“Many year later, as he faced off with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the son of Cliven Bundy was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover the beauty of the range.” As he looked up at the sky, Cliven Bundy’s son was aware of the sweat pouring off his body. He had felt the electricity surge through his muscles after being subdued with a stun gun. Twice now. He heard the sound of dogs barking in the background but, in the distance, he heard a different sound. Gunfire was erupting on the range. What had become of the cattle?
Why? I have to ask why the BLM felt it necessary to unleash a taser against Ammon Bundy. The BLM also killed the two bulls in the herd. Ammon Bundy states that one of the bulls appears to have been shot in the top of the head from a helicopter. The targeting of the bulls seemed steeped in malice. Other cattle were marched towards death where a mass grave awaited them.
A document (now removed) from the official BLM site sheds a bit of light on why the BLM moved like an army to remove Bundy’s cattle from the land: “Non-governmental organisations (a.k.a ENN Energy Group) have expressed ‘concern’ that plans for solar farm development were “not durable with the presence of trespass cattle” (read: Nevada rancher Bundy’s herd). The Bundy operation had a force configuration of approximately 200 uniformed officers carrying enough firepower to invade Grenada. This is a consistent approximation, as given by witnesses. Helicopters with snipers were deployed and police dogs were transported to the scene. A prison bus lumbered toward the group of supporters gathered near the Bundy family enclave. Really?
Why? I have to ask why the BLM also made their presence known with leashed German Shepherd attack dogs. Are trained domesticated carnivores needed? Would Neil Kornze really give the order and allow these animals to maul the US people? One of the beasts has its head low, like a wolf prior to an attack. It is taut on the leash. Another dog is lunging dangerously close to the crowd, seeking to drive them back. One of the rangers is heard saying, “Back up! You are going to get bit!” Have we come to this? Police dogs deployed to intimidate free speech? I noted several women, simply clad, near the gnashing teeth.
Why? I have to ask why the BLM attempted to corral US citizens into a ‘free speech zone’. Every damn square inch of my nation is a free speech zone, unless such activity excessively and consistently interferes with access to the corridors of commerce, or with a fellow US citizen’s right to privacy. During Occupy Wall Street the Dallas police handed out water bottles. Reid/Kornze deployed a C4 model: curtail, cordon, curtain and concealment. This model came dangerously close to tragedy on the scale of Kent state, and the Waco siege. Luckily, those spit upon as ‘militia’ showcased what makes our nation great: responsible constitutionalists were at the scene. Not a shot was fired during a tense standoff.
The cattleman and his wranglers destroyed water tanks, fences and corrals, and left a debris trail of man-made wreckage in their wake. Utah Governor Gary Herbert fired off his own warning shot by refusing to allow Bundy cattle across state lines. “As governor of Utah, I urgently request that a herd of cattle seized by the Bureau of Land Management from Mr Cliven Bundy of Bunkerville, Nevada, not be sent to Utah. There are serious concerns about human safety and animal health and well-being if these animals are shipped to and sold in Utah.”
Essentially, the cattle could not be sold minus legally required health and brand inspections, which would have required the signature of Cliven Bundy. However, the double speak is apparent. It is doubtful any decent Utah rancher would have purchased what are considered stolen goods, the result of a cattle rustling venture backed by legal writ. In Texas, we are rising up against this same powerful alphabet agency. We harbour increasing concern that an ongoing BLM ‘review’ is a prequel for federal takeover of 90,000 acres along a 116-mile stretch along the Texas/Oklahoma border. Some of this acreage consists of privately held lands deeded in generational manner, under the stewardship of Texans. Soil is gold. The federal branch knows it. Evict the bastards!
“According to a BLM document provided to Breitbart Texas courtesy Rep Thornberry’s staff, the BLM is going through a scoping period where they are gathering facts on land whose ownership they believe to be in question in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. The BLM is in the process of developing a Resource Management Plan. The plan will cover a total of 411,585 square miles, or 263 million acres of land. The BLM describes its “decision area as about 104,000 acres of BLM administered surface lands, 593,000 acres of split-estate land (private land with federal mineral interests) and 5,270,000 acres of federal mineral interests on land managed by other federal agencies.”
At what percentage of land seizure can we surmise the BLM is sweeping in like a reincarnated Joseph Stalin? Ponder history and Stalin’s collectivisation of the farms. What is the tipping point? When does the US degrade into a communist form of government where virtually all power is held by the federal branch? Private land ownership equates freedom.
Under President Obama there has been a drastic change in the DNA of the alphabet agencies. These new politicised ‘stem cells’ possess a pluripotentiality of actions, which were unheard of in prior generations. The Department of Justice (Fast and Furious), IRS (official persecution against Tea Party conservatives) and recent BLM actions, are small examples of this new pluripotentiality against the republic. This is my protest, just like Mark Twain. The Bundy story is about a breakdown in legal safeguards. There is no longer a shield in place against consolidation of power against the people. My pen is warmed up in hell.
The writer is a freelance journalist and
author of the novel Arsenal. She can be
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