Exposed: Corrupt Bureau of Land Management Tried to Railroad Cliven Bundy
By The Daily Bell Staff - January 03, 2018

The third trial of Cliven Bundy has ended in a mistrial. The prosecution failed to turn over documents that would have helped the defense.

Two earlier trials ended in hung juries. On January 8th, a judge will decide if the case will be dismissed “with prejudice,” meaning that it cannot be once again brought to trial.

This all started two years ago when Cliven Bundy asserted his rights to graze his cattle on federal land based on inherited water rights. For two decades he refused to pay fees to the Bureau of Land Management. This culminated in them seizing and killing some of his cattle before BLM and other federal agents were forced into a standoff with armed supporters protecting the ranch.

Now even the New York Times reports a shift in attitude among observers of the case:

The mistrial and allegations of government misconduct will likely energize ranchers and others in the West who have long argued against what they perceive as federal overreach. Ian Bartrum, a law professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who is closely following the trial, said recent events had drastically shifted the way legal observers saw the case.

“The narrative has changed,” he said. “It went from ‘bad Bundys, clear lawbreakers’ to ‘shady government and maybe they are persecuting these guys.’”

“There’s already a lot of people that distrust the government,” he added. “Maybe more mainstream people will start to mistrust what the government is doing.”

It is beginning to look like this is yet another case of government harassment. The prosecution is supposed to turn over all evidence that might help the defense, yet they failed to do so.

A memo from a BLM investigator became public on December 15th, exposing the vast misconduct.

The memo comes from Larry Wooten, who had been the lead case agent and investigator for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management after the tense confrontation outside the patriarch’s ranch near Bunkerville. Wooten also testified before a federal grand jury that returned indictments against the Bundys. He said he was removed from the investigation last February after he complained to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nevada.

Then last month he sent a whistleblower email to the U.S. Department of Justice, alleging a “widespread pattern of bad judgment, lack of discipline, incredible bias, unprofessionalism and misconduct, as well as likely policy, ethical and legal violations among senior and supervisory staff” at the Bureau of Land Management’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security.

Wooten wrote that supervisory agents with the bureau repeatedly mocked the defendants in an “amateurish carnival atmosphere” that resembled something out of middle school, displayed “clear prejudice” against the Bundys, their supporters and Mormons, and prominently displayed degrading altered booking photos of Cliven Bundy and other defendants in a federal office and in an office presentation.

The memo described “heavy handedness” by government officers as they prepared to impound Cliven Bundy’s cattle. He said some officers “bragged about roughing up Dave Bundy, grinding his face into the ground and Dave Bundy having little bits of gravel stuck in his face.” Dave Bundy, one of Cliven Bundy’s sons, was arrested April 6, 2014, while videotaping men he suspected were federal agents near his father’s ranch…

Wooten accused Dan Love, the former special agent-in-charge of the cattle roundup for the Bureau of Land Management, of intentionally ignoring direction from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and his superiors “in order to command the most intrusive, oppressive, large scale and militaristic trespass cattle impound possible.” He described Love as immune from discipline, though Love eventually was fired from the bureau for misconduct in an unrelated case.

Wooten said he learned from other agency supervisors that Love had a “Kill Book” as a “trophy,” in which he essentially bragged about “getting three individuals in Utah to commit suicide,” following a joint FBI-BLM investigation into the alleged trafficking of stolen artifacts.

After reporting the findings of his investigation, Wooten was taken off the case, and his files were confiscated. In the memo, Wooten asserts that he was removed from the case in order to prevent further embarrassment to the BLM for their severe misconduct.

Wooten also said that he tried and failed to resolve his numerous issues through the chain of command. Finally, he sent the memo to an associate deputy U.S. attorney general who took action.

The information revealed in the memo is disconcerting far beyond the scope of this particular case. It pulls back the veil on an agency which has no regard for the rule of law, or standard legal procedures. They attempted to turn the case into a kangaroo court to “hang” Bundy based on anger that their authority was challenged.

