How Not to Run a Rebellion

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SECOND UPDATE: 2/12/16. Advice: Don't harbor a future felon.

Melissa Cooper told OPB her husband was arrested in front of their two girls.

“It was traumatic for them,” Cooper said. “Then the FBI agents…these guys from Arizona, they let the air out of my tires so I was stuck. I don’t have money for new tires, and I’m trying to get them fixed right now.”

The FBI would not confirm the details of the arrest.

Read: 7 More Militants Charged In Connection With Malheur Occupation

UPDATE: 2/12/16. This entry of the hot new advice column: "How not to run a rebellion," offers wise counsel: If you are in a position to be charged with serious crimes including using a dangerous and deadly weapon to forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede, intimidate, and interfere with federal law enforcement officers; don't put an announcement on your website that says ...

From the Cliven Bundy official site:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
ALERT
WAKE UP AMERICA!
WAKE UP WE THE PEOPLE!
WAKE UP PATRIOTS!
WAKE UP MILITA!

IT'S TIME!!!!!

CLIVEN BUNDY IS HEADING TO THE HARNEY COUNTY RESOURCE CENTER IN BURNS OREGON.

Ummm ... dudes ... like ... the cops will know exactly where you going and where you will be ... and you will have been disarmed at the perfect time for the arrest.

Read Cliven Bundy's criminal complaint.

STANDOFF: "We're not going to leave unless ... Oh Crap!"

Thanks to Ammon Bundy and his cast, we have a nice list of suggested ways to screw up a protest, or anything like one...

Begin by demanding the release of two "Patriots" from jail. Throw in demands for return of federal lands to "the people."

NOTE: be sure to deprive thousdands of people of the land while you demand its "return" to people you want to have it.

End up with all 16 of your final protestors in jail, charged or otherwise stuck.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Newly released documents show the four remaining occupiers at an Oregon wildlife refuge, including a couple from Idaho, are facing charges.

An indictment unsealed Thursday names a total of 16 defendants, including standoff leader Ammon Bundy and other occupiers who were arrested last week.

A federal grand jury charged all with felony conspiracy, accused of using intimidation to prevent federal officers from doing their work at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The armed holdouts have said they wouldn't leave until receiving assurances they wouldn't be charged. (emphasis ours)

SOURCE: KTVB.com.

PHOTO Credit: Ammon Bundy in Creative Commons YouTube video posted by Blaine Cooper, January 23, 2016, three days before his arrest.

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But alas

They have been charged now, all four of 'em. Plenty of camping space in the driveway.

NEVER FAIL TO FORGET

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From Salon:

As I’ve noted before, the strategy of waiting them out has not only helped minimize bloodshed, but has likely prevented some future events like this. The more the occupiers talked, the more obvious it became that they were not fierce warriors ready to die for a noble cause, but a bunch of fantasists who, bitter because white Christian conservatives don’t get the social deference they believe they deserve, have turned to conspiracy theories and other right wing argle-bargle in order to justify their sense that not being catered to is the same thing as being oppressed.