Calling All Oath Keepers to Stand Watch at Bundy Ranch

By Stewart Rhodes

Protester Eric Parker from central Idaho aims his weapon from a bridge next to the Bureau of Land Management's base camp.
Protester Eric Parker from central Idaho aims his weapon from a bridge next to the Bureau of Land Management's base camp. IMG:REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Las Vegas, NV – -( First, at the moment things are quiet here. 99% of the rumors on the internet are either blatantly false or wildly inaccurate.

No strong presence of federal agents has been seen. Remnants of BLM's recent sojourn here are still present, such as the lights they had put up at their “field-headquarters” and no doubt we are under surveillance of all kinds, but there is no overt, visible massing of federal law enforcement.

We are, however concerned that the domestic enemies of the Constitution that infest the federal government might try to take advantage of folks going home, and attempt to make a move on the Bundy family. We feel certain that they will want to try again at some point, perhaps in a different way, even perhaps by executing a dynamic entry raid to attempt to arrest the Bundys. And we have heard that this is being discussed, though I have not been able to directly confirm it. But it is a real risk.

Therefore, to prevent such a raid, or to at least throw a monkey wrench into any such plans and make it more difficult for them, we're doing the following:

1: We are calling on all Oath Keepers who can possibly get here to come to the Bundy Ranch to serve as volunteers on an ongoing, rotating watch.

That is not because there is any great emergency, but is a preventative measure – sort of like doing a rotation on the DMZ.

I am urging each and every Oath Keepers member who can, to get here and spend a bit of time to ensure that the Bundys are not alone. We need boots on the ground. We want you here, standing watch, which is appropriate for us Oath Keepers since our motto is “Not on Our Watch.”

We have six Oath Keepers here from New Hampshire (one of whom – Jerry DeLemus – is now the head of security for the ranch). We have one woman, Lori Storm, who drove down by herself from Nebraska, and one of our Board members from Nebraska, Steve Homan, is also here. We've got people here from Montana, Utah, Arizona, California, and Washington State. People are here from all over the country.

But people, however dedicated, will get burnt out and we need others to rotate in. We need you to step up and serve your turn on watch.

We are raising money to help with gasoline – just be sure to save all receipts for reimbursement.

(EA here: That may only be available on first-come first-served basis. Of the money we've raised thus far, we've given $12,000.00 dollars to the Bundy family, and we purchased a $1,000.00 generator, but we are now raising more money to help some folks traveling from afar.)

I will not ask you to do anything I am not willing to do myself. So, even though I have been away from my home and family since April 10 2014, I am still here, and I will remain here through April 19 2014, standing watch with the others. I was supposed to be speaking at a rally in Idaho on that day, but I canceled that because I need to be here to lead by example by also pulling a watch stint.

And I can think of no better place to be on April 19 than on ground where modern patriots followed the example of the Founders and stood firm in defense of liberty. Like their forefathers before them who stood at Lexington and Concord, they refused to bend the knee to tyranny, and they stood their ground. And that spot of ground may go down in history as the birthplace of the next American Revolution, where the tide was turned, and the people stood up.

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  • 24 thoughts on “Calling All Oath Keepers to Stand Watch at Bundy Ranch

    1. You need to consult with a attorney qualified in federal criminal law. I enjoy your site and am a GOP , NRA all the way kind of guy and I am concerned for you. You may miss your gunfight and just end up being cuffed in a supermarket a year from now. Please be careful.

    2. The only viable argument that I have read here is the issue of trying to make Bundy pay back taxes on the grazing fees, and taking his cattle to settle the fee issue. That is not right, Ill give you that. But too many of you are looking to make this an issue so you can use your high powered toys and start a blood bath. That is where you will ultimately loose. If Bundy does not own the land, ( he needs to prove that in court ) and is required to pay fees like everyone else.. he does NOT get a free ride on MY DIME! He is an ignorant farmer who does not think he has to answer to any laws. Go ahead, start your war, you also may want to write some wills while you are at it.

