Intercept that “the video was provided as a courtesy so we had eyes on the situation.”

Asked about the intel group, Fong replied, “The Intelligence Group was formed from virtually the beginning. It involved personnel from our , the BIA, FBI, and Justice” consisting of “around 7 people who monitored social media in particular, in this case, because that was the medium most if not all of the protestors were using.”

“I’m honored that they felt that we were a big enough threat to go to this level of intervention,” Ed Fallon, an activist mentioned several times in the TigerSwan documents, told The Intercept.

As the water protector movement expanded from North Dakota to other states, so did the surveillance. A report dated March 29, for instance, points to a meeting between TigerSwan and “the Des Moines Field Office of the FBI, with the Omaha and Sioux Falls offices joining by conference call. Also in attendance were representatives of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Department of Homeland Security, Iowa Department of Emergency Services, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Iowa Department of Wildlife. Topics covered included the current threat assessment of the pipeline, the layout of current security assets and persons of interest. The FBI seemed were very receptive to the information presented to them, and follow-up meetings with individuals will be scheduled soon.”

TigerSwan’s relationship with public police agencies was not always harmonious. The situation reports describe TigerSwan’s frustration with the amount of leeway some law enforcement gave protesters in Iowa and the company’s efforts to convince officers to use more punitive tactics.

In a situation report dated October 16, TigerSwan applauds a recent increase in bail in Lee County, Iowa, calling it “significant because this may impede protestors from risking arrest due to the high cost to be released from bail.” The document contrasts that county’s tactics to those used by others. “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.”

“We need to work closer with Calhoun, Boone, and Webster county to ensure future protestors will at least be fined, if not arrested,” the analyst notes. “Alternatively, we could request Lee County LE speak to other counties about tactics that are working.”

Contacted for comment, recently elected Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber said he hadn’t discussed TigerSwan with the previous sheriff. “As far as I knew, the protest stuff was over with, and we haven’t had any protests since,” he said. In fact, Weber hadn’t heard of the company until earlier this week, when a TigerSwan program manager named Don Felt stopped by the office. “He dropped his card off and said he wanted to say hello,” Weber said.
Find, Fix, Eliminate

TigerSwan’s internal files describe its utilization of aerial surveillance, including use of helicopters and drones to photograph and monitor the pipeline opponents. The September 12 situation report notes that an operation by construction workers was “over-watched by a predator on loan to the JEJOC from Oklahoma.” The TigerSwan contractor who provided the Intercept with the situation reports said he did not believe the company ever operated a predator drone, but metadata in images he shared pointed to a camera used by a commercially available Phantom 4 drone. One of the daily intelligence updates notes plans to obtain night-vision goggles, LRADs, body armor, and FLIR (forward looking infrared) cameras.

The reports also reveal a widespread and sustained campaign of infiltration of protest camps and activist circles. Throughout the leaked documents, TigerSwan makes reference to its intelligence-gathering teams, which infiltrated protest camps and activist groups in various states. TigerSwan agents using false names and identities regularly sought to obtain the trust of protesters, which they used to gather information they reported back to their employer, according to the TigerSwan contractor.

The September documents make numerous references to Silverton personnel, who were overseen by TigerSwan, attending protests in Iowa. Silverton did not respond to a request for comment.

Covert operations are implicit in many of the other situation reports, which are filled with details that only individuals with close and consistent access to the protesters’ communities could have gathered. On a few occasions, however, the reports make that presence more explicit, for instance by referring to “sources in the camp.”

For example, the November 5 situation report describes the “exploitation of documents found at Camp 1.” Apparently, they didn’t contain much revealing material. “Of most concern,” the situation report says, “were the ‘Earth First’ magazines found on the camp. These magazines promote and provide TTP’s for violent activity.”

In an October 3 report, TigerSwan discusses how to use its knowledge of internal camp dynamics: “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.” On February 19, TigerSwan makes explicit its plans to infiltrate a Chicago protest group. “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 report notes, later repeating its intent to “covertly make contact with event organizers.”

“At every action I went to, they had their own people walking around with a video camera getting in people’s faces,” Ian Souter, a protester who was described as a “person of interest” in a TigerSwan report, told The Intercept.

Perhaps one of the most striking revelations of the documents is the level of hostility displayed by TigerSwan toward the water protectors. TigerSwan consistently describes the peaceful demonstrators using military and tactical language more appropriate for counterterrorism operations in an armed conflict zone. At times, the military language verges on parody, as when agents write of protesters “stockpiling signs” or when they discuss the “caliber” of paintball pellets. More often, however, the way TigerSwan discusses protesters as “terrorists,” their direct actions as “attacks,” and the camps as a “battlefield,” reveals how the protesters’ dissent was not only criminalized but treated as a national security threat. A March 1 report states that protesters’ “operational weakness allows TS elements to further develop and dictate the battlespace.”

In one internal report dated May 4, a TigerSwan operative describes an effort to amass digital and ground intelligence that would allow the company to “find, fix, and eliminate” threats to the pipeline — an eerie echo of “find, fix, finish,” a military term used by special forces in the U.S. government’s assassination campaign against terrorist targets.

