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A Long Train of Abuses By Todd C. Engel


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A Long Train of Abuses       By Todd C. Engel #presidenttrump

On April 5, 2014, the Bureau of Land Management commenced an operation to impound rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle. In the run-up to the operation, no less than five separate threat assessments were conducted to ascertain the threat that the Bundy’s may pose to law enforcement officers during the roundup. Each and every one of the assessments conducted by the FBI, JTTF, BLM,, showed that the Bundy’s propensity for violence to be virtually nonexistent. With these findings, an appropriate course of action pertaining to a law enforcement presence should have been a few Las Vegas Metro PD officers on scene ensuring the safety of all involved. If that had been the case, the impoundment would likely have been completed without incident. Nevertheless, that would not be the case. The BLM brought in Special Agent in Charge (SAC), Daniel P. Love, who began to stage a small army at his incident command post in the week leading up to the scheduled impoundment. The list of men and material he brought in included:

At least 138 heavily armed agents with level IV body armor, Kevlar helmets and assault rifles.
Two FBI Swat Teams, one from Los Angeles, and one from Las Vegas with attached sniper teams and a F.L.I.R. equipped helicopter.
A U.S. Park Service Special Event Tactical Team (SETT) with an attached sniper team.
Multiple BLM sniper teams
A Mine Resistant Armor Protected (MRAP) vehicle
Drones and Airplanes
Multiple German Shepherd attack dogs
The BLM also set up two “First Amendment Areas” miles away from the impoundment operation for protesters to exercise their 1st Amendment rights. These areas were monitored by cameras and under cover agents who documented the license plates of people in the area. On April 6th, the second day of the gather, agents encountered civilians taking pictures of the gather from the side of the road. For over an hour, BLM agents harass these citizens and attempt to herd them into the “First Amendment Areas.” They threaten them with citations and arrest until they are informed by the United States Attorney’s Office that they have “no arrest authority.” After Just a few short hours later, Dave Bundy is parked on the side of the road filming the gather with his Ipad. A BLM sniper team is deployed on the hill behind him and aim rifles at his back. Agents then approach him, body slam him, grind his face into the gravel and haul him off to jail, all with “no arrest authority.” He is released the next morning with no charges. His Ipad is confiscated and when it is returned, three years later, all video had been erased. As the impoundment continued, BLM agents began to shoot the Bundy’s cattle from helicopters, leaving many valuable bulls dead. They also systematically shot cattle they had corralled at the ICP and bury them in a mass grave. Simultaneously, the BLM and their contractors began to destroy Cliven Bundy’s State of Nevada deeded ‘waters’ that have been in his family for over a hundred years and are protected by Nevada State Law. It’s understandable why they wanted no pictures taken.

Killing his cattle and destroying his waters are crimes under Nevada law.