Yes, hopefully, the case gets dismissed for good. And hopefully, that emboldens other people to stand up for their rights against abusive government agencies.

But even more than that, let’s hope this wakes some people up to the standard operating procedure of the federal government. Their tactics are to bully and harass opposition into submission, regardless of right or wrong.

A good place to start would be deleting the entire BLM agency, which would save taxpayers $1.1 billion per year. The land they manage should be sold to states or private entities in order to start chipping away the $20 trillion of debt.

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  • Daniel

    Many claps and cheers for you DB!
    This is one of your best articles I have ever read.
    You gave me a good big-picture look of what this Cliven Bundy case is all about.

  • ThomasJK

    The inevitable, eventual outcome but probably not soon enough to save and sustain THE COUNTRY: R. I. P., Uncle Shyster.

  • LawrenceNeal

    Can we have a show of hands, Who believes the so-called ‘government’ acts in the best interests of the citizens?

    • no job

      I see no hands raised

  • Praetor

    Of course they did! Communist do not believe in individual property rights. Tyrants have been in the White House since 1963 or longer.!!!

  • Vicky Davis

    They wanted the Bundys land. It’s that simple – and the harassment and regulatory racketeering began in 1992. Bundy’s property is on the CANAMEX – transcontinental international corridor.

  • James Higginbotham

    THEY BOTH NEED ARRESTED they had a deal with the Chinese and the Bundys property had to be taken.

  • Ideas Time

    Where in the constitution is there any constitutional authority for the blm to even exist? We know there is none and to allow it to exist is treason against the constitution by the people who are engaged in the constructive fraud in dc.

    None of their alphabet agencies are permitted under the constitution and for the very good reasons we are witnessing in and at all of these deep state enabler agencies.

  • RIP LaVoy Finicum

    One Cowboys Stand for Freedom
    Defend the Constitution

  • Jim Johnson

    Anybody subjected to government intrusions like this will not hesitate to call it what it is: Terrorism. Nazi comes in as a close second.

  • The ironic tragedy in this is that this entire affair is thanks to the Constitution (Amendment 5 in particular) to which the Bundy’s and company are appealing:

    “…’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)

    “Governments tend to be more ingenious than the average citizen in the diverse ways they steal….

    “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)

    “Eminent domain – the Constitutional Republic’s alleged right to seize property for the “betterment” of the people – is one way the government moves boundary markers and steals from its citizens….

    “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….

    “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….

    “That government can and does exercise eminent domain anytime and anywhere it chooses proves it has stolen title to all the land in America. The only difference between King Ahab’s theft of Naboth’s vineyard in 1 Kings 21:1-16 and the Constitutional Republic’s theft under the guise of taxation and eminent domain is that today’s government is more sophisticated and all-inclusive in its methods….”

    For more, see Chapter 14 “Amendment 5: Constitutional vs. Biblical Judicial Protection” of free online book “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at

    Then find out how much you really know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey at and receive a complimentary copy of a book that examines the Constitution by the Bible.

    • Quisno Rodonovich

      Life Is a Gift from God.
      We hold from God the gift which includes all others. This gift is life — physical, intellectual, and moral life.

      But life cannot maintain itself alone. The Creator of life has entrusted us with the responsibility of preserving, developing, and perfecting it. In order that we may accomplish this, He has provided us with a collection of marvelous faculties. And He has put us in the midst of a variety of natural resources. By the application of our faculties to these natural resources we convert them into products, and use them. This process is necessary in order that life may run its appointed course.

      Life, faculties, production–in other words, individuality, liberty, property — this is man. And in spite of the cunning of artful political leaders, these three gifts from God precede all human legislation, and are superior to it.

      Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place. F.B.

      • Quisno, thanks for your input.

        Liberty was formally lost in America when the 18th-century
        Enlightenment founders made liberty a goal (almost a god) instead of a corollary of implementing Yahweh’s perfect law of liberty (Psalm 19:7-11, 119:44-45, James 2:12) as the supreme law of the land.

        “[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)

        Today’s America is reaping the inevitable ever-intensifying whirlwind resulting from the wind sown by the constitutional framers.

