Thursday, March 30, 2017

                BLOGGER GARY HUNT ARRESTED 


Gary Hunt was arrested in northern California today.  Hunt's "Outpost of Freedom" blog published posts outing informants in the Oregon Standoff case.   The federal government has been trying to get him to take down the posts.   Hunt did not appear in court in Portland for a contempt hearing after being given an order to take his posts down.

Hunt said on his blog that he does not recognize the authority of a court in Oregon since he posts from California.

The end game for James Comey's FBI and the Acting US Attorney in Oregon appointed by the Obama Administration, Billy Williams (NOT REMOVED BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION)  is to compel Gary Hunt to remove his blog posts.

Hunt made his posts based on redacted government documents and interviews with people involved in the Oregon Standoff.  From that he uncovered who the informants were.in the case.

Gary Hunt noted in blog posts earlier this year that the federal government raised no objections when informants like Mark McConnell, Terri Linnell and Fabio Minoggio were revealed in the first Oregon Standoff trial.   So why should they care about his revelations of informants.

The violation of Constitutional Rights is all over Oregon from matters related to land and due process and here the First Amendment's freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

No word yet on when Hunt will be brought to the courtroom in Oregon to face the judge for the contempt hearing.

Friday, March 24, 2017

THE KANGAROO COURT OF SOUTHERN NEVADA




As Judge Gloria Navarro continues to run roughshod over a rigged trial for the first six men acccused in the April 2014 2014 standoff near Bundy Ranch, we are reminded of the Oregon Standoff trial last fall and the spirited defense of Marcus Mumford.


A defense that convinced a jury to acquit all seven defendants with federal marshals tackling, tasing and arresting Mumford in the courtroom right after the verdicts were announced.

This led the judge in that case, Anna J. Brown, to meet with jurors and find out why they acquitted.

The way she and the federal prosecutors ran the second trial, tacking on misdemeanor charges, rejecting numerous defense witnesses, the judge making herself the jury on the misdemeanor charges all pointed us in the direction the first Bunkerville Standoff trial would take in Nevada.

Its been quite a show with defense lawyers being constantly told to shut up and defendant Todd Engel now being told  he cannot defend himself in the case.  Instead a standby lawyer who's fallen asleep in court and doesn't know the case is supposed to defend him.

On Wednesday, word came out that defendant Gregory Burleson was an FBI informant.  His defense lawyer's Thursday questioning of an FBI agent focused on how Burleson was plied with alcohol before  an interview.   Terrence Jackson asked if Burleson was being 'fed drinks' with the FBI reply being 'we offered'.

Jackson also brought up Burleson's diabetic condition with the FBI saying they were aware of it.  Much attention was focused on Burleson's health a few  weeks back when he required medical treatment for apparent dehydration in the courtroom.   He's reportedly going blind.

The defense lawyers for the other defendants are deeply troubled by the revelation that Burleson was an FBI informant and are making agruments to the judge to no avail.   Burleson was in on the defense strategy of the other defendants along with his lawyer.

As activist Gavin Seim noted in a video post the other day, this seems to beg for a mistrial but no such move is coming from Judge Gloria Navarro.

One other interesting development is that the lead prosecutor at this trial,  Steven  Myhre is now the Acting U.S. Attorney in Las Vegas.   The  U.S. Attorney appointed by former President Obama resigned at the request of the new Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

This reminds us all of the need for the Trump Administration to act in the interests of justice in both the Oregon and Nevada standoff cases.

For starters, how about freedom for the ranchers jailed as terrorists for setting some grass on fire in Oregon-Dwight and Steven Hammond.   The reason Ammon Bundy led a peaceful protest in Oregon marred by government violence that took the life of LaVoy Finicum, who sought freedom for the Hammonds.

Monday, March 6, 2017

               Second Oregon Standoff Trial Updates


                                          The Misdemeanor Verdicts


                Eleven Charges Spread Over Four Defendants With Nine "Guilty" Verdicts


                                             Wednesday March 22nd AM


U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown came down with mostly guilty verdicts for the four defendants who were already convicted by a jury of felony charges in the Oregon Standoff protest last year.