On April 9th, a spontaneous protest occurs whereby citizens were curious as to why a dump truck and backhoe are involved in gathering cattle. As the protestors attempt to look into the back of the dump truck, an attack dog is released on Ammon Bundy and he is tased three times. His fifty-nine year old aunt is grabbed from behind and violently body slammed to the ground. In the dump truck, they find torched pieces of their water tanks, evidence of BLM criminal activity. When SAC Dan Love is asked by reporter Pete Santilli, if the government is killing cattle, Dan Love states, “we are not killing cattle!” Multiple videos and photographs show different. (All of the information listed above was not allowed to be presented at my trial) On April 12th, a tense protest occurs with armed and unarmed citizens in a wash a few miles from the Bundy residence. As unarmed protestors arrived in the wash, the BLM immediately aimed assault rifles at them and stated over the loudspeaker that they would use lethal force. This precipitated a response from armed protesters who moved down the freeway towards the wash to defend the people from the BLM. During this protest, multiple agents are recorded saying such things as: “This is another Waco,” “This is a shoot first ask questions later type situation,” and after the protest is over, an agent says, “ Not one shot fired. They’re all fucking mouth. We should have ran units in there, smashed em and killed em.” Almost two years after the impoundment, nineteen of us would be arrested and put on trial in three separate tiers. The first tier went to trial on February 6th, 2017, of which I would be included in. Just six weeks before trial, due to my court appointed attorney being incompetent and unprepared, and not wanting another postponement by replacing him, I chose to represent myself pro se. During trial the Judge, Gloria Navarro, in open bias against the defense would not allow me to say the words “U.S. Constitution”, “1st Amendment Right”, “2nd Amendment Right”, “Right to keep and bear arms”, and in a moment of total frustration I asked her if I could say “freedom of speech” in her courtroom. She looked at me and said, “No, you may not.” When the defense got the case and attempted to call our first witness, the prosecution stated that all of our witnesses were “unindicted co-conspirators” and threatened to arrest and indict them if they testified. As a result, only two took the stand in our defense. Just prior to trial, it was discovered that SAC Dan Love had participated in some nefarious activities of which he was under investigation for and was ultimately relieved of duty. In a blow to the government’s case, they removed him as their star witness. No worries though as we would call him to the stand. When the defense attempted to call him, the government fought it and the judge ruled in their favor. The Special Agent in Charge of the entire operation and that agent whose Grand Jury testimony resulted in our indictments, would never take the stand. With Dan Love in a protected status and me completely discouraged at the ongoing conspiracy between the prosecutors and the judge, I asked a witness a single question about Dan Love and was immediately stripped of my pro se status and the ability to defend myself. My standby counsel took over but was completely clueless, knew nothing of the discovery, and continued to take his daily catnaps and e-bay shopping during the trial. As the trial came to a close, we were not allowed jury instructions of “self-defense,” “defense of others,” or “justification” as the judge stated we were unable to prove the presence of BLM “intimidation,” “provocation,” “over aggressiveness,” or the presence of “snipers.” Our only defense would be, “we didn’t do it.” I was ultimately convicted of Count 12, “Obstruction of Justice” and Count 16, “Interstate Travel in Aid of Extortion.” Seven months later, during the third trial in which Cliven, Ryan, Ammon Bundy, and Ryan Payne were defendants, a bombshell memo was sent to the prosecution, the Department of Justice, and Congress. The memo was eighteen pages of outrageous conduct by the BLM, FBI, and USAO and was written by the government’s own lead investigator, Larry Wooten who investigated this incident for almost three years. Wooten stated that on February 17th, 2017, two weeks into my trial, A.U.S. A. Steven Myhre, the lead prosecutor, entered into a conspiracy with Wooten’s direct supervisor, Kent Kleman, to have Wooten removed from the investigation because they didn’t like his findings. All records of his investigation were confiscated from his office and he was told not to discuss the case with anyone. His investigation reports have never been found. This is a classic example of witness tampering and is a crime of “obstruction of justice” as Wooten was on the witness list for my trial. In the spring of 2018, Wooten wrote a second eighteen-page report memo that is so revealing of the governments’ corruption that the judge placed an exceptionally strict protective order on it and to date, it has not been released. In December of 2017, the judge declared a mistrial due to over three thousand pages of ‘Brady’ material (information likely beneficial to the defense) was finally turned over. The new ‘Brady’ material showed:

