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FBI Releases Video of LaVoy Finicum’s Fatal Shooting

BURNS, OR— The Oregon standoff became deadly this week with the death of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, and some supporters are calling his death a “blood sacrifice.”

While Ammon Bundy and his supporters were traveling to a meeting in the community of John Day, they encountered an FBI-led operation to apprehend them and end the Oregon refuge standoff.

In the video released by the FBI, it appears Finicum walked away from his vehicle with his hands up. Moments later, he was shot.

According to the FBI, Finicum reached twice for a pocket that police say contained a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun before they shot him. (Read full FBI statement here.)

“Actions have consequences. As the video clearly shows, it was a reckless action that resulted in consequences you have seen here today,” said Greg Bretzing, special agent in charge of the FBI in Portland.

An eyewitness, Victoria Sharp, tells a different story that contradicts the FBI’s statement.

According to Sharp, Finicum was shot with his hands up, and he only reached for his side reacting to being shot.

“He’s like, ‘just shoot me then, just shoot me’— and they did, they shot him dead. They shot him right there, he was just walking— I saw it. I swear to God, he was just walking with his hands in the air,” said Sharp.

Listen to Sharp’s account here.

The FBI has not released any audio of the confrontation and has not commented on Sharp’s statements.

According to OregonLive, “five people involved in the traffic stop were arrested while two were questioned and released. Those arrested were: Ammon Bundy, 40, of Emmett, Idaho; his brother, Ryan Bundy, 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada; Ryan W. Payne, 32, of Anaconda, Montana; Brian Cavalier, 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada; and Shawna J. Cox, 59, of Kanab, Utah.”

Joshua Cook recently interviewed Sheriff Richard Mack, who said he asked Ammon Bundy to peacefully withdraw from Oregon. Sheriff Mack told Cook during that interview, “you never know what this corrupt government is going to do.”

The FBI’s statement makes it clear that the standoff is not over.

Exclusive Interview: Sheriff Mack on the Oregon Standoff and What the Media Isn’t Reporting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBgPgjYqe0g

 

Truth In Media’s Joshua Cook spoke with Sheriff Richard Mack Wednesday about the Hammond family of Oregon, whose conflicts with the federal government led to the widely-reported occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Burns, Oregon.

[Read more: Armed Protesters Occupy Oregon Wildlife Refuge Headquarters]

While the standoff— in which Ammon Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy, joined with other individuals to occupy the refuge headquarters to protest the re-sentencing of 73-year-old Dwight Hammond and his son, 46-year-old Steven Hammond— has been covered by news outlets nationwide, Mack provided details about the conflict between the federal government and the Hammonds that the mainstream media has largely avoided discussing, and also condemned the fact that the Hammonds were charged with arson in the first place.

[RELATED: DONEGAN: Ore. Protest Reaction Shows War on Terror Is Tearing America Apart]

While Mack said he does not agree with Ammon Bundy’s actions, he told Cook that the media is wrong to “brand and label Ammon Bundy as a nut extremist.” Mack said that he worries the current standoff may escalate into another Waco or Ruby Ridge because of the federal government’s desire to save face, adding that government orders were given to kill protesters during the standoff between the Bureau of Land Management and Cliven Bundy in Bunkerville, Nevada in 2014.

Listen to Cook’s interview with Sheriff Mack to learn more about what is really happening in Oregon.

 

Annabelle Bamforth contributed to this report.

Middle Eastern civilians have more to fear than ISIS now

ISIS is currently the single largest, immediate threat to citizens in the Middle East, but people in the area now have to worry about Shia militias carrying out similar acts of brutality.

Shia militias in Iraq have reportedly abducted and killed large numbers of Sunnis in the area in retaliation against ISIS, according to an Amnesty International report released Tuesday.

This report says the Shia militias are armed and supported by the Iraqi government which is currently controlled by Shia Muslims.  However, the report does say these militiamen are not part of any official Iraqi military organization, and they operate outside any official oversight or legal framework.

Bodies have been showing up in cities not controlled by ISIS since June, when the Iraqi military was in a state of disarray from the threat of ISIS.  The bodies have been found in Baghdad, Kirkuk, and Samarra, and all have reportedly had execution style gunshot wounds to their heads.

“Shia militias are ruthlessly targeting Sunni civilians on a sectarian basis under the guise of fighting terrorism,” said Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser Donatella Rovera, according to the Independent.  “By granting its blessing to militias who routinely commit such abhorrent abuses, the Iraqi government is sanctioning war crimes and fueling a dangerous cycle of sectarian violence that is tearing the country apart.”

