Thank you for visiting. My thoughts & Feelings are my Own.
Here I will share my feelings about America and her Future.
Let it be known to all the World, I love all Humankind, however the poor actions of the few that take away the Freedom's of the many wear on my soul. I don't hate them I feel sad for their foolishness before God and humankind.
Those leaders who seek to 'Keep their Oaths of office' and those who seek only self glory, power, tyranny and the destruction of America as it was founded, hoping to turn it into a Dictatorship, Marxist or other state of Tyranny.
For a long while I was unsure of putting a blog together with my thoughts on this, however Truth must be shared, if not to Awake American's to their dangerous situation then to record the folly of the ways of the wicked who do exist in the leadership of our Nation, States, Counties, Towns. Sad that I must add this page.
"We often search for things in life, yet seldom do we find.
Those things in life that really matter, until we make the time." S.T.Huls
God Bless the Republic of America!
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
It is believed it was a federal game and that they were really informants used to cause trouble and the first picture in the media of the male was in a Gordon Martinez for sheriff shirt. Remember, this was an election that was hard fought and Gordon is a whistle blower who has evidence implicating the sheriff's department in murder.
It was a set up and the news that day kept showing the photos of,the male in that campaign shirt, leaving us to step off our campaigning and changing out of our shirts supporting Martinez that were the same as the male had on.
We were shocked and it was obvious that the male and female were used to ruin the campaign as well as make the bundys look bad.
After all the events we now know have been staged it is no longer just a thought but I believe that it was a set up and they were informants.
Outraged Attorneys File For Change Of Venue
petesantillishow : 10/25/2016
Deb Jordan Reports: Chris Rasmussen, attorney for jailed journalist Pete Santilli, has joined the Nevada Public Defenders Motion to Compel the Court for a “Change of Venue” after he received a mailer that was sent to over 700,000 households across the State. Rasmussen supplemented the Public Defenders motion by entering in as evidence several pieces of propaganda he feels supports the claim that defendants in the case of The United States vs Cliven Bundy et, al – will not receive a fair trial in Nevada.
The flyer mailed by the Nevada Democratic party for Ruben Kihuen, done in the style of a wanted poster, depicts Cliven Bundy as being directly responsible for the murders of two Las Vegas Metro Police Officers in the summer of 2014.
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Jerad and Amanda Miller were briefly present at the April 2014 civil rights protest held on Cliven Bundy’s private property before they were asked to leave by security. It would be over two months later before the couple would carry out the brutal and perplexing murders of two Metro Officers while they were eating lunch at a CiCi’s pizza.
In November of 2013, just a few short months before the Bundy Ranch civil rights protest, the Millers were involved in the “Occupy Movement.” Occupy Protests tend to be attributed to the left. Bundy Ranch tends to be associated with the right. In both cases there are acts of civil disobedience, but the Democratic Party for Ruben Kihuen fails to mention the Miller’s close association with Occupy Wall Street, the extreme left leaning organization where civil disobedience often results in violence and chaos followed by destruction of property, looting, shattered storefronts, and multiple assaults on Law Enforcement Officers.
Instead Democrats, who overwhelmingly support causes for the left while demonizing the right, completely ignore the Miller’s connection to the Occupy Movement and choose not to explore the possibility the shooters were more steeped in the extreme left phenomenon of Anarchist behavior, than they were of the Patriot Movement’s ideology concerning abusive Government overreach when it comes to ranchers rights in Western States.
Las Vegas Metro Police and the Clark County Sheriffs Department cannot produce any report of violence or destruction of property during the Bundy Civil Rights Protest, except in those instances where the Bureau of Land Management were the perpetrators.
Sheriff Douglas Gillespi, the then Sheriff of Clarke County said at the time, there was no direct link to the couple’s killing spree and Cliven Bundy – noting that the two had arrived in Las Vegas in January of 2014 and that they had their own agenda for starting a revolution. Gillespi made clear he had seen NO evidence that the Miller’s had come to Nevada seeking out Cliven Bundy.
The couple had told friends they were disappointed in the Occupy Movement and Cliven Bundy because neither protest went far enough. Jerad Miller’s comments on YouTube and Facebook concerning his expulsion from Bundy Ranch echoed that sentiment:
Jerad Miller 2 years ago HIGHLIGHTED COMMENT
I was down there. I was shunned by my fellow patriots. Don’t go there thinking you will be accepted.
