Obama seizes Bundy Ranch area in massive last minute land grab

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Designation of Gold Butte area could lead to another standoff with furious local land owners and patriots across country

(INTELLIHUB) — With a stroke of the pen President Obama has unilaterally declared vast swaths of land in Utah and Nevada as two new national monuments, thus putting them under control of the federal government.

Startlingly, the area in Nevada includes the site of the infamous Bundy Ranch standoff as well as land very close to the Bundy Ranch itself. With this move Obama has possibly triggered another armed standoff while also heading off any moves set to be made by incoming president Donald Trump.

A “fact sheet” put out by the White House reads:

Today, President Obama will designate two new national monuments, protecting sacred sites, spectacular scenery, and important natural and cultural resources in the desert landscapes of southeastern Utah and southern Nevada. The creation of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada follow years of robust public input from tribes, local elected officials, and diverse stakeholders, and draws from legislation introduced in Congress.

In addition to protecting more land and water than any Administration in history, President Obama has taken unprecedented steps to elevate the voices of Native peoples in the management of our natural resources.  Today’s actions build on this important work, and further demonstrate the President’s commitment to protecting sacred sites and our land, water and wildlife for future generations.

[…]

Gold Butte National Monument

Located in Clark County, Nevada just northeast of the outskirts of Las Vegas, the Gold Butte National Monument spans nearly 300,000 acres and will protect significant cultural resources, important geological formations, and vital plant and wildlife habitat. The monument will provide critical protections for important Native American historical sites, as well as areas that are currently used for traditional purposes by tribes. Notably, the area includes abundant rock art, archeological artifacts, and rare fossils, including recently discovered dinosaur tracks dating back hundreds of millions of years. In recent years these resources have faced increasing damage from threats such as deliberate destruction and vandalism, and today’s designation will help ensure that these cultural and archaeological treasures are better protected.

The monument will serve as an important connection between already protected lands, including Lake Mead Recreation Area and the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument across the Arizona border, protecting key wildlife corridors for large mammals such as desert bighorn sheep and mountain lions, and vital habitat for the threatened Mojave desert tortoise. Additionally, the monument will protect important historic resources. Structures that detail western ranching heritage can still be found in the Gold Butte area, as well as an early twentieth-century abandoned mining town and sites associated with Spanish explorers from the late eighteenth century.

Today’s action follows decades of local support from tribes, local stakeholders and conservationists, and draws from legislation that was first introduced in 2008.

Right now it is extremely difficult to confirm exactly how much of the land in and around the Bundy Ranch is now a national monument but a map put out by the Las Vegas Review seems to line up directly with the Bundy grazing allotment.

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“Obama just designated the Bundy Ranch a national monument”

Vocativ is reporting that multiple individuals involved with the original Bundy standoff have already made it clear that they plan to stand up to this latest federal tyranny.

“Members of the self-styled militias that swarmed to the aid of Cliven Bundy outside of Las Vegas in 2014 — and who later joined the rancher’s sons to seize a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon — said they were readying for another showdown. Obama’s move on Wednesday to protect 300,000 acres of federal land around Gold Butte, close to the Bundy ranch, comes as two dozen people await trials for their roles in the Nevada and Oregon standoffs, which emboldened right-wing militants across America and became a powerful symbol of anti-government sentiment,” read the report.

“Get your gear ready,” wrote Jon Ritzheimer, one of the men who used handguns and assault rifles to hole up in Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for 41 days last year. “Obama just designated the Bundy Ranch a national monument.”

“Others with ties to patriot groups and militia movements online responded with a bit more force. “Locked and loaded ready to go,” wrote Chris Border, a member of the Cliven Bundy’s Army! Facebook group, which boasts more than 2,000 members. “Tired of this crap and time to do something.”

One has to wonder what exactly are the reasons for this new land grab by President Obama in the last days of his presidency. It’s extremely hard to imagine that it is not at least partially connected to the Bundy’s and the standoffs in both Nevada and Oregon.

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More importantly, this area may actually include land that has documented precious metals throughout it as detailed in the video report below.

 

More information as to the exact implications of this massive land grab are sure to be released in the coming days and will be covered here extensively.

Note: An interesting discussion about the implications surrounding Obama’s new land grab was also recently released by patriots in the area, which can be viewed here.

Update: The Hill is now reporting that even if incoming President Donald Trump wanted to reverse this massive land grab he could face a “prolonged legal battle.”

We now know that this move by Obama was made to box Trump in.

Undoing Obama’s national monument designations — the latest protecting two massive areas in the American West — could prove a heavy lift as well, likely requiring a prolonged legal battle.

No president has ever reversed a predecessor’s actions to create a monument under the Antiquities Act.

The Obama administration and environmental groups argue it can’t legally be done, though some Republican lawmakers argue otherwise.

Make no mistake, this massive federal government power grab was done in the last days of Obama’s presidency with the hopes of it being impossible to overturn.

Alex Thomas is a reporter and editor for Intellihub News. He was a founding member of what later became Intellihub.com and an integral part of the team that destroyed the mainstream media blockade on Bilderberg in 2012. 

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  • swan007

    What Obozo can do with a pen, President Trump can undo with his Pen!

    Trump Already MAGA. and making Barry irrelevant.

