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Exclusive Oath Keepers Interview with LaVoy Finicum at the Refuge in Harney, OR.

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While I was boots on the ground in Burns, OR.  I had a chance to sit down and speak with LaVoy Finicum, one of the leaders of the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom (www.C4CF.com) about what led him to leave his ranch in Arizona to be a part of the Hammond family support march and then partake in the occupation of the Malheur Refuge Center in Harney County Oregon.

In this interview we discuss the background of the Hammond family court case and the issues that surround what led to the conviction of the Hammond family and the questions that surround it. We then discuss the actual occupation of the Refuge Center and the planning that led up to that occupation and why there is the exercising of 1st Amendment rights along with the 2nd Amendment rights and other related topics. Please share this interview out with everyone you know in the Patriot Community.
Jason Van Tatenhove
National Media Director / Associate Editor
Jason@OathKeepers.org

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Stewart Rhodes

Stewart is the founder and National President of Oath Keepers. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. He is a former firearms instructor, former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.

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24 comments

  1. The Federal Class vs the Lower Class…. Thanks Jason, hope you keep on this issue. Is anyone considering initiating a lawsuit in Federal Court against Judge Grasty, the County, and Federal Agencies….?
    In the United States the right to petition is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which specifically prohibits Congress from abridging “the right of the people…to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.

  2. I am a conservative that believes in the Constitution I hope for a safe resolutions I feel if the judge and BLM officials are investigated and charged with crimes against humanity and held to standards and punished under the law. Obama to grant clemency to the Hammonds. The ranchers will go home and the federal government will understand the devastating overreach will not be tolerated by American citizens. This will have an end. Otherwise , a bloody outcome will cause another civil war. I respect that these men and women took a stand for freedom. I pray for continued success for a safe and honorable resolution.

    1. Lawsuit Filed in Oregon Federal Court several days ago. Cannot see a way to attach a file, so you will need to search Case # 1776-1789-2015

  3. I went to Burns walked with others to show support for the wronged Hammonds. They are establishing precedent law of using Terrorist Charges , Taking Sr & Jr back to court after sentences served for more time! Something has to be done on these issues.

    I do 100 o/o support those brave American’s doing something while most of us are fooling ourselves doing nothing but being lead around by criminals and cowards. They have not hurt anyone and are peacefully protesting in a brilliant way. Bravo to those standing for the count in Harney county Oregon.

    1. We reject that precedent. What is wrong and offensive is quite clear. Unbelievable that the government hasn’t just done the right thing and everybody can go home and they can try their nefarious BS some where else some other time. By using their bobble heads du jour to try to spin – and failing to act timely – many more are awakening. Lots of people “get it.” Look at this one I missed . . .
      http://takimag.com/article/the_plight_of_the_modern_rebel_gavin_mcinnes/print#disqus_thread

  4. So is the Oath Keeper legal theory that if enough armed dudes show up, we should just void jury verdicts? Seems like drug dealers could produce an armed mob pretty quickly. Not sure this process will catch on with most voters. The folks of the county and Oregon don’t seem to be sold.

    1. your entitled to your opinion ed but not the facts , keep burying your head in the sand ( so to speak ) about what is truly going on but eventually these criminals in the federal government will come after you , get the facts while you still can but either way this situation needs to happen . this government is truly out of control and the morons in d.c. will continue to roll over the american people .( take time to see the true waco story ) it’s sickening what our government did to those people and it is happening again .

    1. Agree. It seems to be a moving target of mission creep (or mission shift).
      It started as a “Get the Hammonds Justice” protest, then went to “Occupation until lands go back to states,” then “Document Grab,” then “Artifacts returned to Natives,” then a little “Creative Destruction,” and now “Lease Burnings.” God Bless these Crazy Diamonds, but they have all the tools they need.

      This new Grouse Agreement is flawed in favor of the Federal Government. It appears they are going after the Ranchers “One at a Time,” over 30 years. They took out the “Fines” aspect, but never included the “Jail or Confiscation” aspects of the “Endangered Species Act.”

