Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Cliven Bundy Standoff: Wounded Knee Revisited?

UPDATE, April 14 -- 

I'm en route to Bunkerville, and will be reporting from there later this week. Any help I can get to defray travel expenses would be most appreciated. And as always, we are very grateful for the generous help so many of you have provided. Thank you so much -- and watch this space.

We took away their country and their means of support, broke up their mode of living, their habits of life, introduced disease and decay among them, and it was for this and against this they made war. Could anyone expect less?

General Philip Sheridan, who presided over the expropriation of the Plains Indians, in the 1878 Annual Report of the General of the U.S. Army

Following the War Between the States, as the formerly independent South was being re-assimilated into the Soyuz, the US military took up the task of driving the Plains Indians off of land that had been promised to them through solemn treaty obligations – but was now coveted by the corporatist railroad combine.

In 1867, William Sherman wrote a letter to General Grant insisting that “we are not going to let thieving, ragged Indians check and stop the progress” of the railroad. About a year earlier, Sherman had urged Grant to “act with vindictive earnestness against the Sioux, even to their extermination, men, women, and children.” Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo points out that Sherman set out to make the Sioux “feel the superior power of the Government,” even if “the final solution to the Indian problem” required that they be physically annihilated.

Writing in Smithsonian magazine, historian Gilbert King observes that the post-war US military wasn’t adequate to carry out that ambitious campaign. General Philip Sheridan, who succeeded Sherman as Commander of the Military Division of the Mississippi, complained that he had only 14,000 troops with which to carry out “the reduction of these wild tribes and occupation of their country.”

Note that Sheridan didn't equivocate in describing his army's role as the occupier of a “country” that belonged, by right, to other people. He had no moral scruples against being an occupier; his objections were limited to practical concerns.

The Plains Indians were canny, elusive, and motivated. However, their dependence on the buffalo provided the aggressors with an exploitable vulnerability. Hunting the Indians was difficult and risky; slaughtering buffalo was neither.

The railroads, acting as a military force multiplier, began ferrying tourists to the West for the specific purpose of “sport-hunting” buffalo. 

Unlike the Indians, who never threatened to hunt the buffalo to extinction, or Bill Cody, who was restrained in his efforts to harvest them to feed construction crews for the Kansas Pacific Railroad, the Eastern tourists had no property interest in the continued existence of the species, and didn't have to pay any price for the profligate destruction they wrought.

“Massive hunting parties began to arrive in the West by train, with thousands of men packing .50 caliber rifles, and leaving a trail of buffalo carnage in their wake,” recalls King. “Hunters began killing buffalo by the hundreds of thousands,” leaving their ravaged bodies to bloat and fester.

When legislatures in some states attempted to enact measures to conserve the buffalo, their objections were overruled by the Feds. The higher “national purpose” required a “total war” strategy that included the destruction of the buffalo in order to break the resistance of the Plains Indians.

“These men have done more in the last two years, and will do more in the next year, to settle the vexed Indian question, than the entire regular army has done in the last forty years,” wrote General Sheridan with satisfaction. “They are destroying the Indians' commissary. And it is a well-known fact that an army losing its base of supplies is placed at a great disadvantage. Send them [the private buffalo hunters] powder and lead, if you will; but for a lasting peace, let them kill, skin and sell until the buffaloes are exterminated. Then your prairies can be covered with speckled cattle.”

Cattle became the successor to buffalo in the late 1860s and early 1870s. That was the era when the ancestors of Cliven Bundy settled in what was to become the State of Nevada, and began to graze cattle in what would later be called the Bunkerville Grazing Allotment. The Bundy family made peaceful and productive use of that allotment for more than 120 years, mixing their labor with the land to create original wealth.

Unfortunately, the Bundy family -- like the American Indians – had been living on a reservation: They were never allowed to exercise ownership of their grazing “allotment,” in much the same way that Indians were not permitted to have clear title to their lands. The land on which the Bundy family raised cattle was “owned” by the government, and the Bundys were required to pay rent – in the form of grazing fees – for the “privilege” of making productive use of it. The public-land grazing system has been described as “the nation’s most conspicuous and extensive flirtation with socialism” – except, perhaps, for the Indian Reservation System.

Indians whose lands were supposedly protected through treaties invariably discovered that the phrase “in perpetuity” means “pending the discovery of something valuable on the land that is desired by a politically favored constituency.” The desired commodity could be gold – as the Nez Perce learned after their homeland in the luxuriant Wallowa Valley, having been reduced to a tiny, barren tract, was seized from them by General O.O. Howard.  It could be fertile farm lands on the banks of the Niobrara River, as the Poncas discovered when they were forcibly relocated to Oklahoma.

Similar “adjustments” were made to practically every Indian band or tribe that signed a treaty in good faith with Washington – only to find themselves reduced to destitution when Washington withheld promised annuities and rations, and then evicted from their lands when it suited Leviathan’s interests. The high and holy purpose of Manifest Destiny nullified the property rights of Indians and any treaty obligations that would inhibit Washington's drive for continental expansion.