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MICHELE FIORE ROUNDING UP POLITICIANS AND HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE
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Elected officials who supported Cliven Bundy during his 2014 civil rights protest in Bunkerville, Nevada, are not surprised the Federal Government chose to seek an indictment against Cliven Bundy during an election year, and alerted attorneys working on the case when they saw one of the “mailers” that had been showing up in mailboxes throughout the State.
While there are a handful of hopefuls who have kept their word and refused to abandon the Bundy Family, many more have not. Instead of standing up to the powerful Democratic Party they chose to distance themselves from controversy and deny they ever took part in the protest at all; Nevada State Assembly Woman Michele Fiore, would not be one of them.
Michele Fiore spoke to Senator Ruben Kihuen, who is now running for Congress and connected to the propaganda piece by the Democratic Party, about her concerns over the mailer and he told her that: His campaign had not generated the mailer and that the Nevada Democratic Party, who must ultimately take responsibility, did not “nor did they have to” seek his approval before sending them out.
Fiore is furious that Political Leaders who empowered the people to protest in 2014 are now acting like cowards and choosing political careers over doing the right thing when it comes to Cliven Bundy. “This mailer is completely unacceptable she said, and somebody needs to be held accountable for putting this false narrative in Nevada mailboxes”
“Clearly the Bundy’s Civil Rights were being violated by a United States Government – Terrorist Organization – known as the BLM, and we all saw it happening with our own eyes. I was not the only elected official at that protest and what I want to know is; Where the hell are they now?”
Fiore admits that her own losing run for Congress was deeply affected because of her affiliation with the Bundy Protest, but that she has no regrets;
The level of propaganda being allowed by the Democratic party must come to an end. We have men whose lives are on the line here in Nevada, and poisoning the jury pool with a downright lie must be dealt with. Not only do we have a case here that is already out of balance because it is being overseen by Judge Gloria Navarro, a left winger who was recommended by Harry Reid and appointed by Barack Obama, and Steven Myhre a Liberal Prosecutor who could obviously care less about fairness and truth, now we add to that more unfairness by allowing a left-wing propaganda machine to send out the message, that Cliven Bundy is directly responsible for the death of two of our Metro Police officers.
This case should be awarded a change in venue in the fairness of law, and my peers should stop being cowards and get back to representing the truth about this case.
Cliven Bundy held a peaceful protest on his own property and even though the Federal Government was not invited, they came anyway.
They literally beat up on his family, set trained snipers on hillsides overlooking his ranch, came at them with stun guns and dogs, tried to restrict them to a first amendment area, killed and buried their cattle on public lands – in mass graves, threatened everyone who came to a lawful protest with lethal force, had armed helicopters and drones flying all over the place, and now they honestly want the American people to believe the Bundy’s were the bad guys — come on …
The Government has stacked the odds against these men, and I am telling you right now;
I will not stand by and watch them be railroaded by a bunch of left-wing extremist and sent to prison for crimes they did not commit.
This case should not only be moved out of the State of Nevada, it should be dismissed altogether.
I have no regrets for doing the right thing here when it comes to the Bundy’s — As hard as it is, I would rather lose every single race for office, before I would lose one nights sleep knowing I had betrayed them .”
Sheriff of Nye County Has Deep Concerns
Sharon Wehrly, the Sheriff of Nye County Nevada says she has received and taken seriously a request for intervention written to her by defendants in the case of United States vs Cliven Bundy Et Al, and is moving forward with a request to have the prisoners moved to her Nye County facility.
“We are almost there,” said Sheriff Sharon Wehrly, who explained she has already requested transfer of the defendants to the Nye County Jail.
Among concerns of the men being housed in a corporate owned facility, is that their phone calls with attorneys are listened to and recorded by employees and they have little faith that men and women who do not take an oath to the Constitution, will abide by the law and not give that information to the Prosecution.
Sheriff Wehrly admits that confidentiality between a lawyer and his client is a basic human right, and that among other abuses being committed, would not be happening in her jail.
There is no doubt we have seen a stark change in the attitudes of guards since the mailers have been sent out across the State, said Pete Santilli, a journalist who was indicted in the case.
