Quantcast
Connect with us

Here’s why Oregon militants might be planning to ‘arrest’ the sheriff and execute him for treason

Published

on

The Oregon militants may be plotting an extralegal maneuver to remove county officials — or worse — for failing to support their demands after taking over a federal wildlife preserve.

A group of residents established the Harney County Committee of Safety last month, after some of the militants arrived in the area and tried to recruit supporters of local ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond — who were ordered back to prison this week to finish their sentences for illegally setting fires on public lands.

ADVERTISEMENT

The committee of safety — made up of six community members, including a retired fire chief, two ranchers and the president of the county’s Republican Party — was formed to file grievances against the government.

The concept is promoted by so-called “sovereign citizen” groups and is based on shadow governments set up by the Continental Congress in the months before American Revolution, said J.J. McNab, an expert on right-wing extremist groups.

RELATED:

The Continental Congress in 1774 sent a list of demands, called the Declaration of Rights and Grievances, to King George III — and the Bundy family and their backers sent a “notice (for) redress of grievances” Dec. 11 to several Oregon and Harney County officials challenging their authority in the Hammond case.

“We do not believe there is any threat to this community from this group,” said Tim Smith, a committee member and president of the county GOP.

ADVERTISEMENT

The committee will meet Friday evening, where they will presumably discuss state and local officials’ refusal to acquiesce to their demands to release the ranchers from prison and turn over federally owned land to local control.

The safety committee also includes members of the III Percent, a loosely organized pro-firearms militia group, to help enforce the rulings of the “common law grand jury” formed at the same time in Harney County.

“After we organized the citizens’ grand jury together with a safety committee, we could take over lands through proper redress,” said Michael Emry, founder and publisher of The Voice of Idaho — and a common law jury activist.

ADVERTISEMENT

A group of Emry’s associates in the III Percent militia, including Bundy ranch sniper Eric “EJ” Parker, announced Friday afternoon they were on their way to the standoff in Oregon.

Common law, or citizen’s grand juries, are an extra-legal maneuver promoted by sovereign citizens and their ilk to hold public officials accountable for angering right-wing activist groups.

ADVERTISEMENT

Similar bodies have been formed in Florida and elsewhere to “indict” elected officialsPresident Barack Obama, in particular — for perceived constitutional violations.

McNab said these phony grand juries indict on only one charge — treason, which is punishable by death.

The Bundys have voiced support for a variety of right-wing fringe ideas, particularly the “posse comitatus” notion that no legitimate governments exist above the county level, and they believe in no higher law authority than the county sheriff.

ADVERTISEMENT

However, posse members have embedded an implicit threat in their belief system.

If the sheriff violates his oath of office, as determined by the right-wing extremists themselves, “he shall be removed by the posse to the most populated intersection of streets in the township and at high noon be hung by the neck, the body remaining until sundown as an example to those who would subvert the law.”

Sheriff David Ward, who was sworn into an interim term Jan. 2, said his elderly parents had been harassed since the militants arrived — and his wife has left town after a group of strangers followed her home and she awoke to find her tire slashed.

The sheriff said he had received numerous death threats after saying he agreed with many of the militants’ concerns — but not their tactics.

ADVERTISEMENT

“You’re not invited to come here and bother with our citizens,” Ward said. “I don’t believe that just a handful of people have the right to come in from outside of our area and tell us that we don’t know how to live our lives.”

McNab said she believes the militants may be planning to take the sheriff into custody if a common law grand jury indicts him.

One of the militants, Jon Ritzheimer, drew the attention of Capitol Police in September for his plot to “arrest” Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for treason after she voted in favor of the Iran nuclear deal.

Ritzheimer, who is best known for his anti-Muslim rallies in Arizona, became infuriated after the Oath Keepers and some Michigan militia groups backed away from his plot to kidnap Stabenow and other elected officials.

ADVERTISEMENT

It’s not clear what the committee of safety has planned — but local reporters say the county has set up added security and concrete barriers Friday outside the courthouse and the sheriff’s office in preparation for a planned protest.

Watch this video report posted online by KOIN-TV:

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump fumes over Roger Stone’s conviction — and demands to know when Mueller and ‘Shifty Schiff’ get prosecuted

Published

on

President Donald Trump reacted to Roger Stone's guilty verdict by threatening to jail at least 12 of his political opponents.

His longtime associate was convicted on seven counts, including lying to Congress, on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation of Russian election interference.

"So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come," Trump tweeted. "Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie?"

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Roger Stone convicted on all seven counts on charges filed in Mueller probe

Published

on

Roger Stone was convicted Friday on multiple counts on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.

The longtime associate of President Donald Trump was convicted on all seven counts.

He was charged with lying to Congress, obstruction of Congress, witness tampering and other crimes.

Stone was the nexus between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks coordinating the release of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman by Russian hackers, according to investigators.

He potentially faces up to 50 years in prison under the statutes, but most likely will be sentenced to far less.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Fox News’ Chris Wallace: ‘If you are not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch today, you don’t have a pulse’

Published

on

During a break in the testimony of former United States ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch before a House committee holding impeachment hearings on Donald Trump, Fox News host Chris Wallace praised her poise and devastating testimony, saying viewers should be "moved" by her story.

As the House hearing chamber emptied of lawmakers, Wallace was effusive in his praise.

"I think if you are not moved, and we will have to watch what happens in the cross-examination, but if you were not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, you don't have a pulse," he said.

"This is a woman who had served in posts for presidents of both parties for more than 30 years," he added. "Hardship posts, places like Somalia, Tashkent, and she tells a story of being a leading fighter against corruption," before he provided more details about her stellar career and noting the president had her summarily fired by a new Trump hire.

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1 and go ad-free.
close-image