Jason Patrick found guilty of  three charges: trespass, tampering with government vehicles and equipment, destruction of government property.

Duane Ehmer found  guilty of trespass, tampering with government vehicles and equipment, not guilty of removal of government and private property.

Darryl Thorn found guilty of trespass and one count of tamperng with vehicles and equipment, not guilty of another count of tampering with vehicles and equipment.

Jake Ryan found guilty of trespass and tampering with vehicles and equipment.

Defense lawyer Andrew Kohlmetz described the misdemeanor charges as 'throw away charges' in cast the others didn't stick."


                     Judge To Announce Misdemeanor Verdicts On Tuesday


                                                Saturday March 18th AM


U.S. District Judge Anna Brown will announce the misdemeanor verdicts in the second Oregon Standoff trial on Tuesday.

A 3:30 pm hearing is set in court for Brown to announce the verdicts after she asked the defendants if they wanted to hear the verdicts in person instead of her issuing them in writing.

This word comes from tweets by "Oregon Live" reporter Maxine Bernstein.

Brown will also discuss ''release conditions" for Jason Patrick, one of the four convicted in the second trial.



                      Federal Judge Drops Charges Against Marcus Mumford


                                                 Thursday March 16th AM


Its now official.  A federal judge has dropped the charges against Ammon Bundy's lawyer, Marcus Mumford.

U.S. District Judge John Coughenour from the western district of Washington state, who was brought in to handle the case in Portland, issued a three sentence order yesterday.

The charges are 'dismissed without prejudice' meaning the federal government could bring them back later.

Mumford was tackled, tased, arrested and charged last October 27th at the end of the first Oregon Standoff trial.   The assault on Mumford came moments after Bundy and six other defendants were acquitted of all charges.

Mumford wanted the paperwork from the federal government to confirm their detainer on Ammon Bundy for Nevada charges over the Bunkerville Standoff in 2014.  Instead of producing the paperwork, they attacked Mumford.

EDITORIAL NOTE:  I POSTED THIS STORY ON FREE REPUBLIC TODAY.  I WAS ALLOWED BACK ON FR AFTER 'SPIRIDON' POSTED ANOTHER STORY TUESDAY NOTING I WAS SUSPENDED FROM POSTING ON FR LAST SATURDAY WHEN I POSTED THE SECOND STANDOFF TRIAL VERDICTS AT 'FRONT PAGE NEWS' AND WAS ACCUSED OF ABUSING THE SIDEBAR WHERE NEWS IS LISTED AS FRONT PAGE.

THERE WERE CRITICAL COMMENTS FROM 'humblegunner' WHEN THE FIRST NEWS OF THE VERDICTS WAS PUBLISHED LAST FRIDAY EVENING.   ANOTHER POSTER "Jack Black" APPEARED TO BE COMMUNICATING WITH HIM AND MYSELF.

THERE'S FOLKS OUT THERE THAT DON'T LIKE THIS STORY BEING MENTIONED OR TALKED ABOUT.    GAVIN SEIM AND THE ACTIVISTS WHO HAVE SHOWN UP AT THE TRIALS IN OREGON AND NEVADA HAVE BEEN ATTACKED.   EVEN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA REPORTER FROM 'OREGONLIVE' , MAXINE BERNSTEIN, HAD HER TWITTER ACCOUNT HACKED ON MONDAY.

ARE THEY GOVERNMENT OPERATORS, POLITICAL OPERATORS, ROGUES FROM THE GOVERNMENT-LAW ENFORCEMENT RANKS.  WHO KNOWS.  BUT KEEP TALKING ABOUT THESE CASES IN OREGON AND ESPECIALLY NEVADA AS THE FIRST TRIAL CONTINUES WITH TWO MORE TRIALS SCHEDULED LATER IN THE YEAR.


Federal Prosecutors Want Charges Dropped For Ammon Bundy's Lawyer In                                                               First Trial


                                                  Monday March 13th PM


At the end of the first Oregon Standoff trial last fall Marcus Mumford, who was Ammon Bundy's lawyer, was tackled, tased and arrested by federal marshals as he argued before U.S. District Judge Anna Brown about Bundy's status after his acquittal.

