Skip to comments.‘Expect To See A Band Of Soldiers’: Militia Members Arrive At Nevada Ranch
Posted on 04/10/2014 10:35:30 AM PDT by bimboeruption
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that two militia members from Montana and one from Utah have arrived at Cliven Bundys ranch.
We need to be the barrier between the oppressed and the tyrants, Ryan Payne of the West Mountain Rangers told the Review-Journal. Expect to see a band of soldiers.
Payne said that militias from New Hampshire, Texas and Florida are likely to join and stand with Bundy and stay at his ranch.
They all tell me they are in the process of mobilizing as we speak, Payne told the Review-Journal, adding that hundreds of militia members are expected.
The Review-Journal also reports that Bundys son, Ammon Bundy, was shot with a stun gun by law enforcement officers Wednesday and that the ranchers sister, Margaret Houston, was pushed to the ground.
I pulled the tasers out of him, Cheryl Teerlink told the Review-Journal.
Lawmakers are adding their voices into the fray, criticizing the federal cattle roundup fought by Cliven Bundy who claims longstanding grazing rights on remote public rangeland about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said he told new U.S. Bureau of Land Management chief Neil Kornze in Washington, D.C., that law-abiding Nevadans shouldnt be penalized by an overreaching agency.
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval pointed earlier to what he called an atmosphere of intimidation, resulting from the roundup and said he believed constitutional rights were being trampled.
Heller said he heard from local officials, residents and the Nevada Cattlemens Association and remained extremely concerned about the size of this closure and disruptions with access to roads, water and electrical infrastructure.
The federal government has shut down a scenic but windswept area about half the size of the state of Delaware to round up about 900 cattle it says are trespassing.
BLM and National Park Service officials didnt immediately respond Wednesday to criticisms of the roundup that started Saturday and prompted the closure of the 1,200-square-mile area through May 12.
Its seen by some as the latest battle over state and federal land rights in a state with deep roots in those disputes, including the Sagebrush Rebellion of the 1970s and 80s. Nevada, where various federal agencies manage or control more than 80 percent of the land, is among several Western states where ranchers have challenged federal land ownership.
The current showdown pits Bundys claims of ancestral rights to graze his cows on open range against federal claims that the cattle are trespassing on arid and fragile habitat of the endangered desert tortoise. Bundy has said he owns about 500 branded cattle on the range and claims the other 400 targeted for roundup are his, too.
BLM and Park Service officials see threats in Bundys promise to do whatever it takes to protect his property and in his characterization that the dispute constitutes a range war.
U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, noted that BLM officials were enforcing federal court orders that Bundy remove his animals. The legal battle has been waged for decades.
Kornze, the new BLM chief, is familiar with the area. Hes a natural resource manager who grew up in Elko, Nev., and served previously as a senior adviser to Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Reid aide Kristen Orthman said her boss hopes the trespassing cattle are rounded up safely so the issue can be resolved.
Sandoval, a former state attorney general and federal district court judge, weighed in late Tuesday after several days of media coverage about blocked roads and armed federal agents fanning out around Bundys ranch while contractors using helicopters and vehicles herd cows into portable pens in rugged and remote areas.
No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans, the governor said in a statement.
Sandoval said he was most offended that armed federal officials have tried to corral people protesting the roundup into a fenced-in First Amendment area south of the resort city of Mesquite.
The site tramples upon Nevadans fundamental rights under the U.S. Constitution and should be dismantled, Sandoval said.
BLM spokeswoman Kirsten Cannon and Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover have told reporters during daily conference calls that free-speech areas were established so agents could ensure the safety of contractors, protesters, the rancher and his supporters.
The dispute between Bundy and the federal government dates to 1993, when land managers cited concern for the federally protected tortoise and capped his herd at 150 animals on a 250-square-mile rangeland allotment. Officials later revoked Bundys grazing rights completely.
Cannon said Bundy racked up more than $1.1 million in unpaid grazing fees over the years while disregarding several court orders to remove his animals.
