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BOOM! Navy Petty Officer Joins DAPL Protest With Upside Down Flag – “Our Greatest Enemies Are Right Here”

U.S. Navy veteran, Petty Officer 1st Class Kash Jackson came to North Dakota with one imperative in mind — to uphold the Constitution by protecting the American citizens he swore to defend, who are currently embroiled in a struggle with overly-militarized police acting on behalf of a twisted corporate-government alliance insisting on constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Hoisting an inverted American flag as he led, in uniform, a group of Native American water protectors marching defiantly against government-backed industry profiteering, Jackson had a carefully-considered message about patriotic duty everyone must hear:

“Our greatest enemies are not overseas,” he told a reporter for The Young Turks, “our greatest enemies are right here.”

Indeed, images of police — better armed for combat in Syria or Iraq or Afghanistan than any of the thousands of servicemen and women in active combat — using brutal if nonlethal tactics against wholly unarmed Standing Rock Sioux water protectors and their supporters, have finally made the rounds on corporate media, much to the unsurprising consternation of the American public.

Jackson, however, couldn’t believe his eyes, and — as a former servicemember — saw an indispensable need to defend water protectors from the tyranny of a government run amok with power, acting solely to bolster corporate greed.

“Per the U.S. flag code,” the Navy veteran explains in the interview, “whenever you invert the American flag, it is permissible, underneath extreme risk to life and property — and based on what I’ve witnessed, over here in Standing Rock, I don’t think there’s any question whether or not there’s a risk to life and property.”

In short, the life and property of citizens are at risk based on the actions of State agents — various law enforcement and private, corporate-hired security mercenaries — and thus demand the protection of U.S. military personnel sworn to defend them.

As a veteran, Jackson is asked by The Young Turks reporter, “Have you ever seen, domestically, such force used against unarmed people, peaceful people, to protect an inanimate object [the Dakota Access Pipeline]?”

Obviously grasping the gravity of the situation unfolding in North Dakota, he replies,

“No, I’ve never witnessed this caliber of militarization against people — I mean, I’ve … we’ve seen it throughout history, through the Civil Rights era, through Ferguson — there’s been multiple times in our nation’s history where we’ve utilized force like this against people … who were peaceful. Most of which I saw during the Civil Rights Movement.”

Historians, advocates, and activists have, indeed, likened the multifaceted issues stemming from increasingly unscrupulous actions by law enforcement agencies untrained in the military surplus jackpot items the government willingly provides to a new era — a nascent, if circular moment — in the struggle for civil rights.

Ferguson, Missouri, and the tremendously controversial fatal shooting by Officer Darren Wilson of unarmed teen, Michael Brown — though decidedly not the first questionable police shooting of an unarmed person of color — abruptly snapped to public consciousness that something, indeed, has gone terribly awry in the United States.

More than two years hence, rather than sweeping reform of American policing, we stand amidst a widening epidemic of state-perpetrated violence against the public — and its parallel, nearly wholesale impunity from punishment.

Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples from well over 200 tribes and nations — from all over the globe — have an inherent and long-standing comprehension of that struggle, particularly as it plays out in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, in opposing yet another potentially dangerous oil pipeline.

As the reporter notes of intense and likely illegal surveillance efforts, in prefacing a question for Jackson, “it seems like the police can … break laws, you know, freely, and there’s no consequences. They’re flying overhead without lights, they’re standing on Army Corps [of Engineers] land, they are standing on top of land [where] ancestors are buried, why do you think the police are doing this in such force?”

“Because we’ve allowed it in this country,” the Navy vet immediately responds, “and that’s why it’s occurring. The government and Big Business continues to exploit the citizens of this country, to exploit its resources … and it’s because we, as citizens, have been apathetic to what’s going on all around us. We’re distracted by so many things occurring in this country that don’t mean anything. The World Series is super important — but what’s more important — a baseball, or people?

“You know, people are more important. If we as a nation don’t stand together, united, then our government will continue to do what they’re doing here in Standing Rock.”

Beyond the militaristic, over-the-top crackdown on water protectors and activists at several encampments attempting to block the pipeline, the U.S. government has undertaken a considerable effort to ensure Dakota Access construction will continue unimpeded.

