Ranch 'Gunmen And Followers' To Begin Trial. A federal jury in Nevada is about to be picked to decide whether a
tense standoff pitting armed ranchers and rangers against federal agents over a herd of cattle in a dry river bed amounted to
a peaceful expression of free speech and weapon rights, or an insurrection against the U.S. government.
6 others acquitted in Oregon standoff trial. Seven people who were among the armed occupiers of a federal
wildlife refuge in Oregon earlier this year were acquitted Thursday of charges related to the 41-day standoff. Ammon
Bundy; his brother, Ryan Bundy; and three other people were found not guilty of firearms charges and conspiracy to impede
federal workers. Two others who were acquitted were charged only with conspiracy. The federal jury couldn't reach
a verdict on a theft charge against Ryan Bundy.
trial ends, surreal scene leaves defense lawyer stunned with Taser, tackled by U.S. Marshals. Moments after the
Oregon standoff defendants' acquittals were announced in court Thursday [10/27/2016], Ammon Bundy's lawyer Marcus Mumford
stood before the judge, and argued that his client should be released from custody immediately and allowed to walk out of the
courtroom a free man. Ammon Bundy, who chose to wear blue jails scrubs throughout the trial, was dressed in a gray suit
Thursday. U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown told him that there was a U.S. Marshal's hold on him from a pending
federal indictment in Nevada.
occupier Bundy urges jurors to 'stand for freedom'. National wildlife refuge occupier Ryan Bundy twice referenced the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr. during his closing argument Wednesday [10/19/2016], and he told jurors to "stand for freedom" and find him not guilty.
Bundy takes the stand in Oregon wildlife refuge standoff trial. The leader of an armed takeover of a national
wildlife refuge took the witness stand in his own defense, tearfully telling jurors he was initially reluctant to get
involved in the plight of two Oregon ranchers ordered to return to prison.
Westerners Under the Federal Boot. The federal government owns an estimated one-third of all the land in the
United States. But this is only a rough estimate, because even the federal government does not actually know how much
land it controls. For those living on the East Coast who rarely encounter federal land, this may not seem like an
important issue, but in western states, the vast amounts of land owned or controlled by the federal government are among the
most important issues that states must face. And the Obama administration is using the power of that land ownership to
grind westerners under the federal boot, a kind of neo-feudalism where an absentee landlord federal government keeps western
states and the citizens who live there as vassals and serfs.
Judge Wants Total Secrecy In Bundy Trial! No one is going to believe this, but then, given today's
authoritarianism which is choking this nation to death, perhaps to the awake and alert this comes as no surprise.
The tyranny has taken off its mask and removed its velvet glove. I am astounded.
We have moved past the point where we can vote our way out of our situation. We don't have very many options
left. Ammon Bundy tried one way that many of us felt was ill-advised and so we stayed out of it. We offered our
support, but not our participation. Sadly, that effort turned deadly, but not because of Ammon Bundy. Bundy had
talked to the FBI and had been lulled into thinking that he could share his grievances with rational people without a
confrontation. LaVoy Finicum died as a result, but that was not the cause of Finicum's death, no one is
responsible for that death other than the OSP and the FBI who orchestrated it.
Bundy suing Obama, Nevada officials. Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who led an armed standoff over grazing
fees on federal lands, is suing President Obama and Nevada officials in hopes of getting charges against him dismissed.
Bundy's lawyer will file the complaint Tuesday against Obama; Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.); his son, former
Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid and U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro. It alleges that they violated
several of his constitutional rights and also asks the court to dismiss his indictment and release him from solitary
confinement. His legal team will discuss the action Tuesday [5/10/2016], following a detention hearing in Las Vegas.
Bundy questions authority of feds to prosecute him. Lawyers for Ammon Bundy revealed plans to contest the
authority of the federal government to prosecute their client for the takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.
FBI Should Be Renamed The FBAM. Waco, Texas was an assault on and murder of people who had done no harm nor
posed any threat to anything but government tyranny. Clinton sent in heavily armed SS troops to Waco, Texas to murder
nearly 100 people, mostly women and children, even using an armored vehicle, more precisely, an Abrams tank, to attack a
shanty occupied by a Christian cult that posed no threat to anyone. Then he sicced his attack dogs on the Weaver family
at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, murdering a child and a woman armed only with an infant, all to prove that the federal government
answers not to God, the Constitution, or We the People, but only to a lust for absolute power and murder of citizens.
Now we have seen the murder of Robert Lavoy Finicum in Burns, Oregon, likely on orders from fuhrer obama, because he helped
organize a protest against the unlawful seizure of private property by the tyrannical bureaucrats of the Bureau of Land
Management, a gang of thugs who also answer only to a lust for power.
agents under investigation for possible misconduct in LaVoy Finicum shooting. An FBI agent is suspected of
lying about firing twice at Robert "LaVoy" Finicum and may have gotten help from four other FBI agents in covering up
afterward, authorities revealed Tuesday [3/8/2016]. The bullets didn't hit Finicum and didn't contribute to his death,
but now all five unnamed agents, part of an elite national unit, are under criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz is leading the independent inquiry. The remarkable disclosure came as a team of local
investigators released findings that two state troopers shot Finicum three times in the back during the chaotic scene at a police
roadblock Jan. 26. One bullet pierced his heart, an autopsy showed.
'The Ballad of LaVoy
Finicum'. LaVoy Finicum was only one rancher, a citizen trying to eke out a living in a livelihood the
government is making all but impossible with the smothering red tape of bureaucracy. And that's why his death that came as
he was standing knee-high in the Oregon snow is all the more unforgettably tragic. After being shot down in cold
blood — as he was clearly signaling to armed federal agents and Oregon state police that he posed no threat —
his body was left to lay in the snow. The passengers traveling with him on the way to a meeting with Sheriff Palmer, left
traumatized in shock in a vehicle authorities shot up like a scene out of a B-grade Hollywood movie, the authorities initially
never even bothered to cover his body with a blanket. In life LaVoy Finicum — like many ranchers —
was plagued by the ongoing harassment of the agents of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). LaVoy Finicum got about as
much respect in death as one of his own cattle.
agents investigated in showdown with Oregon occupier. An elite FBI hostage-rescue team is under investigation
after officials said they have been unable to determine exactly who shot at Oregon occupier Robert "LaVoy" Finicum during a
fatal showdown in January. Officials said Tuesday [3/8/2016] that Oregon State Police troopers were justified when they
fatally shot Finicum on Jan. 26 as state and federal law enforcement sprang a trap on the leaders of a lengthy armed
occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore. But investigators also revealed Tuesday that they
have not been able to account for all the shots fired during the incident, which has led the U.S. Department of Justice Office
of the Inspector General to open an investigation into the FBI agents at the scene.
into LaVoy Finicum death concludes, result to be released Tuesday. Officials will announce Tuesday [3/8/2016]
whether state troopers were justified in fatally shooting Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, a leader of the Malheur National Wildlife
Refuge occupation. Finicum, 54, was killed as police tried to arrest key figures in the refuge takeover. His death on
Jan. 26 spurred claims that police acted without provocation, with some labeling his death a murder. The FBI has said Finicum
was shot after he tried to elude police and reached for a gun.
million-dollar herd of ornery cattle giving feds a meaty problem. The feds have rogue rancher Cliven Bundy
behind bars, but corralling his million-dollar herd of ornery cattle is proving to be a much more daunting task. The
69-year-old landowner, whose ranch 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas was the scene of a 2014 standoff with the Bureau
of Land Management, was arrested last month on charges related to the Nevada incident when he left his ranch to travel to Oregon,
where his sons were involved in another standoff with federal officials. Meanwhile, his 1,000 head of cattle are still roaming
federal lands due, in part, to his absence and also to what officials call his "unconventional, if not bizarre" ranching methods.
Arrest More Bundy Ranch Patriots - Including Trump Campaign Official. Well, it appears that there is a list of
Americans that are being arrested on trumped up charges related to the 2014 Bundy Ranch standoff. We told you about the
suspicions of this list back in February. In addition to the arrests of those who stood with the Bundy's at Bundy
Ranch, including Cliven Bundy himself, it's being reported that there are at least two other men have been arrested and
charged in relation to the Bundy Ranch siege in 2014, including a campaign official for Donald Trump.
Open Letter To The Three FBI Agents That Killed LaVoy Finicum In Oregon. I would have been the first one to give you the benefit of
the doubt. I was raised around law enforcement. I know good men in law enforcement. But that changed for me, as it did thousands
of Americans, with the events that unfurled in Oregon as I felt utterly stunned at what I viewed in that video. I watched the grainy version
of the video that the FBI administration released of LaVoy Finicums death, even though I knew that with our technology today, they have better, more
clear footage and footage with audio from this event. But you will not release that, it is too incriminating for the FBI. They did this
with purpose to deceive the public and that video would have revealed to the world your actions that day. This footage you did release, left
people arguing about what they were seeing in the blurry video rather than to bring their attention to the way that three FBI agents ambushed and murdered
an innocent, non-violent rancher with no criminal history. A man with a large family. A good man. A man who never threatened you.
Nevada rancher denied
bail in 2014 standoff case. Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, accused of leading an armed standoff of 400 supporters
against the federal government in 2014, was denied bail Tuesday [2/16/2016], according to authorities. The judge in an
Oregon federal court determined that Bundy was a flight risk, said Natalie Collins, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's
Office for the District of Nevada. He is scheduled to be back in court Friday [2/19/2016].
FBI goes through evidence at refuge, town awaits normalcy. As the FBI focuses on its criminal investigation at the national wildlife refuge
taken over by an armed group, land managers must get ready to reopen the 300 square-mile area, which draws birdwatchers, anglers and hunters and is a
key economic engine of the surrounding area.
rancher Cliven Bundy arrested. Four holdouts at a federal wildlife refuge surrendered peacefully Thursday [2/11/2016] to end
a 41-day takeover, but not before one protester balked at the last moment and threatened to shoot himself in a rambling, hour-long discussion
livestreamed online. David Fry, 27, speaking by cellphone on an open line broadcast on YouTube, said he was "feeling suicidal" only
moments after his three companions peacefully surrendered to the FBI and a group of negotiators led by evangelist Franklin Graham.
moves in to end Oregon stand-off — Agents and armored cars surround militia men holed up in wildlife refuge. The four final
occupiers walked out of the compound on Thursday morning [2/11/2016] at 11am and handed themselves in to the FBI at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.
your government is up to while you're watching football. While 111.9 million viewers, making it the third most-watched
television event in U.S. history, were watching the Super Bowl — a perfect captive audience for Beyonce's halftime political
tribute to Black Lives Matter and the New Black Panthers, this is what the strong arm of the government was doing. In the U.S.
government agencies were getting ready to impose solitary confinement on all 16 participants in the Oregon standoff, held in
custody. Even most terrorists are spared solitary confinement.
rancher Cliven Bundy charged with assault, conspiracy. Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, the father of the jailed
leader of the protest at an Oregon wildlife refuge, was charged with conspiracy, assault on a federal officer, obstruction
and other crimes one day after FBI agents arrested him in Portland, Ore. A criminal complaint filed Thursday [2/11/2016]
stems from Bundy's role at the center of a tense April 2014 armed standoff with federal officials near his ranch in Nevada.
Oregon refuge occupier turns himself in. The four remaining holdouts of the armed protest group that has occupied a
federal wildlife refuge in Oregon for the past 41 days reportedly turned themselves in peacefully Thursday [2/11/2016].
Bundy charges stem from April 2014 standoff in Nevada. The father of the jailed leader of a group that occupied
an Oregon federal wildlife refuge was charged Thursday [2/11/2016] by federal authorities with leading a tense April 2014
armed standoff with Bureau of Land Management agents near his ranch in Nevada.
Carol Bundy Sends [a Message from Ammon
Bundy]. Hundreds of people were freely coming into the refuge to get education on their rights. Many group presentations were given
each day. On Saturday, the 24th, ten ranchers from Oregon, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona nullified their grazing contracts with the BLM and U.S.
