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The Battle for Hearts and Minds in Harney County, Oregon — Fire Chief Resigns Over Deceptive Actions by the Feds.

HammondcountysheriffThis past weekend we have seen some huge movement in the battle for the hearts and minds of the people of Harney County. While the patriots with the Pacific Patriot Network were busy battling against snow packed fire hydrants. That’s right the so called thugs and militia men that have been accused of intimidation and threats against the good people of Harney County were actually out performing a community service by removing snow from local snow packed fire hydrants. During this work they took the time to talk to many of the residents of Burns, OR. They explained why they there and tried to assuage fears. These community service related tactics do not play well into the game plan of the powers that be. It is essential that the people of Harney County be kept in the dark and scared of what is happening in their own back yard. They are desperately pushing back with a dis-information campaign of their own. Here is what Dave Ward, the Harney County Sheriff stated this Monday according to

“Since those occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge came to town, there has been an increase in the number of “vandalism, harassment, and intimidation reports,”

There are continual reports of law enforcement officers and community members being followed home; of people sitting in cars outside their homes, observing their movements and those of their families; and of people following them and their families as they move around the community.

While not direct physical threats, these activities are clearly designed to try to intimidate.”

The problem with this statement is that it is simply not true. From the very beginning we have seen time and time again that the PPN (Pacific Patriot Network / consisting the Idaho III%, Oath Keepers and other Patriot groups) are working as a buffer between the powers that be and those occupying the refuge and are the ones that are actually attempting to reach out to the FBI and local Law Enforcement in order to start crucial dialogs and even bring them coffee and food as gestures of good will. They seem to be doing such a good job that the powers that be launched their co-intel program that seeks to again demonize and demoralize the patriots. This is unfortunate, but to be expected. It is crucial to the powers that be that the good people of Harney County continue to live on in fear and intimidation as those are the best weapons they have to keep them from uncovering information and asking questions about the rampant corruption in the county. This same corruption is what landed the Hammond’s in prison not once, but twice in what has been labeled by the very judge that presided as cruel and unusual punishment according to

“Viewing that penalty as clearly unjust given the facts of the case, U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan instead imposed a three-month sentence on Dwight Hammond, who was convicted of one count, and two concurrent one-year sentences on Steven Hammond, who was convicted of two counts. Those terms were within the ranges recommended by federal sentencing guidelines that would have applied but for the statutory minimum, which Hogan rejected as inconsistent with the Eighth Amendment. In 2014 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, responding to a government appeal, disagreed with Hogan, saying he had no choice but to impose five-year sentences on both men, since “a minimum sentence mandated by statute is not a suggestion that courts have discretion to disregard.” That is why the Hammonds, who had already completed their original sentences, were ordered back to federal prison, the development that led to Saturday’s protest.”

While the Sheriff is accusing the patriots of being the big bad wolf instead of the actual sheep dogs they are, there is clear evidence that the good people of Harney County are also beginning to come together and realize that they have been lied to and abused. In this ground breaking video interview with the now resigned Fire Chief of Harney County, Chris Briels, he

OR-Harney-County-fire-chiefstates that he no longer trusts local government. Briels has served as the Fire Chief since 1984 and has lived in the county since 1978. He began to see the BLM’s actions as land grabbing but what really began his awakening to what is really going on behind the scenes was this past week was the rumors that there were so called Miltia types at the county armory. He sprang into action and went to confront the two men. After following them from the armory through town he pulled them over and began to question them about who they were and why they were at the armory. The lies they responded with were immediately questioned by the Fire Chief. At first claiming to be business men and then hunters, it wasn’t until he had dispatch run their plates that he found that they were actually under cover Federal Agents. After being told to back off the questioning by Judge Steve Grasty, that the Chief, a man of obvious moral character, turned in his resignation to the Judge. Here is an article regarding this situation by KATU 2 and following is his video statement and explanation of the incident.


We know that unfortunately this type of underhanded mob like tactics are common place amongst the federal and at times local governments. We must at times like these always be sure to rise above and always take the moral high ground.




Jason Van Tatenhove is the National Media Director and Associate Editor for He also writes for American Military News on 2nd amendment and militia issues. Jason has been embedded with the PPN and Citizens for Constitutional Freedom from the past week.



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.



  1. I’ve been watching all of this event unwind daily via live stream. I appreciate very much your writing this accurate account and I encourage others to repost it. All Americans realize that fear of big gov’t is real and not supposed to be so.

