by Patricia Aiken
The Wild, no, make that WILD West saga that continues to unfold around the Bundys of Bunkerville, Nevada and the Hammonds in Oregon’s Harney County seems to erupt weekly. Only the appearance of the Paiute Indian tribe and ever present cowboy hats keeps a Western air about this situation. Any other comparison is to Bolshevik Russia and their victims memorialized by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn in “Gulag Archipelago.”
Immediately after publication of The Nationalist Times report last month (“The Full Story of the Occupation in Burns, Oregon,” Feb. 2016 issue), family patriarch Cliven Bundy was emotionally lured to Oregon, where he was arrested at the Portland airport for the 2014 stand-off in Bunkerville. The FBI could have arrested him anytime in Nevada over the subsequent 23 months since the stand-off, but waited until he left the state.
Cliven Bundy was arrested on some really flimsy charges as well. The feds seem to be making them up as they go. A firearms charge against a man that never carries one — not even during the stand-off — which he didn’t even attend. Really, feds? He was at the staging area, dubbed “protest site,” never being part of the actual stand-off.
Let’s remember that raid was set in motion by a false charge of cattle trespass. There is no such crime in Nevada or most of the Western states. Nevada is a “fence out state,” which means it’s up to landowners to erect fences to keep cattle off of their property.
Mel Bundy, brother of Ammon and Ryan, attended the original protest in Burns, Oregon and spent a week supporting the cause. He returned to Nevada for work only to be informed that his job was terminated because they don’t like protestors. Unemployment informed him he wasn’t eligible for benefits because the company reported he quit. His wife reported they were tailed by agents for two days. Rather than arrest him in Nevada, they followed Mel to Phoenix, where he’d gone for a job. Agents showed up at the job site, searching and harassing every workman while proceeding with a violent arrest of a man that wasn’t resisting.
Another Bundy brother, Davey, was also arrested recently with another tremendous and needless show of force, including flash grenades. The condo door of Jerry DeLemus of New Hampshire, a candidate for sheriff and a Tea Party activist, was broken down as he was taken into custody while his State Representative wife looked on helplessly in near hysteria. DeLemus’s role in the stand-off? He was the press liaison and also helped coordinate patrols around the ranch in the weeks following the event.
Nine other men were also arrested and charged. Rumors continue to surface that the government plans to arrest a total of 68 people for showing up to protect the Bundy Ranch from the 2014 unlawful and criminal raid. Other rumors suggest the Bundy women are on the arrest list for conspiracy. Hopefully untrue, it would be a very bad play that would set off a response that the feds do not want. Or do they? Are they really looking for that excuse for martial law? The last month in Harney County has been defacto martial law to the point people say it doesn’t even look like America. A practice run?
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