Last weekend a small but well-armed and -armored federal task force under the Bureau of Land Management was forced to back off in the face of a group of unarmed (or lightly-armed) patriots on horseback and on foot in a gully near Bunkerville, Nevada. The courageous citizens who approached the federal barriers were told by bullhorn that they would be shot if they came any further, but they kept coming anyway.
This was a huge victory for those American patriots who want to re-establish the rule of law under the United States Constitution. For the past two days I’ve been browsing patriot networks, Second Amendment sites, and YouTube channels, and it’s clear that the libertarian resistance has been electrified by what happened at the Bundy Ranch. Ordinary citizens stood up to the federal government, and the feds backed down.
However, as most of us surmised on Saturday, this was merely a tactical retreat on the part of the BLM and the Obama administration. We are now in a “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain” situation, which is untenable from the point of view of the federal government. In order to work their will upon the American people, the feds must be seen as invincible. But they aren’t — they’ve just proven that they don’t have the guts required to gun down patriotic citizens in cold blood. They have no broad-based support among the people — all they have is fiat money and the unlimited firepower that money can buy.
The invincibility of the federal behemoth must be re-established, and quickly, so expect a Round Two. According to the following report from a reader named Warren Smith, the BLM has backed off from the Bundy Ranch, but has not departed the area. They may well be planning further operations in that part of Nevada.
Dr. Smith has written the governor of Nevada with an urgent appeal to call out the Nevada National Guard to prevent illegal federal actions. He included the following note along with enclosed emails:
Please see the below as a strategy to prevent loss of life in the developing situation in Nevada (a situation which appears to be worsening, despite the supposed resolution yesterday — see the below), and to send a clear message to the Feds to back off. Please use whatever means you have to contact and pressure the Governor of Nevada to deploy the Nevada National Guard in protection of the Bundy family, their property, and the many heroic citizens who have flocked to their aid.
- Web page/email: http://gov.nv.gov/contact/
- Telephone: (775) 684-5670, (702) 486-2500
- FAX: (775) 684-5683, (702) 486-2505
I urge you to consider contacting the Governor through all of these means, and to consider forwarding this (or similar) information to others who will contact the Governor. I also urge you to pray that this situation is resolved rapidly and without bloodshed.
Dr. Smith’s letter to the governor of Nevada is at the bottom of this post. Below are some of the emails he has received from eyewitnesses in Nevada, which prompted him to write the letter.
Received: 12:46 PM EDT, 04/13/2014
Subject: Update: IT’S NOT OVER IN NV
Hello all you Patriots of the 912,
[REDACTED] called me this morning to inform me that the BLM has been ordered to stand down but NOT to go away. [REDACTED] arrived early in the morning and started to set up camp. They also were asked by Ryan Bundy to run security while they rescue the calves who are dying because of the stress and lack of grazing from being kept off the range. They spotted night time activity in the hills surrounding the Bundy property. After catching about an hours sleep they awoke to see three snipers skulking in the bush surrounding the camps that people have set up. The people who have been there are not leaving and more are still coming in from all over the US. The airspace over the Bundy ranch has been shut down in a 3 mile, 30,000 feet perimeter so that no private helicopters or planes can fly over to take pictures or surveil what the feds are up to. If the National Guard, the Army, the Marines or any military faction becomes involved that means they will be declaring WAR on the citizens of the United States. We are perilously close to an all out military action. So far Federal Agents are still trolling the roads, surveilling the territory and the camps in big black SUVs with blacked out windows. We need more numbers out there. There’s a Federal Express outlet in St. George, Utah on South Airport Rd. If need be get ready to send supplies. If the government decides to shut the roads down to try to contain the numbers of people coming in to take a stand the supply lines could be compromised. I will have more intel by this afternoon. Anyone out there who is involved with the III%ers or the Oath Keepers please contact me at [REDACTED]. We need to get organized. If this turns to war we need to drop everything and go. The Government is NOT GOING TO GO AWAY. This is not cool and this is not funny this is for real!