Federal charges were filed against Mumford with trial set for next month.

Now federal prosecutors from Washington state called into the case have asked a Washington state federal judge to drop the charges against Mumford.   They are asking for the charges to be dropped 'without prejudice'.  That means they could be refiled in the future.

Michael Levine, Mumford's defense lawyer, told "Oregon Live" he didn't know what prompted the federal government's decision.  He's waiting for the judge to finalize matters saying "It's not over until it's over."

       Blogger Gary Hunt and Defendant Duane Ehmer Post New Messages     


                                                 Monday March 13th AM


There have been new posts from both blogger Gary Hunt and Duane Ehmer regarding the blog posts on FBI informants at the Oregon Standoff protest.

Last night Ehmer corrected a statement he made in a February 5th Facebook post regarding Hunt "'working with our lawyers" in the second trial.

Ehmer said in his online post last night which is republished in full in Hunt's latest post at "Outpost of Freedom" blog this morning, said:  "Gary hunt writing did help expose informants but he had no direct contact with anyone from the defense team.  I have never found direct contact with anyone from the defense team".....I was wrong on Feb. 5 and am sorry for the grief I have caused him".

Hunt himself says the Oregon federal court has zero jurisdiction over what he has posted on his blog and so he felt no obligation to show up for a hearing there last Friday.

Hunt said his showing up there would have made him subject to arrest.

Some quotes from his post this morning:

"This tribulation began when the U.S. Department of Justice 'Demand' that I Cease and Desist publishing a series of articles exposing informants, both inside and outside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during the occupation by those seeking a 'Redress of Grievances' (First Amendment).  The Letter also wanted me to return information that I had obtained without any illegal act on my part.  And, in a somewhat ridiculous (impossible) Demand, that remove the articles from my website 'and any other website'.

However, I have no more control over 'any other website' than the Justice Department has over me."....

I can understand that the US Shysters, seeing this is adversarial, want to 'find dirt', to justify the exclusion of fact that don't suit their objective.  Heck, we have seen that through the last two Malheur trials--every effort to exclude that which might dispute, or interfere with, their desire for a conviction, or in my case, to be incarcerate for 'contempt of court'.

The FBI, however, is not a private tool of the US Shysters.  It is supposed to be part of a functional government, whose purpose is to serve its creator, the People.  When those powers become so misdirected, as they have in this instance, we can easily see that the government has decided to serve itself, not the People--that, in fact, we have become subject to a police state, every bit the same as the old  U.S.S.R., East Germany, and Hitler's Third Reich."

We'll see what the federal government does next to suppress Mr Hunt's online activities.....





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                      More Details On The Split Verdicts For All Defendants


                    Arrest Warrant Sought For Blogger Who Outed Informants

                           

                                                   Saturday March 11th AM


While the jury found two of the defendants, Jason Patrick and Darryl Thorn guilty of a "conspiracy" charge, the other two defendants, Jake Ryan and  Duane Ehmer were acquitted.

But Ryan and Ehmer were found guilty of depredation of government property for using an excavator at the refuge.

Thorn found guilty of possessing a firearm on federal property, Patrick and Ryan acquitted of the same charge.

U.S. District Judge Anna Brown will be coming down with her written verdicts on misdemeanor charges against the four defendants probably next week.

All guilty verdicts could end up being appealed to the one and only Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the next higher court.

So watch out for further developments.

Also the US Attorney for Oregon, Billy Williams, who supervised the prosecution-persecution of the Oregon Standoff protesters was not one of the 93 US Attorneys asked to resign yesterday by the new Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In a video posted yesterday activist Gavin Seim, supporter of the Oregon Standoff protest said "this malicious prosecution against these final four was brought by the Donald Trump Administration, not the Obama Administration".

Meanwhile, Judge Anna Brown has taken under advisement a request from federal prosecutors for an arrest warrant for blogger Gary Hunt.

