Update on Oregon: FBI’s Standoff with Terror Group Turns Deadly
For the entire month of January, a ragtag band of redneck terrorists that the Internet lovingly dubbed YallQaeda have been occupying the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. They’ve had a relatively smooth ride, thanks to a mix of white privilege and even more white privilege, but they have faced some small challenges. The group, led by Ammon Bundy, forgot that they needed supplies to occupy a building, and soon sent out a list of materials they needed for the most lux staycation a group of terrorists has ever had. Instead, Gawker gave them a small army of dildos, and they got a 55-gallon tub of lube from the founder of Cards Against Humanity. All while they were free to leave and enter the refuge as much as they wanted. Again, this armed group of white terrorists were given free reign to leave and enter the building they illegally took over as much as they wanted.
Luckily, that’s all changed in the past few days, as the FBI and state police began a crackdown on the terror cell. Eight people were arrested on Tuesday who had been linked to the takeover of the refuge. Of the eight, two terrorists were arrested in the nearby town of Burns, and one who left the occupation turned himself in back home in Arizona. The other five arrests happened when local officers and FBI officials stopped a car carrying protest leader Ammon Bundy and others near the refugee. The eight were charged with a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats, according to the FBI and Oregon State Police.
It was at this traffic stop on Tuesday that one of the occupiers, LaVoy Finicum, was shot and killed by police. The group had been ordered to surrender and all but two of them—Finicum and Ryan Bundy—complied. It isn’t clear who fired first, but the terror group remains firm in their statement that he had his hands up when he was shot and killed. Finicum was a father of 11 and a prominent rancher in Arizona before he left to go the occupation. Over the course of the month, he’d become an outspoken voice in the group, and recently said that he was willing to go to prison if he was faced with arrest. “It’s OK. I’ve lived a good life. God’s been gracious to me,” he said.
Despite the death of one of their members and the arrest of all the prominent leaders, the remaining terrorists have decided to stay in the compound. One of the new leaders, Jason Patrick, spoke to a journalist Wednesday morning and said that after a meeting of six people, the decision was made to continue the occupation. As the news spread that they wouldn’t leave, the FBI continued to strengthen their control over the situation, putting up checkpoints on roads heading to and from the refuge. It isn’t clear if there will be another standoff soon, but the FBI has warned journalists to back off because they can’t provide them any protection after yesterday’s shootout and death.
We can only hope that as the situation develops, the FBI will continue to treat this as a serious occupation by terrorists. It’s been 26 days since the group took over and, frankly, that is 26 too many. It’s time to end the recklessness and finally arrest the group.
Images via RT, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, and Keith Ridler.