Saturday, May 10, 2014

#BundyRanch Militia Moves To Utah

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The Militia members who flocked to Bundy Ranch a month ago made a spectacle of brandishing their firearms and pointing them at law enforcement. There are countless hours of video from Alec Jones's "Info Wars" on YouTube, as well as video from Fox News, CNN, NBC and local Nevada TV. The militia crowd cheered when the Bureau of Land Management pulled back and let some of Bundy's cattle go free, but maybe their celebration was premature. Justice is often delayed, but usually it comes back to bite people who threaten the government. Just because the Bureau of Land Management high-tailed it out of there that day doesn't mean this is over.

And some of these guys went so far as to threaten Senator Harry Reid with extreme bodily harm, which is also a no-no.

Don't poke the wolverine with a sharp stick, Harry,
unless you want your b*lls ripped off.
~ Mike Vanderboegh

Sorry, Posse Comitatus ~ you may have just shot yourself in the proverbial ass, or the b*lls or whatever body-part you are obsessing over today.

There was also the story that the Bundy Militia were stopping motorists near Bunkerville, Nevada, and asking people to see their official citizenship papers. Yeah, nothing wrong with that except ILLEGAL.

From Talking Points Memo
Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV), who represents the area, sent the letter Sunday to Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, asking him to investigate.

"I am writing to bring your attention to the ongoing situation in northeastern Clark County which has caused many of my constituents to fear for their safety," Horsford wrote. Residents in the area "have expressed concern over the continual presence of multiple out-of-state, armed militia groups that have remained in the community" since Bundy's dispute with the Bureau of Land Management came to a boil.

The militia, as reported by Horsford's constituents, "have set up checkpoints where residents are required to prove they live in the area before being allowed to pass," the letter said.

Here is one of the snipers interviewed at Bundy Ranch:

Yeah, he's a brave foot-soldier in the fight against the government, and he has no problem using children as human shields. What a guy! But now the FBI is investigating, so good luck with that.

From the Las Vegas Sun
Clark County sheriff's officials say they've been interviewed by the FBI as part of an investigation into armed supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.
Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo tells KLAS-TV that federal agents are looking into the conduct of people who reportedly pointed guns at officers during a standoff at Bundy's ranch April 12.

More From 8 News Now Las Vegas
Last week, the I-Team talked with Metro officers who intervened to protect the lives of federal employees from the 400 or so Bundy supporters and armed militia members. Officers told the I-Team they feared for their lives that day because of the assembled firepower, and because many in the crowd had pointed weapons at officers, taunted them, told them they should be ready to die.

. . . FBI agents also spoke to an entire squad of Metro officers, who were on the scene to act as a buffer between the crowd and the BLM. Bundy supporters have insisted in emails and calls to 8 News NOW that no one in the crowd pointed weapons at BLM or Metro, but officers told the I-Team that is exactly what they saw, that many with guns set up behind women and children.
"It is not a rumor. When we first got out there and made a left to divide I-15, that is all you saw. You saw kids and women and horses in the backdrop and then men with guns, laying on the ground, in the back of pickup trucks. We're going, 'wow, this would never happen in Las Vegas,' But it was there. That is not a rumor. It is reality and I saw it with my own eyes," Metro Police Sgt. Tom Jenkins said.

Sgt. Jenkins has been interviewed by the FBI. A second squad is expected to be interviewed by week's end. The bureau does not confirm or deny the existence of any investigation but the I-Team have confirmed from multiple sources that a criminal investigation is underway.

It is illegal to point loaded weapons at federal agents, and most people know what would happen, if a suspect pointed a gun at a Metro officer in the Las Vegas valley.


Funny thing - as soon as it was announced the other day that the FBI was investigating these guys, the gun nuts on Twitter started chirping that THEY were the victims, that the BLM was scary and had pulled guns on THEM - "So shut up you Libtards, don't you know the Militia is in our desert saving our Liberty?" Also, they ain't skeered of no FBI!!! It was all someone else's fault - the BLM, Harry Reid, Barry Obummer, and Benghazi - don't ever forget Benghazi!!!!!

Meanwhile, the Locals are ready
for the Militia to Leave

And the Militia is obliging for now, taking their act of defiance on the road - to Utah.

From Las Vegas Sun
Ryan Payne, a Montana resident who had been staying at the ranch for a month, said he drove eight hours to arrive in the eastern Utah town this morning. Three militia members from the ranch and a handful of people from a group called Citizens Action Network came to Utah, too, he said.
"This is where it’s happening Saturday,” he said.
They and others Saturday will be armed, he said, and ride ATVs into Recapture Canyon, an area the BLM declared off-limits to motorized vehicles in 2007. The ride is organized by San Juan County, Utah, Commissioner Phil Lyman.
Payne met Friday morning with the San Juan County, Utah, Sheriff Rick Eldridge. Afterward, he said he expects Saturday’s protest to be peaceful because Eldridge pledged to “protect us from the BLM.”

