Note to right-wing patriots: Beware of televising your revolution because a federal indictment awaits

The Bundy Gang made it easy for the feds to destroy them. With the able assistance of videographer and radio-show host Pete Santilli, they created an unambiguous and unimpeachable record of their self-described sagebrush revolution, including (1) what they intended to do, (2) why they intended to do it, (3) what they did, and (4) what they hoped to accomplish.

Having thereby delivered their heads on a platter to the feds, who used the evidence to create a damning indictment, they now face the prospect of a lengthy humiliating public trial with no defense to be followed by many years in prison.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen: a federal grand jury in Nevada yesterday returned a 51-page, 16 count indictment against Cliven Bundy, Aamon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Ryan Payne and Pete Santilli. Each defendant is charged with 16 felony counts, including extortion, obstruction of justice, conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer, assault on a federal officer, threatening a federal law enforcement officer and using and carrying a firearm in a crime of violence. The government is also seeking forfeiture of assets worth $3 million from the five men if they are convicted of the crimes.

I encourage readers to read the indictment. It sets out the case, chapter and verse, against the defendants and serves as a good example of how devastatingly thorough the feds can be when they put their vast resources to work in stitching up a group of defendants.

11 Responses to Note to right-wing patriots: Beware of televising your revolution because a federal indictment awaits

  1. Disappointed says:

    I’m kind of sad you are warning other idiots. I like when they make it easy for the government to use their ignorance against them. Lol. Hopefully they are found guilty.

    • I considered that briefly, but decided to write it anyway because most of them don’t read. Those who do don’t read my stuff. If for some reason they did, they would ignore my advice because they think I’m stupid. They’re going to do what they decide to do come hell or high water.

  2. bettykath says:

    OT: Turley comments on his blog about possible scenarios for the Scalia replacement. He suggests that Obama can put up someone the Repubs might confirm (Sri is one of these), or he could put up a sacrifice (Lynch is one of these). The sacrifice would be someone who would expose the Repubs and affect the election, Actually, getting the Repubs to backtrack and actually confirm someone would also affect the election. It would show them to be reasonable lolrolf.

    He again raises the question of an enlarged court.of 19 members. His full proposal and arguments have convinced me that a court enlarged over a couple of decades is a could idea. In the present case, the advantage would be a greater turnover so that each nomination/confirmation creates less of a crisis and it dilutes the power of each justice which further lessens the crisis.

    Malisha, yes, I go back on occasion. There is usually one article a week (or two) that I find worthwhile. The comments are almost all examples of bigotry of one form or another so I skip them.

    • Malisha says:

      I met Turley outside the blog a couple of times and I’m close to someone who is “friends with” him — as those folks “friend” — and so I find it an irritation to read his stuff. It’s personal.

  3. bettykath says:

    Lesson: Don’t film your crime and don’t fxck with the feds. They may back down from violence, but, in the end, they gotcha. They gotcha even if you’re a whistle-blower exposing their corruption.

  4. Malisha says:

    Their filming everything was a perfect example of hubris. They felt invincible and they wanted to record their triumphant moments for their own immortality projects. Nobody else whose rights they were trampling mattered. Ammon Bundy actually SAID that: The Native Americans’ culture was interesting to note but the Bundys were really important, not anybody else. He gave no particular reason why this should be true. Especially bizarre coming from somebody who pretended to take his whole life’s motivation from a culture (Biblical) 2,000 years old.

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