FBI told state police not to wear body cameras for 2016 stop of refuge occupation leaders
By Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian/OregonLive, Updated February 3, 2018 at 2:51 PM; Posted February 2, 2018 at 7:24 PM
Prosecutors say witness testimony, audio and video evidence, plus bullet trajectory analysis yielded one conclusion: FBI agent W. Joseph Astarita lied about firing two shots at the truck of refuge occupation spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum in 2016 after he swerved into a snowbank.
The information is detailed in a 32-page government response to Astarita's motion to dismiss the federal indictment against him. He's pleaded not guilty to three counts of making false statements and two counts of obstruction of justice. Astarita's lawyer claimed the indictment was based on "junk science.''
The government response also reveals that Oregon State Police SWAT troopers at the scene, ordinarily required to wear body cameras, didn't that day at the request of the FBI. The FBI did obtain video from FBI surveillance planes flying above the scene.
Excellent read, with good history of the issues involved...
THE BLM'S BUNDY BLUNDER-PATRIOTS VS. FASCISTS
By Joel F. Hansen, Chairman, Independent American Party of Nevada
Cliven Bundy’s ancestors on his mother’s side came, as pioneers, to the Gold Butte area of the southern Nevada desert in 1877 and began ranching from scratch. In doing this they established grazing rights and water rights—preemptive legal rights under Nevada law which gave them permanent rights to graze cattle on that land. Those legal rights were passed down through the years to Cliven Bundy and his family. In 1934, the Taylor Grazing Act was passed by Congress, an act designed to assist ranchers, especially in the arid American West, to raise cattle for the benefit Americans—by putting delicious and nutritious beef on their tables. The Bundy ranch is located about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, near the town of Bunkerville.
These pioneers conquered this hostile, arid land and made it into a productive ranch by making water and feed available to their cattle and learning how to manage the cows so that they could survive in such an arid place, an area mostly covered by sagebrush and creosote bushes. Because of the water and increased food made available by the ranchers’ efforts, wildlife flourished. The most numerous animal wildlife in the area is the desert tortoise. The tortoises flourished because the cows eat woody bushes which are above the level the tortoises can reach, and then they leave a delicacy for the tortoises on the ground where they can reach it. The tortoises’ main course and dessert is cow pies, which contain all of the nutrients and moisture the tortoises need for survival.
In 1946, the Bureau of Land Management was created by Congress with the mission of helping ranchers to succeed by helping them construct watering facilities, fences, and other things needed by cattle and by ranchers. The partnership was a good one, and Cliven Bundy paid the grazing fees required by the BLM for many years. The people who ran the BLM in the beginning were rancher friendly, having degrees in solid scientific areas like geology, range management, animal husbandry, and the like. But beginning in the 1970’s and growing in numbers at an ever increasing rate each year was a new generation of BLM-ocrats, those with degrees in the “environmental sciences.” This new generation saw ranchers not as fellow citizens cooperating in the effort to make the land productive, but as enemies who were destroying the environment. They had signs on their walls—“no more moo by 92” and “cattle free by 93.” As a result, in an effort to eliminate ranching in Nevada, the BLM began raising the annual fee for each cow on the range (AUM’s) and shortening the grazing season. Thus, out of over 50 ranchers in Clark County, only Cliven Bundy survived, as one by one all of his fellow ranchers gave up and went out of business because they couldn’t make a profit under the BLM’s oppressive rules.
But Cliven knew that the BLM was supposed to be his servant, not his master, and so, since his servant was trying to destroy him, he famously “fired” the BLM and told them he did not need their services anymore and to stay off his ranch. The BLM didn’t take too kindly to that, and so it obtained two federal court orders that rancher Bundy had to pay the grazing fees or clear out. Cliven responded that he would do “whatever it takes” to preserve his family’s ancestral rights in the land, rights which had existed for many years before the BLM was created. He took the position that neither the BLM nor the federal court had any jurisdiction over that land, because it belongs to the State of Nevada.
To understand this claim, one must understand that when the Territory of Nevada came into the Union,
The Bundy Ranch Case Explains Westerners’ Distrust of Washington
by James Bovard, April 30, 2018
The Justice Department was caught in January in another high-profile travesty of due process. On December 20, federal judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and others after prosecutors were caught withholding massive amounts of evidence undermining federal charges. Two weeks later, she dismissed all charges against Bundy and his sons. Navarro slammed the FBI and Justice Department prosecutors for “outrageous” abuses and “flagrant misconduct.” Navarro also condemned the “grossly shocking” withholding of evidence from defense counsel in a case that could have landed the Bundys in prison for the rest of their lives.
Cliven Bundy, a 71-year old Nevada rancher, and his sons were involved in an armed standoff with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) beginning in 2014 stemming from decades of unpaid cattle grazing fees and restrictions. The Bundys have long claimed the feds were on a vendetta against them, and 3,300 pages of documents the Justice Department wrongfully concealed from their lawyers provided smoking guns that clinched their case.
Monday, June 11, 2018 OREGON STANDOFF: JUDGE TOSSES EVIDENCE AGAINST FBI AGENT ACCUSED OF LYING ABOUT FIRING AT LAVOY FINICUM
US District Judge Robert E. Jones threw out a 3-D animation that federal prosecutors wanted to use in the trial of W. Joseph Astarita the FBI agent accused of lying about shots he fired towards LaVoy Finicum moments before Oregon State Police shot him dead.
The judge's Monday ruling (June 11th) takes out a visual illustration prosecutors wanted to use to show a jury Astarita's location when the shots were fired.
Judge Jones said the animation was based on a smudgy FBI drone video taken from high altitude.
It's worth noting of course that the FBI asked Oregon State Police not to wear their body cams during their "felony traffic stop" operation and wore no cameras themselves.
President Trump pardoned a father and son from Oregon on Tuesday who were imprisoned after setting fire to federal land during what were intended to be controlled burns. The imprisonment - which followed a multi-decade feud with the federal government, resulted in approximately 100-150 armed militia members taking control of a closed wildlife park headquarters in a 41-day standoff led by three brothers from the Cliven Bundy family. Read more about the case here.
As we have always warned, the Government can out right execute you, and the courts will rarely stand in their way. So plan your resistance accordingly...
The Execution of LaVoy Finicum: Lawsuit Dismissed
Posted on September 19, 2019 by David
A federal lawsuit related to the shooting of rancher Robert LaVoy Finicum has been dismissed.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the civil suit was filed in U.S. District Court of Oregon by Ryan Payne, Shawna Cox and others who were associated with the Bundy family’s 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
They claimed that FBI agents, Oregon State Police and other officials violated their civil rights by using excessive force and “ambushing” them on the day Finicum was shot and killed.
Chief District Court Judge Michael Mosman dismissed all counts in the lawsuit Friday, saying “It’s time to put a fork in this case.”
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