Chaffetz Calls for Wider Probe of US Agent Key in Bundy Ranch Standoff

Image result for BLM agent dan loveU.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah has called for a wider probe of a federal Bureau of Land Management agent who played a key role in the standoff with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy before coming under investigation for his activities at Burning Man.

The chair of the House Oversight Committee said in a letter that the allegations against Salt Lake City supervisor Daniel Love could undermine trust in the agency and should be probed by Department of Interior inspectors. The department's Office of Inspector General did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter released on Friday.

Chaffetz pointed to reports that Love asked employees to "scrub" emails before responding to a congressional records request and delete documents from a shared server. He was also accused of coaching an employee on what to say before during an interview with government investigators, according to the letter dated Feb. 14.Image result for BLM agent dan love

The Office of Inspector General has previously faulted the supervisory agent from Salt Lake City for accepting sold-out Burning Man tickets and having agents drive around his family during the Nevada event in 2015.

The investigators also found evidence he manipulated a hiring process so a friend could get a job at the Bureau of Land Management. The report released Jan. 30 was referred to higher-ups for possible disciplinary action.

Bureau of Land Management spokesman Derrick Henry said the agency takes allegations of misconduct seriously, but doesn't comment on personnel matters. Messages left at publicly listed phone numbers for Love were also not immediately returned Friday.

Love, who oversaw the Bundy cattle roundup in 2014, is expected to be an important witness for the prosecution during a trial unfolding in Las Vegas for six men accused of illegally wielding weapons during the standoff. Defense attorneys pushing for the case to be dismissed say they should have previously been informed about the allegations against Love.

He was also the target of a federal lawsuit from the family of a southern Utah doctor, James Redd, who killed himself after he was arrested in a 2009 artifact looting investigation that marked an early skirmish in the struggle for control of public lands. The family said the Bureau of Land Management agents led by Love used excessive force when they arrested Redd at gunpoint.

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Dan Love, the Bureau of Land Management agent now under investigation by the agency’s own Inspector General’s office for egregious ethics violations related to the 2016 Burning Man festival in Nevada, has a history of cruel and ruthless behavior which predates the current uproar over his thuggish tactics. Prior to Love’s involvement in the failed raid on the Bundy Ranch in April of 2014, he lead the 2009 federal antiquities sting, ‘Operation Cerberus Action’ in southeastern Utah. This sting, which took several years and climaxed with federal raids by hundreds of armed BLM and FBI officers on dozens of homes, also lead to the deaths of 4 men involved in the case.           

Dr. James Redd, a beloved father, church leader and community physician, [Please click here to read more about the character of Dr. Redd] became a suspect in Operation Cerberus, and took his own life following a day of harsh and inhumane treatment by agents under the direction of Special Agent (SA) Dan Love. These are the accounts of Dr. Redd’s children and associates who witnessed Love’s activities and interacted with him in Blanding, Utah, the epicenter for Operation Cerberus, and other locations during the course of the investigation.

Operation Cerberus Action: The Aftermath


  • The night following the raid on his home, after hours of cruel treatment by federal officers, and his arrest and arraignment before a federal judge in Moab, Utah, Dr. Redd recorded a message for his family. About 40 minutes in length, the message expressed his love for his wife and children, and delivered individual messages to each family member. James Redd spoke at length about his love for, and testimony of, the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, which was central to his Latter-day Saint (Mormon) faith, and the importance of living right. But within his loving farewell, Redd made the case for taking his own life, saying that with all the trumped-up charges and so-called evidence the government claimed to have against him and his family, there will be one less charge to contend with.” The ‘one charge’ to which Dr. Redd was referring was a felony charge related to a tiny Indian bead he once picked up off the ground and kept at his home as a curiosity. As lead officer in the operation, SA Dan Love asserted that the 1/4 inch bead was worth $1,000, and Dr. Redd’s possession of it broke laws governing the trade of Native American antiquities, when, in fact, the actual appraised value of the bead was around $75. Approximately 24 hours after BLM agent Dan Love and armed federal officers raided his family home, Dr. Redd asphyxiated himself in his jeep.

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That entire evil mess had the stench of Obama corruption.

The stench that you smell was actually Harry Reid, who wanted the land for a foreign company.  His son was an attorney for the foreign company and stood to make millions.  This is what I believe I read in the news at the time.  The land was wanted for solar power.

