Just In: Obama Accused By Congressman Of Illegal Action At Bundy Ranch

After the federal Bureau of Land Management agents backed down from their intimidating stance at the Bundy Ranch last weekend, ample evidence has surfaced indicating the standoff between the government and the Nevada ranching family is far from over. Throughout the weeklong stalemate, members of the Bundy family were physically assaulted by armed officers, numerous cows were shot dead, and protesters faced threats of gunfire for merely expressing their outrage.

Immediately after what many considered a victory against a tyrannical federal agency, a number of leftist voices – most notably, Sen. Harry Reid – indicated the action against this family will continue.

In response, Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman sent a letter to Barack Obama, Department of the Interior Sec. Sally Jewell, and BLM Director Neil Kornze, laying out his position that any such action by the agency would violate the U.S. Constitution.

“Because of this standoff,” he wrote, “I have looked into BLM’s authority to conduct such paramilitary raids against American citizens, and it appears that BLM is acting in a lawless manner in Nevada.”

He cited the limited powers granted to the federal government, noting the bureau has no “right to assume preemptory police powers, that role being reserved to the States,” and explained “many federal laws require the federal government to seek assistance from local law enforcement whenever the use of force may become necessary.”

The letter included a section of the U.S. Code — 43 U.S.C. Section 1733, Subsection C — stating exactly that point. [Emphasis Stockman's]

“When the Secretary determines that assistance is necessary in enforcing Federal laws and regulations relating to the public lands or their resources he shall offer a contract to appropriate local officials having law enforcement authority within their respective jurisdictions with the view of achieving maximum feasible reliance upon local law enforcement officials in enforcing such laws and regulations.”

In the case of the Bundy Ranch, he continued, “the relevant local law enforcement officials appear to be the Sheriff of Clark County, Nevada, Douglas C. Gillespie.”

Gillespie, however, conspicuously took a back seat to BLM forces during the standoff.

“Indeed,” Stockman wrote, “the exact type of crisis that the federal government has provoked at the Bundy ranch is the very type of incident that Congress knew could be avoided by relying on local law enforcement officials.”

The stated purpose of the correspondence is for the Obama administration “to bring the BLM into compliance with 43 U.S.C. section 1733.”

Absent a full investigation into the agency’s actions, he concluded, “the federal government must not only stand down, but remove all federal personnel from anywhere near the Bundy ranch.”

Legislators and law enforcement personnel have stood alongside state militia members and the Bundy family in opposing the excessive force employed by the BLM. Stockman’s letter adds even more weight to the growing sentiment against the federal overreach.

The full letter from Congressman Stockman follows:

Photo Credit: Facebook/Congressman Steve Stockman

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  1. shutupnsing says:

    Operation American Spring, May 16 in Washington, DC! Be there or be a slave! http://shutupnsing.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/opera

    • asmeseesit says:

      Wish I could be there. It is sickening to see what is happening to our Country right before our very eyes and ears. Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Feinstein, Boxer, and countless libturds are at war with us, American citizens. They're not after the real enemies, they are attacking our Constitution, our values and principles, our common sense, our vision to make America great once more in spite of their treacherous acts. Picture this, it's like all of them have popped up out of their boxes having been wound up by the non-informed and illegal voters. Every kid used to have a toy like that. Time to push them back into their boxes never to be seen or heard from again!

  2. we the people,who are the real government,we called harry reids office today Friday 4/18/14 at 4.25 pm est,and we spoke to a man,and told him for harry reid to back off the bundy ranch agenda,as we the people,will no longer stand for a do nothing treasonous bunch of politicans,who no longer stand for we the people,and the constitituion,and we will be watching every politicans deeds,not his words as politicans can,t be trusted.and for reid to bring war and treason charges .against Obama as Obama has never been vetted,and he can,t be verified we have a manchuarian candididate in the wh.god bless American veterans/citizens.join us in Washington dc may 16,2014 for oas{operation American spring}

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      excellent work.I'm surprized the old fart had his phones turned on.Robert did you have to press 1 for English

  3. asmeseesit says:

    Thank you, Steve Stockman.

  4. Gidget713 says:

    Reid has the nerve to say the BUndy's are breaking the law. Well, Sen. your boss, the man in the White House has been breaking the law since he was elected in 2008. Obama is OK, to you but Bundy is not. Why not send these Military people to our southern borders and do this. Those people coming across are breaking the law also.

  5. Instead of accusing O of illegal action at the Bundy Ranch, just do something ———– stop talking and do it!! IT WAS ILLEGAL

  6. Edwardkoziol says:

    This Stockman seems like he knows what he is talking about but I wish he would have asked them if they were mexican cows would the BLM killed them or are they like all illegals they get what ever they want.

    • informed says:

      Not all illegals are MEXICAN Edward as you may not know the U.S is full of Latin American illegals, Latin America is not only The United Mexican republic but made out of several nations. Also Asian illegals are a huge population next time you want someone to take you serious don't be such an ignorant Citizen.

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