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Federal government invades rancher's family land, steals cattle, imposes undeclared martial law

Posted: April 9, 2014 |   Comments

In the state of Nevada, Cliven Bundy and his family are currently caught in a fight over land with the Federal government. This is over his long-standing refusal to acknowledge a 1993 modification to grazing rights on the land that his family has been working since the 1800s.

Hundreds of federal officials invaded the land on Saturday, bringing in helicopters, low-flying aircraft and hired cowboys to round up and steal Bundy's cattle from the land, at a cost of $3 million to taxpayers. Federal agents at the site are armed with assault rifles and sidearms, and they have sniper rifles trained on cameramen and protestors. Federal agents have closed off public and private land owned by the State of New Mexico and the Bundy's, essentially enforcing undeclared martial law. One Bundy member family who violated this martial law was tackled by about 20 people and then taken to prison. Federal agents did set up a "First Amendment Area" for people to exercise free speech, which was completely ignored by everyone there, since free speech is a right not restricted to specific areas.

Government agents have claimed that their reason for trespassing Bundy's ranch is to protect the desert tortoise, which is classified as a "vulnerable species," despite the fact that the federal government is planning on killing at least 700 of them by the end of 2014.

Pete Santilli, a former U.S. marine, who reported from the scene for NextNewsNetwork, said that it is entirely likely that the federal government is merely using the desert tortoise as a pretext to clear the land for later corporate interests. He also compared the situation to incidents in the 1990s such as the Ruby Ridge standoff and the Waco siege; during the latter of which, federal agents set fire to the Branch Dravidian compound, killing innocent civilians, women and children.

The worst thing about the Bundy ranch situation is the complete lack of support from the state and the local sheriff, who has legal authority to order the BLM to leave. The Bundys have received a notable amount of support from peaceful militia members; however, they are still outnumbered and outgunned by the BLM, so more help and support is desperately needed.

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