Hunt posted a number of stories about FBI informants at the Oregon Standoff protest drawing the ire of federal prosecutors who claim he was interfering with their case.

Hunt did not appear yesterday at a show cause hearing for an injunction against his blog posts regarding informants.

In recent posts at his "Outpost of Freedom" blog, Hunt said that Brown's court in Oregon does not have jurisdiction over his blog posts from his northern California home.

Split Verdicts Come Down Friday,  Blogger Hunt Does Not Appear At Hearing

                                                   Friday March 10th PM


Jason Patrick and Darryl Thorn found guilty,  Jake Ryan and Duane Ehmer  not guilty.

Meanwhile,  blogger Gary Hunt was not in court in Portland this afternoon when a hearing was held on the federal government's attempts to shut down his blog posts exposing FBI informants in the Oregon Standoff case.

                                         Deliberations Continue Friday

                                                       Friday March 10th AM


The jury considering the felony part of the charges against four men in the second Oregon Standoff trial  is resuming its deliberations at  8:30 am Portland time.

This will be the third day of deliberations.

One of the defense attorneys, Jesse Merrithew, tweeted yesterday: "I'm betting on a hung jury at this point".

Developments related to the trial should be posted on the Twitter feed of "OregonLive-Portland Oregonian" reporter Maxine Bernstein.


                                                Put That In Writing

                                              Thursday March 9th AM


The story from the second Oregon Standoff trial Wednesday was the story of getting details into writing.

The jury deliberating the felony charges wanted a transcript of the trial for their use.   

U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown "demanded" as activist John Lamb phrased it in a video that the federal prosecutors come up with written evidence to prove the misdemeanor charges against the four defendants.

She conducted her 'bench trial' of the four men yesterday.

And Judge Brown says she will issue a written decision on the charges next week.

                              Two Tracks and "Fear" At The Trial

                                                 Wednesday March 8th AM

The second Oregon Standoff trial will take two tracks today with the jury deliberating the felony  charges against the four defendants while U.S. District Court Judge Anna J. Brown conducts a bench trial on misdemeanor charges against the four defendants.   She will decide the innocence or guilt of the four in what is seen as a rigged process to 'get' the defendants.

It will be interesting to see if any guilty verdicts are appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and what that famous-infamous court will have to say.

A employee at the wildlife refuge testified as a rebuttal witness for the prosecution yesterday speaking of 'fear' because of the protest.

Perhaps the real fear in the courtroom is with the defense lawyers, who are said to be conducting a timid case by supporters of the defendants.   They aren't Marcus Mumford, who led a spirited defense in the first trial representing Ammon Bundy.

But Mumford's tackling, tazing and arrest by federal marshals in the courtroom right after the acquittal may have had an intimidating effect on the defense lawyers in the second case.

                                                Tuesday March 7th AM



                 A slew of witnesses testified Monday as the defense began to wrap up its case.

                  B.J. Soper of the Pacific Patriots Network testified about his recollections of the December 29th meeting cited by prosecution witness Blaine Cooper as the beginning of a conspiracy to protest at the Malheur National Wildlife refuge.    Soper and the Pacific Patriots Network regularly denounced the protest even as they claimed to be trying to help.

                  But in the testimony, Soper said the notion of a 'takeover' of the refuge was presented without any plans being discussed among those at the 10-15 minute meeting.
                 
                   Blaine Cooper's father,  Stanley Hicks Sr., disputed testimony his son had given on behalf of the prosecution.    Hicks said his son is "prone to lie when it serves his purpose".

                   Jeff Banta, acquitted in the first trial. testified about the military training given by FBI informant Fabio Minoggio.  Banta said on the stand that Minoggio "was basically kind of seeing how we reacted under pressure".

                    The defense expected to rest its case today with prosecution rebuttal witnesses, then the final arguments.

                     What will happen after that is that the jury decides the felony charges while U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown has reserved to herself the verdicts on misdemeanor charges that have been tacked onto these four defendants.

