Although many theories have been speculated upon as to why the government was so forceful in its recent dealings with the Nevada rancher, Clive Bundy, a federal judge has recently declared conspiracy. Further shocking the nation, the judge noted that this isn’t the first time the government has used its full force to bully a contesting rancher.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Jones recently spoke out, as he could contain no more the baffling resemblance in a similar instance. Sharing that the governments acts have formed a visible pattern, Jones claimed that he could accurately describe the intentions of the BLM.
Referring to the case of United States v. Estate of Hage, explains that similar circumstance fell upon a fellow Nevada rancher after he too defied the United States government. As we’ve reported before, the BLM claimed that in an effort to prevent land from being destroyed due to over grazing by ranchers using public land, they would be subject to grazing fees.
Bundy has ever since rejected the assertion that he owes the government money as he and his family had been using the land since long before even the creation of the BLM. At the time however, back in 1993, the BLM decided to start charging those who wished to use the public land in order to cut back on cheapskate land abusers.
When this was brought up, Nevada rancher E. Wayne Hage signed his grazing permit renewal but noted that he was in no way, forfeiting his families long standing rights to use the land for his cattle. Explaining that his family had the right to the land, and in so its grass and water, they were more than shocked when they received their permit back informing them that it had been rejected.
It seems as though Hage was being retaliated against by the full force of the United States Government in return for their blatant defiance. Hage was then said to state his intentions of taking the government to court in which he received further inconveniences in the form of retaliation from the governing entity.
The government even went so far at that point to invite other ranchers to apply for grazing rights such as, Mr. Gary Snow, who were then granted the privilege of land usage. When all the permits weren’t filled, the government even applied themselves, under the Nevada State Engineer, for grazing rights despite the state or government owning exactly zero cattle.
Sharing his outrage years later as the government illegally repeats their actions, Jones writes, “By filing for a public water reserve, the Government in this case sought specifically to transfer to others water rights belonging to the Hages.” Further his accusations he went on to say, “For this reason, the Court has held certain government officials in contempt and referred the matter to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In summary, government officials, and perhaps also Mr. Snow, entered into a literal, intentional conspiracy to deprive the Hages not only of their permits but also of their vested water rights.”
Concluding his thoughts he noted, “This behavior shocks the conscience of the Court and provides a sufficient basis for a finding of irreparable harm to support the injunction described at the end of this Order.” Jones however is not alone in his findings as other’s believe the government has acted in a severed abuse of authority.
Of course, coming from this administration, it isn’t a shock as senior editor of The New American, William F. Jasper, asks, “Has Attorney General Eric Holder prosecuted any federal officials for criminal activity and violation of the Hage family’s constitutionally protected rights? No. Has Sen. Harry Reid denounced this lawlessness and criminal activity by government officials and call upon President Obama and Attorney General Holder to protect the citizens of his state from the depredations of federal officials under their command? No.”
Sharing the same sentiment as held by countless other Americans, Jasper concludes, “With attitudes such as those expressed above by Sen. Harry Reid, it is almost a certainty that the recently defused Bundy Ranch standoff will be replayed again — and in the not-too-distant future. And the outcome could be much less amicable for all concerned.”
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