        For more, see online Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH” of “Bible Law vs, the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at

        • Richard Burns

          Liberty is now nothing more than being free to be a slave. Everything is monetised, commercialised and incorporated, including all men and women living in so-called Democracies. The Common Law and The Holy Bible are We, The People’s, only hope.

    • dauden

      Not sure why you rely on either…..the Constitution or Biblical law if you are saved by the gospel of Christ (I Cor 15:1-4). That puts you under grace which doesn’t mix with law. See Apostle Paul’s 13 epistles which contain the revelation of the mystery kept hidden since the world began. Rightly divide prophecy from the mystery (2 Tim 2:15) Authorized King James only, of course.

      • Salvation, justification, forgiveness, and all things comparable are provided us exclusively by God’s grace via the blood-atoning sacrifice and resurrection of Christ. Praise Yahweh! This fact, however, does not mean that Christ abolished His Father’s morality as reflected in His Ten Commandments and their respective statutes and judgments as society’s standard–God forbid!

        These are two different issues entirely. The first has to do with the remnant’s individual salvation, the second with whose ethics God intends for us to govern our lives. As to the latter, it’s quite clear where the Apostles Paul and John stood on the matter, as reflected in the following New Testament passages:

        “…truth [is] in the law.” (Romans 2:20)

        “…by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20)

        “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” (Romans 3:31)

        “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” (Romans 7:12)

        “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” (Romans 8:7)

        “Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.” (1 Corinthians 7:19)

        “But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully.” (1 Timothy 1:8)

        “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” (1 John 2:3)

        “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” (1 John 3:4)

        “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.” (1 John 5:2)

        “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (1 John 5:3)

        “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
        (Revelation 12:17)

        For more on how Yahweh’s immutable moral law applies and should be implemented today, see free online book “Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant” at

  • SnakePlissken

    Respek mah authoritah!


      also see my comment above with the links for more clarity

    • john cummins

      You’ve really hit on something there. These guys KNOW their jobs are simply a jobs program. ALL they do is waste time, money, and people. Because of their guilt, weaknesses, insecurities, and LACK of manhood they resort to bullying tactics particularly when militarized! Precisely the same for the militarized standing army (cops) harassing all.

      • no job

        again , look at Waco.

  • Quisno Rodonovich

    history has boiled to this point in time. We as a species are at a crossroads one path to obscurity the other to the Stars, Technology has been withheld from the children of the creators of this Republic be it born or immigrated. Today we the people have lost our voice in the development of our races. others whose clay seems to be of more worth keep the human species, for our politicians seem to think that man needs full time leadership in all phases in our lives. We labor under their rule. when will the people finally read and understand their power through their Declaration of Independence? When will we the people finally step out to gain our real POWER. freedom of cjoice freedom to discern, for freedom is the sum total of freedoms. To be free, under one’s own responsibility, to think and act, to speak and write, to work and trade, to teach and learn, that alone is to be free…… powerful men work to enslave our nature. When is it time for us the masses to dictate our own freedoms from God? Not men who wish to steal our goals, our challenges , and our very ability to build our lives as we see fit. Who gave these men and women power over Gods work? THINK!

    • I can tell you who gave them their power here in USA ? The fat, dumb, spoiled and lazy American people gave it to them freely in exchange for false security and to hang on to their laziness and materialism. Now they are just beginning to realize what they did and at least that is a good thing !

      Decades ago we all gave away our capacity to think and our common sense to the so called professionals with the initials behind their names like lawyers, doctors, and many others including judges. And they all have screwed us a bit more every year as time has gone by and taken more power along the way. Note most of congress are or were lawyers and in my view they are paid to tell lies and or distort many matters to their own benefit ! Now here we are in a bureaucratic nightmare of our own doing for a lack of paying attention.

      The good news is all of their crimes and overbearing dealings are being made clear now, so it is up to all of us to demand accountability and get on with some prosecutions and make the right corrections ! Never forget what happened and why and we will simply learn from our folly.

