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PRESS TV: Americans See Worst Fears Come TrueTim King Press TV
Americans are increasingly feeling the heat from their own government, and they are starting to see the manifestation of their own worst fears; those predicted by visionaries such as George Orwell.
(LAS VEGAS) - Americans are increasingly feeling the heat from their own government, and they are starting to see the manifestation of their own worst fears; those predicted by visionaries such as George Orwell.
Federal agents with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) attacked a group of protestors this week in rural Nevada, using tasers, dogs, and even moving vehicles to strike people who oppose the BLM's policies toward historic cattle ranch practices.
The ranchers say their animals are being killed and starved on BLM property and protestors with the 140-year old Bundy Ranch say their anger was elevated when federal officials arrived with a dump truck and a back hoe, they believe, to dispose of the dead and dying cattle.
The BLM troops are not only attacking local non-violent protestors and denying them information, they also specifically and directly violated their Civil Rights by establishing what they called a "First Amendment Zone" - thus denying the Bundy protestors one of the most basic civil liberties, the right to peacefully assemble.
The US First Amendment states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Americans who sport progressive positions at protests, like Occupy Wall Street, are routinely attacked by police when they protest. This is a practice that extends back to the Vietnam War. But American ranchers who personify the traditional "cowboy" are not often targeted due to their generally conservative politics. The attack against the Bundy protestors is a new page turning in a book that many say is in its final chapter: Sinister Overtones.
The truth is that most police who attack protestors are not federal officers or agents. The notion of sending BLM officers up against unarmed citizens with vicious dogs and shooting them with tasers is nearly unprecedented, and it has left a sour taste in the mouths of people nationwide.
At the Bundy Ranch protest, several dozen demonstrators wanted to see what was in the back of a dump truck leaving a section of BLM land where their cattle graze. One woman at the protest, Margaret Bundy, said, "I have 11 children, I am 58-years old, and they threw me to the dirt. All I was doing was taking pictures." She suffered cuts and bruises, and her injuries led to an ambulance being called.
"I hurt, they scraped my knee, they tackled me." She has been battling cancer, and this week she was severely roughed up by police.
One protestor called the BLM enemy aggressors, "This is the road I grew up on, 1355 Riverside Road, Highway 170 Nevada, and I just saw federal agents throw my aunt to the ground. I saw my cousin get tased three times, I saw them use dogs and sick them on a pregnant woman."
The man says the violence came about, "All because we had a couple questions."
The protestors had been chanting "Get out of our state, get out of our state," over the BLM's seizure of cattle at Bundy Ranch. Before it was over, many people were hurt, including several women.
This level of tension is bringing all sorts of people out to the Bundy Ranch to show support and take part in the protest.
The group, Oath Keepers, numbering nearly 40,000, is comprised of current and former military, police, and first responders. The group is calling on its members, along with other patriotic Americans, to join the vigil at the Bundy ranch. Those organizing the support are current serving legislators and sheriffs.
Oath Keepers writes, "The goal is to have at least one current serving state legislator and at least one sheriff on the ground at all times until this is over. And they will be backed by a large number of military and police veterans, as well as dedicated patriotic Americans from all walks of life, to interpose and defend the rights of the protesters and to keep an eye on the actions of the BLM and any other federal law enforcement present, to prevent a recurrence of the horrid abuses seen at Ruby Ridge and Waco...
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