Armed Militia Occupy Forest Reserve HQ in Oregon, Call ‘US Patriots’ to Arms

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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s three sons and “about 150” militiamen have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge HQ to protest the pending imprisonment of two Oregon ranchers accused of arson, arguing the federal government has no authority in local cases.

“We’re going to be freeing these lands up, and getting ranchers back to ranching, getting the loggers back to logging, getting the miners back to mining where they could do it under the protection of the people and not be afraid of this tyranny that’s been set upon them,” Ammon Bundy, who appears to be the leader of the group, said in a Facebook video posted by Sarah Dee Spurlock on Saturday.

Bundy appears to be standing at the scene of the takeover, surrounded by several men in military-style uniforms with rifles and hand-held radios.

The rancher points out that Harney County used to be the richest in state, and is now the poorest. His radical proposal to solve the situation is to have armed “patriots” come and live in a de-facto self-rule zone independent of the federal authorities.

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The second speaker in the video, identified as Blane Cooper, equates the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to bullies at school that used to beat one up and who eventually had to be put in their place.

“Until that line is drawn and say ‘we’ve had enough of this tyranny, you are going to leave us alone’ it will not change,” the military-clad man says.

According to Cooper, they hope their occupation will spell the beginning of a US-wide movement. “It doesn’t have to stop here. This could be a hope that spreads through the whole country, the whole United States. Everybody’s looking for this hope because the government has beat us, and oppressed us, and took everything from us; they will not stop until we tell them no,” he claims.

The militiamen told OregonLive there were about 150 of them, but a couple who delivered food to the refuge HQ estimated that there were just 15. The Bundys and their armed supporters occupied the federal property after splitting from a peaceful Saturday morning protest in Burns, Oregon.

Some 300 people marched through the town to protest against the prosecution of two Harney County ranchers, Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond, who are scheduled to report to prison on Monday. Both ranchers were convicted on charges of setting fire to federal land. The case has attracted interest from local militia and intensified debate around the federal government’s authority.

“Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., 73, and his son, Steven Dwight Hammond, 46, both residents of Diamond, Oregon in Harney County, were sentenced to five years in prison by Chief US District Judge Ann Aiken for arsons they committed on federal lands,” the US Attorney Office said.

The occupation resembles the Bundy Ranch standoff of 2014, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) attempted to enforce grazing laws. Bundy got the help of armed militia and triggered a standoff with federal authorities.

The family said heavily-armed federal agents had surrounded their ranch as “trespass cattle” were removed from the disputed land.

Since 1993, Cliven Bundy – the “last rancher in Clark County, Nevada” – has refused to pay fees to the federal government for the right to raise cattle on land that his family has ranched since the 1870s, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

The dispute began in 1998 when the BLM designated 186,909 acres of the Gold Butte area, where the ranch is located, as “critical” for the survival of the desert tortoise population. Bundy had lost his grazing permit in 1993, despite his family’s long-time presence on the land.

According to the BLM, Bundy owes around $1 million in fees, while the family contends the sum is more like $300,000.

Hammonds case The Pendleton, Oregon jury found the Hammonds guilty of the arsons in June 2012. Both were charged with igniting a series of fires on lands managed by the BLM. Hammond Ranches has about 12,000 acres in the Diamond-Frenchglen area. Their livelihood is running cattle during the winter. Two years ago, the ranch used 26,420 acres of land belonging to the BLM for summer grazing. Supporters of the Hammonds believe they were treated unconstitutionally because the two were convicted of arson under a provision of an expansive federal law punishing terrorism. They both served their prison terms for 2001 and 2006 fires, but were then told by appellate judges they had to go back to prison to serve more.

Ranchers use fire in eastern Oregon to burn invasive species. However, it is a dangerous practice, as several wildfires in the area have gotten out of hand, scorching hundreds of thousands of acres. The controversial case demonstrates a problem with a 1996 law, which was introduced to punish domestic terrorists, according to Barry Bushue, the longtime president of the Oregon Farm Bureau. 

“I find it incredible that the government would want to try these ranchers as terrorists,” Bushue told The Pete Santilli Show. “Now is where the rubber meets the road. Right now is when the public should absolutely be incensed. And the public, I think, should be fearful.”

