Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cliven Bundy arrested amid fears of the Bundy effect spreading

Cliven Bundy was arrested at the airport upon arrival in Oregon by a SWAT team, while the remaining militia in the refuge surrendered to the feds. In the meantime a neighboring county is reeling from the Bundy effect. It's interesting to note how emotional it is. People shouting, crying, quoting from the declaration of independence and the constitution.

To remind the readers, it's that very county the Bundy team was traveling to when the feds blocked their way. The local reporter at the time visited the gathering that was waiting for Bundy and found a crowd of hundreds of people mostly sympathetic to the militia. Here is the link.

Two highlights, and one is a fallout between the leaders of the county with the sheriff apparently siding with Bundy. Another interesting aspect is the fact that the feds are no longer taking any chances. The original tactic of trying to wear down the militia by ignoring the takeover altogether seems to be giving place to taking a calculated risk of creating martyrs and political prisoners.

In general, the panic seems to be less about a potential outside invasion, but more about an invasion from within.
By Fedor Zarkhin (The Oregonian/OregonLive) {

Date = February 10, 2016
Source = Malheur refuge occupation sparks fears of incursion

Part therapy session and part history lesson, a Grant County commission meeting drew dozens of people Wednesday – some crying and others shouting -- to weigh in on a resolution calling for an end to the armed militant occupation almost 100 miles away.

With less than a foot of space between the front row and the commissioners' tables, the small room overflowed with more than 30 residents who spent almost two hours talking about the proposal.

Two people warned that they might cry before giving their testimony. One woman read a lengthy passage from the Declaration of Independence.

[...]

Commissioner Scott Myers said he felt the need to take up the issue because the county of 7,000 had become a target for expanding the occupation movement.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer had met with some of the occupation leaders and was set to share the stage with some of them Jan. 26 when the FBI and state police arrested Ammon Bundy and others at a traffic stop on their way from the wildlife refuge to a community meeting John Day. Occupation spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum was killed by state police in the confrontation. He was carrying a loaded 9mm handgun, the FBI said.

"The militant occupation in Harney county was illegal, unethical, socially inappropriate and tore the community apart," said former commissioner Mark Webb, who came to testify. "The effort on the part of Sheriff Palmer to support that – professionally unacceptable, arguably illegal. None of this should come here."

"Defamation!" interjected a woman sitting a few feet away from him.

Palmer, who wasn't at the meeting, is a critic of the federal land management and has drawn some local support.

"He has been smeared by people in this county, by people who have not read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution," said county resident Judy Kerr. }