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Farmer Faces $2.8 Million Fine for… Plowing His Field!

Agriculture - California, Clean Water ACT - EPA, Federal gov & land grabs, Over-regulations

Freedom Outpost.com

Tim Brown

A California farmer is facing $2.8 million in fines for plowing his field and planting wheat without a permit.

John Duarte of Duarte Nursery is David going up against Goliath, just like ranchers, farmers and natural health product makers.  His case could set a dangerous precedent that would require farmers to obtain expensive and time-consuming permits from the US Army of Corps Engineers before planting crops.

“The case is the first time that we’re aware of that says you need to get a (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) permit to plow to grow crops,” said Anthony Francois, a lawyer for the Pacific Legal Foundation. “We’re not going to produce much food under those kinds of regulations.”

However, U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller sided with the Army Corps last June, in which the US Attorney’s Office is asking for $2.8 million in civil penalties.

Why?  Who was harmed?  What real and actual crime took place?

USA Today has the background of the story that began in 2012 when Mr. Duarte planted wheat on land that he bought with his own money, some 450 acres.

Because the property has numerous swales and wetlands, Duarte hired a consulting firm to map out areas on the property that were not to be plowed because they were part of the drainage for Coyote and Oat creeks and were considered “waters of the United States.”Francois conceded that some of the wetlands were plowed but not significantly damaged. He said the ground was plowed to a depth of 4 to 7 inches.

The Army Corps did not claim Duarte violated the Endangered Species Act by destroying fairy shrimp or their habitat, Francois said.

This particular freshwater species is unique to California and southern Oregon and has been classified as a threatened species since 1994 because much of its wetlands in California’s Central Valley were converted to cropland or became urban.

Duarte’s wheat was planted but not harvested because in February 2013 the Army Corps of Engineers and the California Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board issued orders to stop work at the site. The agencies claimed Duarte had violated the Clean Water Act by not obtaining a permit to discharge dredged or fill material into seasonal wetlands considered waters of the United States.

Duarte sued the Army Corps and the state, alleging they violated his constitutional right of due process by issuing the cease and desist orders without a hearing. The U.S. Attorney’s Office counter-sued Duarte Nursery to enforce the Clean Water Act violation.

Farmers plowing their fields are specifically exempt from the Clean Water Act rules forbidding discharging material into U.S. waters, Francois said.

The government claims that Duarte did not plow but rather used a ripper, which dug 10 inches into the soil and they allege that it disturbed portions of the property that included wetland areas.

“Even under the farming exemption, a discharge of dredged or fill material incidental to the farming activities that impairs the flow of the waters of the United States still requires a permit because it changes the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the waters,” the U.S. attorney said in court filings.

Francois claims the penalties are unfair because his client believed the plowing exemption allowed him to till the soil.

“A plain reading of the rules says you don’t need a permit to do what he did,” Francois said. “How do you impose a multimillion penalty on someone for thinking the law says what it says?”

Indeed, but even more to the point, what business does the government have telling a man whether or not he can plow or not on his own land?  This is not about wetlands and animals or rivers.  This is about controlling people and their property.  I wish people would wake up to what is taking place in this country with regards to central government controlling land and imposing heavy regulations on private property.

Farmer Faces $2.8 Million Fine for… Plowing His Field!

 

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Widow of slain Oregon standoff leader carries on his mission

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, cattle, CORRUPTION, Federal gov & land grabs, LaVoy Finicum, Over-regulations, RALLY, Ranch life

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865671176/Widow-of-slain-Oregon-standoff-leader-carries-on-his-mission.html

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Bundy women speak out — We stand for freedom

Agriculture, Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, cattle, Constitution, CORRUPTION, CRIMINAL, Federal gov & land grabs, Freedoms - Individual, Over-regulations, Property rights, State gov

Caravan To Midnight – Episode 500 First Time Ever: The Bundy Women Speak Out – YouTube

Caravan To Midnight Radio Show with host John B. Wells

Published April 4, 2016

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Common conservation

Agriculture, cattle, Clean Water ACT - EPA, Endangered Species Act, Federal gov & land grabs, Greenies & grant $, Op-ed, Over-regulations, Property rights, Ranch life

Western Livestock Journal

March 14, 2016

I’ve been traveling to a lot of bull sales around the western U.S. during the past few weeks. For the most part the sales are off a bit but the quality of the bulls is much better. It has also given me the opportunity to visit with a lot of public land ranchers to find out how they are getting along with their local BLM range conservation officers. I don’t recall anyone telling me they have had major issues with their local office. I’m sure there are exceptions, but it sounds like there is really a spirit of cooperation with ranchers and the BLM on range issues.

The federal government is throwing a lot of money at conservation projects, especially the Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan. The industry avoided having the grouse placed on the endangered species list this past fall. Most resource users felt that the existing conservation efforts sufficed in increasing habitat. But the federal land agencies went ahead and implemented the land management plans anyway.

It’s perplexing that on the local level ranchers and land management folks seem to get along. And then you have these heavy-handed initiatives come out of Washington, D.C. that disrupts any harmony that exists at the local level.

Last week the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Public Lands Council, and many state cattlemen and farm groups had to file an amicus brief supporting Idaho’s suit against the sage-grouse land management plan, saying the BLM and U.S. Forest Service’s restrictive land management plans are a back-door alternative to not listing the sagegrouse under the Endangered Species Act.

This should illustrate that any land management decisions on public lands should be made at the local level. Tracy Bruner, the new President of NCBA, said in a press release that “Ongoing state management has led to a 63 percent increase in sage-grouse population in the past two years alone, further illustrating that these range management plans and land-use plan amendments are unnecessary. They added that, if these new standards are implemented, they will have a negative economic impact on ranchers and rural communities without any corresponding benefit to the grouse habitat.”

Also, last week a group of environmental organizations—including Wild Earth Guardians, Western Watersheds Project and our favorite, the Center for Biological Diversity—filed a suit against U.S. Fish and Wildlife asserting that they are not protecting a subspecies sage-grouse in the Mono Basin in California and Nevada and that the birds need to be placed on the endangered species list.

It’s no secret to anyone in the livestock business that these groups have an agenda to remove livestock grazing from public lands and the sage-grouse is one of their tools to do just that. I’ve traveled through a lot of sagebrush country over the past few weeks and the ground looks healthy to me. I have seen what restoration efforts are being made; they are positive for all.

