Israeli US spy towers target traditional Tohono O'odham sacred area

Israeli US spy tower pact targets Tohono O'odham sacred mountain and spying on traditional O'odham
 
By Brenda Norrell 
 
GU-VO, Tohono O'odham Nation -- The United States has targeted two traditional Tohono O'odham districts, Gu-Vo District and Chukut Kuk District, with 15 new US spy towers to be built by the Israeli Apartheid corporation Elbit Systems, responsible for Apartheid security surrounding Palestine.
 
On Tohono O'odham land, the US conceals the fact the US Homeland Security gave the US spy towers contract to an Israeli corporation, Elbit Systems, responsible for the Apartheid security surrounding Palestine and a manufacturer of drones.
 
The Tohono O'odham Gu-Vo District opposes this spy tower proposal. Gu-Vo is in the western most district of the Tohono O'odham Nation.
 
The Gu-Vo District released a statement opposing the tower sites, in order to protect cultural sites on their holy mountains, where there are O’odham human remains. Read the full statement of Gu-Vo District: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/09/us-israeli-pact-targets-traditional.html
 
The spy towers of the US and Israel are the latest ploy in the so-called “war on drugs,” which targets Indigenous Peoples.
 
Meanwhile, hundreds of US Border Patrol agents have been arrested and convicted of drug smuggling and serving as “spotters” for the Mexican cartels to bring loads into the US. Further, the US AFT has provided automatic weapons to the drug cartels by way of Project Gunrunner, Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious since 2005. 
 
Most recently the US ATF armed the Sinaloa cartel in western Mexico with automatic weapons in its "gun walking" scheme.
 
While the US attempts to conceal that the towers contract was granted to an Israeli firm, Elbit Systems, the US border contract was celebrated in Israel, according to Israeli news reports.
 
Last year US Homeland Security gave the $145 million Integrated Fixed Tower to Elbit Systems, an Israeli defense contractor, instead of to a US corporation. Prior to this contract, Boeing spent $1 billion attempting to build spy towers before announcing that its spy towers on the Arizona border did not work.
 
The Israeli spy towers are the latest attack on the traditional O’odham, and a means of surveillance and oppression, for O'odham who live in their sovereign homeland. (Photo: US Border Patrol agents pointing spy cameras into the home of traditional O'odham woman on Tohono O'odham land.)
 
The increase of US and Israeli militarization on sovereign Tohono O'odham land has resulted in widespread human rights abuses, including rapes and murders of migrants and Indigenous Peoples in the border region carried out by US Border Patrol agents. 
 
US Border Patrol agents have been arrested and convicted in every region of the US border for running drugs. A Congressional hearing revealed that hundreds of US Border Patrol and ICE agents have been arrested and convicted of drug smuggling and serving as "spotters." Spotters are look-outs for the Mexican cartels and provide safe passage for the cartels to transport large loads of drugs into the US. 
 
The US government has armed the Mexican cartels since 2005 by way of the US ATF's Project Gunrunner, Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious. The US media has failed to expose how US agents are involved in drug smuggling at the southern border. The “gunwalking” under the guise of tracking assault weapons to the cartels, began during the Bush administration in 2005 on the Texas border, according to a Justice Dept. report.
 
The US uses the excuse of this so-called war on drugs in an attempt to justify these US Israeli spy towers, which violate all laws of privacy and human rights in the US. 
 
Meanwhile, universities have partnered with Israel to target Indigenous Peoples in the creation of drones and surveillance. 
 
The University of Arizona in Tucson is boycotted by O'odham human rights activists for designing drones and border surveillance which target and kill Indigenous Peoples globally. San Carlos Apache also boycott the University of Arizona for taking the lead, with the Pope, for the construction of massive telescopes on sacred Mount Graham in Arizona.
 
The US spy tower near Sells, Arizona, (in the top photo) on the sovereign Tohono O'odham Nation, was viewed with outrage by a delegation of Mohawks, Lakota, Dine' and Pueblo during the Indigenous Border Summit of the Americas in 2007. 
 
The spy tower was located next to the "cage," constructed of a metal fence and concrete floor where migrants were detained, including Indigenous Peoples from Mexico and Central America, walking and hoping for a better life. 
 
Large numbers of Indigenous Peoples have died on the Tohono O'odham Nation of thirst and dehydration. The Tohono O'odham Nation created a law which made it a crime to give a drink of water, or aid, to migrants. This law was opposed by Tohono O'odham human rights activists who say they have been instructed by their ancestors to carry out a spiritual way of life for all of creation, the Himdaag way of life.
 
Maps of the US Israeli targeted areas of spy tower in Tohono Districts in 2015: 
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/09/us-israeli-pact-targets-traditional.html
 
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About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.