The armed militants who have taken over federal buildings at an Oregon wildlife refuge first said they did not access the government computers which they are clearly seen sitting next to in a picture a reporter took, but now Ammon Bundy, the leader of the militia who seized the building clarifies that statement.
Ammon Bundy says he and his followers are going through documents stored at the refuge to expose how the government has mistreated local ranchers who use federal land in the area, according to the Associated Press.
The militant group’s leader, Ammon Bundy, spoke with reporters Monday saying the militia members are not accessing computers used by employees at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge outside Burns, but he said they do have access to government files and are looking through them.
And here is Bundy tearing down a government fence and replacing it with a gate, to allow local ranchers access to pastures that don’t belong to them.
Happening now: Bundy breaking down fence on refuge pic.twitter.com/MH6wSoSfoR
— Wanda Moore (@WandaKTVZ) January 11, 2016
Let’s be clear here. This armed group of miscreants, under the guise of freedom, are rifling through desks and papers which do not belong to them, in a building they have seized while in possession of an arsenal of weapons.
Anyone who is intentionally around the groupin order to show support should be held accountable. And that includes an Oregon state legislator – from outside Harney County — who arrived on Saturday with out-of-state elected officials to meet with the Bundy militia members in order to have some nice-time with the anti-government extremists.
Rep. Dallas Heard doesn’t take directions well. The Republican legislator went to the area with a handful of officials against warnings from officials.
Many have compared this situation to how black protesters were treated in Ferguson and other cities, saying there is a racial bias in how the situation is handled.
Bundy and his followers seized buildings at the refuge Jan. 2, and since then the authorities have done very little – or nothing substantial anyway – to resolve this problem.
Well, they’re not wrong. The group,”3% of Idaho,” arrived at the compound, then marched to the FBI’s compound while heavily armed. The feds shook hands with them and a couple of the agents chuckled with one of the militants about something that was said, then they said goodbye and went back to the seized federal building the militants are now calling home.
That was it. The authorities are giving minorities the middle fingers. It’s a slap in the face.
We can’t publish the image here, but you should see the picture the AP has of a man dressed as a continental army officer while walking through the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The wannabe soldiers are playing dress-up.
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