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

February 18, 2016

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.


Cliven Bundy may be looking at spending the rest of his life in prison

February 17, 2016

Cliven Bundy is charged in Nevada by a six-count federal complaint alleging;

Count 1: Conspiracy to assault a federal officer;

Count 2: Assault against a federal officer by use of a deadly and dangerous weapon’

Count 3: Use and carry of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence (the assault charged in count 2);

Count 4: Interference with commerce (by extortion);

Count 5: Use and carry of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence (the extortion charged in count 4);

Count 6: Obstruction of justice.

If he is convicted, Bundy could be sentenced up to five years in prison on the conspiracy charge, up to 10 years in prison on the obstruction of justice charge, up to 20 years in prison on the assault on a federal law enforcement and interference with commerce by extortion charges and a mandatory minimum consecutive seven years on the use and carry of a firearm in relation to a crime a violence charge. The charges could also bring up to $250,000 per count.

Since he is 69-years-old, there is a significant possibility that he may spend the rest of his life in prison, if he is convicted on all counts.

He has been detained without bail. Oregonlive is reporting,

A federal judge [in Portland] Tuesday ordered Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to remain in custody pending trial on a complaint stemming from his 2014 standoff with federal agents trying to round up his cattle grazing on public land.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice M. Stewart found Bundy, 69, remains a danger to the community and a risk to flee, citing his “ongoing defiance of federal court orders.”

For more information regarding the evidence that the government relied on to draft the complaint, please read the affidavit attached to the complaint (pp. 6-32).

Also, here’s the government’s memorandum in support of order detaining Bundy without bail.

Finally, here’s a link to an article I wrote about conspirator liability. Note that the government need not prove that Bundy ever held a gun or threatened anyone with a gun, so long as it proves that he was a member of the conspiracy and at least one other member of the conspiracy committed such an act or acts in furtherance of the conspiracy.


Cliven Bundy wants to join the party

February 5, 2016

Yesterday a federal grand jury indicted the Bundy brothers. The Las Vegas Review Journal reports,

Nevada brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and 14 others have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon.

All 16 defendants — including four protesters still holed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns — have been charged with a single felony count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States.

Both Bundy brothers, the sons of anti-government Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy, are being held without bail and face a Feb. 24 arraignment. Authorities consider Ammon Bundy the Oregon takeover’s leader.

The three-page indictment, unsealed in Portland on Thursday, accuses the defendants of conspiring to “prevent by force, intimidation and threats” employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from carrying out their duties at the refuge.

Cliven Bundy apparently wants to join the party.

OPB.org reports,

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy said Monday that the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge would continue.

In a notarized letter from Clark County, Nevada, Bundy wrote to Harney County Sheriff David Ward that “We the People of Harney County and also We the People of the citizens of the United States DO GIVE NOTICE THAT WE WILL RETAIN POSSESSION OF THE HARNEY COUNTY RESOURCE CENTER. (Malhaur [sic] National Wildlife Refuge).”

The letter was also sent by certified mail to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and President Barack Obama.

“Remove all federal and state policing agents out of Harney County,” Bundy wrote. “Place a Harney County sheriff guard post at the entrance road of the Harney County Resource Center stopping all from entering or exiting, for a time.”

Since a conspiracy consists of agreeing with one or more people to commit a specific crime and then committing an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy, I cannot help but conclude that Cliven Bundy’s letter seals the deal for him.

Here’s hoping the government sets another place at the defense table.


Cliven Bundy is a craven thief and right wing terrorist

April 13, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Good morning:

Cliven Bundy is a thief and a right-wing domestic terrorist who belongs in prison. For more than 20 years he has grazed his cattle on our land without our permission and without paying us any fees. Neighboring ranchers paid their fees and have grazed their cattle with our permission.

Yesterday, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that manages our lands surrendered without a fight to Cliven Bundy and his followers who threatened to use deadly force in resisting the BLM’s effort to enforce a federal court order to seize his trespassing cattle and sell them at auction to satisfy the debt he owes for trespassing on our lands and refusing to pay the grazing fees.

April 12, 2014 is a dark day in U.S. history because it is the day that our government surrendered to the right wing hate machine.

I do not doubt that neighboring ranchers will follow his example and refuse to pay their fees.

I do not doubt that Cliven Bundy’s victory will embolden other right wing wackos to take similar action.

Contrast how law enforcement authorities have reacted with violent aggression against peaceful people protesting against the tyranny of the criminal banksters and the richest 1% of our people who, as majority shareholders, own control and profit from their acts of financial terrorism.

Contrast Bundy’s victory with what is happening to Cecily McMillan.

She is a 25-year-old student and activist who was arrested two years ago during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Manhattan. Without any provocation, police attacked and beat her until she went into a seizure. When she felt someone grab her right breast from behind during the attack, she threw her elbow catching a cop under the eye. She is being prosecuted for assaulting a police officer, a class D felony with a possible seven-year prison term. Her trial began this week.

Contrast Cliven Bundy’s victory with our government’s focus on prosecuting whistleblowers whose only “crime” is informing us what our government is doing to us and to other innocent people all over the world.

Contrast our government’s treatment of the poor cutting food stamps and heating assistance during a depression.

Our government has become another face of the right wing hate machine and you and I are its enemy.

If you doubt what I say, tune in to what is happening on twitter where an orgy of hatred has been unleashed.

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