The indictment for the leader of an armed group of militants that took over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, and his followers has been unsealed. Today, we get to have a glimpse of document.
Ammon Bundy was arrested last Tuesday, after leading the armed occupation at the refuge for nearly a month. The indictment was sealed Wednesday but it was promised to be made public within 24 hours.
Defense attorneys made demands for prosecutors to immediately release the document in order to know what charges their clients face. That request was denied by U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice Stewart.
Thursday morning the document was unsealed, showing that Ammon Bundy and his militant followers were indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Impede Officers of the United States, following their siege of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon.
Ammon Bundy, Jon Ritzheimer, Joseph O’Shaughnessy, Ryan Payne, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox, Peter Santilli, Jason Patrick, Duane Leo Ehmer, Dylan Anderson, Sean Anderson, David Lee Fry, Jeff Wayne Banta, Sandra Lynn Pfeifer Anderson and Kenneth Medenbach.
The last four listed are the four holdouts who remain on the refuge, according to KGW.
— Maxine Bernstein (@maxoregonian) February 4, 2016
The four remaining Occupiers have no source for outside communication. They’ve been cut off.
So naturally, Cliven Bundy, the Nevada Rancher and father to Ryan and Ammon Bundy, stepped in to make demands.
“Remove all federal and state policing agents out of Harney County,” he wrote. “Place a Harney County sheriff guard at the entrance road of the Harney County Resource Center stopping all from entering or exiting, for a time.”
Cliven Bundy added, “This is notice that We the People of Harney County and also We the People of the citizens of the United States do give notice that we will retain possession of the Harney County Resource Center.”
That property is not owned by a militia. It is not their property to take.
While at the same time, Ammon Bundy is calling for the occupiers to vacate the premises. It seems the Bundys are disagreeing at this point on what to do. As for the charges against the militants and the subsequent indictment by a federal grand jury, apparently the Bundy-led militia did not realize that when you post threats on social media, people can see them. They even uploaded videos containing threats on YouTube.
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