The Nightmare Unfolding in Oregon – Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Torching Land – Fires Alleged to Have Killed 80 Head of Cattle – Those Who Oppose the BLM and Courts Are Considered “Terrorists”, “Enemy Combatants” and “Billigerents” – Federal Bureaucracies Building Tyrannical Fiefdoms (BLM Budget: $1.2 Billion w/11,600 Employees)? – BLM Brings You “Good Tidings” and Season’s Greetings
What a nightmare from the criminal cabal occupying and usurping our country at every level! This poor ranching family, the Hammonds in Oregon, have been targeted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and are being driven from their land by FIRE! Please watch this short video posted below to see photo evidence of the killing of 80 cows and burning down a house as well as all other structures on the Hammond Ranch. Describing the destruction is a Bundy son of the Bundy Ranch in Nevada who were previously targeted.
Letter from Carol Bundy of Bundy Ranch, Nevada
From: Carol Bundy
Date: December 5, 2015
Subject: HAMMONDS – Video of BLM lit on
This Fire was Lit by BLM
I told you I would keep you updated on the Hammonds. This BLM lit fire reportedly killed more than 80 head of cattle, put ranchers trying to save their cattle in extreme danger, fences and power poles and threatened the town of Frenchglen. Please watch this video:
“We hope all are having a wonderful season of worship and celebration to the Lord and his coming. We wish that we did not have to report these matters during this season.” – Hammond Family
It would not be the first time in history that the mechanisms to bring about justice, became the tool to implement despotism. The third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson said; “Law is often but the tyrants will, and always so when it violates the rights of an individual”. Let us not forget that the intent of laws and the court systems are to protect individuals against criminals, those who will take life, liberty or property. Never in any way did Dwight & Steven Hammond committee a crime, they did not take the life, the liberties or property from any individual. On the other hand the U.S. Government, through the court system, have taken extensive amounts of the Hammond’s property and for the second time they plan to take way Dwight & Steven liberties. Who are the victims? Who are the criminals?
People in Harney County and across the United States are honestly asking; Did Dwight and Steven Hammond receive justice, or is their something terribly wrong going on? Across the nation many who have sought out the facts, feel that appropriate due process was not the given. People yearn to act, but also desire to make sure their actions are morally justified. The conscience of a just person can not accept that honest good people are “Terrorist”. A just soul will not find peace, when lawful individuals are allowed to suffer in prison after it is apparent they have committed no crime. We understand that action must be taken to counter the horrific action of federal agencies towards the Hammonds. The Lord is working closely with many on these issues. We all must be patient, not to act to quickly or without the direction from the Lord. Please stay aware and be in tune. We know the Lord’s hands are in this matter and that he plans to turn this oppressive situation into one of freedom.
The Bundy Family
Please contact the Oregon State Representatives and ask them to meet with the Hammonds at their ranch & home and find out what kind of people the Hammonds are and what this is really about.
State Representative Cliff Bentz (R)
900 Court St NE H-475
Salem, OR 97310
Phone: (503) 986-1460
State Senator Ted Ferrioli (R)
900 Court St NE S-323 Salem, OR 97310
Phone: (503) 986-1730
Prior to this atrocity, Judge Anna Von Reitz sent an open letter to Sheriff Ward on November 22, 2015.
PUT ON LEVEL 2 ALERT TO DEFEND OREGON RANCHERS AGAINST TYRANNICAL FEDS WHO LABEL THEM TERRORISTS
Tim Brown / November 24, 2015
This story has been brewing for some time, but not gotten national attention, unlike the Bundy Ranch incident in 2014. The family of Dwight
Hammond have come under the tyrannical eye of the federal government and now it appears that both Hammond and his son Steve, are being railroaded for something that is a non-criminal act being played out before their eyes. Word went out to citizen militias this week that the issue is a level 2 alert, meaning that militia members across the country need to be ready to deploy to Oregon to stand against federal tyrants who are seeking to wrongfully imprison two American citizens.
According to an October 7, 2015 press release from the Obama Department of Justice, Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., 73, and his son, Steven Dwight Hammond, 46, both residents of Diamond, Oregon in Harney County, were sentenced to five years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken for arson fires they committed on federal lands.
The men were charged nearly a decade after the first fire and five years after the second.
Oregon Live reports on the fires:
The Hammonds’ run-ins with the government began in 1999, when Steven Hammond started a fire that escaped onto U.S. Bureau of Land Management territory. The intent of the fire was to burn off juniper and sagebrush that hindered the growth of grass for their cattle.
BLM employees reminded Steven Hammond that although his family leased public land for grazing, he couldn’t burn it without a permit. But in September 2001, the Hammonds started another fire. This one ran off their property on Steens Mountain, consumed 139 acres of public land and took the acreage out of production for two growing seasons, according to court papers.
Then in August 2006, lightning sparked several fires near the spot where the Hammonds grew their winter feed. Steven Hammond set a back-burn to thwart the advancing flames, and it burned across about an acre of public land, according to federal court records.
The jury in Pendleton, Oregon found the Hammonds guilty of the arson fires after a two-week trial in June 2012. They were found guilty of arson on lands which they had grazing rights under Hammond Ranches, Inc., but which the unconstitutional Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is supposed to manage. The land is claimed as federal land, in clear violation of the Constitution.
The problem is multifaceted.
First, both men were sentenced in 2012 by now-retired U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan, following the trial. Steven received one year and a day in prison for setting fires in 2001 and 2006. Dwight got 3 months for his 2001 involvement. Hogan did not believe the men had malicious intent to be labeled as terrorists under the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, even though he sentenced them to jail for the time he did.
The men agreed to a plea deal that they would not appeal the 2012 sentence in order to bring the case to a close.
Both men served their sentences and were released. Now, the feds have appealed those sentences and want the mandatory minimum five-year sentence imposed on the men, and so they appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, who agreed with the feds that the judge ruled illegally. However, now they are wanting to label the Hammonds as terrorists under the 1996 law in order to put them back in jail.
“I find it incredible that the government would want to try these ranchers as terrorists,” said Barry Bushue, the longtime president of the Oregon Farm Bureau. “Now is where the rubber meets the road. Right now is when the public should absolutely be incensed. And the public, I think, should be fearful.”
The DOJ’s acting US Attorney Billy Williams said, “We all know the devastating effects that are caused by wildfires. Fires intentionally and illegally set on public lands, even those in a remote area, threaten property and residents and endanger firefighters called to battle the blaze.”
“Congress sought to ensure that anyone who maliciously damages United States’ property by fire will serve at least 5 years in prison,” he added. “These sentences are intended to be long enough to deter those like the Hammonds who disregard the law and place fire fighters and others in jeopardy.”
However, what was not communicated in all of this is that the BLM starts these kinds of fires quite often and it actually benefits the land, though many times the BLM’s fires get completely out of control. Second, the fires that were started were not arson.
According to the definition of arson, the term means, “At Common Law, the malicious burning or exploding of the dwelling house of another, or the burning of a building within the curtilage, the immediate surrounding space, of the dwelling of another.”
Notice the term “malicious.” The definition of malicious is “Involving malice; characterized by wicked or mischievous motives or intentions.”
There were no malicious, wicked or mischievous motives or intentions behind what the Hammonds were doing. In fact, as stated above, the BLM often engages in this activity and so do other ranchers.
Dwight’s wife, Susan, said, “They called and got permission to light the fire… We usually called the interagency fire outfit – a main dispatch – to be sure someone wasn’t in the way or that weather wouldn’t be a problem.”
According to the Bundy Family, they point out that the Hammonds were simply engaging in what is commonly known as prescribed fires.
“The Hammonds are a simple ranching family that for generations has cared for the land they live upon,” the family wrote on its website. “Prescribed burns are a vital process in keeping the land healthy and productive in the area. The BLM also performs prescribed burns and have let it get out of control many times, but never has it cost any federal agent hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and years of life in prison. The Hammonds prescribed a fire that moved to public land, they extinguished the fire themselves. The courts found that the burn increased vegetation for the following years, and had a positive impact on the land. With no authority or justification to prosecute, eleven years after the fire, federal attorneys have obtained judgment that the Hammonds are terrorists and must be punished severely for their actions.”