In 1993, the same federal Leviathan State that unilaterally “modified” binding treaty agreements with Indian tribes and bands decided to “modify” the terms of the Bundy family's grazing permit. 

This was done in the service of a doctrine even more insidious than Manifest Destiny: A new religion in which all human property rights – including, some adherents insist, the right to live itself – are to be sacrificed on the altar of “biocentrism.” The central tenet of that religion is that “Human beings are not inherently superior to other living things.”

However, there are certain superior specimens within the ranks of humanity who possess a gift of seership that permits them to discern the true needs of nature. On occasion, these infinitely wise and limitlessly benevolent beings – most of whom have found a niche in some foundation-funded eco-radical lobby – will identify “endangered” or “threatened” species whose supposed claim to a “habitat” outweighs property rights and all human needs.

Since none of those non-human creatures can speak on their own behalf, we should consider ourselves extravagantly blessed by the presence of eco-seers capable of discerning their needs, bureaucrats willing to harken to their inspired counsel, and judges who dutifully ratify bureaucratic decisions without being unduly burdened by respect for property rights.

In 1993, acting on an infallible ecocentric pronouncement, the Bureau of Land Management decreed that the land on which Cliven Bundy and his neighbors had long grazed their cattle was actually the “habitat” of the desert tortoise. 

Although the BLM – like other agencies involved in administering Washington's illegal colonial occupation of western lands – has been influenced by biocentrism, it's not likely that its upper echelons are filled with True Believers in anything other than the Bureaucratic Prime Directive: “Maintain what we have, and expand where we can.”

The BLM's revisions were imposed during the reign of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, who in a letter two years earlier (written while he was head of the League of Conservation Voters) declared: "We must identify our enemies and drive them into oblivion." Babbitt and his comrades have acted with what Sherman described as “vindictive earnestness” in pursuing that objective: In the past twenty years they have all but eradicated cattle ranching in the southwestern United States.

In his book War on the West, William Pendley of the Mountain States Legal Foundation observes that "the enormous might of the federal government has always meant that the life of the West was in the hands of strangers living thousands of miles away. Like the weather that can sweep down upon Westerners and change their lives in an instant, the federal government has always loomed as a distant threat." 

During Babbitt’s tenure at the Department of the Interior, the federal eco-jihad specifically targeted "the most enduring symbol of the American West - the cowboy - seeking to price and regulate the rancher off federal grazing lands and out of business, destroying the economy of rural areas." One of the first initiatives undertaken by Secretary Babbitt in pursuit of his vision of a "New West" was to seek a 230 percent increase in grazing fees charged to ranchers on federally administered lands. Although the proposed fee increase was thwarted by a Senate filibuster, the effort to destroy the ranching industry continued.

After the fee increase was proposed, an Interior Department memo surfaced which revealed that Babbitt wanted "to use price increases as a straw man to draw attention from management issues." While ranchers fought the grazing fee increase, Babbitt and company created "Range Reform '94," a cluster of proposed federal land use and environmental regulations which Pendley describes as "A Thousand and One Ways to Get Ranchers off Federal Land."

During the late 1990s – a period in which Babbitt, appropriately, was mired in a scandal involving decades of federal fraud, embezzlement, and graft in the Indian Trust Fund System -- ranchers rallied to hold off the federal assault. But like the Plains Indians, the ranchers were facing an implacable enemy unburdened with respect for the law and blessed with access to limitless resources. 

Of the 52 ranchers in his section of Nevada, Cliven Bundy is the only one who has refused to go back to the reservation. So the heirs to Sherman and Sheridan have mobilized an army to protect hired thieves who have come to steal the Bundy family’s cattle with the ultimate purpose of driving him from the land. 

Their objective is not to protect the desert tortoise, but to punish a defiant property owner and entrepreneur. This potentially murderous aggression is being celebrated by Progressives as a worthy effort to make dangerous radicals “feel the superior power of the Government.”

For more than two decades, Bundy has defied the federal land management bureaucracy, and his continued resistance could catalyze a general revolt against their designs for the western United States. 

Their intent, as described by Pendley, is to transform the West into “a land nearly devoid of people and economic activity, a land devoted almost entirely to the preservation of scenery and wildlife habitat. In their vision, everything from the 100th meridian to the Cascade Range becomes a vast park through which they might drive, drinking their Perrier and munching their organic chips, staying occasionally in the bed-and-breakfast operations into which the homes of Westerners have been turned, with those Westerners who remain fluffing duvets and pouring cappuccino.”

The high priests of biocentrism and their bureaucratic allies aren’t going to let a handful of ragged but resolute ranchers “check and stop the progress” of Manifest Destiny.

