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The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent

The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent

Nicola Morrow

In a win for free speech, a federal court in North Dakota recently dismissed a baseless $900 million lawsuit brought by the Dakota Access Pipeline company against Greenpeace and a number of individual protesters. The company should have learned its lesson. Instead, it refiled the case in state court.

What Money seeks is Government of the people, by the Money, for the Money. What we need is Government of the people, by the People, for the people.

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Criminals usually never take more than a day off.

This ridiculous company will be trying to dig up and pipeline North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Texas ( where apparently the scorpion nest company is located.) So, 6 states will create a chance for millions of human beings to have their ground water permanently altered forever, along with ruining the air and soil. Maybe all citizens along the pathway to hell will sue every step of the way----because the EPA won’t. Maybe, if the Oglala Aquifer is permanently ruined along with all the water for the midwest----maybe then People will know this Texas company for what they really are: corporate terrorists. Ruined water for billions—that’s an easy way to take down a nation. So long breadbasket of the nation : 0

That would be like letting the used car salesman to get away with telling you not to ask any questions about the car. Just take it home and fix stuff when you get there.

We are in the era of the junkyard dog mode of “governance” and ‘market’. The junkyard dog sees nothing but wreckage of a bygone era, piled and ditched, and on a short leash/chain. The dysfunction doesn’t even register through the morass of self-referential terror of change. ALONE, THEY’RE ALL ALONE together in in their alienated alienation of everything but hyper attack dog adrenal poisoning. Yuppers, sounds like oil to me.
If there’s anybody who knows the track record, over generations, of the price of the corporate willingness to put everything on the sacrificial alter of industry-as-god, its the native peoples. All over the world it has yet to be stopped. It really is not only ‘the good fight’, the kids have smelled the coffee too. 2019 is going to be very interesting.

This was not a “win”, not a “victory.” The companies never expected to prevail in court; that wasn’t the point. The point of a SLAPP suit is to occupy the defendants with raising money and defending against the suit, instead of doing what their purpose is–in this case, fighting a dirty pipeline. They didn’t refile in state court because they think they’ll win–they did it to drag out the harassment of activists. They have lots of bucks, lots of lawyers, and they know a legal battle is relatively more expensive for even a sizable green group like Greenpeace, much more so for individual activists and little frontline groups. There needs to be countersuits, there needs to be a price paid for the harassment.

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