The armed militants who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, appear to have pooped all over sites that are sacred to the Burns Paiute tribe. If you were wondering where the militants were relieving themselves, now you know.
Oregon Live reports that investigators have found firearms, explosives, spoiled food and a trench of human feces at the refuge, federal prosecutors said. That’s right, guns, explosives and shit. And the investigation into the area is not complete. It will take the feds 21 days to comb through the area.
Defense attorneys for Ammon Bundy and other militants have requested access to the refuge as part of the pretrial process to gather evidence. Federal prosecutors responded, saying they would allow the defense in after the FBI had processed the crime scene.
“Tactical teams responsible for initially securing the refuge reported significant amounts of human feces in and around an outdoor camping area,” U.S. Attorney Billy Williams wrote in a response to the request, OPB reports.
Four holdouts of the takeover remained for two weeks in an encampment before surrendering on Feb. 11th. Williams said that area is “adjacent to or on a particularly sensitive cultural site.”
It gets worse.
“Occupiers appear to have excavated two large trenches and an improvised road on or adjacent to grounds containing sensitive artifacts,” Williams wrote. “At least one of these trenches contain human feces.”
Prosecutors also said some of the buildings in the refuge had large food stores that are rotting and need to be cleaned up.
Williams continued to say that the FBI found a number of firearms and explosives on site, and that the “FBI is concerned that vehicles and buildings may be booby trapped.”
Recently, an official said of the final four militants who were arrested, “They spoke to us about booby traps. We don’t know how sophisticated or what kind.”
Attorney Mike Arnold, who is representing Ammon Bundy, said in response that his client wants someone “to protect himself from acts being attributed to him that others may have committed.”
The problem here is that the militants were led by Ammon Bundy. He urged them to surrender before the feds arrested them, but his words were disregarded and the final four remained at the encampment. When you set an armed takeover in motion, it can escalate.
The militants not only took over a bird sanctuary which was on or near sacred land to the Burns Paiute tribe but they also literally crapped all over it, leaving the disgusting mess for someone else to clean up.
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