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Republicans running the Government……..

Election wins have consequences….

Corporate penalties have plunged at SEC since Trump took office…

Publicly traded companies have been hit with fewer and much less costly penalties by the Securities and Exchange Commission since Donald Trump became president.

From February through September, the agency, now headed by Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton, collected $127 million in corporate civil penalties in 15 cases, according to a POLITICO review of SEC data. That compares with $702 million in 43 cases from February through September 2016….

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The First FBI Crime Report Issued Under Trump is Missing a TON of info….

Since Trump took office, government watchdog groups have been concerned about access to government data and maintaining the integrity of that data. Before Trump’s inauguration, Louis Clark, the executive director and CEO of the Government Accountability Project, an organization that protects whistleblowers, told FiveThirtyEight that he worried that the public information offices in various agencies could interfere with transparent sharing of information with the public.

The fact that the FBI Office of Public Affairs rather than the Advisory Policy Board determined which data tables to remove hearkens back to patterns of suppression from the George W. Bush administration. “They set up all these PR operations,” Clark said about the Bush administration’s tactics. “If a reporter called up and wanted to know about the Arctic, the scientists getting the question couldn’t answer and were required to send the reporter to the government PR person.”….

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Zinke: ‘I had absolutely nothing to do with’ Whitefish contract

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke forcefully denied that he had any involvement with Whitefish Energy Holdings’s utility repair contract in Puerto Rico and lambasted accusations to the contrary.

“I had absolutely nothing to do with Whitefish Energy receiving a contract in Puerto Rico. Any attempts by the dishonest media or political operatives to tie me to awarding or influencing any contract involving Whitefish are completely baseless,” Zinke said in the Friday afternoon statement.

“Only in elitist Washington, D.C., would being from a small town be considered a crime.”

Zinke has been ensnared in the ongoing controversy over how Whitefish landed a $300 million contract to repair Puerto Rico’s electric grid after Hurricane Maria. The company had two employees and little experience in utility work before Maria, but still got the no-bid contract.

Zinke and Whitefish CEO Andy Techmanski are both from Whitefish, Mont., a town of around 6,000. His office told The Washington Post earlier this week that the two know each other, but only because “everybody knows everybody.”

In addition, Zinke’s son briefly worked for Whitefish on a project during one summer….

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Betsy DeVos Reverses Obama-era Policy on Campus Sexual Assault Investigations

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday scrapped a key part of government policy on campus sexual assault, saying she was giving colleges more freedom to balance the rights of accused students with the need to crack down on serious misconduct.

The move, which involved rescinding two sets of guidelines several years old, was part of one of the fiercest battles in higher education today, over whether the Obama administration, in trying to get colleges to take sexual assault more seriously, had gone too far and created a system that treated the accused unfairly…..

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US Atty Gen. Sessions on Virginia car ramming a crowd….“Domestic terrorism in our statute,”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats listens during an event at the Justice Department Aug. 4, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Sessions.…The former Alabama US Senator , who has had trouble with civil rights groups the past,  has put FBI agents and Department of Justice investigators on the Virginia White Power violent incident case….

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that the “evil attack” in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend meets the legal definition of an act of domestic terrorism, an early declaration in an investigation after a car plowed into a crowd of protesters.

“It does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute,” Mr. Sessions said on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” referring to a fatal attack on Saturday when a vehicle drove into a crowd protesting white nationalists, killing one woman and injuring others. A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged by Virginia authorities with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at the scene of a crash that resulted in a death.

“You can be sure we will charge and advance the investigation toward the most serious charges that can be brought because this is unequivocally an unacceptable evil attack,” Mr. Sessions said, adding that terrorism and civil rights investigators were working on the case.

Mr. Sessions appeared on several morning news shows on Monday, condemning the violent demonstrations over the removal of a Confederate monument and defending President Trump’s response….

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller Update….

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He’s staffing up…..

Special counsel Robert Mueller is assembling a prosecution team with decades of experience going after everything from Watergate to the Mafia to Enron as he digs in for a lengthy probe into possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

His first appointments — tapping longtime law-firm partner James Quarles and Andrew Weissmann, the head of the Justice Department’s criminal fraud unit — were the opening moves in a politically red-hot criminal case that has upended the opening months of the Trump White House.

Mueller is expected to take an expansive view of his role. He inherited a spate of existing federal probes covering figures including the president’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner, and former campaign hands Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and Carter Page.

