By MK Johnson
July 26th, 2017
In the February 2017 Tiger Swan reports, leaked by the Intercept, there is a constant reference to "propaganda" being used within the Water Protector movement. They apply this to independent media reports, thousands of first-person accounts with documentation of human rights abuses, and quotes of Indigenous speakers, writers, and Medicine People that raise the spirits of supporters. They use the term to contextualize the framing of Indigenous people and all those who support them as terrorists. It is part of their counter-terrorism training, and mission objectives. If they are able to classify Water Protectors as "terrorists" it opens the door to government funding to be routed to unlicensed private security/mercenaries acting on behalf of corporations. To attempt to frame Sovereign people as "terrorists" is a far-reaching act of oppression, and a bold move towards the enabling of further genocide. If successful, this could debilitate grass-roots efforts to justly transition off of fossil fuels to sustainable energy, and would affect the American economy on every level.
On February 17th the SITREP report covered the meetings occurring each morning between LEO and camp representatives.
"The protestors seem to be willing to engage in non-violent discussions, at this time, but are likely attempting to stall their departure for a potential PR win that could be used in propaganda to solicit more support." - John Porter,Tiger Swan Situation Report, 2.17.17
Notes from Oceti Sakowin Camp Media 2.17.17
“We are finally communicating with the Army Corps directly, not the Governor, not Morton County, Not DAPL."
For a week following the meeting on the bridge between Oceti Sakowin Camp and Rosebud/Sicangu Camp members of camp met with the Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the following points:
1. No one needs to get hurt.
2. We want to clean up camp.
3. The Army Corps was asked to ask DAPL and Law Enforcement Agents to step down.
4. We are taking this one day at a time.
5. We want to be allowed to go with dignity.
It was "mentioned several times that DAPL's stance was aggressive, it creates panic, and worries about a raid."
The term Propaganda comes from "The Office for the Propagation of the Faith (Congregatio de propaganda fide)" when in 1622 Pope Gregory XV came up with it to create a supervisory council for the Church's New World missionary efforts.
"They are to take account of and to deal with each and every concern for the spread of the faith throughout the world." It is, in essence, the word meant to enable the spread of Church indoctrination and domination of the Indigenous people of America. (Bernays, Propaganda, 1928)
The people who had been living in "the New World" for millennia were classified as Sovereign nations any time the U.S Government wrote up a treaty with a group of them, in order to seize the majority of their lands, and leave them with a much smaller portion. Over the history of this nation this government has broken every treaty agreement made. When people of this movement carry signs that say "Honor Our Treaties" and repeat this phrase in the face of armed law enforcement agents and local police forces, who are being guided and groomed by these private mercenaries, everyone is being asked to honor these original federally recognized agreements.
"Propaganda" took on a negative association during WWII when Adolf Hitler used the same tactics to deal with "...each and every concern for spreading..." the Nazi doctrine across Germany and parts of Europe. He modeled his communication efforts on the WWI propaganda that was used by America and England to motivate and focus the masses on supporting the war-effort. "Loose lips sink ships" and "Knit your bit" were two commonly used phrases at the time. People were directly inspired to act based on the combined images of strong people working together to save their nations, or scared by images of the naval forces being taken out because someone talked.
These methods of mass-communication were so effective that companies who had benefitted from the heightened production during war-time, began to employ similar strategies to sell goods. Prior to that, advertising/marketing was primarily used to express the features of a product, and companies could consistently assume that people who needed their goods would buy them, because they knew what was good for them. Those products were also built to last, because word-of-mouth has been the most effective form of sales then, and remains to be today. If a product was badly made, people talked. If it was made well, people would share the benefits of their experiences, and that would generate sales.
To maintain the profits of war-time production, in the 1920's advertisers began to incorporate the science of psychology to generate more sales and greater profits by creating ever-more-efficient methods of production with less costly materials, creating an abundance of crap over the past 130 years that clogs our existence today. There is a very good documentary called "The Century of the Self" by Adam Curtis that aired on BBC in 2002, which details this process from that time through the 1980's. Companies were able to benefit from the triggering of suppressed emotions to generate sales, because people were convinced by the power of repeated suggestion, and demonstrated influence, that they were purchasing goods that were good for them, when they were increasingly investing in an emotional experience, or instant gratification. This shift in American collective thinking and value-structure over the past 4 generations has changed the economy of the planet, and created a system that values people only as consumers, and penalizes anything, any movement, and any effort to oppose this destructive pattern.