Bundy estimates the unpaid fees total about $300,000. He notes that his Mormon familys 19th century melon farm and ranch operation in surrounding areas predates creation of the BLM in 1946.
Since the cattle roundup began Saturday, there has been one arrest.
Bundys son, Dave Bundy, 37, was taken into custody Sunday as he watched the roundup from State Route 170. He was released Monday with bruises on his face and a citation accusing him of refusing to disperse and resisting arrest.
A court date has not been set.
His mother, Carol Bundy, alleged that her son was roughed up by BLM police.
Meanwhile, federal officials say 277 cows have been collected. Cannon said state veterinarian and brand identification officials will determine what becomes of the impounded cattle.
“The sheriff has told the feds their swat team can go up against his swat team.”
You wouldn’t, by chance, have a link for that, would you?
Ray 76 found this little tid bit...
Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone
Methinks Harry Reid has his paws on this.
9th Circuit huh... Paragon’s of Constitutionality... Or, you know... Not.
Violence might be what Obama and democrats want... we need to tread very softly - especially with the mixed ethics on this one... Klamath was blessed with being clean cut... our side was right. This doesn’t have that advantage.
I knew the sheriff at the time of the Mt. Carmel burning. The feds contacted him and he told them he’d call Koresh and Koresh would come in. The feds refused so the sheriff told them he wasn’t going to help them one bit. The McClennan County Sheriff’s Department was all pro citizen at that time.
A bunch of law enforcement agencies went after a former DA in Waco basically he embarrassed the Texas Rangers. The IRS, DEA, FBI, Waco City Police and several other agencies came after him. He ended up winning and became a millionaire thanks to Channel 8 in Dallas and their liable of the man. The only agency that refused to have anything to do with it was the sheriff’s department.
That's right. He could wave a magic wand, making every single federal agent within 10 miles of his place vanish, and 100x more would be right back there within a day or two with enough weapons, ammo, and various other armaments to drop him 10,000 times over. The media will portray him to be some sort of anti-government, racist, child molesting psychopath(if they haven't already). There will be cheers when they burn his place to the ground, and haul out what's left of him. 0bama's poll numbers might even go up a little afterwards.
Look up Pollard’s Lessee v. Hagan (1845)
I already have.
“Its not the hill I would pick to die on.”
How about authorized “first amendment zones” then?
Okay, can you cite the enumerated power for the federal government to own most of the land in some states? I am aware of a provision that states that they may have exclusive jurisdiction over and area “not exceeding ten Miles square.” Please tell us how article one, section eight give exclusive jurisdiction of most of Nevada to the federal government.
I’m trying to find out more about the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone, which individuals and companies are involved, and so forth.
Even if Reid is not in on this, the issue is that there is a man being thrown off his property at gun point and being dispossessed of his business so that another business may benefit. Whether his cattle were on public land is a separate issue but it provides the pretense to this illegal taking of property and business.
It was on a news show. I can’t remember if it was Fox, Sixty Minutes or what. But he was asked why he was helping the rancher and he said “Because what the BLM is doing is illgal.” I remember telling my wife at least there’s one sheriff out there who will stand with the people. And remember, the daughter says the feds are targeting the sheriff.
Sounds Marxist to me.
Yes, if the federal government or its agents claim the authority to establish and enforce 1st Amendment zones, I could see myself defending that hill.
There is a legitimate argument that the federal government has no business owning 80% of Nevada.
Maybe the Chicoms now own it and want the rancher evicted.
Gov. Sandoval could choose to step up and protect Nevada’s citizens from federal tyranny.
You do realize that the Gov. can pull the same shit on you and make YOU a squatter, right?
If they put that much effort into rounding up illegal aliens, the unemployment rate for AMERICANS would be around 4%.
Why didn't they just purchase the cattle and then have Bundy deliver them? People at public high school cafeterias are starving in America. They need this meat.
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