In Utah alone, they are removing junipers and reseeding 18,000 acres to improve sage-grouse habitat.

It is a huge effort being made by the government and private landowners.

As I said, the folks on the ground in the local communities seem to be getting along fine. But when these national efforts get underway, they eventually end up in court and the game is on. These environmental groups knew what the ultimate results would be after listing the spotted owl on the endangered species list; it killed the logging industry in the Northwest.

The bad thing about these environmental litigator groups is that everyone wants them to go away. The BLM, Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife want to reduce their litigation load. Yet, the groups file lawsuits with reckless abandon and we pick up the tab with the Equal Access to Justice Act.

They intend on using the same playbook on the cattle industry and it appears they will stop at nothing to get the greater sage-grouse on the endangered species list. They will use the courts with no intention of cooperating and finding common and workable ground.

It’s crazy how these nonprofit organizations work.

They may not show a profit but they pay plenty of salary and benefits to those who start and operate them. These non-governmental organizations are becoming a major nuisance to society. They use selective science and the courts to fight their cause, yet it appears to me that they should have little standing to even use the courts.

It’s vital that we obtain a new political climate in this country because common sense left the building and nobody noticed him leaving. — PETE CROW, publisher

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Oregon and the Shot Heard Round the World

Agriculture, Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, Constitution, CORRUPTION, CRIMINAL, Federal gov & land grabs, Forestry & USFS, Op-ed, Over-regulations, State gov

PNP comment: Click on the link to see the entire right side of the illustrations and the legal federal document. — Editor Liz Bowen

By  Barbara H. Peterson

Location: USA

Specialization: Industrial Safety, Corporations

Global Independent Analytics.com

http://gianalytics.org/en/391-oregon-and-the-shot-heard-round-the-world

And then, a shot was fired. The shot heard ‘round the world.

05 February 2016

When I first moved to Oregon I had no idea what was to transpire almost two decades later. The ranching community where I decided to settle is quiet. Little goes on around here except for the occasional cow wandering across the road, or horse escaping to the next pasture to check out the neighbor’s stud.

You see, it is open range in these parts and people understand that the critters come first. They have the right of way, and anything else is just secondary. The rancher down the road grazes his cattle on the miles of forestry land in the mountains behind his ranch. The people who lived there before him did the same. Nothing much has changed.

The ranchers that graze their cattle on these lands provide water tanks for all the critters to use. I am an ex equine endurance rider, and love the long, slow, distance rides. When I ride my horse on the dirt roads that abound in the mountains out back, I ride through the cattle. The birds flock all around the area and without the ranchers’ constant supply of water, things would be pretty dry around here. This is high desert. Water is precious. Without the water that the ranchers provide I would not be able to ride as far or enjoy the natural surroundings as much as I do. It is peaceful. Quiet. And uneventful.

And then, a shot was fired. The shot heard ‘round the world.

A rancher was hunted down and shot like a rabid dog by police in conjunction with the FBI. A rancher not unlike my neighbors around here. A rancher who just wanted to graze his cattle without the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) breathing down his neck, making it next to impossible to do what he had been doing for decades, and for what? So that the land could be used for commercial mining interests? So that the BLM could make a buck in the uranium or gas and oil trade?

While people are ignorantly shouting “save public land from the cattle and ranchers” and naively think they are saving the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, what the BLM is actually doing with some of the other public lands it was given is leasing them for the almighty dollar to large corporations for their gold, uranium, and any other precious resources that they contain. And do you really think that the BLM agency is “protecting” the land by allowing it to be raped and poisoned for profit? If you do, then you are part of the problem. You have succumbed to the propaganda. Black is white, white is black, and poisoning the earth is really protecting our natural resources.

The following picture is a portion of the decision on file for the offer of 15,831 acres of public land by the BLM that the agency is “protecting” for the exploration of its petroleum reserves, located in the Winnemucca, Nevada District. And the findings? No significant impact on the environment, so the deal goes through. The land is raped, poison dumped, and life as we know it in that public land ceases to exist.

Winnemucca is located approximately 74 miles south of McDermitt, Nevada, which straddles the border of Oregon and Nevada – where the BLM is considering leasing its publics lands for uranium mining.

A message rang out loud and clear when that shot was fired, killing the rancher who stood up for his rights. That message was – submit or die. Admit that cattle are bad, land rape is good. If you don’t, if you stand up, you will be cut down. Whatever the government says is good, no matter what it says, no matter how it says it, no matter the actions it takes, it is all good. Black is white, white is black, and you have no right to disobey or even question its authority.

But we do. We do have that right. Since when did our nation become a nation that is herded like sheep by tyrants with no other thought than to bully those who only want to live in peace and do what they have been doing for years? Since when did cattle ranching become a crime? How did we allow this to happen? And will we accept the lesson that the government is trying to force down our throats that to obey is the only recourse left to us? I hope not. I hope that each of us finds the courage to stand up for our right to not be bullied. To stand. Not cower in fear. To declare with all of our strength: I will not be moved!

May the Good Lord have our backs in times such as these. I have heard the shot that is echoing around the world. Have you?

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The Ambush and Murder of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, Constitution, CORRUPTION, Federal gov & land grabs, Freedoms - Individual, Media, Oregon governments, Over-regulations

PNP comment: I trust this report to be the most accurate. So far, the FBI is certainly not admitting to killing Finicum. The Main Stream Media writes headlines that make it sound like the Bundy group engaged in shots fired, which they did not. Yep, the way this came down, we know this was an ambush by law enforcement hoping to do some damage and it did.  — Editor Liz Bowen

The Ambush and Murder of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum

The Free Capitalist Project

http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/the-ambush-and-murder-of-robert-lavoy-finicum/152201#more-152201

BURNS, OREGON – on January 26, 2015 the FBI (with the help of other law enforcement) ambushed and murdered Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.  Based upon two personal eye-witness accounts, it is clear that the stories being widely circulated are false (due to laziness, misguided motives, or wickedness) and the truth should interest the friends of liberty, and those who want to know the actual fate of LaVoy and how our government agents acted yesterday.  

I had just been to visit LaVoy, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Shawna Cox, and Ryan Payne the day before, and had only left the refuge yesterday morning in the very early hours.  In fact, I left just after our last Free Capitalist interview.  Shawna Cox was the last person I hugged.

