Rancher Cliven Bundy, with the support of hundreds of U.S. patriots, seems to have won the latest skirmish with the Federal government.
As we told you Friday, Bundy has been embroiled in a squabble with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management over his cattle and their ability to graze on Nevada land Bundy’s family has used for more than 100 years. Last week, BLM agents began rounding up Bundy’s cattle with plans to sell them at auction.
On Saturday, confronted by Bundy, his family, friends and members of Oath Keepers, various militia groups and other organizations, BLM backed down and backed out. The agency released Bundy’s rustled cattle and pulled its resources — which included snipers poised around the protest location — from the area.
BLM spokesman Craig Leff told the Associated Press the agency would continue to try to resolve the matter involving rancher Cliven Bundy and the $1 million in owed grazing fees “administratively and judicially.”
“The door isn’t closed. We’ll figure out how to move forward with this,” he said, adding that the BLM did not participate in the negotiation moderated by Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie that deescalated tensions on Saturday.
“The BLM and National Park Service did not cut any deal and negotiate anything,” Leff said. “There was no deal we made.”
Bundy supporters are not quite declaring victory yet either.
However, it is clear that a combination of resistance by the American people and news reports revealing Senator Harry Reid’s involvement in a deal with a Chinese energy company put the Federal government on its heels.
Late Friday, alternative media began reporting on Reid’s ties to the Chinese company ENN Energy Group, which wanted the land to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel-building plant. Reid’s son Rory, a former Clark County commissioner, was also involved with the deal. And former Harry Reid adviser Neil Kornze is BLM chief.
Without the presence of the hundreds of volunteers and reporting by the alternative media, Bundy today would be without his cattle and he and his family would likely have suffered a fate similar to that of the Randy Weaver family or the Branch Davidians.
The big question now is: Was this a victory for Bundy and the American people over an overreaching Federal government, or was the BLM retreat just a strategic de-escalation?