Tiger Swan promises "peace of mind" to companies seeking protection to push their projects through, such as the Dakota Access Pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics. They weave language such as "vulnerability" and "trust" (as "zero trust") into their primary messaging, tapping into the "emotional (financial) triggers" of corporate entities. The underlying message over an over again is that "We will protect your profit margin, against all threats, foreign and domestic." In their daily situation reports to supporting local law enforcement and government agencies, they frame any form of documentation or reporting as "propaganda" to be used for "PR" or public relations.
"Protesters are using drones to provide overwatch, and film LE encounters, when they trespass on USACE property. This footage will be used as propaganda against LE." John Porter, Tiger Swan Situation Report, 2.13.17
Fossil fuel companies are working with elected officials, participating government agencies, and participating media both local and national to apply time-tested marketing/propaganda to rapidly push forward extractive industries and further establish private-military industries, and counter an increasing public outcry against social and environmental racism. As many large corporations do, Tiger Swan offers some small return to the community-mind-set in terms of Philanthropy stating that
"TigerSwan is committed to building and maintaining communities, improving quality of life and making a positive impact where we work and live." - Tiger Swan website
The webpage goes on to identify their target markets, the select "communities" they support, and the selected lives they qualify as worth the effort of creating a "positive impact" for their bottom line. On Native lands, they are reporting to participating law enforcement and government agencies that the Sovereign people of this nation, and anyone who supports them are demonstrating the characteristics of terrorists.
"The archetype of a jihadist post-insurgency is the aftermath of the anti-Soviet Afghanistan jihad. While many insurgents went back to their pre-war lives, many, especially the external supporters (foreign fighters), went back out into the world looking to start or join new jihadist insurgencies." - John Porter, 2.27.17, SITREP 168
Such context paves the way for some well-funded full-scale oppression such as the evacuation on February 23rd, 2017 which included a Border Patrol helicopter flying well under 500ft.
This is government-backed next-level oppression of the Native expression of cultural values, and the emerging expression of cross-cultural unity. People are coming together under the rights afforded them in the First Amendment to peacefully oppose corrupt government practice, and report on it. Privately funded mercenaries acting as security agents are using the methods of propaganda to wage war on domestic soil, and further the practice of corporate double speak.
Propagation of Profits
"The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is the safest and most environmentally sensitive way to transport crude oil from domestic wells to American consumers." - https://daplpipelinefacts.com/
It was never reviewed for public safety: There was never an Environmental Impact Statement
One of the submitted comments:
"Required Action: The Environmental Impact Statement MUST include the entire pipeline as a connected action and analyze resource impacts along the ENTIRE pipeline.
The DAPL solution is the perfect technical storm and relies on the worst of all potential technical factors, including (1) crude oil product (2) in a large-diameter pipeline and (3) in a 1.5 mile long HDD tunnel 92 feet below the surface of the lake."
It was never handled sensitively: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has opposed this project from the start
"The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline since first learning about plans for the pipeline in 2014."
"From domestic wells to American Consumers:" This project is being routed for export markets
The pipeline has leaked three times already: "Dakota Access Pipeline has already sprung two new leaks" - Business Insider
DAPL in Iowa
Main stream and local media is easily influenced by quick headlines and paying advertisers: "Iowa regulators deny environmentalists' bid to revoke permit for $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline"
9 Farmers and the Sierra Club are still taking ETP Sunoco Logistics to the Supreme Court in Iowa.
Just to be very clear, what we are doing is peaceful, non-violent assembly to air the many grievances we have with this government. We are exercising our First Amendment right to do so, and to record the human rights, civil rights abuses, as well as the environmental injustice being waged here, and report on them. Our Fourth Amendment right to the illegal on-going surveillance of thousands of U.S citizens is also being violated in the process.
People from all over the world are standing in support of over 500 Federally recognized Tribes, and hundreds of Sovereign nations that never compromised with the U.S. government, yet they carry their lineage as proudly as everyone has a human right to. We are developing cross-cultural strengths, such as cooperative communication, using technology that is readily available and heavily advertised in the U.S. consumer marketplace. This movement is based on growing respect for diverse cultural values that prioritize life over profit margins.
MK Johnson was the Assistant Editor at Oceti Sakowin Camp from mid-November through the evacuation at the end of February. She has a 16 year background in marketing and communications, including 9 years as a commercial artist doing packaging graphics design for one of the main competitors of Sam's Club/WalMart. She comes from 2 prior generations of health-care workers specializing in psychiatry. Her area of study was communications, social and environmental justice with a focus on oppressed communities, completing a Bachelor of Arts in 2016 from The Evergreen State College, WA.
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