The armed militants who took over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge for 41 days, and ended the standoff on Thursday after surrendering to the FBI after hours of screaming nonsensical rhetoric from their encampment, have warned the authorities of booby traps left behind.
“They spoke to us about booby traps. We don’t know how sophisticated or what kind,” said the official, according to Reuters.
The refuge has materials to create explosives because workers there previously performed controlled burns of the land. So apparently, the occupiers had access.
He said the authorities will use caution in the area.
“There were materials that could be used to create hazardous devices, so it’s just very prudent for us to do to that,” the official said.
The final four occupiers left the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday after surrendering to the authorities, will join 12 other occupiers to face federal charges.
According to Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, a Bundy supporter who ended up as somewhat of a negotiator to calm down the occupiers, what the rest of the world heard during the livestream, wasn’t what happened. You see, to her, the militants never pointed their firearms at anyone so it wasn’t really an ‘armed takeover.’
We’re sure Fiore believes it’s also their right to blow shit up by setting booby traps.
Cliven Bundy, the leader of the armed standoff in Nevada, flew out to join the militants in Oregon and was arrested. Bundy joins his sons, Ammon and Ryan, who were both arrested previous to the final four being taken into custody. Cliven Bundy’s charges stem from his standoff in 2014 when he led approximately 200 militia members, some with rifles aimed at feds, to hold down his area after he refused to pay grazing fees.
The elder Bundy is charged with Conspiracy to Commit An Offense Against the United States; Assault on a Federal Law Enforcement Officer; Use and Carry of a Firearm In Relation to a Crime of Violence; Obstruction of the Administration of Justice; Interference with Commerce by Extortion; and, Aiding and Abetting.
Ammon and Ryan Bundy were arrested on Jan. 26 and had since called for protesters to leave but that fell on deaf ears. We’re not sure what he expected to happen after he launched a war against tyranny by taking over a bird sanctuary. Geez.
Maybe next time, he should try a duck pond.