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THE BLM CRUCIFICION
OF OREGON RANCHERS

The Hammond Ranch, Harney County, Southeastern Oregon

The Standoff in Burns,
Oregon is over for now.

But this isn't the end of the story.
It is just the beginning!

The Government Hasn't Won.
It has just struck a match to what will become
A GIANT FOREST FIRE IN THE WEST!

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Notice of Code Violation

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The following link is a helicopter video of the Finicum death. It is telling in that it appears Finicum dropped his hands and reached for something. The officers also used stun grenades on the other occupants in the car after they killed Finicum.

"Helicopter Video"

An eyewitness said they shot Finicum while he had his hands in the air. The helicopter video appears to say otherwise. But could it be that one of the officers shot him first and reaching his hand down was an involuntary action to being shot? Is it possible the officers EXECUTED him on purpose?

"Eyewitness Account"

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"A Recent UPDATE"

The Hammond Family
Hammond family fears for their lives
from FED retribution for speaking out in their case.
Click on the image to read the story.

Watch Ammon Bundy's video telling how the BLM destroys ranches by fire HERE.

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If you want to really know the truth about the BLM vs. Hammond Ranch story, we strongly recommend that you listen to Greg Walden's account on the floor of the U. S. House of Representatives. Walden is a Republican U. S. Congressman that represents the district where the Hammond's live and he personally knows the Hammond's . Watch the video HERE.

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AMERICA'S MILITIA
HAS ARRIVED ON SCENE
TO DEFEND RURAL AMERICA
AGAINST GOVERNMENT TYRANNY

The Militia Has Arrived

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Learn more about the Hammond Case "HERE"

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Here are some updates and new information on the Bundy-Hammond standoff in Oregon:

“Leader of Armed Takeover Meets With FBI”

“Warning from Oath Keepers”

“The Occupy Refuge Movement”

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Facts & Events of Abuse

Written by Ammon Bundy of the Bundy Ranch in Nevada,
Date: 11-12-2015

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I visited different areas on the ranch and was given explanation to the events and facts. The abuses to this family are much greater than I originally explained. They have quietly suffered much more than even the Bundy’s in Nevada can fully understand. They are near broken people. When I first came to them they had no hope. They have tried to do what is right for several years and it has cost them their liberties. In an effort to give them hope I explained to them how the American people came to our defense when we were in a similar situation. I assured them that we would do all we could to get the local governments to perform their duty and protect them. I further assured them that if the local governments fail (as it did with the Bundy’s) I am sure the people will stand in their defense.

I then went to the County Sheriff, Dave Ward, to see if he was a man that understood that his duty was to protect the Hammonds from further abuse and punishment. He assured me that he loves this county and the people in it. As the new Sheriff he confirmed several times that he needed to meet the Hammonds and determine the truth. I promised him that I would do my best to assist in gathering the facts. Over the past week myself and others have exhaustively gathered all the facts we could and have verified them with two or more witnesses. I now share them here and ask that each citizen honestly review them and determine if the Hammonds are "Terrorists" and if they deserve the cruel and unusual punishment that has been forced upon them by the Federal Government under the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Please read all the documents in full including the Facts & Events and the letter to Sheriff Ward below.

Thank you,



Ammon Bundy, Nevada


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Letter to Oregon Sheriff from the:

BUNDY FAMILY RANCH
PO Box 7175
Bunkerville, NV 89007


Sheriff -David M. Ward
County of Harney
485 N Court Avenue #6
Burns, Oregon 97720-1524
Phone: 541-573-6156

RE: Facts and Events in the Hammond Ranch Case in Oregon.


Dear Sheriff Ward,

Thank you for the opportunity to present this information. We testify that two or more witnesses have verified the facts and events in this document. It is our hope that you will research each point of this document independently and determine for yourself if the Hammonds have been the subjects of extreme, vindictive behavior by multiple federal agencies.

The Hammonds are good people that carve their living out of the land they live on, much like the Native Americans and early pioneers. Their experience, practical use and care for the land has brought them at odds with those that harbor the ideology, that it is a moral obligation to restrict man from the use of the land and resources.

We respect that no two people think the same and there are many opinions of how things should be accomplished. However, when one positions themself in government to force others to live the way they believe, a serious line has been crossed.

It is our solemn belief that multiple federal employees are using their position in government to remove the Hammonds from the land to set a precedent for the removal of other land users. We declare that the Hammonds are not "Terrorists". They have not and would not hurt those around them. They are kind and generous people that love their neighbors. They have committed no crime and must not be punished further for these absurd accusations.

As the County Sheriff, you have taken an oath of office to defend against foreign and domestic threats. You hold the responsibility to insure the Hammonds are protected from those that will continue to use government to force their personal beliefs upon others.

The following document is categorized in four parts. Facts & Events / Violations, Corruptions and Abuses / Bill of Rights Violations / Conclusion

Facts & Events

(a) In 1964 the Hammonds purchased their ranch in the Diamond Valley. The purchase included approximately 6000 acres of private property, 4 grazing rights on public land, a small ranch house and 3 water rights. The ranch is around 53 miles South of Burns, Oregon.

