According to Natural News, an impending showdown between Utah and the federal government may set a precedent affecting future disputes regarding state vs. federal land ownership.
In 2012, Governor Gary Herbert formally challenged the feds over the right to control 31.2 million acres of Utah land when he signed the “Transfer of Public Lands Act.” One of the provisions of the act demands that the federal government turn over the lands by December 31, 2014.
At this point, the feds haven’t responded, and it remains unclear exactly what will happen as the deadline approaches. The lands in question account for more than 64 percent of Utah’s total acreage.
The federal government controls more than half of the land in the West, and many states are beginning to challenge its continued right to do so.
Utah, however, has pushed the debate to a new level, and the case may end up before the Supreme Court.
Utah State Representative Ken Ivory, sponsor of the legislation, said:
Under increasing federal control, access is being restricted. The health of the land is diminishing horribly. And the productivity is depressed. This is the only way to get better access, better health and better productivity.
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The U.S. government has dispatched hundreds of heavily armed soldiers, snipers and helicopters to lay siege to a ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada, called the “Bundy Ranch,” where the Bundy family has been running cattle since the 1870s. In 1949, the federal Bureau of Land Management was created, and in the 1990s the BLM claimed (false) authority to start charging “grazing fees” for Bundy’s cattle. Today, the BLM claims that the Bundy family owes over $1 million to the government.
The BLM is engaged in the very same kind of brutality and threat of violence that the Chinese government used against its protesters in 1989. In fact, similarities between the two are numerous:
- The mainstream media now functions as a total government mouthpiece, broadcasting lies and propaganda such as the false claim that “a protester kicked one of the BLM’s security dogs.” (In fact, a BLM officer verbally commanded the dog to attack the protesters.) This is similar to the Chinese government directly controlling virtually the entire Chinese press.
- The massive show of unjustified force, such as positioning government snipers on hilltops around the Bundy ranch, with line-of-sight inside the Bundy home so that shots can be taken to kill the Bundy family.
- The deployment of absurd “overkill” hardware: Tanks in the case of China, and government helicopters in the case of the Bundy ranch in Nevada. It has also been reported by Pete Santilli and Adam Kokesh that the BLM has hired Blackwater-style operatives to don BLM badges and wade into the scene as soldiers for hire.
- The intimidation and silencing of local law enforcement. In the case of the Bundy ranch in Nevada, the local Sheriff of Clark County has the constitutional authority to arrest all BLM personnel for felony theft of cattle and trespassing. Yet he has been intimidated into silence, thereby abandoning his own constituents. In China, officials who were friendly to the protesters were demoted, purged or kidnapped and killed by the Chinese government.
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