Forest Service. On Saturday, the 24th, grand jury administrators from Nebraska and Florida were forming a grand jury to review the abuses in
the Hammond case. Tuesday, the 27th, the day LaVoy was killed, we began releasing documents exposing criminal acts by the government.
The evening of the 27th, a meeting was scheduled with Grant County residents to give a presentation with those at the refuge. To give their
presentation to hundreds of people in the county, including the county Sheriff. The FBI attacked those who were to give the presentation on
the way to this peaceful meeting, leaving hundreds at the meeting with no speakers.
Bundy, other armed protesters at Oregon wildlife refuge, indicted. The four remaining occupiers at an Oregon wildlife refuge all face
charges, according to court documents unsealed Thursday [2/4/2016]. The indictment names a total of 16 defendants, including standoff leader
Ammon Bundy and other occupiers who were arrested last week. A federal grand jury charged all with felony conspiracy, accused of using
intimidation to prevent federal officers from doing their work at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
LaVoy Finicum's last ride.
[Scroll down] Second person information from one of the witnesses, indicates that LaVoy was shot in the back, three times;
one shot hit his kidneys, one pierced his heart, and the third--- [sic] There is no reason to believe that he was
shot in the face, only in the body-mass. Those inside are terrified; they see that LaVoy is shot, while unarmed. In
reflection, if soldiers (or Marines) in Afghanistan, had acted as the agents and shot an unarmed man, without provocation, would
have violated the Rules of Engagement (ROE) of war, and would have stood Court Martial, then probably imprisoned or discharged
from service. Unfortunately, the ROE do not apply here, in our own "free" country.
us alone' - people in Oregon town tired of standoff. People who live in Burns, the small high desert town near
a wildlife refuge that has been occupied by an armed group for a month, say they are sick of the disruption to their lives.
Connection Between Malheur, Putin, The Clinton Foundation, And Big Money. [Scroll down] The video the FBI
released was purported to show, in the words of FBI special agent Greg Bretzing, "On at least two occasions, Finicum reaches
his right hand toward a pocket on the left inside portion of his jacket. He did have a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun
in that pocket." First of all, without the wife or daughters producing a proof of sales for a 9 mm pocket pistol, I don't
believe them. Furthermore, it looks to me like he stumbled. Additionally, even if he had a pocket pistol, no one with
two brain cells would present or produce a 9mm pocket pistol to engage in combat with multiple operators equipped with rifles, optics
and body armor. I don't believe it. If this video is the best they can do, they failed. It proves nothing.
Whoever decided to release this video as evidence of Mr. Finicum's decision to engage in combat is a moron. It's a video of a
mad, but pitiful old man stumbling in the snow. And you can't prove that it's anything but that.
use refuge occupiers' own words against them. Four people occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge held their
position Saturday and posted live videos that reveal their hyper-vigilance against federal officials who they fear may
try to move them out to end the month-long standoff.
Open Letter to Special Agent Greg Bretzing, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Governor Kate Brown. Last night I didn't
sleep — at all. After the knowledge that the leadership of the government I delegate decision making to chose
coercion over compromise, culminating in the needless and senseless death of an American citizen became known to me, let me advise
you: I am not impressed, and I am not amused. And I want answers — as does most of America — no matter
what political cheer squad you claim allegiance to. I read your Press Release, Special Agent Bretzing. I didn't have the
stomach to watch your press conference. After 8 full years of the Obama Regime, I've had my fill of watching official lies
and dissembling in real time. The transcript sufficed.
Of Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum. By now most readers know that Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum was killed by federal agents.
Whatever misgivings I might have had about this particular hill to take (I would have greatly preferred that they protected the
Hammonds from ever going to prison to begin with by surrounding their home), Mr. Finicum is now dead, and the ones who have been
taken to prison face a world of trouble. The *.gov types planned this as an ambush all along. The entire operation was
based on deception. And now, courtesy of the speed of independent media, we have this eyewitness account of Mr. Finicum's death.
releases unedited video of the moment Oregon militiaman 'reaches for his weapon' before he is shot dead. This is the moment Oregon
militiaman LaVoy Finicum was shot dead on Tuesday [1/26/2016] — and the FBI claims he can be seen reaching for his weapon.
Finicum was killed after he and eight other members of the three-week stand-off in Burns, Oregon, were stopped by traffic cops as they headed
to a meeting in a neighboring town. The unedited video, released by the government agency on Thursday [1/28/2016], shows a white car
speeding down a highway then veering into the snow to avoid three cars engaged in a traffic stop.
Oregon occupiers: What officials say happened at traffic
stop. [Scroll down] The FBI and state police teams knew the route they were going to take. They picked a
spot away from populated areas to attempt a traffic stop. One vehicle stopped on command from authorities. The second,
allegedly driven by LaVoy Finicum, took off at high speed, attempting to get away. About a mile away, out of sight, the FBI and
state police had set up a roadblock. But Finicum, with police in hot pursuit, attempted to leave the main road and drove
into a snow bank. When he emerged from the vehicle, FBI and state police ordered him to surrender. That's when, authorities
say, Finicum reached down toward his waistband where he had a gun. The SWAT team opened fire. Finicum was killed.
signal time may be running out after Oregon standoff arrests. A day after the spokesperson for an armed militia
occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge was shot and killed during a traffic stop, the county's sheriff lamented "there doesn't have to
be bloodshed in our community" and said he was "disappointed" that the incident "ended badly." "We all make choices in life," an
emotional Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward said during a Wednesday [1/27/2016] news conference. "Sometimes our choices go bad."
more members of militia occupying Oregon wildlife refuge arrested. Three more members of the milita group occupying a
federal wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon were arrested Wednesday [1/27/2016] at one of the checkpoints the FBI had established around
the area. One of those arrested was 43-year-old Jason Patrick, who had taken over leadership of the group from Ammon Bundy.
Bundy was arrested Tuesday after a confrontation on a remote highway that resulted in the death of militant Robert Finicum.
Bundy to Newsmax: Cops Killed Rancher 'In Cold Blood'. Mel Bundy, brother of Oregon protest leader Ammon Bundy,
claimed Wednesday that cops "murdered" their group's spokesman "in cold blood" during a shootout late Tuesday [1/26/2016]
that led to the arrest of eight people near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. "LaVoy (Finicum) got out with his hands
up in the air, up in the air, saying, 'I don't have a gun," Bundy said on Newsmax TV's prime-time show "Dennis Michael Lynch:
Unfiltered" in an exclusive interview. "He had his hands on his head — and then they shot him.
1 killed as Ammon Bundy, 4 others arrested in Oregon amid shots
fired — FBI. Ammon Bundy, the leader of the armed group occupying a federal wildlife refuge near Burns, Oregon,
and seven others have been arrested by law enforcement amid gunfire, according to the FBI. At 4:25 pm local time on Tuesday
afternoon [1/26/2016], the FBI and Oregon State Police "began an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals
associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. During that arrest, there were shots fired,"
the Bureau said in a statement.
Oregon leader seized in deadly clash. US police say they have
arrested the leader of an armed militia which has occupied a wildlife refuge in Oregon, with one person killed in a shootout.
Ammon Bundy and four others were arrested during a traffic stop. One person was injured. Three others were held in separate
incidents. The militia occupied the refuge on 2 January to support two ranchers jailed for setting fire to federal land.
It says the government has taken land illegally from ranchers for decades.
One dead, Bundys arrested after
confrontation with FBI on highway. One person is dead and eight others, including Oregon occupation leader Ammon Bundy, were
detained following a violent confrontation with the FBI and state police Tuesday night [1/26/2016]. It all began with a traffic stop
while Bundy and some of his followers were en route to a community meeting at a John Day senior center, about 70 miles north of Burns.
militia member is shot dead as routine traffic stop escalates into shoot-out with the FBI. Oregon militia
spokesman LaVoy Finicum has been shot dead after a traffic stop escalated into a shoot-out that saw Ryan Bundy wounded and
eight leaders of the occupation movement arrested. The group's leader Ammon Bundy was among the militiamen arrested
during the encounter on Tuesday afternoon [1/26/2016] as they drove to attend a community meeting in the neighboring town.
It was the culmination of a tense stand-off between federal agents and the activists more than three weeks after they took over
a government building in Burns, Oregon, to protest two ranchers being jailed.
militia leader Ammon Bundy, 7 others arrested after gunfight kills 1. The leader of a group of armed protesters
who had occupied a federal wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon for 24 days was arrested along with four others Tuesday
[1/26/2016] after a traffic stop prompted gunfire that reportedly left the group's spokesperson dead and another person
injured. The FBI and Oregon State Police arrested Ammon Bundy, 40, his brother Ryan, 43, Brian Cavalier, 44, Shawna Cox,
59, and Ryan Payne, 32, at around 4:25 p.m. local time on U.S. Highway 395. Three other people were arrested separately.
Ammon Bundy and Seven Others Are Arrested, and
One Dies, in Oregon. Ammon Bundy, the leader of an armed seizing of a federal wildlife refuge in rural eastern Oregon, was arrested
and one person was killed Tuesday afternoon [1/26/2016] in a traffic stop in rural Oregon, the F.B.I. and the Oregon State Police said.
Seven other people, including Mr. Bundy's brother Ryan Bundy, were arrested, the authorities said. Another person was hospitalized with
injuries that were not life-threatening.
New Mexico rancher renounces federal
grazing contract at Bundy event. A rancher from New Mexico renounced his U.S. Forest Service grazing contract at an event held by an armed group
occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon to protest federal land use policies.
in Oregon Centers on Land Ownership and Control. Understanding the resistance to federal agencies currently
shown in headlines and newscasts nationwide should begin with a reading of the U.S. Constitution. A good look at the
venerable document will lead to the conclusion that the federal government's numerous bureaus and agencies are illicitly
controlling vast parcels of land, mostly in the 12 western states. They are doing so without constitutional authority.
The amount of federal land holdings in 12 western states adds up to 47 percent of their total area. Federal control
over parcels of land in the eastern states exists as well, although ownership in the east is not nearly as widespread. In
states east of the Mississippi River, the federal government possesses only four percent of the land.
an Oregon rancher. Here's what you don't understand about the Bundy standoff. [Scroll down] Raising cattle requires a lot of land, much
more than most ranchers can afford to own outright. I lease about a third of the space I use from private owners. But most ranchers aren't so
lucky. The federal government controls a huge amount of land in the west (more than 50 percent in some states, like Oregon), and many ranchers
must lease that space to create a sustainable operation. Utilizing federal land requires ranchers to follow an unfair, complicated and constantly
evolving set of rules. For example, a federal government agency might decide that it wants to limit the number of days a rancher can graze their
cattle to protect a certain endangered plant or animal species, or they might unilaterally decide that ranchers can't use as much water as they need
because of a fight over water rights. Or they might take over land that once belonged to the state or private individuals, imposing an entirely new
set of restrictions. I saw this play out firsthand when the federal government considered listing the sage grouse, a chicken-like bird, as endangered.
What Is Really
Behind The Hammond Situation? The Hammonds have been harassed for many years. They have fought many legal
battles; winning two, losing others. They are not alone in their battle to preserve their ranch and way of life.
Hundreds, or thousands, of ranchers throughout the West, in particular, have fought similar battles, with most coming out
on the losing end, as the forces of government agencies and departments have been brought to bear on them. Miners and
those in the lumber industry have been harassed, and had their mines and lumber businesses either legislated out of existence,
or, through the BLM and US Forest Service, taken by harassment.
to U.S. Military and Federal LEOs: Do Not Follow Orders to "Waco" Ammon Bundy Occupation, or Risk Civil War.
