The desperate and pathetic illegal actions by the federal government against cattle ranchers in Bunkerville, Nevada and Burns, Oregon have reached a fever pitch.
Arrests by federal agents against Cliven Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Ammon Bundy, along with patriotic supporters who backed the BLM down in April of 2014, in Bunkerville, NV, are paying the price for embarrassing the BLM, other federal agents and the sheriff of Clark County, Nevada. Federal Agents with the help of local and State law enforcement personnel in Portland, Oregon, arrested Cliven Bundy, as he arrived at the Portland Airport.
A total of 10 people so far are incarcerated without bail on charges stemming from the April 12, 2014 standoff and the February 11, 2016 conclusion of the Wildlife Refuge occupation in Burns, Oregon.
As much as I can gather, the basis for these 10 individual arrests, each with multiple federal charges, allegedly originating with the intentional obstruction, and delay of federal agents (BLM) to perform their duty. It is kind of interesting to note that Cliven Bundy is charged with six (6) federal charges. It is still unclear if some of these charges are associated in any way with the actions of his sons, Ammon and Ryan, in Burns, Oregon and the occupation of the empty Wildlife Refuge building, since early January 2016.
If I had to guess, all these federal charges against these 10 individuals are merely a smoke screen by the Feds to get away from the real issue here. This main issue is a protest against the federal government in its agenda to push out cattle ranchers and anyone else off of State public lands, in order to achieve an unconstitutional, unholy and unlawful political objective of land dominance. (See Article 1, section 8, clause 17) i.e. Federal restriction on ownership of property.
The tactics that are being used against the patriotic protesters are pretty much standard practice when it comes to the FBI and the Justice department. In my 39 years of law enforcement service, I have had numerous occasions to work directly with FBI, BATF, and Secret Service agents. I became privy to some of the policies, rules, and procedures that these agencies adhere to and utilize on a regular basis.
The way federal laws are structured is that if you allegedly violate one federal law, then you could be subjected to and charged with numerous other related federal laws, which would only be limited by the imagination of the prosecutor in the Justice Dept. I believe the term is “Stacking Charges,” created so that the defendant is advised that he/she could be facing a hundred years of federal incarceration, unless they cooperate and cave in to whatever end looks best for the feds.
Another interesting note on how the feds operate in an “at will” environment is that when a person is first accepted into the FBI, he/she signs two documents, one is their employment acceptance papers, and the other is their resignation papers minus the date. The annual lie detector test which asks multiple questions like “Have you committed a crime, or do you have knowledge of someone else committing a crime, or do you have knowledge of a crime that was not reported,” makes employees afraid to take any individual action without the expressed approval of the Justice Department.
Thus, this brings us to a very important point regarding the actions of the FBI against Patriot Occupier Robert LaVoy Finicum, whereby LaVoy was ambushed and murdered by federal agents, and State and Local Law Enforcement Officers, during a traffic stop in Burns, Oregon on January 26, 2016 while enroute, in a vehicle in Harney County, to an arranged town hall meeting in a neighboring county. It is still unclear why federal agents needed to set up a roadblock to arrest
LaVoy and his passengers for unknown federal charges, which ultimately resulted in LaVoy being unlawfully shot and killed, allegedly by a State Trooper.
Of course the FBI, Justice Dept., State and Local Law Enforcement are all complicit in this egregious act, but the “in-charge FBI” should be the ones to wear and own this obvious unwarranted excessive force situation. It will be interesting to see how proper the true investigation of this murder will be presented.
I am very surprised that the FBI would engage in a “probable cause arrest” since typically they do not make this type of arrest. The FBI makes warrant arrests, they serve warrants signed by judges, mainly to avoid ever being sued for False Arrest. Generally the state and local street cops make “probable cause” arrests all the time, and usually if there is a Fed in the mix, the Feds let the local and state police make the probable cause arrest and then the FBI moves in and immediately take over the suspect and the entire case.
Since everybody is now incarcerated and held without bail, at least so far anyway, it is now imperative that honorable and trustworthy legal representation be retained by the defendants. This honorable and trustworthy legal representation must be highly educated in Constitutional Law, so that not only will all the defendants be eventually exonerated of all charges, but so that the real issue of “Public Lands” vs “Federal Lands” and who owns what, and the operation and legality of the BLM, can finally be settled clearly and openly for all to see.
I pray to God nobody else is murdered in this alleged illegal long term unsavory government land grab, “Federal malicious persecution,” and “Federal Judicial Misconduct” activity. For those who like to do research, check out the number of these types of incidents that have occurred and not reported by mainstream news media; you would be shocked.
Remember to Keep Your Gun, Keep Your Faith, and they can Keep their Change.
In God We Trust
Gordon Martines is a former LVMPD detective who has served in many capacities over his 39-year career in law enforcement. He was a candidate for sheriff in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, with the intention of bringing integrity and accountability back to the department, and filed a federal lawsuit against LVMPD in 2011. Martines has appeared on “Face The Tribune” radio show several times and is currently the host of “Open Mic” on Tuesdays andThursday at 11:00 a.m. He contributes his opinions and ideas to the Las Vegas Tribune to keep the public informed and help improve policing in Las Vegas. Gordon Martines can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.