Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, one of the most visible leaders of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation, complained just hours before he was killed in a shootout with law enforcement that federal agents were preparing for action.
The FBI said on Tuesday that one member of member of the occupation was killed after officers stopped a convoy carrying Ammon Bundy and others. Occupiers later identified the deceased man as Finicum.
In what was thought to be Finicum’s final interview before his death, the militant expressed concern that federal agents were preparing for a “campaign of some sort.”
“We used to be able to walk up to the FBI agents and talk to them in a friendly manner and stuff,” he explained. “But the tenor has changed, they have become more hardened. And when they step out of their vehicles now, they step out with their rifles. And they’re not willing to engage in just friendly dialog.”
“Why the rattling of the sabre?” he asked. “Why when we’re so far away from anybody, why are you ramping it up? Why do you fly your planes over us non-stop and why do you have your drones. Because they do, they’re droning us now.”
“All the things show that they want to take some kinetic action against us. And we’re saying, why be so unfriendly? Why be so threatening? Why are you threatening lethal force when we’re so far away?”
Finicum added that all of the FBI’s behavior was “in preparation of a campaign of some sort.”
“And whether it’s just a sabre rattling to try to intimidate or whether they actually mean it, we don’t know,” he said. “That’s why you’re seeing the uptick in the sabre rattling from the feds because they do not want to let go of this.”
“They do not intend on losing here. And we do not intend to give it back to them.”
Watch the video below from The Oregonian, broadcast Jan. 25, 2016.