Bundy Ranch Trial Bombshell: Agents told to stop day before major confrontation with protesters

Image result for bundy ranchLaw-enforcement officers were ordered by the federal special agent in charge to cease "all operations" hours before an armed standoff at a Nevada ranch reached its tension-filled zenith in 2014.

But they did not. Three law-enforcement officers testified in federal court Thursday that they maintained their positions throughout the night and into the next day, anticipating a bloody gunfight at Bundy Ranch.

The officers told jurors they feared for their lives, prayed to God and thought they would see their partners get shot as cattle ranchers and militia members squared off against federal authorities.

None of the officers explained in court why they were ordered to engage anti-government protesters — and open fire with less than lethal weapons — after being told at least twice to stand down, abandon their efforts to round up private cattle on federal land and leave.

"We were still under threat," U.S. Parks Police Officer Tara McBride said. "My understanding was we were ceasing gathering cattle and we were to remain in place to provide security for the (incident command post)."

This was one of the first times law-enforcement officials have publicly acknowledged the government orders to back down, drawing attention to a little-known detail about the high-profile confrontation.

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the state of Oregon is in a horrible mess....by the way if you reside in Oregon be sure to sign the recall petition on gov. Kate Brown

   The FEDERAL PEOPLE were "WAY OUT OF THEIR COMFORT ZONE, and their COMPETENCY !!!

     As a Vietnam Veteran and SUPPORTER of the RANCHERS and the THOUSANDS of other   AMERICAN PATRIOTS, VETERANS, LAW ENFORCEMENT VOLUNTEERS and many others recognized quickly, the inadequacy of the FEDERAL PEOPLE who were "Scavenged" from other Agencies, handed weapons and other military related equipment, and put them directly in the face of SEASONED AMERICAN VETERANS, VOLUNTEER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. They were OBVIOUSLY SCARED as HELL!!!!  Their lack of "SKILL", CLEARLY, without doubt, could have caused any degree of accidental movement or careless weapon handling, and SOMEBODY COULD HAVE GOTTEN KILLED OR WOUNDED, and a GIGANTIC FIREFIGHT COULD HAVE ENSUED !!!!!

        It didn't surprise me one bit that "SOMEBODY" ordered them to confront and open fire if necessary, just so the incident could rise to the point of MAJOR CARNAGE !!!!!  It would have been a repeat of RUBY RIDGE, and the KORESH Massacre !!!!!  Thank GOD, SANER HEADS PREVAILED, and I  repeat that in one of my past POSTS, that it was the SHERIFF of the local County in NEVADA who "SAVED THE DAY AND MANY LIVES by (LEGALLY) TAKING CHARGE of the entire OPERATION and DIRECTED THE FEDERAL  ENTITY's TO PACK UP AND LEAVE......... Which they did....GLADLY !!!!

That "somebody" was, most likely, Dan Love, who has shown himself to be a very cold, uncaring, man.  Here's an article about another SNAFU of his:

http://redoubtnews.com/2017/02/06/blm-agent-dan-love-cruel-history/

There are more stories, and they are nearly all very similar.  He has no business with a badge, which seems to be quite heavy for him.  He is a bad, bad man.

Government abusing their authority and power at the expense of We The People who are legal citizens of The United States of America.

If the Bundy's had been Muslims or Illegal's the government would have not been there

It all leads back to that first major step the federal government took toward Socialism with Teddy Roosevelt as president.  The Antiquities Act of 1906 literally trashes the constitution.

I feel so bad for the Bundy group.  I remember how law enf.  killed so many of their cattle in arizona too and they buried them with a dozer.  .  this is a big mess

The BLM even burned some of his cattle alive:

Feds Burning Cows ALIVE, Torching Homes, Imprisoning Ranchers!

https://youtu.be/Aeeclad8G3E

And all because of harry reid and his corrupt son who wanted the "federal" land for the Chinese solar Co...why does THAT not come out in the trial????

It was my understanding that the Governor ordered them to leave, but that Harry Reid over-road that order.  BLM has the most crooked employees.  One that headed this is being investigated at this time.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management) is a mafia organization of our government, forcing people off their land, killing their cattle, flooding their homes.  Everyone who works for that Commie bureau should be brought up on charges & sent to PRISON!   They are liars & thieves, too.

And yes, Hairy Reid needs to spend the rest of his life in prison.

We have an Interior Dept.   BLM IS A  DOMESTIC TERRORIST DEPARTMENT.   I hope that my new & wonderful President, Donald J. Trump, orders a full scale investigation & shuts them down.... in memory of LaVoy Finicum.  

