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Monsters 2.0


By Anna Von Reitz

I know that this video is making the rounds and that many Americans are in shock as they realize how badly the Bundys and others have been treated by their public employees, yet it is a fitting follow-up to the video I shared with everyone last night that chronicles the history of the Native Americans and particularly the Lakota people who now live on Pine Ridge Reservation.  

It shows you in no uncertain terms the kind of brutality and ignorance that has become commonplace among federal government employees, and especially within the subcontracting organizations known as agencies: BLM, FBI, FEMA, BATF, NSA, DHS, IRS, and the list goes on.  
Never forget when viewing this video that even worse things ultimately happened as a result of this “stand off”.  LaVoy Finicum, an innocent Rancher on his way to a public assembly, was deliberately ambushed by paramilitary mercenary goons acting under color of law — and murdered in cold blood.  His family escaped only by the hand and grace of God.  
The Bundys themselves have been repeatedly, unjustifiably railroaded into foreign courts and tried under foreign law under the false presumption provided by deliberately falsified public records misidentifying them as “US citizens”.  This is a war crime of genocide that has been practiced against the American states and people by commercial corporations merely calling themselves the UNITED STATES, INC., the USA, Inc., the STATE OF NEVADA, and the State of Oregon. 
And the pity is that the people enforcing this evil in our midst are so dumbed-down and ignorant that they think they are doing the right thing.  The further ironic pity of it, is that they are also the victims of it themselves.  They are running their own country into the ground and preying upon their neighbors and benefactors, their actual employers, at the behest of foreign warmongers who have no granted authority to operate in this manner on our soil at all. 
We must also remember Ruby Ridge, Randy Weaver, his young son, their family dog, Mrs. Weaver and her baby—- assaulted, murdered, wounded, left without a home and without help to soldier on the face of employees gone wild.  
What were we thinking, America?  The sniper who shot them is still swaggering around, a free man, decorated for his actions instead of being arrested and tried as a cold-blooded, senseless, brainless murderer who “just took orders” like a Nazi Storm Trooper. 
The same thing in Waco, Texas.  The vicious Janet Reno and all her brood, still wandering our streets, patting themselves on the back, making up lies to justify gassing and burning alive men, women, and children whose only crime appears to have been owning property close to a secret “government” air strip where goons were running drugs and other contraband into and out of Texas. 
And then, the Twin Towers.  Do we really need the Engineers and Architects for 911 Truth to tell us the obvious facts?  If so, they have done so.  They have proven the Truth beyond any doubt in thousands of pages of factual research, tables, graphs, materials science, and laws of physics: it was a controlled demolition, an inside job.
911 was a deliberate, preplanned atrocity, executed, filmed in Technicolor from every possible angle and delivered to us with our breakfast coffee.  It was the biggest Hollywood open air performance ever—- and again, thousands of innocent Americans and people from around the world suffered and died at the hands of the Monsters Under Our Bed. 
Hello?  Houston, we’ve got a problem here…. a criminal element has taken over what is supposed to be our government but which is in fact just two criminally inclined commercial corporations running rampant on our shores.  
It doesn’t matter what political party is in office.  It doesn’t matter what the excuse is.  It’s wrong, horribly, terribly, inexcusably wrong.  
And if you are still unconvinced, still think it’s “your country right or wrong”— take another look at what these vermin have done and what they have planned, using your resources against you, using guns that your tax dollars bought to murder unarmed Americans, setting up FEMA camps and buying 30,000 guillotines to kill you like cattle, arming their brainless agency minions to the teeth with billions of rounds of ammunition and buying millions of body bags— all with your money. 
Think about it and look at this and ask yourselves—- what if this were my ranch?  My family?   
It is more than past time to wake up and get up on your feet.  “State of Oregon” today passed a gun confiscation law.  It only applies to U.S. Citizens, of course, but the vermin will try to take everyone’s guns just the same — to make it easier for the UN Troops to come in and slaughter Americans. 
It’s time that you all paid really strict attention.  
You MUST seize back your lawful birthright political status.  You MUST support our efforts and bring law suits and preemptive measures against these Enemies in our midst.  Over three years ago, we issued General Civil Orders to the Joint Chiefs of Staff telling them about the plot to use agency personnel to foment and fight another insurrection akin to the so-called Civil War.  
The problem was that they just couldn’t find a Hot Button issue that worked.  
They tried religion (Christian v. Muslim).  They tried racial prejudice (Black against White).  They tried social injustice (Rich against Poor).  And they just couldn’t get their funky, stewed up, rotten little war machine to work.  Too many people sensed the truth and too many foreign journalists paid attention, and overall, their own vile acts have earned them too many enemies. 
As I say and as I said before: If the fake United States now being operated by Trustees chosen by Secondary Creditors of this bankrupt commercial corporation attacks Americans it will be instantly known that they are criminals and the “war” won’t be against Americans —- as they had planned.  
The Americans have identified the “problem”— and it isn’t us.  It’s the venal corporations that have masqueraded as our lawful government and the criminal banks behind them.  It’s the UNITED STATES, INC. and the USA, Inc. that have caused all the misery, the violence, the warfare, the debt—- all of it.  
If push comes to shove in Oregon or anywhere else, the entire world including the Americans will know exactly who is at fault, Mr. Rothschild, and we will all join in whatever action it takes to put an end to this criminality.  
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Stunning Leaked Footage of Bunkerville Standoff at Bundy Ranch in 2014

