Our Federal Government is detaining political dissidents. Behavior normally ascribed to repressive regimes and totalitarian monarchies, the machine in Washington D.C. is working overtime to set a very dangerous precedent for the arrest, detention, and incarceration of Americans who exercise lawful rights to resist abuses from the very representative body that is tasked with preserving natural, unalienable rights. One need not look further than the incident on the I-15 overpass during what has become colloquially known as “The Bundy Ranch Standoff” to see this very situation unfold. While people like Harry Reid and other of his elitist colleagues would have the court of public opinion rule these individuals as dangerous domestic terrorists; the truth is almost 180 degrees the opposite. It is alphabet-soup agencies, acting under the authority of the Federal Government, who have become lawless in their egregious overreaches to repress individual liberties protected by the Bill of Rights. Their unlawful behavior is the cause that gives rise to the effect of resistance. The facts of what happened on the bridge that day along with what has recently unfolded should terrify every liberty-minded American.
Most don’t know his name, but they can identify a photo of him. On Saturday, 12 April 2014 a resident of Idaho named Eric J. Parker took a defensive posture on an overpass looking down on a group of Federal Agents who had created a tense, terrifying situation by reportedly stating over a bullhorn their intent to gas, and if necessary, exact lethal force upon a concentrated group of protesters comprised of men, women, and minor children. These protesters had peacefully, but vocally, gathered in a wash under I-15 where agents working under the authority of the Bureau of Land Management held around 400 head of cattle belonging to Cliven Bundy. Eventually, federal agents retreated releasing the cattle they had collected.
On Thursday, 03 March 2016, nearly 700 days after the incident on the bridge, four residents of Idaho who were present on the bridge were rounded up, taken into custody, and charged with a litany of crimes that can only be described as an avalanche of excessive litigation. Eric J. Parker and Steven Stewart, both of Hailey, ID. O. Scott Drexler of Challis, ID. Todd Engle of Boundary County, ID. Most people incorrectly make assumptions about what happened that day based on photos and news reports. Here are some facts that balance the narrative coming from both the mainstream media and the Department of justice.
The superseding indictment actually names 19 individuals, asserting that they were all part of a larger clandestine conspiracy to cooperatively act unlawfully against the Government. This is simply not true. Parker, Drexler, and Stewart left central Idaho on Friday, 11 April 2014 after having observed video of BLM agents tazing protesters and, in one instance, throwing a woman to the ground. They also utilized canine resources in their lawless, repressive tactics that day. Additionally, these men saw cordoned off areas established by the Bureau of Land Management that read “First Amendment Area. It prudent then to ask two questions. First, when did BLM obtain the right to tell people where they can and cannot exercise First Amendment rights? Second, and more importantly, did the indicted Idahoans travel to Nevada at the call and to the assistance of Cliven Bundy; or did they drive through the night that Friday because of what they saw as unconstitutional acts being carried out by Federal Agents? The US Attorneys argued the former while, in fact, the latter is true.