Monday, January 18, 2016

Silence Is Betrayal--Martin Luther King Jr. The Folly of The Vietnam War

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

DemocracyNow! : Oregon Standoff, "Skyrocketing" Number of Anti-Gov't Militias...

Published on 5 Jan 2016 - The armed occupation of a federally owned wildlife outpost in remote Oregon has entered its fourth day. A self-styled right-wing antigovernment militia calling itself the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday in support of two ranchers sentenced to prison for setting fires that burned federal land.

The wildlife refuge is located outside the town of Burns, Oregon, about 300 miles southeast of Portland. Leaders of the occupation include Ammon and Ryan Bundy, the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who refused to pay decades’ worth of cattle grazing fees, prompting a standoff with federal rangers in 2014 in Nevada, during which an armed militia rallied to his support.

Cliven Bundy declared victory after the federal government backed down and released cattle they had seized from him. The Oregon occupation also stems from a fight over public lands in the West and comes as a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center found the number of militias in the United States jumped 37 percent over the past year.
We speak with Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Oregon militia standoff: Y'all Qaeda declares YeeHawd by storming fed. BLDG...

VIA JoeMyGod

Oregon militia standoff: Y'all Qaeda declares YeeHawd by storming federal wildlife refuge<br>

Published on 4 Jan 2016
BURNS, OREGON — A group of armed self-proclaimed militia members have stormed into a federal building in Oregon, saying they're prepared to stay there for years and are ready to go out guns blazing.

The group of up to 150 people have been in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters building in Burns, Oregon since Saturday afternoon.

The militia splintered off from a group of about 300 demonstrators marching through Burns to protest the jail sentences of two local ranchers, Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven Hammond, who were convicted of arson in 2012.

The Hammonds were convicted of setting fires in 2001 and 2006 on federal land in Burns leased to them for cattle grazing. The fires destroyed a combined 140 acres, with one of them possibly covering up evidence of alleged deer poaching.

Dwight and Steven Hammond both served jail time after being sentenced to three months and one year, respectively, but the sentences were recently increased to five years each on appeal.

The Hammonds were due to report to a federal prison on Monday.

The leader of the group occupying the wildlife refuge building appears to be Ammon Bundy, son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.

The group wants federal land to be returned to Harney County ranchers, according to Ammon. They also want the Hammonds to avoid prison. They are accusing the government of oppressing ranchers and other landowners.

The Hammonds have denounced Bundy and his militia group and said they plan to report to prison.

Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward said he is working with local and federal authorities to resolve the situation as quickly and peacefully as possible. FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said the agency was aware of the situation. She made no further comment.

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