Law-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.
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:
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!
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?
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 ????????
The above link explains so much about the Burns, OR nightmare, with the likes of Gov. Kate Brown.