    3. @Frank: If you had read the article you would have noticed that the Oath Keepers are either active duty, retired or veterans of the military or law enforcement officer’s, no wannabe’s in this organization. I can’t speak for any others that may or not be there but the security and organization run at the ranch is under the control of the loyal Oath Keepers’ present. Thank you.

    4. The problem is with Harry Reid selling public lands to China. Personally Mr Bundy has my blessing to graze his cattle on my land, but that puke reid had better keep his filthy mitts off.

    5. First of all, I am tired of hearing ignorant slobs blaming the current administration for the law that Bundy is fighting.
      This was all due to Reagan’s Executive Order # 12548 in February, 1985.
      Grazing fees started in 1906.
      The BLM was designated as the agency responsible for administering these fees in 1936.
      Get a grip. This guy broke the law, plain and simple.
      Second, I wonder how many ‘stand and fight’ militia wannabes never had the balls to serve in the US military. I wonder how many of these idiots running around in military costumes actually left mommy’s house long enough to serve, and in a combat arms role at that? I would guess very few.
      You might think that some rednecks playing dress-up can hold off some BLM agents, but you would be useless against a seasoned infantry brigade. A bunch of fat hicks who have played thousands of hours of Call of Duty versus a bunch of 20 year old Paratroopers wouldn’t be much of a fight.

    6. Is the ROE open (holstered) carry or concealed carry? Are long arms open/ slung or encased/broken down? Any standardized calibers? Any standardized uniform/ accessories/LBE/LBV/Armor? What does NV law say on transporting weapons in motor vehicles? Camping gear/tents or how is that working? Binos/optics/scopes, etc? Regards

    7. The Bundy family’s right to graze on Gold Butte is tied to the Water Rights that the family have held since settling on this land in the late 1800’s.
      Now, like the Hage Family did, they need to show the provenance of those rights in a Federal Court – preferably for the Bundy’s the same court and judge that just eviscerated the BLM in a ruling for the Hage’s.

    8. Here’s a big thumbs up for all Oath Keepers involved and a bigger thank you!! The rest of us may be needed to help with this so it’s time to prepare!!

    9. God Bless the Bundy Ranch and it’s owners. God Bless America. The US Government can go fu*k Themselves. Especially Harry Reid the Domestic Terrorist!

    10. The militia did what was necessary to stop the Feds from killing Bundy’s livestock and taking over Bundy’s ranch. The militia has every right under the Constitution to defend Bundy against the Feds forcibly taking the land or his livestock.

      But here’s the catch. Only if the NV legislators and the Governor regard the Feds as intruding. The Bundy’s and the militia supporting them must get the Governor/legislators to rule on the land issue. If the NV State will not intervene and let the Feds control State public lands, they are saying they want something from the Feds or they have capitulated their sovereignty as an independent self governing State.

      They may feel their hands are tied due to the UN Agenda 21, that the Feds signed during G.W.Bush’s presidency, but that is “non-binding” but is being used by Obama to take land out of private ownership. What NV State needs to do is build support in adjacent States and other States in the Union against the Feds acquiring public lands and forcing Federal laws directly at individuals within State boarders, and using any other force but the States own forces. Basically take back their State Constitutional guarantees that the Feds have been taking.

      What the people/militia and Bundy need to do is take this to the NV legislators now that it is a “hot” issue they may get something done. They need the State to stand their ground. Public lands within a State must be controlled by the State. All laws enforced within a State must be State laws and be Constitutionally sound. Which is one of the only things a Federal law or mandate can do, force States to make and enforce constitutionally sound laws for their citizens.

      If the State will not protect and govern their own citizens, then we the citizens/militia have a problem. We must fight on two levels:
      One) To reorganize the State government to provide for the needs of the people and,
      Two) To fight the Feds from occupation of the State.

      This is why a State has a Constitution and a legislative body with a Governor. Also this is why the States must be given back the control of their Senators. To protect State rights. And hence the individual differences within that State over differences in another State.

      The militia has every right to be where they are and doing what they are doing. But they must get the State ether to back them up or turn against them completely. Once that is decided, other States can then lend support for the protection of the States sovereignty against the Feds or the States citizens who are fighting the State/Feds.