TigerSwan pays particular attention to protesters of Middle Eastern descent. A September 22 situation report argues that “the presence of additional Palestinians in the camp, and the movement’s involvement with Islamic individuals is a dynamic that requires further examination.” The report acknowledges that “currently there is no information to suggest terrorist type tactics or operations,” but nonetheless warns that “with the current limitation on information flow out of the camp, it cannot be ruled out.”

Haithem El-Zabri, a Palestinian-American activist singled out in the reports, was shocked to hear his name mentioned in that context. “As indigenous people, Palestinians stand in solidarity with other indigenous people and their right to land, water, and sovereignty,” he told The Intercept. “To insinuate that our assumed faith is a red flag for terrorist tactics is another example of willful ignorance and the establishment’s continued attempts to criminalize nonviolent protest and justify violence against it.”

Such ethnic and religious profiling of protesters was not unusual. An October 12 email thread shared among members of the intel group provides a striking example of how TigerSwan was able to cast suspicion on specific individuals and communicate it to law enforcement officials. Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy Tonya Jahner emailed several other officers, including two FBI agents, with an overview of information provided by “company intel.” The information pertained to a woman whom Jahner labeled as a “strong Shia Islamic” with a “strong female Shia following.” The woman had “made several trips overseas,” Jahner wrote.

TigerSwan agents also regularly tracked individuals’ movements across state lines.

On November 4, according to one of TigerSwan’s internal documents, a white SUV pulled up to a pipeline valve site in South Dakota. Approached by a security guard, the driver introduced himself as Gary Tomlin and informed the official that he was a freelance reporter covering the pipeline. In an interview, 63-year-old Tomlin, who covers the local school board for the Galesburg, Illinois, Register-Mail, said he had set out to travel the length of the pipeline and write a story about it as a freelancer. “I had time and the ability to do it, and I thought, well, I’ll go look at that sucker,” he said.

A situation report from that day notes, “This is the same individual identified in the SITREP a few days ago in Illinois and Iowa.” The security company, OnPoint, quickly contacted TigerSwan Intel “for an assessment of Gary Tomlin” and notified the guard in the next “sector” that Tomlin was on his way. “Movement of Spread Team 6 was conducted so as to intercept and/or observe Gary Tomlin’s movement throughout the South Dakota Sector,” the document states. “It is my belief,” the analyst adds, “that Gary Tomlin is hiding his true intentions and that he has a plethora of information to provide to the protesters. It is estimated that he will arrive in North Dakota on the evening of the 4th or morning of the 5th.”

Tomlin laughed at the notion that he was working with protesters. When he arrived at the camps in North Dakota, few people would talk openly with him. “They were highly aware of infiltrators,” he said. “I fit the profile of those security people — I’m a white old man.”

Cody Hall, a prominent native activist whose movements are tracked closely in the TigerSwan reports, told The Intercept he knew he was being followed whenever he left the camp.

“It was obvious, they were driving in trucks, SUVs, they would be right behind me, right next to me … it was like, damn, man, it’s like you’re getting an escort,” he said. “That was always the scary thing: How did they know that I was coming?”
Social Engagement Plan

A document dated October 16, obtained via a public records request, lays out the mission of the TigerSwan-led security team working in North Dakota: In addition to protecting the pipeline workers, machinery, and construction material, the company was also expected to “protect the reputation of DAPL.” The public relations mission quickly became a priority for the firm, documents show. As a leaked situation report from early September puts it, success would require “strategic messaging from the client that drives the message that we are the good guys, tell the real story and address the negative messaging with good counter messaging.”

On numerous occasions, TigerSwan agents stressed the need to change the public narrative established by protestors and to swing public support in favor of the pipeline. As accounts of protest repression garnered nationwide support for the NoDAPL movement, the firm’s agents painstakingly collected and analyzed media coverage, warning their client about how certain incidents might be received by the public.

“This article is only in the Huffington post, but the expansion of the tribe’s narrative outside of the Native American community media outlets is of concern,” an October 3 report notes. TigerSwan agents regularly describe protesters’ accounts of events as “propaganda.”

But TigerSwan personnel did not limit themselves to monitoring the narrative — they also tried to change it.

In a report dated September 7, TigerSwan agents discuss the need for a “Social Engagement Plan.” On September 22, they discuss the development of an information operations campaign run by the company’s North Carolina-based intel team and Robert Rice, who without disclosing his TigerSwan affiliation posed as “Allen Rice” in a series of amateurish videos in which he provided commentary critical of the protests. The videos, posted on the Facebook pages “Defend Iowa” and “Netizens for Progress and Justice,” were removed after The Intercept contacted TigerSwan, Rice, and the pages’ administrators for comment. None responded.

With the Dakota Access Pipeline construction nearing completion, TigerSwan might have found itself out of a lucrative contract. But in the months leading up to the first oil delivery through the pipeline, the company made sure to stress the continued need for security.

