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.