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FBI Used 15 Confidential Sources for Information on Armed Takeover of Oregon Wildlife Refuge

Burns, Oregon, where the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is located.

Burns, Oregon, where the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is located.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI used 15 confidential sources for information from their contacts with occupiers during the 41-day armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, according to a prosecutor in the case.

Now Ammon Bundy’s lawyer Marcus Mumford wants the court to force prosecutors to reveal the identities of the informants in the federal conspiracy trail against his client and six co-defendants, the Oregonian reports. 

“We’re being prosecuted based on the collective actions of others,” Mumford argued.

Two of the 15 defendants have been identified during trial as Terri Linnel, who was called as a defense witness, and Mark McConnel, who was driving with Ammon Bundy when he was arrested on Jan. 26.

U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown requested the government disclose to her the unreacted reports from the 15 informants.

The sources resulted in 129 reports, which the judge plans to review before determining whether to release the sources’ names and other information.

FBI Found More Than 1,600 Spent Shell Casings at Oregon Wildlife Refuge

Scene at the federal wildlife refuge.

Scene at the federal wildlife refuge.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents found more than 1,600 spent shell casings at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge boat launch in Oregon, where protesters occupied the area for 41 days earlier this year.

The findings were shared with jurors in a video that showed seven or eight men firing assault rifles, the Oregonian reports. 

Assistant U.S Attorney Ethan Knight said the video undermines defense attorneys’ claims that the armed standoff was a peaceful demonstration.

“It’s direct evidence of force,” Knight told the judge.

The Oregonian reports:

FBI agents, photographers and forensic accountants who were part of the agency’s Evidence Response Team spent the day testifying about what they recovered from the bird sanctuary in late February after the 41-day occupation. Bundy and six co-defendants are on trial, charged with conspiring to impede federal employees from the refuge through force, intimidation or threats.

The agents described dozens of boxes of ammunition found in multiple sites, rifle cases left in the refuge archaeologist’s office, a trench filled with trash bags near the RV park on the eastern edge of refuge headquarters, three cut padlocks located in a dumpster outside the bunkhouse, a “Tyranny” sign propped up at the refuge’s front gate and an improvised bunker dug out by the back gate of the refuge.

They also revealed handwritten notes they seized from the bunkhouse and elsewhere that described tactical training, formations and drills, guard duty schedules and individual assignments such as “rifleman” or “medic.”

FBI Special Agent Christopher Chew said he was the senior team leader, managing the search and seizure of evidence from Feb. 12 through Feb. 23. He said there were FBI evidence teams that helped Portland agents from Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver and San Antonio.

Armed Protester Occupying Federal Refuge Would Rather Be Killed Than Arrested

burn oregonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

At least one of the armed protesters occupying a federal refuge in Oregon said he is prepared to die before being arrested, NBC News reports. 

Today is the fifth day of the standoff at the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The FBI is trying to resolve the impasse without violence.

But one occupier, LaVoy Finicum, said he “absolutely” would rather be killed than arrested.

“I have no intention of spending any of my days in a concrete box,” he said.

“There are things more important than your life and freedom is one of them,” he said. “I’m prepared to defend freedom.”

But Finicium, a Mormon rancher from Arizona with 11 children, suggested Tuesday that he hopes the standoff ends soon because “I need to get home.”

“I got cows that are scattered and lost.”