In 1875, amid an entirely contrived Indian Scare in Corrine, Utah, Indian Agent William H. Danilson sent a telegram to Washington complaining about the dangerous “extremism” that had seized the restive Shoshones. “They are taught to hate the government, and look with distrust upon their Agents,” complained the bureaucrat. The Indians impudently maintained that “Bear River Valley belonged to them” and were preparing to resist efforts to evict them from their property.

“Their whole teachings [are] fraught with evil,” concluded Danilson, scandalized that Indians would believe in the sanctity of property, and thus expected the federal government to keep its promises.

Historian Brigham D. Madsen records that an Army investigation of that 1875 Indian Scare found that the Shoshones – who were, as usual, starving because of the government’s failure to deliver promised rations – posed no threat. Nonetheless, the military “issued an ultimatum that all reservation Indians were to return to their reservations at once or [the local commander] would use military force to compel them to do so.”

It didn’t matter that the Indians had done nothing wrong, and that the government had acted illegally: The cause of “law and order” meant that the government simply had to prevail. That was the central theme in Washington’s dealings with the Indians – and in its conduct toward western landowners as well.

Fifteen years after the Corinne Indian Scare, the final flickers of Indian resistance were extinguished by Leviathan in the bloody snows of Wounded Knee. Our rulers clearly intend to use the standoff in Clark County to suffocate remaining resistance to the western states land grab. The only matter left unresolved is the question of how much violence they are willing to employ to accomplish that end. 

Addendum, 4/13: The Regime Doesn't Take Defeat Gracefully 

When the ATF attacked the Branch Davidians outside Waco in February 1993
, the expectation was a quick and painless victory over an eccentric religious sect and a public relations boost for the scandal-plagued agency. This is why the assault was code-named “Showtime.”

The Davidians, however, refused to follow the script. When the ATF stormtroopers arrived at the sect’s sanctuary at Mt. Carmel, David Koresh – who had known of the impending assault, and released an ATF informant rather than holding him as a hostage -- attempted to de-escalate the confrontation, only to be answered by a murderous volley of gunfire. Rather than allowing themselves to be shackled or slaughtered, the Davidians stood their ground, killing four of the assailants in a morally unassailable exercise of self-defense and forcing the ATF to retreat.

Because the Regime cannot countenance resistance, the FBI laid siege to the Davidians for 51 days before the final assault that left of scores of Davidians dead from fire, asphyxiation, and gunfire.

In 1973, a band of Sioux activists at Wounded Knee held off the FBI and the US military for 71 days, demanding respect for their rights under treaty law, accountability for the corruption of federally installed tribal dictator Dickie Wilson, and investigation of unsolved murders. The Feds replied with the largest domestic military deployment since the last confrontation at Wounded Knee in December 1890, an undisguised slaughter carried out by the vengeful Seventh Cavalry that amounted to an American Babi Yar.

In response to the 1973 protests, Armed FBI agents, U.S. Marshals, SWAT teams, and teams of Wilson’s paramilitary “GOON Squad” formed an iron ring around the village of Wounded Knee. Colonel Vic Jackson, head of the Pentagon’s Civil Disorder Management School, was called upon by the FBI to implement the notorious “Operation Garden Plot” martial law blueprint. The FBI’s plan called for the Army would invade and “pacify” the village before the FBI went in to “arrest” whoever might survive the onslaught. Armored Personnel Carriers were on hand to deal with what were described as “bunkers” (and were, in fact, root cellars). Phantom F-4 jets flew low-altitude reconnaissance runs over the town.

At one point, the Bureau ordered the media to leave the area and then warned the occupiers to send out their women and children. The anticipated massacre might well have been thwarted by the presence of local white residents whom the FBI called “hostages” – but who were there voluntarily in order to protect their supposed captors from the Feds.

Over the next two years, the Feds were unable to convict the “ringleaders” of the Wounded Knee protest in court. So the FBI, following its COINTELPRO playbook, abetted internecine conflicts within the Indian resistance and carried out a campaign of low-intensity warfare that left several innocent people dead.

In 2003, when the Power Elite in Washington stretched out its hand a second time to confer the blessings on “democracy” on the people of Iraq,  was one of the first targets of this exercise in murderous generosity. Bridges were bombed, schools and homes were seized by Washington’s armed missionaries of armed benevolence, and Blackwater mercenaries abused and killed innocent people with arrogant abandon.

Fallujah residents reacted by killing several Blackwater operators and organizing small but effective resistance cells. This defiant ingratitude provoked the stern chastisement of Washington, which encircled the city and visited Carthaginian destruction on it.

Like any bully, the Regime in Washington chooses its battles carefully, generally avoiding fights with opponents capable of fighting back. But it will not accept defeat when clearly in the wrong. This is something Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters should remember.

Dum spiro, pugno!


Anonymous said...

BLM=Bastards, Liars, and Mongrols

Pro Libertate,

Anonymous said...

Great piece!

Anonymous said...