I’ve already gone on record regarding my thoughts on the protest, on Ammon, and last night I did a Periscope broadcast related to the tragic death of LaVoy, along with the arrest of Ammon and Ryan Bundy, Shawna Cox, and others.  But, as the news has filtered out today, in both the mainstream and the alternative media I have been alarmed at the false accounts, hearsay accounts, and speculation regarding the events of that night.

Since I was not a witness to the arrest and shooting yesterday, I too have spent time scouring the Internet for the latest word and updates.  But, by this morning a disturbing and intolerable pattern had started to emerge and I cannot sit silently.   Here’s why – during my visit to meet and interview these men, I not only made contact and got to know them, I was also able to observe the workings and activities at the Refuge.   While I was there I observed, what now appears to be a portion of the sabotage that lead directly to the ambush, arrest, shooting and ultimately  the murder of LaVoy.

I didn’t realize then, what I was observing at the time.  In hindsight, it is now clear there were those on the inside working to help set last night’s police action.  This was not only a betrayal of trust for the Bundy’s, LaVoy and others, but something more sinister.  And, this is amplified by the false stories that are now circulating – and despicably so through outlets like OregonLive.com.  Make no mistake, based upon the only credible first hand witnesses – LaVoy Finicum was strategically ambushed and murdered – and the factual accounts must be defended and the false narratives resisted by those who love and cherish liberty.

There are three eye witness statements related to the events so far.  Of these, only two are credible.

First, the wife of Ammon Bundy, Lisa.  She reported that she received a phone call from Ammon, after his arrest and while he was in the back of the police car.  Ammon told her that LaVoy had been murdered, in cold blood with his “hands up” and that he had also been shot multiple times, even after he was on the ground.

Second, the driver of the first vehicle, Mark McConnell, was reportedly released after several hours of questioning, and he responded to the social media frenzy about LaVoy’s murder by debunking the concern, posting two videos arguing that LaVoy had acted aggressively and that LaVoy had charged at the FBI agents, provoking their shots.

Third, an 18-year old female passenger, Victoria Sharp, who was in the second vehicle that was driven by LaVoy, gave a detailed account of her experience and eye witness of LaVoy’s murder.

For the reasons explained below, only Lisa and Victoria’s accounts are credible.  Worse, Mark’s account and the activities and messages a few other “Patriot” group leaders are spreading are more than un-credible, they are suspect.

Lisa Bundy’s Account:  Lisa’s account was the first direct report of events that didn’t come from law enforcement or government sources.  And, both Lisa and Ammon have a sterling track record of focusing on calmly, rationally, and accurately disseminating the facts and circumstances surrounding these events.  Lisa’s account comes directly from Ammon – and given that Ammon is still in federal custody and there are no reports of anyone else having been able to talk with him, her account is highly valuable.  Certainly, once having verified that this report actually came from Lisa and her conversation with Ammon immediately after the tragic events – there is nothing suspect.  If Ammon Bundy says that LaVoy was murdered in cold blood – under these circumstances, and based upon my own assessment of Ammon’s character and the motives and interests at issue – then I give a very high degree of credibility to this account.   For the record, Lisa’s first hand statements are “I talked to Ammon after he was arrested…they shot [LaVoy] in cold blooded murder” and “He called me right after, gave me the details and told me to tell everyone before the news got out the lies. Then got off the phone!!!”

Mark McConnell’s Account:  Mark was the driver of the vehicle  (a Jeep) that was carrying Ammon.  Mark posted two videos that are being circulated among Oath Keeper members and other patriot group members (i.e. Melvin Less).  In Mark’s report he is visually upset about the “rumors” and “asinine comments” regarding how LaVoy was innocent and murdered.  But critically, he admits that he was too far away to witness the actual shooting. Yet, virtually every major media source is reporting his account as credible.  In his videos, he estimates that the shooting took place approximately 1 mile from where he was being detained and that he only saw the second vehicle drive off “from about 200 yards” towards the road block about “a mile” away.  But, the substance of his report is that he claims LaVoy subsequently exited his vehicle and “charged at the law enforcement” which provoked the shooting and his death.  But, what is the basis for this?  Mark says repeatedly, “I did not see the shooting” and that “I didn’t see it” and “I’m not going to speculate on it.”  Yet, he claims that LaVoy was “foolish” and had been in a “heated discussion” with fellow passenger Ryan Payne.   He contradicts himself repeatedly, because for some reason, he really wants people to “calm down.”  Apparently, this desire is even at the expense of the truth, and it may be worse.  Ryan Payne had exited vehicle number two (as described below) and was arrested and did was not present at the shooting.  Thus, there are only two living, non-government witnesses to all of the events – Shawna Cox and Victoria Sharp.  In sum, even Mark admits that his account is based upon second hand reports from Shawna Cox and Ryan Payne (both presumably still in custody) and based upon remarks that Mark said changed multiple times and that he was simply putting together “pieces here” and “pieces there.”

Victoria Sharp’s Account:  Victoria was a passenger in the back of the second vehicle driven by LaVoy.  She witnessed events from the initial stop of vehicle 1 all the way through to the shooting.  She has given a lengthy interview describing events – consistently and calmly.  In her report Victoria states that when LaVoy was first pulled over, he and Ryan Payne (who was the front seat passenger) repeatedly requested to talk to the county Sheriff rather than the FBI.   Her report is that this angered the FBI agents.  In response to FBI demands LaVoy put his hands – both hands – out the window to show he was not a threat.  She also reports that from the moment they were pulled over there were approximately 20 laser spots she could see on her and the other passengers, including from pre-positioned snipers in the trees, positioned on the side of the road up in the forest.   Significantly, she also reports that the first shots were fired by the FBI when Ryan Payne looked out the passenger side window and was shot at, but was not hit.  She reports that no one in the vehicle ever returned fire or pulled any guns or weapons.  According to Victoria, after the FBI refused LaVoy and Ryan’s request to remove the two woman from the vehicle (who had come along to sing at the anticipated meeting), LaVoy explained that he was going to drive down to talk to the Sheriff and started to drive away.  At or about this point, according to her account, Ryan Payne exited the vehicle and was arrested.  The two women in the back seat (Shawna Cox and Victoria) along with Ryan Bundy (also in the back seat) tried to take cover laying on the floor boards because as LaVoy drove away the FBI showered the vehicle with bullets – “at least 120.”   Victoria recounts that she and Shawna were screaming and pleading that the FBI stop shooting.   Victoria then explains that LaVoy drove the truck into some kind of snow embankment and it was stuck, so he got out of the truck with his hands up.  She says he was “just walking with his hands in the air.”  According to her account, she then personally witnessed that the FBI, and multiple shooters shot him multiple times, including after he hit the ground and that as he lay dead on the ground his hands were still up above his head.  She then says, after this, the government continued to riddle the vehicle with dozens, possibly hundreds of bullets, and that the only reason the two women and Ryan Bundy survived was that the shooters had a bad angle.   Ryan Bundy was hit by a bullet or shrapnel caused by this firestorm.

