Minnesota police coordinate with oil company to track protesters


Internal documents show that local police coordinated with Enbridge, the oil company building the Line 3 pipeline through northern Minnesota, to track and crack down on indigenous opposition to the development in an initiative known as Opposition Driven Operational Threats (ODOT). Enbridge designed ODOT to spot emerging outside threats to its business, defining “threat!” as anything from reputational harm to property damage. In 2021, ODOT tracked more than a dozen “threat actors”, including indigenous-led resistance groups. Alexander Dunlap, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oslo, calls ODOT a tool of “corporate counterinsurgency”.


Writer: Aileen Brown
Publication: The Intercept
Publication date: 2020-01-23