The irony in this is palpable. Ammon Bundy, who is leading the militia that has overtaken Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, is objecting to the presence of a new group of armed militiamen who arrived at the compound.
The Oregonian has quite a few pictures of the armed members of the Pacific Patriot Network (you have to see the pictures, OK?) who arrived to present ‘articles of resolution.’
Joseph Rice, a spokesman for the network, didn’t specify what was in the document, but he noted that his group wants to move the sides to an end to the standoff.
Rice didn’t address whether his heavily armed group would return to the refuge.
He only said his group is moving on “to present them (the articles of resolution) to other government agencies” and he added that the network is maintaining a neutral stance in the dispute.
Todd MacFarlane, a lawyer who was acting as a mediator, said that Ammon Bundy doesn’t want the armed visitors there.
MacFarlane told reporters that his message was,”We don’t need that. We don’t want it and we’re asking you to leave.”
The Oregonian reports:
‘MacFarlane said he had just met with Bundy and other leaders of the occupation.
They’re “alarmed” by the arrival of Pacific Patriot Network members, some carrying rifles, and concerned about the perception they convey.
“This was the last thing in the world they wanted to see happen,” MacFarlane said.
Bundy didn’t request the presence of the network, he said, and has ‘tried to put out the word: ‘We don’t need you.”
Before the patriot group arrived, the ”3% of Idaho,” arrived with firearms at their sides to secure the area around the building and to assure the townspeople that they are safe. WTF.
But that group’s presence seemed OK to Ammon Bundy. He said, “If they weren’t here, I’d worry” about a Waco-style siege by federal officials.”
And now, Ammon Bundy doesn’t want the ‘patriot’ movement members in the area his group seized because it sends the wrong message.
But that’s what people have been telling the Bundy militia ever since they took over the federal building.
The Paiute Tribe recently said the Bundy militants “need to get the hell out of here” and that sentiment is shared with the townspeople and the Sheriff.