This is addressed first and foremost to the entire U.S. military, but especially to the military Special Operations Command
and community. Secondly, it is addressed to federal LEOs, and especially to their SRTs, such as the FBI HRT (many of whom
are former military special operations). This comes from combat arms and special operations veterans, along with veteran
Sheriffs and police officers, within the Oath Keepers organization: [...]
The Editor says...
That's the first time I've seen Waco used as a verb.
Federal Government Should Follow the Constitution and Sell Its Western Lands. "Time and again [the president]
preached cooperation and partnership. ... And time and again he was the first to ignore his own call," says the governor of
Colorado. Wyoming's governor complains: "The federal system is badly out of kilter. Federal encroachments on
state and local governments are at an all-time high." The governor of Arizona fumes: "What galls westerners is ... the
federal insistence that it is entitled to act not only as landowners, but also as sovereign." Adds Colorado's governor:
"[Government bureaucrats] can't figure out whether they're landlord or king," as they "steamroll state agencies, ride roughshod over
regional water rights, and destroy environmental laws [in an] arrogant nullification of 200 years of constitutional history."
These are the impassioned words, not of today's western governors, but instead of governors from nearly four decades ago, Democrats all,
objecting to the policies of President Jimmy Carter.
Case for Civil Disobedience in Oregon. Read the court documents in the case that triggered the protest, and the accounts of
sympathetic ranchers. What emerges is a picture of a federal agency that will use any means necessary, including abusing federal
anti-terrorism statutes, to increase government landholdings.
The Absurdly Harsh Penalties that
Sparked the Oregon Rancher Protest. In addition to the long-running conflict between ranchers and the federal government over control
of land in the West, the case illustrates the practical impossibility of challenging harsh mandatory minimum sentences as violations of the Eighth
Amendment's ban on "cruel and unusual punishments." The first fire set by the Hammonds, which Steven Hammond said was intended to eliminate
invasive species on their property, ended up consuming 139 acres of federal land. The second fire, which was aimed at protecting
the Hammonds' winter feed from a wildfire sparked by lightning, burned about an acre of public land. Although the Hammonds did not seek the
required government permission for either burn, the damage to federal land seems to have been unintentional. In 2012 they were nevertheless
convicted under 18 USC 844(f)(1), which prescribes a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for anyone who "maliciously damages or destroys, or
attempts to damage or destroy, by means of fire or an explosive," any federal property.
The toxic roots of Oregon building
takeover. The re-imprisonment scheduled for Monday [1/4/2016] of two rural Oregon ranchers on arson charges was the
catalyst, but not the cause of the armed takeover of federal property by anti-government protestors that began on Saturday.
The incident is the latest symbol of distrust for what some perceive as an overarching and predatory government. It's a
perception that resurfaced with the ascendancy of Barack Obama, but it actually dates back to the Whiskey Rebellion just after
the Revolutionary War.
Some Oregon Protestors Occupy Federal Land, But Are They Justified?
Yesterday [1/2/2016] I posted about the Hammonds, father and son ranchers in Oregon, who were convicted of arson by the U.S. government. They served
the sentences of 3 months, and 1 year respectively, completing those sentences in early 2014. After they completed their sentences and were
released, the U.S. government appealed the sentences to the Ninth Circuit and won the reversal of the trial judge's order. The Hammonds were
resentenced, amounting to an additional 4 or so years for each of them (to reach the 5 year minimum mandatory sentence under federal law)
and they will report to serve their sentences tomorrow, January 4, 2016. [...] I think this is a case where a 5 year minimum sentence is
unwarranted and unjust.
Are Five Reasons You Should Side With The Hammond Family. You should have sympathy for the Hammond family.
You should have sympathy for Steven and Dwight Hammond because they are, by all accounts, decent and generous community members
attempting to survive as ranchers in the face of a massive federal bureaucracy violating their rights. Here's everything
you need to know about the Hammond family and why they're now at the center of a national firestorm.
in Oregon Will Come Face-to-Face With Obama's Propaganda Machine. The Feds have arrived in the area to "take control of the
situation". How reassuring. The Sheriff said that there are 20 men in the building and they are trying to resolve the
situation peacefully. They say the men have come to spark a movement across the country. We don't need a revolution now.
We are defeating the left and we can win the next election. I hope these men stand down after they get a lawyer to intervene.
No Good Guys in the West. The arson fires lit by the
Hammonds in 2001 and 2006 may have actually represented sensible land management, but the Hammonds lost the high ground by their failure to
coordinate with the government agency managing the land they burned. Prescribed fire is a tool used to improve wildlife habitat, increase
land productivity, and control wildfire. The 2001 fire aimed at improving productivity, but the government says the ranchers didn't bother
informing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) they planned to burn until two hours after they lit the fire. While they lit the fire on their
own land, it escaped and burned 139 acres of federal land, but that burning probably did not do serious damage to the grassland and they
put the fire out themselves. [...] Due to severe fire hazards, the county had a no-burn rule which the Hammonds apparently violated, but this
was hardly a terrorist act.
We Need a Conservative
Alinsky. This week has seen a headache-inducing debacle unfurling in the tiny town of Burns, Oregon, in which
a few members of the Bundy family have traveled there from their usual haunts in Nevada, accompanied by a few other colorful
characters of Western flavor, and have successfully staged the conquest of a deserted headquarters of a federal bird refuge.
The occupiers of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Headquarters branched off from a sizable protest of the "re-sentencing" of Dwight
and Steven Hammond, a father and son in a ranching family located south of Burns convicted by a federal court under an
mysterious fires that led to the Bundy clan's Oregon standoff. It was a stark reversal of a scenario that Billy Joel outlined years ago: They
did start the fire. But, beyond that fact, consensus on why the Hammond family of Harney County, Ore., set ranch land ablaze twice in the past 15 years
remained elusive. This, as armed anti-government activists stormed and seized a federal wildlife refuge in the name of the Hammonds. Never, it seemed,
have two groups of people looked at the same conflagration and come to such different conclusions.
protesters hunker down in federal building over ranching dispute. Armed protesters, including three sons of a Nevada rancher
who battled with the government in 2014, vowed to occupy a federal building in Oregon for "as long as it takes," as state and federal
officials on Sunday [1/3/2016] sought to defuse the situation. The protesters took over a federal wildlife refuge in a remote area
near Burns, some 280 miles east of Portland, to protest the prosecution of a father and son facing jail time on an arson charge for burning
130 acres of land. Prosecutors said the fire was set to hide poaching, but the ranchers, who face five years in prison, and the
protesters supporting them say it was set to stop invasive plants. "We will be here as long as it takes," said Ammon Bundy, a
spokesman for the group and the son of Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher who clashed with the feds two years ago.
to make of the showdown at the wildlife refuge in Oregon. A group of men armed with pistols and long rifles are occupying the
headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. The group is led by Ammon Bundy. He's the son of rancher Cliven
Bundy, a key player in a months-long 2014 standoff with the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada. Ammon reportedly was tasered by the
feds during that confrontation. Predictably, some on the left are insisting that the occupiers be deemed terrorists. The problem
is, they have not engaged in terrorism as that term has always been understood.
the Bundy Occupation and 'Black Lives Matter' Are Revolts, Not Protests. When Ammon Bundy led a group of armed
protesters to take over a federal building in Oregon, he unwittingly presented an analog of "Black Lives Matter." Human
nature affords the benefit of doubt to those with shared values. Therefore, many of the same people who decried the actions
of Black Lives Matter now cheer in support of Bundy. Conversely, many who supported the disruption of Black Lives Matter now
rush to label the Bundy group "terrorists." In truth, the Black Lives Matter movement and the Bundy group have far more in
common than they do in contrast. Both groups have grievances with government which they claim have gone unaddressed.
Both groups point to ongoing examples of perceived government persecution. Both groups have chosen civil disobedience to draw
attention to their cause. Both groups portray themselves as "peaceful" and claim to be engaged in "non-violent" protest.
Who Wants A Burns Standoff? Not The Sheriff, The
Ranchers, Or Even Cliven Bundy. In this quiet, high desert town, frost covers the sagebrush and most people are staying indoors because
of the below freezing temperatures. Yet, tensions in this Eastern Oregon community are running high as two local ranchers prepare to go to
prison. Dwight Hammond, and his son Steve were convicted of arson related to fires on federal land in 2001 and 2006. Dwight Hammond
and Steve Hammond were sentenced in accordance with federal anti-terrorism laws and are scheduled to report to prison on Monday [1/4/2015].
Their lawyer said both men will do so voluntarily.
protesters hunker down in federal building over ranching dispute. Armed protesters, including three sons of a
Nevada rancher who battled with the government in 2014, vowed to occupy a federal building in Oregon for "as long as it
takes," as state and federal officials on Sunday [1/3/2016] sought to defuse the situation. The protesters took over a
federal wildlife refuge in a remote area near Burns, some 280 miles east of Portland, to protest the prosecution of a
father and son facing jail time on an arson charge for burning 130 acres of land. Prosecutors said the fire was
set to hide poaching, but the ranchers, who face five years in prison, and the protesters supporting them say it was set to
stop invasive plants. "We will be here as long as it takes," said Ammon Bundy, a spokesman for the group and the son of
Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher who clashed with the feds two years ago.
Take Over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge In Protest to Hammond Family Persecution. Many people will awaken
today to the news of approximately 100 to 150 armed militia taking control of a closed Wildlife Park Headquarters, and not
know the full back-story — so here it is: [...]
members occupy US building in Oregon after protest. The remote high desert of eastern Oregon became the latest
flashpoint for anti-government sentiment as armed protesters occupied a national wildlife refuge to object to a prison
sentence for local ranchers for burning federal land.
of Cliven Bundy's sons, militia seize federal building in Oregon. Three of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's sons
and what they claim are 150 militia members have occupied a federal building in eastern Oregon in order to keep two local
ranchers out of prison, according to local reports. The group is believed to be heavily-armed. According to The
Oregonian, the group seized the headquarters building at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge about 50 miles outside Burns,
Ore. The remote facility was closed and unoccupied at the time.
Red River Landowners Take Battle with Feds to
Court. Seven families are suing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in federal district court, accusing the agency of perpetrating an
"arbitrary seizure" of land along a 116-mile strip of the river, whose meandering has spurred a century's worth of property disputes along the
Texas-Oklahoma border. Wichita, Clay and Wilbarger counties — and the Clay County sheriff — have also signed onto the
suit, filed late Monday [11/16/2015] in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The group is bringing firepower from
Austin. Lawyers from the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the state's pre-eminent conservative think tank, are representing the North Texans
on the foundation's dime.
The Bureau Of Land Management Attempting A Land Grab On The Red River? Land disputes between private citizens and the federal
government — represented by the Bureau of Land Management — have been a hot topic since the standoff at Cliven Bundy's
ranch in Nevada last year. With the Bundy Ranch incident still fresh in the minds of conservatives who considered the dispute a land
grab on the part of the Bureau of Land Management, reports out of Texas — along the Oklahoma border at the Red River —
have been circulating for the past year and change.
son pulls children from Nevada schools after daughter barred from carrying pocket knife. Ryan Bundy says that's a
violation of his children's rights, and evidence of county school administrators' "communistic mentality."
camp sends 'warning' to local law enforcement. A Nevada rancher warned local law enforcement officials
on Wednesday [8/6/2014] to uphold their oaths of office or face the consequences of a people forced to "defend [their]
God-given rights," an ominous message that comes just months after the same rancher led an armed protest against federal
agents. "While the [Bureau of Land Management] was willing to shoot my family over land and power, we were willing
to die for our families, our livelihoods and our constitutional rights. You should have been defending these rights
for us," rancher Cliven Bundy's son, Ammon, said in a statement addressed to Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie.