                      Brown met with the jurors in the first trial afterwards in an apparent attempt to find out for herself and pass onto the federal prosecutors the reasoning as to why the jurors didn't convict the seven defendants on the felony charges.

                      She and the prosecutors appear to be rigging this trial so they get the defendants on  some charges.

                       


                    (More to Come)

Monday, February 20, 2017

               The Trials Continue In Oregon and Nevada

      Federal Prosecutors In Oregon Get Help From The New Attorney General

                                        The Arguments In The Nevada Trial


               A jury was picked in Portland last week, 12 jurors and 4 alternates to hear the charges against the four defendants in the second Oregon Standoff trial.

               Unlike the first trial, more than felony charges are on the table.   Misdemeanors have been attached to the felonies and they will be decided by Federal District Judge Anna Brown, not a jury.

               The opening arguments begin Tuesday February 21st at 10am.

                Federal prosecutors want to use "evidence" they didn't in the first trial.    Last week they asked the new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, to give them permission to subpoena former Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter John Sepulvado.

                Sepulvado interviewed Ryan Bundy for a Jan. 9, 2016 broadcast and with both Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy set to testify for the defense bringing the reporter in to tesify may be designed to hurt the defense case and convey the notion of a violent, extreme protest going on last year.

                Sessions granted permission for the subpoena to be issued.  There are concerns about the reporter being forced to reveal notes about his work or offer opinions about his interview.   The state of Oregon has a shield law for journalists.   There is no federal law to shield journalists.

                Meanwhile there's a trial of six men going on in Nevada, the first of three for numerous men accused in the Bunkerville Standoff near Bundy Ranch in April 2014,

                Federal prosecutors began to make their case last week depicting the protesters as threatening, menacing and intimidating.

                The defense counters that the protesters came there to help the Bundy's get their cattle back, exercising their First and Second Amendment rights.

                 A video has been released as trial began, showing aggressive actions of Bureau of Land Management agents against Ammon Bundy and others during the standoff.   Body cam video with angry comments from federal agents is also part of the 30 minute video.

                On the Saturday morning when the cattle were returned to the Bundy's, the prosecutors say the protesters were threatening but the defense says they came there with the understanding that a peaceful transfer of the cattle was taking place, only to find BLM agents raising their weapons at the protesters.

                Outside the federal courthouse in Las Vegas last week a supporter of those on trial, Gavin Seim, was attacked when a man named Doug Knowles tried to jerk Seim's camera around as he was sending out a live video report.

                Knowles is associated with a group known as "The Oath" who claim to care about the Oregon and Nevada cases but end up attacking people who support the accused like Gain Seim, Kelli Stewart, John Lamb and others.

                The activity of Mr. Knowles reminds me of thugs in a totalitarian state like Venezuela where red shirted thugs have routinely harassed opposition protesters for a decade or more.

                Last week President Donald Trump met with the wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition  leader Leopoldo Lopez.    Trump sent out a tweet that included himself, VP Mike Pence and Senator Marco Rubio pictured with Lillian Tintori.  The president called for the release of Lopez from jail.

               It was a good thing Mr. Trump did, but there are good things to be done in this country regarding those accused in Oregon and those accused and imprisoned in Nevada, including Jerry DeLemus,   DeLemus was the co-chair of Veterans for Trump during the New Hampshire primary last year, now he's jailed in connection with the standoff at Bunkerville in 2014.

              Mr. Sessions involvement in backing up the prosecutors last week does not send a good sign about the direction of the Trump Administration in these cases.

               It has been pointed out that pardons and so on can't be granted until after convictions in court and so on.  One thing clearly within President Trump's authority right now would be action regarding the Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond, sitting in a federal prison for over a year now.   They were sent back there to serve  five year mandatory sentences as terrorists.  Their crime was setting a backfire to protect their land.

               The Hammond's were the reason for the Oregon Standoff protest last year.
             
            

Saturday, February 4, 2017

                 More Reflections on the Oregon Standoff




                     The Oregon Standoff was led by a man described as 'charismatic' by those who had contact with him during the time of the protest and before it.     Ammon Bundy said he took his stand to 'love thy neighbor' as in the Hammonds.   Dwight and Stephen Hammond were jailed as terrorists for a second time by the federal government because of a backfire they used to protect their land from a brush fire.