“Everyone must be concerned of the lone wolf,” a TigerSwan operative wrote in a March 7 report. “Should we slip from that conscience, we may all be amiss. I cannot afford this in my duties, nor will We/I allow or accept this. I cannot thank everyone for enough for their support during this entire process, However, the movement continues, and We/I will not stop. That’s not in my vocabulary. We will always over-watch as the protectors what is in the best interest for ETP, as we are the guardians.”

In recent weeks, the company’s role has expanded to include the surveillance of activist networks marginally related to the pipeline, with TigerSwan agents monitoring “anti-Trump” protests from Chicago to Washington, D.C., as well as warning its client of growing dissent around other pipelines across the country.

In a March 24 report discussing the likely revival of protests as summer approaches, TigerSwan writes, “Much like Afghanistan and Iraq, the ‘Fighting Season’ will soon be here with the coming warming temperatures.”



http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2017/05/28/leaked-documents-reveal-counterterrorism-tactics-used-at-standing-rock-to-defeat-pipeline-insurgencies/

Makes a good read after reading basic politics of movement security

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tears posted:

Makes a good read after reading basic politics of movement security


lol yeah standing rock had so many security problems. really confused politics on the ground, like maybe 20% explicitly anarchist and 80% just confused people who seemed like they were hearing about communism for the first time from my opinionated maw. it would've been impossible to combat infiltration with good politics, just from how it was structured w/ hundreds of ppl rolling in to stay a week or make a dropoff. there was also an internal camp security apparatus, which rightly bothered the anarchists, cuz 100% guaranteed it was infiltrated. they had the power, and they used it a lot, to kick people out of camps. i almost got ejected for filtering 100's of gallons of their nasty contaminated well water w/o running it by either security or the food tent first (which of course surprised me and everyone around me, and it goes to show for the thousandth time that horizontalism in practice retains rules + hierarchies, they're just not made explicit, and thus not investigated or optimized).

love reading these docs to see what the security agencies are afraid of though. a thousand bodies could have stopped DAPL if they had the right strategy, no question.

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if you felt like it maybe you would post some more about your experiences there, i would be interested to read...and maybe others too
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i got a buddy up there now doing legal defense, he probably has more interesting stuff than me, i'll hit him up. another just got home, i'll ask her too. *scrolling up* i still need to read some climate papers... shit okay

i don't really have a lot else to say. we're only seeing this in the perspective of failure because of the election, and it hinged on that because of the protest strategy. one pro-extinction party, slightly more strategically minded, realized that one pipeline doesn't stop their extinction agenda and halted construction. but it was replaced with the less strategic pro-extinction party, which cares even less about the optics of killing 100% of our rivers instead of 99%. edit: it kind of reminded me of that new communist guy writing about organizing in appalachia in the 70s, during the gas strike, he talked about stopping a possible lynching and how russians in 1917 talked about seeing Light, did anybody else read this? i swear i saw a link to it here. anyway he had a line where he knew strike strategy economically, how it wore down owners, but at key moments (i think during a police recall) he became aware of the political dimension. NoDAPL was 95% reliant on the political dimension, 5% reliant on bank boycotts, and it almost worked in spite of that.

apropos the broader movement, there's such a weird focus on pipelines. both in protests and in domestic terrorism. attacking pipelines, to the bottom line of exxon, is about as effective as attacking gas stations. they're low capital, easy to replace, they're all pressure-monitored so if they do rupture they shut it down w/o losing product, the US pipeline network overlaps so flow can be redirected in the event some ELF cell hits it. the existing pipeline network is already robust enough to sterilize the earth. you can read towler/sinnott if you want an ordered list of the most expensive and fragile items that go into destroying the earth, much better foci of protest.

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toyotathon posted:

tears posted:

Makes a good read after reading basic politics of movement security

i almost got ejected for filtering 100's of gallons of their nasty contaminated well water w/o running it by either security or the food tent first (which of course surprised me and everyone around me, and it goes to show for the thousandth time that horizontalism in practice retains rules + hierarchies, they're just not made explicit, and thus not investigated or optimized).


It was too depressing for me to read about the early NoDAPL rush, but people were standing around praying and shit? I'm not an atheist by any means, but it looked like people handed over authority to tribal elders without real cause, because as you're saying, nobody there had any functional praxis beyond an essentially liberal, almost Lockean belief in a primacy of the native right to the land, in other words a rather pedestrian form of racism. The whole thing came off like a disgusting orientalist parody of how that movement should've occurred, with a command center structured around a fucking /ethno-religion/, when this concerns not just natives but every living thing on the planet. But, yknow, please correct me if I'm wrong, because I have no idea how the aesthetic manifestation of the NoDAPL tactics could be described as anything other than an unintentionally beneficial psyop blowback or something.

e: I'm saying I think the entire "make sure to respect the natives" line was itself a psyop to prevent other cellular or perhaps, ahem, rhizomatic structures from developing, which could've provided a correct praxis organically, rather than essentially constructing a political struggle in which the entire US as a state was eventually tied up with an internal micro-state that happened to acquire a brief influx of personnel and materiel. Whoever was running shit utilized that influx wrong and the Americans just had to wait for that to die off so they could crush shit.

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