Ammon Bundy who is leading the armed group of militants occupying a national wildlife refuge near Burns, Oregon, plans to have a ceremony Saturday for ranchers to renounce federal ownership of public land and tear up their federal grazing contracts.
FBI agents tried meeting with Bundy on Friday over the three-week standoff, however, he left because the agent wouldn’t talk with him in front of the media, according to the Associated Press.
The short meeting occurred as Oregon officials are putting increased pressure on federal authorities to take action against the Bundy militants.
“I kind of feel that if he doesn’t have the authority to come here without a bunch of permissions … he’s probably not the one we need to talk to,” Bundy told other FBI agents, according to the Seattle Times.
“I really don’t think at this point having a phone conversation here … would be beneficial,” Bundy said. “He of course wanted to do it in private, and I think the people have a right to hear that.”
However, it’s normal practice for the FBI to hold negotiations privately.
Which is rich considering the Bundy militia does not have permission to seize the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Bundy went on to question the FBI’s authority, saying, “If you haven’t got sanction from the sheriff, there’s no reason to be talking to you,”
Again, that’s rich. Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward does not want the armed militia members there and he’s received out-of-state death threats due to his vocal opposition to the occupation.
The group says it plans to open the 300-square-mile refuge for cattle this spring.
The FBI said in a statement Thursday that the agency’s response “has been deliberate and measured as we seek a peaceful resolution.”
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said the armed occupation has cost Oregon taxpayers nearly half a million dollars.
The community wants the militants to leave, too. .
Harney County Judge Steve Grasty doesn’t want them there.
No one wants them there, but they continue to impose themselves on the small community.
Still yet, Bundy said locals appreciate the militia’s work.
Bundy said the occupiers are appreciated by locals because they “helping ranchers,” doing maintenance on the refuge because “it’s in a bad shape,” and taking care of fire hazards in the refuge’s firehouse.
Sure, they are. The militants are plowing new roads while destroying artifacts. The lawless bunch of welfare queens continue to rifle through desks while going through government papers.
The armed occupiers do this without consequence because they’re white. There, I said it.
Image: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.