This plan is to see that Justice is afforded to the Bundy family, others who came to the Bundy Ranch in 2014 to support them, and journalist Pete Santilli. Pete and the Bundys have been held without bail in maximum security federal custody since the day the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge came to an end with the violent killing of LaVoy Finicum and the arrest of the members of the Bundy family and their supporters.
516 days ago.
I have been watching what has been going on in the kangaroo court presided over by Judge Gloria Navarro, nominated to the bench by “Dirty Harry” Reid, and all I can see is a political appointee trying to cover the ass of her benefactor, a man who sold bits of Nevada off to foreign investors. Judge Navarro is lording over the courtroom like it is her own little fiefdom, treating defendants as serfs whose rights are solely dependent on her whims and mercy, even insisting that these non-violent men be brought before her in chains, despite a Ninth Circuit ruling that the practice should only be used in the most extreme cases.
I don’t see anything resembling Justice coming out of Nevada, and in 30 seconds I’m going to tell you what I intend to do, and what you can do to help.
First, I have to apologize for slacking off over the last two years just when Pete needed me the most. My wife’s death on August 5th, 2015 was devastating to my entire family, and going through the various stages of grief has taken a lot of effort and a lot of time; but we have all emerged stronger than ever.
As difficult as dealing with his mother’s death was on our youngest son, Adam, he soldiered on through his last two years of high school and received his diploma just days ago. I am extremely proud of Adam, as I am all of my children, for staying the course during the most traumatic event our family has ever experienced.
Now that most of my responsibilities as a parent and head of household have been significantly diminished, I hope and pray that I will be able to get back to work, speaking truth to power, and supporting the ideals that made the United States the greatest nation the world has ever seen. All I have ever asked for as the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Truth Is Viral is that those who have been elected to positions of power, those who make and enforce our laws, be held to answer to those same laws.
A codified body of laws is one of the pillars of freedom upon which our Republic rests, laws that protect the rights of everyone, laws that ensure that every American citizen is treated equally before the law. When those laws are undermined, twisted, and broken by the very people entrusted to enact and enforce them, men and women of good will must take extraordinary measure to hold them to account.
They all have ties to the community, do not present a risk to the public, and they are not flight risks, yet they are being treated as though they had committed mass murder after pledging their allegiance to ISIS.
In a country where we all grew up hearing the phrase, “innocent until proven guilty,” denying bail to people who want more than anything to clear their names in court is simply despotic, and that was only the beginning of their unconscionable persecution.
Judge Gloria Navarro has forbidden the defense to mention that BLM agent Daniel P. Love, the man who was in charge of the BLM response at the Bundy Ranch in 2014, has been suspended from the BLM pending further criminal charges. According to a report by the Office of the Inspector General, Love was found guilty of violating ethical rules and official misconduct after using his position to garner personal perks and threaten co-workers. Former Special Agent-in-Charge Love is currently under investigation for interfering in a congressional investigation.
It was under Love’s direction that the Bundy family was originally assaulted by federal agents, an attack captured on video by Pete Santilli. It was Love who ordered snipers into the hills around the Bundy Ranch at the very beginning of the operation, who ordered militarized BLM agents (who had no arrest authority) to threaten the Bundys and others with violence, eventually attacking them on a lonely stretch of highway with tazers and dogs.
It was Love who came up with the idea of a “First Amendment Area” miles away from where the abuses were taking place, and it was Love who ignored the lawful orders of the local sheriff and his superiors in the federal chain of command to “stand down,“ the day before the final push to free Bundy’s cattle became immortalized in the media and hearts of Patriots all over the nation.
Had Love followed his orders, there never would have been a “stand off” in the first place.
But according to Judge Navarro, Love doesn’t exist. The defendants are forbidden to mention the name of the one person most immediately responsible for the injustices that took place at the Bundy Ranch in 2014, as well as the cover-up and lies that followed all the way through the first trial in Nevada earlier this year.
Amid accusations of mistreatment and torture by the guards at the facility where they are being kept, Pete Santilli and the Bundys have been awaiting trial in federal custody for the past 17 months, a clear violation of their Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial.
The 6th Amendment states, “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”
Judge Navarro has violated that Constitutional amendment, among others, on several counts during the legal proceedings in Clark County, including denying the defendants a speedy trial, the concept of which was reaffirmed in 1974 with the appropriately named, “Speedy Trial Act,” which states, “Trial must commence within 70 days from the date the information or indictment was filed, or from the date the defendant appears before an officer of the court in which the charge is pending, whichever is later.” 18 U.S.C. § 3161(c)(1).
As of today, Peter T. Santilli and the Bundys have been in federal custody, with no opportunity to post bail, for 516 days. That is beyond obscene, and I can no longer remain silent.
The phrase that defines the United States Marine Corps for guys like me and Pete – Semper Fidelis – is not some cute little motto; not for us. For us, “Always Faithful” is a way of life.
As a United States Marine I swore to defend the Constitution from “all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and the way I see it, due to her blatant disregard for the Constitution and the rights of the accused in her court, I must conclude that Judge Gloria Navarro is an enemy of the People of the United States of America.
What can I do about that? My options are extremely limited, because I live by the laws of the United States, and the laws of Almighty God, which forbid me from using offensive violence. I have no money to speak of that I could use to bring attention to Navarro’s criminality, and I have no political power to use as leverage to influence someone empowered to disbar her from the bench that she has disgraced.
