RT: Oregon standoff activists left booby traps in wildlife building – report

I shake my head at these people and the lies they tell! With all their military equipment (!!!), what have they to fear, anyway?  ~J

Published time: 12 Feb, 2016 05:01L

Members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Department park an armored vehicle in Burns, Oregon  © Jim Urquhart
The last four members of the armed standoff in Oregon have reportedly said they left booby traps at the wildlife refuge before surrendering, but refuse to detail the locations or say if there were trip wires or other devices that could trigger them.

“They spoke to us about booby traps. We don’t know how sophisticated or what kind,” an unnamed law enforcement official told Reuters.

The group that took over the federal building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was initially led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy, sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. The occupiers were heavily armed and possessed explosives when they began their protest against the federal government’s treatment of two local ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, who had been convicted of arson on federal land under an anti-terror law.

“There were materials that could be used to create hazardous devices, so it’s just very prudent for us to do to that,” the official said to Reuters.

The four remaining activists occupying the refuge ended the 41-day standoff on Thursday by surrendering to local and federal authorities.

They joined 12 other occupiers, who have been under arrest since the end of January, and now face federal charges.

However, despite the standoff’s official end, supporters of Bundy’s group hope that their protest will spur similar acts of civil-disobedience challenging the government.

“I don’t think it’s over. I think it’s just beginning,” Susan Hammond, wife of Dwight, told Reuters in a separate report. “We have hopes that possibly this will be the beginning of a change in the overreach of federal government, but it’s only the beginning.”

Much of the land in 11 western US states is owned by the federal government. Ranchers, miners, and loggers have had to contend with an ever-growing body of regulations, often banning all activity on large swathes of land due to environmental concerns. The Bundy-led standoff in Oregon, and another last year in Nevada, have been the highest-profile clashes between ranchers and the government since the “sagebrush rebellion” in the 1970s.

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8 Responses to RT: Oregon standoff activists left booby traps in wildlife building – report

  1. hannacora says:

    Jean, were the last 4 from the Refuge able to go home?
    Somehow I have not been able to find this out.

  2. Captain says:

    Not sure what weight this carries or how it can be enforced, but just passing it along…

    • Jean says:

      Captain, I think it is important in that it reflects in some degree what is beginning to happen throughout the country. It is almost impossible, however, to import it. As a result, I suggest people take the time to click the link you provide and read the statements there for themselves.

      Thanks and hugs,

  3. Old Shep says:

    “…an unnamed law enforcement official told Reuters.” The unaccountable cloak of anonymity strikes again. Just trust us. Yes, the incessant lies from the FBI and mainstream news are difficult to take.

    The explosives that the occupiers are said to have “possessed when they began their protest” were already at the refuge before they arrived. They were stored at the firehouse by the BLM themselves. You can listen to Ammon Bundy tell the FBI negotiator exactly that in a phone conversation from January 21st. He also said they would NEVER use them and were only cleaning things up to create a safer environment.

    I had a feeling at the time that this information would later be warped and used against the protesters. You can listen to the conversation between Ammon and the FBI for yourself on the Pete Santilli livestream that was recorded at the time. Santilli, of course, is now in jail for being the only independent reporter with the guts to get the truth out to the world.

    Ammon begins speaking of the explosives in the firehouse at the 10 minute mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_jK0IKYpp8

    • Jean says:

      Old Shep, this is so very important!!! I can’t thank you enough — I’ve published this . . . if people will slow down enough to listen to this audio . . they will realize that Ammon is NOT A CRIMINAL!!! HUGS, ~Jean

  4. usnveteran says:

    February 12, 2016
    [We’ll just have to prove to BLM that they are terribly wrong … ]
    BLM Employee To Miner: ‘My Authority Supersedes The United States Constitution’:

    • Jean says:

      Wow, and thanks, USNV 🙂 Hugs, ~Jean

      PS I’m putting up another post tonight that is a real corker. . . The Koch Brothers are getting in on this — but is it Constitutional? what a sham!!!

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