‘The agreement moves signers and the Bundy militia members from an illegal seizure of federal property to establishing and coordinating an active terrorist network whose aim is to overthrow the federal government’
The seditious wingnuts occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon apparently want to spread their brand of anti-federal activism to other parts of the country.
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the band of Oregon malcontents have recruited a New Mexico rancher to their cause. The watchdog group says Silver City rancher Adrian Sewell signed some sort of agreement that ‘formalizes a plot in which another rancher agrees to illegally stop paying federal grazing fees and armed militia commit to meet resulting federal law enforcement with the threat of violence.”
The Oregonian reports that a total of nine ranchers in two states have joined the futile movement to somehow take control of federal lands.
Recruiting this New Mexico rancher threatens to up-end civil society and frighten and enrage people in Silver City, the Arizona-based nonprofit group said in a release.
“Southern New Mexico rejects coercion of forest rangers and privatization of public lands,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity. “Silver City welcomes visitors who want to share the wonderful Gila National Forest, but we don’t need armed bigots brutalizing our community,” Robinson said.
“New Mexico rancher Adrian Sewell will not be thanked for bringing to New Mexico communities the same emotional, physical, economic, cultural and environmental terror that Harney County, Oregon residents continue to suffer during the Malheur refuge occupation,” Robinson said.
The latest development in the Oregon occupation raises the troubling prospect of more armed Bundy-militia standoffs in the West — complete with closed schools, shuttered government services and terrorized civilians.
The agreement moves signers and the Bundy militia members from an illegal seizure of federal property to establishing and coordinating an active terrorist network whose aim is to overthrow the federal government, the Center for Biological Diversity concluded in its press release.