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FBI Defends ‘Deliberate And Measured’ Response to Occupation of Wildlife Refuge in Oregon

Burns, Oregon

Burns, Oregon

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A day after Oregon’s governor criticized federal authorities for their handling of the occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge, the FBI defended what it called a “deliberate and measured” response, NBC News reports. 

“The FBI recognizes that many in the community have questions about why we are here and our role in helping to end the occupation of the wildlife refuge,” the FBI said Thursday.

“This occupation has caused tremendous disruption and hardship for the people of Harney County, and our response has been deliberate and measured as we seek a peaceful resolution,” the FBI said.

The armed militia has occupied the refuge since Jan 2. to protest a prison sentence for a pair of local ranchers convicted of setting fire to public land.

Since then, the group has destroyed camera surveillance and paved roads at the expense of archaeological sites important to the Burns Paiute Tribe.

“There are any range of cultural artifacts that might have been impacted by this illegal construction,” Federal Fish and Wildlife Service spokesperson Miel Corbett said.

Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday said “federal authorities must move quickly to end the occupation and hold all of the wrongdoers accountable.”

Oregon Governor Urges Feds to ‘End Occupation’ of Wildlife Refuge

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Oregon’s governor said she’s fed up with federal authorities’ leniency with an armed militia’s occupation of a national wildlife refuge.

Gov. Kate Brown said the time has come for the feds to “move quickly to end the occupation and hold all of the wrongdoers accountable.”

“The residents of Harney County have been overlooked and underserved by federal officials’ response thus far. I have conveyed these very grave concerns directly to our leaders at the highest levels of our government: the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House,” Brown said.

Saying the occupation has cost state taxpayers nearly a half million dollars, Brown said she’ll be “asking federal officials to reimburse the state for these costs.”

Federal authorities so far have left the occupiers alone to avoid provoking a confrontation.

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Tensions Mount As Militia Paves Roads, Removes Surveillance at Oregon Wildlife Refuge

Burns, Oregon

Burns, Oregon

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Tensions continued as the militia group that took over an Oregon wildlife refuge paved new roads and removed fences and security cameras.

Armed militia members scaled ladders Friday to remove cameras, which they referred to as a symbol of “mass surveillance,” militia spokesman LaVoy Finicum said during a news briefing, the New York Daily News reports. 

Now the Burns Paiute Tribe is afraid that the militia may have destroyed artifacts and desecrated ancient burial grounds.

The headquarters near Burns, Oregon, contains thousands of relics.

“We have no idea whether the militants have disturbed the Tribe’s artifacts or gained access to otherwise confidential information,” wrote tribe chairperson Charlotte Rodrique in a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regional director Robyn Thorson.

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Federal Government Rethinks Closure of Office That Investigated Antigovernment Groups

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Daryl Johnson studied threats posed by antigovernment groups for Homeland Security, he was virtually ignored and criticized by conservatives, the New York Times reports.

So it was no surprise to Johnson when an armed group occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon last week.

Johnson warned in a report about the growing antigovernment movement and the possibility that military veteran could “lead the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone-wolf extremists.”

Johnson’s office was shut down and his document was retracted.

But the tables have turned as Homeland Security struggles with identifying and foiling potential threats.

“The D.H.S. is scoffing at the mission of doing domestic counterterrorism,” Johnson said. “The same patterns that led to the growth of the antigovernment groups in the 1990s is being played out today. D.H.S. should be doing more.”

FBI Seeks Peaceful Ending to Armed Standoff at Federal Building in Oregon

burn oregonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A march on Saturday to protest father-and-son ranchers who were convicted of arson has escalated to an armed occupation of a federal building in Oregon.

There’s just one problem: The protesters haven’t said what they want, CNN reports. 

Armed protesters took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge building near Burns.

“We will be here as long as it takes,” protest spokesman Ammon Bundy told CNN by phone from inside the refuge.

“We have no intentions of using force upon anyone, (but) if force is used against us, we would defend ourselves.”

Bundy is the son of Cliven Bundy, the rancher who instigated a standoff with federal authorities in Nevada.

“This is about taking the correct stand without harming anybody to restore the land and resources to the people so people across the country can begin thriving again,” he said.

Federal authorities said they are trying to avoid violence and so far have taken a patient approach.

Border Patrol: Leave Complicated Immigration Issues Up to Professionals

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Border Patrol is urging the state of Texas and militia members to leave immigration issues to the pros, the Associated Press reports.

The plea comes after the influx of migrants prompted state Gov. Rick Perry to send as many as 1,000 guardsman and hundreds of state troopers to the border. Militia members also took up guard.

Everyone is heavily armed, and coordination is minimal.

The Border Patrol recently had a friendly fire incident involving a militia member.

“Sometimes it can be dangerous, because you have all these (non-law enforcement) people out there running around the border,” said Kevin Oaks, the Border Patrol’s chief in the Rio Grande Valley. “There are cartel members that carry assault weapons and camouflage, and then there’s others that may be under the auspices of whatever group, may look very similar, and we have no idea who those people are. My fear is that these things clash and eventually there will be a very bad outcome.”

FBI reviewing Potentially Deadly Encounter Between Border Patrol, Militia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating a tense encounter between the U.S. Border Patrol and an armed militia man, the Valley Morning Star reports.

An agent is accused of firing several shorts at what turned out to be a militia member on private property.

The incident happened while Border Patrol agents were chasing immigrants near Brownsville and spotted the man holding a gun.

An FBI spokeswoman confirmed the FBI is reviewing the cases, which had not been investigated by the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office.

Border Patrol Warns of Armed Militias Complicating Immigration Crackdowns at Border

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Armed militias are complicating already tense, complex crackdowns on immigration, the Border Patrol has warned.

The Associated Press reports that the Border Patrol issued a warning to agents to be on the look out for militias that are working in fatigues but have no authority law enforcement authority or training.

The warning came after agents were rounding up immigrants recently and were helped with men in fatigues. Border Patrol agents said they throught they were being helped by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

“How do they identify themselves? Do they have badges? How do we know who they are?” asked J.P. Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. “If they’re all just dressed in camos, it’s kind of hard to distinguish whether they’re law enforcement or not. … There’s a lot of potential for stuff to go wrong.”

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio warned of “chaos if you’re going to have private citizens dressed just like our deputies taking the law into their own hands.”

A member of the Arizona Minutemen militia pointed a rifle at a sheriff’s deputy last year after apparently mistaking him for a drug trafficker.