      Something to consider; all those Educated Government Employees have spouses that are also Educated. As such, some are probably Lawyers and swayed to the Feds. environmental cause. Don’t know for sure, but the Hammonds may have had a bad lawyer experience…..

  5. I have made attempts to post several times on a yahoo site featuring the Bundy’s and the supporters at Malheur. It appears as though I am being blocked. This is the most recent post I attempted to log and it has been denied. I know from personal experience that it is not because it is too long.

    Recently a poster named Michael made this comment:

    “So, if 10-20 African Americans walked in and took over a Federal installation, and were armed with legal Assault weapons, you would be ok with it???”

    I am asking Michael, “are these 10-20 Constitutional African Americans you are speaking of?

    The point is, every American should be concerned regarding the issues being raised at Malheur Refuge !

    Michael’s post serves to underscore an earlier reply. This is being used as a format to incite racist responses by persons who really have no interest in a peaceful resolution. Persons such as Michael demonstrate a larger motive to cause diverse groups to turn on one another in an effort to heighten racial anxieties. It completely removes the focus from what is being sought, redress by peaceable means in an appeal not only to our government, but citizens at large.

    Obama would like nothing more than to see a race war provoked and barring that, an incident such as Malheur will serve his purposes. Google Martial law-Obama !

    What Michael and others like him seek to do, is remove our unique character as Americans united in a single purpose. Michaels real motive is to create faction.

    Let me give you an example from KOIN reporting sources. They are an excellent example how reporting outlets subliminally accomplish what should otherwise be rejected :

    “Bundy is upset the FBI had set up what he calls “a standing army.” The sheriff’s deputies made it clear local authorities and federal officials are working together.”

    “Deputies and law enforcement officials refused to argue, so he Bundy left.”

    Bundy was not there to argue ! He walked into an already tense and hostile environment and was refused a public hearing before witnesses. Truthfully, most comments directed to those who view the activities presented here, may be seen to frame the controversy in a manner that misrepresents Ammon Bundy. Every video available shows Ammon Bundy to be a quiet, soft spoken person. He exhibits no posing, no megolomania, no waving of arms, no spittle flying about as he conveys ranting messages of injustices by the government against the very people it is to be protecting.

    The right of peaceable assembly must not be considered to be free of arms. As it is, tensions have been heightened not because of the presence of arms, but because officials and others have sought to make the presence of arms threatening. Your own law enforcement people carry arms, and for the most part go about in the community without distraction.

    I disagree with Bundy’s Mormonism, but I do not disagree with Bundy’s cause. At the same time, I fully agree that God has brought him to the refuge, but that is not to achieve Bundy’s cause, but to achieve God’s purposes in our lives. We truly have hooks in our lips and we are being led where we would not otherwise go. This is irrespective of any claims, Bundy’s, mine, or any others.

    America is under judgement, and far more significant events are to be unleashed other than a rather insignificant takeover of a refuge.

    We are to be redeeming the time, yet a foolish response by a government out of control may elevate this minor event beyond staggering proportion.

    Having said that, the Hammond’s should be released, control of the land should be returned to the State of Oregon, and the perverse Governor of Oregon should be removed from office for incitement against the people of Oregon.

    1. Both YT channels of mine were disabled for “SPAM” after my aggressive postings of legitimate information countering MSM stories on Burns, Oregon. The Oregonian newspaper disabled my account for doing the same, and another banned my IP address. Postings in opposition to mine were also identified as spam and hidden from view. I am receiving messages from others this has also happened to them, on various issues and include their entire message history being removed

  6. R.I.P. Robert LaVoy Finicum – Gone but not forgotten. There are those of us that will always remember. Thank you for being an inspiration.

  7. Lavoy Finicum indeed “crossed the Rubicon”…and I pray it was not in vain. A grievous end to a man and his noble cause…

  8. Questions

    How do we know the 9mm pistol was his? Was any un troops there? Was the grass burn an annual thing for many years that that it was grazed? If so why bring charges up now. Was the land state or federal? Why was the cattle money not returned? Why was the Ranch burned, private property or state or federal.

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