While the Amnesty report has shed light on human rights violations in Iraq, but according to Al-Jazeera, Shia militia spokesmen in the country have called the report, “an attempt to downgrade our gains and accomplishments so far in the fight against ISIL by supporting the Iraqi forces.”

Naeem Al-Aboudi, the spokeman of the Shia militia group Aasab Ahl Haq, said, “We had fought and won over ISIL in Shia and Sunni areas and while doing so we had not violated any human rights.” 

Iran-US alliance possible to fight ISIS

An unlikely fellowship may sprout between the U.S. and Iran as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has shown support for U.S. military intervention against ISIS in the Middle-East.

Iran’s foreign ministry official said, according to the BBC, Iran would not co-operate with the U.S. against the Islamic State, but the Ayatollah has authorized his top military commander to work with U.S., Iraqi, and Kurdish military forces to bring a stop to ISIS in the Middle-East.

This comes days after reports saying the Iraqi town of Amerli, which was under ISIS control, was liberated by a coalition of U.S., Iraqi, and Iranian military forces.  The U.S. provided air power, performing airstrikes throughout the town, while Iraqi and Iranian militiamen liberated the town on foot.  Iraqi President Faud Masum confirmed this according to CNN.

As the Economist points out, the militias are not Iranian military forces as we might think of them.  These Iranian militiamen are not directly linked to the Iranian government, but they are either members of the al-Quds, a clandestine arm of Iran’s revolutionary guard, or they are followers of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr who is considered one of the most central religious and political leaders in Iraq.

Al-Sadr is the leader of the Sadrist Movement and had served on many political councils in Iraq.  He had issued a warning to ISIS in June, 2014, saying he and his forces would, “shake the ground under the feet of ignorance and extremism,” according to NBC News.

Shia militias in Iraq are not a new thing as they fought American forces in Iraq when America invaded the country in 2003.  However, now these militiamen seem to be aligning themselves with Western forces in the area to fight the threat of ISIS.

Support from Iran against ISIS should come as no surprise given Iran follows the Shia sect of Islam, while ISIS follows the Sunni sect which views Shia Islam as heretical.

VIDEO: FBI Launches Full Investigation Into Bundy Ranch Supporters

Bunkersville, Nev., May 14, 2014- The FBI has launched a full investigation into “death threats, intimidation, and possible weapons violations,” relating to the standoff between the Bureau of Land Management and Bundy Ranch supporters, according to 8 News Now out of Las Vegas.

The first people to be interviewed by FBI agents were Metro Police and Sheriff Doug Gillispie.

According to News 8 Now, the Metro Police claim to have intervened to “protect the lives of federal employees from the 400 or so Bundy supports and armed militia members.”

Metro officers stated that they feared for their lives that day due to the assemblage of firepower that the protestors had gathered and because many of those assembled “pointed weapons at officers, taunted them and told them they should be ready to die.”

Assistant Sheriff Lombardo, who was put in charge of the Metro officers by Sheriff Doug Gillispie, stated that “The federal authorities are conducting an investigation and I am pretty confident it is going to go into the future,” adding that “”Yes, there is definitely going to be consequences, definitely. That is unacceptable behavior. If we let it go, it would continue into the future,” referring to anyone caught on videotape or in pictures pointing a gun at BLM officials or Metro officers.

Bundy supporters have insisted that no one pointed weapons at the BLM or Metro officers, but when a squad of Metro officers were interviewed, many claim to have seen exactly that.

Metro Police Sgt. Tom Jenkins, who was interviewed by the FBI said, “”It is not a rumor. When we first got out there and made a left to divide I-15, that is all you saw. You saw kids and women and horses in the backdrop and then men with guns, laying on the ground, in the back of pickup trucks. We’re going, ‘wow, this would never happen in Las Vegas,’ But it was there. That is not a rumor. It is reality and I saw it with my own eyes.”

Pointing a loaded weapon at a federal agent is illegal and individuals in the Las Vegas are regularly shot dead for pointing a weapon at Metro officers, but one must question why the federal sniper teams had the go ahead to put the Bundy family and their supporters in the sights of their weapons with no repercussions.

Bundy supporters have been adamant in claiming no weapons were aimed at Metro officers or the federal agents, and that the only ones pointing weapons were the BLM agents and their sniper teams.

 

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Harry Reid’s Attempted Land Grab thwarted by Bundy Supporters

 

As reported by Ben Swann, there was a victory for Nev. rancher Cliven Bundy when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced Saturday that it would stand down in its operations of rounding up cattle.

The BLM wanted to avoid potential bloodshed due to the fact that militia members from other states rallied around the Bundy family to help protect his property. A spokesman for the one of the militia groups said to local 8 News Now: I’m not “afraid to shoot,” he said.