It’s hard enough to mount a decent defense behind bars and now we have a political party who publishes a complete lie and poisons our potential jury pool. Because the judge has already created a strong public bias by deeming us all too violent for pre-trial release, and now mailers in hundreds of thousands Nevadan mailboxes are calling us cop killers — there is no way we can get a fair trial with an unbiased jury in Nevada.
Journalists and defendants, along with their attorneys agree that this case is being shrouded in secrecy for a reason, and the idea of a coverup up for wrongdoing by Public Officials – including the FBI and the BLM – is not that far fetched.
All of the men being charged are still adamant that discovery (evidence) if allowed to be seen by the media and scrutinized by the public, would sway judicial and public opinion and force their pre-trial release.
If you would like to speak with Seantor Ruben and demand he publicly hold his party accountable and apologize to Cliven Cliven Bundy – Please do so:
P.O. Box 427
Las Vegas, NV 89125-0427
To contact party responsible and demand a public retraction and apology:
Address: 6233 Dean Martin Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89118
Phone: (702) 737-8683
Jury Tainted with BLM Bias - Oregon Standoff MISTRIAL Looming?
Another video on this issue by Kellie Stewart at above link worth listening to.
However, the judge then asked the juror if anything has happened SINCE jury selection that affects his ability... to be fair and impartial. This is a dramatically different issue - and an irrelevant one to the issue at hand. The judge is clearly trying to keep the juror in place rather than replace him with an alternate.
After Ryan Bundy said he wanted to question the juror in front of the court, the judge indicated that doing so would be potentially frightening to the other jurors who might be led to feel that they are somehow in trouble. But, the judge has reluctantly agreed with some of the concerns being presented by the defense. Brown said, "I'm satisfied I need to do something. I think there's a duty to develop the record and make an inquiry here."
Open Letter to Morton County Sheriff's Department
Dear Sheriff Kirchmeier,
I had the displeasure of listening to your press conference held to...day from about seven (7) hours ago. Needless to say, it left much to be desired. Surely by now one of your deputies has read my comments, which I will address here as well.
Several times in your press conference you and others made use of the word 'unlawful'. It was tossed about with some authority, as if to imply that those in uniform with badges were somehow the guardians of all things pertaining to law. However, your utter lack of understanding of the word concerns me. You see, what you mean to use is the word "illegal". Yes, illegal is the correct term for what you and your deputies, (as well as those other enforcers who have been tasked with arresting the peaceful "protesters") are enforcing. Legal and Lawful are cousins, but do NOT have the same, exact meanings. Legal is based upon those laws, statutes, and codes which are written by man to control the behaviors of other men. What is legal in one jurisdiction may be illegal in another. Lawful is that which is universal to ALL mankind, and which comes from Creator. Something with is lawful is not based upon the capricious, changing nature of man. Do you understand now?
Which leads me to my next point. In more than one press conference, you have mentioned that people have been arrested for "engaging in a riot". This, of course, is based upon North Dakota statutes; specifically 12.1-25-03. "A person is guilty of a class B misdemeanor if he engages in a riot, as defined in
section 12.1-25-01." How does 12.1-25-01 define a riot? Per #2, it is defined as ""Riot" means a public disturbance involving an assemblage of five or more persons which by tumultuous and violent conduct creates grave danger of damage or injury to
property or persons or substantially obstructs law enforcement or other government function."
Well, I'm not an attorney, but I can read basic English. Based on the above definition (taken directly from http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t12-1c25.pdf) it seems that MCSD is attempting to charge people with approximately 1/4 of the statute - "a public disturbance involving an assemblage of five or more persons". What you are completely and totally ignoring is the utter lack of evidence of any tumultuous and violent conduct, grave danger of damage or injury to property or people, and substantial obstruction to LEO or government. In essence, your office is using this statute to infringe upon the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights - LAWFUL activity - as well as ignoring the Constitution for the United States of America; specifically Article IV, Section 4, and Article VI, Clause 2. Perhaps your misuse of this statute is an attempt to get "a message across" to the Water Defenders? I'd say that you should take a class in effective communications, as you have not been listening to the 'other side' at all.