(b) In the early 1990's the Hammonds filed on a livestock water source and obtained a deed for the water right from the State of Oregon. When the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) found out that the Hammonds obtained new water rights near the Malhuer Wildlife Refuge, they were agitated and became belligerent and vindictive towards the Hammonds. The US Fish and Wildlife Service challenged the Hammonds right to the water in an Oregon State Circuit Court. The court found that the Hammonds legally obtained rights to the water in accordance to State law and therefore the use of the water belongs to the Hammonds.*

(c) In August 1994 the BLM & FWS illegally began building a fence around the Hammonds water source. Owning the water rights and knowing that their cattle relied on that water source daily the Hammonds tried to stop the building of the fence. The BLM & FWS called the Harney County Sheriff department and had Dwight Hammond (Father) arrested and charged with "disturbing and interfering with" federal officials or federal contractors (two counts, each a felony). He spent one night in the Deschutes County Jail in Bend, and a second night behind bars in Portland before he was hauled before a federal magistrate and released without bail. A hearing on the charges was postponed and the federal judge never set another date.

(d) Shortly after the road & water disputes, the BLM & FWS arbitrarily revoked the Hammond's upper grazing permit without any given cause, court proceeding or court ruling. As a traditional "fence out state" Oregon requires no obligation on the part of an owner to keep his or her livestock within a fence or to maintain control over the movement of the livestock. The Hammonds intended to still use their private property for grazing. However, they were informed that a federal judge ruled, in a federal court, that the federal government did not have to observe the Oregon fence out law. "Those laws are for the people, not for them".

(e) The Hammonds were forced to either build and maintain miles of fences or be restricted from the use of their private property. Cutting their ranch in almost half, they could not afford to fence the land, so the cattle were removed.

(f) The Hammonds experienced many years of financial hardship due to the ranch being diminished. The Hammonds had to sale their ranch and home in order to purchase another property that had enough grass to feed their cattle. This property included two grazing rights on public land. Those were also arbitrarily revoked later.

(g) The owner of the Hammond's original ranch passed away from a heart attack and the Hammonds made a trade for the ranch back.

(h) In the early fall of 2001, Steven Hammond (Son) called the fire department, informing them that he was going to be performing a routine prescribed burn on their ranch. Later that day he started a prescribed fire on their private property. The fire went onto public land and burned 127 acres of grass. The Hammonds put the fire out themselves. There was no communication about the burn from the federal government to the Hammonds at that time. Prescribed fires are a common method that Native Americans and ranchers have used in the area to increase the health & productivity of the land for many centuries.

(i) In 2006 a massive lightning storm started multiple fires that joined together inflaming the countryside. To prevent the fire from destroying their winter range and possibly their home, Steven Hammond (Son) started a backfire on their private property. The backfire was successful in putting out the lightning fires that had covered thousands of acres within a short period of time. The backfire saved much of the range and vegetation needed to feed the cattle through the winter. Steven's mother, Susan Hammond said: "The backfire worked perfectly, it put out the fire, saved the range and possibly our home".

(j) A few days later an agent from the Burns District BLM office asked Steven if he would meet him in town (Burns) for coffee. Steven accepted. When he arrived he was arrested by the Harney County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff Dave Glerup then ordered him to go to the ranch and bring back his father. Both Dwight and Steven were booked and charged by the US Attorney's Office for "Arsenal Terrorism", under the Federal Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. This act carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of death. Dwight & Steven's mug shots were all over the news the next week posing them as "Arsonists". Susan Hammond (Wife & Mother) said: "I would walk down the street or go in a store, people I had known for years would take extreme measures to avoid me". *

(k) Shortly after the sentencing, Capital Press ran a story about the Hammonds. A person who identified as Greg Allum posted three comments on the article, calling the ranchers "clowns" who endangered firefighters and other people in the area while burning valuable rangeland. Greg Allum, a retired BLM heavy equipment operator, soon called Capital Press to complain that he had not made those comments and request that they be taken down from the website. Capital Press removed the comments. A search of the Internet Protocol address associated with the comments revealed it is owned by the BLM's office in Denver, Colorado. Allum said, he is friends with the Hammonds and was alerted to the comments by neighbors who knew he wouldn't have written them. "I feel bad for them. They lost a lot and they're going to lose more," Allum said of the ranchers. "They're not terrorists. There's this hatred in the BLM for them, and I don't get it," The retired BLM employee said. Jody Weil, deputy state director for communications at BLM's Oregon office, indicated to reporters that if one of their agents falsified the comments, they would keep it private and not inform the public.

(l) In September 2006, Dwight & Susan Hammond's home was raided. The agents informed the Hammonds that they were looking for evidence that would connect them to the fires. The Hammonds later found out that a boot print and a tire tracks were found near one of the many fires. No matching boots or tires were found in the Hammonds home or on their property. Susan Hammond (Wife) later said; " I have never felt so violated in my life. We are ranchers not criminals". Steven Hammond openly maintains his testimony that he started the backfire to save the winter grass from being destroyed and that the backfire ended up working so well it put out the fire entirely altogether.