  2. Saw this on my Facebook site.I tried to share it but it didn’t show up so I came to Oath Keeper site and then shared it it worked. I am tired of the Soro.whores, Obama being one of thousands. Let FREEDOM RING

    1. Both YT channels of mine were disabled for “SPAM” after my postings of legitimate information countering MSM stories. Prior to that a newspaper disabled my account for doing the same. I am receiving more messages from others this has also happened to them. Very, VERY Bad!

      There really needs to be a central repository of information, an Intel Cell if you will.

      1. Fully Aware… CORPORATE censorship, harassment at the behest of a Federal Government agenda. Supporters, expect to be labelled Sponsors of Terrorism not only by your government but by corporations. Expect all the ramifications that go along with it. Wake The Frick Up People! Google shouldn’t give a crap about legitimate postings on Burns Oregon.

  3. There’s a lot of controversy in Oregon right now about federal agents portraying themselves as militia members and causing distrust in the community. Does this take anyone by surprise? Agents provocateur have been a mainstay of police intelligence work since the beginning of government…
    The fact the FBI is doing it should come as no surprise. They have undercover agents present at every major conflict in this country — Ruby Ridge, Waco, Ferguson, Baltimore… and they’ll continue to have agents present at future conflicts.
    We need to be aware they’re out there and they have an agenda. They will do their best to discredit well meaning citizens if it meets their needs. They will discredit honest citizens to foist their own desires off on the public through misuse and abuse of the media.
    Be aware of the tactic and don’t fall for their shenanigans.
    We have a right to free speech, a right to assembly… and their malignant actions are designed to disrupt and eventually end those rights.
    Be on guard.

  4. Unfortunately our government is corrupt inside out, bottom to the top. The few who are truly serving honorably are few and far between. Money does that to people. So glad people are waking up and realizing the extent of the corruption and choosing to do the right thing for WE THE PEOPLE!

  5. It appears, the people of Burns and the entire county are waking-up to the actions by their own judge, sheriff and the FBI to intimidate EVERYONE into fear with outright lies and propaganda.

    What is happening in Burns Oregon is a problem all Americans are facing on a nationwide scale. Fear and intimidation, false flags, and the further loss of freedoms and liberties, perpetuated by a very dangerous government.

    The most important message presented by the Fire Chief is the most important thing that all Americans need to learn and know….your rights under the U.S. Constitution, and that is NOW stirring the entire county population of Harney County in support of Ammon Bundy, little by little.

    It is my opinion….if the situation progresses in a negative fashion and Mr. Hammond and his son are NOT released or re-tried in a competent (common law) court, the people of Burns Oregon will need assistance from anyone and everyone that can show up.

    The visible presence of thousands with cameras and money ( to help local businesses), can help protect those that are standing for us and all ranchers in the western United States. If you decide to go out there, please bring food supplies for the Bundy’s….and “Vanilla Coffee Creamer and coffee.”

  6. Please excuse the excuse. Most emergency personnel be it law enforcement, firemen or EMTs grew up in a school system devoid of God and (true) Country. A lot are veterans did their 3-4 years and fell into the job due to the Duty-Honor-Country they were exposed to not knowing the governmental system around them was flawed. For every good there is and equal and opposite evil. The evil began with the Constitution as the ink was drying. My point is some of the best Patriots to come are the blinded governmental employees just making a paycheck in ignorance. Be patient while they learn to taste, touch. feel, see and hear true freedom.

  7. People from the community are bringing a lot of supplies, I was personally handed supplies to take to the patriots from a local business. The mainstream media is lying and trying every trick in the book to discredit the patriots. DHS is on scene at the local airport with the FBI, It is snowing quite a bit here now

    1. Both YT channels of mine were disabled for “SPAM” after my postings of legitimate information countering MSM stories. Prior to that a newspaper disabled my account for doing the same. Today, I received two messages from others this has also happened to them. Very, VERY Bad!

    2. I love you brave, patriotic Americans for what you are doing and support your cause and the effect that this will have as more people olen their eyes to the cancer that has metastasized within the halls of our governments. Thank you for having the balls to risk it all

  8. Bad news everyone. Since Jsoc has been reported to possibly in the area please realize that they will be involved and sending teams to undermine liberty movement. You are going to see many more corruption cases involving military shitbags that tarnish the good guys and branches of service. Keep an open mind and realize that money has corrupted those in power in the military also.
    Keep an eye out that these units/teams impersonating Patriots just might not be FBI but Jsoc. Jsoc has been compromised by politically motivated and paid leaders. Huge internal battle in Tier One and it will only get uglier. Plus we know Jsoc was used in Jade Helm also and was a practice maneuver. Posse Comitatus is dead.

