One Year After Standoff With Armed Militia, BLM Employees Still Feel Vulnerable

“On April 12, 2014, protestors and some armed militiamen rallied in support of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. In what was intended to be the culmination of a longstanding battle between BLM and Bundy, the agency had rounded up all of the rancher’s livestock he had been illegally allowing to graze on federal land without paying the appropriate fees. The gathering of protestors led to a prolonged standoff, and eventually BLM released the cattle so the crowds would dissipate.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility said BLM has refused to disclose any documents relating to its decision-making process in regard to the incident, or how it plans to respond to similar situations in the future. BLM employees do not know what precautions were taken or how their safety will be ensured moving forward.

Additionally, PEER said, the situation with Bundy is unresolved. This could set a dangerous precedent as ranchers and other detractors feel “emboldened” to challenge the authority of federal agencies and regulations. If Bundy and a rag-tag crew of vigilantes with guns could get a federal agency to back down, what would stop others from doing the same?

The concern appears to have some merit. In July, the Homeland Security Department’s Intelligence and Analysis Office issued a report titled “Domestic Violent Extremists Pose Increased Threat to Government Officials and Law Enforcement.” The investigators said the “perceived victory by militia extremists” in the Bundy case would “likely inspire additional anti-government violence over the next year.”

In the months since the Bundy standoff, many Nevada ranchers have ignored BLM warnings to curb grazing activities while record droughts afflict the state and region. Now BLM employees are unsure where they stand, should new fights evolve.”

http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/04/one-year-after-standoff-rancher-blm-employees-feel-unsafe/109894/#disqus_thread

You don’t say.  What ever would cause them to worry a year later?

We are like kittens.

Really.

I am especially warm and fuzzy.

6 responses to “One Year After Standoff With Armed Militia, BLM Employees Still Feel Vulnerable

  1. Father Paul Lemmen

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

  2. The Feds set themselves up with an impossible situation. Like many other situations they’ve gotten themselves in it’s almost completely their own fault for going about it the way they did. I feel sorry for the guys on the front lines having to deal with the beaurocrats above them making bad decisions (which is all this administration does).

    • I don’t feel sorry for them; not in the least. They pursued the title of “government jackboot” and are free to rejoin the wealth-generating half of society any time. Nobody is forcing them to remain in their state-sanctioned-dealer-of-violence role, complete with costume and shiny badge.

      • It is called accountability. They were all gung ho mad dog when they were all vested and geared up. As long as numerical and tactical superiority was guaranteed they had no problem doing the masters bidding

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