Since John has already covered the Malheur Wildlife Refuge events twice today, I’m going to keep this one short. According to the Harney County Sheriff steps are being taken to resolve the standoff. And while they may not be visible, they are happening. He also indicated that his priority is the security and safety of the residents of Harney County while the FBI, Park Service, and other Federal officials take the lead in resolving the problem.
Despite some reports last night that Ammon Bundy indicated he and his followers would go home if asked by the local citizenry, he issued a statement today that that wouldn’t happen. Specifically last night’s tweet was from his brother Ryan and Ammon’s statement today was: “”We have been very active in forwarding our plan and assisting the people of Harney County in claiming and using their rights, then we will go home.” He then contradicted himself, making some remarks similar to his brother, but they were heavily caveated. Ammon Bundy indicated that if the locals asked them to leave they would, but that they’ve seen no indication of this yet. And that their purpose for being there was: “to get the logger back to logging, to get the rancher back to ranching, to get the miner back to mining, the farmer back to farming and to jump-start this economy”. What any of that has to do with the Constitution, I have no idea.
For those interested, here’s a link to an Oregon Live article that itself links to ten articles detailing all the charges and court case information regarding the Hammonds. This is the necessary background reading that needed to be out in the news media last week, but seems to just be trickling out now.