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Byers, Texas along the Red River — The BLM stole 140 acres of the Tommy Henderson ranch thirty years ago. They took his land and paid him absolutely nothing. He sued and lost. Now the BLM is using that court case as precedent to do it again. The problem is, the land they want to seize is property that ranchers have a deed for and have paid taxes on for over a hundred years. The BLM claims that about 90,000 acres (116 miles along the Red River) have never belonged to Texas in the first place. They will seize the land and it will seriously change the boundaries between the two states.
Since 1803 when the Louisiana Purchase was completed, there has been a controversy over the boundary between Oklahoma and Texas. The boundary is supposed to be the vegetation line on the south side of the Red River. But the River has moved over time. The problem is the definition of that boundary line- Oklahoma and Texas each use different semantics to define it. And the BLM is finding ways to use the disputed words to give them the ability to seize the land.
Land that has been in the families of ranchers is to be seized as “public lands” that would be subject to fees or blocked off entirely from rancher’s use. Or in some cases, moving the boundary line over to Oklahoma, where Texas ranchers can lose their rights to the lands that they have owned for more than a century. The BLM had open meetings back in January to “take input” from the public …but they are moving forward with their plan to seize the land anyway. There was likely never any intention of actually listening to the rancher’s stand.
reply to post by jude11
Eminent domain laws are the existential threat to all property owners in the US. Pilfering of public land by the USG is a general threat to all citizens.
The Bundy case isn't even in the same class with those threats. The issue is cattle grazing rights on public land. Now yahoos with guns have turned it into a rallying point for a new American revolution. Poorly informed hotheads with military weapons doing more damage than good.
Straight shooting about the Bundy Ranch case
I got some family laughing about all these land grabs. "They are getting a taste of the medicine we had forced down their throats. They don't seem to like that bitter taste. Maybe now they will open their hearts more, and see why we are so pissed off a lot of the time. They screwed us, and are still screwing us on the little land we were 'allowed to have'."
reply to post by jude11
the American economy is about flatlined now.
the govt is seizing more land to use as collateral on our ever growing debt.
China demands more than ever-devaluing paper via printing.
A big secret is that this is the reason the fed govt owns so much land, especially in the west. All this land is used as security on our debt.