The FBI is monitoring an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge where home-grown terrorists have taken over a federal building in eastern Oregon. This is the last act in the continuing fight over the use of federal land in the West.
The agency says that it will work with both local and state authorities to find “a peaceful resolution to the situation.” In a statement, the FBI said:
“Due to safety considerations for both those inside the refuge, as well as the law enforcement officers involved, we will not be releasing any specifics with regards to the law enforcement response.”
Some members of the Cliven Bundy family joined the occupation. Bundy is the Nevada rancher who wanted to graze his cattle on national park land without paying the fee it charges.
His son, Ammon Bundy, posted a video on Facebook late Sunday. In that video, Bundy said an unidentified “county representative” told him the FBI was intimidating local officials, but he did not elaborate on that charge.
He also said this in the eight-minute-long Facebook video:
“We’re prepared to be out here for as long as we need to be.”
In a statement, the FBI said that it is:
“Working with the Harney County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, and other local and state law enforcement agencies to bring a peaceful resolution to the situation the takeover.”
Militia members set up a roadblock, and two of them occupied a guard tower used to spot wildfires.
Beth Anne Steele, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Portland, told ABC News the FBI is aware of the situation but is not making any further comments.
The FBI sees protecting the U.S. from terrorist attacks as their top priority. On the FBI webpage, the following statement is posted:
“Working closely with a range of partners, we use our growing suite of investigative and intelligence capabilities to neutralize terrorist cells and operatives here in the U.S., to help dismantle extremist networks worldwide, and to cut off financing and other forms of support provided by terrorist sympathizers.”
Watch the video as Bundy urges other militia members to join them in Oregon:
Video courtesy of The Washington Post: