The federal criminal trial of Ammon Bundy, along with his father Cliven
, brother Ryan and co-defendant Ryan Payne, is underway. The jury was selected last week, and opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday, November 7, 2017. These defendants have been held in strict prison detention for almost two years, have been subjecte to harsh, cruel and physically abusive treatment, and are even now denied basic dignities such as regular showers, shaving, sleep accomodations and reasonable access to family, friends and their legal defense teams. Instead, they are being afforded minimum access to these things, subject to the same treatment as convicted felons, and denied the basic dignity required by their God endewed rights, the Constitution of the United States, and recent decisions of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In any event, the trial is underway - and a vigorous, intelligent, diligent legal defense is essential to the absurd federal conspiracy, gun and extortion charges in Nevada. Make no mistake, these men are on trial for effectively protesting government overreach and for daring to resist an abusive and corrupt BLM and Department of the Interrior agenda that has been persistently working to destroy the Bundy Family's 100+ year old ranch - a frankly, a significant portion of Western American culture, livelihood and way of life. Federal prosecutors are hoping to secure a conviction that will effectively keep Ammon and his politically active family members in prison for the rest of their lives.
The trial is expected to last as long as four months. As you can imagine the emotional, psychological and financial toll this circumstances brings to Ammon and his family - are enormous. The price required for all of us is also huge. The consequence of this trial - as acknowledged recently in several major media outlets - is an indicator for the future of our country. Are we free to petition for redress? Are we free to protest? Are we free to peacfully resist? Is the exercise of individual and militia right, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment, in the course of these activities, going to be ruled violent and unlawful by nature, even in the face of abusive, corrupt and overreaching federal force?
At its core, this case represents the clash of two diverging views of America, the value of our Constitution, and the place of free citizens!