Published on Aug 23, 2017
The 2014 Bunkerville Standoff saw over 200 armed federal agents aim their guns at American citizens who had gathered in support of rancher Cliven Bundy. This shocking footage includes never before seen video clips from BLM dash and body cams. 

I would be glad to credit whoever put this footage together, but since it was leaked video I’m not aware of the original creator. If any of you know, you are welcome to pass the info on to me.

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Burns, Oregon, Is Not Bundy Ranch

By Chuck Baldwin January 7, 2016

Let me be clear: the situation in Oregon does not remotely compare to the events that took place at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada. In Nevada, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was the aggressor, which included a very real threat of violence against the Bundy family. The Bundy family appealed to their neighbors and friends for help. And help rightly arrived. The legal nuances of the Bundy situation notwithstanding, BLM gave the appearance of preparing another Waco incident that just could not be tolerated. Over 80 innocent Americans, including elderly men and women and small children, were murdered by our federal government during that unconscionable raid. There must NEVER be another Waco in this country.
The decision of Ammon Bundy (Cliven Bundy’s son)–and the men who are with him–to mount an armed takeover of the remote, empty Malheur National Wildlife Refuge building in Harney County outside Burns, Oregon, is unwise, careless, and downright foolish. There is no just cause for such action.
Previous to the move to take over the federal building, a peaceful protest in support of the Hammond family had taken place in Burns. This protest was commendable and well-conducted. Hundreds of local residents took part in that peaceful protest. The local community of Burns was very sympathetic to the plight of the Hammonds and rightly angered by the federal government’s treatment of them.
Dwight Hammond, Jr. and his son Steven had been arrested, tried, and convicted of arson for the burning of federal land that adjoins Hammond land. The Hammonds say they were burning their land for agricultural purposes and the fire inadvertently spread to federal land. The feds say the Hammonds burned the land to cover up poaching. The two men were found guilty by a jury and sentenced to five years in prison. A district court judge found the sentences to be excessive (and therefore unconstitutional) and sentenced the men to less time; but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overruled the lesser sentence and the five year prison term was reinstated.