Thus, the most credible accounts, and the only complete first hand account, is that the government pre-planned this encounter, it was no “traffic stop” as the US Attorney is now reporting (“a traffic stop on protesters [that] turned deadly.”) It was deadly from before it started, because it was a pre-planned extraordinary show of force by the government, and shooting began without any shots being fired by LaVoy or the passengers in his vehicle.  The government agents continued to fire on a fleeing vehicle despite having set up a road block and despite no threat of force by LaVoy or the passengers, and after one of the passengers exited the vehicle and was arrested.  They shot LaVoy with his hands in the air, and continued to shoot him after he fell to the ground.  The government then continued to fire upon the vehicle with three passengers huddling down in the back seat on the floor.  This was, by all accounts, a military style ambush, and there is no indication that the government agents were in danger at any time, or that the excessive use of force was provoked or justified.

The credibility of Ammon and Victoria weighs heavily towards their accounts, while the sole contradictory account of Mr. McConnell is by his own admission, based upon him piecing together hearsay.  But, is that all that’s going on here?

As I reviewed these facts, there are a few striking elements and events.  First, the government clearly knew the travel plans of these parties – including the timing and the route.  Second, the government made no advance effort to avoid violence – this was a secretive operation.  The significance of this might be overlooked by modern presumptions and media spin, but fair observers have to remember that Ammon and LaVoy were repeatedly open to discuss matters with the government.  They routinely went to the FBI operations center and the Sheriff’s station to discuss their protest and their grievances.   And, earlier yesterday, approximately five hours before these events, the FBI had been invited by Ammon to come to the Refuge and have a face-to-face discussion.  In all of this, neither Ammon nor LaVoy were given any demands by the FBI and they were repeatedly given free pass at public gatherings and eating at local restaurants, etc.   The point here is that the government clearly used surprise, and massive show of force, against men who on all previous encounters had been civil, rational, and reliably calm and willing to talk.  In addition, no demand had been made to them, except the Sheriff’s initial demand that they leave the Refuge.  This is a critical point because – after the refusal of the Harney County Sheriff’s offer of safe passage – Ammon and LaVoy told the Sheriff directly that they would consider his offer at a later date.  That is the LAST discussion prior to these events regarding any demand made upon the leaders of the protest and occupation.  Thus, it should have been no surprise that LaVoy would have been caught off guard by this massive operation, and the massive show of force, and that LaVoy would specifically ask to go and speak to the Sheriff.  Now, it may have been that LaVoy was wanting to go and speak with the Sheriff of Grant County (where this all occurred).  It is widely known that unlike the Harney County Sheriff, Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer had publicly stated that the FBI should leave, and that the federal government should engage in a discussion of the grievances of the protesters.  Quite literally, according to Victoria’s account, the massive ambush and use of force was employed by the FBI in response to LaVoy trying to go to the man in government and law enforcement that was most receptive to his prior request for safety and protection.  That same man, Sheriff Palmer is also the central law enforcement figure in the county where this incident took place.   This may not have occurred to anyone yet, but given that I work in the legal world for a living – an act to prevent LaVoy and others from petitioning for relief from the duly authorized Sheriff is ALSO quite possibly a felony violation of federal law, by the government – in fact, the same federal law under which these parties have now all been charged.  The scheme of the FBI clearly interfered with the Sheriff’s ability to exercise his duty, and these citizens’ right to petition Sheriff Palmer.  While the FBI could defend itself by saying that an arrest would only be a temporary restriction and both Sheriff Palmer and these parties could talk later – by implementing their plan, directly in response to LaVoy invoking this choice – that defense would be more difficult, particularly given that LaVoy is dead.

In any event, the significant consideration here is that law enforcement clearly had inside help.  During my visit to the Refuge I observed purported militia members acting suspiciously and apparently giving reports of the travel plans for Ammon and Ryan Payne to someone outside and this included details of the timing of this very incident, less than 24 hours before it occurred.  In fact, while I didn’t know it at the time, the subject of the conversation was a printed flyer advertising last night’s events – in Grant County where Ammon and Ryan were invited to be the speakers.  Think about this, and the timing.  It was widely reported, including by the New York Times, that Ammon and LaVoy had already reached out to Sheriff Palmer.  Why?  Because Sheriff Palmer is a member of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), had previously been that organizations “lawman of the year” and had openly challenged the jurisdiction of federal agents in his county. In fact, LaVoy knew that Sheriff Palmer had publicly challenged the notion that federal agents had any law enforcement or policing authority in Grant County, outside of the confines of the federal court house.  Now, a community event was scheduled and Ammon and LaVoy and Ryan had been invited.  It seems quite likely, that the federal government intervened, how and when it did, to prevent Ammon, Ryan and LaVoy from securing any further sympathy or assistance from Sheriff Palmer and/or the people of Grant County.  Think this is too conspiratorial?  NBCNEWS.COM is reporting the same thing.  Pete Williams recently published, “The decision to carry out the arrests was set into motion when the defiant leaders left the refuge Tuesday to attend a community meeting in the town of John Day.”  Given the massive show of force and preparation (snipers in the woods, road block etc.) and the short amount of travel time, this “decision to carry out the arrests” was pre-planned and prepared and when Ammon and LaVoy and Ryan decided they were going for sure – the plan was “set into motion.”   I should also note, that everyone at the Refuge knew something was different, and early in the morning there were reports of planes landing nearby in the dark, and of pre-positioned supplies staged by the government around the perimeter.