Too many times to count, you said that your primary goal is to ensure the "safety" of all people in your county. Yet, to date your office has done FUCK ALL toward investigating the September 3, 2016 incident where private security personnel with dogs attacked and harmed Water Defenders - to include the "women, children, and pregnant women" you showboated to the press in your conference today. Not one of them has been brought to justice in your jurisdiction. Not one of them has had a warrant for arrest issued - while instead you have issued warrants for Green Party Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, journalist Amy Goodman, and you even arrested Shailene Woodly because she was "identifiable". Exactly who are you defending? Energy Transfer Partners LP? It sure as HELL is not the people of Standing Rock, nor the people of Morton County.
Something else that really struck a nerve with me was your reference to a person lying in the prairie grass in a gillie suit. You made a point of describing the person as appearing to be lying in the grass with a weapon pointed a LEO. That would be the point in your little presser where I commented that you lot "are as bright as nightlight bulbs". Unless you are part of the little operation (which I suspect you are), there is this little thing called infiltration. Many governments and other agencies use this tactic to their advantage very well. Whether the government of North Dakota, under the watch of Governor Dalrymple, or the company building the pipeline is responsible, is of no concern to me. What IS of concern to me, is that you would be so irresponsible and derelict of duty to emphasize this person as being one of the Water Defenders! Has it not even crossed your indoctrinated mind that this person is a paid informant? Someone who is paid by of on behalf of the oil industry to agitate and instigate a negative outcome? The same goes for the alleged shooting of arrows at law enforcement.
Perhaps not, as you and your deputies regularly arrive in MRAPS, helicopters, and other military surplus machinery, fully decked out in military style clothing - appearing ready for full on combat! Look at the photos attached below and tell me how dangerous those signs really are. Yes, YOUR OFFICERS are escalating the situation, like it or not.
Furthermore, your helo pilot should have his license revoked! The bullshit argument of "fear of personal safety" for shooting down a camera drone just isn't cutting it. My 12 combined years of Air Force service tells me that he could have taken evasive maneuvers to avoid the drone. It was both UNLAWFUL and ILLEGAL to shoot down the private and personal property of another person on such flimsy cause. That does not even begin to touch on the VERY REAL DANGER of harm to people on the ground from the 12G shot that was used with the "non-lethal" round(s). Oh, and I won't EVEN mention the use of MACE on the Water Defenders being "ok", but somehow it being a heinous crime when an "officer" gets some in his eyes. (poor baby, maybe he should keep that can of chemical crap in his pocket)
Spin it anyway you like, but #WeAreTheMedia, and #TheWorldIsWatching, so we see the TRUTH and your real agenda. We SEE what you are really doing. Enjoy the money from Big Oil while it lasts, because I know how those rich folks in Dallas operate. You are simply a means to an end for them...
Char Sines - Founder, Constitutional Truth#StandingWithStandingRock
Monday, October 24, 2016
Seek to vote for those local, county, state people you desire to be your employee's. who shall follow theUS Consitition, be they in your school boards, up to your governors. On the national level, choose the best who has the opportunity to win, and who shall be closest to the Constitition.
Once again the best most quailfied and most honorable and Son of Liberty is NOT running at this time for US President, nor are most in the Congress (Senate/House) even remotely qualified to be called a Son / Daughter of Liberty.
We face a darkening time, the marxists progressives and democracy teachers have had 60 yrs to create, reeducate and gain UnConstititional Powers and Controls over your very breath of life. Your water, lands, food, homes, jobs are at their control and if they so desire they can by use of what they term laws, beurocracy, rules... take all you have even your Liberty, even your life.
Now, see you the dangers we are in?
Awaken have you yet?
Asleep you are still, most in these lands.
I do not follow the rhetoric of lesser of 2 evils...
What is to be done?
The massive corruption, treason, secret combinations, massive conspiracies DO exist in these lands. Powerful they are.
Stage 4.9 brain cancer is where America stands at this moment.
Only major actions, surgery will even have a glimmer of hope to reverse the course we are now set upon.
The majority shall not take these actions, sadly. For what ever reasons they be.
I see the Presidential election as this,
Since the most qualified Cruz no longer available due to the above mentioned wickedness.
You have an option.
Trump, comes with both good and ill history, but with one that he has shown he can make mistakes and improve, a willingness to become better.
No he is not perfect, no one is, No I do not fully trust him.
He may be able to learn more about the Constitution and the Republic as the years go by, and become a better man, possibly a better President.