  • sawman

    Until the bureaucrats start doing jail time for their abuses of authority nothing will change. Until then it is Just-Us; stand up now!

    • see my comment above with the links for clarity !

    • john cummins

      Actually, no. Restitution by those authorities, yes. Why should our tax dollars go into prisons (which ought to be eliminated), or/er unless you are talking about jail for speedy trial and then sentencing… but no long term housing of these misfits…and if they’ve done treasonable stuff…execution…

      • sawman

        Let the punishment fit the crime. I have nothing against rope.

    • no job

      our only position

  • care4mn

    The Bundy case is just one of many examples of the Department of the Interior agencies running amuck. The Hage vs United States that helped kick off the sagebrush rebellion is another. The establishment of the Grand Staicase Escalante National Monument without consulting with Utah State government or local residents and destroying the economy of small communities in Southeastern Utah. No tourist dollars don’t make up the economic difference in County and local communities.

  • amongoose

    The land they manage should be sold to states?
    When tha H did they sell it to tha Feds? It was confiscated.
    Just give it back it belongs to them and their citizens anyway.

    • ratnn

      Learn the history you are WRONG!

      • amongoose

        Then enlighten me.
        How were these lands obtained by the federal government?

        • ratnn
          • amongoose

            You need to do some reading. In a conversation it is your responsibility to explain your position. Articles are for backing up your position, not to be substituted in lieu of one.
            It was essentially taken from them by force. They had no opportunity to negotiate nor did they receive just compensation. The state has no way to say no. Those lands have always been theirs and should be returned.

          • ratnn

            Are you illiterate? I owe you nothing. If you privatize the public lands people are so right, on the issue why can you after century of trying, never prevail in the courts? more reading if you can read.

          • amongoose

            I seem to be able to do something as an “illiterate” that you can’t, make a cogent point and back it up, try putting forth a supported argument rather than handing out a reading list.
            Federal lands are precisely defined in the Constitution.
            Article 1, (Section) 8, (Clause) 17 of the Constitution.”
            “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, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings…”
            Those federal lands mentioned in article 4 are just that – federal lands, not state lands, as in the federal lands defined in article 1.
            BLM land fits nowhere in that definition of federal lands.
            Article 4 simply states they may regulate those lands that belong to the federal government.
            Those lands will be returned to the states they were taken from, it has already happened in Utah, 1.9 million acres is now back under control of the state government.
            There is also a push to return those lands such as BLM to the respective states they were taken from.
            The states will be able to use them as well as the people of the state they belong to.

          • so you still think the courts are real as well, Hey ?

          • As if Bing and MSN are not part of the DSA ? get real, that is like using a progressive web site as a source of truth ? It does not exist.

        • no job

          obtained, is that like being bought with taxpayer dollars OR did the feds use their own money. They never use their own money.

          • ratnn

            You believe the Government is not the creation of the people? Granted a holes infiltrate for personal gain, but my take is the public land, and precous public resources going to states will make sure these lands go to private individuals and be withdrawn forever rom the average citizen, to be the domain of the priveleged wealthy.

          • Government at any given time is the creation A FEW PEOPLE.
            The whole thing began when the big boss in one town subjugated another in another town.

            Chain’s city & then the Tower of Babel had the first ones. Both fruits of defiance against God.

          • Col. Edward H. R. Green

            The “average citizen”, a floating abstraction that you worship, has no meaning; therefore it is an invalid concept.

            I take it you use that phrase to refer implicitly to yourself.

            Let that land be completely and unconditionally privatized, and “average” folk like you Rat, can compete with others to buy some of it with your own money, and manage it at your own expense and risk.

            And if you are going to commit the Fallacy of Ad Hominem against your favorite collective abstraction, “the priveleged wealthy”, learn how to spell “privilege” the correct way instead of the way that your public “school” “teacher” “taught” you.

          • ratnn

            You are anti Founders plan for Commons huh Cowboy! I will fight to have a commons against thieves such as you!

  • Lester Millheim

    The land that the federal government confiscated from the States should be returned to the states. No money changed hands when they TOOK the land. None should be given for the return of the land to the rightful owner!

