Heavily Armed Conservative Militia Seizes Federal Building in Oregon
Last night members of a conservative militia stormed the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Oregon in protest of the two Oregon ranchers recently convicted on charges of setting fire to federal land.
Several of the protesters hail from the Bundy family – the clan that previously initiated a government standoff in Nevada over similar federal land issues. Among them is Ammon Bundy (Clive Bundy’s son) and two of his brothers. Ryan Payne is also present at the domestic terrorist event. (Payne organized snipers in aiming at federal officials at the Nevada standoff.)
Oregon Live reported on the situation:
The Bundy family of Nevada joined with hard-core militiamen Saturday to take over the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, vowing to occupy the remote federal outpost 30 miles southeast of Burns for years.
The occupation came shortly after an estimated 300 marchers — militia and local citizens both — paraded through Burns to protest the prosecution of two Harney County ranchers, Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond, who are to report to prison on Monday.
Speaking with Oregon Live, the Bundy family threatened violence against law enforcement officials while making broad Sovereign Citizen-style proclamations. “The facility has been the tool to do all the tyranny that has been placed upon the Hammonds,” Ammon Bundy said.
“We’re planning on staying here for years, absolutely,” he added. “This is not a decision we’ve made at the last minute.”
Issuing standard terrorist-style demands, Ammon said his group is “demanding that the Hammonds be released and the federal government relinquish control of the Malheur National Forest.”
Reporting for OPB, Amanda Peacher said “only a few dozen men are occupying the federal building” of the 150 or so who participated in the protest. She interviewed one of the protesters not involved in the federal standoff (identifying himself only as “Capt. Moroni”).
“I didn’t come here to shoot, I came here to die,” he told her.
Of note, the Hammond family has already dissociated themselves from the right-wing terrorists holding government property hostage. “Neither Ammon Bundy nor anyone within his group/organization speak for the Hammond Family,” Hammonds’ attorney W. Alan Schroeder said according to local station KOIN.
Additionally, Harney County Sheriff David Ward reported he’d received several death threats for refusing to create a “sanctuary” for the Hammonds to evade law enforcement. “I haven’t slept a full night in close to two months now. I have a lot of anxiety,” Ward told OPB. “What we’ve been threatened with here is civil unrest and the insinuations of armed rebellion.”
Since the building and refuge are on federally owned land, the FBI is leading law enforcement to end the standoff working in conjunction with local law enforcement.