I see he does care for people, and this Nation.
Clinton, is a proven follower of all that is evil and wicked in the world, her master seems to be Lucifer for her life's actions show this.
She will do all in her power to stay in office, to gain more glory for her self and power and desires to control you as your King.
It would take volumes of books to show all her darkness and yet it shall not tell the whole tale.
One of these 2 will become your next President of America folks.
Which one do you feel will be better for our future?
Clinton will be an evil tyrant, completely eliminating any residue of the Constitution, Patriot's, Liberty and Sovernty of America.
You will become as the peoples under Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Hitler, Mussolini and many others became, slaves to their wickedness and great evil, all of these have one thing in common, their master of darkness, Lucifer the fallen one.
Trump, who is weak in many area's, will place around him the strongest advisors in all area's to help make America a better place, more secure, and will try to avoid WW 3 which is nigh at hand due to the Obama / Clinton doings.
Again I do not fully trust Trump, however he is the better of these choices.
You the People of America have allowed your choices to be these 2 people.
Those you put in positions of power choose them.
If you don't like these choices have you held those in power responsible for their poor choices they have given you?
Your media tells so many lies you cannot know what is true or false, for they have their agenda's, their pay masters whom they follow.
Truth no longer matters in the Press / Media of America, and its been this way a long time.
The more I think on this, the more I feel a need to vote for Trump.
In order to do what I can to delay America's Death.
To vote for Clinton or anyone who shall by loss of votes allow Clinton to become our Tyrant in DC, is not negotiable at this time.
The lands of America are ripening in iniquity, and unless as a nation it returns to God and repents as a nation, it shall as history has shown, be humbled by God by many means.
Thus Trump may give you a few more years to prepare for the inevitable, to save some money, get out of debt, save food and water and provisions so you can live / survive the coming doom upon these lands.
If Trump will give us a few more years of just that ability then I feel he is worth electing.
Clinton will drop the Iron hammer of tyranny asap.
So with the hope of a few more years to prepare, for America to return to God and repent as individuals before him.
Then I shall for that reasoning vote for him.
These are my thoughts, could Trump become a tyrant its a possibility,
Will Clinton become a tyrant its a surety. Guaranteed.
Is the God of these lands the Only King and true leader of this great land of North America, a promised land to my ancestors long ago who he guided here and protected as long as they remembered to serve him.
Thus I shall follow my thinking on these things, be I right or wrong.
History shall tell the tale of our days.
The important thing America, is you have time to prepare, to remember who God is, to Discover who God is, to embrace who God is.
I know Jesus Christ is the One True God, of these lands and this Earth for he is the Great Creator of all things
Prepare to meet him, for be it sooner or later it mattereth not, we shall all one day stand before him, to be judged for what he have or have not done during this our mortal life.
May we all choose wisely.
By Roger I. Roots, J.D., Ph.D.
October 24, 2016
For the past six weeks Oregonians have been treated to a political trial of the “Malheur 7” (Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Shawna Cox, Jeff Banta, David Fry, Neal Wampler and Ken Medenbach,). I was privileged to have a ringside seat at the trial as a volunteer researcher and paralegal for Ryan Bundy (who represents himself) at the trial.
As I write these words, the jury is out, considering whether the defendants conspired to prevent U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service or Bureau of Land Management officers from performing their duties at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in rural eastern Oregon. The Bundy brothers and other defendants are alleged to have participated in an “armed standoff” occupation of the Refuge during January 2016 (while protesting the unconstitutional occupation by the federal government itself over the Refuge and other public lands).
The trial has revealed an astounding brave new world of modern surveillance and surreptitious “law enforcement” techniques. Drones flew over and recorded much of what went on. FBI agents captured and monitored every phone number connected between every participant. A search warrant after the fact gave the government permission to surf through 36 Laptops, smartphones, flash drives and other devices to build the government’s case. The FBI turned the analysis of Facebook likes, dislikes, messages, and posts into a science, with multiple agents assigned to that social media alone.
Outside the Refuge, FBI, Oregon State Police, and other law enforcement agencies swarmed over the countryside.
Government snipers appeared on local rooftops.
Barricades and barbed wire were erected to protect the school and courthouse from the alleged militia danger.
Undercover FBI agents dressed as redneck militia members roamed through local stores and menaced the streets.