Mueller brings a wealth of national security experience from his time leading the FBI in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Veteran prosecutors say he has assembled a potent team whose members have backgrounds handling cases involving politicians, mobsters and others — and who know how to work potential witnesses if it helps them land bigger fish.

“The more familiar you are with the important, hard cases that have come before you, the better you are at assessing the one in front of you,” said Samuel Buell, a former federal prosecutor who worked with Weissmann on the Enron case in the early 2000s.

“In a matter of this importance — it’s going to have an almost unprecedented level of outside scrutiny for anything they do — it’s critical that Mueller would be prizing that kind of gray-beard energy,” Buell said.

Mueller and his new staff have spent their first weeks holding briefings on everything that’s been done over the past year by the FBI, Justice Department and the U.S. attorney’s office in Alexandria, Virginia, on the probes into the 2016 election — work that now falls under their umbrella…

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The Brit’s (And other countries) put the US on to the Trump people numerous Russian connections…

No surprise….

Trump people like Maniford , Flynn, Page and others DID GET SNOOPED ON IN THE US as they talked to Russians known to US, British, Canadian , Australian and other Western intelligence services….

This dog pointed out that Trump was partially right when cried about his being Tapped….

What one does NOT understand is the silence of President Obama?

Folks?

Every nation listens in to Every Other nations phones, faxes and wireless traffic….You may NOT know this but the intelligence world does….Trump’s p[eople where either ballsy or more likely just plain stupid….

Oh, yea?

On Trump?

The guy hasn’t been back to his NYC home since, eh?

Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, the Guardian has been told.

GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added.

Over the next six months, until summer 2016, a number of western agencies shared further information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians, sources said.

The European countries that passed on electronic intelligence – known as sigint – included Germany, Estonia and Poland. Australia, a member of the “Five Eyes” spying alliance that also includes the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand, also relayed material, one source said.

Another source suggested the Dutch and the French spy agency, the General Directorate for External Security or DGSE, were contributors.

It is understood that GCHQ was at no point carrying out a targeted operation against Trump or his team or proactively seeking information….

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If and When the FBI/CIA and NSA issue their report?

Depending on the detail?

There IS gonna be a LOT of explainiong to be done by Trump and his friends….

Remember…. Atty General Sessions says he’s out of the loop on this…

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Turns out the FBI WAS tapping someone in Trump Tower after all…

But the FBI was NOT tapping Trump….

They where listening to a Russian mobster operating IN Trump’s place….

The FBI had a court-sanctioned warrant for two years to monitor a Russian crime organization working out of a unit three floors below President Trump’s penthouse, according to an ABC News report.

Listening in on the Russians’ happenings resulted in north of 30 people being indicted in April 2013, with federal agents raiding the Trump Tower apartment. But the mastermind, Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov, got away and has since fled the United States justice system.

Later in 2013, ABC News notes, he was in the VIP section of Miss Universe Moscow not far from President Trump. The President had previously sold the rights to the Russian incarnation of the show to a billionaire developer based in the country.

Laptop with Trump Tower floor plans stolen from Secret Service
“He is a major player,” Mike Gaeta, lead agent on the FBI investigation, said of Tokhtakhunov in 2014. “He is prominent, he has extremely good connections in the business world as well as the criminal world, overseas, in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, other countries.”

Tokhtakhunov is accused of having run a major gambling ring — headquartered out of unit 63A of Trump Tower — that saw $50 million of illegal money come into the U.S., according to ABC News….

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The FBI and other US Goverment agencies have been probing for Russia /Trump connections…

Anyone surprised at this?

Common sense would be that Obama would want a ‘look/see’ launched …..

Donald Trump will be the President in less than two days….

Does the investigation get shut down?

Who does the investigators report to?

What happens if Trump or any of his family or staff ARE implicated if this story is TRUE?

The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said.

The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the director of national intelligence, the sources said.

Investigators are examining how money may have moved from the Kremlin to covertly help Trump win, the two sources said. One of the allegations involves whether a system for routinely paying thousands of Russian-American pensioners may have been used to pay some email hackers in the United States or to supply money to intermediaries who would then pay the hackers, the two sources said….

FBI Director Comey refused at a recent Senate hearing to comment on whether the bureau was investigating Russia’s hacking campaign for possible criminal prosecutions. Spokespeople for the FBI, the Justice Department and the national intelligence director declined to comment….

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Trump claims he knows what we don’t know that will clear the Russian’s…Red State…

….’The FBI and CIA both suggest that information they have points to Russian involvement in the DNC hacks, in order to use the information to help Trump get elected.