Even if the prosecutor’s version of the story is true, a five-year prison sentence for such a crime is overkill beyond description–the Ninth Circuit decision notwithstanding. There are thousands of people who have been convicted of various forms of manslaughter who have not served that many years in prison. People in Burns are justified in being angry at the sentence handed to their friends, the Hammonds.
But the truth is, the conflict between the federal government and ranchers, farmers, and miners in the western states has been ongoing in earnest since at least the 1970s. And in this writer’s opinion, the people of the western states are completely justified in being angry at the way the federal government continues to encroach upon the liberties and properties of the people of these states. In truth, it is long past due that the governors and State legislatures of these states grow some man stuff and start reclaiming so-called federal land. And while they are doing that, they should tell the BLM to go back to Washington, D.C.–or go to hades for that matter–and get their hind ends out of their states. If State governments and county sheriffs in the West would do what is right–and would start protecting the liberties and properties of the citizens within their states from these federal abuses–most, if not all, of these conflicts would go away.
So, the peaceful protest in Burns was certainly justified. And as a result, the momentum for reclamation of State sovereignty and individual liberty was further enhanced. People all over America–especially in the West–are growing increasingly impatient with overbearing, bullying federal agencies such as BLM.
But immediately following the successful protest, Ammon Bundy and several other men decided to take aggressive action and mounted an armed takeover of the remote federal facility about fifty miles south of Burns, which was empty for the holidays. By taking this action, these men gave up the moral high ground and, in essence, snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
In the first place, the Hammond family publicly repudiated the actions of these men and chose to give themselves up to officials to serve out the sentence that had been handed them. There are great disagreements about whether the Hammonds’ motives in burning the land were innocent or malicious. And, as noted, there is room for much debate regarding if the crime (if it was a crime) truly warranted the sentence they received. Regardless, the Hammonds chose to accept their sentence and reject any attempt (especially one involving a show of force) to interfere. This fact alone settles the matter.
Citizens coming together to peacefully protest a perceived injustice is as American as mom and apple pie. But a group of citizens acting as a mob and, with a show of force, taking over a public (or private) facility when there is no threat to life is just plain wrong–anger with BLM notwithstanding. As my mother often told me, “Two wrongs do not make a right.” Indeed.
Some have tried to compare the takeover of the federal buildings near Burns to Lexington and Concord. But the comparison just doesn’t exist.
Our colonial forebears endured “a long train of abuses” (Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence) for decades. Even the Boston Massacre in 1770 did not trigger an armed response from the colonists. The battles of Lexington and Concord took place when British troops marched on the Massachusetts villages in an attempt at mass gun confiscation. There is nothing of the sort going on in Burns, Oregon.
Neither was there a threat of violence against innocent men, women, and children at Burns as was the case at Bundy Ranch. In truth, these men in Oregon are acting as aggressors, not as defenders. Bundyville was a justified act of self-defense; Burns, Oregon, is not.
I was at Bundy Ranch. I publicly supported the efforts of the men who went to Nevada in the defense of the Bundy family in this column, from the platform of Liberty Fellowship, and in numerous interviews with the media. I even had the honor of bringing a Bible sermon to the brave men at Bundyville–which also included Nevada public officials, by the way. In that address, I strongly cautioned all of them to make sure that our actions were always pure and right in eyes of just law–and especially in the eyes of a Just and Holy God. I invite readers to watch the video of my address at Bundy Ranch here:
Bundy Ranch Sermon & Prayer
Make no mistake about it: if our federal government (or any other government) attempts to confiscate our firearms as did British troops in 1775, a Natural state of war against the American people will have been declared at that moment, and I will be at the front of the line in calling for armed resistance. Burns, Oregon, is not remotely close to that. There is absolutely NO COMPARISON between the current situation in Oregon and Lexington and Concord.
In the next place, I personally believe that government agent provocateurs infiltrated and agitated these men into taking this action, thereby giving the federal government the excuse it needs to justify Obama’s Executive Order enacting stricter rules on gun purchases. In my opinion, both of these events happening during the exact same week is NOT a coincidence.
I am very familiar with people who are on the ground in Oregon, and I can tell you that at least two of the men involved in the armed takeover of the federal facility near Burns were also agitators and provocateurs at Bundy Ranch. Fortunately, at Bundyville, those men were plainly instructed to leave the area before they were able to inflict any significant damage. Although, I can tell you that it was only due to the cool heads and calm spirits of the good men at Bundy Ranch that kept those agitators from potential violence and resultant loss of life. Unfortunately, those same men are now in Oregon. If these men are not government provocateurs, they are certainly helping the government with a lot of free work.
Whether my supposition is true or not, it doesn’t justify the individual decisions of Ammon Bundy and his followers to act in this manner. If I could talk to them, I would encourage them in the strongest terms possible to peacefully walk away from this situation. All this does is fuel the anti-gun hysteria of already hysterical anti-gun zealots in and out of Washington, D.C., and also serves to allow the anti-gun media to further demonize proponents of the Second Amendment and constitutionally-ordained militia.
By taking the action they did, Ammon Bundy and the others are helping to reverse the pro-freedom, pro-Second Amendment momentum and to provide an excuse for gun-grabbers like Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi to justify more anti-gun legislation. In other words, Ammon and his followers are actually assisting the very people they claim to be resisting.
Speaking of Obama’s gun grab, we can all thank House Speaker Paul Ryan and his fellow Republicans such as Montana congressman Ryan Zinke for Obama’s Executive Order further restricting the purchase of firearms. It was Ryan’s $1.1 trillion Omnibus bill that fully funded Obama’s executive decision.
See this report:
Laura Ingraham: ‘The Bearded Wonder’ Speaker Paul Ryan Enabled Barack Obama’s Executive Gun Control
Furthermore, while bemoaning the President’s decision, Republican House members have said absolutely NOTHING about defunding Obama’s Executive Order, which is in their power to do, and which would completely take away the means for the executive branch to enforce the order.
See this report:
Congress Could Quickly End Obama’s Gun Grab
There is no justification for what Ammon Bundy and his followers have done in Burns, Oregon–all other factors notwithstanding.
At the same time, our federal government needs to be careful not to overreact to this situation by resorting to a Waco-style assault against these men. People all over America are growing weary of their own “train of abuses” from Washington, D.C. They will not sit still for another Waco. These men are isolated in a remote wilderness area and pose no risk to innocent life. Hopefully, federal officials will use patience and restraint and allow this situation to defuse peacefully. Better yet, the Feds should completely stay out of the situation and let the sheriff of Harney County handle it. I do not trust this administration any more than we could trust the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton who authorized the raids at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas. I ask all readers of this column to join together in prayer for divine intervention and a peaceful, non-violent resolution of this matter.