In addition to the appalling presence of police from at least five states, private security mercenaries, and federal agents, Energy Transfer Partners — the industry collective overseeing pipeline construction — and financially-motivated politicians have even re-written a decades-old ban on the export of unrefined crude to guarantee the surety of its completion.

Under this suffocating weight — and centuries of exploitation — opposition continues.

Asked if he considers the militarized force against unarmed water protectors — citizens — a battle against corporate profiteering, Jackson intoned,

“Whether or not it’s about greed, I don’t entirely know. What I do know, is what’s right in front of my face; and, whenever I see the military-style tactics utilized on peaceful people, that is a complete abridgement of First Amendment rights — the ability to express yourself freely without being … I mean, I shouldn’t be intimidated or scared.

“You know, even for me to stand here the way that I do, in my uniform, people will frown upon that. I’ll be attacked personally for this. And … it makes me concerned for what could happen. But, if I don’t … I think Martin Luther King, Jr., had said it … ‘an injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere.’ And this is an injustice. And I’m not going to stand by, as a retired servicemember, who swore to protect the Constitution and their rights, their constitutional rights — so, I’m here to continue to protect those for them, like I swore to do for twenty years.”

Further, the veteran expounds on the process of legislative debate happening behind “closed doors” as a means to exclude the public from the process, as if politicians and legislators indeed have plenty to hide.

“That’s what’s occurring in this country, is that … Big Business is in bed with our government. There’s no secret about that. And the government profiting off of stealing and destroying our constitutional rights has to stop. And we, as American people, have to be willing. Standing Rock wasn’t necessarily my fight, so to speak; but what is my fight is that these are human beings — these are people — these are citizens of this country that I swore to protect.

“And I’m going to stand alongside of them and fight with them because I see what’s occurring here. Right before my eyes. There’s no better way for me to know and understand what’s occurring here than to get in my truck and drive over here.”

As for President Obama’s continued virtual stonewalling, and refusal to take more than a tissue-thin stance about the militarized police response to peaceful civil disobedience the rest of the planet has the integrity to denounce, Jackson adds,

“… as a Commander-in-Chief of this country, he has a responsibility. He swore an oath for that Constitution the same as I did … and too many people, veterans included, servicemembers included, they have forgotten about that other piece” — the vow to defend against “all enemies, foreign and domestic, and we always point our eyes outward from our borders; but we never look inward.

“Our greatest enemies are not overseas — our greatest enemies are right here.”

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The shame of the current and coming administrations is the willful blindness — the complicity — in ignoring and permitting paranoia about dissent to supplant the open debate and criticism of failed policy and legislation.

As we witness the failed fruits of rampant hegemony and imperialism, this military veteran’s words, and inverted flag distress signal, couldn’t be more crucial a reminder of what true patriotism — an actual defense of liberty — must entail.

  • Jackie Kirnbauer

    I love a man with real honour!!

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      • Greg Geitner

        piss off

    • Paschn

      Agree. So polar opposite from the Israeli-trained cops/military “following orders” on he OTHER side of the line.

      • John Cokos

        It’s really a silly spectacle when you see grown men pretending that they are participants in a on-line action hero game. If I had to get up in the morning and do what I see those combat ready (?) geared up action hero’s doing, I would find another line of work.
        These folks probably got their Israeli oriented training from GILEE in Georgia with ties to the Isreali military. They have infiltrated just about all levels of upper level management of Law Enforcement.
        They will eventually get weary of this game, as they the don’t have the moral high ground. Would you want to come there very day knowing that the reason you are there is under duress of your job ?
        

        • Paschn

          Over the years I’ve walked off of jobs. Good paying jobs, jobs I liked, (for the most part). I get your point and it’s a good one. the only problem is the types of lackeys usually found within those groups are sociopaths. the type who will destroy their country and kill their people because they’ve been “sanctioned” by co-opted and corrupted legislative/executive/judicial branches of this new oligarchy. The fact they KNOW it is means nothing to them It’s comparable to sociopaths within the military, (dual citizen swine Wesley Clark?), who’s only reason to join is to carry out their desire to kill/destroy to facilitate staining their shorts w/o consequences.

