Fearing for their safety as armed protesters gathered in the Nevada back country, federal officials on Saturday suddenly ended a controversial effort to seize hundreds of cattle that a rancher has kept illegally on public land.
The cattle ranch’s owner, Cliven Bundy, and hundreds of armed supporters had threatened to forcefully keep Bureau of Land Management employees from rounding up the approximately 900 cattle. Nearly 400 of the cattle had been seized during the past week. They were being held nearby and could be sent to Utah, authorities said.
In a meeting Saturday, Bundy urged Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie to seize the federal officials’ weapons and bring them back to the rancher. The demand coincided with the sheriff, who’s sought to avoid bloodshed, reading a news release from the BLM to a jubilant crowd gathered near Bundy’s ranch.
Phi Beta Iota: Bravo to the Bureau of Land Management for common sense. There are so many lessons to be learned from this — and the federal government should also consider itself put on notice. The country is in a pre-revolutionary state. The government has lost legitimacy in the eyes of many. This would be a good time for the militia to learn how to do after action studies, and to reveal to the public all it can learn about the corruption of the County Commissioner playing the federal government, and the Senator seeking to rent federal lands to the Chinese.