In the early days of 2016, protesters separated from a planned protest to take-over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon. They protesters sought remedies to the unconstitutional federal claim upon the vast majority of land in Western states.
After federal and Oregon State troops descended upon a peaceful convoy en route to a townhall meeting, the officials opened-fire on Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, a member of the group led by Ammon Bundy, killing him instantly.
In the aftermath of the deadly encounter, FBI officials praised the operation and maintained that Finicum and the rest of the Bundy group were menaces that needed to be dealt with- the standard line used by federal officials to justify militant actions in such cases as Waco and the assault on Ruby Ridge.
Following the deadly situation, federal officials further maintained that they intended to throw the book at those who occupied the refuge and further intended to revisit the Bundy Ranch standoff that had occurred in 2014 where hundreds of protesters, led by Bundy Family patriarch Cliven Bundy.
In the 2014 standoff, hundreds of armed protesters stood toe-to-toe with federal officials who had come to the remote location to seize cattle that they maintained were on the federal government’s land.
The federal government claims 85% of Nevada and 53% of Oregon. The Constitution allows for federal land allocation in states for military installations, ports and other “needful buildings.”
On Thursday, the federal government followed-up on their promise to hunt-down and prosecute those who were not previously arrested.
The federal government has arrested several members of the Bundy protest group, including a member of the Bundy Family.
David “Davey” Bundy was arrested on Thursday at the site of the house the Utah-area contractor was building for his family.
Bundy faces the same charges as his father, Cliven Bundy, who was arrested at the Portland Airport when he arrived to visit his jailed sons, Ammon and Ryan.
“I think they are just trying to get all the Bundy men locked up, so they can raid their homes,” Marylynn Bundy, Davey’s wife, said.
The federal government also arrested Jerry DeLemus, a key organizer of the Bundy occupation in Oregon and a supporter of the standoff with federal troops in Nevada over a year prior.
DeLemus reportedly faces nine federal charges including conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, threatening a federal law enforcement officer, obstruction of justice, attempting to impede or injure a federal law enforcement officer and several firearms charges. Many of the charges are charges stemming from the confrontation with armed federal troops who had confiscated cattle in Nevada.
According to the indictment, DeLemus was a “mid-level leader and organizer of the conspiracy who, among other things: recruited, organized, trained and provided logistical support to gunmen and other Followers and organized and led armed patrols and security checkpoints.”
The Salt Lake Tribune reports on the developments:
Federal prosecutors have charged DeLemus in the same criminal indictment as Cliven Bundy, according to documents filed in Nevada’s U.S. District Court. He was scheduled for a hearing in New Hampshire on Thursday, the newspaper reported.
The allegations include counts of conspiracy to commit and offense against the United States, conspiracy to impede or injury a federal officer, weapon use and possession, assault on a federal officer, threatening a federal law enforcement officer, obstruction of justice, extortion to interfere with commerce and interstate travel in aid of extortion.
Two of Cliven Bundy’s other sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, are similarly charged, but they also face federal charges in Oregon for organizing the six-week occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.
“My husband had nothing to do with that Oregon stuff,” said Marylynn Bundy, who said she was raised in Delta and has six children with her husband.
David Bundy was, however, with his family in Nevada in 2014 when Cliven Bundy’s dispute with the Bureau of Land Management bubbled up into the standoff with federal agents, she said.
David Bundy was arrested and cited for taking a photograph of federal agents who were working to seize the family’s livestock, his wife said.
Marylynn Bundy said she tried to talk to federal officers at her home site on Thursday, but got little cooperation.
“They said they had a warrant for his arrest out of Nevada and that they were just doing their jobs,” she said, adding that she was not aware that a federal indictment against her husband was pending.
David Bundy was booked into the Salt Lake County jail on Thursday afternoon.
As we consider the supposed illegality of the actions taken by the Bundy group, it’s important to note the disparate treatment offered.
How would authorities have reacted if the occupation in Oregon or the standoff in Nevada was a function of Occupy Wall Street? How would these acts of civil disobedience have been received by authorities if those involved were protesting in the name of Black Lives Matter?
Conservatives demanding that the federal government abide by constitutional bounds, however, appear to be met with a breed of militancy noticeably absent in addressing leftist acts of civil disobedience and outright destruction.