February 9, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

BUNKERVILLE, [NV]--For the first time in nearly two years, Cliven Bundy is a free man. In January, U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro ruled that the 71-year-old scion of the Bundy family — best known for leading an armed 2014 standoff with federal officials in Bunkerville, Nevada after he refused to pay his grazing fees — should be released from custody and sent on his way. The government’s bungling of the case is just the latest failure in efforts to bring the Bundy family to justice; a 2016 ruling set Cliven’s sons, Ammon and Ryan, free following their hostile takeover of the Malheur wildlife refuge in Oregon. Citing “flagrant” behavior on the part of federal prosecutors, Nava  

February 8, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

LAS VEGAS, [NV]--Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to reconsider the dismissal of the criminal case against a Nevada rancher who led a 2014 armed standoff with government agents. Dayle Elieson, the interim U.S. Attorney in Nevada, wrote in a court filing Wednesday that states' rights activist Cliven Bundy and his sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy have a right to their beliefs but don't have a right to obstruct federal law enforcement officers. Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro last month dismissed the criminal case against Bundy, his two sons and a Montana militia leader. The judge cited what she called flagrant misconduct by federal prosecutors who failed to fully share evidence with de  

February 3, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

SAN DIEGO, [CA]--A San Diego police officer was punched in the face and three people were arrested Saturday during a clash at Chicano Park between a small group holding a "Patriot Picnic" and a larger gathering of park supporters defending its cultural roots. San Diego police reported three arrests, one for battery on a police officer. The officer suffered a bloody nose as he tried to arrest a suspect who refused an order to get out of the street, said Lt. Scott Wahl. The suspect was not injured. The event started about 10 a.m., with police initially reporting that both groups were "law-abiding and peaceful." But as the crowd ballooned to an estimated 700 people, Chicano Park advocates far o  

January 31, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

PORTLAND, [OR]--The passengers riding in the truck of Oregon refuge occupation spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum on Jan. 26, 2016, have filed their own civil rights lawsuit against the FBI, Harney County sheriff and others, including a federal informant. It's the second civil suit stemming from the day when FBI and police arrested leaders of the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as they drove off the federal bird sanctuary. Finicum, 54, sped away from the police stop as Shawna Cox, in the back seat, yelled, "Gun it! Gun it!" He swerved into a snowbank to avoid a roadblock further along rural U.S. 395, stepped from his pickup and was shot and killed by state police as he r  

January 30, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

JANESVILLE, [WI]--Joseph Jakubowski, the Janesville man who already had been convicted of federal gun theft charges, was found guilty Tuesday of state burglary charges related to the same incident. Jakubowski became the subject of a 10-day nationwide manhunt in April 2017 after he stole 18 weapons from the Armegeddon Supplies gun shop, torched his own vehicle, wrote a 161-page anti-government manifesto that he mailed to President Donald Trump before going into hiding. He was found April 14, 2017 on a Vernon County farm camping under a tarp, with several guns, a samurai sword, a helmet and flammable substances. He was taken into custody without incident. A federal jury in Madison found Jakubo  

January 21, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

PARADISE, [MT]--Wearing a pin that read "Not Guilty!" on his suit jacket, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy walked into the historic Old Paradise School Gym on Saturday night to wild applause from a crowd of nearly 200 people. They were there to hear Bundy, his son Ryan and others speak about what they perceive as government overreach and a need to give states more power over public land. Organizers made sure to express to the crowd that they wanted everyone to feel safe and respected and welcome, no matter their opinion. The entire four-hour event was organized by a group called Coalition of Western Property Owners. Bundy, who was once accused of leading an armed standoff against federal agents o  

January 21, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

FT. WORTH, [TX]--Little-known presidential candidate Adam Kokesh was arrested Tuesday in Wise County and remains in jail, a situation that Kokesh is calling a “gross miscarriage of justice.” Kokesh, a Libertarian, was stopped twice on Tuesday, within 30 minutes of announcing his plans to run for president. The Texas Department of Public Safety said Kokesh’s recreational vehicle was pulled over for a traffic violation at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 81/287 near the U.S. 380 intersection. Kokesh, 35, who resides in Ashfork, Ariz., recorded the first 28 minutes of the traffic stop with troopers eventually calling in a canine officer to search the exterior of the RV. A trooper then told Kok  

January 12, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

PORTLAND, [OR]--Attorneys for the FBI special agent charged after allegedly firing his weapon at a pivotal moment of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation want the case dismissed. Federal prosecutors say W. Joseph Astarita, a member of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team, fired his weapon twice at occupation spokesman Robert ‘LaVoy’ Finicum. Though the shots didn’t hit Finicum, the Arizona rancher was killed shortly after by three shots from Oregon State Police. The entire shooting was ruled justified, but investigators could not account for two shots that took place during the incident. In video footage, the shots appear to take place moments before Finicum exited his vehi  

January 8, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

LAS VEGAS, [NV]--A federal judge ruled Monday that the federal government may not retry Cliven Bundy and his sons after rebuking prosecutors for withholding evidence during their felony trial stemming from an armed standoff four years ago. U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the case last month, saying federal prosecutors willfully withheld evidence that lawyers for the Bundys and alleged co-conspirator Ryan Payne should have had access to while mounting their defense. She said the attorneys were in violation of the Brady rule, which requires prosecutors to disclose evidence that could be favorable to a defendant, and told them it wasn’t possible to proceed wit  

January 5, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

LAS VEGAS, [NV]--The Justice Department was caught in another high-profile travesty last month that continues to reverberate through the western states. On Dec. 20, federal judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and others after prosecutors were caught withholding massive amounts of evidence undermining federal charges. This is the latest in a long series of federal law enforcement debacles that have spurred vast distrust of Washington. Bundy, a 71-year old Nevadan rancher, and his sons and supporters were involved in an armed standoff with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) beginning in 2014 stemming from decades of unpaid cattle grazing f