Ted Cruz and Rand Paul promise to return to the states those lands which are currently controlled by the feds. On the other hand, Trump is a promoter of eminent domain, which is one of the ways government takes private property from private citizens… sometimes to sell it to real estate developers like Trump or to lease rights to corporate developers.
In case you have not made the connection yet, the shootings, murder and jailings by federal agents and Oregon police in Oregon this week are all about confiscation of privately-owned ranches by the federal government. Those ranchers and the so-called militia are in fact fighting for your rights and liberty.
Now, we might think of smarter ways for these people to go about their protest. But, some of these people have already been through land confiscation, federal extortion and jail.
Staging an ambush, shooting one surrendered man, and murdering another unarmed, surrendered man on a public road is not a crime for police and federal agents. It should be, but de facto it is not a crime. Furthermore, the government will use your taxpayer money to cover up their crimes.
In addition, by interfering with federal agents in the process of a crime, you can be charged and jailed for conspiracy (which requires very little if any proof), you can be shot and killed, and you can be held without due process of law for as long as they wish, all under the Patriot Act. All of that has already occurred multiple times.
Let that sink in.
It will require paying attention for years to track this crime in Oregon by the federal government and an unelected sheriff, and an unelected judge and the unelected governor of Oregon, who is an environmental alarmist. The government conspirators count on our short attention span.
The two local ranchers are now jailed under false charges for a second time. Those two re-jailed local ranchers were fined hundreds of thousands of dollars, which they probably will be unable to pay since they are jailed. So their ranch will be confiscated (extorted) to pay the trumped up fine levied by the judges.
I am not referring to the Bundys who were recently arrested in Oregon after the murder by FBI agents and Oregon police. I am referring to the father and son ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr., 73, and Steven Hammond, 46. They surrendered earlier in January at the federal prison in California. The Bundys and the rest of the so-called militia were protesting and seeking redress on behalf of the Hammonds and against the ongoing federal land grab, and the mismanagement and coercive, extortion methods of the government. The Hammonds, under advice of their lawyers, did not participate so that they would be eligible for clemency by the President.
It’s the second time that the two Hammonds will serve federal time for setting fires on land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Remember the days when you could not be tried twice for the same crime? Long gone. We live in an Orwellian or Kafkaesque dystopia. In this dystopian world, the government will use any means at its disposal to eliminate private property, unless you are part of the oligarchy.
“In 2012, the Hammonds were convicted of arson for setting fires on land where they held legal grazing rights for their cattle. Dwight Hammond was sentenced to serve three months in prison and Steven Hammond to one year.”
“Arson on federal land carries a five-year mandatory minimum sentence, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office, but the Hammonds successfully argued during their sentencing that the mandatory minimum was unconstitutional.”
After the Hammonds were sentenced, prosecutors continued to pursue the Hammonds in court to increase their sentences. “The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision, and a federal judge in October sentenced them both to five years in prison with credit for time they already served.”
“Dwight Hammond now faces nearly five years in prison and his son faces up to four. Attorneys for both men announced that they plan to seek clemency from President Barack Obama.”
This news story so far omits certain important facts that help to explain the bigger picture:
(1) The Hammonds were sentenced as terrorists, under terrorism laws. That clearly is a fabrication by prosecutors and sustained by the judges.
(2) There was a heavy $500,000 fine levied with a due date occurring while the Hammonds are in prison. The Hammonds have already paid part of that fine.
(3) There was a raging forest and range fire on government land in the area around the back fire started by the Hammonds. The Hammonds started the back fire to prevent the larger fire from spreading to their land and to federal lands where their cattle grazed. The fire would have destroyed grass their cattle needed for the winter. The Hammond’s quick action to set the back fire prevented further spreading of the fire in a remote area over 10,000 acres.
(4) The extent of the federal lands burned (on which the Hammonds had grazing rights) by the Hammonds was small. One burn was only about 1 acre. Only grass and scrub brush was burned. Federal review of the case revealed that the value of that land increased (according to the feds) due to the removal of scrub by the burn. In other words, there was no damage and therefore, there should be no fine. (Testimony and documents from the trial.)
(5) The federal government wants the Hammond-owned lands. The Hammonds do not want to sell; it is their livelihood. The BLM and other agencies have conspired to force the Hammonds to sell by cutting off water and road access to the adjacent grazing lands where the Hammonds have grazing rights. This is known as extortion, another crime. Why does the government want the Hammond land? We don’t know the whole story yet. But, there are water and minerals like uranium and gold on the Hammond land. The Hammond’s ranch was identified by the BLM as “high potential for Uranium mining.” The BLM has demanded first rights to the Hammond lands in case the fines are not paid. http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2012/01/malheur_county_targeted_for_go.html
A list of some of the mining companies interested in Oregon, particularly Harney and Mahleur CountiWhyes:
“Oregon Energy LLC owns and operates uranium projects. It owns 72 uranium lode claims and spread across 580 hectares. The company was incorporated in 2010 and is based in the United States. Oregon Energy LLC operates as a subsidiary of Energy Ventures Ltd.”
(6) The brother of the un-elected judge was a BLM employee. This appointed, unelected judge, Steven Grasty, according to Oregon Live news reports, is not only the Harney County Judge, he is the Health Administrator, County Commissioner, Chief Budget Officer and CEO, and oversees the County’s landfills. Gee whiz, do you think there might be a conflict of interest with this judge? If we follow this story and the money, we will probably find out who benefits from these crimes.
(7) Existing government regulations and law today already claim that the government owns and controls mineral, water and game rights on lands owned under “fee simple” purchase contracts by private citizens. In some places, (e.g. Hawaii) the government claims to own rainwater running off of your roof and in gullies beside your driveway, or ponds, and derives from that the supposed right to regulate frogs, bugs and organisms in that water.
These are common law crimes committed by the government against the people whom the government is duty bound to serve. These are exactly the type of crimes that were addressed by the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and further back by the Magna Carta. The entire concept of liberty and rights has been turned upside down. Today, the U.S. has regressed to the stage of divine right, feudal kings.
The brave, but arguably not too wise, so-called militia men and woman are fighting against that. And so should we.