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Oregon Governor Calls on Feds to Act Against Armed Group

January 22, 2016  | 

Oregon's governor said she's frustrated with the way federal authorities are handling an armed group's continued occupation of a national wildlife refuge and it's time to end it, reports the Bulletin.

Exasperated by a tense situation that has caused fear among some southeastern Oregon residents since it began Jan. 2, Gov. Kate Brown said at a news conference Wednesday that federal officials "must move quickly to end the occupation and hold all of the wrongdoers accountable."

"The residents of Harney County have been overlooked and underserved by federal officials' response thus far. I have conveyed these very grave concerns directly to our leaders at the highest levels of our government: the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House," Brown said.

The Democratic governor said the occupation has cost Oregon taxpayers nearly half a million dollars. "We'll be asking federal officials to reimburse the state for these costs," Brown said.

Brown spokeswoman Melissa Navas said in an email that number is coming from labor costs for an additional law enforcement presence in the area, including overtime, travel reimbursement, lodging and meals for officers.

Brown had scheduled the news conference to discuss her agenda for the upcoming legislative session, but she made it a point to deliver strong words about the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Ammon Bundy and his armed group.

Federal, state and local law enforcement officers have been sent to the remote area but so far have avoided doing anything that might provoke a confrontation. One occupier was arrested for unauthorized use of a vehicle after driving a vehicle owned by the refuge into the town of Burns, and a Montana man who was stopped by Oregon State Police last week for a lighting violation was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

While many people in the region sympathize with Bundy’s complaints about federal management of public lands, they have expressed fear as the occupation continues, and there’s been a growing call for the occupiers to go home.

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Concerned Citizen @ 1/22/2016 9:23 PM

Do people not see the Hypocrisy of Kate Brown and Sanctuary Cities that cost US Taxpayers Billions! I've looked into the Oregon situation. I've heard Dave Acton Checking In on Youtube, guests on Freedom Slips on Revolution Radio, Pete Santilli Show. The Alt. Media has varied opinions. Personally I know I can't trust the media. They only spin it to favor Obama. Like Zimmerman and Wilson. There are however those who infiltrate Oathkeepers and groups like this to stir up trouble. I don't want BLOODSHED and I don't hate LEOs. This situation will only make Obama look good regardless of outcome! The Government is FOR THE PEOPLE. But how often does Obama support Homeless Vets, LEOs, The Bill of Rights or the Constitution? Can the Local Government just book them for Loitering give them a "slap on the wrist". And ignore The Feds?? There are major problems like food shortages and economic chaos. Please, can both sides come together! The Feds aren't God! God is Faultless, Obama isn't!

Lt Roy Smith- LASD @ 1/23/2016 10:15 AM

I would just ignore them til they get tired and leave..

Tom Ret @ 1/23/2016 12:46 PM

I agree with Lt Smith. The threat they pose at this isolated area appears to be
insignificant at least to a degree that it is not worth forcing an armed confrontation. If the cops can go back to their routine duties, the press will likely leave as it is no longer news worthy. The occupiers use the press to give their occupation and message legs. If the press wasn't there, I suspect the occupiers wouldn't be there either. How about the feds concentrate on real potential terrorists whom they have stated number more than 1000 and in all 50 states. The Governor may think these individuals are terrorists but they don't endanger the public at large unlike those who follow ISIS and are ok with killing randomly for religious reasons.

plato's playdough @ 1/25/2016 12:18 AM

I wonder how she would have handled Ferguson differently from the Gov of Missouri?

Have THESE protesters been reported as looting stores and committing arson?

This is how they are calling attention to their stated issue, which is Federal management of public lands, unless I misread the article.

Robert @ 1/25/2016 10:33 AM

Kind of a strange response from this board.
To me this seems like armed sedition??
I would agree that am armed confrontation does no one any good...but at the same time, these people are all 'suspected armed felons'. They admit to committing a federal felony, are currently armed....and I would be that every time a police car moves in the area, someone in that tower has a rifle targeted on that vehicle.
Yet this board says a hands off approach is required???
Is it the fact it is in the middle of nowhere OR the fact they are white men that reduces this boards scorn.
What if armed Black Panthers took over a federal post office in downtown Oakland...what would the response be?
At a minimum, they need to be treated like felons....and stripped of their freedom of movement, press and mail.
This facility should be under lock-down, power and communications cut....see how long they stay there in the winter, eating MREs...with no press conferences?

