Cliven Bundy, the last rancher in Clark County, Nev., says that agents of the federal government are using equipment that would be issued to soldiers in an effort to take his cattle and ultimately prove they have unlimited power over average Americans, the Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday.
“They’re carrying the same things a soldier would,” he told the Free Beacon. “Automatic weapons, sniper rifles, top communication, top surveillance equipment, lots of vehicles. It’s heavy soldier type equipment.”
According to his wife, some 200 armed agents from the Bureau of Land Management and the FBI are stationed around their land, which is located about 75 miles outside of Las Vegas.
Helicopters circle the premises, and the airspace and nearby roads remain blocked, the Free Beacon added.
“We’re surrounded,” said Carol Bundy. “We’re estimating that there are over 200 armed BLM, FBI. We’ve got surveillance cameras at our house, they’re probably listening to me talk to you right now.”
Additionally, federal authorities have established arbitrary "First Amendment" areas for those who wish to make statements, but protesters have ignored those areas, Infowars reported.
As we reported Monday, Dave Bundy, one of Cliven Bundy's sons, was arrested after filming outside one of those First Amendment areas. A video posted to YouTube shows snipers training their weapons on the family during the incident.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, voiced his concern over the "First Amendment" areas, but Bundy and others say he isn't doing enough to protect the Bundy's Constitutional rights.
“Most disturbing to me is the BLM’s establishment of a ‘First Amendment Area’ that tramples upon Nevadans’ fundamental rights under the U.S. Constitution,” Sandoval said in a statement Tuesday.
“To that end, I have advised the BLM that such conduct is offensive to me and countless others and that the ‘First Amendment Area’ should be dismantled immediately,” he added. “No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans. The BLM needs to reconsider its approach to this matter and act accordingly.”
"Whenever you designate an area, then you’re restricting it everywhere else. When you designate an area like that for first amendment rights, you [don't] give the people any rights. You [take them] away, and every other location,” Ryan Bundy said in response.
A post at Sipsey Street Irregulars said Sandoval should have taken a firmer stand.
"Hey, Guv. How about actually using your state police to shield your citizens from another Waco?" the blog asked.
At issue is the use of land the family said has been in their family for generations. The Bundys have long fought the government over its use.
In 1998, the government designated some 186,909 acres as habitat for an endangered desert tortoise. Bundy, the Free Beacon said, had already lost grazing rights for refusing to pay fees.
But the issue is not just cattle, according to Carol Bundy.
“They have come and taken over this whole corner of the county. They’ve taken over policing power, they’ve taken over our freedom, and they’re stealing cattle," she said.
As of Monday, the government has taken 234 of Bundy’s 908 cattle.
Environmentalists, the Free Beacon added, are praising the government for its forceful actions against the family.
Meanwhile, Infowars said, some are concerned the standoff could lead to a Ruby Ridge or Waco-style tragedy.
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