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Criminalization of Indigenous Communities

RCMP cougar attack 1Voices-Voix, August 1, 2017

In January 2017, Public Safety Canada (PS) disclosed that the Government Operations Centre (GOC) gathers information on Indigenous rallies for the purpose of “maintaining awareness” of events that may impact the safety and security of Canadians and events effecting the national interest. According to PS, the information gathered consisted generally of the date, location and purpose of the protests and rallies, including in relation to missing and murdered Indigenous women. Natural Resources Canada also reported that they monitor publicly available information such as Twitter, Facebook and media reports regarding protest activities that may impact the department, its employees or facilities. Read the rest of this entry

Injunctions, RCMP deployment “classic pacification”: Professor

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RCMP protect equipment brought in for construction at Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, July 2017.

By Justin Brake, The Independent, August 3, 2017

Nalcor’s use of court injunctions and the government’s approval of RCMP deployment to quell resistance to Muskrat Falls are common tactics used to remove Indigenous people from their lands and facilitate resource development, says Shiri Pasternak. Read the rest of this entry

Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”

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Police arrest a protester against the Dakota Access Pipeline near Cannonball, North Dakota, December 2016.

by Alleen Brown, Will Parrish, and Alice Speri, The Intercept, May 27, 2017

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. Read the rest of this entry

Extremists could use peaceful pipeline protests in Canada as cover, intel report claims

Bob Paulson, RCMP boss, wants warrantless access to online subscriber info

RCMP cougar attack 1Police say telecos demand court approval for nearly all types of requests for basic identifying information

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press, Nov 25, 2015

Police need warrantless access to Internet subscriber information to keep pace with child predators and other online criminals, says RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson. Read the rest of this entry

Counter-Insurgency: Stratfor Monitors and Studies Social Movements

Women warriors at a tire fire blockade on Hwy 11, Dec 2, 2013.

Mi’kmaq women warriors at a tire fire blockade on Hwy 11, New Brunswick, Dec 2, 2013.

By Kevin Zeese, http://www.PopularResistance.org, December 31st, 2013

Stratfor is a private intelligence agency that works for business interests and government.  It tracks and analyzes a lot of issues – the economy, military conflict, politics, energy and security.  Recently it has also been monitoring, analyzing and reporting on social movements. Their interests in movements show their concern that revolts have been growing and are having an impact around the world. Read the rest of this entry

#Solidarity Fail: Cops and Collaborators Conspire to Isolate Warriors at Vancouver Protest

By Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, Dec 6, 2013

"I'd like to thank the police... for punching me in the face" said no on ever; Mi'kmaq warriorPaul "Soda Pop" Francis assaulted by RCMP, Dec 2, 2013.

“I’d like to thank the police… for punching me in the face” said no one ever; Mi’kmaq warrior Paul “Soda Pop” Francis assaulted by RCMP, Dec 2, 2013.

FYI:  Here is a very recent and clear example of how police and Native collaborators work in undermining and dividing our movements, while attempting to isolate warriors and other radicals in our ranks.

On Dec 2, 2013, a national day of solidarity with the Mi’kmaq anti-fracking resistance was held (#Shutdown Canada).  In Vancouver, the day started at around 7AM with a one hour blockade of the main entrance to the Port of Vancouver.  It was a good start in manifesting solidarity for the Mi’kmaq and in the spirit of the call out. This action was carried out by social justice activists, anarchists, and a couple of Native warriors. Read the rest of this entry

SWN wants meeting with Elsipogtog fracking opponents: RCMP

By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Nov 20, 2013

RCMP protecting SWN vehicles, Nov 14, 2013.

RCMP protecting SWN vehicles, Nov 14, 2013.

ELSIPOGTOG FIRST NATION–A Houston-based energy company forced to stop its shale gas exploration work in the face of a fierce Mi’kmaq-led resistance has “tentatively” agreed to a meeting involving the provincial government and its opponents from Elsipogtog First Nation, according to negotiators with the RCMP. Read the rest of this entry

PDF: Low Intensity Operations by Frank Kitson

Kitson low intensity operations bookcoverThe classic counter-insurgency manual written by former British Army officer General Frank Kitson.  With experience in countering anti-colonial resistance in Kenya, Malaysia, and Northern Ireland, Kitson was one of the first to articulate the theory and practise of modern counter-insurgency operations, including how to co-opt resistance movements by allying the state with the pacifist reformist elements within the movement.

To view or download the PDF click the link:

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Source: http://libcom.org/files/low-intensity%20operations.pdf

In Focus: Analysis of Indigenous resistance and counter-insurgency strategy

by Sakej Ward, Nov 1, 2013

RCMP in riot gear during raid on anti-fracking blockade, Mi'qmak territory, Oct 17, 2013.

RCMP in riot gear during raid on anti-fracking blockade, Mi’qmak territory, Oct 17, 2013.

Due to some unavoidable technical glitches we lost some interview time on the APTN InFocus show on Indigenous Resistance.  This means I wasn’t able to address all the key points I wanted to, so now I would like to get some out on here.
In reference to the Mi’kmaq warrior society being targeted and raided I spoke in the interview about the similarities it had to the raid made by INSET (Integrated National Security Enforcement Team – Canada’s counter terrorism law enforcement department) against Dave Dennis and I. Read the rest of this entry