                     Bundy cited Dr. Martin Luther King as an example for his protest.   When he was arrested, no weapons were found on Bundy.  He never carried a weapon during the protest.  

                      When one reflects on the end of the Oregon Standoff and the days leading up to it one recalls the 'leadership' of David Fry, inspired by his relationship with LaVoy Finicum.   David stepped up to the plate with his ability to use the latest technology and keep the protest alive in spite of FBI attempts to shut it down.

                      David communicated with Gavin Seim, an activist I've come to appreciate in the last year, a modern day "John the Baptist" stirring up a ruckus that may lead him down the same pathway the original one in the Good Book did.    

                      Crazy people you say.   Martin Luther King had 'crazy people' around him, people like Bayard Rustin and Jack ("Hunter Pitts") O'Dell.  Men reviled as Communists,  Rustin derided for his sexuality.   He was arrested for 'cruising' a mens room.

                       Dr. King himself had 'issues' like his patronizing of members of the world's 'oldest profession' (two at a time).  But you know, what makes Martin Luther King a great man in my humble opinion was his refusal to patronize the members of  what Ronald Reagan characterized at  'the second oldest profession profession in the world ' that 'bears a close resemblance to the first'.

                       King gave politicians no quarter.  He wanted more than speeches from them.  His actions at Birmingham in the spring of 1963 changed the course of history and made him an enemy of politicians, even as many rushed to honor him or get their picture taken with him.

                       When John F. Kennedy's widow referred to MLK as a 'despicable man' who 'arranged for orgies' in an early 1964 recorded interview she was listing the enemies of her husband, those she suspected of being behind his death.

                       Ammon Bundy launched a protest in Oregon on January 2nd, 2016 that would be objected to by politicians of both major political parties.   All Republican presidential candidates called for it to end.

                       Joining in that chorus of opposition were the III Percenters-Oath Keepers-Pacific Patriots Network organizations but they did some strange things like  show up at the protest heavily armed.

                       Ammon Bundy asked them to leave and they set up a "perimeter" which they promptly abandoned right at the moment of the FBI ambush on January 26th almost abandoning their positions with perfect timing you might say to allow the FBI side to move into them.

                       Lets get back to David Fry, a man who looked strange because of his mixed race parentage (his mother is Japanese) and who can honestly be said to have 'issues'.    His internet postings before and after the protest and  his jailing as well as his suicide threat as the FBI siege ended and David was ready to come out.

                       One thing was clear, though.   David saw the protest as being in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, a non violent action.   This was revealed during the trial and David Fry communicated his non violent intentions when he contacted Gavin Seim to literally 'get the truth out' in the face of the Pacific Patriots Network allegation that David and the other three protesters left were intent on violence.

                      David's message was clear to Gavin,  "PPN is compromised".

                       They were compromised.  FBI informants?????  Maybe some but my sense of that crowd that echoed the GOP presidential candidates in opposition to the protest was that they were 'fronting' for political purposes associated with the Republican Party.

                      Conservative, Patriot artificial turf.

                      As one who sees the Republicans as the party of fake Conservatism and the Democrats as the party of fake Progressivism with both just tools of the big corporations and banks and their desire for a world economic-political system,  that is my sense of them.

                      The Uniparty I call them, the Globalists they are called, too.  My vote for Donald Trump was based on my sense he was not 'one of them' but beyond him our political system is pathetic begging for a third party that means it on issues and isn't faking it like R's and D's.  God as I understand God is better than our pathetic cadre of elected officials 99 plus percent of them.   That is great comfort in the midst of this insanity.

                     I was really impressed when I heard David interviewed online a few days after the FBI siege began when he spoke of 'right wing media' and 'left wing media' arousing anger among people to cause division so the people really running things can get their way.

