Tom's Take: "Historic! Feds Forced to Surrender to American Citizens" - YouTube

Here's what InfoWars said:

In an epic standoff that Infowars reporter David Knight described as being like "something out of a movie," supporters of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy advanced on a position held by BLM agents despite threats that they would be shot at, eventually forcing BLM feds to release 100 cattle that had been stolen from Bundy as part of a land grab dispute that threatened to escalate into a Waco-style confrontation.

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Right off the top, let me say that this will only send the federal government into planning overtime. They will analyze everything and analyze it again and again. They will approach it as a war now. They'll plan well ahead for cutting off transportation routes, just the way they cut off communications. They'll train and drill for how to combat the tactics that were used against them here. The next "rancher" or "farmer" will first be completely isolated (cutoff) and a total perimeter around him will be sealed by various means including drones (armed when it comes to that). I don't mean little drones but the full-blown ones that fire hellfire missile from beyond handgun and typical rifle range. They have many options and a blank check. They could gas everybody. They have sound and microwave and other technologies.

They already cut off communications in this incident. That was done just in case they opened fire on the protesters.

Look, the constitutionality of the federal lands is certainly debatable. It's been debated down through many, many decades. The Enclave Clause and the Property Clause have their "strict constructionists" and "originalists" versus "penumbra" and "living document" adherents.

I think it is strange, and always have, that 80% of Nevada is federal land. At the same time, I like national parks and don't want them privatized at all. I'm a conservationist and environmentalist too, but I see the federal government allowing clear cutting and strip mining where such should never have occurred. It's not as if the federal government has done a great job managing the lands that way too often it puts off limits to the public, who ultimately own the land because the government is of them: the People.

I've read the criticisms of Harry Reid about the Chinese solar company, but I've not been convinced that that planned deal is the reason for this federal action against Cliven Bundy. I'd have to see a great deal more detail on it before reaching that conclusion.

We need more and better investigative journalism on the subject, not reporters making up their minds before they really have all the facts and have really researched the issues by going to the sources.

I'm not saying don't speculate out loud. I'm saying to call things "alleged" rather than certain criminal evidence.

InfoWars doesn't know what Harry Reid is thinking or doing behind the scenes on every bit of business (governmental or otherwise) that he conducts.

Some of the information about him doesn't look good. He seems to have been more than a bit careless about conflicts of interest, but InfoWars should learn to approach people such as Reid to let him tell his side and then InfoWars let the whole picture tell the story.

If Reid were to decline to comment, decline an interview, that would be his problem.

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