Five separate threat assessments that showed the Bundy’s were not a threat for violence.
The BLM’s threat assessment showed that (the BLM) were looking to “face-off” and provoke the Bundy’s into a confrontation.
An FBI Operations Order in which the FBI had deployed snipers.
An aerial photograph showing the positions of at least two sniper teams perched above Cliven’s home on the nights of the 5th and 6th, prior to the arrival of protestors or militia. It also showed that the snipers had ranged the distance to his house, carried intermediate range rifles, night vision, thermal imaging devices, and infrared spotlights.
A six man Quick Reaction Force two miles away on stand-by prepared to assault the Bundy residence on the nights of the 5th and 6th.
The presence of live feed cameras above Bundy’s residence feeding real time video back to the ICP and Dan Love.
Evidence that Dan Love, pre-operation, gave a pep talk to his agents telling them to go out there and “kick Cliven in the teeth.”
Evidence that Dan Love sent an email telling his agents how to become “warriors.”
Evidence that Dan Love carried a “kill book” wherein he bragged about being responsible for three suicides in Operation Cerberus Action in Blanding, Utah.
FBI Agent Joel Willis, according to the judge, “hid” exculpatory evidence in his agency vehicle. He stated that he “finally found a thumb drive”, after three years, “on the floor of his vehicle”. On January 8th, 2018, the judge dismissed the case “With Prejudice” against Cliven Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Ammon Bundy, and Ryan Payne due to “Flagrant Prosecutorial Misconduct, Due Process Violations, and multiple Brady Violations.” The government filed a motion asking Judge Navarro to reconsider her decision and on July, 3rd, 2018 she denied their motion and stated that the ‘Brady’ material withheld was at least relevant to Count 5, Count 12, and Count 16; two of the charges of which I was convicted. Shortly thereafter, the government dismissed all charges on the defendants that had not gone to trial yet. My luck for being in the first group! We filed a motion for a new trial due to the multiple ‘Brady’ violations revealing new evidence, a motion for a “Judgement of Acquittal” as the elements of the charges were never met, and a motion to depose Larry Wooten under oath in order to get his story on the record and add additional new evidence to the mountain that already existed. On the day of my sentence hearing, just minutes before going into the courtroom, Judge Navarro denied all three motions stating that the ‘Brady’ violations were not relevant to me and that the new evidence did not reach the threshold for a new trial and deposing Larry Wooten was “moot.” The government had stated, in the indictment, that there were NO government snipers at the Bundy Ranch and therefore Cliven’s assertion of snipers was “false, deceitful, and deceptive” and that his call to the militia for protection was an “unnecessary escalation of tensions.” At trial, I contentiously argued that snipers were present but was continually objected to by the government and sustained by the judge. We now know that as I argued at trial, the government had, in it’s possession, reams of evidence showing that from April 5th through April 12th, snipers were present and active at the Bundy Ranch.

On July 19th, 2018, I was sentenced to fourteen years in Federal Prison. But I was not sentenced for Interstate Travel in Aid of Extortion or Obstruction of Justice but was sentenced for actual Extortion, Assault on a Federal Officer, Threatening a Federal Officer, and Use and Carry of a Firearm during a Crime of Violence; all of the charges I faced at trial but was not convicted.

So why was it so important and why so much effort to remove Cliven Bundy from his land? It certainly was not delinquent grazing fees of $1.3 million, as a government attorney testified in the third trial that Mr. Bundy only owed $8800 in back fees. The answer is quite simple really and could have been found on the BLM’s own website before they removed it. During the impoundment, the website stated that the “Gold Butte Solar Project was not compatible with feral cattle.” There it was for the whole world to see and it had nothing to do with grazing fees. So who were the main players behind this massive land grab? Evidence shows that Senator Harry Reid’s son, Rory Reid, had formed a partnership and signed contracts with a Chinese solar company to install this solar project in Gold Butte. But they still needed Bundy and his cattle off the land. Harry Reid had a plan. He took one of his high level advisors, Neil Kornze, from his staff and had him moved over to the BLM. From 2009 to 2014, Kornze moved up the ranks until in April 2014 he became the Director of the BLM. To anchor this conspiracy and ensure he had the courts in his pocket, Harry Reid recommended to Barack Obama the appointment of none other than Gloria Navarro as Chief Justice for the District of Nevada. I tremble to think what the outcome of this rogue operation may have been had protestors, armed and unarmed, not heeded the call of this besieged rancher and converged on his ranch from across the country. Would Dan Love have killed this family and burned their house down around them as they assaulted them with snipers and armored vehicles? I thank the Lord that we will never know that answer. From inside a Birmingham, Alabama jail, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere.” From inside a prison in Pahrump, Nevada, I couldn’t agree more.