Trump has signaled his deep admiration for Russia’s ex-KGB president, Vladimir Putin, so is likely seen as a potential ally in forcing Russian interests in key areas, such as Syria and the Ukraine.

Trump, for his part, would like to see it all go away, and has suggested as much. His latest, on Saturday, is that he knows things others don’t know.

“I just want them to be sure, because it’s a pretty serious charge, and I want them to be sure,” Trump told pool reporters Saturday in Florida, where he is ringing in the new year.

“If you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong. And so I want them to be sure,” he continued.

“I think it’s unfair if they don’t know. And I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else.”

“I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation,” Trump responded when asked why he doubts intelligence reports of Russian hacking, according to a pool reporter.

That’s a curious statement from an incoming president. We know he has daily security briefings made available to him now, but where do those briefings come from, if not the very intelligence community he’s blowing off?

And if the knowledge he claims to have is not coming from the intelligence community, where is it coming from?

He now says we’ll know Tuesday or Wednesday what he knows.

I’ll just put this out there as a little morsel to ruminate on: A U.S. president-elect is asking us to doubt the media, doubt U.S. intelligence, doubt other elected officials, all while assuring us that he is the only trustworthy voice and he is the only one who can save the nation (he has said as much).

Nothing about that should make you feel comfortable’….

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Trump Advisor announces FBI case against Hillary Clinton is OVER….

Any dounbts that Donald Trump WILL have the final Judgement on things when he is President should be gone….

Trump mouthpiece kellyanne Conway has announved that the Trump Justice Department will NOT pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton in the matter of her emails….

This announcement backs up FBI Director James Comey’s  point of view on the case….

But it also points up several others things…..

Trump as a political novice has done something out of the ordinary….

He has in fact IN PUBLIC TOLD his in coming Justice Department what he wants them to do….Iregardless of the legal chain of command….

He has served notice that unlike the Obama admin?

HE will NOT have the FBI Director tell HIM what he will do…..

This IS gonna create a conflict for him in the future …..

In the big picture ?

This announcement will make a LOT of polticans happy on BOTH sides of the fence….

Hillary Clinton and the staff people she worked with can pay their lawyers and breath easy….

Republicans worried about a MASS rising up of public and media against a ‘retaliatory ‘ political move to ‘Put Hillary In JaiL’ movement won’t be the overriding story for the next year….

President-elect Donald Trump has decided that he won’t seek criminal investigations related to former rival Hillary Clinton’s private email server or her family foundation, his campaign manager said Tuesday.

Trump’s apparent decison, conveyed by campaign manager Kellyanne Conway in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,’’ is a change from his campaign rhetoric, in which he issued incendiary calls for a special prosecutor to reopen the FBI’s closed investigation of Clinton’s use of a private server while secretary of state and had also urged investigations of allegations of corruption at the Clinton Foundation. He nicknamed the Democratic nominee “Crooked Hillary” and encouraged chants of “Lock her up!” at his rallies.

Trump’s decision to pursue or not pursue a criminal investigation from the Oval Office would be an extraordinary break with political and legal protocol, which holds that the attorney general and FBI make decisions on whether to conduct investigations and file charges, free of pressure from the president.

Conway said Trump now sees things differently….

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This action joins others in pointing out how dumb a LOT of Trump supporters where in believing the guys BULL SHIT put out to get their vote….Trumpo has moved away from postions on Immigration, Abortion and other campaign promises already….

There will be more backtracking….

Will Trump’s announcement call of Rep. Chaffetz in the House?

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It’s close to Election Time….Crazy Shit comes out….

These are some The Hill’s piece’ s Headlines …FOR REAL.

Report: Indictment ‘likely’ in FBI’s Clinton Foundation probe

Hillary’s continuing trust problem proves ‘crooked’ label is sticking

Poll: Trump up 5 on Clinton among US voters in Israel

David Duke: Clinton ‘should be getting the electric chair’

McCaul: Clinton could be impeached if she wins

Pro-Trump ad hits Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s ‘Pakistani origin’

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The FBI and Cops are looking for a Suspect in the widening number of bomb’s found in the NY/NJ area….Breaking… Suspect is Caught…

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#BREAKING: Ahmad Rahami in custody after shooting police officer in Linden, NJ, source says http://4.nbcny.com/MXbt3W0

While NY City mayor Bill deBlasio was hesitant to use the word the ‘terrorism’ , and Foreign involvement when NY Police had responded to the first blast in the Chelsea section of Manhattan…..That does NOT seem to be the case….