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  • Reigel Fetterman

    What the government is doing is as old as the days of Rome , comply or we will make an example of you.

    • ChuckInBama

      Pax Obama??

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  • Right to the Point

    This whole “Conservation Land Grab” has got to stop. I agree with them on this point. Problem here is, it was another activist appellate Judge that stacked time on after release. Obama and the Progressive right have approved 300+ judges around the country. This is where they should focus for now….

    • jhc5310

      There was no extra time “stacked on”. The Hammknds are poachers and started a fire to conceal evidence. Read and educate yourself.

      http://www.ktvz.com/news/The-feds-case-What-they-said-of-Hammonds-resentencing/37246018

      • kiljoy616

        Better that you read it also, they where accused and doubtful they had the money to fight back so like you they would little chance of wining. Where they doing dumb things, sure but if you read the article you actually a bit of conflicting information and hearsay. The courts are not hard to understand he who has the most $ wins and I doubt average joe have the money to fight anyone like the Federal Govt. But hey if you want to think people with agenda and power care about you by all means please keep believing.

        • jhc5310

          They were found guilty by a jury of their peers in Pendleton, Oregon. One of the most conservative farm/ranch communities in the Western US. I was at the trial. You really have no idea what you are talking about. The Hammonds are just being used by these criminals calling themselves “patriots”. And people like you seem to fall for it every time. Ranchers in our area want nothing to do with Bundy and his small group of camo-clowns.

      • Right to the Point

        The original case you’re referring to was dropped. A judge found the evidence weak and baseless. You should educate yourself. Here’s how they were charged. The US Attorney for the 9th circuit didn’t like the Arson Case outcome, so she charged them under the “Antiterrorism and Death Penalty Act.” The venue was moved to Eugene, OR (a Progressive Haven), and they were found guilty. The Judge in that case found that the application of law was unfit and reduced the sentences. This activist Attorney didn’t like it and worked the 9th circuit panel to get the minimum sentences applied. They were found guilty for “Domestic Terror” not Arson. You may want to study that before you go to your next “Occupy Rally” or “BLM” movement, because they could just as easily charge you for the same. Cannon could be pointed in any direction, depends on who’s in “Control.”

      • LiberalsRLost

        yeah…sure……i worked with a poacher….he finally got busted ..guess what he never started any fires and just how does that logic flow……start a fire to hide poaching…….critical thinking skills a tad shy of a full load…..

  • doucyet

    I can certainly understand their frustration. Sent to jail, they did their time and then they were released. Then they were ordered back to jail because another judge said they didn’t do enough time! What kind of f u c k i n g BS is that!

    • jhc5310
      • doucyet

        It doesn’t change the fact that it’s B.S. The whole terrorist arson non-sense is B.S.

        Can you find me an article on the boys that ruined a Colorado river with poison from a mine that they were warned about breaching before they did it and essentially killed the river? Wonder how much time they will get.

        How is my grammar and spelling?

  • Mike

    if the feds fire the first shot that may be just what it takes to start the 2nd civil war.

    • bill lopez

      In your wet dreams maybe. This will go nowhere.

      • Mike

        I hope it does not go anywhere, but the fact of the matter is, the feds love to shoot first and if they do with the current state of civil unrest in this country as I said it may lead to the 2nd civil war. You can keep having all the wet dreams you like bilbo.

        • bill lopez

          You sure sound like you want it to go somewhere – it wasn’t me who has mentioned “next civil war” twice now…who is going to start a civil war over an incident that is so fuzzy and only has meaning to a small group?

          • Mike

            governmental tyranny has been recognized by many people around this country, so it is not just a small group. By the way, I am not the only one to mention another civil war. Many others have, and the US government has been pushing this country that way for a while.

    • kiljoy616

      ROFL please you would need millions of people behind a cause this is not even close to it. All this is after all is a demonstration no real difference from others the only thing is unlike sheeple demonstrating these people do not want to be victims. Think 99% not only did they get nothing done but many where trample on by the sheepdog they like to suck off so much.

      • Mike

        you do realize there are militias in every single state both official and unofficial don’t you? You do also realize that the current trust level for any government organization is this country is at an all time low don’t you? You do also realize that there are millions of patriots out there that are well armed and trained don’t you? And add to that the fact that the federal government would love for the militia members to get into a shoot out with them because they have been after militias for years trying to get rid of them for this very reason. Or are you one of these folks that just stays in the closet until the last minute?

