I was asked by a friend to do an “up to now” synopsis of what I’ve seen go on with the Oregon Standoff situation. This is in no way “all inclusive”, but there are valid points that can be learned from for future endeavors.
This is the first thing I remember seeing about the Hammond’s situation. Here are some quotes that I think show the irony of the thoughts on both sides.
“Today two Oregon ranchers were sentenced to five years in federal prison under terrorism statutes for setting preventative fires on their own land. We are gravely disappointed at this outcome.”
“This is an example of gross government overreach, and the public should be outraged. Today’s verdict is also hypocritical given BLM’s own harm to public and private grazing lands, which goes without consequence. It is unjust.”
“Please join Farm Bureau and declare your support for Steve and Dwight Hammond. Join over 2,600 other citizens from across the country and show BLM that this extreme abuse of power will not go unnoticed and is shameful. Sign the petition at www.savethehammonds.com. This must never happen again.” Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue.
“We all know the devastating effects that are caused by wildfires. Fires intentionally and illegally set on public lands, even those in a remote area, threaten property and residents and endanger firefighters called to battle the blaze”
“Congress sought to ensure that anyone who maliciously damages United States’ property by fire will serve at least 5 years in prison. These sentences are intended to be long enough to deter those like the Hammonds who disregard the law and place fire fighters and others in jeopardy.” Acting U.S. Attorney Billy Williams.
Two main points from these quotes and the article. First, their were many people in their county who supported them and their plight. Second, The AUSA apparently doesn’t understand what the word “malicious” means, and disregarded the fact that a JURY said ruled it was not a malicious act.
One of the things I noted back in November was this letter supposedly written by Ammon Bundy that said the Hammonds were being threatened.
Yesterday I received a phone call from Dwight Hammond (74). He said that he was very afraid for his life and for mine as well. He informed me that federal agents contacted his attorney. They told Dwight’s attorney that if Dwight and Susie did not end all communication with Ammon Bundy, that they “would detain the Hammond’s early for federal prison and that they would transfer pain to the Hammond family”. He further said, that he believed “they would bring misery to the whole family”. Steven Hammond’s attorney also confirmed that federal agents contacted him and hinted a raid on the Hammonds home if they did not end all communication with Ammon Bundy. On Thursday November 19th, Harney County Sheriff, David Ward, informed me that federal agents indicated to him that if the Hammond’s continued to speaking out, that they may raid the Hammond’s home and detain them early for federal prison. I informed the Sheriff that it was his duty to make sure that did not happen. I do not have to explain how this is a violation of individual rights. Dwight, Steven and Susie have all told me that they are terrified of what will happen if they continue to communicate with me. In the last phone conversation between Susie and I, she told me that she loved me and was so thankful for what I have done to get the truth out. She then informed me that she feared that if we continued to talk, federal agents were going to put a bullet in her and Dwight’s heads, and possible mine. I attempted to instill courage in both Dwight and Susie, but fear had over come them. This last Wednesday I spent a good part of the day in the Hammond’s home. We spoke for hours. Several times, I found the Hammond’s in tears when they explained the injustices that has destroyed their lives. They were hopeful that the American people were going to stand for them. And that, just maybe, they would be able to return to the life they once knew. In just a few short hours, federal agents again have dashed the Hammond’s hope and replaced it with fear. I hold my tongue against those that would inflict such pain upon these wonderful people. It reminds me of the scripture that reads: “Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn” (D&C 98:9). Everyone within the reach of my words must know that I will do everything in my power to make sure that justice is brought to the Hammond’s. I will not stop until the Hammond’s are home free, without fear. I do not fear for my life. I love the Hammonds, I love the Lord.” With Concern,
Do I believe the Hammonds were threatened by the Feds? Sure do. This is one of the reasons I have a problem with what Ammon is doing. Does Ammon think that the Feds won’t mess with the Hammond men now, just because they are in custody? What kind of a friend would take that risk?
The learning point here is “Don’t cut off your friends nose to spite your face.”. Risking your friend’s safety and that of his family, just to make a point that you believe needs addressed is somewhat ignorant, especially when your friend is the reason you say you are doing it.
The Rally took place on January 2nd, 2016. Here is a synopsis of the rally by Sheriff Mack.