Several other small devices have been found in New York City and close in New Jersey…

The FBI and the NY Joint Terrorist Task for Cops and Feds have announced that they are looking for one  naturalized citizen of Afghan descent, Ahmad Khan Rahami.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who said on Sunday that the attack did not appear to have a link to international terrorism, said new evidence might change that thinking.

“I would not be surprised if we did have a foreign connection to the act,” he said on CNN on Monday morning.

Mr. Rahami was born on Jan. 23, 1988, in Afghanistan. His last known address was in Elizabeth, N.J. He is described as about 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 200 pounds. Mr. Rahami has brown hair, brown eyes and brown facial hair.

A law enforcement official, who agreed to speak about the investigation only on the condition of anonymity, said they had evidence that Mr. Rahami was connected not just to the Manhattan explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood, but also to a bombing that took place earlier on Saturday on the Jersey Shore.

The city’s police commissioner, James O’Neill, directed the entire patrol force of the New York Police Department – 36,0000 officers – to step up their vigilance and be on the alert for Mr. Rahami.

Dozens of officers and federal agents were zeroing in on locations in New Jersey. At the same time, more than 1,000 officers from the city police force’s Critical Response Command and Emergency Service Unit were working to secure New York City landmarks, commuter hubs and other sensitive sites.

By midmorning on Monday, the police had handled dozens of calls for suspicious packages.

Hours before Mr. Rahami’s name was released, the police discovered five pipe bombs near a train station in Elizabeth, detonating one of them overnight as they sought to disarm them. Before dawn, agents conducted a series of raids in the New Jersey city…..

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Explosion in dumpster in Chelsea section of New York City injuries 29….

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….from the NY Daily News….

An explosion ripped through a Chelsea street Saturday night — injuring at least 29 people and sending horrified witnesses scattering, Fire Department sources said.

The blast blew out the ground floor windows of the Associated Blind Housing facility at 135 W. 23rd St. near Sixth Ave. at about 8:30 p.m., a witness and an FDNY spokesman said.

“Officials are on the scene of an explosion on West 23 St in Manhattan at least 26 people injured. An unknown device was inside a dumpster,” Sergeants Benevolent Association head Ed Mullins tweeted.

The NYPD was questioning a possible suspect picked up about eight blocks away from the blast, sources said.

A witness said he felt and heard the blast while entering the 23rd St. subway station with his family.

Ryan McMillen, a history professor at Mercy College, turned around and saw the back of an SUV “totally blown out.”…..

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UPDATE: At least 29 injured in Chelsea explosion. Police investigating a 2nd device found on 27th Street.

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FBI unlikely to charge Clinton on email use…

The email communication where used by members of the CIA , Defense, State Dept. and even the FBI’s parent agency the Justice Dept. . For time sensitive info sharing during holiday and weekend away from office time ‘s…..

Th info shared was widely available OUTSIDE the US at the time and was NOT labeled ‘secret ‘…..

The info sharing was wide spread at the time….

While the Media and Republican’s have been going back to the issue…

The Wall Street Journal is reporting the case is all but done….

The FBI will speak to Clinton during the summer and finish out the case….

One HAS to think that President Obama has been briefed in on this before endorsing Clinton for President…..

The still-secret emails are a key part of the FBI investigation that has long dogged Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, these officials said.

They were written within the often-narrow time frame in which State Department officials had to decide whether or not to object to drone strikes before the CIA pulled the trigger, the officials said.

Law-enforcement and intelligence officials said State Department deliberations about the covert CIA drone program should have been conducted over a more secure government computer system designed to handle classified information.

State Department officials told FBI investigators they communicated via the less-secure system on a few instances, according to congressional and law-enforcement officials. It happened when decisions about imminent strikes had to be relayed fast and the U.S. diplomats in Pakistan or Washington didn’t have ready access to a more-secure system, either because it was night or they were traveling…

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Apple regularly gives the Feds data from its iCloud servers…

…..iCloud servers ARE unsecured ….

And have been hacked in the past….

Apple received requests for access to 2,727 iCloud and iTunes accounts from law enforcement in 2015, according to its transparency report. The company disclosed data in 81 percent of cases.

