Reatime Updates: Armed militia, patriots, takeover federal building, prepare for standoff with government

Provocateurs likely on scene, law enforcement and FBI monitoring situation in realtime

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Update 5:29 p.m. local time: Pete Santilli just reported on his livestream that he believes the National Guard has been activiated in response.

Update 1:43 p.m. local time: The FBI is flying in with a number of federal agents Sunday to “take control of the situation” and is set to team up with local agencies, reports KOIN6.

Additionally KOIN6 reports how politicians were placed under an unofficial gag order of sorts and were asked not to comment on the situation publicly.

Intellihub staff suspect agents will arrive on scene at the refuge during the wee hours of the morning Monday, fully armed and prepared for confrontation.

H/T: Marie Snow

Update 1:31 p.m. local time: CNN reports Hammond family is set to turn themselves in Monday to serve a mandatory 5-year prison term.

Update: A man by the name of Melvin Lee, who appears to be on scene, explains:


“Not to many of us agree with the way this got started, but it’s started. […] There’s a lot of misconceptions out there that there is guns everywhere and that there is federal agents everywhere, ya’ know, and everybody’s at a standoff. That’s not what’s going on right now. […] This is going to be a peaceful protest.”

Peaceful protest but we need the American People to stand united regardless if you agree with how this started or not. If we just set back and watch this will turn into a Waco or Ruby Ridge DO NOT ALLOW that to happen.

We need your voice and we need your help to make sure this doesn’t go wrong.

Posted by Melvin Lee on Sunday, January 3, 2016


Update 12:26 p.m. local time: Ryan Bundy addressed a few of the corporate controlled press and said his people are their to uphold the “supreme law of the land” and are prepared to stay there as long as it takes. Ryan Bundy also mentioned how the group has seized the wildlife refuge and said, “This is no longer going to be a refuge, it’s going to be turned over to the people of Harvey County.”

Update 12:03 p.m. local time: Militia have taken vantage positions in a massive government-owned watchtower overlooking the federal building commandeered by the unit. 

Via Pete Santilli/Livestream

Update 11:53 a.m. local time: Ryan Bundy calls for support.

“We are here to protect and support you. Come visit us.”

ryan bundy
Via Pete Santilli/Livestream

Update 11:35 a.m. local time: Ammon Bundy, son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, gives a status update from the federal building his group seized which Bundy says is owned by the people not the government. Pete Sanitilli was streaming the account live before the transmission abruptly cut out. Pete reestablished connection shortly after.

ammon bundy
Via Pete Santilli/Livestream

Update 10:52 a.m. local time: It has been reported that people on scene, including radio talk show host Pete Santilli, can not be reached via their cellular phones for the past several hours.

Burns, Ore. (INTELLIHUB) — At least 150 armed militia and patriots rallied around the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Saturday in support of two local farmers, Dwight L. Hammond Jr. and his son, Steven D. Hammond, who were previously convicted of arson and sentenced to prison for setting parts of their own property ablaze to ‘protect their livelihood’ which eventually spread onto federal land.

The group, which includes two of the famous Bundy Ranch brothers, says the issue now is that an out of control federal judge plans to charge the farmers with ‘terrorism’ under Public Law 104-132, the Anti Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, putting them back into prison for up to five-years, despite the fact that the farmers have already served their combined sentence of 12 months for the arson.

The group is threatening to occupy even more federal buildings and is drawing attention to their cause using the Twitter hashtag #OregonUnderAttack which is currently trending.

“In phone interviews from inside the occupied building Saturday night, Ammon Bundy and his brother, Ryan Bundy, said they are not looking to hurt anyone. But they would not rule out violence if police tried to remove them, they said,” reported.

Ryan Bundy also mentioned that many are willing to fight and are even prepared to die if necessary to prove their point.

“The best possible outcome is that the ranchers that have been kicked out of the area, then they will come back and reclaim their land, and the wildlife refuge will be shut down forever and the federal government will relinquish such control […] What we’re doing is not rebellious. What we’re doing is in accordance with the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land.”

Additionally it was reported:

Among those joining Bundy in the occupation are Ryan Payne,  U.S. Army veteran, and Blaine Cooper. Payne has claimed to have helped organize militia snipers to target federal agents in a standoff last year in Nevada. He told one news organization the federal agents would have been killed had they made the wrong move.

Law enforcement and the FBI are currently monitoring the intense and escalating situation and may already have inserted provocateurs on scene according to top media analysts.

It’s no big secret that the federal government is completely and totally out of control. However, this type of action and response may come with bad timing as the Obama Admin would like nothing more than to set precedence to standardize procedures regarding the government’s stance and response on ‘domestic terrorism’.

The Patriots say they plan to post up for years if they have to and have already publicly established a federal building as their “base” of operations.

Interestingly, the Hammond family is reportedly set to publicly turn themselves in on Monday and may not be in support or agreement with the militia’s or occupiers actions, which may possibly be an alternate psychological operation (PSYOP) in itself. If that becomes the case and the Hammond’s do indeed turn themselves in, will the then lone militants and patriots who gathered still stand for the cause they proclaim or will they disperse dumbfounded in defeat?

Here it is. Please know these men will speak to people civilly. Do not go up there guns blazing. Stay safe and smart.

Posted by Sarah Dee Spurlock on Saturday, January 2, 2016


We will be covering this hard and heavy as it develops. Please read for updates.

H/T: Marie Snow

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