Right before militarized police advanced on activists at the No Dakota Access Pipeline (#NoDAPL) protests last week, protestors cell phone signals suddenly disappeared. Their lifeline to the rest of the world was gone.
If the police at Standing Rock cut their cell signals it would be a MAJOR legal violation.
The law is crystal clear: It’s illegal to jam cell phone signals. And spying on protesters without probable cause violates the Fourth Amendment.
The only way to find out what’s going on is for the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to launch an immediate investigation – and stop any illegal actions they uncover.
For years, activists have been standing with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation to protect their sacred lands and drinking water from the massive DAPL crude oil pipeline.
The mainstream media has largely ignored their efforts, so posting cell phone footage of their peaceful protests – and confrontations with police – online has become a lifeline to document police abuses.
And because the Standing Rock Sioux Nation operates its own cell phone tower, it’s unlikely that these timely cell phone disruptions are from bandwidth overload.
Instead, experts are saying that the sudden breakdown in wireless signal could be a result of police illegally jamming cell phone signals, or using “stingray” surveillance devices that disrupt cell phone signals.
The FCC is the only expert agency with the authority to require law enforcement to reveal if they are using wireless spying devices.
If the FCC finds illegal abuses by the police, it has the power to stop them.
With tensions between protestors and police escalating by the minute, the FCC needs to open an investigation NOW.
Tell the FCC: Launch an investigation into cell phone jamming and spying at Standing Rock!