Finally, all of this makes more troubling, any accounts by purported patriot groups or supposed militia members, that directly contradict Ammon and Victoria, based on nothing more than hearsay.   As we speak, the Refuge is under siege, with the last remaining holdouts still refusing to surrender.  The live video stream has revealed that the remaining armed resistance supporting the occupation are independent supporters with the exception of a few “3 Percenters” and one or two from outside militias.    Where are the Oath Keepers?  Where is the perimeter other groups openly told the FBI that they were establishing to “prevent another Waco?”

Wherever they are, the organized militia groups are not at the Refuge, are not there to defend these last few occupiers who believe wholeheartedly that they are making a stand against tyranny, and who are now emboldened by the ambush and murder of LaVoy Finicum.   On their website Oath Keepers has a news report about events, and has published an official release from “The Pacific Patriots Network” issuing an “immediate “STAND BY” Order to all those who are mobilizing” in response to LaVoy’s murder, stating “[w]e will not pursue any action until all of the facts have been pieced together regarding the traffic stop and the arrest of Ammon Bundy.”  See the parroted language of the government about a purported “traffic stop?”  That is spin. Think I’m going to far?  Again, even NBCNWS has noticed.  Pete Williams also reports that “The FBI earlier described the stop as an “enforcement action” done by federal agents and Oregon State Police in connection with the occupation.” rather than as a routine “traffic stop.”   Finally, Brian Miller and the official “Three Percenter” club is now stating that its members should wait “until we can clear everything up” and is advising those who want “to go and get involved to stay away from the refuge I repeat stay away.”

What happened is clear.  Its the story being told that is getting all muddy, with all the hand wringing, posturing, and butt-covering.  Look, I’m always for cooler headers, rational thinking, and sound strategy.  But, that seems to be missing from Mr. McConnell and those spreading his hearsay, ironically after he has villified reports based upon one of only two actual eye-witnesses to the whole event – including LaVoy’s murder.

In the end, here is the truth.  The government could have, but didn’t prevent this.  The 3 Percenters could have, but didn’t prevent this.  The Oath Keepers, the Pacific Patriots Network and other militia groups, could have prevented this, but didn’t.  Blood has been spilled, as a significant group of Americans – from all walks of life and all over this country attempted to stand in resistance to tyranny.

Justice Scalia recently re-affirmed that “when the able-bodied men of a nation are trained in arms and organized, they are better able to resist tyranny.”  The fact that LaVoy is dead, one day shy of his 56th birthday, is a rebuke to those of us in the liberty movement.  It is a stinging rebuke.  We are not well trained or well organized, and we are certainly not united.

More than 60 years ago, the great scholar and Constitutional advocate J. Reuben Clark warned that “we stand in danger of losing our liberties, and that once lost, only blood will bring them back.” He also warned, “I say to you that the price of liberty is and always has been blood, human blood, and if our liberties are lost, we shall never regain them except at the price of blood.”

I have deep respect for these militia groups I’ve criticized, and I have deep respect for our country and its government.  I have come to love, respect and appreciate the Bundy’s and those who rallied with them, including LaVoy.  Among his last words to me were a proclamation of his faith in Christ and in this Country and in the Cause of Liberty.  He knew the risks involved, and he had a genuine, cheerful smile on his face – that accompanied what he profoundly risked.     But all of this is not enough.  Being “trained in arms and organized” means more than bravado, ammunition, big guns, and camouflage.  It means more than prominence and respectability for big groups and big names.    And it must also means more than Facebook and Twitter warriors, and less than credible alternative media reporters who advocate as much personal nonsense as they do principles of liberty.

If we want to recover from this stinging rebuke, we’ve got to do something that no generation of freedom loving people has yet done, since the time of America’s Founding.  We’ve got to be organized, as Jefferson predicted, from the great national government, down through the states and counties, to the individual households of our people.  We’ve got to be trained in arms and have organized militia’s but this is less than 1/7th of the blueprint.   We will never outgun or out militarize the United States or any of her states.  Thus, while force and militia’s are essential and invaluable, by themselves, they are the unorganized, infighting tragedy we’ve just witnessed.  We’ve got to build a full society of men and women who are committed to the principles of liberty as enshrined in the Declaration and the Constitution.   In addition to militias, we must command educational, financial, and media control – and this is all still only 50% of the blueprint.  I could tell you more, and outline the blueprint here – but that will have to be for a follow-up publication or broadcast.

In sum, every time a tragedy like this happens, the hearts and minds of patriots are pricked, energy and passion flow, and the prevalent question is “what do we do now?”  If the reader is honest, I think this is the question that is before us today – all of us.  What do we do now?  That has been the question I heard first as a boy, and it has resounded even in my own liberty organizations – every time our failure increases its intensity and the cause of liberty is revealed to be failing.  Why?

I’ll tell you the answer.

Its because this is not a simple or quick fix.  It is not something one person, or a small group can do.  Its not a hobby or a club.  It is not for the feint of heart, and it is not for broken homes and broken marriages that bicker over budgets and neglect children for fleeting hobbies. We have to rise above and work though these things.  And, as a side note – a commitment to liberty can do that.  The path forward requires dedicated Americans.  Dedicated, red-blooded Americans from all walks of life, from all of our varied subgroups and subcultures, who are REALLY willing to stand up for freedom no matter the case – and unite under the banner of liberty.  But, even this is still not enough.  It takes a blueprint, so we can build a veritable liberty based society that can quickly and powerfully correct America’s course, and powerfully and uncompromisingly influence the course of her institutions – its churches, its schools, its governments, its medicine, its businesses, its culture and its play.  That, my friends, is  a tall order, so tall – that the vast majority of our patriots either give up, tune out, wimp out – or minimize and marginalize to focus on only a small piece of this puzzle.    But, that won’t due.

When I last talked with LaVoy he was fascinated as I explained to him why I had come to talk with him, to discuss this circumstance of the occupation and to visit with Ammon and Ryan face-to-face.  I told him that I saw the heart, the Spirit of the Lord, and the conviction of these patriots, that I could see it in their eyes, and in their actions and in how they had comported themselves.   I told him that I was undeniably required to show him and Ammon and Ryan and the others my respect and love.  But, I also told him about a broader view, and throughout the day, I  told him that while I didn’t want to be critical or suggest that anything in the liberty movement or in the efforts of these protesters at the Refuge was bad, or wrong, or misguided – I did tell him squarely, that it needed to be pushed forward, advanced, and taken up to the next level.  I told him that I respected what he and Ammon and the others were doing, and that I only wanted to see their goals successful, and that I had some experience and insight and an small, rebuilding group of liberty lovers spread across this nation who could help with the larger, overall cause.  He agreed, and smiled hopefully.  He arranged for us to meet with several of the key people at the Refuge, and we spent the day there.  It was quite a day.  Towards the evening we were able to listen to Ryan’s presentation and then start to share this same perspective of the broader blueprint with Ryan and Ammon and others.  But, that was just the beginning.