  • db

    There would’t happen to be uranium in them thar hills, would there?

    • lloyd Lisco

      Yes, Along with those huge Gold Deposits.

  • angf117

    if this is true we will gather a Militia these govt assholes have never seen…they obviously didnt take a hint from the last land grab failure…

  • Wiggyii

    Unless I am grossly mistaken , any federal park, monument, or registered historical location has to be identified and legislated by Congress. Therefore this entire façade is nothing more than an unlawful unilateral, unauthorized action.
    President Trump can and should rescind this action as being unlawful, and if the United States Park service wishes to have this land designated, it has to be through Congressional legislation.
    Does anyone have any information that contradicts this? If so, please post it so we may be better informed.
    To further complicate this issue, through the admission of Nevada to the United States, and conferring statehood to Nevada, all non privately owned lands within the borders of Nevada was transferred to the ‘State’ of Nevada. So, in the final consideration, the State would have to relinquish their ownership back to the United States Government.
    And an even more restrictive directive in the U. S. Constitution, identifies the ONLY lands that the Federal Government may lay claim to. Article I, Section 8 contains this: “…To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings;–And…”.
    Only lands that are purchased from the state, by the consent of the Legislature of the state for express purposes.
    So, OBAMA has again acted WAAAYYY beyond his Authority.
    Unlawfully, and Unconstitutionally.
    Here is a link to the US Constitution provided by Cornell University Law School.

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articlei#section1

  • chantal

    Didn’t Congress say that the last 60 or so days of Obama’s presidency was just for looks and they could reverse anything?

  • This, thanks to Amendment 5.

    “[B]ecause they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law … they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind….”
    (Hosea 8:1,7)

    This could never happen under a biblical government established upon Yahweh’s moral law, including His property laws. This is just another of tens of thousands of consequences of the whirlwind today’s America is reaping thanks to the wind sown by the 18th-century founders:

    “…The Fifth Amendment concludes with the provisions that no one shall be “deprived of … property without due process of law” and “private property [shall not] be taken for public use without just compensation.” Because this provision allows the government to legally steal private citizens’ lands, these assurances are a cover for theft. Because of Amendment 5’s promise of “just” compensation, most people do not even think to ask whose “due process of law” is going to be employed and whether the government’s confiscation of private lands for public use is ethical or whether governments should own property at all…..

    ‘Moreover the prince shall not take of the people’s inheritance by oppression, to thrust them out of their possession … that my people be not scattered every man from his possession.’ (Ezekiel 46:18)….

    “The Fifth Amendment’s provision for property confiscation is applied in eminent domain, which is nothing more than a form of organized theft:

    ‘Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance….'(Deuteronomy 19:14)….

    “The creation of public lands is another method employed by the Constitutional Republic to move boundary markers. Identifying these lands as “public” is part of the ruse to conceal the theft. Except that the public is permitted limited access, they are not public at all. These lands, which are often stolen by legislation (such as the Wilderness Act of 1964, the Clean Air Act of 1970, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and the Clean Water Act of 1977) from private property owners, are owned by the government, not the public. Even public use is changing due to the government’s increasing restriction of access. The fact that the government can and does restrict access further proves its ownership. Moreover, the public is perpetually paying taxes toward upkeep and paying fees to gain admittance to National Parks and other lands that are supposedly already theirs….

    “Public lands are just the tip of the iceberg. All of America is owned by federal and state governments via their claim to property taxes and eminent domain:

    ‘…technically the state as sovereign … [has] ultimate title to the land, so too does it have ultimate title to the land on which rests churches and private houses.’25

    “Most people are unaware that eminent domain confers ownership of all land to the government. Although the government covers up its theft by paying what it considers just compensation for the land, it can seize any part or all of any citizen’s land at its discretion….”

    For more, see online Chapter 14 “Amendment 5: Constitutional vs. Biblical Judicial Protection” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/BlvcOnline/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt14.html.

    Then find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ConstitutionSurvey.html and receive a complimentary copy of a book that EXAMINES the Constitution by the Bible.

    • Ciprian Ionuț

      Abhorrent!

  • Crystal

    obama stealing land for future muslim occupation.

  • lloyd Lisco

    Another Government land theft.

  • FinMin Taylor Swift

    Nothing is impossible for Trump.

  • Dawn

    They are not doing this to protect it, they are doing this so they can give Harry Reid everything he wants…Including the Bundy ranch…Why does everybody think the Bundy’s are still In jail? This is why…They wanted a major land grab with nobody strong enough to protect this land…The Indians think this is great!!! It will be as great as the Dakota Pipeline is!!! Anybody who thinks this is a good thing is in for a big surprise…Obama does nothing good for our country…Hasn’t anybody figured that out yet??

    • Kim Chul Soo

      Correct.

  • Jimbeau

    I certainly hope Trump tries… put out an EO staying the move until it is worked out in court. It may be a hell of a fight, but the PEOPLE are behind Trump, whether the simpering govt turds are, or not.

    • Ciprian Ionuț Andrieș

      And in doing so it will create a precedent releasing the potential of many other disastrous actions.

      • Jimbeau

        Maybe… but what is going on right now is WRONG.
        Deal with the “… potential of many other disastrous actions.” as the need arrives. Congress spends most of it’s time jerking off pretending to look busy, anyway.