The National Review reported that the situation between Bundy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is over land near Bunkerville, Nev., and the controversy is over whether Bundy owns the feds millions in grazing fees for his cattle being on the land, which he claims is his going back more than a century. 

The situation escalated when the federal government started seizing hundreds of cattle and the people started to fight back. See video.

At the end of the day, it wasn’t free speech that caused federal agents to back down, it was Americans willing to use their 2nd Amendment Right against an encroaching government.

Fortunately, there wasn’t any escalated incident, so far.

However, as Ben Swann reported, there are snipers surrounding the Bundy ranch.

A report by InfoWars.com connected the dots between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his little-known connections to a Chinese solar energy giant. Reid’s influence could be playing a major role in the confrontation between the U.S. government and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.

The report cites The Blaze’s Diane Loesch connecting the dots with Reid on her blog.

She wrote, “A tortoise isn’t the reason why BLM is harassing a 67 year-old rancher. They want his land. The tortoise wasn’t of concern when Harry Reid worked BLM to literally change the boundaries of the tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the development of his top donor, Harvey Whittemore.”

According to Loesch, Whittemore was convicted of illegal campaign contributions to Reid. Reid’s former senior advisor is the head of BLM, and Reid is using that as his advantage to seize land to pay back special interests.

“BLM has proven that they have a situational concern for the desert tortoise as they’ve had no problem waiving their rules concerning wind or solar power development. Clearly these developments have vastly affected a tortoise habitat more than a century-old, quasi-homesteading grazing area. If only Clive Bundy were a big Reid donor,” continued Loesch.

The Infowars.com’s article hones in on some important questions regarding Bundy’s property and the interests of Reid’s solar connections. These connections should be explored further.

But the principle of Ockham’s razor states that when confronted with limited information it is always the best to choose the simplest explanation. And the simplest explanation here is that this land grab has nothing to do with a tortoise or cattle, but has everything to do with powerful people trying to steal a man’s property for personal gain.

 

Missouri Should pass a law exempting Unorganized Militia from FED Gun Grab

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Recently a proposed Missouri law that would have nullified federal gun bans failed by a single vote. Missouri pro-gun rights advocates are not going to stop fighting for their 2nd Amendment rights; however I suggest that activists demand Missouri lawmakers to follow a South Carolina bill that seeks to amend the state’s definition of an “unorganized militia” in order to exempt gun owners from any attempt of federal gun bans.

In Missouri, a Republican House and Senate passed House Bill 436 – or the Second Amendment Preservation Act – which would have nullified federal gun legislation.  The bill was vetoed by Democrat Governor Jay Nixon, and failed to override the veto by a single vote.

Opponents of the bill also include the Missouri Attorney General, who argued that it could be seen as unconstitutional, and St. Louis County and Metropolitan police chiefs, who said that the bill would make their job harder, and would open the door for violent offenders to return to the streets by preventing them from being tried in federal courts.  The bill would make it illegal for federal agencies, like the FBI and ATF, to enforce federal laws on Missouri soil.

Though the bill ultimately failed on Wednesday, there are similar bills in other state legislatures, ones which Missouri could adopt.  In South Carolina, for instance, Senate Bill 247 seeks to amend the state’s definition of an “unorganized militia” and the rights of such individuals and groups.  This amendment would help to preserve Second Amendment rights for every South Carolinian over the age of 17.

By the definition of Section 25-1-80 of the South Carolina Code, any able-bodied citizen over 17 years old who is not a member of the military is a member of the state’s unorganized militia.  The bill would essentially nullify all federal restrictions passed after January 1, 2013 by exempting members of the unorganized militia from outside laws passed after that date.

“A militia member,” it reads, “at his own expense, shall have the right to possess and keep all arms that could be legally acquired or possessed by a South Carolina citizen as of December 31, 2012.  This includes shouldered rifles and shotguns, handguns, clips, magazines, and all components.”  This would essentially accomplish most of the goals as the Missouri bill, but while getting to the heart of the issue of gun ownership for many people.

The bill would also exempt members of the unorganized militia from “any law or regulation or jurisdiction of any person or entity outside of South Carolina.”  This means that no federal legislation, executive orders, or international treaties – such as the UN small arms treaty – would affect people over the age of 17 in South Carolina.  This is very similar to the end effect of the Missouri bill, though that bill would have legalized weapons which had been restricted on a federal level before December 2012.

Missouri’s fight against federal gun control needn’t be killed by a single vote.  There are many possible paths to take toward the same goal, including a bill similar to South Carolina’s. One thing is for sure, none of us should be begging for our God-Given Constitutional rights.