P.S. To help people understand the importance of Natural and divine law relative to these crucial issues, I have a DVD containing four messages on the subject. The titles of these messages are:
“Biblical Evidence For Natural Law”
“Christ’s Law Of The Sword”
“The Law Of Necessity”
“Liberty In Law”
In light of the fact that so many freedom-minded patriots seem unable to understand the difference between Bundy Ranch and Burns, Oregon–and given the volatile nature of the times in which we live–it is absolutely critical that we understand the difference between just and unjust resistance. The fact that the vast majority of our pastors no longer teach these Biblical principles contributes mightily to the ignorance now rampant among us.
If we do not have the blessing of Heaven upon our attitudes and actions, there will be no positive result–no matter how good our intentions might be. I believe the events in Oregon demand that people familiarize themselves with these immutable principles.
Order the four-message DVD entitled “Liberty And Law” here:
Liberty And Law DVD

© Chuck Baldwin

Regarding the Take Over of BLM Facilities in the Western States

NOTICE to All Members of the Press Corps, All Federal Employees, All Members of the American  Armed Forces, All Sheriffs, United States Marshals, and Others Responsible for Public Safety and Peacekeeping

Issued by Judge Anna Maria Riezinger
January 3, 2016

Although it may come as a surprise to many Americans we have been mischaracterized and misidentified as British Crown Subjects for the better part of a hundred years.  This travesty has never been corrected; instead, the British Crown, a commercial investment organization, has kidnapped and press-ganged American land assets into the international jurisdiction of the sea and has pillaged our labor and our resources without mercy in criminal conspiracy and contempt of our Constitution.   They have been aided and abetted in this activity by members of the American Bar Association and the Internal Revenue Service acting as licensed privateers.

These vipers nurtured in our bosom pretending to be our “Friends” and our “Allies” and even our “Trustees” have practiced identity theft against the American people, have involved us in their own private bankruptcies as sureties obligated to pay their debts; they have pretended that because of their fraud against us, we have “abandoned” our property including our land patents, our bank accounts, and our organic states. They have usurped against our lawful government, enslaved our people, and acted as criminals in our midst. 

The corporations responsible for this behavior are no different and no better than Walmart or Sears or Burger King; they have used names like “Bureau of Land Management” or “United States Department of Agriculture” and so on under color of law.

The “Bureau of Land Management” is not an actual unit of the American government.  It is a foreign corporation whose only business here is to provide us with “essential governmental services”.
 

The land patents to the western states are owed to the States of America and the Indigenous Tribal Governments without exception.  The only ownership accruing to the Federal United States dba District of Columbia Municipal Corporation or in other corporate guises is vested entirely in the ten square miles of the District and limited to its Boundary Stones.  The only ownership vested in the Federal Government in the western states or anywhere else is a lease interest in facilities that have been provided to expedite their service missions.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) facilities being occupied by American Militiamen were bought and paid for by the people of this country for the use of the BLM with the understanding that the BLM is a unit of the American government and is working in good faith for the people of this nation.  

