As we speak, around this Country citizens that chose to bear witness at the Bundy Ranch standoff in Bunkerville, Nevada are being arrested by the dozens for something as simple as taking photos from public property.
According to federal agents, a list of hundreds will be arrested in the coming days.
An elderly lady from North Carolina armed with only a camera was charged with “intent”. I ask you, is this why you chose Law Enforcement as a profession?
Is this the “justice for all” that our Founding Father’s bled and died to give us?
You do not have to agree with what happened in Nevada or how it was handled from either side, but the facts remain.
The only aggressive action taken was by law enforcement. An elderly lady thrown to the pavement, people tasered and K-9 units turned on people. 20’x50’ First Amendment zones were taped off and BLM agents pointing M4 Rifles stating that they have the authority to use lethal force against a group of people simply standing in a washout?
Really, you will stand by and defend these actions?
From my understanding, a Federal Grand Jury would have to convene in order to get a federal warrant for arrest.
In no way would I ever believe a federal warrant would be issued for INTENT.
Would the charge of Intent constitute an INFAMOUS CRIME?
Does taking photos constitute intent?
22 people were arrested in North Carolina on April 14th.
Some were detained on the sole charge of Intent.
According to agents, a list of HUNDREDS were being picked up.
Can you honestly believe that a Grand Jury was able to show probable cause on hundreds of people?
What does probable cause look like for the charge of intent?
I don’t know what justice and due process looks like to you, but I have a very hard time believing that what is happening to citizens around this Country in regards to Bundy Ranch constitutes the proper definition of either term.
People are facing 5 life sentences for standing on the ground in Bunkerville. 5 LIFE SENTENCES. Is that justice to you?
We see murderers and rapists sentenced to much less and out in much less.
Moving on to Oregon.
Again, you do not have to agree with the actions taken by the protestors at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon.
Let me point out a few facts and you tell me that these actions are American values or even lawful.
1- People being held WITHOUT BAIL, on non violent offenses. There are hours upon hours of video footage of these people, and I challenge you to show me one second where a weapon was brandished against any person, not just an “officer”.
Let me remind you of the 8th amendment. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.
I refer all of you to the Supreme Court ruling United States v. Salerno 481 US 739 1987.
The Court ruled that pretrial detention was unconstitutional and “repugnant to the concept of substantive due process”. Untold numbers of accused criminals have been granted bail for aggravated and violent offenses that make the protest at the wildlife refuge look like child’s play. Holding these people without bail is a clear violation of law, civil rights and American values.
2- Again according to the Supreme Court, use of solitary confinement is UNCONSTITUTIONAL for people being held pretrial.
In Bell v. Wolfish 441 US 520 1979, the Court ruled that the punishments used for convicted prisoners differs from those considered INNOCENT until proven guilty.
Hence the use of solitary confinement for a prisoner awaiting trial would be considered CRUEL AND UNUSUAL and a violation of the above mentioned 8th amendment.
Not only does the use of solitary confinement violate the 8th amendment in these situations, but according to Bounds v. Smith 430 US 817, the Supreme Court ruled that “the fundamental access to the courts requires prison authorities to assist inmates in the preparation and filing of meaningful legal papers by providing prisoners with adequate law libraries or adequate assistance form persons trained in the law.”
So again, another clear violation of rule of law, yet the law enforcement community and district attorneys sworn to protect sit idly by and do nothing.
So, I ask you, when abuses to citizens are clear and evident, then presented to the proper authorities to address these assaults and yet nothing is done to correct the abuse, what is the proper channel the People should take to redress their grievances?
In Harney County, a legal redress of grievance was served on multiple offices, and completely ignored.
I offer this warning.
The people able to address these issues and correct the problem need to do so when the American People speak.
Make no mistake; these are assaults on all of Our God given Rights that are reaffirmed in the US Constitution.
These are attacks on American values and when you hit the dog with a stick enough times, pretty soon it will bite back.
The last things I want to see in this Country I so dearly love is revolt and violence, but in many eyes, the assault we see in these 2 issues alone, leave very little in the way of confidence that the system will fix itself.
According to the Declaration of Independence, when a government becomes destructive, the People not only have the right but the DUTY to throw off such abuse.
Here is what I intend to do. I intend to push for criminal complaints on many people involved in the Oregon issue.
According to Title 18 USC section 241, this statute makes it unlawful for 2 or more persons to conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person of any State, district or territory in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him or her by the Constitution or the laws of the United States.
I will propose this complaint at the Local, County, State and Federal levels.
I believe I have shown in a very simple letter from a very simple mind, that probable cause exists to issue a warrant for arrest for the likes of the Federal Judge, US prosecutor, US Marshalls, FBI and it’s HRT team, and jailers in Multnomah County.
When these legal documents are also ignored, what are the People left to do?
That is not is a real question.
What would you expect the People to do when nothing happens?
The last line in the Pledge of Allegiance is “With Liberty and Justice for All”.
This statement is not just for “common folk”.
This is all that is wanted for all Americans.
When “justice” is served on a select few, our Country no longer exists.
The abuses we are seeing against the citizens being held awaiting trial are egregious to be nice.
We ask that you do your duty that you swore to uphold.
Defend the Constitution and its values and defend the American people you represent.
It is time to hold ALL accountable, not just a select few.
In Defense of this Great Country,