Comparing this guy's refusal to pay higher grazing fees to the stand at Wounded KNee is an insult to indigenous people everywhere. This guy's ancestors took indigenous land (in cahoots with the feds at the time) to make money raising cattle. The feds should leave him alone, but he is no hero of liberty to me. Just another well-off guy who thinks he is better than everyone else.

Anonymous said...

Nevada the same federal lands that the government's actions has coined a term, Downwinders.
Nevertheless, the very same generals that were genocidal manics who were slaughtering the Plains Indians. Learned their trade in the wholesale slaughter of American woman, children and old men. These very generals during the Civil War liked to attack cities and towns during the fall. The grain and cattle they couldn't take with them, they burned and destroyed. They also burned down all the homes, barns and anything that could be used for shelter. This made it so the woman, children and old men would starve and freeze to death as winter came on. Keep in mind Abe the atheist hand picked every single one of his generals that commanded the overall body of the federal troops. The quest for the taste of human blood, could not be satisfied with the most helpless of us during the campaign to burn through the South to the sea. So within 90 days the Plain's Indians were the next victims.
Its clear the color of the shirt and cap the federal agent is waring as he holds a gun on the unarmed man with the red, white and blue cap. Brown!

JdL said...

Excellent piece! I've been following this story on several sites, and am actually somewhat hopeful that the federal thugs will blink. Time will tell.

Possible slight typo:

Babbitt and his comrades have acted with what Sheridan described as "vindictive earnestness"

That's Sherman's quote, right?

Anonymous said...

anonymous thinks that atheists are responsible for the genocide against native americans???
Probably a little history reading would remind him that religious freaks have been killing people for thousands of years.
Mystics are amusing. The atheists I know are peaceful and rationasl, not like most 'christians'.

William N. Grigg said...

JdL -- Thank you for catching my mis-attribution. Once again I'm reminded that being one's own editor is fraught with potential pitfalls.

Anon@ 6:09 -- I'm not in the business of blaming people for the sins (actual or imputed) of their ancestors. We can't choose our kin, living or deceased. We can, however, choose whether or not to associate with an institution -- such as the Federal Government -- that carries out violent aggression against innocent people.

The comparison that you deem an "insult to indigenous people everywhere" was made by an "indigenous" person: As I recently discovered (after mistakenly believing for decades that I was Mexican) I'm part Cherokee and part Hawaiian, "native" peoples who were expropriated and treated horribly by the same government that is destroying the western ranching industry.

Pending access to the Guardian of Forever, I haven't the means to prevent those historical atrocities from happening. When a (for now) lesser outrage of the same kind is underway in real time, the very least I can do is describe it candidly, put it in what I consider the appropriate historical context, and do what I can to stop it.

todd said...

This issue is ALL about GAS FRACKING leases. Corporations have bought out our governments from the top down. Anyone notice how the officers have become distant, cold, and vicious to it's citizens? This is NOT about grazing fees as the government (BLM) is telling us. BLM is NOT here to keep us "safe". They want to collect fees for fracking leases, and have basically become the hired hands, soon to be killers for the corporation that wants to frack gas on/near the ranch.

Anonymous said...

I believe Todd, above, is spot on.

Cowboy Bundy's problem is that he is not obscenely wealthy. Thus he does not have the where-with-all to buy 'retired' congressholes who move on to the Lobbying business.

What's especially disgusting is the fact that the Feds use this turtle as their scapegoat. 'Oh, we just want to save the habitat of this poor helpless creature!'. This serves two purposes: It inflames the 'right wing' (those Limbo and Fox believing fools) against genuine conservationists ('see? It's the fault of the tree-huggers!') while shielding the true polluters and environmental rapists (petrochemical corporations) from criticism.

This land will soon be exploited.

Just as, come hell or high water, the Feds along with the oil industry, will build their LNG and Coal and Oil and Gasoline terminals in Oregon and Washington for the eventual export of these commodities to the highest bidder, just as they will soon overturn the law preventing crude oil exports from America.

And the little turtle, like the Bundy clan, will be no more.


Denis said...

Thanks for the well-written background to what's happening here now. Much needed & appreciated!

I have also heard that there's a lot more to the angle of powerful, well-financed groups attempting to do a land grab. Several reasons for this: another Solyndra-like "green" energy plant, involving (smoke and) mirrors, i.e. some kind of solar power plant; also there apparently is water, not that far beneath the surface of the desert in several places, that could be used for huge money making schemes. Sorry I haven't got links, & I'm not sure of the truth anyway, haven't done the research myself. "Agenda 21" comes up a lot in the articles I've been reading, for what that's worth.

I'm still slow to realize just how corrupt things have gotten- the spoils system, the almost open bribes & payoffs, the threats. Still can't believe my country has come to this. I've been thinking a lot about Waco... and Randy Weaver, whose wife and son were murdered by federal agents who never even got censured.