    • ratnn

      The Feds did not take lands from the states the Feds aquired the land from Mexico before these were states!

      • Craig Dudley

        oh, you mean when american government created a false flag incident to give reason to invade mexico and steal a third of their country? wonder where we’ve seen that happen, eh?

        • ratnn

          exactly. that is why Mexico is coming here. But Cowboy land thieves like the Bundy’s have no interest except the leases they pay for to the owners which which are the people of the United States. These Federal lands generate income from th resources on them that lessen all taxpayers load, and give recreation hunting and fishing locations that are not exorbitant as the private lands!

          • thecraziesarerunningtheasylum

            Common sense is not something that grows in everyone’s garden! YOU apparentley have no idea what you are talking about so maybe you need to shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

          • ratnn

            Where is your dog in this fight or is it a cow?

          • no job

            you don’t get it

          • Col. Edward H. R. Green

            “… that are not exorbitant as the private lands!”

            Because they are subsidized at everyone’s forced expense via coercive taxation that funds the “management” of those government lands. Those lands exemplify the Tragedy of the Commons and must be completely and unconditionally privatized.

          • ratnn

            Dream on war boy

      • no job


  • There is much more to the Bundy scenarios and prosecutions as well as the Hammonds in Burns Oregon than the public is aware of by far ! PRAVDA/MSM covered it all up just as they have many important matters during the Obama years !

  • John Bentley

    A good start would be to cut the federal budget by 50% and proceed to reduce it further from there. The budget as it exists only enriches the fed bankers that produce the bogus finances that run it.

    • We have allowed an out of control bureaucracy to feed on us for far too long ! Truth is we are the master not them !

  • NobodysaysBOO

    not so fast how much money do the VICTIMS GET?????
    HOW MANY of the government CRIMINALS GO TO HANGINGS?

    • no job

      none same as always. lawyers are the winners as usual.

      • NobodysaysBOO

        oh ok like a reward offered and then declined ,for a criminal capture.

  • vanjonesdad

    In my book, Mr Wooten is hero for taking a stand in doing what he saw as the right and lawful thing after efforts at chain of command notices failed. Kudos, Mr. Wooten. And, do we need the BLM? Can’t states manage arious public land within their own boundaries?

  • no job

    just like Waco. But Waco was much worse. Criminal charges should be placed on the perpetrators.

  • Bill

    To really understand this case one needs to go back to when Bundy and his neighbors created a waterfowl preserve on their common marshy areas which was then taken over with the addition of many extra acres and “owned” by the US government. The government did this to have protected waterfowl preserve which the ranchers had already created. None of the ranchers were given any remuneration for this confiscation.

  • Col. Edward H. R. Green

    “The land they manage should be sold to states or private entities…”

    The lands–forest lands, state and national parks, and wilderness areas–should NOT be sold to state or local governments but converted to private property via unreserved public auction, with government employees and their family members prohibited from bidding. Then leave the owners unconditionally free to exploit their land, to develop it or not, extract its resources or not, as they see fit, entirely at their own risk and expense. Abolish eminent domain and real estate taxes so that they and everyone else in the country can enjoy unconditional allodial private property rights, which are true private property rights that government cannot usurp.

    • Resonant Frequency

      Could not agree with you more..he lost me right at that about fix that agency..or all the corruption so normalized in governments now.

    • PedroB

      I totally agree. What I do not want to see the corrupt private-public regime –
      aka The Establishment – which OWN this nation and US carve up the land for their own personal benefit either for enrichment or favor trading to acquire more power. I myself would LOVE to settle on a few hundred acres of pristine land. I’d develop 2-3% of it for my homestead and leave the rest under my benevolent supervision. And no people, I do NOT need a tax break to incentivize me to do that. Believe it or not but there are many of us that do love nature, can live harmoniously with it and harvest from the land as needed and protect it in return. I say kill off federal lands and let’s have one hell of an auction. Give a good chunk of it to the states to protect against Tragedy of the Commons and auction the rest of it off.