"But there was no crime or weapons in the camps."

C.S. Hagen wrote yet another story connected to the DAPL protest, though with a different angle. This time it's the horrific story of a young woman allegedly kidnapped, raped, and assaulted by the son of the self-anointed protest leader, Mike Fasig.

By their own words, the protesters from the Dakota Access Pipeline camps are letting us know that yes, there were rapes, weapons, and violence in the camps. Despite repeatedly telling the world it was all peace, and that the claims of weapons and violence in the camps was all fabricated, those (mostly women) who were abused in the camp are starting to tell their stories. I hope they continue.

You can read the article yourself. What I find interesting, as related to this blog post's title, are a few key excerpts.

First, a woman describes a rape by an alleged serial abuser, the son of a man who considers himself a protest leader:

Lest you think that was a rare case of sexual assault in the camp, no. In a follow-up article on this incident, there's this:

Second, acknowledgement that the protest camps had their own security forces who were considered security by protesters, and by themselves. This is of interest, since the state of North Dakota seems interested in pursuing unlawful private security in the state. As described in the article, camp security were truly attempting to act like some kind of law enforcement, by their own words.

So an illegal camp security force had an "officer" whose son is allegedly a sexual predator and abuser, and TigerSwan/law enforcement are the problem? Motives as pure as the driven snow, I'm sure.

But hey. At least there were o weapons in the camp. That was all made up by law enforcement, right?

Hmm. Looks like that unlicensed private security force in the protest camp was confiscating weaponry...in the protest camp. There's all kinds of expositions possible from that sentence from a law-and-order angle, a Constitutional angle, and pretty much any angle.

Of course, this isn't really a surprise. It was clear there were weapons and nefarious hopes in the camp long before this article came out.

Some protesters were quite prolific about what they saw in the camps, and their concerns about it.

I have plenty more of this type of thing in my files--photos and posts bragging about their weapons, or these kinds of worried public social media admissions about weapons and violence and drugs (though the bad behavior is almost always kind of excused because "TigerSwan did it"). So no, reading this latest article didn't even surprise me.

But let's get back to the article, which was supposed to be about what happened to several women associated with the protest. At the end of the article, after these women describe horrific abuse and sexual assault, protest leader Mike Fasig clarifies, in these era of #MeToo, what this is all really about:
Apparently, it's all about him. Him being targeted. Because he's so well-known.

There's your noble protest leadership. By all means, lift him high.