                     It looks like the Democrats have a cadre of ex-military Progressive, Liberal artificial turf  of their own, those veterans including Representative Tulsi Gabbard who pledged to protect protesters in North Dakota opposing the DAPL pipeline.    They were AWOL when the federal, state and local authorities moved in on the Leftist protest camp last week.

                     Getting back to Oregon, I really appreciate the work Gavin Seim did online as witnessed by hundreds of thousands, if not millions when the FBI launched its aggressive, tough guy assault on David and the other three protesters camped in the parking lot.

                      The whole episode reminded us again who the militants were, who those with violent intentions were during the Oregon Standoff and it was not Ammon Bundy and those the federal government deemed 'leaders' of the protest at their trial including David Fry.

                       Their acquittal by a jury of their peers on felony charges spoke volumes of truth about this protest ignored by the federal government, government and law enforcement in general, political activists under the influence of the major political parties and the media serving the interests of the above mentioned Uniparties.

                       Any future protest must be in the 'tradition' of Birmingham in 1963, a protest planned beyond the earshot and knowledge of informants, a protest not influenced or subordinated to the interests of a major political party or its operatives-front groups who claim to be 'on your side'.

                        Even more importantly a protest in a spirit of peace and serenity, sanity and sobriety.
                                 
                        A protest that is focused on 'loving thy neighbor' as Ammon Bundy put it.   May God help those who find themselves to be the future Ammon Bundy's, Lavoy Fincicum's, David Fry's etc. etc. etc.

      


                  

Saturday, January 28, 2017

          JUDGE WON'T ALLOW JURY TRIAL FOR MISDEMEANOR CHARGES IN OREGON STANDOFF


               Federal Judge Anna Brown has ruled she will hear evidence on misdemeanor charges and decide verdicts for seven people facing trial next month for the Oregon Standoff protest.


                  Brown's ruling yesterday (Friday January 27th) claimed "significant uncertainty in the law" prevented her from allowing a jury trial on the minor charges tacked onto the felony charges the seven defendants will face.

                   Defense lawyers were reported by "Oregon Live" as saying they want a federal magistrate to hear the misdemeanor charges because that's the standard procedure for such offenses.

                   The "Oregon Live" story published by reporter Maxine Bernstein went on to say:

                   "Defendants and their lawyers were dismayed by the ruling.

                    Andrew Kohlmetz, standby lawyer for defendant Jason Patrick said ' It's very important for Mr. Patrick to have a jury of his peers make those decisions.   He's frankly not happy.'

                    Matthew McHenry, who represents defendant Sean Anderson, argued in court papers that a jury verdict that 'reflects the judgement of the public and the defendants' peers' would provide a  'more satisfactory and acceptable resolution' to the defendants and the public.

                     He also argued that one jury trial would be more efficient and that prosecutors are trying to avoid a repeat of the across-the-board acquittals in the first trial.

                    'Finally, the defendants believe the government's strong desire for a bench trial stems in large part from the jury acquittals in the first trial.  The government should not be aided by this Court as it attempts to take this case out of the hands of a jury of the defendants peers,' McHenry wrote"


                   It looks like the judge is trying to help railroad the second group of Oregon Standoff defendants.

The "Oregon Live" story location is below:

http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2017/01/misdemeanor_charges_against_se.html

                   (Since "Free Republic" has again suspended me from posting  repeating the allegation of 'sidebar violation' placing "Oregon Standoff" stories as "Front Page News" in their forum, this story is posted here)

                    

                  

Monday, January 23, 2017

                       LAVOY FINICUM REMEMBERED 


                 "I should have been a cowboy, I shoulda  have learned to rope and ride"-                                                       Toby Keith-Should've Been A Cowboy (1993)


                 " It's time we stop, hey what's that sound everybody look what's going down"                                                Buffalo Springfield-For What It's Worth (1966)

                                                  

It's been one year (January 26, 2016) since the FBI executed a 'felony traffic stop' against non violent protestors along Route 395 in Harney County, Oregon that led to the death of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum.

Finicum was a rancher, a cowboy, a defender of Constitutional rights and a believer in the Constitution of the United States.

