Oathkeepers Media Director Investigating 68 Warrants issued for Those Who Stood at Bundy Ranch, Oregon Refuge and Mines
Feb 11, 2016 by Tim Brown
I listened today for a couple of hours as the last of the four who were held up at the Oregon Wildlife refuge left. It was an intense time as David Fry, after almost two hours, came out with his friends. However, behind the scenes, things are taking a very strange twist. In an exclusive interview with Jason Van Tatenhove, media director for Oathkeepers, he told Freedom Outpost that there have been reports of 68 warrants against Americans who stood alongside Cliven Bundy in Nevada in 2014 and several involved in standing between the Bureau of Land Management and the Sugar Pine Mine.
Van Tatenhove said that Oathkeepers were in the process of seeking to confirm the number of indictments and may have that information available later on Thursday’s broadcast of NorthWest Liberty News with Jim White and Tim Brown at 4pm EST.
“We are trying to verify this information through intelligence sources with deep contacts DHS and whatnot… there are 68 new warrants stemming back through Bundy Ranch and the other mine operations,” Van Tatenhove said. “We’re trying to reach out to the FBI to confirm.”
Van Tatenhove has an interest in these warrants as he stood at Bundy Ranch in 2014 against the BLM siege with the Bundys.
Additionally, during our interview, Jason was able to provide me with current information. In addition to Cliven Bundy being arrested in Oregon on Wednesday evening, Blaine Cooper was also arrested on Thursday morning in Springdale, Utah. Cooper, as you may recall, referred to Senator John McCain as a traitor during a townhall meeting.
If that was not enough, reports are that Victoria Sharp’s family’s house has been surrounded by agents. Sharp, as you may recall, provided eyewitness testimony of the murder of LaVoy Finicum and also said that over one hundred shots were fired into their vehicle in an attempt to kill the occupants.
Two other persons were arrested in Mesquite on Wednesday. From the information that Van Tatenhove shared with me, “Skipper,” who has been at Bundy Ranch as Cliven Bundy’s bodyguard since October and another man referred to as “Joker Jay” met in a Wal-mart parking lot around 9:10pm on Wednesday. Sources tell us that the men arrived in separate vehicles and were tackled by FBI agents.
According to the information passed onto me by Van Tatenhove, “They were handcuffed and put in separate vehicles and taken to the Holiday Inn parking lot where there were more FBI cars. Agents in full tactical “battle rattle” were present. Skipper was questioned and gave as short answers as possible.”
Skipper was released, but Jay was charged with impeding officers at the Oregon refuge. Jay was then transported to Las Vegas Metro and is currently being held in the Henderson, Nevada detention center, according to a message Skipper received from Jay’s sister.
All of this is coming down pretty fast as Cliven Bundy’s flight into Oregon on Wednesday was prefaced by his call for the American people, patriots and militia to “wake up!” because “it’s time!”
Last Four Protesters in Oregon Standoff Surrender
Feb 11, 2016
The last four armed occupiers of a wildlife refuge in Oregon turned themselves in on Thursday.
Jeff Banda, 46, of Nevada, Sean Anderson, 47, and his wife Sandy, 48, of Idaho, walked out of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the morning.
David Fry, 27, of Ohio, steadfastly rejected pleas to walk out of the remote refuge, vowing “liberty or death.” He later surrendered.
The Rev. Franklin Graham is rushing to Oregon to help ensure a peaceful end to the armed protest of a national wildlife refuge. There was no word if Graham was there when the surrender occurred.
Sean Anderson said in a post on Facebook the group would be “standing down” and surrender, escorted by Rev. Franklin Graham and State Assemblywoman Michele Fiore of Nevada.
Fiore drove toward the refuge on Wednesday along with other officials in a bid to avert an escalation.
“I need you guys alive,” she told them in a phone call which was live-streamed on the Internet, appealing for them to remain calm and reminding them that the call was being played to a live audience.
Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, confirmed in a post on Facebook that he was on his way to Oregon as he called on his followers to pray for a peaceful resolution.
“I am on my way there…” Graham wrote on Facebook. “Please keep them, law enforcement officials, and all involved in your prayers, that everyone will be safe.”
Tensions were high in the 41-day standoff, after FBI agents on Wednesday night closed in on the last four anti-government protesters as one of the occupiers drove an ATV outside the barricades previously set up by protesters at the refuge.
“It’s a very sad day for me as we plan to turn ourselves over to the very people we fought so hard against,” Sandy Anderson said in a post through his Facebook account on Thursday morning.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Cliven Bundy, 74, of Nevada was arrested on Wednesday evening in Portland. He was reportedly on his way to the refuge to support the militants in their protest over federal land control in the West.
His sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, led the armed group of protesters that took over the refuge on Jan. 2. They were arrested later in the month along with 9 other protesters on a snow-covered roadside where a spokesman for the group, Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, was shot dead. A 12th member of the group surrendered to police in Arizona.
Newsmax reported on Thursday that Ammon Bundy was moved out of solitary confinement in a dark, windowless, six-by-six cell after his plight was featured on Newsmax TV’s “Dennis Michael Lynch: Unfiltered” show.
In a Tweet to Lynch, Bundy’s wife Lisa wrote: “I just talked to him and he said he wants you to know how grateful he is. Thank You!”
The elder Bundy faces conspiracy and weapons charges, the Oregonian newspaper reported. He led a 2014 standoff with the government over Nevada grazing rights that ended with federal agents backing down in the face of 1,000 armed militiamen.
His sons, Ammon and Ryan, face the same conspiracy charge for their role in the Oregon standoff.
The occupation was sparked by the return to prison of two Oregon ranchers convicted of setting fires that spread to federal property in the vicinity of the refuge. It also was directed as a protest against federal control over millions of acres of public land in the West.
The four remaining protesters were indicted last week along with 12 others previously arrested on charges of conspiring to impede federal officers during the occupation.
A judge has cited the continuing standoff as a major obstacle to the release of at least some of those who remain jailed on federal charges.
Oregon Standoff Ends Without Anymore Bloodshed