  • Ian Nickerson

    There, there is your real American hero!

  • gininitaly

    … and there it is.. because the goal is a police state here, and everywhere else,
    ruled by the new world order of fascists.. the int’l cabal of central
    bankers/mega corporate/military industrial complex psychopaths
    who have manipulated and bought themselves into this position of government takeover. This is
    what monopoly capitalism evolves to… the unquenchable desire for money
    and power at any cost to the human race. They should all be hung on the
    White House steps. The fact is that our days are numbered, unless we ALL rise up across this country and the globe… put an end to our murder and enslavement.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzrYMEvAEyw

    • Espinoza Gil
    • Karl Gary

      The power structure looks like this: The Federal Reserve (privately owned Central Banking), then to the Fortune 500 companies that they have financed into existence. Then there is us. Just how small is the Federal Government? Only 2% of the population is employed by the federal government. Yes, government is that small. No doubt that more than half of the 2% is working for big money. So what is left to represent “we the people.” Perhaps .75%. Imagine that, less than 1% of the population is trying to do what is right for the general public. Therefore, they cannot accomplish much. Never buy the republican lie that government is too big. Big money wants government kept small to control it better.

  • NiteGoat

    If this retired Sailor thinks the “protesters” (I call them what they really were: rioters) in Ferguson were peaceful, he needs to have his fucking head examined.

    • Espinoza Gil
      • gininitaly

        Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan etc… right on back to the very beginning.

        This has been going on across both of the parties you’ve been allowed to have. It’s the system which has been usurped by the shadow psychopaths you don’t even know the names of and not the lying volunteer puppets you are manipulated into electing… and if by chance that doesn’t work, they’ll just oops, have a voting recount which is more to their liking. So let go of the idea of parties or any of the individuals those parties display… none of them gives a damn about you.

    • Melissa Curley

      Hey nitegoat…wtf are you going to drink if the water is no longer because of this stupid pipeline ??!?!?!

      • NiteGoat

        What does that have to do with this retired sailor calling the Ferguson rioters “peaceful protestors”?

        • Melissa Curley

          They are not rioters…they are protecting the sacred burial land…how would you feel if they were going to run a pipeline through a graveyard of your ancestors?…Along with the fact that the pipeline is going to destroy the water? I dont think people can drink oil…

          • NiteGoat

            Did you not watch the video and read my original comment?

            Because if you did, you would know that I never teferrrd to the Dakota Pipeline protesters as rioters. I referred to those in Ferguson, MO, to whom the retired sailor in the video referred to as protesters, as rioters; because that’s what they were: rioters.

          • Melissa Curley

            sorry about that…carry on

      • Ryan Vegas Purser

        You’d better not have a car.

      • John Risinger

        North Dakota has several underwater pipelines in this State. We take extra precautions to ensure our waters stay clean. I fish and hunt in that area of Lake Oahe. The pipe will have double hall and safety valves on each end. I was in support of the cause at first, but after these changes and the violence and tactics used by Environmental Terrorist, I no longer support them. They have started fires, jammed up traffic in surrounding towns, destroyed private property, caused havoc in Malls and other locations not even near the site.

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    • Karl Gary

      This is the truth. And we will need a new political party that expressed how contrived money is, and how technology can be used to benefit all humans.

  • chris

    Right or wrong, It is illegal for him to protest in that uniform. Don’t be surprised if he has to pay some consequences for that.

    With that said, my thoughts and prayers are with the water protectors.

    • Omid Saranj

      So Americans in the military cannot exercise their 1st amendment right in uniform?

      • Ryan Vegas Purser

        Not in uniform. Article 15 on the way. Ucmj article 92. Failure to obey.

    • John Cokos

      Why? He’s not on active duty, and there is no restriction on ex-military wearing their uniform. I would have locked up years ago if that were the case.

    • Shinji’s Soul Reaver

      I’m a veteran and I am proud of this guy, but yeah the first thing I thought was “I hope this guy doesn’t get in trouble.”

  • John Risinger

    As a vet, its sad to see vets get involved in something they have no idea what is going on. The protesters are being violent. Check your intel before advancing. The media is not doing their job. I live here.