He was a husband and father, including care for four foster children who were living at his ranch when the protest began,

LaVoy came to Oregon and was one of the leaders of the Oregon Standoff protest over the second time mandatory sentence jailing of Oregon ranchers Dwight and Stephen Hammond as 'terrorists'  for lighting a backfire to protect their property.

Early in the protest LaVoy encountered David Fry, who had driven all the way from Ohio to join the protest.  Fry recalls an exciting meeting and a hug.   LaVoy's death would inspire David to continue the protest after Finicum's death and the arrest of its leadership.

Fear and paranoia were driving forces in the federal government's response, reflected in the media reports about the 'armed occupation' of the refuge.    The people on the refuge were often unarmed and to the extent they were armed, they carried weapons only for self-defense.

The armed militia types that showed up were either FBI informants or in the case of one group of Idaho III Percenters who rolled into the Oregon Standoff protest site a few days after it began, were asked to leave by the unarmed leader of the protest, Ammon Bundy.

It was obvious trouble was coming a week or so ahead of time when letters from Oregon Governor Kate Brown were published.    The letters to federal authorities in Washington were demanding "action".

It was obvious these letters were the pretext for violent action against the non violent protest.

My expectations were that FBI action might even start the weekend before the fateful evening of Tuesday January 26th.

FBI informant Mark McConnell was sending GPS information on Ammon Bundy's location that weekend.  McConnell was hanging with Brandon Curtiss of the III Percenters as a stark picture of a massive FBI buildup was presented to Ammon Bundy, a scary picture, maybe one designed to end the protest.

McConnell ended up being the driver of the vehicle Ammon Bundy was in and was able to stop the vehicle to deliver Bundy into the hands of the FBI.

But LaVoy Finicum was driving the other vehicle and decided to keep moving up the road to reach the town of John Day in Grant County where the meeting was scheduled for the evening to discuss Constitutional rights.

As LaVoy's truck came up against the roadblock on Route 395 and went into the snowbank, FBI agents from the "Hostage Rescue Team" opened fire.   Two rounds were fired with one hitting the top of the truck.

LaVoy Finicum exited the truck with his hands up and began to move away from the truck when he was shot in the back by an Oregon State Police officer.

The investigation done by Oregon authorities exonerated their own police but uncovered the FBI agents coverup of their shooting, which the Justice Department said it was investigating last year through its inspector general's office.

The story is that LaVoy Finicum was acting evasive and was said to have been reaching for his pocket.   He was exercising his Second Amendment right by carrying a pistol.

One thing is obvious, that if law enforcement says it feels threatened by someone,  there is a 007 "license to kill".    Members of law enforcement are more quickly and easily exonerated than individual citizens who might be in a similar situation,

There have been massacres of law enforcement in the last year perpetrated by crazy, insane militant people.   That is wrong.

Just as the Black Lives Matter crowd often live in an ideology that says 'women', 'minorities', 'LGBTQ' or 'immigrants' are special honored classes of people, we cannot create a special class called 'law enforcement' who can kill people at will when they are fearful of or perceive to be threatening.

All of us are equal and the same in the sight of our Creator.  God is no respecter of persons.

This is the United States of America, not the Soviet world of George Orwell's "Animal Farm" where some were 'more equal than others'.

Law enforcement wasn't even dealing with insane perps in the case of Ammon Bundy, LaVoy Finicum or the other leaders of the Oregon Standoff protest.    They did not deserve to be herded into an ambush which led to LaVoy's murder and injury to Ryan Bundy.

The ''armed militant occupation" at the Malhur National Wildlife Refuge was a nonviolent protest and no one fired shots.    David Fry acted in the last days of the protest to remove firearms from the campsite he and the three others used in the parking lot.   It was ludicrous for the FBI to be telling him to lay down his weapon as they assaulted the protest,  since he and the others had none.

The federal government lived in a fantasy world in regards to this protest driven by fear and false notions that the protest leaders were violent and extreme.

If there is a protest needed in the future, let the spirit of non-violence prevail even more so than it did at the Oregon Standoff.

God Bless LaVoy's family and may they find justice in the days and months ahead.