BILL BERKOWITZ FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
(Photo: Gage Skidmore)It took nearly two years, but Nevada’s Cliven Bundy and four others “were indicted by [a] federal grand jury … on 16 felony charges related to the armed assault against federal law enforcement officers that occurred in the Bunkerville, Nev. area on April 12, 2014,” according to a Press Release issued by the Department of Justice Attorney’s Office, District of Nevada.
Back in 2014, Bundy and his family rallied hundreds of armed like-minded folks to his side in a face off against government agents causing the out strategized and out-smarted U.S. Bureau of Land Management to back down and withdraw. “The BLM’s mistakes are now playing into the government’s theory in the extortion and assault case against Bundy and his sons, Ammon and Ryan, according to Kathleen Bliss, a former longtime federal prosecutor,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal recently reported.
“Prosecutors are using this to show the conspiracy,” said Bliss, who prosecuted organized crime and domestic terrorism cases. “This wasn’t just a group that kind of showed up and got together. They definitely had a system in place, and they were organized to meet a certain goal.”
As I wrote in late-April 2014, “While many following his story wondered what this government-disdaining Nevada-based rancher — who has been illegally grazing his cattle on federal land and who marshaled armed militia forces to engage in a standoff with federal agents — was all about, America’s right wing, especially the crew at Fox News, and conservative radio talk show hosts, were quick to brand Bundy a courageous leader of a New Sagebrush Rebellion.”