US Attorney’s Office Implicated in Bunkerville Standoff?
Dan Love Testimony Suggests the DOJ may have
Released the Cattle to Entrap the Bundys and their Supporters
Fired BLM agent Daniel Love took to the witness stand today in the Bunkerville Standoff Trial. Love testified via SKYPE from Salt Lake City, with multiple attorneys in the room to protect his interests. Love was dressed for success wearing spectacles and a vest, a tie and a suit jacket.
Love’s attorneys have been fighting the subpoenas for their client claiming he has developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the Bunkerville Standoff event in April 2014.
Love was the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the cattle impoundment event named “Operation Gold Butte’. Love testified that he had over 200 personnel, including civilian contractors, under his command. This did not include other agencies such as local law enforcement and more than 20 FBI agents.
The focus of the evidentiary hearing was to determine the facts surrounding the destruction of evidence, specifically shredding documents before the Federal agents left the area.
Love testified that he knew absolutely nothing about the destroying of any evidence. He did admit to telling his subordinates to take everything with them “that was not nailed down.”
The defense attorneys hammered him pretty hard when it came to questions about his two laptop computers. It has been previously reported that Love stated to colleagues that both laptops would be lost if he ever got in trouble.
Love finally dropped a little tidbit during testimony about a personal notebook that he had for this ‘Operation’. He claimed that it disappeared before he left the area. Love tells us that he kept notes on his superiors from Washington DC usurping his authority during the protest.
“I was documenting that others were making decisions even though I was designated the incident commander,” Love said.
Love continued to complain about the decisions being made overruling his authority. “We had a very robust communications plan that the government deviated from,” he said.
Love was very forthcoming on this information, yet he was surprisingly unaware of nearly everything else that happened during the cattle impoundment.
Love was on the stand for an entire day, and visibly drank at least three Diet Cokes as he testified. He came across as articulate but arrogant, and quite bitter over his recent firing from his high status in the BLM.
One thing that Love was very clear on was that the US Attorneys office was deeply involved in this operation. Acting US Attorney Myhre attempted to stop this line of questioning, stating that it would cross the line of “confidentiality”.
When attorneys Bret Whipple (who represents Cliven Bundy) and Dan Hill (who represents Ammon Bundy) questioned Love regarding Love’s phone calls with the U.S. Attorneys Office during the standoff, prosecutor Steven Myhre sternly objected. Whipple asked if (then-U. S. Attorney) Daniel Bogden had instructed Love to release the cattle. Myhre objected, claiming the U.S. Attorney had no authority to issue such an instruction. However, Daniel Love stated that the order to surrender and release the cows was given immediately after he spoke to Bogden.
This revelation raises the question of whether the Justice Department deliberately entrapped the Bundys, and made a showing of releasing the cattle solely to set up the Bundys to be prosecuted. Was Love directed by the highest-ranking federal prosecutor in Nevada to release the cattle, so that the Justice Department could stage this elaborate criminal prosecution?
Love also stated that he was told that the decision had been made that anyone involved in ‘Operation Gold Butte’ was then considered a ‘victim’. “My role changed on April 12th from Incident Commander to a victim,” he said.
Tomorrow will bring BLM communications director Toni Suminski to the witness stand. Suminski was in charge of the shredding of the documents during the Standoff. We will see if she defends Dan Love, or not.
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Fishing for anything,,. To distract people away from the fact that Bundy’s gathered armed men and ordered them to leave Bundy’s 160 acre ranch and March 5 miles into federal managed public land to assult and obstruct the BLM and contract cattle from collecting and removing the cattle per legal court order. Now another stupid conspiracy that they planned to lure the bundys into gathering militia to obstruct the the BLM then the plan was to let the cattle go to arrest Bundy???? Bull crap the BLM were removing the cattle and that was to be the end of it.
Stop it Mr. Poole! It should not be so obvious that you’re a government shill. Now please go read and study the constitution for the United States of America. Jurisdictional challenge goes against BLM and anything else federal.
“Love’s attorneys have been fighting the subpoenas for their client claiming he has developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the Bunkerville Standoff event in April 2014.”
Was hitler more extreme than U.S. fedgov? Starting to think the most evil man in history doesn’t even come close!
Bet the deep state loves love. And he will have a fedgov career of some sort for life. He is a “company” man after all.
I certainly hope that any potential employer will look at Love’s performance here, and the development of supposed PTSD, then subsequent “victimhood” before hiring him. If I were the HR person considering him, I would also examine his weasle-ly behavior in passing the buck onto another agency to explain the overall failure of the government. Am praying for a jury that pays attention here!
Victim? Let’s see they go way out of their jurisdictional boundaries, the ten mile radius district of British Columbia, assaulting the people while attempting to steal private property and then make a claim to being a victim. This is the most immoral outrageous spectacle we have witnessed. These persons have made themselves and the law itself look ridiculous, how much more embarrassment can these thugs handle.
Fishing for something to distract from the case. What does it matter any of these questions to the charges that Bundy assembled armed men and marched 5 plus miles away from his 260 acre ranch to take the cattle back from the BLM who were fulfilling the federal court order to remove the cattle. Being that the land is under federal jurisdiction and is managed by a federal agency et up by the legislation body as per the Constitution. All this hearing is irrelevant to the case and will be shown as so
Keeping a mental tally of Andrea’s report, It sounds as though the Federals and scab cowboys numbered 450 – 500 in “Operation Gold Butte”. They outnumbered the cows ! Love’s testimony reminds me of Sgt Schultz in Hogan’s Heros – “I know Nothing! Nothing !” No doubt his complaints about interference from above are to escape responsibility.
LOL, “they outnumbered the cows!” Too rich. (gallows humor). Sort of like the informants at the Malheur occupation…they about outnumbered the Patriots.
Here’s your TS card, Love. You are not the ‘victim’ here, the Bundys and Lady Justice herself are the true victims.
This goes to show this is so much deeper than the Bundys or should I say, just the Bundy standoff?
FINALLY! Been bitching about this for YEARS!