Last evening the Examiner reported that information had been received indicating that Nevada is teetering on the edge of civil war in a cattle dispute that has the governor and local ranchers up in arms against the federal government.
Early today reports have been received by various news organizations and bloggers that the Feds tased citizens who are protesting their actions and filming their activity.
The Bureau of Land Management had already arrested the son of one of the ranchers, Cliven Bundy, who is defying an order by a federal judge and directives by the Feds to move his cattle off of ranch lands in southern Nevada, lands that have been used by ranchers for 150 years.
Although Bundy's son was released Sunday afternoon, Cliven Bundy charges that the Feds seized the land from the state of Nevada and that legally that land still belongs to the state. The state has not disputed Bundy's right to graze his cattle on the property. But although this dispute with the Feds has been ongoing for over 20 years, it is only now that they decide to put the screws on the Bundy family. Why?
Bundy's son Dave was arrested for filming the Feds as they confiscated and impounded cattle owned by the Bundy family. The Feds claim that when confiscations take place, the property and roads in and around the region are officially closed to the public. But Bundy maintained he was exercising his First Amendment constitutional right to be there and to film what the Feds were up to.
This video on YouTube shows federal agents tasering protesters and using K9 police dogs to intimidate the citizens.
If the video is an example of the manner in which federal law enforcement is handling this volatile situation, then it is clear that there has been a marked escalation of tensions since yesterday.
Sipsey Street Irregulars was one of the first to report the latest incident, and in the comment section, citizens on the ground in Nevada report more of what is actually happening, which the mainstream media will ignore. Here is one example:
Militias from all over the nation are being called up to come to Nevada. People are flying and driving in from everywhere. This is the first time in our history where men from all over the country have been willing to come together to fight against the federal government. If this had happened at Waco, our entire country would be different today.
Politicians are afraid to say much. The republicans don't want to say anything because he lost in federal court and that's all that matters to those scumbags. The Democrats don't care so much about the courts as they lavish in the idea that a fat rich rancher and destroyer of the environment is getting what he deserves.
The libertarians are all that's left. And he has a LOT of support from Sheriffs and Oath Keepers. (other than our bag of skin).
Most patriots in the militia movement and ordinary citizens who are fed up with the growing power of the centralized government monolith have made it known they expect the situation in Nevada will continue to escalate. They have also made it known they are ready to respond by the hundreds if not thousands if one single citizen is harmed by a federal agent.
BREAKING NEW UPDATE!
Sipsey Street Irregulars has learned that Oath Keepers has issued a national call to come to the aid of rancher Cliven Bundy and his family in Nevada. In an email to Mike Vanderboegh, Stewart Rhodes of Oath Keepers stated that his organization will stand side by side with those fighting the Feds in this sordid mess.
Given the vast importance of Rhodes' call for assistance, his email to Vanderboegh will be provided in its entirety:
We need a presence there immediately to help prevent the feds sparking another Ruby Ridge or Waco incident in the Bundy stand-off.
Nevada State Rep. Michele Fiore . . . is on site right now at the protest site outside the Bundy ranch, and she is helping us assemble a coalition of Nevada state legislators. We are also working with WA State Rep Matt Shea to put together a delegation of other Western State Representatives to go there to support Rep. Fiore and her coalition, and we are working with Sheriff Mack to bring a delegation of current serving CSPOA Sheriffs to stand vigil there. We need Oath Keepers to also show up and stand vigil and support this family and the patriot legislators and sheriffs who are taking the lead in defending them. This is critical. The goal is to stand vigil to prevent another Waco or Ruby Ridge, and to put pressure on the Nevada Governor to honor the oath he took by standing up for this family and for the state of Nevada.
I fly to Vegas tomorrow. Sheriff Mack is coming too, along with the current serving Sheriffs he is rallying to the cause.
All who can make it, need to be there. We need numbers - boots on the ground. The more the better. For those who are coming, please rally at the public protest site near the ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada. To get there, take I-15 North, toward Mesquite, and get off at exit 112. Go right two miles (you can only go right). You will see tall flag poles and signs. Can't miss it.
Per Ammon Bundy, here are some rules:
First, NO MILITARY CAMMO. This is a protest by rural Americans. Dress accordingly. (from me: Oath Keepers can wear Oath Keepers polos if you have them, or OK T shirts, but please no cammo. Let's respect the Bundy family request).
No open carry of rifles. Any rifles people may have with them need to stay in the vehicles. When you arrive at the protest rally point, ask for Ammon Bundy, Cliven Bundy's son, to check in. If he is not there, he will have designated another family rep for you to check in with. DO NOT go past that first rally point/protest site with the flags that the family has set up on private land. Beyond that is the road to their ranch, and no one is to drive to the ranch without express permission and escort by Cliven Bundy or his sons. Please respect their need for security and privacy.
No volunteer is to give any media interviews. Refer all media first and foremost to the Bundy family members present, in particular Cliven Bundy, Ammon, or one of the other sons. And/or refer them to one of the current serving Nevada State legislators who will be there, such as Michele Fiore (she is gathering a coalition of Nevada representatives), or one of the current serving Sheriff's who will be coming. We are there to support them, and let them handle the media.
If any media ask to interview Oath Keepers, please refer them to me, but I will likely just refer them to the family until we do a press conference once Sheriff Mack arrives - and even then, the focus will be on the coalition of current serving Western State Legislators and Sheriffs that we are helping to gather. They and the family will be the main effort, and we are there as support.
BRING CAMERAS. Film everything. The more cameras, the better.
Bring relevant signs about honoring the oath, respecting property rights and free speech rights. We are there to stand up for rural Americans who are under attack and to pressure the Governor and the Clark County Sheriff to do their duty.
Ammon said volunteers can camp on private property that is on the side of the road at the main protest site the family has set up (the first gathering place you will come to with signs and flags once you get off I-15 at exit 112 and go about two miles). Again, please ask the family members present where to park and where to camp if you want to camp.
Further information will be provided as needed here at The Examiner.
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