Federal Gov’t and Sheriff: Bundy Must Be Held Accountable

Federal Gov’t and Sheriff: Bundy Must Be Held Accountable

The propaganda machine to take down rancher Cliven Bundy has been started. The feds must intend to take action soon.

“If you step over that line, there are consequences to those actions,” Sheriff Gillespie stated of Bundy. “And I believe they stepped over that line. No doubt about it. They need to be held accountable for it.”

BLM officials say they agree with the Nevada sheriff’s position.

The Bureau of Land Management states that Bundy owes over $1 million in fines for trespassing on federal property without a permit for over 20 years, but Bundy doesn’t acknowledge the federal government’s authority, stating that their family has used the land since the late 1800s.

The imminent arrest of Cliven Bundy is just the kind of event that has historically proven to spark revolution and civil war. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal recently stated, Americans are ready for a hostile takeover of the federal government…and many surmise that the government wants to provoke a civil war.

“There is an ongoing investigation and we are working diligently to ensure that those who broke the law are held accountable,” she said, declining to elaborate.

The FBI declined comment Saturday on its investigation. Bundy did not respond to a request for comment.

The Bureau of Land Management says Bundy owes over $1 million in fees and penalties for trespassing on federal property without a permit over 20 years. Bundy, whose ancestors settled in the area in the late 1800s, refuses to acknowledge federal authority on public lands.

A federal judge in Las Vegas first ordered Bundy in 1998 to remove “trespass cattle” from land the bureau declared a refuge for the endangered desert tortoise. Bureau officials obtained court orders last year allowing the roundup.

Boddington disputed Gillespie’s contention the agency mishandled the roundup of Bundy’s cattle 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

The bureau backed down during the showdown with Bundy and his armed supporters, citing safety concerns, and released some 380 Bundy cattle collected during a weeklong operation from a vast arid range half the size of the state of Delaware.

Gillespie blamed the bureau for escalating the conflict and ignoring his advice to delay the roundup after he had a confrontational meeting with Bundy’s children a few weeks before it began.

“I came back from that saying, ‘This is not the time to do this,’ ” the sheriff told the Review-Journal. “They said, ‘We do this all the time. We know what we’re doing. We hear what you’re saying, but we’re moving forward.'”

Tensions further escalated early in the roundup after a video showed one of Bundy’s sons being stunned with a Taser. The video drew militia members and others to Bundy’s ranch.

Bundy was not a hardened criminal, Gillespie told the newspaper. He was a rancher who stopped paying his fees, the sheriff said, and that was not worth risking violence.

But Boddington said the bureau planned and conducted the roundup in “full coordination” with Gillespie and his office.

“It is unfortunate that the sheriff is now attempting to rewrite the details of what occurred, including his claims that the BLM did not share accurate information,” she said. “The sheriff encouraged the operation and promised to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us as we enforced two recent federal court orders.”

Source: news.yahoo.com



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