Money was spent at such an extravagant pace that one professional auditor told me that the dollar amounts should have themselves triggered a separate criminal investigation.
The Feds have publicly claimed that the 41-day occupation caused at least “$6.9 million” in damages.
At trial, prosecutors objected, however, to every request to examine such claims. “Irrelevant!” said the prosecution. (In the event that any defendants are convicted, the Justice Department will surely assert such dollar claims in a demand for ‘restitution.’)
And there were undercover government informants. Everywhere.
Suspicions that the government’s narrative was largely erected with undercover agents were borne out during the first week of trial.
It was revealed by an Oregon State trooper that one of Ammon Bundy’s “bodyguards”—a man who drove him to his arrest—was an undercover informant.
Another informant (“Mama Bear”) was revealed when a defense lawyer subpoenaed her for the defense. The woman admitted that her entire trip to the Malheur Refuge was funded by the San Diego FBI office and that she was paid thousands of dollars to inform on the occupiers while helping out in the kitchen.
Each of these informants were revealed by accident.
Federal prosecutors vociferously refused to provide the names of other informants—citing case law that holds such revelations may put informants in danger.
Prosecutors even used secret information—not provided to the defense—to cross-examine “Mama Bear,” to the prejudice of the defendants.
For days, Marcus Mumford (attorney for Ammon Bundy) demanded more information about the extent of undercover informants.
Mumford pointed to the fact that the defendants were charged with conspiracy, and no one can be convicted of conspiring with undercover government agents.
(The trial was filled with unanswered questions about who brought and left ammunition and guns, who damaged property, and why some people but not others were charged.)
Finally the Justice Department stipulated (without naming any names) that at least nine occupiers were undercover informants; a number greater than the number of defendants on trial.
(Heavily redacted documents in the hands of the defense suggest the number of informants was actually at least 15.)
Significantly, the prosecution’s most damning evidence collapsed at the end of the trial when it was revealed that the man who ran a militia shooting range at the Malheur Refuge was himself an undercover agent.
Through the hard work of defense lawyers, “John Killman” was identified as a paid (“reimbursed,” he said) informant who traveled to the occupation at the behest of the government in a beat-up pickup truck to lead the occupiers in combat “safety” training. “Killman” had even trained defendant Jeff Banta to stop cars and pull out their drivers at gunpoint.
The Best of Roger I. Roots, J.D., Ph.D.
Roger Roots, J.D., Ph.D. [send him mail] is attorney, sociologist, and a member of the advisory board of the Fully Informed Jury Association. He is author of The Conviction Factory: The Collapse of America's Criminal Courts.
H/t Carol Bundy
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Brown’s delusions of grandeur in her little Federal fiefdom are growing as this case waxes on.
Judge Anna J. Brown’s War on the Constitution
By: April KiesslingDefendants in Oregon’s Malheur Refuge Occupation case have been imprisoned and charged with a multitude of high crimes and misdemeanors by federal and state agents. As the wheels of justice slowly grind, they find their most formidable foe may not be the FBI, embedded informants or a biased press – but their judge.
Anna J. Brown is a US District judge in the state of Oregon, appointed by Bill Clinton. She was sent to supervise the mass trial of virtually all the Malheur Refuge Occupation defendants (originally 26). Seven are currently being tried as a group. It quickly became clear why she was chosen, as well as given a great deal of latitude and scope of power. Brown appears to been exhibiting an extreme bias against the defendants and an almost slobbering largess toward the prosecution. So open is her bias, that virtually every observer is aware of it by now.
Possibly the most egregious of Brown’s many instances of injustice is her micromanagement and hostility during defense testimony. She is continuously speaking, leading, countering, cutting, and blocking the defense. One observer told me she had counted 89 objections from the prosecution (interrupting Ammon Bundy’s testimony) in only one morning session. “Brown sustained [allowed] all of them but eight” she marveled. Conversely, defense attorneys rarely objected. When they did, they were generally ignored, while the prosecution continued merrily along.
Constitution TabooThe US Constitution is taboo in Judge Anna J. Brown’s courtroom. Even sidewalks surrounding the federal building where people are threatened with arrest for passing out copies. It seems to cause hysterical reactions. The jurist flat-out blocked any portion of the Constitution to be read or recited on several occasions, which brought audible gasps of disbelief from the gallery. Even reference to the Constitution, as well mentioning specific Oregon laws (which defendants are charged with breaking), is discouraged.
