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FACT CHECK: Are Infrastructure Protection Laws “un-American”?

CLAIM: The Natural Resources Defense Council claims that the US Department of Transportation’s proposed legislation to protect pipelines and pipeline construction projects are “un-American,” “anti-freedom” and an effort to “stop protest.”

RATING

False

FACT CHECK

These claims would be true only to the degree that the proposal aims to take away the freedom to break the law with minimal consequences. Never mind that the proposal does nothing to prevent legal activities associated with protests, including First Amendment rights of speech and assembly.

The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) joined states in proposing new legislation …

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FACT CHECK: New Book Paints Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters As Innocent Victims

CLAIM: A new book – “Standing With Standing Rock — Voices from the #NODAPL Movement” –paints protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline as both heroes and victims of “ritualistic brutality” in their battle against authorities and corporations – and the environmental dangers posed by the pipeline.

RATING

False

FACT CHECK

First, let’s look at the record of violent activity by environmental extremists who put themselves, police and workers at risk. This includes environmental extremists setting a dozen fires on a public highway while protesting pipeline.

Extremists also threatened reporters covering the protests. On October 11, 2016, reporters were confronted and …

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