Crossing Paths

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Much to the dismay of my teenage kids, I have a habit of being chatty with strangers in public.

This time I was in line at the bank, and got into a conversation with someone in the photo above, who said some intriguing things. I then looked for him after my own transaction, to follow up, but he was gone.

So I went to the Starbucks at Fry’s across the parking lot. There he was again. We talked for more than one hour. I took his photo but will wait…

In about a month, I might be able to go into more details, but the guy is in the middle of a legal process and is walking a very tight rope. Anyway, he was one of the core organizers of the Wildlife Refuge takeover, among the top six or seven guys. He still feels horrible for having convinced LaVoy Finicum (originally from Arizona as well) to join them. Finicum was slain in a federal ambush.

In any case, there is complexity to the character I met. He claims to have been slandered and framed on some unrelated issues, by the media no less, which I will mention in January. He said I could put whatever I wanted on my Facebook, for example, but he is no longer interested in actively engaging the press and dreams of getting married (yeah, after some recent time in prison, marriage might be a slightly better option). So I post here because this blog is just read by an odd assortment of truthers and global heavies.

The Bundy trial – happening right now – should be front page news. It is fascinating, and it is important. This case drives to the core issues of the individual vs. the state, with all those constitutional questions. Mainstream media – even alternative media – is ignoring the trial. It is only being covered on a regular basis by Reuters and the local press.

Why?

It seems that the federal case against the organizers (some people call them a “militia”) is coming off the rails. The prosecution had access, illegally, to privileged conversations between the defendants and their attorneys. The prosecution pursued this case with personal animosity, and key members of the FBI and Bureau of Land Management displayed repeated unprofessional behavior. (Probably 90 – 95% of FBI and other agencies are good guys, but there is a cabal at the top left over from the Hoover days, and going back decades, and answering to people who rarely lose).

The misbehavior includes charging the Bundy’s for “terrorism” when their intentional fire to clear brush spread (supposedly) onto federal land. The judge threw out that charge because it is patently absurd. Terrorism entails directional violence to change a political system, etc… Major overreach here.

The prosecution has refused to release key documents and videos needed for a proper defense. One of those videos appears to establish the fact that, going back a very long time, agents dealing with the Bundys have circled their home with AR-15s and sniper rifles. It gets worse, with rumors of DHS whistle blowers having evidence of the organizers being on a kill list. From other puzzle pieces he dropped, I think those rumors are true.

Because of all this, the Bundy trial is mostly being conducted in secret, and much of the evidence is not part of the public record. The media is under-reporting it.

Also because of all this, a mistrial is very likely, as explained in the story below.

My source – my new source – did state that we need government, and he is not an anarchist or even some kind of extreme libertarian. But this case certainly reveals that government can exert arbitrary power, abuse power, and then cover up its misdeeds with a lack of transparency – and with further threats and intimidation.

This time, it seems, the federal government simply went too far, and the law of the land will likely prevail.

Finally, for once, a constitutional victory seems to be on the horizon.

U.S. judge warns of mistrial in Nevada rancher Bundy’s trial

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nevada-militia/u-s-judge-warns-of-mistrial-in-nevada-rancher-bundys-trial-idUSKBN1E52P2

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