Arrest Warrant Issued for Democracy Now! Host After Filming Security Attack Pipeline Protesters

crhejjmwaaanr_rBy Matt Agorist

A private security firm, guarding the highly controversial construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline, turned mercenary last weekend and were caught on video unleashing vicious attack dogs against a sizable crowd of peaceful protesters — including women and children. And now, the only people to be punished for the vicious attacks, are the ones who filmed it.

Saturday evening, Democracy Now! announced that an arrest warrant had been issued for host and executive producer Amy Goodman. Goodman, along with a team from the media outlet, were in North Dakota last week to cover the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The video taken by Democracy Now! of the horrid abuses inflicted on the protesters by private security quickly went viral. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and at least 100 other Native American nations as well as activists and advocates peacefully chanted “water is life” while guards held dogs nearby to intimidate the crowd. Without warning, these security henchmen showered the demonstrators with pepper spray and released the dogs — at least six people were bitten, including a young child.

The warrant issued for Goodman’s arrest is for misdemeanor trespassing. Given the nature of the video and the countless other individuals in that same area who did not receive arrest warrants, the motives for the warrant become apparent — retaliation.

“This is an unacceptable violation of freedom of the press,” said Amy Goodman in a statement. “I was doing my job by covering pipeline guards unleashing dogs and pepper spray on Native American protesters.”

For months, the Standing Rock Sioux have camped in the pipeline’s proposed path, halting construction at least temporarily as Energy Transfer Partners, the firm responsible, continues to intimidate, harass, and now attack protesters attempting to protect their own land.

Although tribe spokesman, Steve Sitting Bear, said 30 people had been pepper-sprayed and six suffered dog bites, Morton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Donnell Preskey claimed law enforcement had received no reports of protesters being injured, according to the Wall Street Journal.

As Claire Bernish previously pointed out, video of the moment of attack has, in fact, been difficult to obtain, since cell reception at the site frequently cuts off in what many suspect is a law enforcement attempt to cover up the company’s vicious quashing of the protest.

Immediately before video of the skirmish cuts out, a panicked protester can be heard screaming, “They’ve got trucks behind us, too!”

Sacred Stone Camp, the water protectors’ defensive encampment, posted a picture of a female security guard holding a choke-chain wearing dog to Facebook with the alarming description, “Yes, that is the blood of peaceful protestors on this dog’s mouth.”

Dogs indiscriminately bit anyone and anything in their path — including a horse — and at one point, in seeming karmic retribution, even turned on their handlers.

By refusing to acknowledge the multiple documented violations and assaults by the Dakota Pipeline security forces, and, instead, going after the innocent individuals who filmed them, law enforcement in North Dakota has shown who they are beholden to — and it is not the people.

Please share this article to let others know how ‘justice’ is sought in the land of the free.

Matt Agorist is the co-founder of, where this article first appeared. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. .

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39 Comments on "Arrest Warrant Issued for Democracy Now! Host After Filming Security Attack Pipeline Protesters"

  1. …is anyone surprised? Now their problem will be hundreds of other reporters showing up and doing stories on this debacle. Good.
    RJ O’Guillory

    • Ingold Inglorion | September 11, 2016 at 11:41 am | Reply

      The facts are already out on the ‘net. They can issue as many stupid warrants as they like. Putting a warrant on Amy Goodman is a stupid as putting a warrant on Bill O’Reilly. This will blow up in their faces like a gag cigar.

      • …at least the idiot Obama has put a stop to it for a bit. I don’t think the…”Optics”…of more potential genocide against Native American Tribes, conducted by mercenaries and a look-away-corrupt-government…I don’t think Hillary would appreciate that just about now, or that Obama wants that as part of his legacy. Ha…ha…ha..
        RJ O’Guillory

      • Is the warrant for exposing the Truth? Because it did not seem to me that they photographer was obstructing anything!!

  2. Hard to believe those G4S scumbags are still in business after one of their employees shot up that gay club in Orlando.

    • They work for obama.I know what your saying. He has them hauling illegals all over the southwest and dropping them off with instructions where to go. The haulers are these same scum.

  3. “When peaceful revolution is made impossible violent revolution is inevitable” – John F. Kennedy

  4. Complete and utter SCUM!!!

  5. Find out who the security scumbags are, then pay them a private visit at home, hold nothing back so they do not do it again. This is how you stop scum you cut it off, you make so hard for them to come home safe they no longer want the job. You fight them on your terms not theirs.

    • While we ourselves support peace, you seem to have tapped into a vein that is growing exponentially by the day. Lots of Americans appear to have had about enough of this horse scheit.

    • Great advice, if one of those dogs had bit someone I cared for, I would make them pay dearly. …..their house may even burn down

  6. Why the fear of an dog, usually I take an shirt stick( worst case senario, use one of your fists, foulded) and make shure when you hit the dog in the moment they try to bite you, jam it in sideways and force the dog into the ground, use albow or an knee, or kick it inbetween its frontal legs to kick the air out of them, fight back, make noice, usually thats sufficient.

    The UssA and the MSM is continuing to dig them selfs out of everything, regarding the truth.
    You see, they dont give a f…., use legislations to hammer it on the native people.
    Yea and cal it legale, when the documents tells something else.
    Legalised plundering, and the land and its people is sacrifyed on the altar of Big Oil and the corruption so obvious is staggering, in an modern society, this kind of behaviour is downright facism in broad daylight.
    But then again, what to expect from the Imperial Banana republic UssA.

