While those within the Pacific Patriots Network, Idaho 3%, Oregon 3%, COCG, and ORTAC were not involved with the execution of the peaceful takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Building in Harney County, Oregon we do agree with the statement that is trying to be made.
Ranchers in the west, specifically Harney County, have been abused by the federal government for decades by means of property use rights, water rights, and other regularly used resources that they have all been restricted from and are fighting to regain.
At this point in time this is no different than a sit in protest at a college. The buildings on the property were unlocked and completely accessible, the property itself was not gated and there were and are not currently any no trespassing signs outside the property. This lays proof that these individuals are simply occupying public property and public buildings.
The actions we are seeing stems directly from the injustices that have been served to the Hammond family. This is a blatant show of frustration from American citizens. Dwight and Steven Hammond are a father and son team of ranchers in Harney County that were convicted of a burn that accidentally spilled onto public land. They served their time for the crime they were convicted of. The problem lies in the fact that the Department of Justice returned a review on the original case that indicated they were not satisfied with the original sentencing and wanted the District Court to go back and re-sentence the Hammonds for a second time two years later.
The Hammonds 5th and 8th amendments rights at that time were blatantly disregarded. They have been subjected to punishment for the same crime twice over. This family was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $400k by December 31st, 2015. The stipulation if the restitution was not paid poses another avenue of injustice. There is a piece of land that sits surrounded by the Malheur Wildlife Refuge that the Hammonds own and have owned for decades. They refused to sell the property when the refuge was being established. They were told that if the restitution was not paid by said date that very piece of property would be forfeited and confiscated to the federal government as an alternative for monetary payment.
The organizations involved in this statement implore the public and media sources to publish and promote only facts as this situation develops. There is a very real chance that once again the federal agencies involved will not listen and will do as they wish as they did in cases such as Waco and Ruby Ridge. There needs to be a clear understanding by all those involved that these organizations will not allow this situation to end with any deaths especially in the case of any agencies going into the refuge by force. This can and must be solved peacefully.
Pacific Patriots Network Media Team
8 March, 2016
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