Skip to comments.Oregon Standoff: Hey feds, This Is Real Domestic Terrorism This Day in 1974
Posted on 05/17/2018 3:54:49 AM PDT by Nextrush
"now we need all the gas you can round up from Parker Center, any geographical division and we need it down here Code 3 as fast as you can get it down. In addition to that we need all the ammo we've got in the safe. We're taking automatic fire front and back from this location they're much better armed than we are...."
LAPD officer on the radio May 17, 1974 during confrontation with SLA terrorists near 54th and Compton
During the Oregon Standoff protest in early 2016 we heard and saw phrases like "militants", "armed standoff", "militia" and so on.
And all that verbiage was aimed at people led by Ammon Bundy, who was armed.
The only violence during the protest came from law enforcement with the first shots fired by an FBI agent on January 26, 2016 aimed at a man driving a pickup truck (LaVoy Finicum) to a town hall meeting where the Constitution of the United States would be discussed.
The protest began because some ranchers in Harney County, Oregon (Dwight and Steven Hammond) were being sent back to a federal prison to serve mandatory five year "terrorism" sentences for lighting a backfire to protect their property from a brushfire.
The protestors were training people to use non-violent means to get the land in their area out of federal hands and back into the hands of local people.
And after others were arrested among the last four David Fry, a non violent man unloading any firearms and putting them in a car.
Some crazy peope came with guns. At one point Ammon Bundy asked some of them to leave. Others among the "crazies" were informants for the FBI who staged and postured as violence minded people trying to lead others into violence even firing off thousands of rounds of ammunition in one case.
Then there's the detention of those arrested in Oregon and Nevada with their trials staged in an atmosphere of fear.
Massive law enforcement presence around the accused in the courtrooms. In Nevada, heliccopeters overhead and a convoy moving at a high rate of speed. Detention indefinitely without trial. The notion that these people were like Al Qaeda terrorists.
In fact the hostility extended towards those who came to the courtrooms to observe and protested outside in support of those arrested.
Those people were harassed by the authorities and one marshal-homeland security officer in Portland said to the face of supporter Kelli Stewart that she was a "domestic terrorist".
But today we see the historical record of what really happened when some real terrorists were operating on the West Coast back in the 1970's.
The Symbionese Liberation Army were murderers, bank robbers, kidnappers and more. Their kidnapping of Patricia Hearst, the heiress to the media family's fortune, was a major news story at the time and much attention was paid to whether she was in the firefight depicted in this video clip of the 11 PM newscast from ABC in Los Angeles (KABC "Eyewitness News").
Their tactics remind me of the FBI's approach to LaVoy Finicum and the other Oregon Standoff protesters back in 2016.
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