God Told Me Federal Government Needs To Be Disarmed. During a radio interview Wednesday [8/6/2014] Nevada
rancher Cliven Bundy shared that God has told him that the federal government needs to be disarmed. Bundy made his
comments during a recent meeting at the Independent American Party in St. George, Utah, and elaborated on them while
appearing on KUER, a Salt Lake City radio station. "I have no idea what God wants done, but he did inspire me to
have the sheriffs across the United States take away these weapons, disarm these bureaucracies, and he also gave me a
little inspiration on what would happen if they didn't do that," Bundy said Wednesday on KUER. "It was indicated that
'this is our chance, America, to straighten this problem up. If we don't solve this problem this way, we will face
these same guns in a civil war.'"
USA Today is not on Bundy's side.
Cliven Bundy can't win. Government authorities were wise to back off in April when
scofflaw Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy surrounded himself with armed supporters to avoid paying more
than $1 million in grazing fees and penalties he had accumulated over two decades. As infuriating
as it was that Bundy had repeatedly defied court orders and insisted he could graze his cattle
wherever he pleased, he wasn't worth a bloody confrontation. Three months later, though,
Americans who obey the law and pay their bills might wonder how long Bundy and his gun-toting pals
are going to get away with rejecting the rule of law.
sheriff says Cliven Bundy must be held accountable for standoff. A Nevada sheriff has
said that rancher Cliven Bundy must bear responsibility for actions that led to a standoff between
federal agents and militia members earlier this year, but added that the federal Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) must reconsider some of its methods used prior to the confrontation.
BLM's Nevada Cattle Stance Linked to
Solar Plans. Environmental mitigation necessary for a planned solar power project may have motivated the federal Bureau of Land
Management's decision to launch a military-style armed enforcement action against a Nevada cattle rancher, government documents reveal.
According to the documents, BLM determined continued cattle grazing would interfere with the bureau's plans to use the land as an environmental
mitigation area for desert tortoise disruption caused by the solar facility.
Western states manage public lands, not bureaucrats in Washington. A Western rancher
who has his federal grazing rights restricted or removed doesn't just lose a few cows. He loses a
multi-generational investment, a profession, and a legacy to pass on to his children. An elderly
hunter or trail rider who sees motorized access eliminated from national forest land doesn't just
lose an elk or a nice camping trip. She loses family bonding and recreational opportunities that
have been passed down from generation to generation. And a state that becomes more and more
dependent on federal aid — aid that's being increasingly squeezed between national entitlement and
debt obligations — isn't just losing tax dollars on land owned and operated by bureaucrats in
Washington. It's losing the right to decide how to best educate its children, how to provide for
public safety, and how to meet its citizens' needs.
Son: Las Vegas Shooters Kicked off Ranch. The married couple who police
say killed three people in Las Vegas, including two officers, had been kicked off a ranch where
anti-government protesters faced down federal agents earlier this year, rancher Cliven Bundy's son
said Monday [6/9/2014].
Limits Feed Tension in Nevada. Rancher Pete Tomera slowed his pickup truck on a dusty
mountain road one day last week and swept an arm toward tall green grass blowing in the wind: "Man,
look at all the feed a cow could eat," he said. Since last summer, Mr. Tomera's 1,800 cows have
been banished from these mountains in northern Nevada, part of a clampdown by the Interior Department's
Bureau of Land Management against grazing on federal lands during an extended drought. An additional
500 head of cattle owned by two other ranching families have been ordered off a roughly 350,000-acre
grazing allotment managed by the BLM in the Shoshone Range about 10 miles to the south of this town.
The animals have been put out to private pastures or fed hay at far greater cost than on the public land.
rancher Cliven Bundy leaves GOP. Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who gained
notoriety in April for his standoff with the Bureau of Land Management, has announced he is leaving
the Republican Party. The 68-year-old rancher, who owes the BLM nearly $1 million in grazing
fees, won early praise from GOP lawmakers for his standoff with armed Interior Department officers.
Republicans later distanced themselves from Bundy after he suggested "the negro" was better off a
slave. Bundy and his wife Carol signed new registration forms at an event held by the Independent
American Party. The event was billed by organizers as a celebration of Bundy's "courage for
standing up for state sovereignty."
Land grab? Local officials blast
move by Obama to set aside 500,000 acres in NM. Local officials in New Mexico warn a move by the Obama
administration to designate nearly a half-million acres as a national monument could open up a crime corridor making
it easier for illegal immigrants to cross the border and for drug cartels to operate undetected. President Obama
made the announcement Wednesday afternoon [5/21/2014], setting aside 498,815 acres of land as the Organ Mountains-Desert
Peaks National Monument. Unlike national parks which must be approved by Congress, the president has the power to
designate national monuments.
California's wealthy elite have a similar situation:
Park Service seeks to ease tensions with Point Reyes farmers. Point Reyes National
Seashore is unusual among U.S. parks. Its shimmering coastline and velvety hillsides make for a
majestic Marin County landscape — and its two dozen commercial dairy farms and ranches
make for one of the nastiest disagreements in the national park system. Farmers and ranchers here
have a list of grievances against a federal government they say burdens their operations with
needless red tape. Worse, they believe park officials secretly want to force them to shut down, and
they complain that little has been done to rein in tule elk that graze on land meant for livestock.
Mexico fence impasse deepens as county weighs sanctions against feds. New Mexico ranchers are plenty mad over
the U.S. Forest Service's refusal to open a gate blocking their cattle from reaching water, but all sides say they are working
hard to avoid an armed showdown reminiscent of Nevada's Bundy ranch skirmish any time soon. But that doesn't mean a
resolution will be easy or that the pressure on the local officials at the center of the clash is any less. And still
standing are the metal fences and locked gates along the banks of the Agua Chiquita, put up by the Forest Service to
keep local cattle out.
Raiding and Trading in the
American West. Mr. Bundy's case represents just about everything that's wrong with federal land management today.
Environmental groups file endless legal challenges over land management, forcing agencies to declare more and more areas off limits to
grazing, timber harvesting, or energy development. Armed with the Endangered Species Act and other regulatory weapons, environmental
groups raid the rights of existing federal land users to protect habitats they like and to stop activities they don't like. The
result is a federal land system strangled by what former U.S. Forest Service chief Jack Ward Thomas describes as a "Gordian knot" of litigation
preserve in New Mexico may set up next land rights battleground. President Obama on
Wednesday will declare a national monument in southern New Mexico, delivering a win for
environmentalists but angering ranchers and local law enforcement, who say the land restrictions
will end up creating a safe haven for drug cartels to operate within the U.S. Mr. Obama will
declare about 500,000 acres as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. About half of
that land is expected to be set aside as wilderness, meaning it will be closed to vehicles and
New Mexico county fights feds over water rights. The latest dispute over federal control of land and
water in the West has erupted along the banks of the Agua Chiquita, a small spring-fed stream in the mountains of
southern New Mexico where the federal government has installed metal fences and locked gates to keep cattle out.
Agents Attempt to Seize Western Ranches — in 1771. The West in this case, of course,
was not Nevada, Utah, and New Mexico, but the rural counties of the Carolina backcountry.
Historian James Whittenburg described the events as "the last and greatest of the social upheavals"
that led to the War for Independence. As economic depression and extreme drought threatened to
destroy the livelihood of the small farmers and ranchers that called western Carolina home,
colonial bureaucrats appointed by the royal governor were financing the plans of wealthy merchants
and lawyers to buy out the land owned by impoverished Scots-Irish settlers who were on the brink of
rancher Cliven Bundy is assembling 'team of legal advisers' to take on feds. Nevada
cattle rancher Cliven Bundy said in a lengthy written statement that he's not going to sue the
federal government after all, despite the number of lawyers he says have lined up to state his case
against the Bureau of Land Management for free. At the same time, he wrapped his statement by
saying that he's "assembling a team of legal advisers" to help decide his family's best course of
action. The Bundy family has been at the center of a nationally watched armed standoff with the BLM
over grazing fees.
officials slap feds: New Mexico board orders Forest Service fence opened. A New Mexico county board on
Monday [5/12/2014] instructed the local sheriff to open the Forest Service gates blocking thirsty cattle from
reaching water, setting up a clash with federal agents over state water rights and endangered species. The
Otero County Commission voted 2-0, with one commissioner absent, to "immediately take steps to remove or open
gates that are unlawfully denying citizens access to their private property rights."
next land fight: New Mexico ranchers angered over water fenced off to cattle. The Obama
administration's crackdown on Western land use has sparked a furor over the Forest Service's decision to
fence off a creek used by thirsty cattle in drought-stricken Otero County, New Mexico. The Otero
County Commission is scheduled to meet Monday to discuss whether to order the sheriff to open the gates
against the wishes of Forest Service officials, who have argued that the fence is needed to protect the
Agua Chiquita riparian area and habitat for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.
ride ATVs, motorcyles in off-limits canyon to protest federal land control. Dozens of people rode
their ATVs and motorcycles on an off-limits trail in southern Utah on Saturday [5/10/2014] in a protest against
what the group calls the federal government's overreaching control of public lands. San Juan County Sheriff
Rick Eldredge said from 40 to 50 people, many of them waving American flags and some carrying weapons,
drove about a mile down Recapture Canyon near Blanding and then turned around. Hundreds attended a rally
at a nearby park before the protest.
probe could leave Utah ATV protest riders facing charges. Federal agents have launched
a damage inspection of protected archeological sites in southern Utah where public-lands activists
on all-terrain vehicles staged a weekend protest ride challenging the prolonged government closure
of a canyon trail.
investigating Bundy supporters in BLM dispute. The 8 News NOW I-Team has learned that FBI agents have started an
investigation into the events surrounding a potentially deadly showdown one month ago surrounding rancher Cliven Bundy.
It is one thing for Cliven Bundy and his supporters to square off against an assortment of Bureau of Land Management employees.
It is quite another when the FBI enters the picture, and that is exactly what has happened.
investigating Bundy Ranch showdown, Clark County sheriff's officials say. Clark County sheriff's officials
say they've been interviewed by the FBI as part of an investigation into armed supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.
Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo told KLAS-TV that federal agents have opened an investigation into the conduct of supporters
of Bundy who reportedly pointed guns at officers during a standoff at his ranch April 12.
Cliven Bundy II?
Utah protesters prepare for new face-off with feds. This eye-blink of a town in the state's scenic
southeastern corner bills itself as the "Gateway to Adventure." But this weekend it promises to be more like
a launchpad for civil unrest. A band of angry citizens plans to ride all-terrain vehicles onto closed-off,
federally managed public land Saturday in protest against the federal Bureau of Land Management, which many say
has unfairly closed off a prized area, cheating residents of outdoor recreation.
Grabbing Land from BLM While Texas Plays Defense. Texas Governor Rick Perry weighed in on the Bureau
of Land Management's (BLM) handling of the land issue along the Red River border between Texas and Oklahoma saying,
"The federal government already owns too much land." Some in the state of Utah seem to be ready to agree with
him as they are torn between expanding the federal control over public land in the Beehive State as opposed to those
who seek to use the land for private economic development.
One-Third of American Land — And How It's Holding Us Back. Did you know that the federal government
owns nearly one-third of U.S. land? What are they doing with it, you might ask. And the answer is certainly not
making the most of it. In fact, true to form, the federal government is getting in the way of domestic energy and American
jobs. "Inaccessibility and unnecessary regulations inhibit economic growth in various parts of the country," says Heritage
expert Nicolas Loris, the Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow. He points to a recent study showing that "opening up offshore
areas for drilling in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf — just one region where offshore drilling is possible but
not permitted — would create 280,000 jobs in that region alone." While U.S. oil production has gone gangbusters
in recent years, most of that production has been on privately owned land.
residents sound off about BLM, police, media. An emotional crowd gathered for a town hall meeting
on Thursday evening [5/1/2014] in Bunkerville. Residents and council members praised militia members gathered
there in support of embattled rancher Cliven Bundy, but had nothing but vitriol for the Bureau of Land Management
(BLM), Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie and the local and national media. "The day the militia [came]
was the day I felt safe again in Nevada," one meeting attendee said.