In the San Bernardino case, Apple turned over all of the backup data stored on the iCloud account of Syed Farook, one of two suspected shooters. It was only because Farook stopped backing up his iPhone on Oct. 19, 2015 — six weeks before the San Bernardino attack — that the FBI sought Apple’s help in retrieving data from Farook’s device, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In response to the FBI’s request, Apple CEO Tim Cook insisted that the company keeps user data off-limits even to its own engineers: “We have even put that data out of our own reach, because we believe the contents of your iPhone are none of our business,” Cook wrote in a letter to customers.

But at least for now, Apple can still access data stored on iCloud. The company encourages its customers to use the cloud service, and in 2014, Apple was estimated to have 500 million iCloud accounts, according to tech consulting firm Asymco.

The iCloud service has long been a weak spot in Apple’s security apparatus. In 2014, hackers obtained nude photos of several celebrities after reportedly breaking into their iCloud accounts…..

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FBI and Oregon State police take militia leaders in…One dead…One injuried…

Finally there is some action on this…..

One person died and at least seven others were taken into custody Tuesday when authorities confronted an armed protest group responsible for a nearly month-long occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon, officials said.

Shots were fired, and self-styled protest leader Ammon Bundy was among a group of five people arrested on a state highway, officials said. One other person was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

The incident began at 4:25 p.m. on State Highway 395 when agents of the FBI and Oregon State Police “began a law enforcement action” to take into custody those associated with the armed occupation of the refuge, authorities said in a statement.

The person who died was not identified, and no information was given on the cause of death. Officials said that this suspect “was a subject of a federal probable cause arrest.”

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President Obama to try to circumvent Congress and States on Gun Violence…

With a ‘leaked’ rollout….

President Obama is taking action against ‘Gun Violence ‘

The President is trying to do something about guns in a country that has a gun culture …..

The President is requiring background checks for more people buying guns…And licensing for more people selling guns…

And…

Require guns lost to be reported  to the Fed’s….

Those things would be done by executive order….

The President is asking Congress to approve $500 Mil for mental health treatment and money for more FBI and ATF agents….

He is NOT taking away anyone’s guns…

On the whole his unilateral actions probably will be Ok….

The money from Congress…

Probably won’t make the cut….

But the President CAN say he done’s something…

One shouldn’t surprised if the President’s action is challenged in the courts and never actually is implemented….

Oh, the clock is now running on a CLIMB in gun sales….

One dilemma for the Obama administration would be that a legal fight could put the executive actions on hold as a court deliberates, potentially dragging out the process until Obama leaves office next January. The president’s executive actions to defer the deportations of millions of undocumented immigrants, announced in 2014, have been held up in a legal battle that could head to the Supreme Court this spring.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if they try,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said when asked whether gun rights advocates would mount a legal challenge, “but the arguments we could mobilize in a court of law would be powerful and persuasive.”

Obama’s plans already have resonated on the presidential campaign.

Every GOP presidential candidate who has spoken about Obama’s potential actions has vowed to reverse the executive order if elected president, underscoring the fragility of any initiative that has not won congressional approval…..

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The President has come out with this 10 months BEFORE Election Day 2016…More that enough time for the issue of Gun’s to take a back seat to Other issues….

The whole Gun issue will be ducked by Democrats in the South and the West, or tight races in red states….

Hillary Clinton backs the action….

But we’ll see if she bring this up next fall….

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Armed group takes control of a Federal building in Oregon….

The group is protesting  a father and son who have convicted of burning 130 acres os federal land to conceal their illegal poaching….

The two have support from the Bundy family, which has had past confrontations with federal authorities in the past…

They are occupying a federal building and the property around it and    are threatening to wage an armed fight against the government if authorities try to remove them from the land they are on and trying to send the father and son to prison to serve their sentences…..

This are American’s born and bread in the American West….

Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward urged the public to stay away from the area as authorities work to resolve the standoff, according to the Oregonian.

“A collective effort from multiple agencies is currently working on a solution,” Ward said in a statement reported by the paper. “For the time being please stay away from that area. More information will be provided as it becomes available. Please maintain a peaceful and united front and allow us to work through this situation.”

Beth Anne Steele, an FBI spokeswoman in Portland, told the AP that the bureau was aware of the situation at the wildlife refuge, but she declined further comment.

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesperson told CNN that the agency and the Bureau of Land Management are monitoring the armed protesters.

“While the situation is ongoing, the main concern is employee safety, and we can confirm that no federal staff were in the building at the time of the initial incident,” the spokesperson said. “We will continue to monitor the situation.”

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