The author of these updates went offline to sleep and I will report here when/if he returns. ~J
10:59 pm EST
Approximately 15 minutes ago, the unofficial new spokesman for the militia, Jason Patrick, traveled up to barricade at the north end of 205 and turned himself in to authorities.
11:36 pm EST
No activity to report from the Refuge.
In other matters, I want to point out that today Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward, a former BLM agent who betrayed the Hammonds, admitted to working with the FBI and OSP (Oregon State Police) on ways to “take them down”, speaking of Ammon and LaVoy. Remember, Ward is not an elected Sheriff. In 2015, corrupt Judge Steve Grasty chose a committee to appoint a new Sheriff. Ward is indebted to Grasty for helping him get his position as Sheriff. Grasty and Ward are two sides of the same evil BLM coin.
11:41 pm EST
David Fry said that the FBI contacted his uncle in recent days to try to get his uncle to persuade him leave the refuge.
12:13 am EST January 28th
I’ve been listening to the local EMS / Fire dispatch and there isn’t any chatter or information to suggest that any operations are currently live.
The FBI has given the occupiers until 4 am local time to vacate the refuge. There may not be any significant action until at least that point. Will post any new information as it comes available.
12:37 am EST
According to one of my sources at the road block they have not seen or heard anyone running barricades, firing guns, etc. All is quiet.
12:45 am EST
Update on Blaine Cooper – I am informed that Blaine has not been apprehended and that he, his wife and their children have gone to an undisclosed location.
12:57 am EST
Duane Ehmer, the man riding a horse and carrying LaVoy’s pistol on his hip has also turned himself in.
1:03 am EST
FBI update: 5 of 8 men who left the refuge were released. Jason Patrick, Duane and Dylan Anderson of Provo turned themselves in and were charged with felonies similar to the ones that Ammon was charged with.
1:13 am EST
Additional information from the FBI
“In the early morning hours of January 27, 2016, the FBI and Oregon State Police (OSP) established a series of checkpoints at major roads in and out of the refuge. In the hours prior to the checkpoints, several vehicles are known to have left the area. Since the establishment of checkpoints, a total of eight people have left the refuge. Of those, the FBI released five and arrested three.”
“At approximately 3:30 pm, the FBI made probable cause arrests of Duane Leo Ehmer, age 45, of Irrigon, Oregon, and Dylan Wade Anderson, age 34, of Provo, Utah. At approximately, 7:40 pm, agents made a probable cause arrest of Jason S. Patrick, age 43, of Bonaire, Georgia. All were in contact with the FBI, and each chose to turn himself into agents at a checkpoint outside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The arrests were without incident. ”
“Each man faces one federal felony count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.”
“The FBI and our partners continue to work around the clock to empty the refuge of the armed occupiers in the safest way possible.”
1:31 am EST
No news from the small handful of remaining militia.
However, one interesting fact regarding the arrest of Ammon…. The authorities set up the roadblock in the strategic stretch of road that passes through a canyon where cell phones have trouble getting service and the narrow path makes it nearly impossible to turn a vehicle around. The location gave the authorities a geographical advantage.
1:46 am EST
The FBI has employed effective psychological tactics against the militia. By repeatedly staging false assaults throughout last night and today they have kept militia members in a state of disorganization and in constant fear of an imminent attack. Ordering the media to withdraw caused the militia to believe that a massive and brutal attack might ensue. Having cut off the head of the leadership structure, the many of the remaining militia members scattered and outside militia factions decided to play a “wait and see” approach. There is still a number of militia holdouts and there is still a chance that the situation could result in bloodshed. But the constant aerial mission over the refuge, as well as the knowledge that the compound was completely surrounded with no chance of being resupplied, the green members of the militia chose to accept the offers of “free passage” out of the refuge.
This situation is still fluid and much can still happen, but with the approaching deadline of 4 am MST nearing, it is possible that the authorities will cut power and water to the compound, jam electronics and sit back and wait for the holdouts to surrender. With LaVoy’s blood already on their hands, the federal authorities might be willing to sit and wait a bit longer. What they’ve done so far has proven effective. BUT… this battle has given other militias much to study, analyze and prepare for when the time comes for a renewed rebellion against the grand bureaucracy of the Empire.
I’ve been awake since the morning of January 26th… running on fumes. Turning in for the night with the hopes that nothing violent happens in the early morning hours. Jake Morphonios, signing off until Thursday afternoon