Does Harry Reid
Own 93 Acres Near Bundy Grazing Land? It seems another piece of the puzzle has been found to explain
why the BLM wanted that grazing land so badly. A corporation, named the Reid Bunkerville L.L.C., owns
93.3 acres right next to the government parcel where Bundy grazes his cattle.
Lands Debate Didn't Start, Won't End At Bunkerville. Federal ownership of 600 million
acres — nearly 50% of all land in the West — has been debated and contested
for 150 years. It was contentious before Bundy's case, and it'll be contentious long
after. Western states have pushed back every time Beltway landlords have imposed significant
management or policy changes. We're in the midst of another one of those pushback periods,
but it's different this time.
say Bundy ranch protesters not off the hook. Metro Police officers who were on the front lines of a recent
showdown near the Bundy ranch in Bunkerville say they feared for their lives. At least some of the militia members
who pointed weapons at police officers during the confrontation may have wanted a violent outcome and tried to incite one.
In exclusive interviews with the 8 News NOW I-Team, officers who were on the scene shared their thoughts and
fears, and they say it is not over.
'Bigger than Bundy': Land agency's
battles go beyond rancher dispute. It's the most powerful agency you've never heard of — at least,
until recently. The Bureau of Land Management, the nation's biggest landlord, found itself in the spotlight after a
high-profile brawl with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and another dispute with state officials over the Texas-Oklahoma
borderlands. [...] In the nearly seven decades of its existence, the BLM has struggled to find its footing and exert its power,
pitted against a vocal states' rights movement.
Matters: the Cliven Bundy Standoff — Part 1. While most observers and commentators have focused
on Bundy's recent statements on race, something far more problematic drives the standoff. Bundy, his family, and
many of his supporters are part of the modern day Sovereign Movement, a loosely-knit group that subscribes to a complex
system of bizarre legal theories. They believe that the current U.S. Government is an illegitimate sham, and, in
the most extreme situations, they are willing to resort to violence when the courts and government agents don't agree
with their schemes. While many pundits have assumed that greed drives Bundy's stand, he has spent decades absorbing
"patriot" legal theories, piecing together quotes, codes, and court case citations that appear to lead him to the
conclusion he desires, while carefully ignoring those that don't.
Long History Of BLM's Aggressive Cattle Seizures. Beginning in the late 1980s, BLM adopted aggressive
tactics in the West, leading to large-scale cattle seizures and a disruption of life for ranchers that had utilized
public lands for decades prior. While the press has showered attention on Cliven Bundy, a polarizing man who
prompted a tense standoff between Bundy's well-armed militia supporters and federal police, the struggle between
ranchers and the BLM is much broader.
It Isn't Just the Bundy
Ranch. The Bundy Ranch incident, which threatened to escalate into a shooting war, collapsed when
reports surfaced that the ulterior motive behind the attempted BLM takeover was an deal set up by Harry Reid
to place solar panels on the land; something from which we can expect he stood to profit handsomely, and very
likely under the table. It appears likely that the reports were correct, or else the standoff would have
escalated. Confronted with the truth, the BLM backed down, but promised that this wasn't the end.
It appears that this may be correct because various western state governments are now convening to take control
of the "federal" lands.
rep wants to cut funds for armed federal agencies. A Republican congressman wants to crack down on the
proliferation of armed law enforcement units within the federal government, on the heels of the standoff last month
between supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and a federal land agency. Both sides of that standoff —
agents with the Bureau of Land Management, and states' rights protesters who streamed into Nevada — were armed,
leading the BLM to back down for fear of violence.
New Bunker Hill: The Back Story. Prior to development on private or other non-federal property in Clark
County, Nevada, the developer must obtain a grading or building permit from the appropriate City or County agency.
The permitting office for the City or the County will collect a mitigation fee of $550 per acre, if one has not previously
been paid. This is a one-time fee that funds the Desert Conservation Program. This program provides endangered
species act compliance through mitigation and conservation for 78 plant and animal species, including the desert
tortoise. If a builder wanted to develop a 200 acre tract of land, Yep, $110,000 in turtle fees alone.
Through the past week we have witnessed events that should be viewed as our dead canary in the mine shaft.
The bird who bit the dust was that not-quite-defensible old rancher out in Nevada, Cliven Bundy, who got
chewed into a mess, not just by a demonstrably dishonest New York Times, but by a pack of media minds
eagerly seeking to prove to the reigning media elites their politically correct bonafides.
of the Biggest Fat Cats in America is the BLM. Amid the circus that is the Bundy Ranch
standoff is the much more important and revealing story surrounding a previously little-noticed
agency called the Bureau of Land Management. Even observers who believed that Cliven Bundy did not
have a legal leg to stand on regarding his claims that he did not owe grazing fees for his cattle to
the BLM were curious as to the reason behind the heavy-handed response to Bundy's recalcitrance.
The move ostensibly was to remove Bundy's cattle from public lands, where they were illegally
grazing. Even though every federal agency these days, from the Environmental Protection Agency to
the Department of Education, feels the need to have its own SWAT team, 200 federal agents with
assault rifles and dogs seems an inappropriate way to conduct a roundup. Upon closer examination,
the reason for the importance to the BLM of establishing its authority may entail much more than the
revenue from grazing fees.
Cliven Bundy a "Racist"? Where's the PROOF? When the Left wants to distract America
from the central point of a burning issue, they find (or manufacture) a "gotcha" moment and yell "RACISM!"
So it is no surprise that embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, whose struggle against the federal
government's overreach has won widespread sympathy, has ended up as the latest victim of "race card"
politics. [...] Many of these erstwhile supporters have been caught off-guard and frightened into
denouncing Bundy as a "racist" and his remarks as "vicious" and "reprehensible." But it might be
helpful to take a calm look at what he actually said and see if it really should be engendering so much
angst and furor amongst the political and chattering classes. In the video [in this article], from
which the New York Times selected its excerpts to stir up the racism charge, Cliven Bundy makes
some statements that are sympathetic to Blacks and Mexicans.
Why It's Okay to Hate
Cliven Bundy. It has become clear that Cliven Bundy was transgressed by the New York Times, his
words taken out of context and retailed in such a way as to mean something they were not. Bundy is no racist,
and the attempt to make him look like one is another step downward in the collapse of American national media. [...] Bundy
sat across from a reporter for the NYT, the most vicious, calculating, untrustworthy, and dishonest nest of vipers
in the entire U.S. media network, and talked straight to him about matters of import and controversy, under the
impression that he would understand and transmit his thoughts the way that he actually expressed them. [...] Nobody
has a right to be that stupid, to be that ill-informed, or to be that self-centered.
rights come under scrutiny. Federal authorities remain silent about their next plans to confront Cliven
Bundy at his Bunkerville ranch. Both sides are fighting over history, with federal courts denying Bundys claims
of "ancestral rights" on the Virgin River valley.
government looks more like foe than friend. [The Bundys'] violations could certainly have been handled
through a multitude of less brutal means than those employed by our federal government, which through the mouthpiece
of Sen. Harry Reid emphasizes how important it is for the government to enforce its laws. It is quite interesting
to see, though, that the same bureaucrats refuse to enforce some of our federal border-protection laws and other domestic
policies with which they disagree. Perhaps Mr. Reid's time could be better spent explaining why it is acceptable
for the federal government to pick and choose which laws it wishes to enforce.
rancher Cliven Bundy hailed as patriot, ripped as lawless deadbeat. Rancher Cliven Bundy's
standoff with the Bureau of Land Management has prompted a national debate over whether the elderly Nevada
cattleman is a patriotic freedom fighter or a lawless renegade. Mr. Bundy owes more than $1 million in
back grazing fees, but he contends that the federal government's rules are increasingly rigged against Westerners
who have long made their living off the public lands.
Saul Alinsky Tactics and the BLM
War. The internet has been buzzing for the last few days with hysterical hypocrisy
from the Left over some remarks made by Clive Bundy, the Nevada Rancher who recently staved off a
paramilitary assault by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Bundy made a comment that perhaps black
people were better off slaves (as opposed to the neo-slavery of benevolent government.) He was
roundly thrashed for his remarks. First, this is textbook; Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals
rule #12 — "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."
The Land Grabbing
Feds. In October 1980, Gerald Chaffin threw gasoline on his wood-frame home and burned it to the
ground. He did it at the behest of the federal government. His crime? The BLM controlled the
land on which his home had been located. He was the third owner of the home, which had stood for
37 years to house oil workers. His house, the BLM said, was trespassing. It would have
to go. Three decades later, Americans are still fighting the same battle.
Some Lessons from Cliven Bundy.
I am not a lawyer, and am not going to pretend to be one. Neither do I give any credence to the claims
about Bundy's "racist" comments that were engineered by the New York Times' Adam Nagourney, a left-wing gay man
following the "progressive" playbook of demonizing those against whom you can't argue. I would only note
that Bundy didn't actually make any "racist" comments. Instead, what he DID do was point out how terribly,
terribly destructive that Democrats and the rest of the "progressive" movement have been for black Americans
over the past few decades. If there's anything racist going on, it involves trapping African-Americans
in a grinding cycle of poverty and despair, while psychologically bullying them into continuing to support
the very people — the Democrats — who trapped them in the first place.
Black Does Not Think Bundy is Racist. Pick a card, any card. Racist. Sexist.
Homophobic. We all knew it was only a matter of time before Democrats/liberals played one or more
of their Big Three Cards to silence, intimidate, and crush opposition to their latest power-grab/tyrannical
attack on our freedom. With a majority of Americans taking rancher Cliven Bundy's side against Obama's
BLM thugs, Democrat Harry Reid concluded that it was time to play the old tried-and-true race card.
Bundy's black bodyguard claims rancher is not racist. Despite a collection of
seemingly racist rants about 'negros,' slavery and 'picking cotton,' not everyone thinks Nevada
rancher Cliven Bundy is a racist, and one of the people defending the one-time far-right-wing folk
hero is one of his bodyguards — who happens to be black. Jason Bullock has been at Bundy's side
since his battle with the federal government began heating up in late March. According to Bullock,
the man he's come to know over the last month is not a racist. In fact, Bullock says he would take
a bullet for Bundy.
Delenda Est. During the Punic Wars Cato and other notable Romans argued that
Carthago Delenda Est, that is, Carthage must be destroyed. Substitute sympathetic ordinary
Americans, like Cliven Bundy, Joe the Plumber, and the superbly talented Sarah Palin for Carthage,
and you have the rallying cry of the Democrats and their media enablers who will use any pretext to
demonize those who dare to challenge their power. Devoid of positions that can survive reasoned
debate, the Democrats and the media who sustain them have determined that balkanizing the country along
lines of race, ethnicity, and sexual preferences may yet provide enough votes to keep the party in
power. This week the domestic focus was on race.
Times Reported Bundy's Offensive Remarks 4 Days Later. Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy made his
offensive remarks about blacks and slavery on Saturday [4/19/2014], but it took four days for his remarks to
finally appear in the New York Times. According to the April 24 New York Times article, Bundy promised
to continue holding a daily news conference, even after his standoff with federal agents ended.
If People Were Offended by 'Negro,' Then MLK 'Hasn't Got His Job Done Yet'. Amid the controversy
over his comments about black Americans, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy appeared on CNN's New Day and suggested
that if people are offended by his use of the word "Negro" then perhaps Martin Luther King, Jr., did not fully
execute his mission. CNN host Chris Cuomo challenged Bundy to concede that even if he is truly concerned
about the well-being of blacks, his musing about whether "the Negro" was "better off as slaves, picking cotton"
was offensive on a racial level.
Paul and other Republican leaders back away from Bundy. Republican politicians who saw the
Bundy stand-off as an opportunity to connect with the far right are now trying to figure out which adverb
will put the most distance between themselves and the rancher.
rancher and former Shoshone chief's range war with BLM predates Bundy standoff. Long before
Cliven Bundy faced down federal agents in his dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights,
fellow Nevada rancher Raymond Yowell, an 84-year-old former Shoshone chief, watched as the BLM seized his herd.
