Protest by White militia group escalates as federal and local law enforcement deployed to area.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
January 3, 2016
Burns, Oregon – On Saturday, at least 150 White militia group members took over the Malhuer National Wild Life Refuge headquarters, a remote federal building in the Oregon forest. The wildlife refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlfe Service. Feds, the FBI and local law enforcement were deployed to the area, according to the Harney County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).
The HCSO confirmed that Ammon Bundy from Idaho and his brother Ryan Bundy have made demands and want two convicted Harney County ranchers freed, they were identified as Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven Hammond. The Hammonds were ordered to turn themselves in to begin serving their 5-year sentences for an arson conviction.
The Bundy brothers are the sons of Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher.
The Bundys want the federal government to relinquish the land and give it back to the ranchers, loggers and miners. If the FBI or local law enforcement attempt to take them out of the refuge building, the Bundys say that they are willing to fight to the death. The Bundys have called for other militia members to join the siege.
Ammon Bundy released the following statements in his Facebook account indicating that the feds had failed to respond and act on petitions. Also, that the feds have violated the Constitutional rights of the ranchers in Oregon.
Ammon Bundy – Dec. 23, 2015
The Hammonds have been put in prison as terrorists for prescribed burns on their ranch. They did their time as unjust as it was. Now the federal government is putting them back in prison for the same thing, for 5 years. The federal government forced the Hammond’s to sign the sale of their ranch to the BLM, and have fined them $400,000. The Feds are also making the Hammond’s get permission from them if they buy or sale anything over $500. Pure tyranny and the people are going to make a stand against it on Saturday, Jan 2nd.
Ammon Bundy – Dec. 26, 2015
My Friend, I just got off the phone with Dwight and Suzie, flowers in their front yard will not help them. The Hammonds do not want a funeral. They want us to make a difference. I am holding back my emotions with you and your organization. Our rights are being stripped from us. This county is suffering. Good men are going to prison so wicked men can gain power and control. The constitution is being grossly violated, and you want to have a little walk and present flowers. I, and those that follow, WILL be flipping coins on the County yard. We intend to stand against these violations and not allow them to become the normal. Our actions will be recorded in history, the truth always reveals itself. Please read the Declaration of Independence as soon as you can, it may do some good.
Ammon Bundy – Dec. 26, 2015
My Friend, You know that I am not the only one that gives a damn, and I do believe that there is a right way and detrimental ways to this very delicate situation. Let me lay out some of the facts of the “alternative solution” or “avenues that have been exhausted” so you do not accuse me again of being rash.
The Hammonds are being punished for a fire they started over 15 years ago, they have spent upwards to $1,000,000 in their legal defense. They have exhausted all their avenues in the federal court system. They have used up every bit of emotion and will they possessed. (From what I’m being told, the Hammonds at one time were valiant fighters for what is right). Many cannot believe they have given up. But the system has broken them. The Hammonds have exhausted prudence over many years. They are the epitome of what Americans will become if the system is allowed to ruin all of us.
In addition, a rally of the community of over 500 people assembled in protest for the Hammonds, they were clear, loud and poignant. This effort was ignored by any and all in the federal system, in-fact they gave the Hammonds even greater punishment than anyone expected.
In addition, the Oregon Farm Bureau collected over 8000 petitions; these petitions were ignored and did not make a difference. Not one local or federal official took notice, not one responded in any way. Many articles and documents have been drafted expressing the injustice of these matters. Many people have commented and responded to those articles, many have written their Congressmen and other elected officials, yet those in the system still did not respond in anyway.
All of this happened before I even knew about the Hammonds. Laying in bed, I was told to get involved. I had no desire before then to take on someone else’s battle. Since that time I have written more than 30 letters to different individuals of influence. Many other influential people have written directly to federal and other officials asking them to get involved in ending these gross abuses. All petitions have been ignored. I have yet to hear of any of these individuals even getting a reply letter.
Further, many others and myself have personally met with many officials asking them to get help in standing against these injustices. To the dis-heartment of those asking our petitions have been ignored. Thousands of emails were written to Sheriff Ward asking him to simply go to the Hammonds home, spend time with them, go to the ranch and go to where the fires happened, get a true perspective on what is really going on. The Sheriff has yet to even go 4 blocks down the street from his office to Dwight & Susie’s home. He had not even met the Hammonds until Ryan & I set up a meeting at his office with them. He has never been out to the Hammonds ranch and has not been to where the fires took place. Yet he has drove all the way to Pendleton to spend a day or two with Frank Papagni and has spent many, many hours talking with the FBI about how they are going to combat those supporting the Hammonds.
In addition, thousands of emails were written to State representatives asking them to meet with the Hammonds and go to the ranch and fires, to get a correct perspective and get involved. All of these petitions have been ignored, not one elected representative visited the Hammonds or have been to the ranch or have gone to where the fires took place.
There have been countless communications, messages and emails back and forth about the Hammond case. I, myself, have spent hundreds of hours speaking with groups and individuals about the details of the Hammond case. I have been on over 40 radio broadcasts in the last 7 weeks explaining the direct violations of human rights towards the Hammonds. Hundreds of thousands have become aware of the details of the Hammonds case across the continent and have express distaste for the injustice.
After all of these petitions were ignored a legal Notice – Redress of Grievance was drafted listing all the egregious abuses and insisting that the County and the State officials assemble an Evidential Hearing Board. This Notice was sponsored by sound organizations across the west and tens of thousands of people put their name to it. We gave the State and County officials ample time to reply. By law, they are required to respond. Still to this day they have not responded in anyway. They have completely ignored. Judge Grasty said; “those that signed it were all “crazies” and not from Oregon”. The fact is that people from every State in the Union put their name to it (including Hawaii and Alaska) but Oregon was represented by the most. You, yourself, a resident of Oregon put your name to it and so did the Oregon Constitutional Guard. Are you all “crazy” as Judge Steven Grasty said?
In addition, many town meetings have been organized and in one of those meetings the people assembled a Committee of Safety. The county, state and federal representative have openly mocked the committee and the people of Harney County in this effort, belittling the people’s efforts to protect themselves as illegitimate.
There have been acts and petitions that I could never have time to list that have supported and disclosed the injustices that are taking place in this case. An unbelievable amount of effort has been exhausted in prudent methods to correct the wrong that have come upon the Hammonds. When will it be enough? Should we go on forever because we are afraid to do what is our right to do? What will happen to the Constitution and individual rights if we allow these violations to go on without challenge?