      It’s a domino effect. If the States stand against the Feds, the States can then control the Feds. If the people loose control of the States they loose control of the Feds. If the people take control of both and keep it, we don’t have a Republic but a Democracy and rule by “mob”. And one group of people say Metros, if they are larger 50%+1 person, can control the other 50%-1 person, say Rurals.

    11. Mac, Valid questions. A couple in response to think about:

      If you evict someone, do you shoot their pets, auction off their belongings and threaten them with over 200 armed enforcers?

      If you evict someone, don’t they have the right to keep the property that IS their’s? (The govt is saying Bundy had to get rid of between 400-900 head of cattle – so much of his herd that his ranch would no longer be viable.)

      For this situation, isn’t an armed and armored (including APCs and snipers) just a TAD overkill (using the term advisedly)?

      I think Bundy owes someone some fees for use of the land. I think he should pay. I do NOT think the Feds have ANY right on their side in the manner in which they’re handling the situation.

    12. @Tred Law, Ok, I don’t get the back taxes part and that would be a valid complaint if I were the rancher. I can see the Federal Government charging him only from the time they (the Federal Government)took over ownership of the land. Not back fees from before the Government owned the land. Did the state sell or give the land to the Federal Government? If the Federal Government owns the land now then what’s the big deal with paying them for current fees, (not the back fees). What’s the difference who he pays. After all if I sold my farm to someone and a neighbor was leasing a field. That neighbor would need to pay next years rent to the new owner? Did the BLM not take this rancher to court? It was reported they had a court order to evict this mans cattle. If so I feel they, (the BLM) tried to do things low key first. If I was leasing my farm and the guy didn’t pay the lease I would take him to court. After that the sheriff would evict him. Is this not the same thing that happened to this rancher? The only difference is the BLM has their own sheriff. Sounds like this man had his day in court. Just how much more does the BLM, Government or even a private landlord have to do before they can evict a person for failure to pay. Some folks are calling on people to show up out there armed for a stand off. I have to wonder if they miss action so bad that they are willing to kill over evicting some cattle from property the cattle owner doesn’t even own and owes rent on.

    13. @Jamie, Your statement is all I have ever seen reported on the situation. That’s why I ask my question as to what the ranchers side of the story was. I am just trying to understand what the REAL TRUTH is and what the injustice is. I can not imagine a man going to these lengths or others backing him with an armed response if the rancher is knowingly in the wrong. Can anyone explain why this rancher feels he should not pay grazing rights? Does he have a valid complaint of some sorts? Are other ranchers required to pay for grazing fees? Thank you.

    14. Jamie and Others need to read up on the facts. This rancher and his family has been grazing cattle on this land for over 100 years. When the land was managed by the state of NV grazing was free and still is on NV public land, then the BLM or Fed took over and wants back taxes for grazing fees. Bundy has said he will pay the state of NV but not the federal gov. The primary problem is the fed trying to resolve this with force and guns and not in the courts or with the state on NV.

    15. The Federal officers are trying to do their job of enforcing the law. Bundy has had his day in court more than once and lost. Grazing permits only last 10 years and he has not paid in 20 years so he does not have any legal right at this point to continue grazing his cattle for free on someone elses land. You are not doing any of us any service by defending this freeloading law breaker.

    16. I admit I know very little about this situation. Being a farmer in the east I am not familiar with the BLM or grazing rights on federal property. The media reports I have found seem to lack a lot of information on the ranchers side of the story. From what I can piece together from media reports this rancher is not paying grazing fees to the federal government for grazing his cattle on federal land. The BLM has a court order to evict his cattle from the land. Is that correct? If that is in fact correct and all the other ranchers are paying said fees for their grazing rights. Then I have an awful hard time understanding why anyone would support this rancher. After all its akin to renting land and not paying the rent. Any farmer renting a field can expect to be evicted if he doesn’t pay the owner rent. Can someone explain to me the ranchers position and the injustice that is being forced on him? Thank you?