Note that the courts found that there was a positive impact on the land!
Tri-State Livestock News reports on that testimony, “In cross-examination of a prosecution witness, the court transcript also includes an admission from Mr. Ward, a range conservationist, that the 2001 fire improved the range land conditions on the BLM property.”
And why was that? According to Erin Maupin, a former BLM range technician and watershed specialist and rancher in the area who had been the neighbor of the Hammonds for years, said it was because researchers had determined that managing the invasive junipers, which steal water from grass and other cover was something necessary to increase the conditions on the land.
“Juniper encroachment had become an issue on the forefront and was starting to come to a head. We were trying to figure out how to deal with it on a large scale,” said Maupin.
So, we know there was no malicious intent, but rather normal ranch operations. Therefore, how could this be considered arson? It’s a part of ranching! If this is arson, then every person who has served on BLM and conducted the same kinds of fires should be immediately arrested, tried and if convicted treated as terrorists. But they won’t be.
The root problem in all of this is the federal government assuming it can own open land like this.
They cannot lawfully. Under Article IV, Section 3, Clause 2 of the US Constitution (The Property Clause), we read:
The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States….
Seems clear enough. Congress can regulate territory or other property that belongs to the United States. However, what land is rightfully under the federal government’s control to regulate under the Constitution? Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 states:
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of Particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings– (EMPHASIS ADDED).
As Michael Lotfi rightly points out, “The clause gives federal control over the “Seat of Government” (Washington D.C.) and land that has been purchased by the federal government with consent of the state legislature to build military posts and other needful buildings (post offices and other structures pursuant to Article I, Section 8). Nothing more.”
Cliven Bundy’s family issued a warning:
We warn federal agencies, federal judges and all government officials that follow federal oppressive examples that the people are in unrest because of these types of actions. The purpose of government is to protect the unalienable rights of the people, not to take them away. It is the duty of the people to defend their God given rights if government fails to do so or turns to devour them. Good, civil citizens wish only to live in tranquility and peace, but demand freedom while doing so. We call upon you and all civil servants to effectuate the true purpose of government and change your actions as needed by fulfilling your sworn duty to the Constitution and ultimately to the People.
We further warn that the incarceration of the Hammond family will spawn serious civil unrest. We advocate that all charges be dropped and that the Hammond family be allowed to return to the home and life that was so rudely interrupted. The Hammond family has paid enough for this mistake, if any mistake at all. Further punishments to the Hammonds will require restitution upon those who inflict the injustices.
WE CALL UPON AWARE CITIZENS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO PROMOTE THE PROTECTION AND FREEDOM OF THE HAMMOND FAMILY, AND BY SO DOING, MAINTAINING THE SPIRIT OF LIBERTY THAT THIS BELOVED NATION IS BUILT UPON.
Indeed, Captain Joe Oshaugnessy of the Arizona militia put out the word on Facebook to inform citizen militias of a level 2 alert with information on who needs to be contacted to avoid a confrontation that will likely not end as well as the Bundy Ranch siege did.
Oshaugnessy has encouraged everyone to contact as many of these people in a “respectful manner” to “air your grievances,” something the First Amendment protects, and call upon these people to follow the law of the Constitution that binds them, not the American citizen.
