Former Chief of Staff to Attorney General Ed Meese Says Bundy is Right – UPDATED!

by Chuck Norton

UPDATE – Aside from the comment section below which has several links, videos and comments, Mark Levin went more in-depth into the BLM’s deliberate abuse of power, creating a legal quagmire to destroy the lives of ranchers, coal miners, small farmers, and commercial fisherman. The audio is here:

http://therightscoop.com/in-depth-mark-levin-gives-his-take-on-the-dispute-between-cliven-bundy-and-the-federal-government/

UPDATE II – Fox News’ Sean Hannity reported today that the Chinese Solar plant Sen. Harry Reid broke ground on is not 213 miles from Clive Bundy’s ranch, it is 35 miles.

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Mark Levin, famed lawyerauthor, legal scholar, and former Chief of Staff to Attorney General Ed Meese says Cliven Bundy is right.

Levin explained in his April 11th broadcast how Bundy had agreements with the State of Nevada before the BLM claimed jurisdiction.

Mark Levin

Mark Levin

Originally Bundy and the other ranchers in the area cooperated with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). They negotiated water rights and grazing rights, building of roads and irrigation all with the approval of the state and BLM.

BLM was collecting fees from Bundy and the other ranchers in the area when BLM reneged on their earlier agreements [including agreements with Clark County H/T Michele Fiore]. BLM began a systematic and deliberate campaign to drive ranchers out of Southern Nevada. Levin said that while the BLM had granted itself the power to behave in such a way to make it “legal”,  BLM’s war on local ranchers is a deliberate abuse of power.

Among the tactics used by BLM was a mandate for “environmental” reasons that Bundy and the other ranchers in the area decrease their cattle herd to 150 head, which would put every rancher out of business and did, including 52 ranchers in Clark County alone, leaving Cliven Bundy the last rancher standing.

BLM demands that ranchers sign a contract agreeing to new terms before they take payment. While BLM was successful in driving every other rancher out Cliven Bundy refused to agree to the new terms, stopped paying BLM and a 20 year legal battle began, with Bundy not being able to afford attorney’s for a drawn out legal battle (so much for due process). [NOTE: Cliven Bundy’s English is so bad and so broken that he can barely manage to express himself.]

Another tactic that BLM engaged is was to declare much of the land off-limits because they said that the Desert Tortoise was endangered, while at the same time the population of Desert Tortoises was so abundant that the government initiated a program to hunt them.

Levin’s entire April 11th broadcast can be downloaded at the following link:

http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=2591&c=10771&f=2667713

Late on April 11th,  bloggers searching public documents discovered that Nevada Senator Harry Reid, whose former long-term aid now directs BLM, has been negotiating a deal with a Chinese energy firm to build a $5 billion solar energy facility on the land near the Bundy Ranch. Harry Reid’s son represents the Chinese firm looking to develop said land.

[NOTE: While the ground zero point of the Chinese Solar facility is 200 miles from the Bundy Ranch, it is within the area of the many dozens of ranchers the BLM has driven out in recent years as well as the associated public grazing land. Also water rights can easily be affected by such a large development 200 35 miles away (See Update II above). In any case, the overpopulated Desert Tortoise means that horses and cattle can’t graze, but a massive solar facility ….well that is great for the so-called “endangered” tortoise?]

After the news of Harry Reid’s involvement in plans to seize and develop these lands with the Chinese had begun to go viral on the internet, the following morning the BLM agreed to pull its 200 armed men out and return seized cattle to Cliven Bundy. At the time of this writing the BLM had not indicated if the arrival of nearly 2000 (many armed) citizens  was a factor in their motivation to stand down.

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Editor’s Note:

Has the political class has taken lands in the West much the same way they stole the land from the Indians and slaughtered them? What politician ran on “I am going to seize control of 86% of Nevada”?

They did it by a thousand cuts, incrementalism, and before you know it they have taken control of 86% of the land for no other reason other than they got away with it.

This is the problem, the Congress over time has handed so much “regulatory” authority to the executive branch that they can make up and change “the law” as they go at a whim. We have witnessed the wholesale breakdown of separation of powers.

Is not civil disobedience, the First Amendment right to protest, parts of Article V, and the Second Amendment all checks against the deadly power of lawmaking under such circumstances?

It is important to keep in mind that one of the government’s tactics in takings cases is to drag out court proceedings and make your legal bills so high that you run out of money and give up, which is why Cliven Bundy represented himself in court. Can one honestly  say that Cliven Bundy got his due process in federal court with no legal team to help him?

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43 Responses to Former Chief of Staff to Attorney General Ed Meese Says Bundy is Right – UPDATED!

  1. Chuck Norton says:

    Has the political class has taken lands in the West much the same way they stole the land from the Indians and slaughtered them? What politician ran on “I am going to seize control of 86% of Nevada”?

    They did it by a thousand cuts, incrementalism and before you know it they have taken control of 86% of the land for no other reason other than they got away with it.

    This is the problem, the Congress over time has handed so much “regulatory” authority to the executive branch that they can make up and change “the law” as they go at a whim. We have witnessed the wholesale breakdown of separation of powers.

    Is not civil disobedience, the First Amendment right to protest and the Second Amendment all checks against the deadly power of lawmaking under such circumstances?

    • Charles DeVault says:

      Mr. Norton:

      I have been following this issue and even on the calls that the Militiamen and Patriots were on.