    And the UssA goes to the Philipines and drools something about human rights.
    And He got the f…. nerves to talk about democrasy.

    Yea, the emperor is butt naked.


  7. One problem with this narrative… it is disinformation. What really happened is this… The company building the pipeline offered the Indians $56,000,000 to allow the pipeline to run through their land. The native americans wanted more money so the company decided to change their plans & moved the projected pipeline off Indian land & instead run it through other private & govt. land. The Native Americans didn’t like losing all that money…This is the real reason for the “protest”. The “protestors” & Democracy Now broke through fences & trespassed.
    Not only that, the agitators hit a number of dogs with sticks and bats before anyone got bit. In fact, 3 dogs had to be hospitalized with concussions afterwards.
    This shouldn’t surprise anyone. The marxists of the left used the same dishonest tactics with Black Lives Matter, where they fail to disclose on most of the victims like Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castille, etc. were all men either armed or directly attacking/assaulting police. Theyve also lied that police are targetting blacks when in reality over 2x whites are killed by cops every yr.

    • Thats why your post and mine will be deleted. Oh well, just another day in the false, fake, and comical “left/right” paradigm.

      • I’ve been censored by several supposed alternative media sites for just mentioning Zionism. ….it happened at info wars and Brietbart

    • The Native Americans are always wrong, they’re heathens, savages and have the audacity to want money for their land. We’ve been hearing this same BS for a long time. You are trying to make it into a left/right thing, but It’s really a Big Fat Pile of Lies thing. Nice try.

    • 56 million in what? Bogus.

  8. That would have gone a whole lot better had they stopped and prayed in front of the dozers! Just like the Filipinos did when protesting Fernadad Marcis re-election fraud and the blessed mother Mary came between the tanks and the Christians praying the rosary! They climbed out of their tanks and asked the people to give them a rosary too so they could pray, saving millions of lives and kicking out the family that stole millions from them and kept them oppressed!

    • The water protectors at Standing Rock have been doing prayer vigil since April 1. But it isn’t to your Christian god so I guess in your book it doesn’t count?

  9. PERS ponzi 1st repsonders | September 11, 2016 at 4:16 pm | Reply

    fast forward to 6 minutes 30 second point

    to hear about pipeline

    youtube . com/embed/MZTtLnRuBSQ?rel=0&autoplay=1

  10. The same people who will vote Clinton even though she’s had a hand in it.

  11. As goes North Dakota, so goes America

  12. The USA is really a police state, no longer a democracy. The governments of the west – all of them, now work for the big corporations.
    It’s like ‘The Hunger Games’.

    • Psychopaths have gained control of just about everything

      • noor aza othman | September 14, 2016 at 5:12 am | Reply

        It’s not just any psychopaths; but ZioNazi Psychopath cannibals!

        See how the ZioNazis control the Wezz! At – How Mossad Controls Our Political Parties, by
        Christopher Bollyn, 25 October 2008 – thus it means Central ISra*l Agency. And
        at – Likud Becomes a Regional Member of the European Parliament, By Maidhc Ó
        Cathail | CounterPunch | April 27, 2016.

        And see the organ traffickers, who are behind Catholic Genocide in Mexico; at – Zeta gang
        connected to U.S. Special Forces/Mossad, By Wayne Madsen, March 10, 2011!

    • The merging of the political with the corporate is classic fascism.
      The USA is a fascist state – lets be honest here,

  13. What goes around, comes around. won’t be a fan this time to hit, but a meat grinder.

  14. Didn’t Amy get the word that Blue Lives Matter more than anyone else’s?

  15. …and Obama wants to talk about human rights in China?

  16. It doesn’t surprise me that tptb can find, what seems like a limitless supply of, thugs to abuse people. Every day I drive in traffic and when I deal with people in public, I’m reminded of just how selfish and stupid most people are. I am definitely a misanthrope and I become more disgusted with humanity as the years progress.

    I fully understand the people who isolate themselves and eventually surround themselves with animals. They to are the small percentage of humans who truly care and have seen the true face of the majority and have had enough.

    My passing from this world will be a joyous occasion and a day of celibration.

  17. Alabama Mothman | September 12, 2016 at 5:29 am | Reply

    Perfect example of the golden rule.

    Those protestors have every right to protect themselves.

  18. Great! “The best way to bring down a dictatorship is to make it act like a dictatorship.”

    Oh. Waitaminit. They ain’t acting.

  19. Could Standing Rock be the next shot heard around the world?
    I thought the reservations were suppose to be an independent nation.
    I guess this will be like the Black Hills! Except this is Black Gold!

  20. Exactly, huge PR mistake! I grew up in my dad’s public relations office – this won’t go well for those security guards or the company, GS4.

  21. I wonder if Amy Goodman is a rain-water gatherer. She looks kind of like a rain-water gatherer. Check her property for rain gathering containers!!! Maybe we can get her on the crime of rain gathering too. She sure looks like one of those rain thieves.

  22. Introverted Studios | September 12, 2016 at 4:18 pm | Reply

    Didn’t these Indians learn anything from the past? I’d like to see a prayer stop a .308 lapua.

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