    1. Yep, Ammon was very smart in his timing of putting out the uncovered corruption. These guys would have been dead by now in my opinion. There doesn’t seem to be an OPLAN nor a reserve at the ready. The Feds do not want to take another blow on the chin and are certainly NOT going to police their own. People in support of this effort are getting harassed, not just censored.

  9. all this should be in the news the whole story belongs to “the people” the whole west is behind you just alert us and see what happens……i don’t think they want that…

  10. Chiselbit.You are correct,he retired as fire chief in 2010,but was asked by the local gov to stay on as fire marshal as he about telling the whole story instead of making yourself appear as a gov troll !!!

  11. Please email the exact name & address of Bundy’s Patriots at this center in Oregon so we can send supplies?

  12. Good report and nice still video, Jason! :o) Thanks. (I think Briels said he just resigned as Fire Marshal, not from his former job of Chief, right?)

    I am so incredibly proud of Briels for standing his ground and sharing his experience with the media. Kudos to him and the hundreds of other principled, cool-headed, liberty-loving, brave defenders of freedom who are on the ground right now in the Burns area. I pray that the traitorous Alphabet Agents – who see only the right of their Big Fed employer’s might – will watch, be convicted and humbled, and be pierced at the injustice and difference in what *they* are fighting for. I recall what the bearded FBI agent said at the PPN leaders’ meeting with them at the airport – “They (Ammon and the Occupiers) are in our (the Fed’s) house.” Righteous indignation welled up in me, and I shouted at the video,”NO! They’re in the PEOPLE’S House, and don’t you forget it!”

  13. We told everyone about this type of tactics and some more that are very aggressive about fed agents in Indian country. this is nothing new, your getting what natives have dealt with for a long time and now, look only at Lenard Peltier. murder, corruption, intimidation, threats, the missing, etc…..

  14. This country is done. The amount of energy poured into this community to help address injustice has been swatted away like nothing. Great that the Fire Chief resigned over the corrupt judge’s intimidations and FBI abuses but it generated little momentum. There is no stopping this perversion of Justice unless these types of interventions occur across America. Even then it just seems too few people actually CARE. This town is FAR from unique. I live in one just like it. Same issues with corruption, abuses by law enforcement and judges, yet no one seems to give a crap. They don’t even stand up for themselves.

    It smells evil. And the Millennials have been conditioned to accept it. Their Tiny House movement – Sheesh!!! Let’s face it, your children are cooked. There is no viable future for them except as slaves to this quickly evolving global system.

      1. It’s putting out small fires here and there and YES….it will go on and on for quite some time, but at the same time…all these little fires across the country are waking people up, evident of the people’s reluctance to put Jeb Bush and the others to the head of the class.

        One of Oath Keepers’ initial little fires happened in Quartzsite Arizona back in 2011.

        An out-of-control Police Chief that conducted illegal and unnecessary NCIC checks on political opponents, and forcing his officers to harass those that were “on to him” caused over 200 Oath Keepers to descend on Quartzsite with a 2nd amendment march through the town, with the mayor and Stewart Rhodes in the lead.

        As a result of that march, the residents woke-up and YES…it took another 2 years to stay on the subject of his removal, the Police Chief was fired.

        But…then he decided to run for Judge and those of us still in the area, launched a campaign against this former corrupt chief and he lost !

        Therefore….Burns and others like Burns could take years, but as long as the residents pay attention to what is going-on in their towns, the corrupt will eventually falter…and that’s when you go for the juggler.

      2. D… Would LOVE to see a local CELL established in EVERY community to address corruption. I myself tried this year, could not get it up and running. Most important, a web sight for resources, information, where people can post their stories etc

      3. Fight much??? I am getting harassed for my efforts, you? I have put in PLENTY OF FIGHT against this kind of BS in fighting for myself and others.. In this effort alone I have spent quite a bit of time researching, putting together, and pushing out information in opposition to the MSM narrative. It is the little I can do, you?

