Oregonian: Biden reverses Trump, revokes Hammond permit

The Oregonian reports that Biden reverses Trump, revokes Hammond permit

A senior adviser in the U.S. Department of Interior on Friday rescinded the January decision by former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to grant Hammond Ranches Inc. a 10-year grazing permit and directed the Bureau of Land Management to further consider the matter.

The maneuver came as Congress was moving to confirm President Joe Biden’s pick of Deb Haaland as the new Interior secretary and followed a day after four environmental advocacy groups filed a federal lawsuit to block the grazing permit for the Hammonds.

It also came just days before the cattle were expected to be turned out on the more than 26,000 acres of public lands neighboring Malheur National Wildlife Refuge about 45 to 70 miles south of Burns.

The action marked the latest twist in a yearslong saga surrounding the grazing rights of Dwight Hammond Jr. and son Steven Hammond after they were convicted of setting fire to public lands and served prison time.

The new memo from the Interior secretary’s office found that the Trump administration hadn’t allowed for sufficient time to receive and consider public challenges to the permit.

A proposal to grant the permit was dated Dec. 31 but the public wasn’t immediately alerted to it until days later “resulting in confusion” about how the department would calculate an authorized 15-day protest period, according to the memo from the Interior secretary’s office.

Friday’s memo was signed by Laura Daniel-Davis, a senior adviser to the secretary exercising delegated authority of the assistant secretary of land and minerals management.

“Because the protest period had not properly concluded” before the final Jan. 19 decision was issued, “I am rescinding the January 19 Decision and remanding the matter to the BLM to allow for full consideration of the timely protests received by the BLM,” the memo said.

She directed the Bureau of Land Management to pursue additional opportunities for public involvement and “a careful and considered review” of any challenges. She also instructed the Bureau of Land Management to post notice of the rescission online and mail copies to all applicants and other interested stakeholders.

W. Alan Schroeder, the attorney representing Hammond Ranches Inc., declined comment on Friday’s development.

Four environmental advocacy groups on Thursday sued the Interior secretary and Bureau of Land Management, alleging last month’s permit approval on the final day of the Trump administration was “tainted by political influence” and that a “rushed and truncated public process” cut out opportunities for public participation required by law.

The suit further accused the federal government of granting the permit to the Hammonds over other applicants who were qualified and bypassing an administrative appeal process.

“We’re grateful that the new administration saw right away that Bernhardt’s decision to grant the grazing permit without the proper public participation could not stand,” said Greta Anderson, deputy director of Western Watersheds Project, one of the four groups that filed the suit. “We believe when they reconsider the proposed action, they’ll realize there were major substantive problems as well.”

The grazing permit covers four land allotments called Hammond, Mud Creek, Hardie Summer and Hammond Fenced Federal Range and allows cattle grazing on more than 26,000 acres of public lands neighboring Malheur National Wildlife Refuge about 45 to 70 miles south of Burns, near the town of Frenchglen.

In February 2014, the Bureau of Land Management rejected the Hammonds’ renewal application, citing the Hammonds’ criminal convictions.

In early 2019, former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued a renewal of their grazing permit on his last day in office.

The renewal followed six months after Trump’s pardon of the Hammonds in July 2018. Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond had been convicted of arson and were serving out five-year mandatory minimum sentences for setting fire to public land where they had grazing rights. Both were convicted of setting a fire in 2001, and the son was convicted of setting a second fire in 2006.

In December 2019, U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon of Portland revoked the grazing permit finding Zinke’s renewal was an “abuse of discretion.”

Book: Liberty Rising: The Murder of LaVoy Finicum

From Christian Patriots comes this article on the search for justice Liberty Rising: The Murder of LaVoy Finicum

My father bleeding out in the snow is only one small part of this story. His murder was the result of a hyped up orchestration of state and federal law enforcement in reaction to a falsified threat assessment. Many ask, “How can this even happen?”

We are starting this discussion across the country with elected officials. The idea of reforming weaponized labels is underway. We have developed a four part documentary series to use as a tool to start these difficult but necessary discussions. We are introducing people to the idea of the need for training in applied civics. My book, Liberty Rising: One Cowboy’s Ascent was written to help fund the process of our case.

