|Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy – along with his sons Ammon and Ryn – have been indicted by a federal grand jury on 16 felony charges relating to the now infamous armed standoff with the federal government in 2014 in Nevada.
“Persons who use force and violence against federal law enforcement officers who are enforcing court orders, and nearly causing catastrophic loss of life or injury to others, will be brought to justice,” U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden said.
Cliven Bundy was denied bail on Tuesday after a judge in an Oregon federal court determined that he was a flight risk, said Natalie Collins, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada. Bundy is scheduled to be back in court Friday.
Last week, Bundy was charged with six counts in that 2014 showdown against federal land managers on the open range where his cattle grazed and fed.
The federal Bureau of Land Management and local authorities backed down in the face-off, halted the roundup of Bundy’s cattle and returned about 300 head to avoid any violence.
Authorities accused Bundy of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, assault on a federal law officer by use of a deadly and dangerous weapon, interference with commerce by extortion and obstruction of justice.
“The defendants recruited, organized, and led hundreds of other followers in using armed force against law enforcement officers in order to thwart the seizure and removal of Cliven Bundy’s cattle from federal public lands,” the indictment said. “Bundy had trespassed on the public lands for over 20 years, refusing to obtain the legally-required permits or pay the required fees to keep and graze his cattle on the land.”
Bundy, 69, could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.
It looks like the Bundy militia’s face-off with the federal government may be coming to an end this morning as the last four militants have apparently indicated they will surrender themselves at the Malheur National Wildlife at 8AM this morning.
And a bonus – Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was traveling to Oregon to assist/take part in the standoff, was arrested and taken into custody last night.
From The Oregonian:
Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who touched off one armed showdown with federal authorities and applauded another started in Oregon by his sons, was arrested late Wednesday at Portland International Airport and faces federal charges related to the 2014 standoff at his ranch. […]
He faces a conspiracy charge to interfere with a federal officer – the same charge lodged against two of his sons, Ammon and Ryan, for their role in the Jan. 2 takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns. He also faces weapons charges. The Bundy Ranch Facebook page reported Cliven Bundy was surrounded by SWAT officers and detained after his arrival from Nevada.
Two years ago Bundy led an armed confrontation against federal agents over his failure to pay over $1 million in fines for grazing his cattle on protected lands.
It looks like the feds were just biding their time, waiting for the right opportunity to arrest the errant rancher.
Hopefully this whole “Bundy militia” episode can just end here.
CNN’s Bill Weir to Cliven Bundy: “The only reason we could get you on tonight is that, I’m guessing, Fox News didn’t call.”
“I think Fox News, Hannity and I are all right on.”
“Well, they called you ignorant, racist, repugnant and despicable…”
Man, you KNOW you’re an extremist when even Sean Hannity denounces you.
Jon Stewart of The Daily Show will be having a field day with this tonight.
And Hannity isn’t the only one backing away from Bundy now that he’s revealed who he truly is.
Senator Rand Paul, (KY-R) and Senator Dean Heller (NV-R) had originally expressed support for Bundy ripping off the American people by not paying his grazing fees for 20 years. But now?
A spokesman for Sen. Paul, informed of Mr. Bundy’s remarks, said the senator was not available for immediate comment.
Chandler Smith, a spokesman for Mr. Heller, said that the senator “completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way.”
That’s show biz folks. One day you’re up; next day, you’re racist standing on your own stage holding daily press conferences to just your 12 supporters.
After quotes of Cliven Bundy’s views on “negroes” went viral, the right wing Twittersphere went insane denouncing that Bundy never said such things and if so, where’s the video? Where’s the audio.
See below for your viewing.
(Ah, facts can be so inconvenient).
|Cliven Bunday shares what he “knows about the negro”
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who owes the federal government over $1 million for 20 years of grazing fees for his cattle, had this to share about “what he knows about the negro:
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.
I’ll be curious to see how his right-wing supporters spin this. Or, they’ll just deny he ever said it.
Wow, what a “hero”…
Elected officials, who initially embraced the Tea Party hero, have already begun to distance themselves from Bundy after his racist comments.
Sen. Rand Paul: “His remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him.”
Spokesman for Sen. Dan Heller: “Senator Heller completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way.”
(from the New York Times)
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart addressed Fox News host Sean Hannity’s hypocrisy for taking up the banner of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters.
Bundy was locked in a standoff with the Bureau of Land Management earlier this month over unpaid grazing fees. Hannity gave Bundy a platform to explain his side of the dispute, and strongly implied last week that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the federal government were planning to raid Bundy’s ranch. No raid has since taken place.
“The law isn’t on Bundy’s side, the court isn’t on Bundy’s side, even the Nevada state constitution, which Bundy claims to abide, isn’t on Bundy’s side. Who the hell is on this guy’s side?” Stewart wondered. “Hannity. I still don’t get it.”
Stewart goes on to point out that Hannity went berserk over a California surfer who admitted to “scamming the American people” by taking food stamps and buying lobster.
So, Hannity picks and chooses which laws he wants to see defended and which he does not….?
(via Talking Points Memo)