Sure does look to me that the Bundys are on the right side of the matter. And the Federales... well, they're just plain corrupt through & through. Including even the IRS. I weep for my country, our government has gone astray.


Anonymous said...

Well put!
Here is a story of Wayne Hage, another Nevada cattleman:

Anonymous said...


Major kudos on the "Guardian of Forever" reference!


j said...

My own ancestry includes Lenni Lenape, and while we all appreciate the good intentions of those who would speak for us and our past treatment ( not just Lenape but all Native peoples) the fact is, Mr. Grigg, you are perfectly correct - we cannot change what has been, but we can vow to stop what is heading this way, before it is too late. And btw, I am not in the least 'insulted' by your fine writing. the comparison is just and valid.

Anonymous said...

For those who are unfamiliar with U.S. history when unrolling barbed wire was invented around 1874 the largest land theft in American history took place. Ranchers bought as much as they could afford and just went out and unrolled fence over as much public property as they had wire. An orgy of courthouse burning and records destruction ensued. Many of the large spread in the control of 3rd and 4th generation ranchers came into existence in this fashion. Ranching is an ancient profession and can add harmony and balance to human life or it can become distorted and warped by greed. Ranchers all along the Southern border participated in the land thefts as did many in Nevada. In consideration of this issue We The People demand to see original deeds and titles to all the lands laid claim by the ranchers. We The People demand to see actual original records from 1840 immediately prior to the change of hands from Mexico to America and through 1950 immediately after World War II. The ranchers are well known to post private property no trespassing signs on public property belonging to the American people and to chase people away AT GUNPOINT from land that does not belong to them. These folks need to be disabused of the feudal mentality they have developed with regard to public land and we need to abolish the practice of grazing on public lands.

Anonymous said...

Ranchers are well known to post Private Property No Trespassing signs all over public property and then chase citizens who have every right to be there off at gunpoint. These folks have developed a feudal mentality regarding public lands that do not belong to them. The time has come to disabuse these people of these notions. We The People need to abolish the practice of grazing on public lands once and for all. Bundy and his supporters all need to go to prison for a long time. Its really hillarious when the people who were the driving force behind the liberty denuded totalitarian police state we all now inhabit have the state apparatus turned on them.

Anonymous said...

My, my our old buddy Senator Reid is behind this whole mess with the communist in China. And of course the lame stream media is doing a blackout on the story of truth that the people deserve to know.

Anonymous said...

From what I have read and heard, the land in question is Nevada's NOT the fed gov's, so now I am asking how the HELL are the feds getting away with stealing this land from Nevada as well as the cattle from this rancher; and why ALL of Nevada's populace is not arming themselves and joining the protesters, it might be their homes next in the sights of the fed gov.

kirk said...

it is not about the tortoise. it is about power - raw, naked and, when 'necessary', murderous.

politicians and bureaucrats lie. their lies serve as the order for the enforcement class to descend on some citizen trying to make a living in a land where that has not only become impossible, but, on occasion, deadly.

this nation is a police state. it matters not what lying pols, bureaucrats and the enforcers say. it is simply the case that this is now a police state.

the present state of life in this nation gives us two choices only: accept and bow to our lessers, or do not accept and do something.

Anonymous said...

If you dig a bit deeper you'll find that the BLM was actually killing those tortoises until they needed the 'evironmentalist' card to throw this rancher off his land because court and other avenues were not working.

kirk said...

addenda: outlets are now indicating that the blm (small letters intended) was withdrawing from the Nevada face off.

don't gloat.

don't think they have gone away.

this is a skirmish. there will be more to come. always more to come until they understand we will no longer accept ignorant, arrogant
aggressive actions on the part of those who work for us.

it is now time for us to go on the offensive and DEMAND the arrogant ignoramus that started all this be fired and NEVER rehired at a federal job.

in other words, we should demand a novel idea be instituted in govt: you are responsible for what you do.

Anonymous said...

Donna from North Dakota

I know a little bit about the federal 'taking' of privately owned land. We own land along a 2-mile stretch of a tributary creek of the Missouri River which the Corps of Engineers 'took' from the Germans-from-Russia families who have farmed here for 3 & 4 generations. The Corps took 100's of acres including rolling hills, wooded ravines, and pasture above the maximum 1620' predicted flood plain when a dam was built 130 miles south in another state.
The original 'promise' was that property owners along the river & creeks would still have access to the land for grazing & water. Soon, dairymen and cattle producers were told the land would have to be leased in order to use it. Now, land all up and down the Missouri River is open for 'bids' each January for anyone willing to bid against his neighbor in order to 'stay in business'. Eventually the smaller producers lose access to the very land they had previously owned.
A couple of summers ago, our sheep began taking a 'short cut' across a triangular piece of Corps land which cuts deeply into our 640 acres and is surrounded by our land on 3 sides. This happened at the end of the day when they were anxious to get back to water and couldn't grasp that a circuitous route around the wedge was better than a straight line. "To hell with fences!" We got a summons from the government.