Posted by It Matters How You Stand on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Standing Matters: Bundy Ranch and Malheur Refuge Status Updates

Darryl Thorn – U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown sentenced defendant Darryl Thorn on Tuesday to a year and a half in federal prison for his role in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. By Conrad Wilson OPB Nov. 21, 2017 1:59 p.m.

Jake Ryan – now In Custody and sentenced to 1 yr and 1 day. The judge said because of the gibberish letters he read and also submitted to the court last night she had no choice but to give him a prison sentence and take him into custody immediately. this is the home of the Free because of the brave. Jake Ryan is the Brave. Kelli Stewart 24 January at 16:48 ·

Corey Lequieu – becomes first Oregon standoff defendant sent to prison in conspiracy case. U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown sent Lequieu to prison for 2 1/2 years followed by three years of supervised release. Lequieu, in custody in the Multnomah County Jail, also must pay restitution in an amount to be determined later. By Rebecca Woolington · The Oregonian / OregonLive Updated ; Posted

Jon Ritzheimer – Dec 3, 2017 – According to Stars & Stripes, Oathkeeper and provocateur, Jon Ritzheimer was sentenced in an Oregon federal courtroom last Thursday for his role in the occupation of the … The prosecutor asked for two years in prison, but the judge gave him a year and a day along with a year of supervised release.

Jon Ritzheimer sentenced: This ain’t Hell, but you can see it from here

U.S. District Judge Anna Brown has moved up Jon Ritzheimer’s date to surrender to prison from Feb. 15 to Jan. 12.

Men in Malheur refuge standoff violated their release conditions

PORTLAND — A judge is taking action against two men who took part in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge outside Burns after Facebook photos showed they violated their release conditions by visiting the Bundy ranch in Nevada without permission.

Duane Ehmer:

You can write to Duane at:
Duane Leo Ehmer
Inmate ID 79452-065
FCI Lompoc
Federal Correctional Institution
3600 Guard Road
Lompoc, CA 93436

For rules on mail, how to send money, and visitation type FCI Lompoc in your internet search bar.

Duane’s PayPal is:


MIKE EMERY ARRESTED AT 5:30 AM RAID AT GUNPOINT BY FBI.His house has been cleaned out! All his computers and documents taken, believed to be held in Deschutes County!!! by Warnings For Americans Future blog The Cowboy and the LadyMay 8, 2016 TLB Staff

Gregory Burleson –

Bundy supporter Burleson sentenced to 68 years in prison By Jenny Wilson Las Vegas Review-Journal July 26, 2017 – 11:36 am

Gerald “Jerry” DeLemus (de-LAY’-mus)… became the first person sentenced to prison for his ties to the confrontation. The Latest: Man Gets 8 Years in Nevada Ranch Standoff Case LAS VEGAS (AP) May 31, 2017, at 2:53 p.m.

Harney County, Oregon ranchers Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., 73, his son Steven Dwight Hammond, 46, and federal officials. In 2012, both Hammonds were charged with several counts in relation to two fires… (wiki) – Convicted under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, the Hammonds were subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years. But in 2012, US district judge Michael Hogan said that sentence was “grossly disproportionate to the severity of the offenses”. As a result, Dwight served a three-month sentence and Steven spent a year behind bars. , the Department of Justice appealed Hogan’s lighter sentencing, arguing it was illegal to ignore the mandatory minimum sentence. Last fall, the Hammonds were resentenced and forced to return to prison – this time for five years.


