Patrick Brown — April 12, 2014 | Western Journalism
After an announcement (Watch Video) by Clark County Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie that BLM officials would back down from their seizure of Cliven Bundy’s cattle, a tense standoff with protesters still was taking place as late as 1pm PST. That armed standoff, however, has been resolved.
According to Brandon Darby of Breitbart news, a Federal SWAT Team has agreed to retreat from a tension ridden stand-off with protesters.
1:01pm Pacific – “It was strange to see armed ranchers and militias stand off against a federal SWAT team under a bridge in a desert wash,” Darby said. “After a few tense moments, the feds agreed to retreat and allow the ranchers and the militia to guide the remaining cattle back to tracts of land used by the Bundy ranch. Both sides were demanding the other disarm first. Both the ranchers and law enforcement refused; ultimately the federal agents began to walk backwards behind retreating vehicles and leave the area.
The Bundy family has also been informed that their cattle will be returned.
…they allowed a member of the Bundy family to travel a half-mile back beyond the conflict area and to see the family’s cattle. The family member returned and made the announcement that the family would receive the remaining heads of cattle and he requested that the ranchers and militia help corral and guide the cattle back.”
Here is a recent image tweet from the standoff area:
— ipullonpigtails (@ipullonpigtails) April 12, 2014
As Brandon Darby describes, it was a very tense standoff between armed militia and the Federal SWAT team, with each side demanding that the other disarm.
It was literally “get rid of your guns first.” “NO. You get rid of your guns first.” And so on and so on …
— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) April 12, 2014
Last night, WesternJournalism released a email petition tool for individuals to send emails to BLM officials. As of the time of this writing, more than 8000 individuals have used this tool to petition BLM officials to end this standoff peaceably.
H/T to Dave
Protesters at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Nevada faced off with federal agents this past weekend, sending the message that overreaching government power can be resisted.
The ranch protesters had a clear message: This is not about cattle. “People are getting tired of the federal government having unlimited power,” Bundy’s wife Carol told ABC News – including the power to push your cattle off land where they’ve grazed for over 140 years.
How far is all this from the grimy hands of Harry Reid? Sources close to BLM say that the backoff could be just a ploy for a planned raid of the ranch. Dubious Harry saying “it’s not over” seems to confirm that.
Democrats always seem to support civil disobedience, don’t they? They could not defend the dragged-out dispute in Wisconsin enough. Progressives recommend it, speaking truth to power. They support union strikes. They support enviro-wackos. To say nothing of supporting a Radical-in-chief in the White House or his renegade actions. (Obama even said he’d put on his shoes to march with strikers.) But they never seem to defend private property, as evidenced from the Kelo decision. However, they salute civil disobedience from teachers to gay marriage to spotted owls. And they don’t even protest rampant abuses by the IRS.