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Sunday, January 03, 2016

UPDATE: Right wing anarchists in Oregon

Update: things get even weirder as Oregon militia stand-off mocked online: #Y’allQaeda and #VanillaISIS .... I almost feel sorry for them. Almost.

In the news, an armed militia led by Ammon Bundy, whose father became a notorious symbol of illegal public land use in 2014 (see The Great Republican Land Heist in Harper's Magazine), has taken control of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon ...

Militia, Along With Family of Cliven Bundy, Take Over Federal Land at National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon

The protest began Saturday as a rally in support of Harney County ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond, who are to report to prison on Monday for arson. They were accused of setting fires on lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), "on which the Hammonds had grazing rights leased to them for their cattle operation," according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

"We all know the devastating effects that are caused by wildfires," said Acting U.S. Attorney Billy Williams. "Fires intentionally and illegally set on public lands, even those in a remote area, threaten property and residents and endanger firefighters called to battle the blaze."

Then later Saturday, after the rally for the Hammonds, militia, along with sons of Cliven Bundy -- who was involved in a standoff with the government over grazing rights in Nevada in 2014 -- initiated the occupation of the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Cliven Bundy's son Ammon claims the federally owned wildlife refuge in rural, eastern Oregon belongs to the people, and that they are "making a hard stand against ... overreach." He said the government's "taking of people's land and resources" is leaving people in poverty, adding that the wildlife refuge "has been a tool in doing that." .....


I've lived in Oregon and there is a lot of hostility there against environmental protections .... remember the unofficial Oregon state motto? - "Spotted owl, it's what's for dinner". In this video below, the militia guys speak of a desired future in which ranchers, miners, and loggers can once again reign unhindered by government regulations. They say they're doing this "for the people" (and that God wants them to do this) but at the end of the day, they're domestic terrorists ...



More ...

- The Bundy siege is a wake-up call: American extremists are getting desperate — and dangerous ...

This battle is not about individuals in any sense. Rather, it’s a fundamental disagreement about who controls public land. Nevada, like so many western states, has a tremendous amount of land controlled by the federal government. It’s complicated and technical, pitting business interests against recreation, access versus the protection of vulnerable species and habitat. The federal government does not always get it right and there are always winners and losers, but the vast majority of people who live here want public land to be protected, and the numbers aren’t even close. Thus, the central conceit of this battle is utter nonsense. By massive majorities, Nevadans do not want to give up public land to the likes of Cliven Bundy, who would use it to enrich themselves while denying access to others.

- Nature Caught in the Crosshairs at Oregon Militia Standoff ...

It’s been a year since a big-bellied, nap-taking, and explicitly racist Nevada rancher named Cliven Bundy incited an armed standoff against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in southern Nevada. Bundy backlogged $1 million in unpaid grazing fees owed to the BLM (more than all other ranchers combined) for releasing way too many cattle on 578,000 acres of precious public land that’s also the habitat for the endangered desert tortoise. This anniversary is important because the legacy of that confrontation has not been forgotten in the sprawling and unpeopled wild areas blanketing the west. Now, at a gold mine in Oregon, another right-wing group is taking a stand against the BLM, its authority, and its regulations, environmental and otherwise ....

- The Oregon Standoff: Race, Land Use, and Environmental Protection ...

What the Bundy clan is doing now is an example of what happens when white entitlement is followed to its extreme, without any racial justice lens or civil rights consideration to temper it. The militia hasn’t so much as even nodded to the fact that they are standing on Native Paiute grounds.

Read more about the 2014 Bundy standoff at Wikipedia.

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