I also hope President Trump returns all the millions of acres stolen by the Federal government to the states.   That would be another KMA to Commie Obama who stole millions of acres.

And don't forget the thousands of America's iconic wild horses that BLM has slaughtered or sent to other countries to slaughter.  Who died & left those AH's in charge of our wild horses?!?   They were going to slaughter or sterilize 100% of them, but Americans signed a petition on the govt site.

Below is a story on our wild mustangs & the BLM from Sept 2016.   Does anyone know how many BLM killed or sterilized?

http://www.dcclothesline.com/2016/09/15/bureau-of-land-management-v...

SHUT THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS... Don't forget.... most of BLM's terror occured during Obama's reign of Hell.

 I doubt if the GOVERNOR would cross swords with REID !!!!!  REID would have had him on the unemployment line that day if he dared mess with him !!!! He most likely sat it out and hoped for the best that everything would just turn out "SWELL".  

  "IT WAS THE "SHERIFF" that TOOK CONTROL OVER THE SITUATION, IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS !!!!! AND HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY LIVES BEING SAVED THAT DAY !!!!!!
  Probably the most casualties would have been the BLM people, who hadn't a CLUE as to how to HOLD their WEAPONS,( let alone operate them), how to wear THEIR WEB GEAR, OR EVEN look half way LIKE A threatening force !!!! As a long time MILITARY member, I would swear they emptied the JAILS and put them all in uniforms and told just to stand there and look important. They DIDN'T LOOK Near important !!!!! I would LOVE to find out who they actually were. It would be funny to find out but more important to how they were conscripted to take part and from where !!!! Maybe they should convene a COMMITTEE IN WASHINGTON DC, TO FIND OUT ????????

https://conservativedailypost.com/as-oregon-prosecutors-claim-consp...

The above link explains so much about the Burns, OR nightmare, with the likes of Gov. Kate Brown.

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Newt Says What The Rest Of Us Are Thinking:
It’s Time To Throw Peter Strzok In Jail

Disgraced FBI special agent Peter Strzok, a senior member of the bureau who gained notoriety in recent months over his anti-Trump text messages to a colleague, was grilled for nearly 10 hours during a joint congressional committee hearing on Thursday.

At issue was Strzok’s anti-Trump texts to former FBI lawyer and lover Lisa Page that coincided with his leading of the investigations into both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server scandal and the alleged Trump/Russia 2016 election collusion, as well as his involvement in the subsequent Robert Mueller special counsel probe.

The hearing proved to be a heated battle, as Strzok displayed an arrogant smugness in defiance of pointed questions from Republicans that he largely danced around, while Democrats sought to upend and undermine the entire hearing with a plethora of interruptions, parliamentary maneuvers and outright praise for the man who helped let Clinton off the hook while ferociously targeting Trump.

Former House speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was less than impressed with Strzok’s performance and cooperation in the hearing and suggested during an appearance on Fox Business that the FBI agent should be held in contempt of Congress.

“I think they have to move to hold him in contempt and throw him in jail,” Gingrich said of Congress and Strzok.

“This is a person who is willfully standing up and refusing to appear as a congressional witness and he was a government employee at the time,” he continued.

“He has every obligation to inform the legislative branch, and I don’t think they have any choice except to move a motion of contempt because he is fundamentally — and so is his girlfriend (Page) — they’re both fundamentally in violation of the entire constitutional process,” he added.

Page had been subpoenaed to appear before Congress on Wednesday but refused to appear, saying she’d been unable to review relevant documents prior to the scheduled hearing, a closed-door hearing that has since been rescheduled for Friday.

Gingrich was not the only one who thought Strzok deserved to be held in contempt of Congress, as House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte informed Strzok that he remained at risk of such during the hearing, according to The Daily Caller.

That warning from Goodlatte came after Strzok had refused to answer a straightforward question posed by House Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy, regarding how many people Strzok had personally interviewed between a specific set of dates in relation to the Clinton email investigation.

“Mr. Strzok, please be advised that you can either comply with the committee’s direction to answer the question or refuse to do so,” Goodlatte stated. “The latter of which will place you in risk of a contempt citation and potential criminal liability. Do you understand that? The question is directed to the witness.”

Strzok still refused to answer, citing instructions received from his counsel and the FBI to not answer certain questions on certain topics.

Goodlatte replied, “Mr. Strzok, in a moment we will continue with the hearing, but based on your refusal to answer the question, at the conclusion of the day we will be recessing the hearing and you will be subject to recall to allow the committee to consider proceeding with a contempt citation.”