Adding to that, since 2008 they've taken his money as well — in the form of a piece of his Social Security
checks. Yowell's 132 head of cattle had grazed for decades on the South Fork Western Shoshone Indian
Reservation in northeastern Nevada until 2002, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) — the
same agency at odds with Bundy — seized them.
Unveil Plan to Liberate Western Lands and Evict Feds. With the now-infamous federal abuses
against the Bundy ranching family and its supporters in Nevada helping to awaken a sleeping giant,
liberty-minded elected officials from Western states are coming together with citizens to take action
in defense of the Constitution and the West. Their mission: to wrest control over the vast
expanses of land and wealth in the region that are unconstitutionally claimed by the Washington,
D.C.-based political and bureaucratic classes. Now, a new alliance of lawmakers and citizens
has a concrete plan to make those goals a reality. As The New American reported this
week, more than 50 elected officials from nine Western states met on April 18 at the Utah Capitol
for the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands. Among them were state House speakers,
state senators, a U.S. senator, county commissioners, and more. The goal, multiple organizers and
attendees explained, is to strip the federal government of the almost 50 percent of land in Western
states that it claims to "own" in defiance of the U.S. Constitution and various agreements.
Bundy Standoff Culmination of Obama's 'Jackboot of Authoritarianism'. Ted Cruz weighed in on the
Cliven Bundy situation with Texas radio host Chad Hasty Tuesday, and he called the standoff between Bundy
supporters (some armed) and federal agents a tragic situation, but one that was the "culmination" of how
President Obama has been pushing for a bigger and more intrusive federal government. Cruz said that
since Obama took over, "we have seen our liberty under assault" from a government "hell-bent on expanding
its authority over every aspect of our lives."
Family Says 'Euthanized' Cattle [were] Shot Multiple Times. Ammon Bundy, son of embattled Nevada
rancher Cliven Bundy, said some of the dead cattle the family found after the federal government backed
down from a tense standoff over a week ago had been shot as many as five times — seemingly more than
necessary to kill the animals.
States Want Feds to Surrender "Federal" Land. Elected officials from across the American West,
from top lawmakers to county commissioners, held a historic gathering in Utah in recent days to discuss how
Western states could wrest control of the almost 50 percent of land in the region currently claimed by
the federal government. Aside from constitutional concerns — with a few exceptions, the U.S.
Constitution does not authorize ownership or control over land by the political class in Washington,
D.C. — the Western leaders and legislators cited economic harm, environmental degradation,
loss of tax revenue, and numerous other reasons for the effort.
Some Lessons from Cliven Bundy.
Removing Cliven Bundy's cattle and killing them was not about "the public good." It wasn't even really about
"protecting the turtles." Instead, it was about clearing off land so that Chinese land developers in league
with Harry Reid's son Rory could use the land as a remediation site connected with a solar power panel farm they
wanted to build further north as part of a $5 billion development deal. In other words, it was about
using public land so that the Reid family and foreign developers could make a pile of money -- which makes
the Senator's complaints about Bundy "profiting off of public lands" just a bit hypocritical.
rancher Cliven Bundy hailed as patriot, renegade. Rancher Cliven Bundy's standoff with the Bureau of Land
Management has prompted a national debate over whether the elderly Nevada cattleman is a patriotic freedom fighter or a
lawless renegade. Mr. Bundy owes more than $1 million in back grazing fees, but he contends that the federal
government's rules are increasingly rigged against Westerners who have long made their living off the public lands.
'Something Will Happen To Stop Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy. "It's obvious that you can't just walk away
from this. And we can speculate all we want to speculate to what's going to happen next," Reid told KSNV-TV. "
Open Letter from Bundy's
Neighbor: "You Are a Hero". There has been much discussion over the past couple of weeks
about the heavy-handed, and possibly illegal, tactics employed by the Bureau of Land Management against
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, purportedly over "grazing fees", cattle and tortoises. The BLM decided
to crack down on Bundy, surrounding his ranch with armed federal agents while government-paid cattle
rustlers attempted to round up and steal Bundy's cattle. The BLM's overreaching and militarized
actions resulted in protestors and militias rallying to Bundy's defense, causing a tense standoff that
ended when the feds backed down and returned some of the cattle they had seized. Even other
ranchers and farmers have rallied to Bundy's defense, in spite of or maybe because of, his refusal
to pay the BLM's fees that everyone else has paid.
The Bundy Paradigm. Those tempted to write
off the standoff at the Bundy Ranch as little more than a show of force by militia-minded citizens
would do well to reconsider their easy dismissal of this brewing rebellion. This goes far beyond
concerns about grazing rights or the tension between the state and the federal government. Few
conflicts are ever black and white, and the Bundy situation, with its abundance of gray areas, is no
exception. Yet the question is not whether Cliven Bundy and his supporters are domestic terrorists,
as Harry Reid claims, or patriots, or something in between.
BLM Eyes 90,000
Acres of Texas Land. After the recent Bundy Ranch episode by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM),
Texans are becoming more concerned about the BLM's focus on 90,000 acres along a 116 mile stretch of the
Texas/Oklahoma boundary. The BLM is reviewing the possible federal takeover and ownership of privately-held
lands which have been deeded property for generations of Texas landowners.
and The Rural Way. Mr. Bundy knows that the bullies of the BLM would much rather send
a SWAT team after him than after 50 illegal aliens being smuggled by a gun-toting cartel across the
Disobedience. For the sake of argument, [The Weekly Standard] is willing to concede that it is
possible that Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher, ought to be allowed to graze his cattle on federal land in
Nye County. And that protecting the desert tortoise as an endangered species on that same federal land
is no good reason to impose a fee for grazing livestock. Reasonable people can disagree about these
issues, and will do so. But in the United States of America, since 1789, we have had ways of
settling these disputes.
is US Senator Harry Reid so concerned with a local Nevada rancher? This was a dispute between a Nevada
ranching family with rights to the land in question for 140 years and the BLM (Bureayu [sic] of Land Management).
The government claims they haven't paid grazing fees for 20 years. The result was a government assault on the
ranch — including snipers with assault rifles, SUV's, helicopters, airplanes and over 200 heavily armed troops.
No matter whether you come down on the side of the government or the ranch family, I think all of us can agree this
was excessive force.
Hits BLM Over Mass Cattle Grave. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is
criticizing the Bureau of Land Management for apparently euthanizing an unknown number of cattle at
the Bundy Ranch. [...] The Bundy Ranch Facebook Page, run by Cliven Bundy's daughter Bailey Bundy
Logue, posted photos on Saturday night of a mass grave of their livestock found in a large hole in
the ground on the land where the BLM was impounding Bundy's cattle.
Confirms It Killed Six Of Bundy's Cattle. The Bureau of Land Management is confirming
it killed six cattle as part of its standoff against the Bundy Ranch in Bunkersville, NV. "A total
of six cattle died or were euthanized," a BLM official told Breitbart News. The official listed
the dead livestock cataloged by the BLM explaining, "The Bundy branded bull that was euthanized
posed a significant threat to employees during the gather. The Bundy branded cow ran into a fence
panel injuring its spine and was euthanized.
Increasing Desperation of Democrats. Harry Reid isn't backing down from his claim that
rancher Cliven Bundy's supporters are "domestic terrorists." It's astonishing rhetoric given the
White House's characterization of the mass shooting by a genuine terrorist, Major Nidal Hasan, who
killed 13 Americans at the Fort Hood Army base after yelling "Allahu Akbar!" (God is great.) Rather
than labeling Hasan's actions "domestic terrorism," the Obama administration is prosecuting him for
having committed "workplace violence."
someone mention Fort Hood?
lawmakers strategize on taking control of federal lands. Officials from nine Western states
met in Salt Lake City on Friday [4/18/2014] to discuss taking control of federal lands within their borders
on the heels of a standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management.
The lawmakers and county commissioners discussed ways to wresting oil-, timber- and mineral-rich lands
away from the feds. Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart said it was in the works before this month's standoff.
Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land
takeover. It's time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their
borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah's Capitol on Friday.
More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their
joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber- and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.
Lessons Learned and Lessons
Missed from the Attempted Land Grab. The recent standoff at the Bundy ranch in Nevada
has taught us many lessons, but the most important one was missed. We learned that the government
will do anything to private citizens in order to grab land and private property either under the
guise of protecting an "endangered" desert tortoise that is actually overpopulated, or getting rid
of "feral" and destructive "trespassing cattle" grazing the land for generations, cattle that are in
the way of developing a $5 billion Chinese solar panel plant (ENN), and the exploitation of
rare earth elements in the larger adjacent area.
Nevada rancher fight the feds? When the Bureau of Land Management retreated from a
standoff with Cliven Bundy, a few hundred people traveled to his Nevada ranch to protest what they
see as an overreach of the federal government. One protester from neighboring Utah, Stephen L.
Dean, 45, called the Bureau of Land Management's actions "tyranny in government." And a banner
at the protest site blared: "Has the West been won? Or has the fight just begun!"
Reid Doubles Down on Bundy Ranch: 'If They're Patriots, We're in Big Trouble'. Senator
Dean Heller (R-NV) objected to Reid's description of the events in Bunkersville, Nevada, last week
at Bundy's ranch. Heller told What's Your Point? Hosts Jeff Gillan and Amy Tarkanian, "What
Senator Reid may call domestic terrorists, I call patriots. We have a very different view on this."
Reid responded, "These people think they're patriots, and they're not. If they're patriots, we're in big
Stands by Bundy Remarks: They're 'Domestic Violent Terrorist Wannabes'. Senator Harry
Reid came under fire for saying Thursday that supporters of Cliven Bundy are "domestic terrorists,"
and in a TV appearance today he doubled down. He appeared on local Nevada program What's Your
Point? with Dean Heller, Nevada's other senator, and stood by his remarks, calling Bundy's
supporters "domestic violent terrorist wannabes." Reid said that Bundy "doesn't believe that the
American government is valid" and doesn't follow the law, bringing up how hundreds of people showed
up armed to defend Bundy to argue that they're basically engaging in an act of domestic terrorism.
urges hearing on Bundy ranch dispute. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on Friday called for a
Senate hearing into the dispute between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management
(BLM) over cattle grazing. Heller described as "patriots" the people who came armed to Bundy's
ranch after the BLM began to seize his cattle for refusing to pay grazing fees and fines that now total
more than $1 million. Heller debated the ranch standoff on a Nevada television station with
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who has called the armed Bundy supporters "domestic terrorists."
Bundy Ranch Standoff and Attitudes Toward the State. This story really caught fire
with lots of deeply emotional people on both sides of a rough "state vs. citizens" rift in American
consciousness. This is even though the specifics of the story don't resonate with that many people's
lives — few of us are ranchers or have armed government agencies literally stealing the
instruments of our livelihood. [...] The specifics of the case also create many annoying ambiguities
for libertarians, especially those who pay fealty to the "rule of law" over a kind of screw-you
anarchism. A huge show of force against citizens attempting to peacefully protest seems like it
could be overkill even if you think in general, the law has gotta be enforced.
The United States of
SWAT? Regardless of how people feel about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's standoff with the federal
Bureau of Land Management over his cattle's grazing rights, a lot of Americans were surprised to see TV images
of an armed-to-the-teeth paramilitary wing of the BLM deployed around Bundy's ranch. They shouldn't have
been. Dozens of federal agencies now have Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to further an expanding
definition of their missions. It's not controversial that the Secret Service and the Bureau of Prisons have
them. But what about the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley
Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service? All of these have their own SWAT units and are part of a worrying trend towards the
militarization of federal agencies — not to mention local police forces.
The Cancer, The Militia, And Cliven
Bundy. It has become painfully obvious that the most apt metaphor describing our bloated and out-of-control
government is that of an aggressive cancer. It started out small, but it inevitably, irresistibly began corrupting
the body that created and sustains it. It is arguably in an end phase, a final burst of destructive energy, where it
threatens to destroy the host entirely and itself in the process.
