The federal government has sealed off the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, after last nights deadly confrontation with Ammon Bundy and other militia members. Late last night, the F.B.I. shot and killed one of the protesters, Robert ‘LaVoy’ Finicum, and took seven others into custody.
Hours after Ammon Bundy was arrested in the deadly encounter with the federal government, additional protesters took control of the Oregon wildlife refuge at the center of a weeks-long standoff. This morning at a press conference the feds signaled that time may be running out.
Road blockade leading up to the refuge @KTVZ #ORstandoff #KTVZ pic.twitter.com/3ZzqYCruPM
— Lauren Martinez (@LaurenKTVZ) January 27, 2016
Leaving refuge. @FBI warns media no protection #ORstandoff @KTVZ pic.twitter.com/ojWTEUgB4V
— Lauren Martinez (@LaurenKTVZ) January 27, 2016
Earlier this month Bundy told media that he and two of his brothers were among a group of dozens of militia occupying the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Ammon Bundy said the group planned to stay at the refuge indefinitely. “We’re planning on staying here for years, absolutely,” Ammon Bundy said. “This is not a decision we’ve made at the last minute.”
The Bundy Family came to Oregon to protest the arrest and attempted land seizure of an Oregon Ranching family that was being targeted by the federal government.
Why Would the Feds Attempt to Turn this into a Deadly Situation?
Think about it; was the F.B.I. called in to arrest or shoot the liberal Occupy Wall Street people who did much more than just assemble at a wildlife refuge? Did the F.B.I get sent in to arrest the armed criminals who burnt their own neighborhoods in Baltimore and Ferguson to the ground last summer?
No matter how you feel about the Bundy family, or the militia who is peacefully assembling at the wildlife refuge in Oregon, keep in mind that nothing they are doing is harming anyone. The Refuge is in the middle of nowhere, and the F.B.I. could have easily just waited them out. This after all is public land; land we pay for with our tax dollars. There was NO THREAT to public safety, and there was no reason to try to start a gun fight.
Earlier in the day, Jason Patrick, one of the leaders of the militia remaining at the outpost, said he could see an armored convoy and a number of law enforcement officers gathered from his perch in the compound.
“Sounds like the definition of peaceful resolution is either forcefully kidnapping me or death,” Patrick told USA Today. “A peaceful resolution is not dead people.”
“Right now, we’re doing fine,” Patrick said. “We’re just trying to figure out how a dead cowboy equals a peaceful resolution.” Patrick’s comments could have been aimed at Oregon Gov. Kate Brown who asked for “patience as officials continue pursuit of a swift and peaceful resolution.”
Patrick told The Oregonian: “We’re all standing here ready to defend our peaceful resolution.”
It breaks my heart. My prayers go out to all their families. This is complete BS! Something needs to be done about this government of ours and quickly.
I am no fan of the Bundy Family, but I do agree with you that the Feds have gone overboard with this one. We had people camped out for months all over our city during the occupy crap and no one did anything to remove them. This refuge is one t only in the middle of nowhere but no one visits it in the winter. Why not just shut down the roads and wait them out? Few weeks without food and problem solved.
Really Jimmy what has happened doesn’t need a fan club. THS situation has substance. Understand that.
It’s not quite that simple, is it?? Plenty of people would be happy to bring them food. Come to that, plenty of people would be happy to bring them ammo.
Occupy represents a movement of people who want stuff done for them– something that can be co-opted and controlled, something that’s going to find few sympathizers outside the young and the heavily in debt.
This, OTOH, represents a movement of people who want the freedom to do something for themselves– something that is going to be very difficult to co-opt and control, something that just might find sympathizers among the people .gov is depending on to supply the money to keep the captive class quiet.
From the controller’s point of view, one of these is a tool that can be entertained. The other is an embarrassment that needs to be quickly put down, efficiently made an example of, and then forgotten.
Sort of like why they sent in the troops during the West Virginia mine wars back in the ’20s…
…and then erased it from the history books.
Killing people creates martyers. I just watched a video showing how the CIA killed Chez Guavara thinking it would be forgotten only to immortalize him as a symbol of resistance. These latest victims of an out of control and oppressive government may not shake the world but their demise and or injury is fuel on the fire of political dissent brewing in the hearts of long suffering Americans who know that they have been subjected to illegal income taxation. That the Patriot Act is unpatriotic. That 911 was an excuse for War. That Kennedy and Lincoln defied the Banksters by printing money and wound up shot dead. So the people will take it until they just can’t take it any more. Then the perpetrators and traitors will reap the wind of their own creation.
I’m not quite sure what to think of this whole issue. On one hand there’s a line between the contitutional malita and vigilantism, I’m not sure where it is exactley but without the support of those you desire to protect, witch Bundy did not have, your entire justification is called into question. On the other hand something must be done about this overreaching government and the malita might be the answer, but it must be well organized and have the backing and support of the people. But no matter what happens one thing is certain, history will remember this whole incident as a major foulup with wrong on both sides from its inception
I think from what I’m reading and watching on social media you ALL would want to be careful over there at the moment,something smells very rotten and while your eyes are looking at the right hand be watchful of what the left hand is doing!..…stay safe all.