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 5:50 PM
Subject:A person my wife knows tried to get to the site in NV
Here’s her account. She’s an attorney in LA.
Subject: Here’s what the news won’t say about what really happened in Nevada
From a person that went there, drove there from L.A.
I rolled into Laughlin really early, like 5:30 am. So many people had shown up, that we decided to leave in groups. A second group to leave at 8Am as scheduled. Ours was a big group too. About two dozen cars, loaded with passengers.
The highway was almost empty until near Mesquite. Then it was a traffic jam. Motor homes, campers, ATVs running along side the freeway, motorcycles, vehicles, every thing you could possibly imagine. Everyone on their way to Bunkerville. Then it about stopped, just inching along. Word traveled down the traffic line that the feds had blocked the road just out of Mesquite and were searching vehicles for weapons and cell phones. Cell phones were confiscated and smashed. The people were given a chit for $30.00 redemption value. I left my phone at home. Some of us that had four wheel drives decided to just leave the road and head overland. As we got closer to the ridge, we were stopped by armed militia. We could not go any further. We could wait, or turn around and go back to the road. Men, that I suspect were special forces, had climbed the ridge from the back side and captured the snipers. They were at that moment coming down the ridge to take them to Mesquite where they would be let go. They weren’t prisoners, they were just going to be replaced by friendlies.
Because of the roadblock on I-15, people refused to be searched, and refused to turn back. They just pulled off the road and parked. It was like a dam backing up a river. Soon the feds were trapped between the Americans who had already gotten through, and the Americans that had been stopped on the highway. The BLM agents went into full panic mode and called for help. LVPD which had REFUSED to show up to help Americans HAD to show up to rescue BLM that was now trapped and helpless. The blockade was SEVEN MILES LONG! That’s a potload of people.
A group of armed Americans along with local cowboys went to Mesquite to liberate the cows that had been confiscated and held by BLM. They were being driven back home in an old fashioned cattle drive. The feds say it was voluntary, don’t believe it.
I was basically standing around twiddling my thumbs when the word came down that the Director of BLM had surrendered and all forces would be withdrawn. I could not go on. The road was blocked and would be blocked probably for the rest of the day at least. A bunch of us turned around and left. It was over. There was THOUSANDS of people there, and more arriving every minute. The ranch, Gold Butte, the entire area was completely surrounded by Americans. The highway was completely blocked in both directions of people trying to get through. Everyone was very peaceful and friendly. No fights or anything. There was a rumor in the line, that some of the mercenaries hired by the feds had defected and were now on the side of the Americans.
I came back and immediately saw this pack of lies and half truths.
At one point, I-15 was closed in both directions, about seven miles south of Mesquite, because protesters had blocked the freeway. Nearly two dozen police officers and a SWAT unit were at the scene to keep the peace and assist the BLM enforcement officers to safely leave the area. They were scared crapless!
Sola Fide, sola gratia, sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola Deo Gloria
Subject: A person my wife knows tried to get to the site in NV (from trusted correspondent)
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:51:13 -0500
Our thanks to [REDACTED] a trusted correspondent, for this. I had also heard from another person from one of the western states who said he was blocked from arriving at the Bundy ranch and had to turn back. Well, Folks, it’s interesting, isn’t it? This blockade, and especially the absolutely blatantly illegal smashing of the cell phones by federal personnel, was not reported in the news. Folks, there is NO law that supports the confiscation and destruction of people’s property, or even a law that bans travel in this way without a valid justification!
Thus they blocked not only the roads but also the information and both actions were illegal!
This is how the government, working hand in hand with the media, tries to control us and despises our property rights.
That is why this message must go viral.
The person who wrote this needs to report this illegal confiscation, along with any friends who were with her at the time. It needs to get to the msm. Never assume the media will not pick up such news eventually. Remember that Fox eventually did carry this Bundy drama. They will also no doubt carry this news as well because they are pro-GOP and want to get rid of Obama, and this makes Obama look like what he is, a tyrant.
Don’t be discouraged when the news won’t initially carry your experiences. Get together with other witnesses and submit these news items. Go to the news web sites and use the submission forms. Call the TV outlets.
