The Washington Post reports that the FBI and Oregon State Police have surrounded and quarantined the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, “where a small cast of gun-toting, cowboy hat and camouflage-wearing anti-government activists.” (Harsh much?) The move comes after one member of the group — de facto spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum [above] — was shot and killed during a traffic stop some 30 miles from the Refuge. The Post speculates that the creation of a “containment area” may presage a police action to remove the protestors. According to a statement from the FBI and Oregon State Police, their goal is . . .
“to better ensure the safety of community members and law enforcement.” Yes, well, oregonlive.com reports that “In recent days, it looked as if about 40 people were staying in the buildings, including women and children.” And it looks like the Feds and Staties are tooling-up for confrontation:
One of the convoys moving around the refuge included police rigs, passenger cars and armored vehicles traveling south on Oregon 205, past the turnoff to the refuge and continuing on the road toward Frenchglen. The convoy could reach the refuge through back roads spidering north from the Diamond area.
Other convoys were reported moving south on Oregon 78 toward Crane, likely heading for the Princeton area and the eastern road to the refuge headquarters.
If you excuse the label “terrorist” from ImmortanJoe‘s comment on the WaPo article, it presents an interesting analysis of the current situation:
Police did say everyone has to go through the checkpoint, present ID and get their vehicle searched. I’d guess at that point, we’ll see more arrests. More than a few arrests will likely be for outstanding warrants. A few more for various gun violations. They are on Federal property so if their guns are not unloaded, locked up they will be confiscated and the driver arrested. Any who destroyed Federal property will be arrested.
At this point, no longer able to come and go, the 20 or so remaining terrorists, without their leaders, no media, food running out, will surrender individually at the road block.
Feds did a nice job. They discredited the militants, encouraged the locals to turn against them, media to get bored and start running stories on criminal records of the terrorists, general public boredome with the story. They gave the leaders a false sense of security and then arrested them on an isolated highway.
Interesting they made Grant County Sheriff Palmer be at the roadblock. Palmer organized the meeting the terrorists were going to attend. They made Palmer particpate in the arrest and killing of the terrorists which will ruin Palmer’s credibilty with the militants who Palmer has supported. Palmer looks like he tricked the miltants into coming to a meeting when Palmer knew it was a trap. Clever way to discredit Palmer who had been pandering to the terrorists.
Watch this space.