I didn't know that what was once called OPEN RANGE automatically becomes FEDERAL LAND just because a federal government entity is created which calls ITSELF the Bureau of Land Management. What is it, 80% of Nevada is under Federal control? Go to and dig into their archives to get a broader perspective on what is happening to ranchers and farmers in the United States. Better yet, get a subscription!

Francisco said...

Its Official. Americas corruption began the second the founding fathers died. The bastards with dreams of power came out to play. Worked diligently to eliminate the foundation of the republic to create there own little empire.

And wiping out a species simply to beat your enemies as what happened to the natives the environmentalist card is a lie the buffalo can attest to that. They don't care about the environment or nature they use it as an excuse to gain even more power.

Treaties with them are useless they never honor them they change them once they find something in the land they want or they want you thrown out.

Never shall I believe anything about the environment from the government.

Anonymous said...

Eskyman, you have yet to appreciate just how far astray the US government has gone. Let me tell you what the American government did on 9/11, There is a new book on 9/11. The author knew the Mossad agent who organised the events of that day.

Dimitri Khalezov has spent 10 years researching and writing this book. Download links:

Or read at:

In a 2010 interview, Khalezov explained that you can't build a skyscraper in NYC without an approved demolition plan. On 9/11, the World Trade Center's demolition plan was put into action to demolish the complex.

Khalezov learned of this demolition plan from his job in the Soviet Union. He had worked in the nuclear intelligence unit and under an agreement between the Soviet Union and the USA, each country was obliged to inform the other of peaceful uses of nuclear explosions. The WTC was built with 3 thermo-nuclear charges in its foundations.

Note: underground nuclear explosions do not produce mushroom clouds. This is only ever seen when the explosion takes place above ground. On 9/11, the explosions were deep underground.

More info:

You can watch the 2010 interview at:
Video # 4 - WTC's demolition plan
Video # 14 - WTC 7 (which fell ½ hour AFTER the BBC announced its collapse).
Videos # 24/25 - chronic radiation sickness of WTC responders (their cancers are not due to asbestos poisoning)

Khalezov was interviewed on 4 Sept 2013:

Here is a recent article mentioning Khalezov:

I know it is preposterous to claim that the WTC was brought down by nukes. But note that the place where the WTC once stood is called 'Ground Zero'. If you look up the meaning of 'ground zero' in the old dictionaries you have at home, you'll find that there would only be one definition. It is what you call a place that has been nuked.

After 9/11, the US government sent people out to switch all the dictionaries in the public domain. The replacements differed only in the meaning of 'ground zero'. They show extra definitions for that term, to obfuscate the original single meaning.

For example, if you have a genuine old Merriam-Webster dictionary, you would see this:
ground zero n (1946) : the point directly above, below, or at which a nuclear explosion occurs.

The replacement books (even of old editions) show two extra definitions and this is what you'll see:
ground zero n (1946) 1 : the point directly above, below, or at which a nuclear explosion occurs. 2: the center or origin of rapid, intense, or violent activity or change 3: the very beginning : SQUARE ONE

Have a look at this video:
At 6:05 mins, he shows the old and new definitions of 'ground zero'.

Anonymous said...

Donna in North Dakota

I have a little experience with land grabs on the part of the Federal Government. What we have experienced does NOT instill confidence in any government agency's ability to manage land and water resources.
I guess I thought OPEN RANGE meant just that - LAND without specific ownership. So...a federal entity which calls ITSELF Bureau of Land Management comes along over 100 years after a family settled and successfully developed property able to support a few generations, and demands rent?

Idaho_Roper said...

Great piece, the agenda of destroying the rural life of the West is becoming more well known and is true even though many may doubt. It is well funded through corrupted federal laws such as the equal access to justice act that has created a cottage industry of tax exempt law firms hiding under the guise of Eco or animal rights groups. They bilk taxpayer funds while forcing their agenda on the west. Whether it is ranching, logging, mining or wolves (the modern buffalo hunter), they all are attached to the same groups, many of which are ran by ex federal government employees.

It is very much time for the people who now see this to demand changes to the endangered species act and the equal access to justice act that are used as tools and funding against Western rural life and culture.

Teddy Roosevelt stole these lands from states under the excuse of protecting them against corporate rape and to be utilized for controlled natural resources including minerals, grazing and timber. If they no longer wish to allow those, it is time to return them to their rightful owners, the states.

It is my hope that the Bundy's live through this battle and that their fight brings more attention to the egregious acts of the federal government and their agenda and people demand the changes necessary to stop this tyranny and armed aggression against our own citizens.

It is time to end the government welfare support of ecoterrorists and their bureau of armed aggressors.

Thank you for the well written piece.

Spook, RN said...

I agree with a commentator on the Daily Mail website which reported the end of the standoff - the claim that the Fedgov was 'concerned' about tortoises in Nevada is laughable. How many nukes were set off in Nevada over the past decades?

