The US government's Bureau of Land Management appears to have overstepped the bounds of good governance and strayed into the realm of the tyrannical. According to Ian Bartrum, a law professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who has been closely following the Bundy trial:
“The narrative has changed,” he said. “It went from ‘bad Bundys, clear lawbreakers’ to ‘shady government and maybe they are persecuting these guys.’”
But, government wouldn't do that, would they? Well...
"It is beginning to look like this is yet another case of government harassment. The prosecution is supposed to turn over all evidence that might help the defense, yet they failed to do so". OK so bad lawyers, but tyrannical government? Well...
"A memo from a BLM investigator became public on December 15th, exposing the vast misconduct". Whoa. And it gets worse:
"Wooten accused Dan Love, the former special agent-in-charge of the cattle roundup for the Bureau of Land Management, of intentionally ignoring direction from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and his superiors “in order to command the most intrusive, oppressive, large scale and militaristic trespass cattle impound possible.” " The most "intrusive, oppressive, large scale and militaristic trespass cattle impound possible".
Yes, it would seem, government not only would do that but actually did do that. As to why, you make your own mind up on that one:http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/exposed-corrupt-bureau-of-land-management-tried-to-railroad-cliven-bundy/
There is one insightful passage that stands out though:
"The information revealed in the memo is disconcerting far beyond the scope of this particular case. It pulls back the veil on an agency which has no regard for the rule of law, or standard legal procedures. They attempted to turn the case into a kangaroo court to “hang” Bundy based on anger that their authority was challenged". Did the BLM pitch a fit because someone stood up and told them 'no'? Sure looks that way.