The now infamous case of the Bundy Family in Nevada and what's defined as their “occupation” of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon will forever hold a place in history as the moment when an American who was robbed of everything by the United States government fought back.
Those organizers, including Cliven Bundy, his two sons and a co-defendant Ryan Payne were just released from federal custody over the incident.
At the time it all began, they were seeking an opportunity to advance their view that the United States Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and other agencies are Constitutionally required to turn over most of the federal public land they manage to the individual states.
In 2015, the ranchers believed that they could do this by protesting the treatment of two area ranchers convicted of federal land arson, and that's exactly what they tried to do, peacefully, while armed.
The occupation first began when Bundy led an armed party to the refuge headquarters following a peaceful public rally in the nearby city of Burns.
By February 11th, all the militants had surrendered or withdrawn from the occupation, with several of their leaders having been arrested after leaving the site.
The world witnessed one of them, LaVoy Finicum, shot to death in cold blood by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
That view is often disputed by the media and the left, who claim that Finicum failed to comply.
The video of the incident in my earnest opinion shows that federal agents fired upon the vehicle prior to what they claim was an attempt to arrest him after he tried to evade a roadblock.
More than two dozen of the militants were charged with federal offenses including conspiracy to obstruct federal officers, firearms violations, theft, and depredation of federal property.
By August of 2017, a dozen of those had pleaded guilty, and six of those had been sentenced to 1–2 years probation, some including house arrest.
Seven others, including Ammon and Ryan Bundy, were tried and acquitted of all federal charges and still more had been found guilty but had not yet been sentenced.
Prosecutors have long made the claim Cliven Bundy led a self-styled militia to stop federal agents from enforcing court orders removing Bundy's cattle from public land.
Attorney Daniel Hill told<a href="http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/36955792/federal-judge-to-release-cliven-bundy-two-sons-and-co-defendant"> FOX 5 Vegas </a>Ammon, Cliven and Ryan Bundy will be released. Hill said, “most I can comfortably say since it was a sealed hearing is an issue arose in relation to the defense motions to dismiss.” He added,” the motions are taken under submission.”
While the Bundy’s and Payne will soon be free, it appears as if they're fearing leaving federal custody, likely afraid of deep state retribution after many witnessed LaVoy Finicum being killed in cold blood and have explained this to them repeatedly while in custody.
Bundy is now 71-years-old. While it's unlikely he'll have much in the way of a prosperous life ahead of him, he no doubt has much to live for.
Their David vs. Goliath storyline, blown out across three years of high-profile media coverage, is the underscoring of hatred felt towards the Obama Administration from the heartland of America.
Here's the video of the murder of LaVoy Finicum:
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Despite the claims of the prosecutors and the FBI, Finicum was headed to meet with the Sheriff and the FBI shot and killed him to prevent this from occurring.
That's my stance, and I'll go to the grave believing it.
LaVoy Finicum did nothing wrong.
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