And also from my perspective - the tortoises weren't an issue until suddenly in 1993? Someone get me some warfarin for I smell a rat...

Anonymous said...

Anybody see the photos? I-15 is a massive elevated highway about 60 feet above the plain, with overpasses and embankments, running right through this piece of land. How come the poor little tortoise was not harmed by the building of this massive road, but is harmed by a few cattle? No, no, the tortoise thing is all bullshit. The previous poster is right - they want to frack this land and make big money in bribes, kickbacks, and corruption. Finally, after being sheeple for so long, We the People showed up in numbers, and guess what - the Feds backed down. Let that be a lesson to all the armchair warriors out there. If you want to keep your America, you will have to fight for it.

Anonymous said...

Excellent piece, many thanks Will.

Tortoises certainly do not appear to be the real reason - just last August, a bunch of them were being threatened with euthenasia.

My knowledge of the geography of that area is very poor. Is the site of this proposed crony solar farm and factory anywhere near the land which the Bundy family ranch

Thanks again

Anonymous said...

Anon commenting about 9 11.

Why would anyone use a nuke?

a couple of holes drilled into a 10' square section reinforced concrete pillar, and charged with a few pounds of conventional explosive is enough to chop that column. explosive inside and in intimate contact with a structural member is far more destructive than explosive seperated from it by only a small air gap.

From a destruction and from a weight or bulk point of view, correctly placed conventional explosives would do such a job.

what evidence is there for a nuke?

the residues of conventional explosives are gone in a few hours to a few days.

Nukes leave behind a very characteristic suite of persistant fission products, which do not occur naturally, some, such as Cesium 137, are volatile, and easily spread from the explosion site, Cs137 is also a gamma emitter, easily detectable and distinguishable by its gamma energy. additionally Cs 137 is absorbed and retained by growing plants, securing a record of the event for many years - for example wood pellets from the baltic states were found to still be contaminated with Chernobyl fall out, from quarter of a century earlier.

While absense of a nuke in no way reduces the likelihood that there was foul play involved

unless the claim can be supported by hard evidence, such as Cs137 in trees and house plants, asserting that nukes were used, is asking for a very serious and important subject to be ridiculed.

Lemuel Gulliver said...

Go to this link for some insights:

"Back in 2012, the New American reported that Harry Reid’s son, Rory Reid, was the chief representative for a Chinese energy firm planning to build a $5-billion solar plant on public land in Laughlin, Nevada.

"And journalist Marcus Stern with Reuters also reported that Sen. Reid was heavily involved in the deal as well.

“[Reid] and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in the southern Nevada desert,” he wrote. “Reid has been one of the project’s most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on behalf of the project in Nevada.”

“His son, a lawyer with a prominent Las Vegas firm that is representing ENN, helped it locate a 9,000-acre (3,600-hectare) desert site that it is buying well below appraised value from Clark County, where Rory Reid formerly chaired the county commission.”

"Although these reports are in plain view, the mainstream media has so far ignored this link.

"The BLM’s official reason for encircling the Bundy family with sniper teams and helicopters was to protect the endangered desert tortoise, which the agency has previously been killing en masse due to “budget constraints.”

“A tortoise isn’t the reason why BLM is harassing a 67 year-old rancher; they want his land,” journalist Dana Loesch wrote. “The tortoise wasn’t of concern when [U.S. Senator] Harry Reid worked with BLM to literally change the boundaries of the tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the development of his top donor, Harvey Whittemore.”

Well, well, is anybody surprised?? This whole thing is as American as apple pie and amber waves of grain. Bribery, corruption, and big bidness, is what this is all about.

Is America run for the corporations and the politicians and the mega-rich? Does a bear shit in the woods?

Bend over, honey, and Uncle Sam will drive you home.

Welcome to the plantation, all you white people. Get used to addressing your betters and smarters as "Massa." Some day, Massa will have a flat nose and speak Mandarin, or he may have a long nose and speak Hebrew, but you and I will still have to call him "Massa." Harry Reid and his pals on both sides of the Senate floor will call him "papa."

Welcome to the Land of the Free-for-the-looting, and the Home of the Slave.

- LG.

Anonymous said...

Go to
The site has 2000 plus Architectes and Engineers that exposing 911.

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of lonely tunes.

The Land is Federal Land Period.
The idiot who is all welcome to the land of the slave Go See a Shrink you need one Well maybe not what you need is to be shot dead. Just like EVER SINGLE person who supports this BS Rancher.

You don't want to have a contract or pay the federal government Fine for the idiot who thinks this is the land of the slave DON't!

But if you don't want to have a contract with the federal government THEN STOP USING THEIR LAND.

I may not want to pay the guy's my mortgage lender sold my mortgage to But Just What I don't get to stop paying them unless I stop buying my home - So To bad Pay your bills and stop acting like you get to chose in this life if your going to pay to use somebody else's stuff or you get to decide to pay the old owners because you don't like the new owners.