It is unclear if Goodlatte and the committee ultimately did consider a contempt citation for Strzok following the contentious hearing, nor is it clear if Page will be held in contempt for blowing off her subpoenaed appearance on Wednesday.

Hopefully Congress will follow through on the threats of contempt followed by actual jail time against Strzok and Page in response to their uncooperative behavior and failure to appear when subpoenaed, if only to ensure that future witnesses called before Congress for sensitive or contentious hearings don’t think they can get away with the same sort of behavior.

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Cops Sent To Seize Veteran’s Guns Without A Warrant, He Refused To Turn Them Over

“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” says Leonard Cottrell, after successfully staving off law enforcement and the courts from confiscating his firearms. Cottrell, an Iraq War veteran, was at work when he received a phone call from his wife. The cops were there, busting in to take his guns away. It all started after a casual conversation his son had at school.

Ammoland reports:

Police said their visit was sparked by a conversation that Leonard Cottrell Jr.’s 13-year-old son had had with another student at the school. Cottrell said he was told his son and the other student were discussing security being lax and what they would have to do to escape a school shooting at Millstone Middle School.

The conversation was overheard by another student, who went home and told his parents, and his mother panicked. The mom then contacted the school, which contacted the State Police, according to Cottrell.

The visit from the troopers came around 10 p.m. on June 14, 2018, Cottrell said, a day after Gov. Phil Murphy signed several gun enforcement bills into law.

After several hours, Cottrell said police agreed not to take the guns but to allow him to move them to another location while the investigation continued.

“They had admitted several times that my son made no threat to himself or other students or the school or anything like that,” he said.

Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was “not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing.”

The troopers searched his son’s room and found nothing, Cottrell said.

“To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” he said. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”

“In the Garden State, the usual approach is to confiscate first and ask questions later, and victims of this approach often don’t know their rights. ‎In this case, the victim pushed back and confiscation was avoided — but the circumstances surrounding the incident are outrageous. A student expressing concern over lack of security is not a reason to send police to the student’s home — but it might be a reason to send police to the school to keep students and teachers safe” said Scott L. Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs and a member of the NRA board of directors.

NJ.com adds:

Cottrell, a disabled U.S. Army veteran who served three tours during “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” owns a shotgun and a pistol. He has all the correct permits to own the firearms, he said, and predominately uses the shotgun to hunt.

He said his wife allowed the officers to enter the home, and with her permission, they searched his son’s room — but they did not find any weapons, he said. The officers, he said, didn’t have a warrant but still wanted to take his guns. Cottrell wouldn’t let them.

“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” he said Thursday.

He said the attempted seizure resulted because of a new law Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law that makes it easier for police to confiscate guns when someone in the state poses a threat to themselves or others. The law is part of a broader statewide effort to make New Jersey’s gun laws even tougher amid the national outcry for more gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Cottrell said the officers “danced around the issue” when he confronted them about the new law.

A New Jersey State Police spokesman declined to answer questions about whether this incident had anything to do with the new gun laws.

In an email, Sgt. First Class Jeff Flynn said, “Troopers responded to Mr. Cottrell’s residence in reference to the report of a possible school threat. Based on their investigation, it was determined that Mr. Cottrell’s weapons did not need to be seized.”

David Codrea, writing for Ammoland, further added:

To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” New Jersey gun owner and Army veteran Leonard Cottrell Jr. told New Jersey 101.5 after a June 14 visit from State Police,. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”

Cottrell was recalling state troopers showing up at his door to confiscate firearms after his 13-year-old son was overheard discussing lax school safety with a friend.

Indoctrinated by a pervasive snitch culture — one that never seems to deter the blatantly obvious demonic nutjobs — the eavesdropping student told his parents, who told school administrators, who in turn called the cops. (Note “If you see something, say something” carries risks of its own – if you report the wrong person, you could end up smeared as a “hater.”)

“Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was ‘not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing,’” the report continued. Despite that, his home is now a “gun free zone” and that has been publicized by the media. He has, in fact, willingly ceded those rights, and by his own words in order to make authorities “happy.”

Before judging him for that, consider the environment that is New Jersey. Then consider the overwhelming force the state can bring to bear, and its predisposition to using it, especially if it’s to enforce citizen disarmament. It’s easy to anonymously declare “Molon Labe” on the internet. In meatspace, resistance is more effective when the aggressor doesn’t get to dictate the time and place, especially if that place is your home and you have family inside.

Appeasing gun-grabbers, generally couched as “compromise,” is impossible. It’s like throwing a scrap of flesh to a circling pack of jackals and expecting them to be sated and leave you alone — instead of sensing opportunity and fear, and moving in closer.

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