Article first appeared at http://thewashingtonstandard.com/bundy-case-attorney-takes-aim-ig-probe-finds-blm-agent-guilty-misconduct/.
I’ve been covering the Bundy Ranch now going on three years. As trials of political prisoners on trumped up charges by the central government loom, charges that have either been dismissed or they have been acquitted of in Oregon, the Bureau of Land Management agent in charge has now allegedly been found guilty of misconduct by the Inspector General; and a Bundy case attorney is going after him.
Guerilla Media Network reports:
On Wednesday Attorney Chris Rasmussen filed a Motion For Review of BLM Personnel Records after a scathing report released by the Office Of The Inspector General, said a Special Agent In Charge of the BLM was found to have committed Ethical Violations and Misconduct during an event in 2015 called “Burning Man” held in Black Rock Desert, Nevada.
The report contained points of interest for attorneys fighting an uphill battle in the Bundy Ranch case, especially the part about the Special Agent trying to intimidate and influence witnesses in his ethics investigation.
Daniel P. Love, who is believed to be the Special Agent in Charge the report is referring to, was also the Special Agent In Charge of the Bundy Ranch Cattle Impoundment of 2014. Complaint after complaint was filed against Dan Love before, during, and after the protest, but failed to catch the eye of the Inspector Generals Office. This time the complaints came from within the BLM staff itself and it looks as though the “Super-Agent” will finally be held accountable.
This revelation came as no surprise to the people who live in States in which the BLM has taken on the role of Law Enforcement under the direction of Special Agent Daniel P. Love. Locals say they can attest that misconduct is an almost daily routine for the agency.
Chris Rasmussen, the Attorney of record for Pete Santilli, the journalist being held without bond after being swept up in a series of arrest stemming from the 2014 protest, wasted no time in demanding the court release the unredacted document filed by the Inspector Generals Office on January 30th, because he believes Dan Love may be the agent that was investigated and the Governments star witness in their case against Cliven Bundy and co-defendants.
Mr. Rasmussen says that if Daniel P. Love is the agent being charged in the Inspector General’s report, his client and other co-defendants have a right to know and be allowed to impeach his testimony, if he takes the stand.
Just two weeks ago, I met with Santilli at the Souther Nevada Detention Center and we discussed some of Love’s misconduct, as well as the evidence that would exonerate every single person the central government is holding without bail. Santilli called out the misconduct after prosecutors in the case filed a motion to protect the BLM from any scrutiny during the trial. In essence, they were seeking to cover up the criminal actions and lawless conduct of armed BLM agents that surrounded Bundy Ranch.
According to Santilli’s co-host, Deb Jordan, though Love was abandoned by the FBI, the Clarke County Sheriff’s Department and the Las Vegas Metro Police, Daniel P. Love threatened reporter Pete Santilli, who sought to reason with Love, just as he did with the FBI in Oregon for a peaceful resolution to the matter. His attempts were in vain.
One protester believed lives to be in danger and commented, “There was never ever any talk of invading the 1 million dollar compound Daniel P. Love erected on the Gold Butte or forcefully taking back any cattle; it was always the plan to protest until the release occurred naturally, said one witness who has asked to remain anonymous. We went down into the wash under the assumption the BLM had left the area and that is where we were met by 200 armed agents who said they were ready to use lethal force. It was very frightening and confusing, we said a prayer and moved forward to face a BLM, we thought had left hours before. ”
Former Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore also stood at Bundy Ranch alongside fellow citizens of Nevada and Americans.
“You know what?” Fiore said. “I am just pissed off that this dirty SOB has been protected from being prosecuted for his outrageous behavior at Bundy Ranch – Scoring a few tickets and having sex with his girlfriend in a BLM trailer at “Burning Man” is the least of his offensives.”
“This man is the same guy who threatened to use lethal force against American Citizens and Elected Officials – myself included – during the protest at Bundy Ranch,” she added. “How the hell did he ever get by with that? And now it’s just disgusting that the Nevada BLM has the audacity to speak poorly of our elected, President Donald Trump while never saying one thing about this mad-man being permitted to threaten protestors without any repercussion?”
“This guy actually disobeyed the direct order of our State Attorney General and beat people up and arrested them when he had no authority to do so,” she continued. “In the wash that day the BLM made fun of our Metro Las Vegas Police and County Sheriff Tom Roberts instead of obeying a direct order to put away their Long Guns. I’m telling you all right now, Daniel P. Love disrespected the authority of our Nevada State Attorney General and Local Law Enforcement, and almost caused a terrible tragedy. There was no damn conspiracy – We all went down into that wash to set cattle free because the Sheriff said the “operation” had ceased and the BLM was leaving – We were almost killed by that raging lunatic; It’s just that simple.”
Fiore then offered a solution to the problem at hand. “At this point I think the right thing to do in this situation is, to let our men who have been wrongfully accused of threatening the BLM, out of jail and put Daniel P. Love, the real criminal, in jail for a very, very long time.”
She also mentioned the fact of Love’s misconduct in another area. “While they’re at it I think they should also look into the allegations of misconduct during the 2012 Winter Olympics when an on duty Dan Love was presumably observed by his men in a dark corner of a bar getting up close and personal with a woman he had had drinks with instead of providing security for the diplomats he was charged to protect.”
And she threw in his previous involvement in a story that I reported on in 2016. “Maybe they should take another look at the operation Dan Love conducted in Utah that lead to the suicide of three people including Dr. James Redd in Blanding, Utah.”
“I think it’s high-time somebody say enough is enough and tell us the truth; That Daniel P. Love was demoted – not promoted this year – because he can’t handle the overwhelming responsibility of picking up the trash on our Public Lands without threatening to kill someone, and has finally been relegated to a desk job where he can’t hurt people,” Fiore said.
If this was not enough, a retired BLM agent also spoke out against the BLM in January 2016.
In 2012, Steve Martin sat in a briefing room at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico, listening to the details of a clandestine operation his agency was planning in the Nevada desert. The goal seemed commendable — to round up rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle, which had been grazing illegally on public land for decades — but the means seemed off to the Arizona-based special agent for the federal Bureau of Land Management. It was full of optimistic bravado, he recalls, and it was missing a key ingredient: cooperation with the county sheriff. Says Martin: “I remember thinking, ‘Is this still the BLM?’
GMN also added regarding the comments of Ryan Bundy at his pre-trial hearing this past Tuesday,
During his pre-trial release hearing on Tuesday, Ryan Bundy revealed that at least 200 gunmen (BLM Agents and or Parks and Services) were involved in the April 12th protest, and that many of them could be heard laughing while choosing the protestors they wanted to kill, including horses and dogs.
Ryan Bundy also stated for the record, an agreement had been made between the Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau Of Land Management on April 11th, 2014 – that said the impoundment operation would cease immediately – a full day before the final protest on April 12th. Mr. Bundy quickly pointed out the flaw in the indictment by asking the question, “If there were no operation on the 12th, and if the cattle were already being released — how is that impeding?”
The BLM is out of control. They believe their authority supercedes the Constitution. However, they are an illegal agency, as the Constitution does not provide for them to uphold the laws of the Constitution. Rather, it is the citizen militia that is to do so.
I would encourage you to read what Lynette Warren says are the “OIG’s worst findings” concerning Love on the last two pages of the 15-page report. You can read that report by clicking here. Don’t forget to support Santilli in his defense, helping wives and children of political prisoners and getting the story out on what is really taking place in Nevada by clicking here.