Whatever happened to Cliven Bundy?

Cliven Bundy

The standoff in Oregon has one name attached to it that may seem familiar to some. Bundy. No, not Al Bundy.  Cliven Bundy or in this case, his son Ammon.  Bundy is among the ring leaders in a standoff between the feds (Bureau of Land Management) and a bunch of right wing militias.

The situation echos the same tactics used in Nevada in 2014 when father Cliven Bundy refused to pay a million dollars in fees and fines due to a grazing dispute that went back 20 years.

In that case, a bunch of armed militia men decided to support Cliven in his war with the federal government.  The BLM had taken Bundy’s cattle as collateral for his non payment.  Several armed men  travelled for miles to the rancher’s Nevada home in an effort to stop the BLM from  taking more  cattle. The issue became a cause celebre for right wing talk radio and Fox news hosts.

What gave it even more attention were racist remarks Bundy made about blacks. Many comedians took Bundy to task for that one:

Eventually the feds backed away and the story faded from the headlines. So what ever happened in the case? Well, Bundy won, according to NPR:

As of today, the BLM tells us that Bundy still has not paid the more than $1 million in fees and fines he’s racked up and that his cattle continue to graze on federal lands.

NPR’s Kirk Siegler tells Morning Edition that the last time he visited Bundy’s ranch, he noticed that the BLM had “completely pulled off.”

Bundy told him that was a clear sign that his side had won.

“That’s what is concerning to a lot of retired federal land managers I’ve talked to who think the BLM’s reluctance to go after Bundy has bolstered this land takeover movement and even helped legitimize it, which might help explain the latest drama right now in Oregon,” Kirk reports.

It is interesting to note the family at the center of this case, the Hammonds, have peacefully surrendered to the Feds and want nothing to do with the stand off:

The Hammonds said they have not welcomed the Bundy’s help.
“Neither Ammon Bundy nor anyone within his group/organization speak for the Hammond Family,” the Hammonds’ lawyer W. Alan Schroeder wrote to Sheriff David Ward.

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