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Bundy Militia Invades Oregon
The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, remains the site of an occupation by several of rancher Cliven Bundy's sons and their sovereign-citizen firearm toting friends.
They remain holed-up in the office of a biologist while they stockpile grub and rant about the Feds. Meanwhile, law enforcement has taken a hands-off approach, allowing sympathizers to bring them food and moral support, and allowing the squatters to come and go, even to adjoining states to drum up support. This begs the question of whether the lukewarm reaction is because the Bundy freaks are too armed and dangerous, or merely too white.
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Of course the Feds want to "avoid another Ruby Ridge or Waco," which is the usual explanation. An yes, they are out in the middle of nowhere in the middle of winter, so perhaps the FBI and BLM are merely waiting them out until they get cabin fever. However, there are local people there who have to drive the same lonely roads, and who have been followed around by these creepy guys as they "protect" the land they claim as theirs. Not to mention the local Paiute tribe, who have the real claim to the land in the Malheur Refuge. Why has the Federal Government left the innocent people of Burns, Oregon, at the mercy of these backwards delusional crybabies with guns?
Every time I stop by #Oregonstandoff kitchen and supply room, there are more and more supplies and deliveries. pic.twitter.com/uVmV7Jqugf— Sam Levin (@SamTLevin) January 16, 2016
Supplies rolling in. #Bundymilitia supply room Jan. 3 vs. Jan 14. #Oregonstandoff pic.twitter.com/TNeQqnfr3c— Amanda Peacher (@amandapeacher) January 16, 2016
People did have some fun sending weird stuff to the Militia members, such as a bag of candy d***ks and some sex toys, and watching militia member John Ritzheimer melt down into a tantrum on a facebook video. But honestly - mail trucks and FedEx were able to deliver the stuff directly to the compound. No biggie french fry, except that these folks are criminals!
Really? #YallQaeda comes and goes as they please? Why are we not rounding up these clowns? https://t.co/orEPmkITaj pic.twitter.com/QEIlWbr78f— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) January 16, 2016
LaVoy Finicum, a 54-year-old Arizona rancher and one of the group’s leaders, says the siege will continue until the federal government cedes control of the 187,000-acre refuge to Harney County.
“It needs to be very clear that these buildings will never, ever return to the federal government,” says Finicum, who wears a cowboy hat and a Colt .45 pistol holstered on his hip.
. . . On Friday, one of the protesters was arrested in Burns and charged with theft of federal property after he drove a refuge pickup truck into town. It was the first arrest since the occupation began.
-- Washington Post
LaVoy Finicum on refuge: "We've taken the fortress and we're here to hold it." #Oregonstandoff pic.twitter.com/PxTDxwQt5O— Wanda Moore (@WandaKTVZ) January 16, 2016
LaVoy Finicum or "Tarpman" ~ What A Guy!!!
Used foster children as "main source of income."
BundyBunch Great White Hope Robert "LaVoy" Finicum (aka TarpMan) has foster kids removed by state agency https://t.co/9VyBTOtyoH— BigDaddy (@strujillo075) January 17, 2016
Refuge? What is a Refuge?
Today the #bundymilitia made this road within the refuge. #oregonstandoff pic.twitter.com/uRJrIYZLNX— Amanda Peacher (@amandapeacher) January 15, 2016
Paiutes have been on that land for over 6,000 years! #Oregonstandoff #MalheurWildlifeRefuge #bundymilitia #Haney pic.twitter.com/PreDkWkl5f— Cornelia (@PaladinCornelia) January 16, 2016
Bundy is an ignorant man. A very ignorant man. #Oregonstandoff #bundymilitia #MalheurWildlifeRefuge pic.twitter.com/GnuVvi3VrJ— Cornelia (@PaladinCornelia) January 16, 2016
The self-described militia occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge disabled surveillance cameras around the area, saying the FBI had installed them to keep watch. “This in my opinion is unreasonable search,” said LaVoy Finicum, who is acting as a spokesman for the group. He then went on to goad law enforcement: “Come pick them up.”
#Oregonstandoff Occupiers remove cameras protecting electrical sub-station https://t.co/tPF0ad7Wgd @Kelly_M_House pic.twitter.com/Rxdu6kumh0— Bob Smith (@bob_smith_42) January 17, 2016
Bundy group is taking down what they believe to be FBI cameras. #Oregonstandoff pic.twitter.com/Be3wexs7Em— Wanda Moore (@WandaKTVZ) January 15, 2016
Burns protesters take down cameras they say FBI put up to spy on them. But cams are 10 miles from Refuge HQ and next to power substation.— Pat Dooris (@PatDooris) January 16, 2016
On Saturday, Kierán Suckling, the executive director and founder of the environmental group Center for Biological Diversity, stood in the parking lot of the Refuge where the armed occupiers hold their daily press conferences.
“We’re here as the public to speak up for our lands and say this is public land, Bundy and your militia, go home,” Suckling said, holding a sign that read “Stop Bundy Land Grab.”
-- Oregon Public Broadcasting
Center for Biological Diversity members protest the Bundy's occupation of the wildlife refuge. #koin6news pic.twitter.com/AaKLRCww9V— Jennifer Dowling (@JenDowlingKoin6) January 16, 2016
This man is a refuge caretaker. He's desperate to get in & care for birds who rely on his feeding program. pic.twitter.com/Owr5rm0fxY— Amanda Peacher (@amandapeacher) January 15, 2016
Oregon Senator Martic Heinrich reached out to the Justice Department this weekend:
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich AG: Prosecute "armed extremists" in Oregon! #OregonUnderAttack https://t.co/FQHuZYCnwt pic.twitter.com/rJUC8Zf3Ny— ✨Nicole Bonnet✨ (@NicoleBonnet1) January 15, 2016
And law enforcement isn't totally ignoring the Bundy Militia:
Police in Burns have arrested a Crescent, Oregon, man for auto theft. They say they recovered two vehicles stolen from the refuge.— Pat Dooris (@PatDooris) January 15, 2016
Man arrested for auto theft of refuge vehicles in Burns took part in Galice OR protest over mining last spring. Part of Oath Keepers he said— Pat Dooris (@PatDooris) January 15, 2016
Bundy bodyguard "Fluffy Unicorn" arrested in Arizona https://t.co/QflKD2jIpf pic.twitter.com/jcg090kyy2— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) January 15, 2016
Another arrest! Bundy’s security chief, Brian Cavalier (aka: “Fluffy Unicorn”) arrested in AZ. https://t.co/EZCiyU2FlL #Oregonstandoff— Mac (@macrant) January 16, 2016
A militant with the Malheur Refuge occupation was cited for driving without a license after his van overturned https://t.co/TFO8XsIRk9— OPB News (@OPBnews) January 17, 2016
But . . . he went back to Malheur:
Oregon militant crashes van, cited for driving w/o licenses, sent on his way back to the stand off. https://t.co/eNCUvDRBFc— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 18, 2016
Santilli yelled @FBI officer "Be Constitiutional or pull the trigger RIGHT NOW" FBI "Are u threatening me?" Pete's offended #OregonStandoff— always vote (@always_vote) January 16, 2016
Santilli asking FBI now to take him off "Terror WatchList". If anyone deserves to be on it he does. Pete's a menace to soc'y #OregonStandoff— always vote (@always_vote) January 16, 2016
Malheur occupation spokesperson LaVoy Finicum : Pete Santilli is an "independent journalist" not part of our group. #Oregonstandoff.— Amelia Templeton (@ameliaOPB) January 16, 2016