        EDUCATE YOURSELVES on Oregon Issue

        PETITIONS For Hammonds Freedom, GOOD INFORMATION on this issue …

        AUSTRALIAN-owned Oregon Energy LLC hopes to mine 18 million pounds of yellowcake URANIUM from the southeastern Oregon high desert 10 miles west of McDermitt near the Oregon-Nevada boundary. Meanwhile, Calico Resources USA Corp., a subsidiary of a Vancouver, B.C., company, may seek permits this month to chemically extract microscopic gold from a high desert butte south of Vale called Grassy Mountain, a project likely to create another 100 jobs.

        OUTSIDE INVESTIGATION – attempts to staunch by FBI, Sheriff Ward, Rep
        Bentz and Judge Grasty.(could be the judge mentioned as being suspect
        in local corruption). Latest of incidents coming to light that include BLM shredding evidence, Prosecutor Papagni covering up evidence, and more….

        Burns Oregon, Land Grab Background When cowboys stand for freedom

        The prosecuting attorney that is the root cause of this tyranny is Frank R. Papagni Jr. 405 E. 8Th Avenue Suite 2400 Eugene, OR 97401 -2798 Phones: (541) 465-6771 Fax: (541) 465-6582

        U.S. Attorney for the State of Oregon, Amanda Marshall, who called for an appeal to the original sentencing. The has a good write up on her.

        SHERIFF Dave Ward Harney County Sheriff’s Office
        485 Court St Burns, OR 97720
        tel: 541-573-6156
        fax: 541-573-8383
        County Sheriff’s site

        AGENDA 21 In 1961, the Kennedy administration ordered a “Top Secret” study to determine what problems the United States would face if the world moved from an era of war to a golden age of peace. In other words, how to bring America into the New World Order. Department of State put out a publication (#7277) called “Freedom From War, The United States Program for a General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World”. This publication describes a three step program to disarm the American military, shut down bases and have one military under the United Nations. (4:39) lowering population through, health care, vaccines, reproductive services

  15. The Communist Nations are based on a corrupt economic system and Americas ancestors knew this and put into policy a no trade or economic partnership against it.

    1970’s those trade barriers were removed by the Trilateral Commission, Council of Foreign Relations and Central banks.

    The working class citizens in the Communist states dont have access to ownership of private property, which is owned by the state government. In America, working class people have rights to this same property and usually are in a mortgage to acquire such property.

    When an economic slowdown exceeds the outdated, under valued unemployment insurance period allowable to recieve the assistance, Americans loose their homes, their private property. Citizens of Communism are not burdened by the same financial burden.

    For this reason, America have to transition to Communism or bust.

    Also, the jobs necessary to sustain a healthy job market for a stable economy when fuel prices over inflate, jobs in the production of everyday consumable goods that are bought even during a 3-5 year recession such as clothing, shoes, hygiene products, production common house hold items, these jobs are now all Chinas.

    How has trade with Communism helped America or American citizens? It hasn’t, it was a tool to let the Enemy of the US Constitution of individual freedom, liberty and right to ownership of private property.

    The Communist has one major agenda, written in the Communist Manifesto, its main objective is to spread its global political agenda through international trade policies.

    I tell you this straight up, it is accomplishing its main objective, take down America, you take down any chance of real Communist resistance. People, this has been an Inside job!!!

  16. When corruption prevails in any small town, the people turn a blind eye in-order to avoid problems and to just get along.

    It’s NOT really the militia the Burns citizens are afraid of, it’s their own local government !

    They have a judge facing corruption charges and a sheriff (David Ward) that was a BLM Ranger before he slipped into the position of the elected sheriff, of whom is suppose to stand-up and support his oath to the constitution, but instead is playing his assigned role as the (still) BLM protector of crimes, having testified against the Hammonds with lies and deception, on behalf of the BLM.

    Burns citizens should be thankful that Ammon Bundy and others have opened “Pandora’s Box” of the type of people running their county. Nothing but corrupt mfrs’.

    As far as the two Coopers that were booted-out of the reserve by Ammon and others, after discovering they are both felons with weapons….all adjacent states are waiting for them now. The bad part…if these two are shot and killed by law enforcement or just arrested, the black eye will be placed on Ammon and others by a bias media.

    America needs to wake-up to the absolute B.S. that is fed to us everyday and take a stand, by at least spreading the word that our constitution is a living document that needs to be saved….and that people like Sheriff Ward and the corrupt judge will eventually be shown as to who they really are. Very bad dudes !

    And unfortunately, many small towns have the same type of morons in government, placed there to do the bidding for the federal government….and to hide the crimes committed against citizens.

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