Cliven Bundy arrested in Portland; four refuge trespassers may surrender this morning

Given Cliven Bundy’s arrest in Portland yesterday, there is a reasonable possibility that the 40-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Reserve in eastern Oregon by right wing gun enthusiasts may end peacefully this morning. The four remaining trespassers have been communicating with FBI agents through an intermediary, Nevada lawmaker Michele Fiore. She has been trying prevent a violent shootout with attendant loss of life by giving the trespassers an opportunity to livestream their views to the public via the internet. Their surrender may be imminent, according to media reports published late last night.

Meanwhile FBI agents intercepted and arrested Cliven Bundy in Portland yesterday preventing him from reaching the wildlife refuge.

The four remaining trespassers are between the proverbial rock and a hard place. The FBI is not going to permit them to indefinitely continue their unlawful occupation. Time is running out now that Cliven Bundy is in custody. If they do not surrender peacefully, the FBI will forcibly remove them. Therefore, they need to choose life or death.

It really is that simple.

10 Responses to Cliven Bundy arrested in Portland; four refuge trespassers may surrender this morning

  1. Malisha says:

    Now that they have been locked up and there is “administration” going on, I can think about this without the feelings of rage overcoming me minute by minute, thinking about the excellent law enforcement restraint and planning, etc., that went into the effort not to hurt these delicate cowboy terrorists as they were neutralized. They were treated like people who live in a constitutional democracy but who were committing crimes. They were NOT treated like subhuman habitual criminals who were taking advantage of our constitutional democracy to be irremediably evil while we were trying to teach them to be good, at our peril and to our common detriment.

    THIS is what bothers me. Just as being a citizen is different for a white or a non-white (and/or for a poor or a non-poor), being a criminal is different for a white or a non-white (and/or for a poor or a non-poor in some, but not all, cases — at least up until trial) and that is the undoing of our democracy.

    Now let’s see if they are going to be treated like a bunch of George Zimmermans or if they’re going to be prosecuted under the rule of law. It could still go either way.

  2. bettykath says:

    tweet from Julia Carrie Wong

    The Guardian has received a copy of the 32-page federal complaint against Cliven Bundy, the father of the leaders of the standoff at the Malheur national wildlife refuge. He has been charged with six federal crimes stemming from his own standoff with the government in 2014.

    A criminal complaint filed with the US district court of Nevada charges the Bundy patriarch with the following crimes: conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States; assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon; use and carry of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence; interference with commerce by extortion; obstruction of the administration of justice, and aiding and abetting.

    He will appear in court at 1.30pm in Portland.

  3. racerrodig says:

    What part of the brain controls reality ?? Seems they have a serious birth defect to me……or at least that’s what I expect their lawyers to come up with.

    See……they aren’t playing with a full deck (obviously) but it’s not their fault (bullshit) so they can’t be held responsible (not happening) and must be set free (to terrorize some more)

    How about they go straight to jail since most of their crimes are admitted and on video. When it comes to getting a free pass for bs reasons or self admission and video………I’ll bet on the latter.

    So Bundy did not turn himself in as someone told me earlier, he was intercepted……good……

  4. Two sides to a story says:

    They’ve had far more consideration given to them than should be extended unless you want to compare this militia group to the Occupy occupations of Wall Street and other civic locations.

  5. Malisha says:

    Think of the nerve of their position: WE have decided to do something that is not legal but we are armed and threatening to shoot any law enforcement who approach us. THEN WE are defining this battle as you unauthorized “unconstitutional” law enforcement attacking us while we’re being peaceful. Then we get to go all rant on your asses for a month and then we get to accuse you of every kind of Nazi badness and in the end we get to demand that you allow us to walk on all the crimes we committed because we are self-defined “good people.”

    Barf bags?

  6. bettykath says:

    They want to stop at Denny’s for breakfast with the FBI using tax dollars to pay for it. These guys are sooo out of touch with reality.

  7. bettykath says:

    Bundy’s arrest is for the 2014 stand-off at his ranch. The occupiers said they would leave if they were guaranteed that they would not be charged. Fat chance of that.

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