However, according to the public and private records, the BLM is not in fact any part of our lawful government at all and has not been so for decades.  It is a privately owned foreign “governmental services corporation” operating under color of law; it has no business interfering in the activities of the ranchers and farmers, occupying government facilities under conditions of fraud, or otherwise presenting false claims of interest, ownership, or authority.

The Hammonds and the Bundy Family are Priority Creditors of all the governmental services corporations which are now or which have operated in this country in the past. They are tax exempt and their “vessels in commerce”— meaning the various trusts and public utilities operated under their NAMES without their knowledge or consent—  are all tax-prepaid.  They and their countrymen are owed the patent to all land within the geographically defined boundaries of their respective states, free and clear of liens, encumbrances, or other presumptions against their property rights by foreign corporations operating under conditions of self-interested fraud.

BLM employees are here to provide “essential governmental services”. Those services do not include acting as undeclared commercial mercenaries operating under color of law and against the best interests of their employers and benefactors. Any federal employee offering to harm or interfere in the normal occupations of their employers, that is, the people of this country, or to prohibit their employer’s customary use of the land and resources they are heir to is acting as an Outlaw in contempt of the Public Law and the actual Constitution and is subject to arrest under the Bounty Hunter provisions of the United States Statutes-at-Large.

Being employed by BLM like being employed by JC PENNY confers no special authority, grants no immunity, and is not a license to undertake any activity that would otherwise be unlawful—including trespassing on private property, making fraudulent claims, and racketeering under armed force.  The rule for federal employees and law enforcement officials including “Federal State” and “Federal County” officials is that if you can’t do it in your private capacity, you can’t do it at all. 

Members of the Press Corps are similarly reminded of their responsibility to safeguard public safety and obey the Public Law, including their obligation not to incite, misrepresent, or engage in insurrection against the lawful government of the people, by the people, and for the people. This is not a country of the corporation, by the corporation or for the corporation.  Anyone needing to be reminded of that fact should question both their education and their sanity.  

The highest Law Officer in this country is the County Sheriff who has accepted the public office, received his bond, and taken his Oath. He is enabled to deputize as many men as he needs to enforce the Public Law within the borders of his county and may require the use of any and all equipment and facilities paid for with public funds in pursuit of these ends. He works directly for the people of his county and is accountable only to them.

All federal employees are guests of the people of each county and state.  So long as they pursue their lawful duties and do not inappropriately presume upon, threaten, harass, or otherwise offer to harm their hosts, over-reach their lawful jurisdiction, or make false claims against land assets they are owed safe conduct and support.  The moment they breach the peace, break the Public Law, offer contempt against the Constitution, engage in operations under color of law—including trespass on private property, cattle rustling, armed racketeering and so on, they are subject to arrest like any common felon. 

The people of this country are the employers, benefactors, and Priority Creditors of all federal corporations, all federal employees, all federal contractors, and all federal officials. The people did not grant their hirelings any power to harass them, indebt them, mischaracterize them, change their political status, seize upon their property, defraud them, trespass upon them, or engage in any other criminal activity whatsoever. 

It must be squarely recognized that the burning of barns is arson.  The theft and removal of livestock is cattle rustling.  The bringing of false claims of indebtedness and obligation is fraud.  The presentation of weapons, especially tactical weapons, employed in any of these activities is assault and attempted racketeering under force by undeclared private mercenary forces.  It is now easy to recognize that these are crimes masquerading as “law enforcement”. 

The private in-house laws of corporations must remain in accord with the Public Law or those corporations must be liquidated as crime syndicates and their assets distributed to those they have harmed and to their lawful creditors.  This includes the BLM, the UNITED STATES, the AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION, the STATE OF OREGON, or any other corporation found to be operating in violation of the Public Law and their own charter.  

Any questions may be addressed to:

Judge Anna Maria Riezinger
(907) 250-5087
Judge Bruce Doucette
(720) 338-0394

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Hammond Physically Threatened by Federal Agents for Speaking Out

Usually there is more to a story. At these links you will find the letter from the Sheriff, and a court transcript of the re-sentencing hearing in the Hammond case.
You will see that the sheriff is completely sucked in to the BAR corporate tribunal and is doing their bidding, thinking that he is doing the right thing.
In any case, the system needs to be scrapped and we need a return to a Republic. The corporations need to go. See this document for some solutions.

End comment from Paul Stramer

The following is from Ammon Bundy.

