On Wednesday evening, the FBI moved-in on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in an attempt to squash the 40-day-long protest that has occurred within.
The FBI descended upon the refuge with armored vehicles and reportedly confronted a protester on an ATV. When they attempted to stop the driver, he returned to the refuge at a “high rate of speed.”
Late last month, the FBI sieged-upon a convoy of protesters on their way to a town meeting. When Robert “LaVoy” Finicum refused and attempted to run the road block, he exited the vehicle and was shot multiple times. The FBI maintained that Finicum had reached for a firearm, however the aerial footage does not corroborate the official FBI narrative of Finicum’s death.
Happening in real-time, a friend of protester David Fry streamed the confrontation live on YouTube via telephone. During the confrontation, the FBI could be heard demanding, “Come out with your hands up.”
However, the protesters are likely wary of the demand as when Finicum exited his vehicle with his hands up, he was shot dead.
The FBI could also be heard reminding them that they are trapped, “There is nowhere for you to go,” the FBI taunted.
The FBI has maintained a militant stance towards the protesters who face federal conspiracy charges. In the middle of the siege, Greg Bretzing, the FBI’s special agent in charge in Oregon, said:
“It has never been the FBI’s desire to engage these armed occupiers in any way other than through dialogue, and to that end, the FBI has negotiated with patience and restraint in an effort to resolve the situation peacefully. However, we reached a point where it became necessary to take action in a way that best ensured the safety of those on the refuge, the law enforcement officers who are on scene, and the people of Harney County who live and work in this area.”
The FBI used similar phrasing in justifying the deadly siege on Ruby Ridge, a black mark upon the history of the FBI which ended with innocents being killed for merely resisting an unlawful FBI siege.
During the siege, listeners could hear a back-and-forth between the protesters and the FBI. Sean Anderson, one of the remaining protesters, reported that there were five armored vehicles around the camp. “They have way more guns than us. We need help. … We will not fire until we’re fired upon,” he said.
The FBI has maintained that the presence of the armed protesters constitutes a danger to the community of Burns, Oregon. However, the same FBI preached the need for restraint in dealing with rioters and looters who repeatedly ravaged the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, during last year’s race riots. Further, the same federal government preached the need for tolerating the Occupy Wall Street encampments which blanketed countless state and federal properties in recent years.
Still the FBI contends that the armed protesters in Burns serves as an illegal occupation which demands militancy on the part of the federal authorities.
In truth, there is an illegal occupation occurring in Oregon- the federal government. The federal government is allotted certain rights to state land for the purpose of “needful buildings.” However, the federal government currently claims ownership of 53% of Oregon’s land and a whopping 85% of Oregon’s southern neighbor, Nevada.
The audio can be heard here. Hopefully, this can end without bloodshed.