Militias still blocking roads in Southern Nevada in dispute between millionaire rancher and Feds

05/07/14 Robert Lorei
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Claire Conner

Today Radioactivity talks with author, Claire Conner about the militias that are still active in southern Nevada. They had come first to protect a millionaire rancher from the Bureau of Land management. But it has morphed into a low-level standoff. The show puts the militias and the confrontation in Nevada in historical context.

A Nevada congressman is calling on Nevada officials to rid a town in his district of militia members who have rallied around rancher Cliven Bundy in his battle with federal land managers. Congressman Steven Horsford, in an address to the Clark County Democratic Convention in Las Vegas on Saturday, said he's making the request after hearing more complaints from constituents about the presence of Bundy supporters near Bunkerville, 75 miles northeast of Las Vegas. In encampments around the Bundy ranch, self-described militia members from around the country continue to camp with handguns on their hips and heavier weaponry within reach in a show of support for Bundy.

Bundy, a states' rights advocate who refuses to acknowledge the authority of the federal government, owes more than $1 million in fees and penalties for letting his cattle use government land over the past 20 years. Last month, the Bureau of Land Management stopped trying to round up his cattle after a showdown with hundreds of Bundy supporters, some of them armed.

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Claire Conner's parents were leaders in the Birch Society for the rest of their lives. Claire grew up in the movement- but broke with it- beginning with the Civil Rights Movement, which the Birch Society strongly opposed. She’s the author of the book Wrapped In The Flag. Claire will be speaking at the Greater Pinellas Democratic Club on May 8 at 6:00 pm. For reservations or more information, call 360-3971.

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