Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock


TigerSwan
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TigerSwan

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Grade b

  • NAGovernance
  • NAEnvironmenal
  • NASocial
Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.
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Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.

3738 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, 75219

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Grade c

  • CGovernance
  • CEnvironmenal
  • CSocial
Internal TigerSwan documents provide a detailed picture of how the mercenary firm surveilled Dakota Access Pipeline opponents and infiltrated protest camps.
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.