NavyJack – Make Sure You Know Who You Are Following Out To Standing Rock
“On December 4, hundreds of veterans plan to ‘deploy’ to Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota to join in protest against the planned Dakota Access Pipeline. The event, Veterans Stand for Standing Rock (VSSR), is a call for veterans to “assemble as a peaceful, unarmed militia” to “defend the water protectors from assault and intimidation at the hands of the militarized police force and DAPL security.” The organizers hope to prevent progress on the construction of the pipeline as well as draw national attention to the cause.”
Veterans Stand for Standing Rock
The leaders of this effort are Michael A. Wood Jr. and Wesley Clark Jr. On the surface, the effort appears to be a legitimate attempt on the part of Mr. Wood and Mr. Clark to raise awareness of the Standing Rock tribe protest. Their “Op Order” suggests that they intend to provide much needed relief to the current protesters at the site and to use military formations in order to secure the site perimeter. The language and adjectives used in their literature identifies organizations like the Sheriff’s Dept. as an “opposing force”. I’m sure the Sheriff will not be amused with their stance. They state their “mission” as follows:
“Our mission is to prevent progress on the Dakota Access Pipeline and draw national attention to the human rights warriors of the Sioux tribes regarding the United States lack of treaty enforcement.”
Curious as to the background and capabilities of Michael A. Wood Jr. and Wesley Clark Jr., I reviewed their background and some of the other initiatives they have supported. Mr. Wood was a member of the USMC and a Baltimore City Police Officer. Mr. Wood made the background research effort easy by hosting his own website that touts his achievements. He started seeking media attention in conjunction with the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. He takes a hard-stance against his former colleagues at the Baltimore Police Department in numerous interviews with the press and became a minor celebrity in Baltimore with his timely allegations of police wrong doing.
“It all goes back to this whole us versus them thing. You suit up; you get out there; you’re with your brothers. You’re an occupying force. Your job is to fight crime, and these are the guys you do it with. So you just don’t see the abuse. It doesn’t even register, because those people are the enemy. They aren’t really even people. They’re just the enemy. This is the culture. It’s a s—– excuse. But it’s the reality.”
Source: The Washington Post
His allegations of Baltimore Police Department (BPD) wrong-doing, supportive of the Black Lives Matter agenda, are literally endless. He clearly admits that he did nothing to address his concerns while employed by the BPD and spent 11 years being part of the perceived problem. I find it interesting that his conversion to becoming a Black Lives Matter advocate only occurred after the death of Freddie Gray. Please let that sink in a bit.
Mr. Woods is also an advocate for Civillian-Led Policing and is staunchly opposed to both the National Rifle Association and the 2nd Amendment:
His positions are interesting and conflicting as he also sees himself as a defender of the U.S. Constitution with statements like “I AM SWORN TO DEFEND AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC.” Based on his admitted actions and statements above, the 2nd, 4th and 5th Amendments are not included in his definition of his oath or he is selective and only chooses to honor his oath when it suits his agenda.
Mr. Clark is also an interesting character, being the son of General Wesley Clark. His main cause appears to be Climate Change and doing what he can to save the planet from the oil companies:
This would seem to fit with his opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. He is best known as a co-host on the Internet opinion program “The Young Turks”. He has dabbled in politics, and was apparently a Bernie Sanders supporter:
He was the major contributor to the Op Order discussed above and in his social media postings he clearly states that the U.S. Government is the “Enemy” that he and his fellow veterans intend to engage:
— Wesley Clark (@WesClarkjr) November 21, 2016
Having reviewed their achievements and positions to date, I am certain that I would not follow either of these two young men anywhere. I especially would not be part of an operation that has declared that it will engage the local Sheriff and the U.S. Government as the opposition and the enemies of the people. I also find their support of numerous George Soros sponsored Globalist agenda items (global warming, gun confiscation, federalized control of police, etc.) suspect.
Certainly most Oath Keepers would oppose the positions of that these individuals have taken with regard to the Bill of Rights, especially with regard to the 2nd Amendment. Lofty goals like saving the planet from climate change provide insight to these individuals thinking and politics. My personal opinion is that they are self-promoting grand standers that wait for a cause to help them promote themselves and then jump in. I scoured their writings and social media activity for any mention of the Dakota Access Pipeline BEFORE it became a media sensation and found nothing.
What the Residents of North Dakota are Reporting
North Dakota Veterans Say They Will Not Join DAPL Veteran Protest
“Participating in this kind of assembly, even as a peaceful bystander or participant, will only mar the image of the North Dakota Veterans,” said Russ Stabler, Coordinating Council Chairman of the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs.
The North Dakota veterans said even being in the area is adding to the conflict that exists and that goes against what they took their oaths for.
“To face what they have identified as their enemy and opposing forces, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department and multiple state police agencies,” said Stabler, referring to a document that lays out the VSSR’s plans.
“That’s not peaceful protest, that’s a violation of the law,” said Bill Tuff, Coordinating Council Secretary.
The North Dakota Veterans hope to meet with “Veterans Stand for Standing Rock”, the group behind the gathering, before the group leaves.
“We have reached out to the veterans asking them to not participate,” Stabler said.
Source: KVRR News Fargo, ND
Scott Hennen, a leading radio talk show host in North Dakota, said airlines will make the most profit off the protests because the real stakeholders here weren’t the Native Americans and their secret sacred grounds but [George] Soros-funded anti-energy, anti-environment, anti-jobs activists journeying from the coasts to do their virtue signaling and get arrested or at least charged if possible.
Follow these young men out the Standing Rock at your own risk. Based on their history, I cannot imagine their efforts will improve the situation for either the Standing Rock Sioux or the people of North Dakota.