BREAKING NEWS: THE TRUTH DENIED received a call from reporter Bob Powell just moments ago (5:50 PM PST) to let you all know that he will be streaming LIVE on You Tube at 7:00 PM (PST) one hour from now to explain the hearing today. (STAY TUNED FOR THE LIVE STREAM LINK) Bob let me know that reporter Pete Santilli’s case has been dismissed in Oregon, yet Pete is still in custody and no bail release is available. Pete Santilli will follow up with a hearing in Nevada, but we do not know the dates as of yet. Again, Pete’s case has been dismissed in Oregon. This is a win for our first amendment right, freedom of speech.
“Dismissed ‘Without Prejudice’ means the courts can refile the exact same charges again at anytime in the future. They dismissed the charges so that they can use him and all his video as evidence against all the others.” Reader Steven Kneussle
UPDATE: Recorded on 9-7-2016
@ 16:54 Blaine Cooper joins the conversation, opening up with “this is a travesty of justice.” He also went on to say that “I believe the FBI will be just like the NAZI’s in NAZI Germany…” “If the Federal government becomes more powerful and the more power you give them, then they just get into a mode where they just follow orders, they no longer care about the rights of the people or the constitution, they become more like star troopers And I hope that the American people will realize this one day and become smart enough and stop giving consent and giving this power to the government.”
@ 21:15 Santilli’s co-host Deb Jordan, stated ” I was surprised because when they started offering the plea deals, (to Blaine, Brian Payne, Jon Ritzheimer) ) at the same time they offered Pete the same exact deal ,you know, the global deal is 6 years… and he said no. He (Pete Santilli) said I would rather spend the next 20 years in prison working on an appeal then I would be to plead guilty to something I didn’t do.”
UPDATE: Bob Powell and a few others will be hosting the livestream on Google Plus at about 8:30 PM (PST).
UPDATE 8:54 PM Go to this link for the LIVE FEED : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsPmOjl-faQ (or click video below)
Update 9:00 PM Due to technical difficulties, the LIVE STREAM has been cancelled.
KOIN 6 reported on Tuesday that US Attorney Billy J. Williams said prosecutors decided not to pursue charges against Santilli because of “this Court’s pretrial evidentiary rulings excluding evidence against” him. In addition, the charges were dismissed without prejudice, which means it is as though the action had never been filed.
The other 7 defendants in the case, including Ammon and Ryan Bundy, are set to be in court on Wednesday for the beginning of jury selection.
OPB Staff reported just moments ago that ” The trial of Santilli and seven other refuge occupiers was set to begin Wednesday with jury selection in downtown Portland. The case will move forward without Santilli. Santilli is an internet radio host who broadcast live from the wildlife refuge during the occupation.
Santilli’s attorney, Thomas Coan, argued that his client’s presence as a journalist at the wildlife refuge was protected by the First Amendment. He said he’d been pushing for the government to dismiss the charges against Santilli.
Deb Jordan, Santilli’s partner and fellow journalist, said, “Pete didn’t have to make a deal. He didn’t have to turn against the people he stood for. He didn’t have to do any of those things. He stood on principal. And on the principal of the type of journalism that he does. And he stayed steadfast that he was not guilty,” said Jordan.
Santilli still faces several charges in Nevada for a 2014 standoff with the Bureau of Land Management, where he’s accused of conspiring to assault federal officers and brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. ”
Live Update from the Bundy trial hearing in Oregon 9-6-2016 reported by Robert Powell. Visit bob at THE TRUTH IS VIRAL.
This article will be updated as new information becomes available.
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“Santilli was “charged solely as a reporter of information and not as an accomplice to any criminal activity,” John Whitehead, the president of the Rutherford Institute, a conservative-leaning civil rights organization, said in a press release Tuesday. The group warned of a “chilling effect on reporters such as Santilli” and pointed to the treatment of journalists covering unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore. “The tactics employed in Ferguson, Baltimore and here against Santilli are inimical to a free press and will result in stifling freedoms protected by the First Amendment,” John W. Whitehead
Note from the Bundy Family Late 2015
“The abuses and corruptions affecting people like the Hammonds are symptoms of a more encompassing problem. Government employees (fulltime & elected) have changed their culture from one of service to, and respect for the people, to the roll of being a masters. On the subject of the land, it is evident that government employees are no longer assisting the people in claiming, using and defending property. Instead, they have become the people’s competitor to the benefits of the land, and are willing to use force on those who they erroneously compete against.The federal government adversely controls over 582,000,000 acres of the western lands, 51% of the entire western land mass. They also have recently begun claiming over 72% of western resources such as the sub-surface minerals, forestry and waters. This is in comparison to 4.29% federally controlled land in the east.The impact of the federal government controlling the land and resources inside the western states is hard to calculate. The negative impact on the people can be seen economically, politically, and socially. In order for any people to survive, let alone prosper, it takes the land and resources to do it. Everything we eat, the clothing we wear, the homes we live in, the cars we drive, and so on, come from the earth. All physical comfort and prosperity originates from the earth. Individuals composing the federal government, understanding the origination of wealth, are reserving these resources for themselves and are willing to use force to retain them. The ramifications of their action are slowly forcing the people of the west into poverty.Due to the fact that people cannot survive without land and resource, the federal government’s action in administering the lands for their own benefit will be the cause of publicdiscontent and unrest until it is corrected.The solution is very simple, the land and resources must be made available to its rightful owners, the people. This can be done peacefully if the states & counties would check and balance the federal government as designed. When this happens, the people will begin to prosper and much of the economical, political and social problem of the west will diminish. Prosperity, peace and tranquility will be the results.Thank you,Ammon BundyBundy Family”
FACTS in the timeline regarding the Hammond’s
- 2001, Steven Hammond (Son) made a routine call to the fire department, informing them that he was going to be conducting a prescribed burn on their ranch. Subsequently he started a prescribed fire on their private property and the fire went onto public land and burned 127 acres of grass. The fires were put out by the Hammond’s as well. There was no communication about the burn from the federal government to the Hammonds at that time. Prescribed fires are a common method that Native Americans and ranchers have used in the area to increase the health & productivity of the land for many centuries.
- 2006- Multiple fires inflamed the countryside due to a massive lightning storm. To prevent the fire from destroying their winter range and possibly their home, Steven Hammond started a backfire on their own private property. The backfire was successful in putting out the lightning fires that had covered thousands of acres within a short period of time. The backfire saved much of the range and vegetation needed to feed the cattle through the winter. Steven’s mother, Susan Hammond said: “The backfire worked perfectly, it put out the fire, saved the range and possibly our home”. All was good until the next day.
- Federal agents filed a police report at Harney County Sheriff’s office making accusations against Dwight and Steven Hammond for starting the backfire. A few days after the backfire a Range-Con from the Burns District BLM office asked Steven if he would meet him in town (Frenchglen) for coffee. Steven accepted. When leaving he was arrested by the Harney County Sheriff Dave Glerup and BLM Ranger Orr. Sheriff Glerup then ordered him to go to the ranch and bring back his father. Both Dwight and Steven were booked and on multiple Oregon State charges.
- The Harney County District Attorney reviewed the accusation, evidence and charges, and determined the accusations against Dwight & Steven Hammond did not warrant prosecution therefore they dropped all the charges.
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Very sad to hear this news.I remmeber playing Little League against Randy, and of course high school. I would also run into him though the years when I would be back home. Always a smile and fun to be around. My thoughts are with his family.