Terrorism

Five Bundy Men Have Been Indicted in Nevada

Freeloading rancher and expert on “the negro” Cliven Bundy along with four of his compatriots have been formally indicted in the state of Nevada on a wide range of charges.

The men were arrested in Oregon last week and now face 16 charges handed down by a federal grand jury.

Ammon Bundy, of Idaho, Ryan Bundy, of Nevada, Ryan Payne, of Montana, and Peter Santilli of Ohio, were also indicted by the Nevada grand jury Wednesday.

The charges against them and Cliven Bundy include: conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer, weapon use and possession, assault on a federal officer, threatening a federal law enforcement officer, obstruction, extortion to interfere with commerce, and interstate travel in aid of extortion.

Cliven Bundy is accused of leading “a massive armed assault” of 200 followers to stop federal law agents who were rounding up about 400 of Bundy’s cattle on federal lands in April 2014, according to documents filed by U.S. attorneys Wednesday.

I and many others across the entire mediasphere have to take responsibility for unquestioningly referring to Cliven Bundy as a legitimate “rancher” because, according to the federal indictment, he is anything but.

The details of his so-called ranching business are disturbing, to say the least, and it makes the case against him stronger than ever.

This is how the federal indictment describes his operation:

While Bundy claims he is a cattle rancher, his ranching operation – to the extent it can be called that – is unconventional if not bizarre. Rather than manage and control his cattle, he lets them run wild on the public lands with little, if any, human interaction until such time when he traps them and hauls them off to be sold or slaughtered for his own consumption. He does not vaccinate or treat his cattle for disease; does not employ cowboys to control and herd them; does not manage or control breeding; has no knowledge of where all the cattle are located at any given time; rarely brands them before he captures them; and has to bait them into traps in order to gather them.

Nor does he bring his cattle off the public lands in the off-season to feed them when the already sparse food supply in the desert is even scarcer. Raised in the wild, Bundy’s cattle are left to fend for themselves year-round, fighting off predators and scrounging for the meager amounts of food and water available in the difficult and arid terrain that comprises the public lands in that area of the country. Bereft of human interaction, his cattle that manage to survive are wild, mean and ornery. At the time of the events giving rise to the charges, Bundy’s cattle numbered over 1,000 head, straying as far as 50 miles from his ranch and into the Lake Mead National Recreation Area (“LMNRA”), getting stuck in mud, wandering onto golf courses, straying onto the freeway (causing accidents on occasion) – foraging aimlessly and wildly, roaming in small groups over hundreds of thousands of acres.

Cliven Bundy is no rancher.

You can read the full indictment here.

  • babyming

    If the federal indictment is true, Cliven Bundy is extremely irresponsible as a rancher. This is exactly why he should have been arrested in 2014! It’s not the government’s job to figure out why Cliven Bundy is an irresponsible human being. It is the government’s job to arrest and prosecute people who they think have broken the law. An important benefit of this: once law enforcement intervenes, lots of OTHER destructive activities will be stopped.

    I’m grateful that the government finally moved against Cliven Bundy in 2016. But I wish they hadn’t waited so long.

  • muselet

    Cliven Bundy is an even bigger waste of oxygen than I thought.

    I hope he spends a very long time in a federal penitentiary.

    –alopecia

    • Zen Diesel

      I have to admit that I wasn’t feeling the hands off approach the government used against these clowns; however, seeing the boatload of charges levied against them. That let me know there was someone in the federal government that was truly pissed and that they wanted to make sure that they buried those fools under the jail.

      • muselet

        I think Justice wanted to make sure every single “i” was dotted and “t” crossed before indicting. There’s nothing like an airtight case to make a prosecutor’s day.

        Even a plea bargain should end in serious prison time for Bundy the Elder. That prospect shouldn’t make me happy, but it does. I can be petty that way, sometimes.

        –alopecia

        • Zen Diesel

          Hopefully this make some of the other fake ass weekend patriots think twice about doing something as stupid as the Bundy’s.

        • Not only that, but he stupidly thoughtfully left his ranch and went to a nice, open airport with lots of security people. Much easier and safer to arrest him there, than to try to pry him out of his heavily armed little fortress.

          • muselet

            That certainly didn’t hurt.

            –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    Ah the wonders of the unregulated free market.

    Bundy’s cattle operation sounds like it needs to investigated by not only the Buearu of Land Management but also the Center for Disease Controll.

    • I think the USDA is more the agency that needs to get involved. 🙂

  • Georgie

    Where is PETA when you need them?

    • Aynwrong

      Or the CDC.

    • muselet

      Harassing people wearing leather, I would think.

      –alopecia

  • Putting aside that he might shoot them if he found out, why didn’t some enterprising entrepreneur rustle this asshat’s cattle? It’s weird that he could let unbranded cattle roam so widely without someone taking them.

    • Aynwrong

      I know nothing about cattle or ranching but given what I read above I’m wondering if any other rancher would want anything to do with his cattle. Given the condition they were kept in (which is to say, not at all) others may not have wanted to take on the responsibility or the risk. Who knows what those cattle were exposed to?!?