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In Oregon, Law Enforcement Faces Dilemma in Confronting Armed Group

January 04, 2016  | 

The small band of antigovernment protesters who took over a group of federal buildings in rural Oregon said Monday that they aimed “to restore and defend the Constitution,” in particular the rights of ranchers, and set off a national movement, forcing the federal government to release its hold on vast tracts of Western land.

The federal government, for its part, appeared content, for now, to monitor the situation and wait out the protesters, the New York Times reports.

The F.B.I. said in a statement that while state and local agencies would remain involved in the episode in rural Harney County, the bureau would take the lead. The law enforcement presence in the area appeared to be minimal, and no effort was made to keep the occupiers of buildings at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge from coming and going as they pleased.

“Due to safety considerations for both those inside the refuge as well as the law enforcement officers involved,” the F.B.I. said, “we will not be releasing any specifics with regards to the law enforcement response.”


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joe @ 1/4/2016 8:59 PM

NYTimes and FBI a lot of people are disgruntled with this country. Take a step back and use your own brain to understand all of the past issues and how POTUS, Congressman have handled things. People are getting tired of it.

Robert @ 1/5/2016 8:40 AM

What a joke...they take over a bird nesting area in the middle of nowhere....that is their big protest. If this was inter-city "thugs"...this would be over before it began. So is the hands off approach due to race...or due to the fact it is in the middle of nowhere, and nobody (except the local Pheasants and Grouse) care?
As for the ranchers in the west...they under-pay and over use the land. They should pay more for the privilege of using OUR resources. The land is owned by the people of the United States (300MM+ people)..we stole if from the Native Americans fair and square...not by the 100K ranchers in the Western States!! My hope would be that the BLM would work to maximize the use of the land, for the benefit of the MOST people possible...not just the ranchers in that county.
Joe...the same thing was said during the civil rights era in the south: the govt (and POTUS) were destroying the country...and trampling the states rights....it was a minority fighting change.

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