      This behavior is exactly that of how the Federal Gov’t frauded the Native Americans, and changed/modified/cancelled treaties provided to Native American Tribes, when they thought it was not to their “interests”.

      Also, to find that there is hidden financial interest with Senator Reid, this is even blown up bigger in that according to this web site, Senator Jim DeMint blows the whistle on the current Administration with memo’s that indicate a land grab of the Western States of 10M acres for Federal use, from New Mexico to Montana…below is the link to said site:

      http://www.examiner.com/article/obama-administration-land-grab-memo-leaked

      It is not fully confirmed as I read the reference document that the ultimate goal is, but it does concern me over the mass of the amount of land that is being referenced.

    • Phillip Hall says:

      Right on. Geronimo is now seen as a hero for what they have done to the families of Ranchers who have shared that land since before Nevada was part of the USA. But they call Bundy a terrorist? Do they even know what that word means? It is killing innocent people to get you way with those who will pity them. How does that describe Bundy? Not at all. Geronimo = Hero Bundy = Terrorist? Explain.

  2. Chuck Norton says:

    I am most certainly NOT an Infowars fan, but this video is a good record of the cattle being released.

  3. Chuck Norton says:

    Sen. Reid on Cattle Battle: “It’s not over”

    RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — Senate majority leader Harry Reid hasn’t been very vocal about the cattle battle showdown in recent days, but says “it’s not over.”

    Reid tells News4’s Samantha Boatman his take on the so-called cattle battle in southern Las Vegas. “Well, it’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over,” Reid said.

    http://www.mynews4.com/news/local/story/Sen-Reid-on-Cattle-Battle-Its-not-over/nT5weKnqFkezV14I5GhESg.cspx

  4. Chuck Norton says:

    Like I said, I am not a fan of infowars, but a few times in a blue moon they post something worth looking at:

    http://www.infowars.com/judge-napolitano-rancher-rebellion-was-americans-line-in-the-sand/

  5. Chuck Norton says:

    Underneath Senator Harry Reid’s Clean-Energy Dirt: Career politician directly linked to over $3 billion in green energy stimulus loans

    http://greencorruption.blogspot.com/2013/11/underneath-senator-harry-reids-clean.html#.U0yrUpK9KSM

  6. Chuck Norton says:

    David French at National Review:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/375805/bundy-ranch-and-political-powerlessness-rural-america-david-french

    But until there’s a long-term solution, we may very well see more Bundy Ranch moments, where individual Americans (and their allies) simply refuse to consent to laws that destroy their way of life for the sake of regulations that provide no perceivable benefit to others.

  7. Chuck Norton says:

    video.foxnews.com/v/3472916374001/exclusive-did-feds-kill-ranchers-cows-dig-mass-grave/

  8. Chuck Norton says:

    Feds illegally left trail of wreckage after Nevada ranch standoff | http://fxn.ws/1j0Lm37

  9. Chuck Norton says:

    Film maker Dennis Michael Lynch explains just how close the Bundy situation came to bloodshed.

    Lynch points out that the BLM allows Mexican Drug Cartels to use BLM land with no resistance whatsoever.

    Watch the video at the following link:

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/footage-bundy-massacre/#wllW26r7vobYs6Pt.01

  10. Chuck Norton says:

    More from Dennis Lynch:

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  13. Chuck Norton says:

    Dinesh D’Souza: Bundy Ranchers Are Facing Real Domestic Terrorism From Govt http://youtu.be/GLXu-d9fIhM

  14. Chuck Norton says:

    Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover.
    ‘It’s time’ » Lawmakers from 9 states gather in Utah, discuss ways to take control of federal lands.

    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57836973-90/utah-lands-lawmakers-federal.html.csp

  15. Chuck Norton says:

    The United States of SWAT?
    Military-style units from government agencies are wreaking havoc on non-violent citizens.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/376053/united-states-swat-john-fund

  16. Chuck Norton says:

    BLM breaks treaty with tribe, seizes cattle in Nevada illegally. Tribe suing for $30M.

    http://www.reznetnews.org/article/nevada-tribal-leader-81-sues-blm-30m

  17. Chuck Norton says:

    I have stated on the record that the response the citizens gave to the BLM in Nevada was a proper use of the 1st and 2nd Amendment. Why?

    200 armed people came out to take Cliven Bundy’s cattle illegally. Then BLM killed over 30 of them, illegally. BLM agents tased people illegally who would not stay in the illegal 1st Amendment Zone. BLM agents were caught on video sneaking up on an elderly lady who is in the Bundy family from behind, picking her up and slamming her to the ground for no reason.

    What violence was there from citizens and “militia” who showed up? ZERO.

    I am convinced that if people had stayed in the “1st Amendment Zone” which was 25 miles away’ and a thousand armed civilians did not show up, the Bundy family would have been crossed off.

  18. Chuck Norton says:

    The latest distraction du jour is to pick apart every statement Cliven Bundy has ever made so as to make the government attempt to cross him off somehow legitimate.

    It isn’t about Cliven Bundy and never was. It is about the law when it has been twisted into a ‘Catch 22’ laden legal quagmire designed to turn the law into a weapon. It is about a government agency that has somehow accumulated the power to make the ‘law’ anything it says it is, thus making any abuse and every reneging of its agreements ‘legal’.

  19. Chuck Norton says:

    So much for the turtles! BLM Designated 50 million Acres Open for Solar Development in Nevada

    http://freebeacon.com/issues/blm-designated-50-million-acres-open-for-solar-development-in-nevada/

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