    17. Getting the BLM to back down was winning a battle. Winning the “war” is another matter. They have time on their side. How long can our freedom fighters protect the Bundy Ranch? Six months? 1 year? Eventually, the guards will dwindle & the feds will win.

      We have to go on the offensive here. The way to win is to go after the oppressing agencies. The goal now should be to have the feds sell off all the land they hold & shut down agencies like the BLM, National Park Service, etc. It is only when they don’t have the means to oppress that our liberties will be safe. Expecting a powerful govt to restrain itself is a fantasy.

      One of the authors of Cato’s Letters, tracts on liberty well read in the colonies prior to the revolution, John Trenchard also wrote “An Argument Shewing, that a Standing Army is inconsistent with a Free Government, and absolutely destructive to the Constitution of the English Monarchy”. Law enforcement state, local, & federal are today’s standing army. They function domestically the way armies did in the past to control & oppress the people. If these forces exist we are slaves:

      “This subject is so self-evident, that I am almost ashamed to prove it: for if look through the world, we shall find in no country, liberty and an army stand
      together; so that to know whether a people are free or slaves, it is necessary only to ask, whether there is an army kept amongst them?”

      –John Trenchard,, “An Argument Shewing, that a Standing Army is inconsistent with a Free Government, and absolutely destructive to the Constitution of the English Monarchy”

    18. Not a troll, an American patriot with a cool head and sense of reason.This is not going to be a win if the militia just hunkers down in an indefensible position and waits to get slaughtered, which is what they’re currently doing. The best defense is a good offense, and having thrown their lot in with a lawbreaker, the militia’s options are limited. They need to actively and aggressively pursue a resolution to this action. Their haste and zeal led to this extended commitment to guard Bundy for an indeterminate amount of time, a duty that can’t go on forever. They have to find a way out before the BLM shows up and provides their own. Preferably one that puts the militia back on the side of right One man’s advice, they can take it or leave it as they like, it’s their lives.

    19. No they wont, they are not going to come back with guns. If they do, they will have a war with the American people on their hands and the Democrats will not only loose the Senate, the republicans will have a veto proof majority and Obama will be rendered totally powerless.

      Democrats are stupid but they are not THAT stupid. The Bundy ranch has bad PR written all over it for the Democrats.

      Nice try troll.

    20. In defending Bundy against excessive government force, they performed the constitutional role of militia perfectly. However, in stopping the BLM from their duty of carrying out a lawful court order, they became that which they are intended to oppose – those who would subvert the Constitution and the rule of law. Constitutional protections no longer apply (if they ever did). And now not only have they become vigilantes, they’ve tarnished the name of militia, put the Second Amendment at risk, and painted themselves into a corner. The only way to avoid a Waco-esque ending and control the damage done is to proactively facilitate either Bundy’s compliance with the court order, or mediate a negotiation to a peaceful resolution between Bundy and the BLM. Make it known that the militia’s objectives were to resolve the situation in opposition to the BLM’s excessive force methods. This keeps the government looking like the bad guys. This can’t wait, it has to be eone before those agents come back. They ARE coming back. And when they do, too much force won’t be excessive force anymore.

      It will be adequate force. Execute a workable exit strategy.

    21. If you are heading to Bundy’s Place, PLEASE take a few of the small video Drones, with you…. they need to have as MUCH aerial support as possible, when the BLM comes back, and that video will be VERY Likely the only video, on the Bundy’s side, when this all ends up in Federal Court. You NEED to document, every MOVE these BLM JackBoot Thugs do, so you can SHOW, they Exceeded their Authority, granted by the Federal Court in the Warrant, they are operating under. This will be a VERY Critical Point, in Court. Please, Please, Get you Aerial Assets in place, NOW… The FAA has NO Jurisdiction below 400Ft AGL, so their Airspace Closing , does NOT apply, to these assets. If BLM shoots down the Drones, they are committing a Federal Felony, and can be prosecuted for doing so… All this MUST be documented, Please, Please Get you act together NOW…. I beg you….

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