“On January 2, 2016, four of us representing the CSPOA attended the rally in Burns, OR on behalf of the Hammond family“
“There is no question that the Hammonds’ rights have been violated by the Federal Government. However, the Hammonds did not want an armed confrontation or violence of any kind, which coincides exactly with the CSPOA platform. So we went there in complete support of the Hammonds and their peaceful approach.”
“We should allow nothing to detract from the Hammonds’ plight and the wonderful rally that was held in their honor.”
Points I take away. First, What was the point of the rally? Was it cover for those that planned the standoff? Were the standoffees planning on more of the ralliers going with the to the Fed building? It was on behalf of the Hammonds, not trying to intimidate the Feds. Second, as I’ve already said making things worse for the Hammonds, no matter if it’s the men locked up, or those left at home, is irresponsible and not the actions of supposed friends.
Here and here (“To restore and defend the Constitution”) are two videos of Ammon saying why they were there at the Fed building. Points I take away from this video. First. someone hasn’t based their plan on reality. Believing the Feds will allow them to stay there for years, or that they will give up any property due to “intimidation” is a fools arrand. Do I believe that is a desired end state? Hell Yeah! Do I believe this is achievable? Hell No! By the way, Restore the Constitution how? What you are doing definitely isn’t the path to that.
What was the plan? From a reliable source out there, this has been in the works for well over a month, and that some trailers were staged on Thursday night before the Saturday rally. So they’re gonna be there for years, but needed supplies to start rolling in around the 5th or 6th? Was the plan to make people feel sorry for them and donate, thus showing a support base around the country? If that was the plan, it worked, but from what I was told, initially, they did not have the personnel support they wanted, and are fortunate that the word was spread as quickly as it was.
Next let’s talk about personnel. First off, having guys on the ground that are outright lying about serving in the military (Cooper and Cavalier), not to mention they are both ExCons, is detrimental to the overall perception of not only the “Cause”, but gives an air of illegitimacy to the whole group that let them continue be there.
Listen, I have a friend who is a Federal ExCon. He got railroaded by the Feds, imagine that. He was one of the reasons I gave Kerodin a shot at making something good happen as IIIPSFA President, (You know what they say, “No good deed goes unpunished”), and we see how that turned out.
The point is that if I was going to take this kind of action, I would make sure the people involved were 1) Who and what they said they were, and 2) I would not allow someone with a felony record to partake in the operation, at least initially. The media has enough crap they can spin, regarding the people involved, why give them legit crap to sell? The people involved do not need military experience, but those in charge should have advisers that have legit military leadership and planning experience, that’s just a “No Brainer”.
My last point regards appearance. Perception is definitely reality in this instance. Appearing as if you are going to war, but claiming it is just a peaceful protest, sends the wrong image. Fortunately, I believe Ammon and some others get that (or they have no multicams LOL) Ammon is dressed for a protest, Cooper is dressed for combat, and is wearing gear to support a weapons system that he’s not allowed by his felony status to have (and no, I don’t necessarily believe saying a guy that has done his time should not be able to own the means to defend himself and his family, that’s a whole other post) Here are a few pics to show an example of what I’m saying.
Another point to be made about appearance, look at the two pics below, do you think there will be an Identifier Friend or Foe issue here. The Civilian looks just like the Fed (except for the ear muffs.
Now we have other groups showing up, saying they are going to be a buffer between the Feds and the Standoffees. Well, that’s a technique I guess, but I bet the Feds are just looking at it as “Standoffee Reinforcements”, and good or bad, it has probably ratcheted up their “Defensive may go Offensive” posture. From what was said in another video ( I first heard it from my friend that’s out there, then I saw the video), apparently, they’re already having issues with who is showing up, and some people that are a little big for their britches (Cooper).
Bad planning (might actually have been brilliant to get people to feel sorry for them and help out), lack of local support (the county residence) Some less than stellar crew members, and outsiders now coming in with ideas of their own. What does this equal? Who knows, it’s a path that no living person has any experience on.
As I’ve said before we need to support the Hammonds by signing the petition to release them. We need to support those already at the Standoff by letting them know will will not allow any more free Wacos. And we need to pray that all involved keep their wits and their judgement in check so they can come to a peaceful conclusion of the standoff. The next time someone tells you that we just need to “Get it on!”, ask them, when was the last time they did. The answer is usually that they didn’t except in Modern Warfare 3.
American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE