A Nevada rancher was greeted by more than 200 federal agents and snipers who showed up to make a blow in a 20-year long dispute over property fees.
Cliven Bundy has, for over 20 years now, refused to pay fees to the federal government so that he can raise cattle on land that’s been in his family for over 140 years. After years of battle, reports say that the Bureau of Land Management obtained a court order to remove almost 1,000 cattle from Bundy’s property.
“They’re carrying the same things a soldier would,” said Bundy to the Free Beacon. “Automatic weapons, sniper rifles, top communication, top surveillance equipment, lots of vehicles. It’s heavy soldier type equipment.”
“The battle’s been going on for 20 years,” explained Bundy. “What’s happened the last two weeks, the United States government, the bureaus are getting this army together and they’re going to get their job done and they’re going to prove two things. They’re going to prove they can do it, and they’re gonna prove that they have unlimited power, and that they control the policing power over this public land. That’s what they’re trying to prove.”
The Free Beacon reports that the removal of the cattle from Bundy’s ranch will cost the federal government upwards of $3 million, and so far, almost half are already off the land.
“We’re surrounded,” said Carol Bundy, Cliven’s wife. “We’re estimating that there are over 200 armed BLM, FBI. We’ve got surveillance cameras at our house, they’re probably listening to me talk to you right now.”
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has publicly condemned the BLM for their recent aggressive actions against Bundy.
“No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans,” said Sandoval. “The BLM needs to reconsider its approach to this matter and act accordingly.”
Still, BLM spokeswoman Kirsten Cannon says that Bund owes over $1 million in unpaid fees that have added up after 20 years of dispute.
"Mr. Bundy has been in trespass on public lands for more than 20 years," said Cannon.
Bundy says he will continue to fight back against what he says are attacks against “freedom and liberty and the Constitution.”