Yesterday, those with eyes to see, saw an undeniable reality check, about where we stand with our freedoms and liberty, and how overstretched and oppressive federal and state law enforcement has become.  We cannot deny how quick to anger we as a people have become – especially through our government.  We cannot deny how slow to reason, to act in good faith, and how intolerant are our government agencies and their bureaucrats.  We also saw how futile are our best efforts are- even through groups like I’ve mentioned.  We fight our enemies and ourselves, and liberty suffers – and blood is spilled.  In the end – we saw the deliberate and strategic ambush and subsequent murder of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.  Whatever others think of him, he was an American.  He was a man committed to a cause – and that cause was liberty!  The world is not better with him dead, our government is weaker with these horrible acts of tyranny and the people who know what is going on – are heart-broken, stunned, and many are angry.  Hopefully.

Today, we have friends in jail.  The US Attorney says they will be arraigned about 5 minutes after I publish this – after that they will prosecuted by a United States Attorney with the full force of our government and the financial and legal resources it commands.   These friends will need defended.  That will take resources, good minds, and passionate support.  I here publicly pledge mine.  Anyone who has direct contact with these men and woman are invited to reach out to me directly – I will help.

LaVoy confessed to the media that he believed freedom was sometimes more important than life.  He has proved his sincerity.  Have we?  His test in this life is over.  Ours is not.  How much more blood must be spilled – before YOU, my friend reading this, will make a choice?

Do you think you’ve already made the choice? Do you already stand for liberty?  Me too.  But it is not enough!  Self-evidently it is not enough.  We have got to advance this cause.  We have got to elevate our power and effectiveness.  Too many Americans are living lives of quiet desperation – in all areas – while the tyranny of unjust men marches forward.   It is simply not enough.  Whatever you’ve said to yourself up until now, Robert “LaVoy” Finicum is a new witness, in a long line of witnesses – inviting us to pick up the torch and carry it further.  But, we HAVE to carry it further.  We have to build a real, veritable liberty society of patriots – or we lose.

We’ve been loosing a lot lately – politically, legally, socially, economically, etc.  But, the cause of liberty will not lose. We can accomplish what no prior group of Americans has accomplished – we can finish the work of our Founder’s revolution and take liberty, prosperity and peace – even further. Let us come together.  Let us awake and arise.  I know that some of you, a few of you, can “hear” me.  Let’s go. I invite you to reach out.  Make contact with each other, with other lover’s of liberty – and with me.  We’ve got to help our friends.  What an example they have been.  We’ve got to stand for liberty.  This is not just about ranchers – its about all Americans.

We’ve got to do it based upon principles – and a strategic blueprint that can win!

Its a tall order.  A very tall order.  Nevertheless, it can be done.  If not us, who?  If not now, when?

If you only hope that is true – reach out.  Make contact.  I’ll show you.

— End

http://www.freecapitalist.com/2016/01/27/the-ambush-and-murder-of-robert-lavoy-finicum/

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Bishop public lands bill unveiled amid support, criticism

Federal gov & land grabs, Over-regulations

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 20 2016 9:00 a.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative bill, officially released Wednesday, promises new conservation areas, new wilderness designations, protection for prime hunting and angling areas, as well as energy and recreation zones.

Among its many provisions, built over three years of collaboration with conservationists, sportsmen, county and Native American leaders, energy and mining industry representatives, recreationists and agricultural interests, are:

  • Establishes 40 new wilderness areas in Utah covering 2.2 million acres.

  • Establishes up to 375,000 acres in Grand and San Juan counties as “recreation zones.”

  • Expedites mineral leasing and development on certain public lands.

  • Expands Arches National Park

  • Creates a new national monument at the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry.

  • Establishes 14 National Conservation Areas — including Bears Ears in San Juan County, and aims to exclude the seven eastern Utah counties from any large-scale monument designation, a component Bishop has pushed from the outset.

But one group is already lashing out at the proposal based on components of a Jan. 8 draft they obtained and began distributing Tuesday. Aaron Weiss, spokesman for the Center for Western Priorities, said the proposal represents an “insidious attack” on public lands and does little for conservation.

“The number of strings he attaches there makes it nothing like a wilderness designation,” Weiss said. “It is a designation in name only, and that alone makes the bill a nonstarter.”

The 63-page discussion draft was unveiled at the Utah State Capitol by Bishop and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, at a press conference with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert Wednesday morning, but the center distributed its copy early, accompanied by harsh language designed to temper any enthusiasm.

Lee Lonsberry, Bishop’s spokesman, said there would be no comment Tuesday, adding that Bishop will address any concerns at the press conference and not in reaction to the center’s press release.

“Congressman Bishop will make himself available to any questions at the press conference on Wednesday and will address any concerns when he unveils the discussion draft,” Lonsberry said. The press conference started at 9 a.m.

Weiss said that the Bishop proposal mandates grazing continue in wilderness areas at current levels, ignores Native American tribes’ request for a Bears Ears National Monument and opens up disputed roads or routes to motorized travel.

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http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865645791/Bishop-public-lands-bill-unveiled-amid-support-criticism.html

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What’s Going on In Oregon – Militia Take Over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge In Protest to Hammond Family Persecution

Agriculture, Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, cattle, Constitution, CORRUPTION, Federal gov & land grabs, FIRES, Lawsuits, Liberty, OCCUPY whatever, Oregon and Water, Oregon governments, Over-regulations, Police State or SWAT teams, PRAYER, Property rights, PROTESTS, Ranch life, Threats to agriculture, Water rights

PNP comment: This article on “The Conservative Tree House.com” blog provides the truthful time-line in the Hammond verses BLM situation and the federal agency’s egregious actions. It is plain to see that the feds have coveted the Hammond ranch land and persecuted the family for decades hoping to obtain the property. The situation has now been escalated by the Nevada Bundy ranch family, Oath Keepers and militia (typically U.S. retired military) in creating an extremely difficult situation. Federal courts will not be kind. They have proven that with the terrible “terror” accusation and verdict of 5 years in prison for Dwight and Steven Hammond. Please read this article as it will provide you with the nuances needed to understand these sad and frustrating events. Meanwhile, please PRAY there will be a peaceful solution. — Editor Liz Bowen

 

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/01/03/full-story-on-whats-going-on-in-oregon-militia-take-over-malheur-national-wildlife-refuge-in-protest-to-hammond-family-persecution/

 

Full Story on What’s Going on In Oregon – Militia Take Over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge In Protest to Hammond Family Persecution…

Grab a coffee, because this is soup-to-nuts.

