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EXCLUSIVE: Patriot groups fighting to keep Oregon ranchers out of jail say calling forth 'militias' will be next move

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Patriotic groups and others fighting to keep two Oregon ranchers – a father and son – out of federal prison because they believe the sentences are unconstitutional, have said that they may be forced to call in militias if local and state officials don't respond to their "redress of grievance" complaint.

"I don't see this deescalating until [their] rights are restored," one person familiar with the situation and the redress of grievance told Natural News.

As Natural News reported exclusively, Dwight Hammond, 73, and his son Steven Hammond, 46, were convicted in 2012 under a federal anti-terrorism statute, of committing arson on federal land overseen by the Bureau of Land Management. Both were charged in connection with a 2001 fire, and Steven in connection with another fire in 2006. Though the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 calls for a minimum sentence of five years in prison, U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan – now retired – gave them lighter sentences because he did not believe they had exhibited malicious intent.

Federal prosecutors appealed Hogan's three-month sentence for Dwight Hammond, and one-year sentence for Steven Hammond – which both had served – because they were far short of the minimum. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed and ordered them re-sentenced in October, which they duly were.
 

Redress, then demand, then ...

In response, concerned groups filed their redress with Sheriff David Ward, Commissioner Dan Nichols, Commissioner Pete Runnels, Justice of the Peace Donna Thomas, District Attorney Tim Colahan, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Gov. Kate Brown.

"After extensive research on the Hammond case, We the People of these States United have reason to believe that Dwight and Steven Hammond were not afforded their rights to due process as protected by the United States Constitution," the document begins.

Should that prove futile, however – as many observers and those familiar with the Hammonds' case believe it will – supporters are prepared to up the ante in a bid to convince state officials to act. The officials were given five days to respond; as of this publication, none had done so.

Failing the redress, "we will do one more notice – a notice of demand – demanding that the Hammonds' rights be restored, and that will most likely be ignored as well," the source told Natural News.

"We will be calling people to assemble after that," the source continued.

When asked to further define what was meant by "assemble," the source said, "We're going to call militia groups, patriot groups, individuals from across the country to unite ... for the purpose of peacefully assembling – at first."

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http://www.naturalnews.com/052350_Hammond_Family_government_redress_militia.html#

From what I read before, they were trying to do a burn that would have stopped a larger fire. To me, the arson charges are ridiculous, they obviously were not trying to burn down federal lands. I guess we'll see if this turns bloody or not.  

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This land is our land, "your" land is our land, from California to the New York Island.......

Welcome to Agenda 21.

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I remember this case. They were not trying to burn stuff down. They were trying to help out. They really had no due process they got arrested and charged then almost straight to jail if I remember right. They didn't get a jury trial basically.  

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Well there are a bunch of new additions to the "No Fly" lists! I would say right now is Not the time to make big public statements! "Harmless as Lambs, WISE as Serpents", we should be NOW more than EVER!

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Ignore that... a moment of self preservation, when I should be wishing I were there to help. This case is ridiculous, completely trumped up and no legal standing to try these guys for the same "crime" Twice, right??@

Double jeopardy, right? :onfire:

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