If these actions by the Hammonds were such a “terroristic” crime, why would the government be willing to drop the charges if the Hammonds agreed to turn the ranch over to them?

Opinion by Trent Loos

High Plains Journal

There’s mining in Oregon but not for minerals

There are a tremendous number of people who are scratching their heads trying to figure why Dwight and Steven Hammond continue to sit in federal prison. I no longer wonder and neither will you when you are done reading this.

For the record, Dwight still has three years and Steven has two years left to serve. And if you remember, the original judge in the case, Michael Hogan, stated at their sentencing, “It would be cruel and unusual punishment for this crime to give them the mandatory minimum of five years!” Yet they continue to serve. Why?

I have now compiled enough information to write a complete and lengthy book about all the players involved in this scenario. There has been so much written about the history of this but I want to share with you the questions that have not been addressed and that are honestly just uncomfortable to even ask.

Many have already forgotten that in the very early stages of litigation of these criminal charges, the Hammonds were offered to have all charges dropped in exchange for paying a fine in what Dwight told me would be equivalent to 75 percent of the ranch’s value. This was long before any “terrorism” charges were ever discussed. Now why would the Hammonds agree to this particularly when the handbook of both the Bureau of Land Management and United States Forest Service grazing codes clearly state that federal land permit holders are exempt from liability for fires that occur on their allotment (18 U.S. Code 1855 Timber)?

If these actions by the Hammonds were such a “terroristic” crime, why would the government be willing to drop the charges if the Hammonds agreed to turn the ranch over to them?

The ties between government and mining get pretty entangled. The director of the BLM under the Obama administration was Neil Kornze. Kornze’s father, Larry, has a long history in minerals and currently serves on many boards. In 2012, the elder Kornze was appointed to the Mesa Exploration board for the purpose of uranium exploration.

In January 2017, it was announced that Greg Bretzing, the 22-year FBI veteran in charge of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation detail, had been hired as chief of security for Greenbrier Companies. Greenbrier manages the global transportation of uranium. The Malheur occupation was all about standing up for the Hammond family as they tried to save their ranch from being taken by the government.

Jeff Bezos is reportedly the current wealthiest American that just happens to own Amazon, the Washington Post, Whole Foods and the list doesn’t stop there. Bezos was a major contributor to the Hillary Clinton campaign. I feel it is worth noting that Washington Post was the first publication to print a story trying to falsify the notion that the Clinton Foundation was on the take from Uranium One leaders. Bezos himself has reportedly invested $19.5 million in uranium.

Enter Peter Thiel—the founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook. Thiel is quite unique to all others previously mentioned because he was major contributor to the Trump campaign and reportedly still has the ear of the president. In 2017, the Wall Street Journal ran a story about Jared Kushner not disclosing his business dealings with George Soros and Peter Thiel. In fact, Breakthrough Energy’s own website reports involvement with names like Gates, Bloomberg, Soros, Bezos, Thiel and Zuckerberg just to name a few. The Breakthrough Energy Coalition “is committed to building new technologies that change the way we live, eat, work, travel and make things so that we can stop the devastating impacts of climate change.”

In addition, Thiel owns and serves as the chairman of the board of Palantir, a company which is often referred to as a “data mining machine.” In cooperation with Facebook, Palantir does surveillance on people. In fact, Palantir data was submitted to the Portland Federal prosecutors in the trial against the Malheur occupiers.

Thiel continues to tout himself as an environmentalist even with his new found love for investing in carbon neutral nuclear production and the future of mining uranium. Take for example his new startup company called Helion Energy.

We now know that the FBI sent over 2,000 agents to Harney County, Oregon, because 12 people occupied a federal bird sanctuary. We also know that they were not actually worried about the firearms carried by those 12 because 90 percent of the firearms at Malheur were in the hands of the FBI agents. We also know they were there to protect information that would expose this entire corruption scandal that targeted the Hammond family.

This is where I would love to tell you that I know for a fact that the uranium under the Hammond Ranch property was the whole reason for this cover-up, but I can’t do that yet. However, I have looked at many geological surveys and studies dating back to the 1950s and I am seeing “yellowcake.” I can tell you that Harney County, Oregon, including the Steens Mountain and Malheur refuge, contain some of the best deposits of uranium in the world.

No family in the history of this country has experienced more success in standing up to the federal government for their property rights than the Hammond family right up until they were falsely charged under the 1996 Anti-Terrorism act. I am going to close with the assumption that President Trump has not yet given clemency to Dwight and Steven Hammond because of the misinformation he has received from insiders who are totally invested in mining the Oregon landscape. For the future of everyone’s property rights, we hope to change that.

Editor’s note: Trent Loos is a sixth generation United States farmer, host of the daily radio show, Loos Tales, and founder of Faces of Agriculture, a non-profit organization putting the human element back into the production of food. Get more information at www.LoosTales.com, or email Trent at trentloos@gmail.com.

High Plains Journal

Related News:

Oregon gubernatorial candidate reaches out to President Trump in behalf of Dwight and Steven Hammond

A Republican candidate for Governor of Oregon has written an open letter to President Trump in behalf of imprisoned ranchers, Dwignt and Steven Hammond of Harney County.

On April 30, retired Navy Captain Greg Wooldridge wrote the following:

Mr. President,

I am Capt. Greg Wooldridge US Navy (retired). During my active duty I led the Blue Angels three times. It is my intention to be the next Governor of the great State of Oregon.

I am writing to you ahead of the election to urge you to use your presidential pardon for Dwight and Steve Hammond of Harney County, Oregon. These Oregon cattlemen are victims of an egregious abuse of the 1996 Counter Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. It is my understanding that federal law has changed in this regard so this no longer applies to ranchers and farmers working the resources of Oregon. Given these developments your use of a presidential pardon is more than warranted.

I am writing you at this time in an effort to ward off an embarrassing situation as I intend to make this a top priority once in office. We want our boys back home with their families. I would love to be at Terminal Island in a presidential limo with Ryan Zinke to return these Cattlemen back to their proper place at home on their Oregon ranch. This will be a sign of my administration’s commitment to protecting Oregon constituents from federal over reach. Your support in a presidential pardon will go a long way in showing your recognition of this.

By all means don’t wait for my election to use your authority to right this egregious wrong.

Oregon will need a stronger working relationship with Mr. Zinke as our administration puts Oregonians back to work with more responsible local management of our lands and natural resources.

I would like to thank you for your appointment of Ryan Zinke to the head of the Department of Interior. This was a strong message of your intent to change federal land use laws. I look forward to working closely with your administration to improve conditions and expand opportunities for ranchers, farmer, loggers and miners while responsibly managing our natural resources in Oregon.

Thank you sir in advance for considering my request.
Very Respectfully,

Greg Wooldridge Captain Us Navy (ret)

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  1. Our government, globalists, and elitists are corrupt and seemingly above the rule of law. They are a cancer on this nation and it will not stop without the removal from this earth.

    1. Seems like this “cancer on the nation” is following the example of our president. Above the rule of law.

  2. In the opinion of Trent Loos the federal government and elitists are promoting uranium mining in eastern Oregon at the expense of the Hammonds ranching family. And that is bad. In southeast Utah the federal government (Trump and Zinke) is promoting uranium mining at the expense of Navajo families. And that is good. Makes me scratch my head and wonder.

  3. “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

    ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

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