Utah woman speaks for armed militia in federal building takeover in Oregon

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Shawna Cox, of southern Utah, grabbed a microphone on Monday and read aloud a letter of grievances from a group now calling itself ‘Citizens for Constitutional Freedom.’

The group was part of a protest on Saturday to support Dwight and Steve Hammond, a pair of Oregon ranchers convicted of setting fires on federal lands and ordered to serve five years in federal prison. The militia left the protest and took over a cluster of U.S. Fish and Wildlife buildings on the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

"We the people of these states united, insist that you immediately assemble an independent evidential hearing board,” Cox said, reading aloud from a letter, demanding the case against the Hammonds be reviewed.

The Hammonds reported to federal prison in California on Monday.

"We require your thoughtful response within five days of the date of this notice,” Cox read aloud.

Cox went on to claim tens of thousands of people from all 50 states in the nation had signed the grievance letter online.

The ‘Citizens for Constitutional Freedom’ have indicated they are prepared to continue to occupy the buildings at the wildlife refuge until changes are made, not only in the Hammond case, but also in what they call a ‘land grab’ by the federal government forcing ranchers off of their property.

Click here to read a statement from the Department of Justice regarding the protest and occupation of the federal building.


  • Aelder

    The Federal Government are not abusing the rights of these people. These people need to get a life and be thankful that there is a Federal Government to protect the land that belong to the citizens of the US, not just the ranchers of the west who are in the minority.

  • Peopleforpeople

    Ammon Bundy himself has benefited from federal programs. Records show that in 2010 he borrowed $530,000 through the Small Business Administration for his company. I guess he could borrow anymore money so he staged a revolt against the government.

  • Jim Crows

    “””””””0bama the beast”””””””””””””””””Bush false prophet”””””””””””””””
    Rev 19:20

    And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

    1` month left and 7yrs tribulation will be up give or take a day or two.

    The worst has yet to come. Sorry but I don’t know the day or hour.

  • AG

    The Church use to be very pro-Constitution. Now they support Illegal immigration/amnesty. They condemn the men who are trying to reverse the lawless actions of a Federal Government out of control and deaf to any redress of grievances. Just to remind the LDS Church, there were scores of Mormons driven from their lands, their homes, their belongings and pushed into the snow in Illinois and all the way to a place no one else wanted but a few Indians. There have been many more conflicts over the land and civil rights in the west since that time, some of those in Utah. Now The CHURCH must distance itself from these men in Oregon because it doesn’t want to be perceived as radical. The LDS Church has become Trendy and Mainstream. Congratulations.

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