ACLU Argues That Anti-Pipeline Rioters Had a Right to Block Public Roads

MINOT, N.D. — One consistent tactic of the political extremists who use violent protests to disrupt pipeline construction is the blocking of roads.

It’s a tactic built on fear and intimidation. We are to give the protesters what they want, or they will hurt us by disrupting our communities, vandalizing our property, etc.

Now, in a ludicrous amicus brief filed in a lawsuit filed by activists who fought the Dakota Access Pipeline, the American Civil Liberties Union is arguing that rural roads are a “traditional public forum” for political activities.

You’re reading that right.

They believe the middle of a public road, where cars and trucks drive, is a valid place for protesters to gather and, well, protest.

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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