Obama's Goals Become
Clear with his Militarized Government. Instead of putting a lien on the property of Nevada rancher Cliven
Bundy, the Bureau of Land Management surrounded his ranch with 200 armed agents. It's not the only agency with a
private army. Back in 2008, candidate Barack Obama slipped a little-noticed line in a speech, proposing a national
police force reporting straight to him. "We cannot continue to rely only on our military," he said. "We've got to
have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."
The Real Reason for the
Bundy Ranch Takeover Attempt: Solyndra on a Massive Scale. Supposedly at issue was the desert tortoise, a
reptile on the endangered species list that purportedly could not coexist on the land with Bundy's cattle. But why,
many asked, would the turtle suddenly be threatened by animals it had cohabited with for the 100-plus years the Bundy
ranch has been in operation? A BLM document unearthed last week discusses mitigation strategies for the Dry Lake
Solar Energy Zone, just southwest of the Bundy ranch.
Inside the Bundy
Ranch and the Fight Against Government Overreach. Cliven Bundy's ranch, recently the
site of a tense stand-off that started over two weeks ago between the federal government and the
Bundy family, had morphed into a good old-fashioned family picnic complete with live country music,
hamburgers, and hotdogs Friday [4/18/2014]. A week after the Bureau of Land Management's armed
force left Bunkerville, Bundy and his supporters continue to make the family's case relating to Bundy's
right to graze his cattle on public land his family has been on for many years.
Federal Land as a Percentage of Total State Land Area.
People should own this land.
Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers 'domestic
terrorists'. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of
dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are 'domestic terrorists,'
citing this week's standoff with the federal government's Bureau of Land Management.
Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every
day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than
$1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land
since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can't collect the grazing fees.
Supporters Are "Domestic Terrorists". The government says Bundy owes more than a million dollars in
grazing fees and fines stemming from a 20-year dispute over trespass cattle. After obtaining court orders and
beginning a roundup of cattle more than a week ago, BLM backed down, called off the roundup, and returned the cattle,
after armed supporters of Bundy converged on the area.
Keep it up, Senator. You're
energizing the right wing voters.
Party' gathers at Bundy's Nevada ranch, Reid deems them 'domestic terrorists'. Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid called supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy "domestic terrorists" Thursday, turning up the rhetorical heat on the
already tense situation at the Nevada cattle operation. "Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are
not. They're nothing more than domestic terrorists," Mr. Reid in remarks at a luncheon, according to the Las Vegas
Review-Journal, which sponsored the event. "... I repeat: What went on up there was domestic terrorism."
The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch
Rebellion. It's the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an
underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy
has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn't paid grazing
fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit. Things came to a head this past week, when
the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seized almost 400 cattle belonging to Bundy. In response, angry protesters
formed an armed rebellion, opposing BLM federal workers.
and 'Civil Disobedience'. It had been years since I read Civil Disobedience and
I was surpised by how Cliven Bundy's words echoed many of the theses in the essay. Legal experts
overwhelmingly agree that Bundy has no case — that his pronouncements about the land not belonging
to the federal government and him not having to pay grazing fees have no basis in the law. But how
about a moral basis for Bundy's stand?
and the Bundy Ranch. A Soros-funded nonprofit New Yorker magazine called "one
of the most important radical environmental groups in the country" has issued a statement denouncing
the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) decision to back away from a showdown with Nevada rancher
Cliven Bundy and hundreds of supporters. A scientist for The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD)
blasted BLM saying the federal agency "has a sacred duty to manage our public lands in the public
interest... instead it is allowing a freeloading rancher and armed thugs to seize hundreds of
thousands of acres of the people's land as their own fiefdom."
Supporter Compares Rancher to Rosa Parks, Likens Feds to Nazi Soldiers. An ex-Arizona sheriff and
supporter of Cliven Bundy spoke out to defend the Nevada rancher in a radio interview this week, flagged by Right
Wing Watch, and he compared Bundy to Rosa Parks while decrying federal authorities for exhibiting Nazi-like tactics
by saying they're just following orders. Richard Mack told radio host Steve Deace that Bundy took a stand
against the government "trying to make sure other peasants don't rise up with their pitchforks" and said this
moment is exactly like "Rosa Parks refusing to get to the back of the bus."
Opposing viewpoint from the New York Times:
Deadbeat on the
Range. Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn't paid his
rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate
authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What's more, the
effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would
an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get
prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party
Republicans? No, of course not.
administration's 'Culture of intimidation' seen in Nevada ranch standoff. Sending scores of armed
agents along with helicopters and dogs to confront an elderly Nevada rancher over grazing fees may seem like
overkill, but critics say it's not inconsistent with the federal government's recent approach to environmental
enforcement. The simmering truce between the Bundys and the Bureau of Land Management comes after high-profile
raids last year by armed federal agents on small-time gold miners in tiny Chicken, Alaska, and guitar makers at the
Gibson Guitar facilities in Tennessee.
someone mention Gibson Guitar?
removes my post about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. I realized I had landed in the Facebook gulag when I tried
to post our daily Bible verse. However, I was unable to post anything because Facebook had taken great offense to
something I had written. "We removed something your page posted," Facebook told me in a rather unpleasant message.
"We removed the post below because it doesn't follow the Facebook Community Standards." Now before you call up
the preacher and put me on the church prayer list — let me assure the posting was neither unseemly nor ungentlemanly.
Nevertheless, it caused great consternation and angst among Facebook's left-wing censors.
accused of leaving trail of wreckage after Nevada ranch standoff. The federal agency
that backed down over the weekend in a tense standoff with a Nevada rancher is being accused of
leaving a trail of wreckage behind. Fox News toured the damage — allegedly caused by the Bureau
of Land Management — which included holes in water tanks and destroyed water lines and fences.
According to family friends, the bureau's hired "cowboys" also killed two prize bulls. "They had
total control of this land for one week, and look at the destruction they did in one week," said
Corey Houston, friend of rancher Cliven Bundy and his family. "So why would you trust somebody like
that? And how does that show that they're a better steward?"
federal abuse of property rights by making the government obey its own rules. Cliven
Bundy marched into my life one Friday morning in January 1992 in a protest bound for a federal
courthouse in Las Vegas. He held up one side of a street-width banner that asked, "Has the West
been won or has the fight just begun?" To my great relief, just as Bundy promised, nearly
200 ranchers from all over the state marched behind him, yelling "Property rights!" Nearly a
mile later, the marchers fell silent and filed into the courtroom where Wayne Hage of Pine Creek Ranch faced
arraignment for the felony of cleaning brush out of his ditches without a U.S. Forest Service permit.
The Forest Service had already confiscated Hage's cattle and left him bankrupt, just as the Bureau of Land
Management would try with Bundy 22 years later.
War on Federal Bureaucrats Opens at Bundy Ranch. Rebellion typically starts after a
period of lassitude and hopelessness in the face of overwhelming power. Populations spend years,
even decades muttering under their breath about abuses of power, but feel ineffectual to enact real
reform. Then one bright day, a fruit stand merchant, or a cattle rancher — to name two recent
examples — makes a stand. And the reaction is immediate and powerful, with outraged citizen
rallying around the cause. The central power then either lacks sufficient will or sufficient
strength to accomplish their goal. Usually, the idea of resistance is so foreign to their conception
of reality that it's difficult for them to even contemplate the grievances on the other side.
Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next? Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a
baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd
below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada desert. He was part of a 1,000-strong coalition of armed
militia-men, cowboys on horseback, gun rights activists and others who rallied to Cliven Bundy's Bunkerville ranch, about
80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, in a stand-off with about a dozen agents from the federal Bureau of Land Management.
presidential hopefuls steer clear of Nevada ranch fight. GOP presidential hopefuls are largely steering
clear of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's fight with the federal government. The showdown, which left armed militia
members and feds staring each other down last week, has captivated talk radio and cable news shows, turning Bundy into
a conservative cause célèbre. Yet Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas
governor and 2008 presidential candidate, are the only big-name Republicans to have spoken out on the dispute so far.
the Bundy Ranch standoff: The stakes go far beyond cattle. It was a tense standoff in
rural Nevada with armed protesters closing I-15 for a while and facing off against even more
heavily-armed federal agents. For now, that volatile Bundy Ranch confrontation has been defused.
But it's not over by any means. And we may well experience others that do not pause in non-violence.
Reid on Cattle Battle: "It's not over". Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hasn't been
very vocal about the cattle battle showdown in recent days, but says "it's not over."
Answers to Seven Questions About the Nevada Rancher
Situation. Government officials retreated Saturday from federal property in Gold
Butte, Nev., leaving behind some 389 "trespass cattle" that had been impounded as the result of a
decades-long dispute between a local rancher and the U.S. government. But while the story has
managed to capture the attention of thousands of Americans, it has also managed to confuse thousands
more. Indeed, from questions regarding property rights to whether a Democratic senator was involved
in the cattle roundup, many have been left wondering what it's all about and searching for the facts.
rancher: "I did not graze my cattle on United States property". [Scroll down] What Bundy's
saying, I think, is that he simply doesn't recognize the concept of "federal land," at least
in Nevada. It was the people of the territory of Nevada, he says, who passed the enabling act
that made public land there the property of the United States. But that was just a formality to make
sure that the land was organized under a single government before statehood. Once Congress formally
approved Nevada as a state, the property implicitly reverted to the new state of Nevada, and
unless/until the state declares that public land there belongs to the U.S., it's Nevada
property as far as Bundy's concerned.
Went To The Bundy Ranch Protest This Week-end and Liked What I Saw. First off, is
Cliven Bundy a deadbeat crank? No. Is he a hero? No. He's just a man who decided
that he didn't want to lose his ranch when the government arbitrarily changed the rules in order to
deliberately destroy his business.
Reid: The Desert Fox Of Corruption. The standoff in the Nevada desert wasn't about a desert tortoise
or a rancher's failure to pay grazing fees. It was about the state's senior senator again enriching himself
and his family at public expense.
Sources Inside BLM and Police Say Feds Planning A Raid On Bundy Home. As reported
yesterday, hundreds of federal agents are still at the Bundy Ranch and the area continues its status
as a no-fly zone. Despite major media reports that the Nevada Bureau of Land Management is
retreating, the remaining activity that still surrounds the ranch illustrates a different scenario.
Clive Bundy: The Real Range War and Why We're Losing. You've undoubtedly heard the story by
now of how the Bureau of Land Management attempted to evict Clive Bundy and his cows from the family's
centennial ranch (two second argument: tortoise trumps cows; because we said so). And now
they've backed down, with an agreement that results in the slaughter of Bundy's cows, for which he will
receive half the proceeds. That's, at least theoretically, a win for the good guys.
Now, here's the rest of the story: [...]
Problem with Cliven Bundy. Sympathetic as I am to his plight — and quietly thrilled,
too, by anyone standing up to the state's endless overreach — I fear that Bundy's champions are
rather mixing up their issues. There is a veritable mountain of ugly, dangerous, and indulgent law
in this country — so much, indeed, that anyone seeking seriously to diminish it will need a
lawnmower rather than a paring knife. And, as we learned at Waco, where Leviathan goes, trouble will
concerns led to Nevada cow release, federal land managers say. Federal land managers say "escalating
tensions" led them to release all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from
a rancher who has refused to recognize their authority.
The Editor says...
In other words, the feds showed up and found themselves outnumbered; and with TV cameras all around,
realized the optics weren't suitable for an election year in which the heavy-handed (IRS, NSA, Obamacare)
big-government liberals are already in trouble.
Harry Reid's son says Cliven Bundy 'should be prosecuted'. Rory Reid, the son of
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, echoed his father's comments on the battle between the Bureau of
Land Management (BLM) and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, saying the latter "should be prosecuted."