More from Mother Jones
This Saturday, angry residents of San Juan County, Utah, plan to illegally ride their ATVs through Utah's Recapture Canyon—an 11 mile-long stretch of federal land that is home to Native American archeological sites—because they don't think that the federal Bureau of Land Management should have designated that land off-limits to motor vehicles. The protest was meant to be a local affair. But on Thursday, Bundy, the rancher who wouldn't pay the feds grazing fees and sparked a gun-drenched showdown in Nevada, called on his supporters to join the anti-government off-roading event, Phil Taylor reported. Bundy, whose crusade against the federal government became tainted by his racist comments, is looking to spread the cause from cattle to cross-country cruising.

"We don't expect any violence," San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge told the Denver Post last week. Others aren't so sure, especially since the out-of-staters in attendance could help rile things up—which is what happened during the Bundy stand-off. "This may blow up to be significantly more than they thought," Bill Boyle, a resident of San Juan and publisher of the San Juan Record newspaper told the Post. "I think there are those who would like everyone with an AK-47 to be here."

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From the Houston Chronicle
"This is where it's happening Saturday," Bundy backer Ryan Payne of Montana told the Las Vegas Sun. "This is a continuation of the Bundy affair."
. . . A 14-mile section of trail in the canyon is closed to motorized vehicles, BLM officials said, but there are more than 2,800 miles of trails open to them on public lands around Blanding.
Environmentalists and Native Americans criticized the protest ride, saying the ban is needed to preserve fragile artifacts. Mark Maryboy, a former Navajo Nation Council delegate, called it disappointing that the group had no respect for Native American culture.
"The American tradition of civil disobedience doesn't change the fact that the rule of law needs to mean something," Josh Ewing of the conservation group Friends of Cedar Mesa told The Tribune. "I'll be very disappointed in my government if it doesn't follow through on upholding the law."

Denver Post
. . . Juan Palma, Utah's director of the BLM, issued a less conciliatory statement.
"The BLM-Utah has not and will not authorize the proposed ride and will seek all appropriate civil and criminal penalties against anyone who uses a motorized vehicle within the closed area," Palma's statement read in part.

San Juan County, with more than 90 percent of its land public or belonging to the Navajo Nation, is a likely setting for another set-to.
It has long been a hotbed of far-right anger over federal intrusion into local affairs, especially after what were viewed locally as heavy-handed federal raids that rounded up dozens of longtime residents for artifact looting in the 1980s and in 2011.

San Juan County residents who support Saturday's protest ride identify themselves on their Facebook pages as fans of Bundy and guns-rights rocker Ted Nugent. They express hatred for President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat.
BLM employees in San Juan County have had windows shot out of their homes and their yards torn up by ATVs in the middle of the night.

From Salt Lake Tribune
Under the watch of several horse-mounted sheriff’s deputies, some 50 ATVs carrying multiple riders, including children without helmets and militia members with weapons at the ready, motored across an invisible line in the dust where the canyon was off limits.
"We are here to keep the peace and safeguard the constitutional rights of everybody," said San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge. "We don’t want to see clashes between citizens and clashes between BLM and militia. This is not going to be Bunkerville."
The sheriff was referring to BLM’s recent stand-off with armed supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has long refused to pay grazing fees. Bundy’s son, Ryan, joined the protest ride into Recapture Canyon.

The Militia members want to make it sound as if everything is just a peaceful ride in the desert, but just the other day a Bureau of Land Management employee told police he was accosted by a group of "hooded" men on a lonely road in Utah. Is this group part of the Bundy Militia? Are they targeting BLM employees? If so, the FBI needs to make their own round-up of these thugs quickly.

From the Southern Poverty Law Center - HateWatch
At first, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) livestock wrangler driving on Tuesday along Interstate 15 in Utah, about 260 miles from the scene of the Bundy Ranch standoff in Nevada, thought he was experiencing fairly standard road rage. But then it quickly escalated into a freeway stalking with masks and guns, and ended with a law enforcement manhunt.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the wrangler was pulling a load of burros and horses northbound on the freeway when a dark blue extended-cab Dodge pickup pulled up alongside him and a man gestured at him with a one-fingered salute. The wrangler eased up and let the men drive past him, then he continued on. Just after passing the town of Nephi, the men caught up to him again.

This time, they were wearing hoods. And they showed him a sign that read: “You Need to Die.” Then one of them pointed what appeared to be a Glock handgun at the wrangler.

As the wrangler again dropped back, he tried to get a license plate number. But it had been covered with duct tape.

. . . In response, Utah BLM employees began removing the agency’s decals from their vehicles as a “precaution,” according to Eric Reid, the wrangler’s supervisor at the BLM field office in Fillmore. “We’re toning things down.”

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