Ranchers want to remove ‘intimidation and fear’

The leader of an armed militia that has hunkered down at a remote Oregon wildlife refuge to protest federal land policy said the actions of his group represented an attempt to “remove” governmental “intimidation and fear.”
“We understand what it means to be part of a community, and that there is no place for fear and intimidation in a community,” rancher Ammon Bundy said during a Tuesday news conference. “It’s the responsibility and duty of the people to remove that intimidation and fear so members of the community can begin living, and living in freedom.”


The small group of activists who came to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge were bundled in camouflage, ear muffs and cowboy hats in the bleak, high desert of eastern Oregon, where their occupation entered its fourth day.


“This is about a community, and we are grateful to be here and be part of this community in the aspect that we are,” Bundy said.
Law enforcement has been in no rush to confront Bundy’s group, and that’s likely due in part to the isolated outpost the two dozen or so activists chose to hole up in.
“These guys are out in the middle of nowhere, and they haven’t threatened anybody that I know of,” said Jim Glennon, a longtime police commander who now owns the Illinois-based law enforcement training organization Calibre Press. “There’s no hurry. If there’s not an immediate threat to anyone’s life, why create a situation where there would be?”


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