The younger Reid, a lawyer and Democratic politician who failed to win the Nevada governorship in
2010, made the remarks during a Monday interview on an NBC political talk show aired in Las Vegas.
Rule of the Lawless. Millions upon millions upon millions of people have crossed our
borders illegally and continue to reside within them. Cliven Bundy's cattle are treated as
trespassers, and federal agents have been dispatched to rectify that trespass; at the same time,
millions of illegal aliens present within our borders are treated as an inevitability that must be
accommodated. In practice, our national borders are a joke, but the borders of that arid haven
upon which ambles the merry Mojave desert tortoise are sacrosanct.
play waiting game at Nevada ranch. Federal officials appear to be waiting out Nevada
rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters. Two days after a dispute over grazing rights, cattle and
$1 million in fees and fines threatened to spin into a Wild West shootout, officials with the Bureau
of Land Management (BLM) promised they weren't finished with Bundy. "The BLM will continue to work
to resolve the matter administratively and judicially," BLM Director Neil Kornze said in a statement
that followed the bureau's decision to release nearly 400 head of Bundy's cattle that had been
seized as part of a fight over grazing fees. Spokesman Craig Leff declined to be more specific.
You Should Be Sympathetic Toward Cliven Bundy. First, it must be admitted that
legally, Bundy doesn't have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him
grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders
limiting the area on which Bundy's cows can graze and the number that can graze, and Bundy has
ignored those directives. As a result, BLM has sued Bundy twice in federal court, and won both
cases. In the second, more recent action, Bundy's defense is that the federal government doesn't own
the land in question and therefore has no authority to regulate grazing. That simply isn't right;
the land, like most of Nevada, is federally owned. Bundy is representing himself, of necessity: no
lawyer could make that argument. That being the case, why does Bundy deserve our sympathy?
Frame' BLM's Neil Kornze in a
poster before BLM returns to Bundy Ranch. The high-handed, armed sniper-backed Bureau
of Land Management, which retreated from Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch on Saturday, will be back.
BLM will be back because they never go away. Their harassment campaigns against hard-working land owners
and ranchers goes back more than 20 years. For 20 long years, BLM members have worked
non-stop at what boils down to trying to frame Rancher Cliven Bundy.
ranch standoff could leave dirt on Harry Reid's reputation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
said little as federal agents seized and then released cattle last week from the Bundy ranch, but there is
little doubt that the highly charged episode was threatening to become a political headache for the Nevada
Democrat. The Bureau of Land Management is headed by former longtime Reid aide Neil Kornze, who was
confirmed by the Senate as BLM director on Tuesday, just as federal authorities descended on the cattle
ranch outside Mesquite, Nev.
rancher standoff turns on a states' rights debate. Bureau of Land Management spokesman
Craig Leff said the agency would continue to try to resolve the matter involving rancher Cliven
Bundy "administratively and judicially." Bundy owes more than $1 million in grazing fees,
according to the bureau. "The door isn't closed. We'll figure out how to move forward
with this," he said Sunday [4/13/2014]. He declined to comment on possible options.
Bundy Ranch Saga Proved the American People are Fed Up. The Bundy Ranch Saga has
crystallized the mood of the American people. Cliven Bundy, in a dispute with the Federal
government, managed to call enough attention to his plight to mobilize hundreds of Americans to
stand with him as he nullified federal law. Through organized networks of regular Americans and
largely through social media, and without traditional news media calling attention to Bundy's side
of the complaint, the Federal government found out in a hurry that heavy-handed tactics against the
American people will not work.
Bundy to sheriffs: 'Disarm' the Bureau of Land Management. Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy
said Monday that his standoff with the feds isn't just about cattle: It's about an "overpowering"
bureaucracy in the U.S. that needs to be disarmed. "I only want to talk to one person in each
county across the United States, and here's what I want to say: County sheriffs, disarm U.S.
bureaucracy. County sheriffs, disarm U.S. bureaucrats," Bundy said on Glenn Beck's radio show on
TheBlaze on Monday.
The Constitution Part 3: Federal "Property". Rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle made use of open land
claimed by the federal government. Neither of those things is much out of the ordinary. Western
ranchers have long pastured their animals on "open range." More, as the feds claim 84% of the land in
the state of Nevada, there aren't many options for such a rancher. But in this case, there were covetous
eyes on that pasturage: a group of Chinese investors who sought to turn it into a solar energy farm.
For them to get their way, Bundy and his cattle had to go.
really behind the federal government's militaristic takeover of private land? A
Chinese solar farm that fries birds is OK, as is redrawing tortoise habitat boundaries to benefit
political donors. But an American rancher grazing his cattle brings feds with sniper rifles.
It appears Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has, at least temporarily, wonhis "range war" with the
paramilitary wing of the Bureau of Land Management. Fearing another Waco, BLM has announced it will
no longer enforce a court order and stop stealing Bundy's cows, called "trespass cattle" by the feds,
accused of grazing free on part of the 84% of Nevada that is federal property.
Siege of the Bundy Ranch Reaches into the White House. In the end, there is only one
reason why the Bundy ranch was besieged. President Obama had to have taken the lead. He knew it was
going on and he sanctioned it. Beyond oil, solar, and Chinese Communists with money, lurks Obama's Agenda.
Governor Sandoval: Send in the Guard.
The fact that this situation could have been pulled from the script of the 1974 movie Chinatown or any of the
Godfather movies is well known and must be exposed, but not before immediate action is taken to assure the
preservation of life and liberty. The current critical nature of the crisis cannot be understated. In
alleged response to a 20-year-old battle over "illegal cattle grazing," along with a more recent claim related to
ostensibly protecting the allegedly endangered desert tortoise, the federal Bureau of Land Management has been
dispatched to the Bundy ranch. Do not be fooled by the innocuous sounding name of this federal agency, however,
as the deployment now consists of some 200 heavily armed federal troops, transported by military troop carriers and
equipped with sniper rifles and other military armaments. It is an army by any other name.
Last Man Standing. A
two-decades-old battle between a Nevada rancher and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has resulted
in officials armed with machine guns surrounding the ranch and forcibly removing the owner's cattle,
according to the rancher's family. Cliven Bundy, the last rancher in Clark County, Nev., has
been fighting a "one-man range war" since 1993, when he decided to take a stand against the agency,
refusing to pay fees for the right to graze on a ranch run by his family for centuries. After
years of court battles, the BLM secured a federal court order to have Bundy's "trespass cattle"
forcibly removed with heavy artillery, the family said.
Ranch, the Federal Government, and the Nevada Water Tipping Point. Many Americans have
been watching with great consternation the ongoing struggle between the Federal Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) and the U.S. Marshals against Cliven Bundy and his family. There are no signs of
either side relinquishing its position. Many onlookers have been informed that this dispute is over
protecting the desert tortoise. But it is nothing of the sort. In fact, the reality of the dispute
goes far underneath what is being talked about. The more appropriate source of the dispute is
ground water as well as surface water — this is a war over water.
Keywords: Branch Davidians, Ruby Ridge,
Elian Gonzales, Tiananmen Square.
The Feds Chickened Out On A Nevada Ranch: As the nation began to become familiar with the plight of
the family of Cliven Bundy, many of us harkened back to another standoff in which the Federal government attempted to
bully it's [sic] outcome: Waco, Texas and the Branch Davidian massacre. It is telling that in the Nevada
case the feds pulled out so quickly, given all they had indicated they were willing to do to resolve the matter to
their satisfaction. They had set up a perimeter around the Bundy's family land, ranch, and home. They had
brought in extra artillery, dogs, and snipers. They were beginning the process of stealing more than 300 head
of cattle that did not belong to them.
Media-Suppressed Nevada Case History Shines Truth on Government
Ranch invaders. There is mainstream media-suppressed case history in Nevada the feds are desperately trying to keep
under wraps. Chief Judge Robert C. Jones of the Federal District Court of Nevada smacked down high-handed, abusive feds,
sending the pretend cowboys riding roughshod over Western ranchers and property owners back to their cobweb-laced offices
in 2013. In spite of their 200 armed snipers with boy toys in tow, those Stetson-wearing feds hunkering down on Cliven
Bundy's Ranch are nothing more than a bunch of cowardly 'cobweb cowboys' doing duty for radical environmentalists. In
the upheaval of Bureau of Land Management bureaucrats caving in fear to the radical environmentalists of the day, the Rule
of Law still works in court, and everyone of those feds brandishing weapons knows it down at heart.
officials blast feds over treatment of cattle rancher Cliven Bundy. Two of Nevada's top elected leaders
are riding to the rescue of a rancher whose decades-long range war with the federal government has reached a boiling
point in recent days. The federal Bureau of Land Management has surrounded the Clark County ranch of Cliven Bundy
with armed officers, helicopters and four-wheel drive vehicles. Last week, they began seizing cattle found grazing
on adjacent federal lands in violation of a law meant to protect an endangered desert tortoise.
The Editor says...
Oh, now I see what this is all about. The tortoise wasn't mentioned in any of the news coverage
I saw, which by the way was all on Fox News Channel.
Bureau of Land Management Hiding
Behind Toothless Tortoise. A June 1990 study, called The Desert Tortoise in
Relation to Cattle Grazing by Vernon Bostick formerly posted to the University of Arizona
website (and still found through Google) should prove once and for all the incredible stupidity of
the bumbling bureaucrats with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM's self-proclaimed
'Save the Tortoise' balderdash is killing off both the tortoise and cows.
We the People Converging on
Nevada force BLM into Retreat. With their 200 snipers, helicopters, SUVs, snarling
dogs and tasers, the fast-talking, high-handed BLM has retreated from the arena. There are some who
would say outright that the BLM cut and run, hightailing it off of Cliven Bundy's ranch, and some would be
right. One thing to set the dogs on protesters and taser one or two when your government bosses are
backing you up. Quite another when hundreds of folk are driving from hours away to be there for a
harassed rancher and his family.
Cattle Rancher Wins 'Range War' With Feds. Cliven Bundy went head to head with the
Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the
government said they were grazing illegally. Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have
grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870
and threatened a "range war" against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of his sons was
arrested while protesting the removal of the cattle. "I have no contract with the United States
government," Bundy said. "I was paying grazing fees for management and that's what BLM was supposed
to be, land managers and they were managing my ranch out of business, so I refused to pay."
Victory for Nevada's last rancher!. Hundreds
of heavily armed militia members celebrated their victory over federal law enforcement officers on
Saturday after they secured the release of Cliven Bundy's captured cattle. In an embarrassing
climbdown, the Bureau of Land Management retreated from its high profile standoff with Bundy and his
rag-tag bunch of anti-federalists after the BLM attempted to forcibly capture nearly 1,000 of his
cattle. The militia member showed up at corrals outside Mesquite to demand the animals' return to
rancher Cliven Bundy.
ends roundup of Bundy cattle. A deal has been reached between the Bundy family and the
Bureau of Land Management over the cattle that the agency rounded up earlier this week. After some
tense moments Saturday afternoon, the BLM agreed to release the confiscated animals back to the
family. The BLM announced it would stop the roundup of cattle owned by rancher Cliven Bundy
Saturday morning. The BLM says the animals have been illegally grazing on public lands for
20 years and has spent the past week gathering the cattle from land near Gold Butte.
ends Bundy cattle roundup, citing safety issues. The gathering of rancher Cliven
Bundy's cattle in northeast Clark County has been stopped by the director of the Bureau of Land
Management. The BLM announcement came as Bundy was supposed to meet with Clark County Sheriff Doug
Gillespie about the week-long dispute. There was no confirmation of a deal between Bundy and the
BLM that may have also involved the sheriff.
cowboys lay siege to federal agents to get 'stolen' cattle back. The Bundy family says they've owned the
600,000 acres since 1870 but the Bureau of Land Management says they are illegally grazing. The dispute began in
1993 when land was reclassified as to federal property to protect a rare desert tortoise, the government claimed.
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