I only have three things to bring to this fight for justice: The truth, lips with which to voice it, and my life. The same Bible that tells me, “Thou shalt not murder,” also tells me that, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Pete Santilli is my friend, my Marine brother, and I love him and his producer and soulmate Deb Jordan with all of my heart. When my wife died and my youngest son and I were suffering tremendous grief, unsure how to get on with our lives, Pete and Deb took us into their home and did their best to help us through it. Pete had me co-host his show with him, and for a few days I was able to do normal stuff without having to be the strong one in charge of everything from nursing my wife to planning her funeral.
Pete Santilli, Bobby Powell, And Son Adam, At Pete's Home
The stress of those last few weeks was tremendous, and I really needed to let someone else drive for a while. My brother Pete took the wheel, and I was able to get some much needed psychological and emotional rest. For that, I owe him my life, and I will do everything I can to see to it that he is freed.
To that end, I have decided to seek justice for Pete and the Bundys by moving on two fronts at once to ensure that they receive the fair trial they deserve as American citizens. Having proven her callous bias and willingness to break the law in order to protect her benefactor Harry Reid, it is obvious to me that achieving this goal is impossible as long as Judge Gloria Navarro remains on the bench overseeing their trial.
So she must be removed.
As I stated earlier, I believe in the laws of the United States. I also believe that most of the men and women who have chosen the law as their profession are honorable people, and that they are just as disgusted at the corruption that has infected our judicial system.
Whether they work as law enforcement officers, or officers of the court, I intend to enlist them as allies in this fight for justice. I understand that they might be scared of retaliation at work, possibly even fearful for their own personal safety, but I am going to appeal to their sense of honor and justice to help me remove an unfit jurist from the bench.
If that doesn’t work, then I will appeal to their greed.
I have no money filling my pockets, but I do have equity in my house, and if anyone can provide me with evidence of criminal wrongdoing on the part of Judge Navarro I will take out a second mortgage and pay them $10,000.
The evidence could come in the form of an email proving collusion between her and Harry Reid, it might be a backroom deal involving official corruption on this or another case, it might be a breach of ethics that will get her disbarred or thrown into her own prison – I don’t care how it is obtained, or where it comes from, I only care that it is authentic.
Let me rephrase that statement for the sake of clarity: I will pay $10,000 to anyone who can provide me with evidence, admissible in a court of law, that leads to the disbarment or criminal conviction of Judge Gloria Navarro.
I realize that the wheels of justice turn slowly, too slowly for that course of action to benefit Pete or the Bundys before their trial begins, and that is the reason for the second front. A more drastic form of action is called for if the accused in this case are to receive justice.
I have thought long and hard about the various forms of non-violent protest available to me, and I have decided to look to Mahatma Ghandi for inspiration. Ghandi proved that the actions of one man can literally change the world, and if one were to look for a better example of successful non-violent protest, one might be disappointed.
Ghandi’s tactics showcased the brutality of British rule in India. It took several years, but through non-violent means he basically shamed the Crown into granting Indian independence. After the British protectorate was divided into two countries – India and Pakistan – religious violence broke out between Sikhs, Hindus, and Muslims, killing 500,000 and threatening the subcontinent with an all-out civil war. Again, by employing non-violent means, Ghandi shamed the factions into complying with his demands for peace.
I believe in the United States, a land founded on the ideal that “all men are created equal,” and I believe that everyone - regardless of sex, race, religious beliefs, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or social status – should be treated equally under the law.
Through her actions and rulings, I have watched Judge Navarro’s display a total disregard for the rule of law, violating the rights of Pete Santilli and the Bundys as if she were royalty dispensing her own personal brand of “justice” to her vassals; the Constitution be damned. I will no longer sit by silently while she makes a mockery out of our Article 3 courts to pursue her own agenda.And so, my friends, I have taken a page out of Ghandi’s playbook and have started to fast and pray for the Bundys, their supporters, my brother Pete Santilli, and Divine intervention. I will continue to fast until Judge Navarro either recuses herself or is removed from the Bundy case by a higher authority.
Many will ask why I have decided to take such a drastic step. In all honesty, if Pete wasn’t being held as a political prisoner I probably wouldn’t. See, I have never met the Bundys. I’ve never even spoken to them on the telephone or exchanged emails with them. I don’t know anything about the Bundy family except for what I have read and watched in the news. I’m doing this for Pete, my brother from another mother, and for Deb Jordan too, because they are my friends and I love them.
I’m not calling this a “hunger strike” for one very simple reason: I don’t intend to be hungry. When Jesus Christ fasted in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights, the Devil came to Him when He was at His weakest. Instead of commanding a rock to turn to bread as the Devil had tempted Him to do, Christ simply replied, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
For the foreseeable future, I will be nourished by prayer and the Word of God alone.
So that is what I’m going to do; but what can you do? Well, you can start by sending this video to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, your Senators, your Representative in Congress, your local newspapers and TV stations (especially Nevada outlets,) and President Donald Trump by every means available.Send it to their email addresses, post it on their Facebook walls, and Tweet it to them, until enough outrage has been generated that an investigation into the conduct of Judge Navarro is initiated and a truly impartial judge is seated to oversee the trial., or the charges are dropped altogether and the prisoners are freed – with the apologies of the government (and a big, fat check.)
You can help bring attention to the plight of these political prisoners by making this video go viral on social media. Don’t just put it on your own Facebook wall, put it in every group to which you belong and tag all your friends. Share it on Twitter, on Google+, on Pinterest, and all the forums you visit. If you click the share button, a window opens up that allows you to share to ten different social media platforms with the click of your mouse.
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