We have great momentum working with the same legal team that helped bring about the 2016 Oregon occupation acquittals and the 2018 Nevada Bundy mistrial. Their work uncovered both agent and bureau acts of misconduct that had been going unchecked for decades. The information gathered from both the Oregon and Nevada trials are crowning jewels for our case, not to mention the uncovered dubious decisions during the shooting of my father, which was revealed in trial of the acquitted FBI agent.

We move forward in faith and hope that our efforts will continue to uncover and correct misconduct.

Our civil complaint, demand for jury trial in the district of Oregon was filed January 25th, 2018. Soon our deposition and subpoena process will begin. We very much look forward to this discovery process. While we understand each deposition and subpoena will demand time, toil, faith, hope, and, yes, more money, we look forward to holding out-of-control government agents, bureau agents, and organizations accountable. We also anticipate spearheading a change in the current trend of weaponized words.

By Thara Tenney

Christian Patriots

President Trump Pardons Hammonds

From Redoubt News, PARDON for Dwight and Steven Hammond.

Shocking The Conscience: The Hammond Story

Today, President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Grants of Clemency (Full Pardons) for Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., and his son, Steven Hammond.  The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land.  The evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds’ responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges.

At the Hammonds’ original sentencing, the judge noted that they are respected in the community and that imposing the mandatory minimum, 5-year prison sentence would “shock the conscience” and be “grossly disproportionate to the severity” of their conduct.  As a result, the judge imposed significantly lesser sentences.  The previous administration, however, filed an overzealous appeal that resulted in the Hammonds being sentenced to five years in prison.  This was unjust.

Dwight Hammond is now 76 years old and has served approximately three years in prison.  Steven Hammond is 49 and has served approximately four years in prison.  They have also paid $400,000 to the United States to settle a related civil suit.  The Hammonds are devoted family men, respected contributors to their local community, and have widespread support from their neighbors, local law enforcement, and farmers and ranchers across the West.  Justice is overdue for Dwight and Steven Hammond, both of whom are entirely deserving of these Grants of Executive Clemency.

For a history of the harassment endured by the Hammonds, see this article at The Conservative Treehouse.

“LaVoy-Dead Man Talking” Screening in Prosser, June 26th, 2018

The Center for Self Governance created the Governed v Governing Documentary series to detail and document the dramatic stories of our fellow countrymen trying to Keep the Republic.

In Part I: The Bundy Standoff you will see a Nevada Ranching family and supporters from around the country face off with 100s of extremely well armed federal agents. Learn why they were there and how the story ended.

In Part II: LaVoy – Dead Man Talking you will meet LaVoy Finicum, the Arizona Rancher who was shot 3 times in the back on a remote Oregon Highway January 26, 2016. Learn what drove him to go to Oregon and get out of his truck in hail of bullets.

In Part III: The Final Verdict – Oregon & Nevada Trials you will meet all those imprisoned for the 2014 Bundy Standoff and the 2016 Oregon Occupation and find out how their trials ended!

The Center for Self Governance will be screening the first part of LaVoy – Dead Man Talking in the Patriot Barn at 22202 N Hinzerling, Prosser, WA on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 at 7 pm. Jeanette Finicum, wife of LaVoy, will be in attendance to answer questions from the audience. L

 

 

FBI Did Not Want Body Cams At Fatal Roadblock

From Redoubt News, FBI Did Not Want Body Cams At Fatal Roadblock:

More information has been released on the fateful day that LaVoy Finicum was murdered on a lonely highway north of Burns, Oregon.

In January 2016, a Dead-man’s roadblock was set up on Hwy 395, seemingly by order of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) top agent in Oregon, Greg Bretzing…

The motion outlines the government’s version of events on January 26, 2016. It also states that the FBI requested the State police were not to wear their standard body cameras.

This is a highly unusual request, especially in the current societal climate. It generally benefits officers to have their actions recorded during potentially dangerous events.

To have the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team specifically request assisting officers not wear them does not bode well for the expected outcome for the civilians involved.

In an additional apparent lack of transparency, they FBI also asked that subsequent interviews with agents not be recorded. This was, again, unusual as questioning is normally recorded, as the FBI well knows.

Read the entire article at Redoubt News by clicking here. And, yet, FBI agents only seem to worry that political attacks are tarnishing the agency’s reputation rather than the agency’s own continued bungling tyranny.

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