Many people will awaken today to the news of approximately 100 to 150 armed militia taking control of a closed Wildlife Park Headquarters, and not know the full back-story – so here it is:

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The short summary is:  in an effort to draw attention to a ridiculous arrest of a father and son pair of Oregon Ranchers (“Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., 73, and his son, Steven Dwight Hammond, 46,) who are scheduled to begin five year prison sentences (turning themselves in tomorrow January 4th 2016), three brothers from the Cliven Bundy family and approximately 100/150 (and growing) heavily armed militia (former U.S. service members) have taken control of Malheur Wildlife Refuge Headquarters in the wildlife reserve.  They are prepared to stay there indefinitely.

Here’s the long version: including history, details, links video(s) and explanations:

Hammond Family

Hammond Family

HISTORY: (aa) The Harney Basin (were the Hammond ranch is established) was settled in the 1870’s. The valley was settled by multiple ranchers and was known to have run over 300,000 head of cattle. These ranchers developed a state of the art irrigated system to water the meadows, and it soon became a favorite stopping place for migrating birds on their annual trek north.

(ab) In 1908 President Theodor Roosevelt, in a political scheme, create an “Indian reservation” around the Malheur, Mud & Harney Lakes and declared it “as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds”. Later this “Indian reservation” (without Indians) became the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

(a) In 1964 the Hammonds purchased their ranch in the Harney Basin. The purchase included approximately 6000 acres of private property, 4 grazing rights on public land, a small ranch house and 3 water rights. The ranch is around 53 miles South of Burns, Oregon.

(a1) By the 1970’s nearly all the ranches adjacent to the Blitzen Valley were purchased by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and added to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge covers over 187,000 acres and stretches over 45 miles long and 37 miles wide. The expansion of the refuge grew and surrounds to the Hammond’s ranch. Being approached many times by the FWS, the Hammonds refused to sell. Other ranchers also choose not to sell.

(a2) During the 1970’s the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), took a different approach to get the ranchers to sell. Ranchers were told that, “grazing was detrimental to wildlife and must be reduced”. 32 out of 53 permits were revoked and many ranchers were forced to leave. Grazing fees were raised significantly for those who were allowed to remain. Refuge personnel took over the irrigation system claiming it as their own.

(a3) By 1980 a conflict was well on its way over water allocations on the adjacent privately owned Silvies Plain. The FWS wanted to acquire the ranch lands on the Silvies Plain to add to their already vast holdings. Refuge personnel intentional diverted the water to bypassing the vast meadowlands, directing the water into the rising Malheur Lakes. Within a few short years the surface area of the lakes doubled. Thirty-one ranches on the Silvies plains were flooded. Homes, corrals, barns and graze-land were washed a way and destroyed. The ranchers that once fought to keep the FWS from taking their land, now broke and destroyed, begged the FWS to acquire their useless ranches. In 1989 the waters began to recede and now the once thriving privately owned Silvies pains are a proud part of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge claimed by the FWS.

(a4) By the 1990’s the Hammonds were one of the very few ranchers that still owned private property adjacent to the refuge. Susie Hammond in an effort to make sense of what was going on began compiling fact about the refuge. In a hidden public record she found a study that was done by the FWS in 1975. The study showed that the “no use” policies of the FWS on the refuge were causing the wildlife to leave the refuge and move to private property. The study showed that the private property adjacent to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge produced 4 times more ducks and geese than the refuge did. It also showed that the migrating birds were 13 times more likely to land on private property than on the refuge. When Susie brought this to the attention of the FWS and refuge personnel, her and her family became the subjects of a long train of abuses and corruptions.

(b) In the early 1990’s the Hammonds filed on a livestock water source and obtained a deed for the water right from the State of Oregon. When the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) found out that the Hammonds obtained new water rights near the Malhuer Wildlife Refuge, they were agitated and became belligerent and vindictive towards the Hammonds. The US Fish and Wildlife Service challenged the Hammonds right to the water in an Oregon State Circuit Court. The court found that the Hammonds legally obtained rights to the water in accordance to State law and therefore the use of the water belongs to the Hammonds.*

(c) In August 1994 the BLM & FWS illegally began building a fence around the Hammonds water source. Owning the water rights and knowing that their cattle relied on that water source daily the Hammonds tried to stop the building of the fence. The BLM & FWS called the Harney County Sheriff department and had Dwight Hammond (Father) arrested and charged with “disturbing and interfering with” federal officials or federal contractors (two counts, each a felony). He spent one night in the Deschutes County Jail in Bend, and a second night behind bars in Portland before he was hauled before a federal magistrate and released without bail. A hearing on the charges was postponed and the federal judge never set another date.

(d) The FWS also began restricting access to upper pieces of the Hammond’s private property. In order to get to the upper part of the Hammond’s ranch they had to go on a road that went through the Malhuer Wildlife Refuge. The FWS began barricading the road and threatening the Hammonds if they drove through it. The Hammonds removed the barricades and gates and continued to use their right of access. The road was proven later to be owned by the County of Harney. This further enraged the BLM & FWS.

(e) Shortly after the road & water disputes, the BLM & FWS arbitrarily revoked the Hammond’s upper grazing permit without any given cause, court proceeding or court ruling. As a traditional “fence out state” Oregon requires no obligation on the part of an owner to keep his or her livestock within a fence or to maintain control over the movement of the livestock. The Hammonds intended to still use their private property for grazing. However, they were informed that a federal judge ruled, in a federal court, that the federal government did not have to observe the Oregon fence out law. “Those laws are for the people, not for them”.

(f) The Hammonds were forced to either build and maintain miles of fences or be restricted from the use of their private property. Cutting their ranch in almost half, they could not afford to fence the land, so the cattle were removed.