      • SP_88

        If just 1% of the population got involved, there would be enough people to force the government to do the right thing. That’s 3.2 million people armed and pissed off at the government. Even 1 million people could pull it off if they were armed and organized.
        By contrast the 99%ers were a bunch of ignorant drug addicts who had no clue what the protest was even about and they spent all their time getting drunk and high and having sex in tents and vehicles and crapping in the bushes and on police cars. They left the areas trashed and filthy. They mostly complained about having to pay their bills and they thought that they were somehow entitled to get a free college education and immediately have a six figure income as soon as they graduated. They were a bunch of selfish babies who didn’t like the idea of having to work for a living or having to earn what they wanted. I would argue that they weren’t 99% of Americans either. They have nothing in common with most Americans.
        I hope that people can see the simple violation of rights that caused this, and support them because it’s the right thing to do.

  • frankw

    Could this be our “John Brown” moment? Its true, of course that the BLM has no Constitutional jurisdiction over public lands, but as with all tyrannical rulers they’ll grab as much as they are allowed to get away with. Is it time to push back? I’d say yes, long past due, but do sufficient numbers of people have the will to do so? Time will tell, but up till now I’m not hopeful.

    • gato felix

      It’s my understanding that the Federal Guberment really only has jurisdicion in the Washington D. C. area!! Think I remember reading something about that some years back!!

      • Adam

        You are correct sir. Article 1, section 8, clause 17 and the 10th amendment apply here.

        • gato felix

          Thanks good to know for future reference!

    • bill lopez

      Nope

      1) it doesn’t affect enough people
      2) issue is too complex for general sheep to follow

  • sunshine

    Yeah, definitely don’t listen to your citizen’s complaints, just behave like the Soviet Union! Why not send them to the gulag too? On this site and you still don’t get it….wow.

  • Right to the Point

    Scroll down to Sec. (f) Penalties. Maximum 1yr plus expenses. This activist judge unilaterally declared it an act of “Terrorism.” They can declare anyone a terrorist now. It’s time to stand people!

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/16/668dd

    • jhc5310
      • kiljoy616

        You many want to stop posting the same dumb article people have read it but its not the only news.

        • jhc5310

          It’s obvious from reading the comments here that most of those posting have no idea what the Hammonds were convicted of. I was simply trying to inject some intelligence into a forum that is oozing emotion and public displays of ignorance. And some of the worst spelling and grammar I’ve seen in a while. Just sayin…

          • Maddog

            You have no intellect to inject. Liberalism is a mental disorder and you have proved it, now go away.

          • jhc5310

            Liberalism? See….more ignorance. I’m as conservative as they come. Voted Republican for over 45 years. I just deal in facts. And many who come here to spew their hatred don’t. I would count you among that group. I have come to believe that people like you are just too lazy to learn the facts in a given situation. So you just parrot what others are saying because it makes you feel good. If you have facts about the Hammknd cast that I haven’t seen yet, then by all means enlighten those of us who deal in facts. Thanks.

  • Reverend Draco

    The preceding was an advertisement for the Dumbing Down of America. See how well it worked?

    • doucyet

      Hey Rev. Who are all of these “gray named” folks posting here and why can’t I see their profiles?

      I’m not to hip on the settings within Disqus.

      • Reverend Draco

        Maybe people without actual Disqus accounts, commenting through their local newspaper’s connection to Disqus?

        I’ve not seen this before, either.

        • WinstonSmithy

          Maybe “the grays” are part of the op. That being said, they are not common on the Sheeple but are an everyday presence on Infowars.

  • Reverend Draco

    You do realize that the traitors are wearing official uniforms, yes?

  • Mike

    aw if it aint bilbo baggins.

  • Reverend Draco

    You’re overdue for taking your psych meds – please remedy your problem, asap.

    • bill lopez

      IMHO – this is a go nowhere situation. It’s not the tip of the spear of anything bigger than what ever the hell they think they are doing.

      “People” aren’t going to rally around this because quite frankly it’s not something that affects that many people. Not to mention the issue is too complex for the masses to grasp.