Read this and weep!  It’s a problem that won’t go away. It’s almost impossible to imagine! Thanks to all of you who have forwarded this message. George.

Hammond Family Physically Threatened by Federal Agents for Speaking Out

Dear Friends,

Yesterday I received a phone call from Dwight Hammond (74). He said that he was very afraid for his life and for mine as well. 

He informed me that federal agents contacted his attorney. They told Dwight’s attorney that if Dwight and Susie did not end all communication with Ammon Bundy, that they “would detain the Hammond’s early for federal prison and that they would transfer pain to the Hammond family”. 

He further said, that he believed “they would bring misery to the whole family”.

Steven Hammond’s attorney also confirmed that federal agents contacted him and hinted a raid on the Hammonds home if they did not end all communication with Ammon Bundy.
On Thursday November 19th, Harney County Sheriff, David Ward, informed me that federal agents indicated to him that if the Hammond’s continued to speaking out, that they may raid the Hammond’s home and detain them early for federal prison. I informed the Sheriff that it was his duty to make sure that did not happen. 

I do not have to explain how this is a violation of individual rights. 

Dwight, Steven and Susie have all told me that they are terrified of what will happen if they continue to communicate with me. In the last phone conversation between Susie and I, she told me that she loved me and was so thankful for what I have done to get the truth out. 

She then informed me that she feared that if we continued to talk, federal agents were going to put a bullet in her and Dwight’s heads, and possible mine. 

I attempted to instill courage in both Dwight and Susie, but fear had over come them. 

This last Wednesday I spent a good part of the day in the Hammond’s home. We spoke for hours. Several times, I found the Hammond’s in tears when they explained the injustices that has destroyed their lives. 

They were hopeful that the American people were going to stand for them. And that, just maybe, they would be able to return to the life they once knew. In just a few short hours, federal agents again have dashed the Hammond’s hope and replaced it with fear. 

I hold my tongue against those that would inflict such pain upon these wonderful people. It reminds me of the scripture that reads: “Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn” (D&C 98:9). 

Everyone within the reach of my words must know that I will do everything in my power to make sure that justice is brought to the Hammond’s. I will not stop until the Hammond’s are home free, without fear. I do not fear for my life.  I love the Hammonds, I love the Lord. 

With Concern, 
Ammon Bundy

Why the Hammonds are being threatened and abused: 

It is time to act.

Contact Sheriff Ward as soon as possible and then be prepared to gather in Burns, Oregon if necessary.
If e-mail or fax is your choice to contact, please use “Hammond” in the subject line.

David M. Ward, Sheriff
485 N Court Avenue #6
Burns, Oregon 97720-1524
Phone: 541-573-6156
FAX: 541-573-8383

The Day the Feds Stood Down-Micro Documentary

The Battle of Bunkerville: One Year Later

The relative calm of Southern Nevada’s Clark County was shattered in April of 2014 when agents of the private, government contracted Bureau of Land Management moved in-force against 67 year-old Nevada Rancher, Cliven Bundy.



The reasons given for why a private company would violate a law-abiding American’s constitutional rights were weak, at best. The claim by the BLM was that they were working to protect the desert tortoise, the same desert tortoise that fell victim to mass genocide by another federally funded agency, The Desert Tortoise Conservation Center, some 8 months previous. In that budget cutting measure, it is estimated that ½ of the 1400 turtles housed at the conservation center would be euthanized. An act that calls into serious question the real motives of the BLM.
In addition to their role as protectors of the desert turtle, the BLM contended that Cliven Bundy was behind on his grazing fees. Fees that Mr. Bundy paid to the State of Nevada, as per an agreement that was cemented before the BLM’s un-lawful arrival. The question is this: Does protecting a turtle, or collecting late-fees, rise to the level of sending snipers, armored vehicles and weapons-ready helicopters to southern Nevada? Was it necessary to Taser unarmed men and pregnant women in an attempt to get a point across? Does the BLM, or any government agency, have the right to sequester the public and herd them into an Orwellian named, “1st Amendment Zone?”

Many Americans from all across this nation didn’t think so, and they acted on a massive scale. What happened next was perhaps the greatest display of American grit and patriotism that I, or many others, have witnessed in their lifetimes. The following micro-documentary is look back to those tense filled days in the warm Nevada sun. It’s the day we won a little of our liberties back…it’s the day that the Feds stood down.
Thanks to Jim White for doing this documentary and for being at the Bundy Ranch with us.

