You want to see what tyranny looks like? Look into the faces of these two Bureau of Land Management goons. It’s a shot taken from the video below.
In Clark County, Nev., rancher Cliven Bundy has refused to comply with orders from Federal judges to remove his cattle from land the BLM claims is Federal land and habitat for an endangered tortoise — a tortoise the Federal government has routinely killed. It’s land the Bundy family has grazed cattle on since the 1800s — land Bundy believes belongs to the State of Nevada, not the Feds. It’s land Bundy claims he has ancestral grazing rights for, which, if so, cannot be undone simply by an order from a Federal judge.
“My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley ever since 1877. All these rights I claim have been created through pre-emptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and water. I have been here longer. My rights are before the BLM even existed,” Bundy said.
BLM agents began removing Bundy’s cattle, calling them trespass cattle, with plans to sell them at auction — in Utah. It’s an action that will crush Bundy financially.
In response to protests by the Bundys and some supporters, BLM established so-called “First Amendment Area.” Protesters are confined to these areas by armed BLM agents. In other words, Americans are being restricted from “public” lands.
BLM snipers and armed agents — as many as 200 of them — have surrounded the disputed property and the Bundy ranch. They’ve arrested, tasered, threatened, pushed to the ground and intimidated Bundy family members and their supporters.
Local news organization KSL.com reports:
The situation escalated Saturday after Cliven Bundy’s son, Dave Bundy, 37, was arrested. Members of the Bundy family had gathered to film and take pictures of the removal of their cattle in an effort to document the event, according to Cliven Bundy’s daughter, Bailey Bundy Logue.
The family members had parked on the side of Nevada state Route 170, but the highway was included in the temporary closure of public lands, according to BLM representative Kirsten Cannon. Dave Bundy was arrested and cited with a criminal charge of refusing to disperse and resisting officers. Cannon said all public lands are closed within the designated closure area during the removal of the trespassing cattle.
Logue said Dave Bundy was taking pictures and recording on his iPad when he was asked by Federal employees what he was doing. Logue said that Dave Bundy told the BLM workers that he was “exercising (his) First Amendment rights.”
“He did not resist arrest, but they continued to beat him,” Logue told KSL. “They put him on the ground and were standing on his head and had a dozen officers on top of him and dogs.”
On Wednesday, the escalation continued. When BLM agents brought in a dump truck and backhoe, the Bundys believed that meant BLM was killing and burying the cattle. They tried to stop the truck and a standoff ensued (the standoff is seen in the video).
Support for Bundy is growing. Some Nevada lawmakers are pushing back and joining the protest. Governor Brian Sandoval calls the atmosphere one of “intimidation.” Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) says he told BLM chief Neil Kornze in Washington, D.C., that law-abiding Nevadans shouldn’t be penalized by an “overreaching” agency. If one wonders why Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has not joined Heller in criticizing the BLM, look to Kornze. Kornze was previously Reid’s senior adviser.
Oath Keepers has issued a call to action to its members through its Facebook page asking for volunteers to stand vigil and support the Bundys. Constitution-minded Sheriff Richard Mack of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association called out cowardly Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie and is reported to be assembling a coalition of sheriffs to support the Bundys.
With all the armor the Feds are bringing to bear, there are fears this could continue escalating and turn into a Branch Davidian-style assault. You may recall that Federal agents incinerated dozens of people, including children, while trying to arrest David Koresh in his compound in Waco, Texas.
The Bundys and their supporters should stand strong. The BLM should back down, as its agents ultimately did in the video.
The 5th Amendment to Constitution requires Bundy be compensated for any property taken from him and restricts takings to public use. The Feds claim Bundy owes $1 million in grazing fees. Bundy says he’ll pay them to Clark County, but not the Feds.
It’s estimated the government will spend $3 million on this illegal operation to recoup $1 million it claims as owed. That is government-speak for good business. In America, it equals tyranny.
Those tyrants that sit in their comfy offices wearing robes of power are despicable enough. Worse still are the enforcers who routinely violate the Constitution while looking into the faces of those they oppress under the guise of “following orders.”
And as an aside, I remind that in the old days cattle rustlers were hanged.
Update: The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the so-called “First Amendment Area” was removed on Thursday.