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Marti Oakley   © copyright 2014 All rights reserved

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“It appears the BLM had big plans for just how they were going to put Bundy out of business via cattle rustling and by presenting a military style assault on the ranch and its occupants.  As of this morning, Saturday, April 12th, 2014, the BLM said it would not steal any more of Bundy’s cattle. “

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As hundreds of protesters from around the country arrived in Nevada to back the Clovin Bundy ranch, the BLM rethought its military stance and is packing up its AR-15′s, its military helicopters and snipers, and heading for the safety of Las Vegas.  The gambling odds in Vegas provide a better percentage of wins than the growing protest at the ranch.

The BLM claimed Bundy had not practiced beneficial use of the land and water in numerous court battles.  For this to be true, Bundy’s cattle would  have been doing little grazing or drinking water on public lands.

If it is true that his cattle did graze and drink, then the charge of failing to meet beneficial use guidelines turns out to be fraudulent.

Bundy stopped paying grazing fees in 1992 when BLM failed to meet its contractual obligation regarding water and land improvements.  Bundy did make the improvements with his own money.

(United States Revised Statutes section 2339, 2340: *234)When one has complied with the local laws for the appropriation of water, and has constructed upon vacant public lands of the United States the works for diversion of the water, he thereby acquires a vested and an accrued right within the meaning of said section the rights thus acquired are superior to the rights of a subsequent entryman [**1018] upon said lands. 

This means that Bundy had established vested water and land rights that trumped any subsequent federal land and water grabs using statute, code and internal mandates.

20 years later on a ranch far, far away in Nevada

The BLM first appeared at the Bundy ranch right after 1.27 million in fracking leases were handed out:

This document from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology(1) shows significant exploratory drilling being conducted in precisely the same area where the Bundy family has been running cattle since the 1870′s. The “Gold Butte” area is indicated on the lower right corner of the document (see below), and it clearly shows numerous exploratory drilling operations have been conducted there.

What’s also clear is that oil has been found in nearby areas and possibly even within the Gold Butte area itself. (Natural News)

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From ShaleReporter.com:

U.S. Bureau of Land Management geologist Lorenzo Trimble tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal the Elko County oil and gas leases sold Tuesday for $1.27 million to six different companies. The auction took place in Reno. The leases are near where Houston-based Noble Energy Inc. wants to drill for oil and natural gas on 40,000 acres of public and private land near the town of Wells. The Review-Journal reports the project would be the first in Nevada to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to extract oil and gas from shale deposits.

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Also at stake was the promised land for the solar mitigation field that would have impacted the ranch’s land.  It is alleged that Senator Harry Reid (D) NV, was behind the order to lay siege to the ranch.  Reid is heavily invested in the solar project.

It appears the BLM had big plans for just how they were going to put Bundy out of business via cattle rustling and by presenting a military style assault on the ranch and its occupants.  As of this morning, Saturday, April 12th, 2014, the BLM said it would not steal any more of Bundy’s cattle.

The BLM released a statement saying:  Bunkerville, NV (KTNV)

“Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public.
 
After 20 years and multiple court orders to remove the trespass cattle, Mr. Bundy owes the American taxpayers in excess of $1 million. The BLM will continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially.”
I disagree that Bundy owes the American taxpayer anything.  It was the BLM who launched this $3 million + assault on the rancher.  It was the BLM who profited from the leases;  leases predicated on trespassing on Bundy’s land.  It was the BLM who stole more than 300 of Bundy’s cattle, killing some and burying them in the desert using those backhoes they brought along, and others…..well…..we aren’t sure who or what got them.  It is the BLM who blew a huge wad of taxpayer money flexing its police state muscle.  Let the BLM pay the bill.  After all, they make millions and millions each year contracting against the public.
The BLM, having gotten away with so much heavy handed illegal activity regarding the wild horses, must have been terrified at the sight of so many protesters opposed to their actions.  The BLM, apparently too used to badgering and harassing the wild horse advocates, (what with those advocates arming themselves with those dangerous video camera’s (sarc)),  were taken by surprise when people began arriving from around the country and from the local area to support and defend the Bundy’s from a federal agency assault.
I can’t help but notice that the BLM referred to the theft of Bundy’s cattle as a “gather”.  That’s the same term they use to describe the illegal roundups of the wild horses.   Makes it sound all nice and fluffy doesn’t it?  And they bring AR-15′s, helicopters to those events too.  Nothing like donning your uniform, sunglasses and a big hefty weapon while you harass the public and enjoy the sight of helicopters terrorizing a band of wild horses as you participate in illegally rounding them up.
Its hard to be humble
While I am divided on this issue, on the one side wanting the illegal and torturous roundups of the wild horses halted, on the other side, this issue is about private property rights, vested water rights and a host of other property issues.  Still, the obliteration of the wild horses has been accomplished with the complicity of ranchers who believed they would get even more favorable treatment from the BLM if they sided with them to rid the range of the horses.  Apparently they didn’t realize that when you deal with crooks and liars the most you can expect is to be robbed blind and lied to.
It makes it hard to feel sorry for them.
Makes me think of that old adage:  What goes around comes around.
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