BTW, the BIG news is that the number of citizens who WOULD have shown up at the Bundy ranch in Nevada during the standoff, and the number of eyewitness reports about federal abuses on the way would have been overwhelming if the feds had not illegally blocked their travel. Obama does indeed want to be a totalitarian dictator, as many have speculated for years.
The good news is that the support, most of which never arrived, was probably several times greater numerically.
This bad news is actually good news in that respect. We weren’t supposed to know. (BTW, my suggestion is find a secure hiding place for cell phones in your car, like under a wheel well or under upholstery. A water proof pack tied to a thin thread that fits into the gas tank pipe might also work, esp if fastened somehow to somewhere inside the fill pipe).
PS: After I sent this to the first few groups, Dave Levine of the Dave Levine Show wrote back and said:
These witnesses and victims of the BLM smashing their private property (cellphones) should contact their Congress critters and demand House hearings on BLM’s thuggery.
Of course, the standard government response by now may be “you don’t want to go there, Buddy.” OUR response must be: “You already took us there, Buddy.”
Dr. Smith’s letter to Governor Sandoval:
The Honorable Governor Brian Sandoval
Governor of the State of Nevada
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED TO PREVENT LOSS OF LIFE
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Dear Governor Sandoval,
I implore you for rapid action that only you can take to achieve the joint aims of 1) preventing loss of life of both US Citizens and Federal agents and 2) the preservation of state’s rights and citizen’s liberties by preventing the further illegal confiscation of private and Nevada-owned properties by the Federal government.
The obvious — and perhaps only — solution to the current crisis is for you to use your gubernatorial powers to activate the Nevada National Guard in defense of the rights on the Bundy family.
The reasoning for this is as follows:
|1)||The influx of militia, Oath Keepers, etc. is creating a very dangerous situation, especially when combined with the reports of Federal agents taking up sniper positions, excluding media coverage, cutting communication, etc. It is an unfortunate fact that some of the members of the militia, Oath Keepers, etc., are seeking opportunity to initiate open conflict with a government that they see as having far exceeded its Constitutional bounds, hoping to start a widespread rebellion. Without centralized leadership to reign in the most extreme of these, massive bloodshed is a foregone conclusion. I have overheard information relating to one of these groups, a group including highly trained ex-marines who are preparing for a drawn-out conflict, willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for a cause that they see as entirely noble — protecting and preserving the Constitution of the United States of America. Decisive action to prevent the loss of life of these people, who can only be called “patriots,” and to prevent the loss of life of Federal agents (who are also innocent pawns in this conflict) is required.|
|2)||Analysis of the legal position of the Bundy family seems to indicate that they are entirely in the right, were it not that massive overreach of Federal control, well beyond Constitutional limits, has made them trespassers on land for which they own grazing rights. Under Nevada law, the actions by the BLM in collecting and attempting to sell the cattle owned by the Bundy family are patently felonious. The reported confiscation and destruction of cell phones and firearms of citizens attempting to get close to Bunkerville are illegal and unconstitutional actions by the Federal agents. The Federal government has essentially declared martial law and suspended Constitutional protections in your jurisdiction, something that requires your action.|
|3)||Given that the Federal government is violating the Constitution through military-type force against US citizens, calling up the National Guard for the defense of your state, and of the citizens, is a correct and proper reaction, and indeed is the reason why the National Guard exists under state control instead of Federal control.|
|4)||If the Federal government were to attempt to put down the Nevada National Guard through armed conflict, the result would be catastrophic for the Federal government. They would not dare make such a move, as such a move would certainly trigger civil war. If you were to deploy the Nevada National Guard, the Federal government would have no choice but to retreat from their tyrannical tactics, to seek a resolution through other means. The crisis would be averted, and the cause of liberty reinforced.
It is for these reasons that I implore you — to save innocent lives and to preserve liberty — to mobilize the Nevada National Guard in defense of the Bundy family and the citizens who have gathered on their behalf, and to do so before the otherwise inevitable bloodshed commences.
Dr. Warren Smith