(g) The Hammonds experienced many years of financial hardship due to the ranch being diminished. The Hammonds had to sale their ranch and home in order to purchase another property that had enough grass to feed their cattle. This property included two grazing rights on public land. Those were also arbitrarily revoked later.

(h) The owner of the Hammond’s original ranch passed away from a heart attack and the Hammonds made a trade for the ranch back.

(i) In the early fall of 2001, Steven Hammond (Son) called the fire department, informing them that he was going to be performing a routine prescribed burn on their ranch. Later that day he started a prescribed fire on their private property. The fire went onto public land and burned 127 acres of grass. The Hammonds put the fire out themselves. There was no communication about the burn from the federal government to the Hammonds at that time. Prescribed fires are a common method that Native Americans and ranchers have used in the area to increase the health & productivity of the land for many centuries.

(j) In 2006 a massive lightning storm started multiple fires that joined together inflaming the countryside. To prevent the fire from destroying their winter range and possibly their home, Steven Hammond (Son) started a backfire on their private property. The backfire was successful in putting out the lightning fires that had covered thousands of acres within a short period of time. The backfire saved much of the range and vegetation needed to feed the cattle through the winter. Steven’s mother, Susan Hammond said: “The backfire worked perfectly, it put out the fire, saved the range and possibly our home”.

(j1) The next day federal agents went to the Harney County Sheriff’s office and filled a police report making accusation against Dwight and Steven Hammond for starting the backfire. A few days after the backfire a Range-Con from the Burns District BLM office asked Steven if he would meet him in town (Frenchglen) for coffee. Steven accepted. When leaving he was arrested by the Harney County Sheriff Dave Glerup and BLM Ranger Orr. Sheriff Glerup then ordered him to go to the ranch and bring back his father. Both Dwight and Steven were booked and on multiple Oregon State charges. The Harney County District Attorney reviewed the accusation, evidence and charges, and determined that the accusations against Dwight & Steven Hammond did not warrant prosecution and dropped all the charges.

(k) In 2011, 5 years after the police report was taken, the U.S. Attorney Office accused Dwight and Steven Hammond of completely different charges, they accused them of being “Terrorist” under the Federal Antiterrorism Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. This act carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of death. Dwight & Steven’s mug shots were all over the news the next week posing them as “Arsonists”. Susan Hammond (Wife & Mother) said: “I would walk down the street or go in a store, people I had known for years would take extreme measures to avoid me”.

(l) Shortly after the sentencing, Capital Press ran a story about the Hammonds. A person who identified as Greg Allum posted three comments on the article, calling the ranchers “clowns” who endangered firefighters and other people in the area while burning valuable rangeland. Greg Allum, a retired BLM heavy equipment operator, soon called Capital Press to complain that he had not made those comments and request that they be taken down from the website. Capital Press removed the comments. A search of the Internet Protocol address associated with the comments revealed it is owned by the BLM’s office in Denver, Colorado. Allum said, he is friends with the Hammonds and was alerted to the comments by neighbors who knew he wouldn’t have written them. “I feel bad for them. They lost a lot and they’re going to lose more,” Allum said of the ranchers. “They’re not terrorists. There’s this hatred in the BLM for them, and I don’t get it,” The retired BLM employee said. Jody Weil, deputy state director for communications at BLM’s Oregon office, indicated to reporters that if one of their agents falsified the comments, they would keep it private and not inform the public.

(m) In September 2006, Dwight & Susan Hammond’s home was raided. The agents informed the Hammonds that they were looking for evidence that would connect them to the fires. The Hammonds later found out that a boot print and a tire tracks were found near one of the many fires. No matching boots or tires were found in the Hammonds home or on their property. Susan Hammond (Wife) later said; ” I have never felt so violated in my life. We are ranchers not criminals”. Steven Hammond openly maintains his testimony that he started the backfire to save the winter grass from being destroyed and that the backfire ended up working so well it put out the fire entirely altogether.

(n) During the trial proceedings, Federal Court Judge Michael Hogan did not allow time for certain testimonies and evidence into the trail that would exonerate the Hammonds. Federal prosecuting attorney, Frank Papagni, was given full access for 6 days. He had ample time to use any evidence or testimony that strengthened the demonization of the Hammonds. The Hammonds attorney was only allowed 1 day. Much of the facts about the fires, land and why the Hammonds acted the way they did was not allowed into the proceedings and was not heard by the jury. For example, Judge Hogan did not allow time for the jury to hear or review certified scientific findings that the fires improved the health and productivity of the land. Or, that the Hammonds had been subject to vindictive behavior by multiple federal agencies for years.

THERE  IS  MUCH  MORE  at:

Full Story on What’s Going on In Oregon – Militia Take Over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge In Protest to Hammond Family Persecution…

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We the People Radio.us — Talks fire with Siskiyou’s Ray Haupt

Erin Ryan, Federal gov & land grabs, FIRES, Forestry & USFS, Over-regulations, Ray Haupt

Siskiyou County Dist. 5 Supervisor, Ray Haupt, spoke about the many facets of fire on Erin Ryan’s Radio show today at noon.

Here’s the link:

http://kcnr1460.com/CMS/Home/ 

on “We the People Radio”

Below is the direct link to the archived show.  Click on the little arrow.

http://chirb.it/pAIk8s

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Congressman calls for Endangered Species Act protection for farmers

Agriculture, Endangered Species Act, Over-regulations, Property rights, Ranch life

PNP comment: The stats claim that less than 5 percent of the USA citizens actually own and grow the agricultural products enjoyed by the masses. Congressman Ken Buck’s concern seems very appropriate to an ESA study and a possible listing!  — Editor Liz Bowen

Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., on Tuesday offered a novel response to the glut of environmental regulations that have hit the agriculture industry: protect the American farmer under the Endangered Species Act.

In one of five amendments Buck is offering to the $30 billion House interior and environment appropriations bill, one would re-allocate $50,000 of bonus payments to senior EPA officials to the Department of Interior, “to conduct a study on whether Agricola Americus should be classified as an endangered species.”

The amendment is a humorous attempt to draw attention to the burden that the EPA places on the farming industry.

“Environmentalists have put so many burdens on farmers without any thought to food production in this country, and I want to raise awareness about the plight of the farmers,” Buck told the Washington Examiner.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/07/congressman-calls-for-endangered-species-act-protection-for-farmers/?intcmp=latestnews

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