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The federal government adversely controls over 582,000,000 acres of the western lands, 51% of the entire western land mass. They also have recently begun claiming over 72% of western resources such as the sub-surface minerals, forestry and waters. This is in comparison to 4.29% federally controlled land in the east.
originally posted by: Stormdancer777
It's a land grab, there have been years of harassment from the BLM and the FWS, dating back to the seventies.
By the 1970’s nearly all the ranches adjacent to the Blitzen Valley were purchased by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and added to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge covers over 187,000 acres and stretches over 45 miles long and 37 miles wide. The expansion of the refuge grew and surrounds to the Hammond’s ranch. Being approached many times by the FWS, the Hammonds refused to sell. Other ranchers also choose not to sell.
By 1980 a conflict was well on its way over water allocations on the adjacent privately owned Silvies Plain. The FWS wanted to acquire the ranch lands on the Silvies Plain to add to their already vast holdings. Refuge personnel intentional diverted the water to bypassing the vast meadowlands, directing the water into the rising Malheur Lakes. Within a few short years the surface area of the lakes doubled. Thirty-one ranches on the Silvies plains were flooded. Homes, corrals, barns and graze-land were washed a way and destroyed. The ranchers that once fought to keep the FWS from taking their land, now broke and destroyed, begged the FWS to acquire their useless ranches.
Please read it
SEC. 708. ENHANCED PENALTIES FOR USE OF EXPLOSIVES OR ARSON CRIMES.
(a) IN GENERAL.—Section 844 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—
(1) in subsection (e), by striking ‘‘five’’ and inserting ‘‘10’’;
(2) by amending subsection (f) to read as follows:
‘‘(f)(1) Whoever maliciously damages or destroys, or attempts to damage or destroy, by means of fire or an explosive, any building,vehicle, or other personal or real property in whole or in partowned or possessed by, or leased to, the United States, or any department or agency thereof, shall be imprisoned for not less than 5 years and not more than 20 years, fined under this title, or both.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
a reply to: Phage
I found the new hashtags amusing, personally. If this were any other group of people, they'd be labeled as terrorists. Hiding behind the name "militia", however, they are somehow hoping to skirt that name.
I guess you could make a point that they are not being called terrorist per se, but they are being convicted under that clause in the Antiterrorism Act of 1996.
Of the six individuals, the four ranchers and one county treasurer presented testimony of various examples of abuse by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service (FS) personnel.
Examples included: attempted takings of water and land rights; ignoring local efforts regarding routing of projects and conservation efforts; threats of costly litigation; threats of jail time; denying, increasing the cost of, or purposefully delaying the renewal of grazing permits; regional land management decisions, the direct result of which was to reduce the number of ranchers; outright conspiracy against individuals; and the widespread failure to reprimand agency employees found guilty of wrongdoing.
Several of those witnesses mentioned a concern over, or an expectation of, retribution by their regional BLM or FS personnel for simply attending the hearing. Lorenzo Valdez, a rancher from New Mexico, who came representing a number of indigenous Hispanic ranching groups, voiced similar concerns on behalf of those he represented.
“They were uncomfortable in coming here, I believe, because they have suffered so much retaliation from the district ranger.”
originally posted by: xuenchen
Let's pray this peaceful protest stays peaceful.
Let's hope nobody gets any crazy ideas like they did in Ferguson or Baltimore.
Protests against police/government actions can get dangerous.