According to Richard Mack, the former sheriff of Graham County, Ariz., federal agents are still planning to raid the Bundy ranch in Nevada, WND reported Monday. Mack said his sources revealed that Washington's retreat over the weekend was only a ruse to distract the public.
“That’s what we have heard," he said. "It’s not confirmed. People we had on the inside told us the BLM still is considering raiding the Bundy ranch. We’re going to keep in touch with them, protect them, pray for them.”
Mack also said he believes such a raid would not end well. Moreover, he expressed doubts the family would allow itself to be taken into custody.
“I don’t think it would be possible” to launch a raid without violence, he told WND on Monday. “I don’t think the Bundys would lie down and be taken.”
Mack, WND added, cited Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who declared Monday that the Bundy ranch dispute is "not over." He made the statement after a speech at the University of Nevada in Reno.
“It’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over," he said.
Mack condemned Reid's statement, and called the Nevada Democrat a crook. He also characterized Reid's statement as stupid.
“That kind of stupidity, where he puts federal regulations and policies of bureaucrats ahead of a family in his state that has done no wrong or committed a crime,” he said.
While appearing on Fox News’ “The Real Story” Monday, Mack also claimed he and other organizers who traveled to Clark County to support Bundy planned to put women on the front lines in case the “rogue federal officers” opened fire.
“We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front,” he said. “If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers.”
No one else has stepped forward to verify any of Mack's claims as of this writing. The rumor mill has been busy with claims of another attempt since Saturday's hasty retreat, prompting the family to issue a statement to supporters warning of false information.
But if feds do plan a second attempt against the Bundy ranch, they may have to contend with western politicians as well as the family and supporters, according to a post at Sipsey Street Irregulars.
"Just talked with Stewart Rhodes and the Oath Keepers and the western politicians are interposing themselves between any threat and the Bundy's ranch, so if this is not some sort of disinformation deliberately planted to elicit a response, the feds will have to kill patriot leaders if they want the Bundys," the blog said Monday.
Mack, The Blaze noted, was first elected sheriff of Graham County in 1988 and served until 1997. He also fought against the 1993 Brady gun control bill and reportedly identifies with the Tea Party.