As for the Slave guy Yeah You and Every Sovereign Citizen, Every Screw ball militia member, every anti-government creep or wing nut gun tooting piece of trash You all need a bullet in the brain and I hope to what ever powers that be that our government stops cow towing to you ilk and just burn you out and when your running shoots you dead.
Bless the USA and all its natural possessions!
DAMN all traitors to Hades!

Anonymous said...

Difficult to tell whether that one is deadly serious or having a quiet chuckle as he types his parody of a true believer


Anonymous said...

Environmentalists now realize that grazing actually protects lands. The Buffalo had grazed in large numbers on the plains for centuries. Grazing fertilizes the lands and keeps the grasses short preventing them from falling over and killing grass underneath. Where there is no grazing you tend to get more patchy grasses with bare areas. In New Mexico ranchers are being asked to help save the lands by moving their cattle all over the state. If I were Bundy I'd give the eco-supporters a lesson in environmental management.

DJ said...

Reading these comments amazes me, here is a comment by:
Anonymous said...
"If you dig a bit deeper you'll find that the BLM was actually killing those tortoises until they needed the 'evironmentalist' card to throw this rancher off his land because court and other avenues were not working."

My response to this comment: Anonymous, if you know this for a fact why don't you get that documentation to the proper authorities or Bundy or the Protestors so they can use it to bring justice and back the BLM goons off? That documentation would be very valuable to those fighting for their lives. The fact is we are all in this fight (for freedom) and should be looking to do what we can to rid our Country, the World of the evil that is perpetrating these horrible deeds upon people (any people). It's up to us, you and I.

Anonymous said...

DJ, above @ 11:54 -

I'm not the anon commenter who's post you referred to above, but I will provide you with a link that substantiates the accusation that the BLM (ie: Federal Govt) intended to kill the tortoises.


For whatever reason, the original article which was published in the Washington Post, appears to no longer be available on their website.


Anonymous said...

BLM Selling Out America - Fabian Calvo

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 4:58

It does indeed look like the fe'rals are trying to sneak the family silver to the pawn shop, ahead of the creditors coming calling.

there are a number of possible events which could trigger a collapse in the purchasing power of the $ e.g. oil producers accepting payment in other currencies, bond holders shorting their bonds, a new gold backed deutch mark or remnimbi yuan. or even just the QE money leaking into the wider economy

I wonder what their thugs will do when there is nothing worth having to pay them with?

will they behave like the Iraqi army, and go home to help guard their neighbourhoods, or become even more fe'ral than they are now, and start acting even more blatantly as war lords and bandits?

Anonymous said...

Mike vanderboegh - from aka one of the two citizen bloggers who broke and kept alive the Fast and Furious story - is going to be there in a few days, too! You should get together if possible. Both he and his citizen journalist partner david codrea link to your articles on a regular basis, too. I check out the blogs of Codrea, Vanderbough, lew Rockwell, and your site every day - so it would be great if you and Mike could meet.

Anonymous said...

It is interesting to note that in Coeur d'alene ID is the "Ft Sherman Grounds" and park - Sherman as the frequently celebrated "hero" of the War of Mercantile Aggression, and of cleaning up the West.

The same ground is venerated by the CdA Tribe, and local progressives, as "the gathering place" for aboriginal peoples.

For some reason they are unable to connect the dots, with Sherman's murderous intent toward Indians. Perhaps because that would also expose Sherman's atrocities in the aforementioned war, and that of his crime boss, disHonest Abe the racist.

Not too late to celebrate John Wilkes Booth day.

Sic semper tyrranis!

sash said...

Sorry, but no. The land Bundy has appropriated for himself belongs to the PEOPLE and is managed by the government of the people. Cliven Bundy is using public assets for personal gain. It's no different from someone grazing his cattle at a public city park! If everybody did what he is doing now, we would have NO public grazing lands and pass down to the generations. Maybe we the People, the true owners of the land, should all go down there en masse and enjoy the use of it. If Bundy and his cattle don't like it, tough sh*t.

Anonymous said...

You and your sovcit buddies like to make up history to conform to your twisted worldview, don't you? "John Wilkes Booth Day", indeed! I'd happily invite you to my neighborhood to promote that idea - tell me, do you enjoy hospital food?

William N. Grigg said...

As I understand their ideology, "sovereign citizens" behave an awful lot like LEOs: They believe they're entitled to initiate force and commit fraud, and claim "immunity" by invoking untenable and convoluted legal theories. I don't really have much use for people of that description, whether in the private or the coercive sector.

You probably fit very comfortably in the latter category, given your insistence on anonymity ("officer safety" uber alles, you know) and your ready resort to threats of aggressive violence.

I don't particularly care for hospital food, but I rather doubt that a personal encounter with you would leave me in such a condition that I'd be forced to subsist upon it.