Son of embattled Moapa rancher claims feds have deployed snipers

Photo posted on Facebook by Bailey Bundy Logue.

Looks more like an invading army than a roundup. (R-J photo by John Locher)

According to the Moapa Valley Progress, that million-dollar roundup of Cliven Bundy’s cattle from the open range includes the deployment of snipers.

If that is the case, and it is based on one man’s word, have the feds learned nothing from the Branch Davidians and Ruby Ridge?

Ryan Bundy, one of Cliven’s sons, described how federal agents swooped in and arrested his brother Dave for the crime of filming from the right-of-way of a public highway.

“He was doing nothing but standing there and filming the landscape,” Ryan Bundy told the newspaper. “We were on the state highway, not even off of the right-of-way. Even if they want to call [the area that we were filming] federal land; which it’s not; we weren’t even on it. We were on the road.”

Apparently they were not in the federally designated Free Speech Zone, whatever that is. I thought it was that region between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans and between the Canadian and Mexican borders and the Gulf of Mexico.

“I counted, they had 11 vehicles all with at least two agents in each one, maybe more,” Ryan Bundy said. “They also had four snipers on the hill above us all trained on us. We were doing nothing besides filming the area.”

Bundy said none of the family was armed.

“They said that we had no first amendment rights except for up by the bridge where they had established an area for that,” Bundy said.

The newspaper said BLM has established two fenced areas near Mesquite for free speech areas.

Ryan Bundy described the arrest of the brother thusly: “He was filming and talking on the phone, I don’t know to whom. It happened pretty fast. They came down on him hard and had a German Shepherd on him. And then they took him. …

“I stayed and witnessed the whole thing,” he said. “I told them that I was not going to engage them and that I just wanted to take my brother with me. But they were pushing, pushing, pushing! So I did stay there long enough to witness the whole thing, about 10 feet away from me.”

The Progress reported it received an email from the BLM saying, “An individual is in custody in order to protect public safety and maintain the peace. The individual has rights and therefore details about the arrest will not be disclosed until and unless charges are filed.” Secret detention?

The paper reported that Cliven had called emergency response in both Mesquite and for Metro, but was told to get off the phone or he would be arrested.

The Las Vegas newspaper had not updated this morning’s story on its website by noon.

10 comments on “Son of embattled Moapa rancher claims feds have deployed snipers

  1. A Salt Lake City newspaper says Dave Bundy has been freed, but faces charges of refusing to disperse and resisting officers.

  2. Fox News reporting:

    “They’ve been bringing men in and equipment and setting up a compound,” (Cliven) Bundy told FoxNews.com Monday. “They got helicopters flying low. They got snipers around the ranch. Our access to public lands has been blocked.”

    Bundy said he is worried BLM might try to turn the situation into another Waco or Ruby Ridge.

    “Yeah, there’s a little fear in me,” Bundy said. “They’re definitely set up to do that.”

    “We’re not pointing guns at anyone but we’re sure getting a lot of guns pointed at us.”
    – Carol Bundy, wife of Nevada rancher

  3. Steve says:

    Feds showing the little people who really owns the power.

  4. Vernon Clayson says:

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for any Nevada federal and state legislators to question this use of force, it’s not like these agents are rounding up foreigners that breech the nation’s borders, this is about privately owned bovine critters. Rules is rules and there’s damned few votes out on the range.

  5. Steve says:

    “have the feds learned nothing from the Branch Davidians and Ruby Ridge?”

    Actually the answer to that is a confirmed, inarguable, indisputable YES. The Feds learned they will have little to no issue getting away with killing and destroying the lives of the people they are supposed to be representing.

    Our federal government is an empire….we all know what happens to them as they decay and rot from the inside.

    All we can do as average people is to try and stay out of the way as it inevitably crumbles and falls…which will probably be about the time I am old and decrepit.

  6. nyp says:

    What do you think the guy meant when he promised a “range war” against federal agents?

  7. Winston Smith says:

    “How dare the hoi polloi attempt to occupy His Lordship’s lands! They must not know who we are!”

    Sieg Hiel, Baby!

  8. […] Amendment Areas’ until a few public officials take offense at the fact the feds have stationed snipers atop several hills overlooking public […]

  9. […] This conclusion is based entirely on an interview with a single person, 30-year-old Ryan Payne of Montana, who the report claims told “counter snipers” where to position themselves behind concrete and pavement barriers. Basically, as shown in photographs in the report and in numerous newspapers, a man with a rifle peeked between barriers on a highway overpass. In one photo there is one rifle and a half dozen cameras. No mention is made of the photo taken by Bundy family members of Bureau of Land Management snipers atop hills. […]

  10. […] This conclusion is based entirely on an interview with a single person, 30-year-old Ryan Payne of Montana, whom the report claims told “counter snipers” where to position themselves behind concrete and pavement barriers. Basically, as shown in photographs in the report and in numerous newspapers, a man with a rifle peeked between barriers on a highway overpass. In one photo there is one rifle and a half dozen cameras. No mention is made of the photo taken by Bundy family members of Bureau of Land Management snipers atop hills. […]

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