Brown orders them to consider all references to the document solely as a matter of the “state of mind” of the defendants, as if it inspired criminal acts. Inference that the defendants share mental problems stemming from belief in the powers of the Constitution, comes across loud and clear. Since many of the defendants base their actions and motivations on the Constitution, their defense is effectively knocked out at first base.
But Brown doesn’t stop her censorship with only the Constitution. Malheur defendants are denied everything from witnesses to time. The lengthy prosecution case against them went on without a hitch and no complaints from Anna J. Brown. Now the judge is in a rush, reminding Ammon Bundy’s lawyers Marcus Mumford and J. Morgan Philpot, of all the time their client wastes while they attempt to put up a defense. Bundy has been charged with numerous crimes and would be expected to address them all.
Some witnesses for the defense fared better than others. The Rev. Franklin Graham (son of Billy Graham) took the stand to testify for the defendants on September 29, 2016. He wasn’t interrupted or threatened, undoubtedly due to his celebrity status. Graham praised the non-violent nature of the last remaining four occupiers at the Refuge and convinced them to leave. The evangelist also described defendants’ terror and his personal fears for their safety at the hands of the government.
Un- Constitutional Political ManuveringPolitical machinations were evident early on. On July 15, 2016, months before the actual trial, Brown ruled that Ammon Bundy and the others were not allowed to discuss any number of things that occurred, before, after, or during the occupation. Specifically, they denied pretrial evidence of FBI agents who had [falsely] claimed to be militia with the occupation. Caught in the act of ratcheting up conflict and fear in Burns, Oregon, the FBI was instrumental and possibly took the lead in killing spokesman LaVoy Finicum. It is reported that the DOJ is currently investigating this. The apparent murder of LaVoy Finicum at what is euphemistically labeled a “traffic stop” is the other forbidden subject in Brown’s court. His name alone sends prosecutors into reactionary objections. On September, 23, 2016, Brown threatened Mumford with $1000 fines and “contempt of court” citations for each mention of LaVoy, including testimony on the government informant driving Ammon Bundy’s car during the fatal ambush.
LaVoy, An ‘Off Limits’ SubjectBrown insists LaVoy’s death is not “related to the refuge occupation” although his actions there are clearly the reason he is dead. Also, FBI malfeasance is a reasonable defense for several defendants, who claim they remained at Malheur for fear of being gunned down. As occupation spokesman, LaVoy was present in several scenarios of which defendants are required to testify, but are hamstrung by inability to refer to him by name. Brown’s arbitrary restrictions are especially onerous, since prosecution made it clear that “intention” of occupiers is central to whether they are considered to have committed crimes.
Since then, Brown routinely changes rules and instructions to the jury, mid-stream. Mumford challenged her jury instructions to disregard his objections over tagging defendants “terrorists.” This was in discussion over the imprisoned Oregon ranch family, the Hammonds, who are being charged under the “Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.” Early on, the Malheur group were labeled “militia” or “terrorists” in legal communications and by much of the press. None of this has been substantiated. Some Malheur occupiers/visitors were unarmed and others are even members of religions believing in pacifism. Defendants are “using the term [terrorist] improperly,” Brown instructed, as she is apparently an authority on linguistics.
Questioning the Bench a Threat?At this point Mumford charged the court with “taking sides” and accused Brown with not allowing him to present evidence. Perhaps running out of rationalizations, Brown claimed to then be “threatened” by Mumford, as she apparently interprets questions over legal matters as menacing.
Government is allowed to enter all exhibits, data, video or witnesses, from any place, any source or time. Defendants are given no such latitude. Brown denied them discussing the killing of their spokesman LaVoy, because it didn’t happen on Refuge grounds, but a few miles down the road. Attorney Mumford risks the rage of Brown as he obliquely slips his points into questions, such as how close police were when they “shot Finicum three times in the back” on January, 26, 2016.
Restrictions on defense access to prosecution evidence in discovery and later was so extreme that Ammon Bundy’s original lawyer, Mike Arnold, resorted to crowd sourcing and social media appeals to gain the evidence refused him in court. This only led to censoring by the Oregon State Bar and his resignation from the case.