Eric Ej Parker – Feb. 8, 2018, Las Vegas

Scott Drexler – Feb. 8, 2018, Las Vegas

Jason Patrick – Feb. 18, 2015, 10am Portland

Brian Cavalier* – apx. April

Blaine Cooper –

Pete Santilli –

Todd Engel – Feb. 22, 2018

Ryan Payne – Feb. 27, 2018, 10am Portland

Thomas Lacovara-Stewart – served a year after being set up and is currently in a federal halfway house in Oregon. Vincent Easley II

All needed Info on Duane Ehmer, Jake Ryan, Jason Patrick, Darryl Thorn, and Ryan Payne all compiled by the amazing and wonderful Becky Wald


Contains commissary and mailing info for Darryl and Jason at the prison:

Just a friendly reminder…

Jason Patrick sentencing: 2/15/18 10:00 AM rm 14A
1000 SW Third Ave. Portland

You can write to:

Darryl Thorn #79566-065
FCI Sheridan
Federal Correction Institution
Satellite Camp
P.O. Box 6000
Sheridan, OR 97378

Jason Patrick 79454-065
FCI Sheridan
Federal Correction Institution
P.O. Box 5000
Sheridan, OR 97378

General information for SHERIDAN:

Visitation: Fri-Sun 8:30-3 To visit you must ask Jason/Darryl to send you a form to fill out and send back.


Select: “Quick collect”

Inmates register #:

Attn: Jason Patrick
City code: FBOP, DC

Attn: Darryl Thorn
City code: FBOP, DC

OR by phone: 1-800-634-3422 opt. 2

OR Any Western Union location and complete a “payment form”

Email will be available, still waiting for that info.
Information on Ryan Payne:

His sentencing is 2/27/18 at 10 AM rm. 14A
1000 SW Third Ave. Portland

You can write to him at:

Inmate Mail
Ryan Payne SWIS # 795073
11540 NE Inverness Dr.
Portland, OR 97220

To put money on his commissary: or
You can deposit money in the kiosk inside the jail.

Visitation is on Saturdays only from 9 AM-2 PM
You can write Ryan to have him put you on his visitors list or go into Inverness jail and fill out a pink slip asking him to put you on his list. He will need your name as it appears on your drivers license or ID and your date of birth. You can find more information on visitation at or call 503-988-5060.
Information on Jake Ryan:

You can write to him at:

Inmate Mail
Jake Ryan SWIS # 796534
11540 NE Inverness Dr.
Portland, OR 97220

To put money on his commissary: or
You can deposit money in the kiosk inside the jail.

Visitation is on Saturdays only from 9 AM-2 PM
You can write Jake to have him put you on his visitor’s list or go into Inverness jail and fill out a pink slip asking him to put you on his list. He will need your name as it appears on your driver’s license or ID and your date of birth. You can find more information on visitation at or call 503-988-5060.
Information for Duane Ehmer:

You can write to Duane at:
Duane Leo Ehmer
Inmate ID 79452-065
FCI Lompoc
Federal Correctional Institution
3600 Guard Road
Lompoc, CA 93436


Select: “Quick collect”
Attn: Duane Leo Ehmer


Sentenced and Incarcerated Now:

Darryl Thorn
Jake Ryan
Corey Lequieu
Jon Ritzheimer
Duane Ehmer
Michael Emry
Greg Burleson
Jerry Delemus
Dwight Hammond
Steve Hammond

Sentencing Dates:

Eric Parker 2/8
Scott Drexler 2/2
Jason Patrick 2/15 10:00 am
Brian Cavalier(approximately April)
Blaine Cooper
Pete Santilli
Todd Engel 2/2
Ryan Payne 2/27 10:00 am in Portland

Murdered by Oregon State Patrol:
Lavoy Finicum 1/26/16


Calendar Call
Mel Bundy 2/26
Dave Bundy 2/26
Joe Oshaugnessy 2/26
Jason Woods 2/26
Josh Martinez 5/?
Rick Koerber 6/4
Bill Keebler 4/? (Incarceration pending trial and sentencing)
Adam Kokesh
Karl Koenings

Partially released in strict housing:
Thomas Lacovara-Stewart

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Kelli Stewart is with John Lamb and 2 others.
25 January at 14:34 ·

I’m working on a schedule so we don’t miss important hearings or trial dates. Please comment below if I missed a political prisoner and also if you know the missing dates. Then we can type this out and update it as we go with new info and make sure to not miss any important upcoming dates. If I got something wrong or forgot a name please don’t take offense, just let me know. Ty

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