Oregon militia occupation leaders arrested; one dead and one injured

“One person died and at least seven others were taken into custody Tuesday when authorities confronted an armed protest group responsible for a nearly month-long occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon, officials said,” as the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

“Shots were fired, and self-styled protest leader Ammon Bundy was among a group of five people arrested on a state highway, officials said. One other person was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

“The incident began at 4:25 p.m. on State Highway 395 when agents of the FBI and Oregon State Police ‘began a law enforcement action’ to take into custody those associated with the armed occupation of the refuge, authorities said in a statement.

“About two hours after the initial confrontation, authorities also arrested Internet radio host Peter Santilli, a supporter of the occupation who has documented the case on his program and via live stream since it began.”

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3 thoughts on “Oregon militia occupation leaders arrested; one dead and one injured”

  1. Headline: Armed robbers shot and killed, others arrested on terrorist charges. Citizens finally able to live without fear of stray bullets from nutbucket ignorant patriots. All will be arraigned on multiple charges and will face long federal prison sentences.

  2. http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/01/12/3738570/the-true-victim-of-the-bundy-occupation-is-taxpayers/
    “Along with the occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge facility, three buildings maintained by the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service have also shut down because of the security threat to employees. The Bureau of Land Management’s district office in Burns, Oregon alone employs nearly 120 employees — most of whom are now on paid administrative leave. The weekly cost of those workers — who now are unable to work — is about $117,000 per week, or $23,400 per day.
    Not included in this cost are the 50 additional employees at at the refuge center or the Forest Service’s Emigrant Creek Ranger District office. Many of these workers are also on paid leave, which means the actual cost may be even greater.
    Cost in Lost Recreational Tourism: $40,000 Per Day
    The economic impact of birders, hunters, anglers, and other outdoor recreationalists is no joke. Nationally, these groups contribute some $140 billion and hundreds of thousands of jobs to the economy each year — a strong economic force for many small businesses, towns, and counties like Harney.
    The Malheur Wildlife Refuge is no exception. It attracts 119,000 recreational visitors a year, who come to see its 190 thousand acres of prime wildlife habitat, housing 320 species of birds, 58 mammals and 10 species of native fish. These visitors spend around $15 million each year, according to a 2013 report from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
    $15 million a year averages down to over $40,000 a day, meaning Harney County has lost, as an estimate, a staggering $360,000 in recreation dollars since the armed takeover began.
    Total Cost: $133,400 Per Day
    $70,000 in security costs and closed schools. $23,400 in federal salaries. $40,000 a day lost in recreation dollars. The cost of the nine-day takeover adds up to roughly $1,200,600. Each additional day adds $133,400 to the total, and for the beleaguered Harney county, there’s no end in sight.”
    Send The Bill to Patriot Public Lands Thief Bundy — with my best wishes.

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