Feds Steal Ranchers Cattle in Armed Helicopter Raids: Feds attempt to rub out Family Farmers
April 7th, 2014
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In the latest attempt to rub out the family farm, the Federal Government is targeting a rancher in Nevada by sending in armed agents, armored vehicles and low-lying helicopters to steal the ranchers cattle.
Cliven Bundy, who has been fighting the federal governmentâ€™s attempts to shut him down for the last 20 years, is in a bitter battle that just took a turn for the worse. Over the weekend, armed federal agents from the Bureau of Land Management stormed Bundyâ€™s land, stealing over 500 of the rancherâ€™s cattle.
The government claims the cattle were illegally grazing on government land; but Bundy, who has been a rancher all his life, says heâ€™s been doing it this way for decades. In fact, his cattle are grazing on the same land that his father and fatherâ€™s father used to raise their cattle.
The trouble started in 1993 when Bundy refused to pay the feds for the right to allow his cattle to graze on land that he claims has been in his family since the 1880s. His family actually owned the land before the Bureau of Land Management ever even came into existence; so how the federal government can now claim they own the land is a bit puzzling.
â€śWe own this land,â€ť he said, not the feds. He said he is willing to pay grazing fees but only to Clark County, not BLM.
â€śYears ago, I used to have 52 neighboring ranchers,â€ť he said. â€śIâ€™m the last man standing. How come? Because BLM regulated these people off the land and out of business.â€ť
So why now?
According to the feds, this is all about protecting the desert tortoise. Yep, apparently protecting a turtle is now reason enough to storm a manâ€™s property and illegally steal his cattle.
Just before the round-up began, Bundy claims armed federal agents surrounded his 150-acre ranch.
â€śTheyâ€™ve been bringing men in and equipment and setting up a compound,â€ť Bundy told FoxNews.com Monday. â€śThey got helicopters flying low. They got snipers around the ranch. Our access to public lands has been blocked.â€ť
Federal Government Raiding Bundyâ€™s Farm Stealing His Cattle
Bundy says heâ€™s extremely fearful that the federal government is trying to turn this into another Ruby Ridge or Waco situation. The BLM has closed public lands in Clark County while they work on a plan to round up the â€śtrespassingâ€ť cattle. Only marked vehicles are being allowed into the area and â€śfree speech zonesâ€ť have been set up several miles from the ranch in an attempt to corral protestors who have made their way into the area.
â€śIâ€™ve tried to fight this thing legally, and Iâ€™ve tried to fight it politically,â€ť Bundy said. â€śWeâ€™ve got one more fight. We the people havenâ€™t fought yet.â€ť
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This is video shot by the family who claims the BLM assaulted and hauled off one of Bundyâ€™s sons for filming them steal his dadâ€™s cattle.
â€śHe was there to do some filming when about 11 federal agents pulled up and arrested him,â€ť Bundy toldÂ Las Vegas News 3. â€śThey said he was outside of the First Amendment area and they took him down. We donâ€™t know where he is now.â€ť
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