      Try explaining what’s going on to your next door neighbor or a coworker and see the puzzled look you get.

      Sorry, but you pick your revolution fights carefully – and this isn’t one of those fights. Lots of people going to get arrested though….for just being plain stupid.

      • kiljoy616

        I don’t really think they picked anything, I think people are just frustrated and this is all they could think of to get some notice. The alternative is what let it all die walk away and get a minimum paying job as a sheeple. Will anything come out of this. No I doubt it for the reason you gave but you have to see the logic in it also when there is little else they can do to a government that spend trillions on bombing a bunch of nobodies across the world for 15 and going on 30 years if we are not careful.

      • MrLaughingWolf

        Double jeopardy. It effects everyone. They were sentenced and served their time but the Feds wanted more and they got it.

        This despite the fact that the Feds do not have authority over that land. Art. I, Sec. 8, Cl. 17 of the U.S. Constitution in conjunction with the 10th amendment.

      • LiberalsRLost

        and folks like you never inform us of what that perfect moment happens to be…

  • 0hiojoe

    Cannot say that I blame these Patriots. How much more do people have to take?

  • WeeSee

    two Oregon ranchers accused of arson
    Jul 17, 2015 – Combined, the two fires burned about 140 acres of federal land. … by the federal government, but with the loss of their grazing permits, as well. … family has refrained from making a public splash, the story is slowly getting out.
    Oct 8, 2015 – This is an example of gross government overreach, and the public should … Federal Double Standards on Fire Liability: On one side you have the … On the other side, you have a ranch family who got permission to start a prescribed burn … burned out several ranchers with one of THEIR fires gone wrong.
    http://www.northernag.net/AGNews/AgNewsStories/TabId/657/ArtMID/2927/ArticleID/5346/Oregon-Ranchers-Declared-Terrorists-and-Sent-Back-to-Prison.aspx

  • doucyet

    You are clueless to ranchers operations. Stupid is the blight on America.

  • Praetor

    You stupid douche bag! Government land no such thing. You will be the first to starve to death. No, you will be the one of the first to be eating rats, mice and bugs in some basement. FOOL!!!

  • Praetor

    The only ones poking the bear are the government and dipsh!t’s like you!!!

  • Unapologetically White

    They can call all they want, but iii% Oregon and Idaho are smarter than to be suckered in by government provocateurs. That goes also for Oath Keepers. Ryan Payne is definitely a .gov POS, and Bundy the Younger is as dumb as a bag of rocks.

  • It is long past due that We the People hold the federal government to the restrictions in Clause 17. Congress shall have power * * * To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock–Yards, and other needful Buildings.

  • It is time for you to chain yourself to the chair in front of your telescreen so that you won’t be tempted to demonstrate the ignorance that it has installed in your atrophying brain.

  • There is no such thing as Federal land…. it ALL belongs to the people, the feds are nothing more than trustees

    • jhc5310

      So…anyone can do whatever they want on any public land? I can sure see how that would work well. Please…take a few minutes to tell us all how that would work. Thanks.

      • Ever see those jokers on Gold Rush Alaska? You read a tad too much into my statement. The main point is the pretend gov’t doesn’t own the land.

        • jhc5310

          No…the citizens of the USA own the land which is MANAGED by the Federal government. Some may want to use those lands for grazing…some may not. So we have a Federal agency that helps represent all of us in the use of the land. And I’ve known several ranchers/farmers in my line of work who are all too happy to place their land on set-aside and take taxpayer funds to simply do nothing with their land. Ranchers get paid to protect habitat in the CREP program and they gladly take those “pretend gov’t funds. Ever hear of farm subsidies? When times get tough in my business there are no programs to help me out. If it suits the ranchers they like the government just fine. But if they can’t graze their cattle wherever they want then they get angry. Just my opinion.

  • I sense hostility to your posting….. the locals with the lanterns and pitchforks have their usual glazed over look

  • WeeSee

    Published on Jan 16, 2013

  • Dan Morgan

    I hope this operation is better planed than it looks to be, because it sure looks like a die in place mission.
    Since this site is so isolated, the feds can cordon off the area for miles and resolve this situation however they chose, and tell any story they want.
    The MSM will regurgitate anything they are instructed to.
    The Bundy’s made the feds look really bad, and my guess is they want payback.

    • jhc5310

      Do tin-foil hats make you sweat?

      • kiljoy616

        His right and you have no tactical knowledge of the situation.
        Best to STFU if you don’t really have any combat experience and for that matter know how the world actually works.

      • Dan Morgan

        Only when I wear it in the microwave……….

    • WeeSee

      the feds are about to get an national ass kicking

  • Jason_K

    Yes this is a case of Double Jeopardy and YES the feds are wrong here. There is no easy solution when it comes to such tyranny, especially when you begin to peel back the history of all of this and you understand the Oregonian natural resources that have been absorbed by this land grab. The federal government has no interest in preserving wildlife nor sagebrush, only the natural resources that have monetary value. It is really hard for me to know which group is in the right here, but what I do know is that it’s not the federal government nor the courts that are trying to lock these men up a second time for the same bogus charges. That leaves trying to figure out which groups are too extreme and not extreme enough.

  • kiljoy616

    Since his the last Rancher what community are you talking about? Sound like the area is a wasteland of poor people and little else. Unless I am missing something and that county is rich in Oil or Fairy dust?

    • MrLaughingWolf

      Natural Gas and Uranium which is why the BLM has been forcing ranchers off their land for the past decade. Hammond is one of the few left out there.

      http://pubs.usgs.gov/bul/1740b/report.pdf

  • kiljoy616

    A sheeple freaking out wants people who are tired of crocked politicians and mismanagement to be taken out. Quite little girl your panties are about to fall off with your rant.

  • jhc5310

    Actually, you are pretty right-on with this assessment. Good comment. Some won’t like it, but it’s true.

  • aliasooze

    Not only is this a double jeopardy issue but WTF happened to the statute of limitation’s?

  • Gil G

    Hero wannabees.

    • envythedead

      Gerald Celente said it correctly: “When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it.” This is an example of what is wrong in society. All of us are now slowly being drained of our ability to make a decent living with a hope of an enjoyable retirement.. EXCEPT parasitic gov workers.

    • Maddog

      And what are you doing to make a difference? Type on your keyboard from the comfort of your couch. When they come for you I’ll be sure to stay the fuck away laughing.

      • Gil G

        Why aren’t the government making a difference – getting these yahoos off public land?

        • SP_88

          The government is a bunch of scumbags. How is it not obvious to you that the Hammond’s already served their time and that this is double jeopardy? It’s people like you who let the government get away with shit like this and so they continue to push people around and violate people’s rights with impunity.
          I hope that this spreads across America, because I’ve had enough of the government’s tyranny and oppression. There have been so many crimes and scandals that are never prosecuted and they think that we will just forget all about it.
          They are attempting to label patriotic Americans and constitutionalists as terrorists so as to turn the public against them. But only an idiot would believe them after all the lies and scandals coming out of Washington. How is being in support of the constitution and the rule of law a bad thing? This is exactly what the founders of this country were worried about. And when they wrote the constitution they made sure that we had the ability to get rid of a government that no longer served the people. And they most certainly do not serve the people anymore. So it’s time for them to go.

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  • Dan Morgan

    It’s grass and water, not oil and gas production or strip mining.
    Ranchers are far better stewards of the land than the BLM, because their livelihood depends on healthy rangeland.
    Do you want to get your beef from US ranchers, or from Mexico or Brazil?
    My guess is, you think beef comes from McDonald’s.

  • SP_88

    Are you serious? What an asinine thing to say. They provide a service to us. And their cattle do not destroy the land or kill wildlife. That’s ridiculous. If the land isn’t healthy, their cattle won’t be either.
    And furthermore, this is about a lot more than some desert that nobody is using other than the ranchers. This is about government tyranny. If nobody stands against them and says enough is enough, they will keep getting worse and worse. They thought that they could imprison these people twice for the same thing and nobody would notice. This is clearly a case of double jeopardy. The terrorist charge is just ridiculous. These people are not terrorists for setting a brush fire. If you won’t stand up for what’s right when somebody else needs you, don’t expect anyone to stand up for you.
    I cannot understand why everyone doesn’t stand up against the government when they are so clearly wrong.