Oregon Militia Hopes Opposition to Federal Government Will Spread Nationwide

January 4, 2016   |   Dan Sanchez

Dan Sanchez
January 4, 2016

(ANTIMEDIA) Burns, OR — The headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge had been closed for the holidays. So there was no risk of a scuffle when it was taken over by a militia on Saturday. Among those now occupying the Federal building are the son and two brothers of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher famous for his armed standoff with the Feds over grazing rights in April 2014.

Before the seizure, the militia members had joined residents in a parade through the town of Burns to protest the prison sentences of two local ranchers: Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son, Steven. The Hammonds were convicted on arson charges pressed by the Bureau of Land Management over fires that they started on their own property to manage pasture vegetation, but which overspread onto land claimed by the Federal Government.

The Hammonds were initially given months-long prison sentences, which they have already served. But government lawyers argued for longer ones, since the arson convictions fall under a 1996 terrorism law that imposes a mandatory minimum sentence of five years. In October, an appeals court judge sent the Hammonds back to prison to serve the full “nickel.” The Burns protest was driven by local outrage over the draconian sentence that effectively brands their neighbors as terrorists.

According to two of the militiamen, the goals of the occupation are long-term and ambitious, as reported by The Daily Mail:

“In a video posted to Facebook by Sarah Dee Spurlock, two men  —  one donning camouflage gear  —  explain why they are taking the measures they are.

‘This will become a base place for patriots from all over the country to come to be housed and live here. We’re planning on staying here for several years,’ the first man said.

He added: ‘One time [Harney County] were the wealthiest county, now they’re the poorest, and we will reverse that in just a few years by freeing up their land and resources.

‘And we’re doing this for the people. We’re doing this so the people can have their land and their resources back where they belong.’

He appealed to the public for people to join the group in Oregon.

‘We’re calling people out here to come and stand. We need you to bring your arms and we need you to come to the Malheur National Wildlife refuge,’ he said.

The second man, dressed in camouflage gear, said the group is challenging the government.

‘Until that line is drawn to say “We’ve had enough of this tyranny, you are going to leave us alone”, it will not change,’ he said. ‘This is the power of America right here.

‘People got together for this and it doesn’t have to stop here. This could be a hope that spreads through the whole country.

‘Everybody’s looking for this hope because the government has beat us, oppressed us and took everything from us. They will not stop until we tell them no.’”

An FBI spokeswoman said the agency was aware of the situation and made no further comment. It remains to be seen whether the Feds will stand down, as they did at Bundy Ranch, or resort to homicide, as they did at Ruby Ridge, Waco, and West Philadelphia.


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Dan Sanchez began contributing to Anti-Media as an independent journalist in August of 2015. His topics of interest include anti-imperialism, economic education, libertarian philosophy, peaceful parenting, and police accountability. He currently resides in Auburn, Alabama. You can find his work on DanSanchez.me. 

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  1. Well, my son fights those fires the father and son set. So I propose they serve two years working on Hot Shot crews risking life and limb fightting similar fires. And sedition is a felony.

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  2. The only thing I'd say is finally. The government is full of shit but I'd like to see other issues brought up by this militia. If theyre killed, however, there will be a big chain reaction in America so the federal government better think wisely.

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  3. They did serve their time already, as ruled by the local judge. They were managing their land of invasive species and lightning fires – a common practice among ranchers.

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  4. those ranchers put the fires out by themselves and the second time they lit back fires which ended up putting the main fires out…..your son chose his line of work. Don't be an asshole and blame ranchers for putting your sons life in danger, because that is not the case, not the truth, and you know it !

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  5. read the true article AL!!!!!!! fires started by lightening the second time and they THEY saved land by using the backfire method of fire control which has been used as far back as Native Americans who had their land stolen by the govt bureau of land management!!!!!!!!!! ;(

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  6. I'm really hoping this starts to catch on. Enough with the fed and all its B.S. "Bullets change governments far surer than votes do"

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  7. I'm really hoping this starts to catch on. Enough with the fed and all its B.S. "Bullets change governments far surer than votes do"

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  8. the plural for armed black people is thugs, the plural for armed brown people is terrorist, and the plural for armed white people is militia.

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  9. Propaganda. The plural for mass dinformation and word play directed towards the masses. i.e. mob mentality

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  10. Yes, the government is no longer operating at the will of the people. But it is way too soon,and unnecessary, to arm up. This move will draw far more criticism than support.

    God forbid, if the guns should ever need to come out, it will have to be with overwhelming popular support.

    This will do nothing but feed liberal stereotypes of conservatives.

    Some historically great conservative once wrote, "the pen is mightier than the sword".

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  13. If the government ever attacked these militia men and large numbers of innocent blood were to be shed, every militia in every state across the nation would know about it. Modern day Civil war would rise, more people would die, and government would have no choice but to reform and rethink its influence on the American people. The American people already don't trust its own government, killing militia men would confirm the government's evil deeds.

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