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Monday, January 4, 2016

Domestic Terror Following The Jailing Of Rancher Arsonists

In October of 2015, The US Justice Department (Oregon District) resentenced a couple of Oregon ranchers for setting range fires. (AKA arson).  The following is a linked copy of the October order.

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Oregon

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Eastern Oregon Ranchers Convicted of Arson Resentenced to Five Years in Prison

EUGENE, Ore. – Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., 73, and his son, Steven Dwight Hammond, 46, both residents of Diamond, Oregon in Harney County, were sentenced to five years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken for arsons they committed on federal lands.  
A jury sitting in Pendleton, Oregon found the Hammonds guilty of the arsons after a two-week trial in June 2012.  The trial involved allegations that the Hammonds, owners of Hammond Ranches, Inc., ignited a series of fires on lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), on which the Hammonds had grazing rights leased to them for their cattle operation. 
The jury convicted both of the Hammonds of using fire to destroy federal property for a 2001 arson known as the Hardie-Hammond Fire, located in the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area.  Witnesses at trial, including a relative of the Hammonds, testified the arson occurred shortly after Steven Hammond and his hunting party illegally slaughtered several deer on BLM property.  Jurors were told that Steven Hammond handed out “Strike Anywhere” matches with instructions that they be lit and dropped on the ground because they were going to “light up the whole country on fire.”  One witness testified that he barely escaped the eight to ten foot high flames caused by the arson.  The fire consumed 139 acres of public land and destroyed all evidence of the game violations.  After committing the arson, Steven Hammond called the BLM office in Burns, Oregon and claimed the fire was started on Hammond property to burn off invasive species and had inadvertently burned onto public lands.  Dwight and Steven Hammond told one of their relatives to keep his mouth shut and that nobody needed to know about the fire.

From the conviction and jailing of two ranchers for arson on federal land to white militia anarchist who (regardless of impetus) seem determined to force a face-off with law enforcement.
Sidebar: When the Obama Administration 'soft'peddled"  the Nevada face-off with tax evader, Cliven Bundy, the seeds for this past weekends building takeover were sown as surely as a field of feed corn. 
Cliven Bundy's son leads a 2016 seditious act along with dozens of US domestic terrorist militia.
An ABC news segment that follows fairly delineates issues related to the current case of US domestic terror.

PHOTO: Ammon Bundy, center, walks off after speaking with reporters during a news conference at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, Jan. 4, 2016, near Burns, Ore.
The face of a seditious anarchist as he walks off after speaking with a  group of reporters. Rick Bowmer/AP Photo

Have we moved to a point where any legal action against white rancher law breakers leads to militia encampments (Congregations of angry white anarchists)?

Talking Points Memo is reporting the Church of The Latter Days Saints (LDS) is not "scripture" supportive of the militia takeover.


The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the FBI have warned of right-wing extremists the number one threat to the United States.  Take a look at a 2013 graphic from the SPLC, and absorb all message inherent in the visual.

The Oregon refuge takeover is not about two farmers and land rights.

All said, the revolution seems to be fizzling.

The sheriff in the Oregon county where gun-toting protesters are holed-up in a federal wildlife refuge had some strong words for the self-styled Citizens for Constitutional Freedom.
Posted by NBC News on Monday, January 4, 2016

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