Tom Ret @ 1/25/2016 11:29 AM

There is no similarity between an isolated wildlife reserve that had unoccupied buildings compared to a post office in downtown Oakland which would put the general public in danger and require a swift response. Again, remove the press and likely this situation will defuse itself without anyone getting killed.

Robert @ 1/25/2016 12:47 PM

The Post Office would be unoccupied during the weekends..and would have staff during the week (just like the wildlife refuge).
Oakland is more public...but the guys in Oregon are still armed and they roam into the streets of the local town/county...where the public is located.
So if I commit a felony in the middle of nowhere (growing Marijuana in a remote area of a national forest for instance)....the federal and state LE should do nothing about it. There appear two different responses on this board??
Again, I do not think the govt. should raid the place (the tragedy of Ruby Ridge and Waco prove that)...but I do not understand how armed suspected felons are allowed to come and go as they please?
The protesters in MNPLS were not armed, but after a few days the police went in and rounded them all up. These guys have had their few days of protest...the govt should form a response soon to this issue (blockade and contain...and let the cold and isolation do its work).

Cash @ 1/25/2016 5:01 PM

Robert should know that these people are not armed felons until they are convicted felons. That conviction has not taken place on most. Some of these guys I believe have nothing to lose as they believe the government has taken too much from them.
I am an Oregonian and believe me, a super liberal like Kate Brown would do nothing if it were tree huggers hold up in a federal building blocking a logging operation. So the whole Black Panther idea does not apply. Not in Oregon. It's a very liberal state and she is annoyed that pro-gun/ right wing/ country boys are thumbing their noses at government.

Robert @ 1/25/2016 11:01 PM

Cash...I think I stated 'suspected felons'
So, in cities across the us....the police here a felony is in progress, they show up with guys drawn. If the suspect doesn't comply, force is used....if the suspect brandishes a gun they are shot.
Yet out here in the middle of Oregon have armed people committing a felony....yet they are free to go into town and have coffee. Enforce the laws for everyone or no one! How can they be allowed free least lockdown the idiots!
I guess if Tamir rice lived in burns Oregon...he would still be alive!!!
I have a home in Oregon ...and visited this summer; where the top news story was some "tree huggers" were trying to stop a boat (drill rig) from leaving PDX. The Feds and local police cut their ropes (they were suspended from a bridge)...and swamped half of their kayaks/boats....and the boat left PDX. So it appears the Feds and police in Oregon can make a show of force when needed.

Tom- Ret @ 1/26/2016 8:14 AM

Robert, those of us who have actually handled armed barricaded subjects volunteer you to lead the way. We will handle over watch from our computer terminals. If you act fast, you may be able to safeguard the lives of the rabbits and squirrels in the area that the occupiers may shoot for camp food. Try not to shoot any women or children who may now be on the compound. You may get killed yourself or end up in a wheel chair for the rest of your life but it sounds like you think it would be worth the risk since they are breaking the law and needs immediate and forceful action. I'm sure Gov Brown will be right there with you.

Robert @ 1/26/2016 1:20 PM

Tom, if you sign up to do a the job.
I don't remember being asked if I had a choice when we were trying to roust Iraqis from the Kuwait Airport (I would consider that to be a barricade situation..they had RPGs)...or when we slogged north, through nothing but desert (not even a rabbit or squirrel was around).
It was the job I had signed up to sucked, be I did it (along with everyone else who was there). If you don't want to do the job...don't sign up. At least the LEOs on this board can quit when they want....I had to sign up for a 6 years commission.

Also, I talked about locking down the complex...not storming the walls.

Lastly, it amazes me that this board is okay with armed sedition...I thought everyone here were 'law and order' guys. It appears, when you don't like the 'criminal' (minority, city kid, with his pants around his knees); everyone is law and order. But when the criminal is old, white and the same political party, he's just misguided Hypocrite

Cash @ 1/26/2016 2:39 PM

Wow! Robert doesn't see the difference between armed guys in the middle of nowhere who are threatening nobody compared to Iraqi's in an airport with with RPG's. The guys in Oregon are making a show of force. Not threatening to take over Burns.
I guess if the Iraqi's you speak of were in an airport with RPG's and not threatening anybody and you knew they were not going to use force unless you tried to take them out, there would be no point in trying to "roust" them.
I agree with you Robert. No threat no roust.

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