Yes...that would be the Chinese that wanted that land

There should be no federal Bureau of Land Management.  The constitution clearly states what land the Federal government may have, for what purposes, not to exceed 10 square miles, and how they must purchase it from the state wherein it is located with state legislator approval.  All properties taken under the unconstitutional "The Antiquities Act of 1906" should be returned, with their natural resources, to the ownership of the states where they belong.

You are so RIGHT! This agency is unlawful.

Agreed 10000%

Absolutely Dennis... the State's should insist on the return of all federally claimed lands not constitutionally acquired.  They need to join together and file a major law suite too evict the Federal Government from all usurped lands within their respective State borders. 

However, the State Political apparatuses are nothing more than the water boys for the Fed.  Time to get rid of those in State Government who will not defend the People's and State's rights against the Federal Government's overreach.

one big mess brought to you by the most corrupt regime ever in American History

The BLM is now the "SS" arm of the Gestapo

This investigation of this Agents conduct.... needs to be a criminal investigation... not an internal administrative investigation. 

The FBI needs to be conducting this investigation... for the purposes of ascertaining, what if any laws were violated by this agent and the BLM... It is time for Trump to strip the law enforcement arm of the BLM ... the FBI should handle all of their enforcement needs period.  The BLM is not law enforcement and Congress needs to ensure that any usurped law enforcement powers are clearly removed.

In fact, the ownership of lands within the borders of a State are first and foremost under the jurisdiction of the State and the People... not the federal government.  See Article 1, Section 8, clause 17 for the lands and property the Federal Government has Constitutional jurisdiction over... all other lands, that are within the boundaries of a sovereign State belong to the State and are under the Jurisdiction of the State... not federal government.

Trump may want to issue an Executive Order clarifying the ownership of all lands within a State... that have not been transferred to the Federal Government for one of the Constitutional purposes described in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17.

I agree....this needs to be a criminal investigation.

Yes Colonel,

And it was the COUNTY SHERIFF who was the one who told the BLM to pack up and LEAVE. telling them that" HE WAS the ruling authority in this matter, NOT the BLM" !!!!!  

Everybody breathed a sigh of relief when the Sheriff interceded. But then a group of Mounted and armed Ranchers approached a metal Crossing gate and told the Sheriff that "It wasn't over yet" !!!! And that hey wanted the CATTLE BACK from the BLM who had some "Counterfeit Cowboys" dressed in Leather corralling a herd of Cattle they confiscated from the Ranch, far away from any water the Cattle needed to survive in the Hot desert Sun. Many of the Cattle had already died, mainly the calves, but the BLM ordered some of the Prize Bulls shot as a show of INTENT. Everybody was caught off guard at this move by the ranchers, and you could HEAR a bunch of weapons being drawn from their scabbards and "rounds" being transferred into the chambers of the assorted weapons, on both sides !!! The SHERIFF raised High in his Saddle and YELLED AT EVERYBODY that HE WAS the LAW HERE !!!! And to put their WEAPONS AWAY or risk ARREST !!!! He then ORDERED the BLM to RELEASE the CATTLE To the RANCHERS, Post Haste !!!!!!  Thankfully they complied without further problems and dispersed. The Sheriff had a set of CAJONES to act in the way he did. I'm sure he made some enemies in the Government by doing so.

  It was JUST LIKE AN OLD, COWBOY MOVIE !!!!!! I really thought that I might not survive the occasion, (and I served in Vietnam for two years) but I then realized I wasn't 23 years old anymore and the seriousness of the event began to take hold of me and my friend, also a Vietnam Veteran Door Gunner. It took us quite a few shots of Jack Daniels, before the nerves began to settle. Our Flight home to New York was  filled with  questions about "How an ugly event like that could happen right here in the USA, in this day and age ?????  Our GOVERNMENT trying to FORCE a RANCHER OFF HIS PROPERTY, so a US SENATOR could make a "LAND GRAB" and sell the property to the "CHINESE Government" to build a SOLAR FACTORY, ( for I imagine a handsome profit )!!!!!!  I never READ in the "Mainstream Media" ANY reports of what had "really happened" there at the BUNDY RANCH !!!! But I'm letting you guys know now. HARRY REID has some REALITY questions to answer before an investigating Committee that needs to convene before REID, in his retirement, "Flies the Coup" !!!! Senators like him shouldn't be allowed to get away with such activity. But that's why we have a DONALD TRUMP as POTUS now....... to DRAIN THE SWAMP !!!! THE american people have had enough of CORRUPTION and we need to CULL THE HERD of the BAD GUYS !!!!!



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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.


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. 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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