by: Tim Brown
The utter hypocrisy that is being demonstrated in the Bundy Ranch trial by those who swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution from both foreign and domestic enemies is quite telling as to the level of corruption we are seeing in our land today. Furthermore, it is demonstrating that many of those who have taken that oath not only don't know what the Constitution says, but also have become the very domestic enemies they proclaim to oppose because of their ignorance.
First, take this update from Guerilla Media Network's Deb Jordan.
"Judge Gloria Navarro presiding over USA vs Cliven Bundy says, if the Prosecution does not call Daniel P. Love to the stand she is leaning heavily toward not allowing the defense to call him to the stand either," Jordan wrote. "In a shocking statement made outside the earshot of the Jury this past Friday, Navarro said that she has no obligation to allow the defense to call the former Special Agent in Charge of the Bundy cattle impoundment to the stand for the purpose of impeaching his testimony to the grand jury."
No obligation? This is the government's star snitch, I mean witness, Bureau of Land Management agent Daniel P. Love. Perhaps, the reason lies in the fact that the BLM's conduct at Bundy Ranch was thuggish and tyrannical (Watch Video evidence of their misconduct here and here). Perhaps, the reason lies with the fact that Love was found guilty of misconduct by the Inspector General on a number of issues, including using his influence to obtain tickets and special passes to the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. He was also instrumental in driving Dr. James Redd to the point of suicide over his collecting of Indian Artifacts in 2009.
As for Judge Navarro, citizens are planning to issue a letter to Congress calling for her impeachment due to her conduct in the case.
However, that is not the whole of what is taking place in Nevada. The Nevada Independent reports:
Although no shots were fired that day, federal officers previously testified that alarming investigative intelligence, combined with the guns present in the agitated crowd and para-military dress of some of the protesters, made them afraid for their safety. Six defendants the government describes as Bundy’s gunmen are on trial accused of threatening and intimidating BLM and U.S. Parks Service law enforcement officers.
In recent weeks, on cross examination, the defense has managed to portray the federal cops as inexperienced wannabes who lacked judgment and overreacted under stress. After the decision was made to discontinue the roundup, some of BLM rangers and Park police initially refused orders to put away their weapons, stand down and pack up. Some of their responses under oath made them appear more fearful than professional.
But the defense this past week had little success with Metro Sgt. Tom Jenkins and none at all with Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.
Additionally, there was testimony by Metro Sgt. Tom Jenkins, who claimed that protesters were flashing handguns and rifles "from the time we got there until the time we left." However, he remained steadfast in his claims even though lengthy recorded exhibits didn't always agree with his testimony. Someone is not being truthful or has a really bad memory that cannot be trusted.
Jenkins claims his officers were "scared" and "crying." Really?
I wonder if Sgt. Jenkins thought there was fear in the hearts of the Bundys and their supporters over this?
Then there was testimony from Lombardo. Again, from The Nevada Independent:
When Lombardo’s took the stand Thursday, he reminded those who have followed his career that the public needn’t worry about his leadership skills. An assistant sheriff at the time of the standoff, Lombardo accompanied Sheriff Doug Gillespie to Bundy’s makeshift stage outside his ranch in an attempt to cool the heated rhetoric and avoid bloodshed. He stood patiently during Bundy’s windy grandstanding and impossible demands — disarm all federal law enforcement and bulldoze the entrance booths at the region’s federal conservation and recreation areas — and then returned to Las Vegas believing the botched cattle roundup was reaching a peaceful resolution.For the first time jurors saw video of the elder Bundy holding forth with armed, uniformed members of the Arizona State Militia, who call themselves the “Praetorian Guard,” standing guard. Dozens of his hundreds of followers were armed with handguns and rifles.When Bundy instructed his followers to go get his cattle, Lombardo’s day grew complicated and dangerous. He attempted to negotiate with one of Bundy’s sons, Dave Bundy, in a plea for patience and enough time to allow the BLM to make a safe exit.It was Lombardo, jurors learned, who essentially put his career on the line to overrule BLM Supervisory Special Agent Dan Love and press for the release of the impounded cattle during the height of the armed standoff’s tensions.“He advised me they were federal cattle and it was his decision,” Lombardo said.Fortunately, Lombardo prevailed.
On what constitutional basis do Cliven Bundy's cattle become "federal cattle"? There is no victim any what the government is portraying here. Furthermore, just because a video shows armed citizens protecting one another from a tyrannical BLM, something that even Sheriff Lombardo was willing to stand up to, doesn't mean they were breaking the law. Seriously, is no one reading the Second Amendment? Do none of these people know why we have it and what provoked the writing of the Second Amendment? or the First? or the Third? or the Fourth, etc. etc.?
While the author of the Nevada Independent piece concluded, "Bring guns to a peaceful protest, and you’re bound to get everyone’s attention," what he failed to identify is who brought them first. The response of protesters with guns was an equal and measured defensive response to tyrants, period. Now, you can see the utter hypocrisy and lack of moral compass that is on display in this case.