Presenting defendants as rational actors is paramount to defense because occupiers and supporters are portrayed as terrorists and right-wing zealots. But they have friends in high places. Donald Trump wrote a scathing opinion piece in the Reno Gazette Journal during the occupation in January, 26, 2016. “How is it that we have a president. . .who encourages faceless, nameless bureaucrats to manage public lands as if the millions of acres were owned by agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Energy?” Trump asked. He also noted the “draconian rule of the BLM” in damaging local economies. All are subjects defendants are not allowed to bring up for various pretexts.
According to several defendants, their central purpose was to force court battles over the government’s procurement and property rights of the Malheur Refuge and other federal properties. Proximate cause of the occupation was the re-imprisonment of the Hammonds: Dwight (74) and son Steven (46). This came after they served time, had already released and for the same crime. Judge Brown barred defense lawyers from bringing up any questions over “who owns the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge” even as she instructed the jury seek to understand the “state of mind” and motivation of the seven current defendants.
Defense objected to the presence of FBI agent Ronnie Walker in the courtroom as an observer, although he was on the prosecution witness list. When this was brought up to Brown, she failed to remove him, although no other witnesses are allowed to watch court proceedings. This is a general rule from official US Department of Justice materials, but apparently not required in Judge Brown’s court.
Michele Fiore for the DefenseMichele Fiore, a defense witness and Nevada Assemblywoman, refused to be intimidated by Brown on October 6, 2016. Fiore visited the Refuge in January, 2016, as a representative of the Coalition of Western States (C.O.W.S.). Fiore claimed that she determined “through Oregon officials” that “no laws were being broken” at the Refuge. Brown berated Fiore, ordering her to “stop making statements before the jurors and interpreting law.” Although Fiore is a lawmaker and Brown is not, Fiore’s statements are only “her opinion” Brown insisted. The Assemblywoman made a dramatic turn when she defied Judge Brown and passionately spoke of the “murder of LaVoy Finicum.”
The farcical nature is almost comical, if not for the high stakes. A federal court is making a case their agencies may confiscate private land, deny speech and assembly, challenge gun rights, control local police, supplant state and county laws and terrorize people while imputing it to targeted groups. It’s a big deal with surprising little publicity, although it is picking up steam. Early on, there were surprisingly few observers at the trial and this is no accident either.
A remarkable small chamber was used for this titanic trial. Defendants are allowed only two seats each for family or supporters. The public gallery is tiny, requiring observers and media to queue up an hour or so in advance for a chance at a seat. A larger public overflow area is available via video, but even that is threatened with closure at times and it is apparent the state resents public observation.
In one of Judge Brown’s more monomaniacal declarations, the gallery folk forgot themselves and snickered after a sarcastic remark by Ammon Bundy. An agent ordered silence, warning the possible loss of viewing privileges. Brown declared her ire over such offenses as “page turning”, throat clearing or clicking pens. Yet Brown jokes around on the stand and not only allows the courtroom a chuckle, but appears to enjoy it.
Brown’s delusions of grandeur in her little Federal fiefdom are growing as this case waxes on. Sometimes she forgets there are witnesses and appears to be losing control. On Oct 4th, while defense questioned Chris Briels, Brown suddenly exclaimed “sustained.” But there had been no objections. Rather than recuse herself or allow a mistrial, Brown rationalized her erratic behaviour and continued her dogged work for the prosecution. “I’m not going to let the witness speculate” she insisted as an excuse. The sheer autocratic attitude of the woman and her aversion to civil rights is spectacular. Brown appears a perfect face of the contempt some of these Federal agencies have for the people they are prosecuting.
Ammon Bundy’s attorneys are seeking a postponement until there is a ruling on appeals over Brown’s inconsistencies, and asserted mistreatment of their client in jail. They claim Bundy is malnourished and not being allowed access to materials to prepare for his defense, such as the internet. Their requests have been disregarded, which are becoming a theme in this courtroom. The Judge Anna J. Brown show goes on.
US District Court, Portland, OR. / Interviews with other observers and witnesses
Redoubt News http://redoubtnews.com/2016/10/07/brown-light-favorable-government/#comment-996
Reno Gazette-Journal http://www.rgj.com/story/opinion/voices/2016/01/07/trump-nevada-us-need-president-who-obeys-rule-law/78422530/