(m) During the trial proceedings, Federal Court Judge Michael Hogan did not allow time for certain testimonies and evidence into the trail that would exonerate the Hammonds. Federal prosecuting attorney, Frank Papagni, was given full access for 6 days. He had ample time to use any evidence or testimony that strengthened the demonization of the Hammonds. The Hammonds attorney was only allowed 1 day. Much of the facts about the fires, land and why the Hammonds acted the way they did was not allowed into the proceedings and was not heard by the jury. For example, Judge Hogan did not allow time for the jury to hear or review certified scientific findings that the fires improved the health and productivity of the land. Or, that the Hammonds had been subject to vindictive behavior by multiple federal agencies for years.

(n) Federal attorneys, Frank Papagni, hunted down a witness that was not mentally capable to be a credible witness. Dusty Hammond (grandson and nephew) testified that Steven told him to start a fire. He was 13 at the time and 24 when he testified (11 years later). At 24 Dusty had been suffering with mental problems for many years. He had estranged his family including his mother. Judge Hogan noted that Dusty's memories as a 13-year-old boy were not clear or credible. He allowed the prosecution to continually use Dusty's testimony anyway. When speaking to the Hammonds about this testimony, they understood that Dusty was manipulated and expressed nothing but love for their troubled grandson.

(o) Judge Michael Hogan & Frank Papagni tampered with the jury many times throughout the proceedings, including during the selection process. Hogan & Papagni only allowed people on the jury who did not understand the customs and culture of the ranchers or how the land is used and cared for in the Diamond Valley. All of the jurors had to drive back and forth to Pendleton everyday. Some drove more than two hours each way. By day 8 they were exhausted and expressed desires to be home. On the final day, Judge Hogan kept pushing them to make a verdict. Several times during deliberation, Judge Hogan pushed them to make a decision. Judge Hogan also would not allow the jury to hear what punishment could be imposed upon an individual that has convicted as a terrorist under the 1996 act. The jury, not understanding the customs and cultures of the area, influenced by the prosecutors for 6 straight days, very exhausted, pushed for a verdict by the judge, unaware of the ramification of convicting someone as a terrorist, made a verdict and went home.

(p) June 22, 2012, Dwight and Steven were convicted as National Arsenal Terrorists. Judge Hogan sentenced Dwight (Father) to 3 months in prison and Steven (son) to 12 months in federal prison. They were also stipulated to pay $400,000 to the BLM. Hogan overruling the minimum sentence, commenting that if the full five years were required it would be a violation of the 8th amendment (cruel and unusual punishment). The day of the sentencing Judge Hogan retired as a federal judge. In his honor the staff served chocolate cake in the courtroom.

(q) On January 4,, 2013, Dwight and Steven reported to prison. They fulfilled their sentences, (Dwight 3 months, Steven 12 months). Dwight was released in March 2013 and Steven, January 2014.

(r) Sometime in June 2014, Rhonda Karges, Field Manager for the BLM, and her husband Chad Karges, Refuge Manager for the Malheur Wildlife Refuge (which surrounds the Hammond ranch), along with attorney Frank Papagni exemplifying further vindictive behavior by filing an appeal with the 9th District Federal Court seeking Dwight's and Steven's return to federal prison for the entire 5 years.*

(s) In October 2015, the 9th District Court "resentenced" Dwight and Steven, requiring them to return to prison for several more years. Steven (46) has a wife and 3 children. Dwight (74) will leave Susan (74) to be alone after 55 years of marriage. If he survives, he will be 79 when he is released.

(t) During the court preceding the Hammonds were forced to grant the BLM first right of refusal. If the Hammonds ever sold their ranch they would have to sell it to the BLM.

(u) Dwight and Steven are ordered to report to federal prison again on January 4th, 2016 to begin their re-sentencing. Both their wives will have to manage the ranch for several years without them. To date they have paid $200,000 to the BLM, and the remainder $200,000 must be paid before the end of this year (2015). If the Hammonds cannot pay the fines to the BLM, they will be forced to sell the ranch to the BLM or face further prosecution.


Notes:

S* Rhonda Karges – Resource Field Manager for the BLM is the wife of Chad Karges Refuge Manager for the Malheur Wildlife refuge.

Rhonda specifically deals with all the BLM issues relating to the area in and around Hammonds property including "grazing denial". Her husband just happens to be the person in charge of all the issues surrounding the Hammonds ranch such as "water and access".

b* Soon after the water rights dispute the federal government influenced the State of Oregon to change their water law in favor of federal agencies. Wildlife is now considered in the State of Oregon as an accepted beneficial use for government agencies only.

k* Being convicted as Terrorist made the Hammonds felons. They have been striped of their right to have guns. The Hammond live 53 miles from the closets town and have no practical way of defending themselves or their cattle. Several times they have watched baby calves be eaten by predators and could do nothing to prevent it.

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Other articles about the Hammond Ranch event.

Hammond Story"

"Eastern-Oregon-ranchers-convicted-arson-resentenced-five-years-prison"

"Two Members-of-Oregons-Hammond-Family-to-serve 5 years in prison"


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