Sheriff David M. Ward
485 N Court Ave #6
Burns, Oregon 97720
Frank Papagni, ESQ. US Attorney (Prosecutor)
405 East Eighth Ave
Eugene, OR 97401
Lawrence Matasar, ESQ. (Defending attorney)
521 SW Morrison St, Ste 1025
Portland, OR 97205
Marc Blackman, ESQ. (Defending attorney)
1001 SW Fifth Ave, Ste
Portland, OR 97204
Rhonda Karges, Resource Field Mgr, BLM
BLM, Burns District Office
Hines, OR 97738
Chad Karges, Refuge Mgr for the Malheur Wildlife Refuge (Husband of Rhonda)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dept of Interior
36391 Sodhouse Ln
Princeton, OR 97721
Governor Kate Brown
State Capital Bldg
900 Court St NE, 160
Salem, OR 97301
Billy J. Williams, U.S. District Attorney (Eugene office)
405 E 8th Ave. Suite 2400
Eugene, Oregon 97401
U.S Attorney’s Office – District of Oregon
Judge Ann Aiken, Chief Judge of the District of Oregon
Public Advocate, American Land Rights Association
PO Box 400
Battle Ground, WA 98604
Former Judge Michael Hogan
PO Box 1375
From Pie N Politics
Oregon: Hammond Case: Abuse of Power by BLM, FWS and US Attorney
May 12, 2015
Bureau of Land Management, Constitution, CORRUPTION, Federal gov & land grabs
From: American Land Rights Association
Hammond Case: Abuse of Power by BLM, FWS and US Attorney
Gross Miscarriage of Justice: Urgent Action Required
The Hammond family in Diamond, Oregon appears to be being persecuted by the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Attorney in Eugene, Oregon.
This case represents what we believe is an extreme abuse of Federal Government power. The Federal agency officials (BLM) and (Fish and Wildlife Service) are going after the Hammonds on a pretext of arson, in a vendetta and payback for the Hammonds fighting back against the BLM and FWS to protect their water rights in the 90’s. The agencies also appear to be deliberately trying to intimidate other ranchers so they will not speak out.
Other ranchers are afraid if they say anything to support the Hammonds out of fear the BLM will come after them too. This case really demands a congressional investigation and hearing.
In the meantime in 2014 the BLM also denied the Hammonds grazing permits that they have renewed every 10 years for the last 50 years, stating that the Hammonds being convicted of arson indicates they are not good stewards of the land.
All landowners and ranchers in Oregon must rise up against the kind of abuse. Next time it could be you. If we stick together on a peaceful non-violent campaign we may be able to save the Hammonds. If Dwight and Steve go to jail for a second time, the family may not be able to hold on to the ranch. That is of course the goal of the BLM and Fish and Wildlife Service.
Urgent Action Required: (See action items below)
Please forward this e-mail to at least 10 others, your whole list if possible.
The grazing permits are on federal lands interspersed with Hammond property that allowed a route for the cattle to graze as they moved up the mountain from spring to fall to Hammond’s property at 6,500 elevation. Basically, it appears the local BLM and Fish and Wildlife Service are doing everything they can to put this family out of business.
Along with all of the charges piled upon the family, The FAA also took Dwight’s pilot license away, at the same time in 2010 that this stuff was going on. The BLM office and FAA office are not far apart. The pilots license letter concerning Dwight’s physical was received the same week that the 19 count indictment was received.
The Hammonds where in New York visiting their son. The letter required he respond in a certain amount of time. By the time they got the letter to respond the FAA had pulled his license. Considering Dwight had no health or other issues with his flying, the timing was just too much of a coincidence.
Additional note: Last year in Oct the BLM schedule a huge prescribed burn in Hammonds back yard, directly behind their house to the east… during red flag warnings.
It is hard to believe they would start a fire during red flag conditions. Our researcher who is also a property owner in the area was monitoring the fire on Google earth and it got away from BLM and burned considerably more area than had been planned. Nothing was ever done to the fire starters. Just one more uneven and inconsistent allocation of justice.
This is retribution for the Hammonds fighting to keep their access to water rights back in 1995. If this kind of abuse of power can happen to the Hammonds, it can happen to anyone.
Additional Note: Rhonda Karges – Andrew Resource Field Manager for the BLM is the wife of Chad Karges Refuge Manager for the Malheur Wildlife refuge.
Rhonda is who specifically deals with all the BLM issues relating to the area in and around Hammonds property, “grazing denial, etc”
and her husband just happens to be the person in charge all the issues “water rights, access, etc.” that the refuge would have with the Hammonds. Do you think they talk about it at home? Does this appear on its face to be a conflict of interest?
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, most people I know might think it was a duck.
Please go to to Pie N Politics read this entire source of material on the Hammonds.