Cliven Bundy Case Facts – Cliven Bundy is right exactly right

In short, Cliven, by refusing to sign any grazing agreement, RETAINED his families rights accumulated over decades, while all the other ranchers gave away those accumulated rights in trade for a grazing permit.

For those still confused by the media —–    

Cliven Bundy is right exactly right:

Mr. Cliven Bundy’s  ranch contains split-estate property rights.  Which include 1.) water rights  2.) rights of way, 3) range improvements, 4) grazing value/forage crops 5.)  patented homestead or mining claims used as headquarters or shipping points.  Each one of these rights is a real property right; that cannot be taken without due process and just compensation.  These rights were developed from prior Spanish/Mexican agricultural water law. (Hutichins 1971, Hage 1989)
To properly phrase
Mr. Bundy’s  Range Rights and vested water rights are protected by local law, custom, and decisions of the court as recognized, sanctioned and confirmed by Congress in Revised Statute 2339, commonly known as the Act of 1866.  These range rights/ vested water rights are protected by 18 federal statutes starting with the Act of 1866 and ending with the National Forest Management Act NFMA of October 22, 1976.
As time went by the State began to appropriate the vested water rights and protect these range rights. “At the time that the Forest Service began to adjudicate allotments, issue grazing permits, and charge grazing fees in National Forests it was held by the U.S. Supreme Court that state laws for the general appropriation of water could not be over ridden by Congress in exercising its power to make rules and regulations respecting disposal of the public lands (Kansas v. Colorado 1907, California v. United States 1978 and cases cited therein).  (McIntosh and Fowler, pg 21)
It is common knowledge throughout the West that ranches on federal rangelands have been treated as private property interests in the open real estate market for more than a hundred years (Griffith v. Godey 1885, Wilson v. Everett 1891, Grayson v. Lynch 1896,  Ward v. Sherman 1904).  (McIntosh and Fowler, pg8)
Even the Internal Revenue Service recognizes that federal land grazing allotments used as part of a split-estate ranch are inheritable, taxable property estates ( Shufflebarger v. Commissioner 1955, Vaugham v. Commissioner 1961, Rudolph Inv. v. Commissioner 1972, Estate of O’ Connell v. Commissioner 1978, Ueker v. Commissioner 1983.)  (McIntosh and Fowler pg 8)
According to the Forest Service Organic Act 1897 and the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934 “the creation of a grazing district or the issuance of a permit… shall not create any right, title, interest, or estate in or to the lands.”  (McIntosh and Fowler, pg 29)
In reference to Section 4 Taylor Grazing Act
“Likewise, the federal statutes pertaining to grazing permits or cooperative agreements, state that those instruments are optional, and discretionary programs.  Numerous court decisions have held that permits are revocable and can be canceled at any time (apparently by either party, prior to development of the authorized improvement).  Practically, all statutes specifically referring to grazing permits state that the issuance of such agreements grants no right, title, or interest in or to the underlying lands.”   ( McIntosh and Fowler pg 31)
Recent decisions by the United States Court of Federal claims ( Hage v. United States, 1996 and 2002), determined that if the requirement to obtain a grazing permit is so burdensome as to deprive a rancher of his property, then he could not be required to obtain the permit.  This reasoning is in complete harmony with the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Curtin v. Benson, (1911) ( McIntosh and Fowler pg 29)
I would like to credit DRAFT RITF REPORT no. 56  Property Rights on Western Ranches: Federal Range land Policy and a Model for Valuation by Dr. McIntosh and Dr. Fowler.  
The Nevada engineer issued this report regarding the estate of Wayne E. Hage vs the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management  pg 24 and pg 25 “However, he further recognized that existing water rights that pre-date any water rights that may be claimed pursuant to the implied reservation of rights doctrine are superior to any reserved rights of the federal government.”
STATE OF NEVADA OFFICE OF THE STATE ENGINEER 
ORDER OF DETERMINATION
IN THE MATTER OF THE DETERMINATION OF THE RELATIVE
 RIGHTS IN AND TO THE WATERS OF 
MONITOR VALLEY-SOUTHERN PART ( 140-b) 
NYE COUNTY, NEVADA 
R. MICHEAL TURNIPSEED, P.E.
STATE ENGINEER
SEPTEMBER 15, 1998