Operation Mutual Defense Audio #6 Released
By Shari Dovale
The government’s request to lengthen the expected prison term for Ryan Payne for actions taken during the Malheur Wildlife Protest included a 91 page filing that outlined a summary of phone calls between members of Operation Mutual Defense (OMD). Members of this self-styled advisory board include Ryan Payne, government informant Dennis Dickenson, Tim Foley, Gary Hunt, and later Jon Ritzheimer.
The original audio recordings were never made public before now. There are several recordings, totaling multiple hours of discussion. Gary Hunt has authorized me to release these recordings with his commentary on them.
They will be released in the order listed in the government’s motion.
You can listen to the 6th audio recording here:
You can see the 91 page document here: OMD RECORDING EXHIBIT
Gary Hunt’s commentary:
These audios are being released because the government misrepresented, by cookie-cutting phrases, and presenting out of context statements in their documentation. The documents are “Governments Sentencing Memorandum” (docket 2519) and “Review of OMD Advisory Board Meeting Recordings” (docket 2519-1), which are for the sentencing hearing on Ryan Payne, who plead in the Malheur Refuge case.
It must be understood that what OMD AB was doing was gathering information to present an accurate account of circumstances surrounding an event of possible interest to the patriot community. We have all seen people asking for help from patriots. Some have merit, some don’t. However, most often, you have only the explanation given by the person asking for help. As we progress through these audios, you will see that people have requested help, but an investigation resulted in finding misrepresentation of certain facts.
As with any brainstorming session, all possibilities, even to the extreme, should be considered, as they aid the thought process in finding the most viable solution. Often the discussion tend toward the hypothetical, as an exercise in the evaluation process.
Audio #6 – pages 30-35 of the 91 pages.
November 8, 2015 –
Melissa Diegel was discussed first. Nothing yet confirmed, except that her children were taken by the Hospital and turned them over to CPS (Children’s Protective Services).
The Fourth Door for the Hammond, being the possibilities of defending the Bundys rather than the Hammonds. The proposal came from Ammon Bundy, but he has not given any suggesting as to how it would work. Awaiting his proposal.
Back to Diegel, Children were supported by the mother using Child Support Payments. No government funds used. Even canceled food stamps when the children were taken. Continued discussion about children being taken by parents, from what we know, there is no justification in this case.
Discussion of background checks. Hunt has doubts about the thoroughness of the “volunteer” check that we are using. It was decided to go ahead with the limited background check that had been suggested.
Dennis (informant) wants to make a Power Point on any project that we approve. It was agreed to use Power Points.
Discussion of the Webpage. Page is ready to go online when the Press Release goes out. Discussion of what articles would be listed under the “Articles” button on the webpage. Design of Webpage approved.
Press Release page discussed. Written by Tier 2 person. Press Release approved.
Letterhead approved. Dennis is only unidentified person on Letterhead, listed only as “Dennis”.
William Wolf is discussed. Hunt has been unable to restore communications with Wolf. He was busted for a weapon that was sold to him by a government agent purporting to be a Class III licensee, making the shotgun legally purchased. (Wolf was attempting to establish a Committee of Safety in Montana and was quite outspoken on patriot issues.) Agreed that a brief be prepared to look into the Wolf situation.
Discussion of establishing a referral email address for background checks. They will go to Dennis.
Discussion of Tom Dyman (later determined to be an informant). Payne had been busy so Hunt interviewed him. Hunt was impressed with interview and suggested he be approved for Tier 2,
Ritzheimer agreed to handle logistics. Payne had contacts that could possibly nr used as Tier 2 logistics support. Hunt offered existing evaluation (incomplete) of requirements for 30 people for 100 days as factor to calculate needs based upon participation. Coninuing discussion of logistics. Approved Ritzheimer will handle logistics until that Tier 1 seat is filled.
Hunt report on Public Relations. Will go public tomorrow (November 9), meeting the one month goal for going online.
Communications, Foley. Working with Payne to develop communications protocol.
Response Coordination, Payne. Response Matrix incomplete, should be wrapped up, soon.
Miscellaneous discussion. Dennis tries to obtain initial information prior to brief and Payne’s report based on brief.
The Power Point presentation that was discussed in Audio #3 is now available, and can be downloaded at Mission and Organizational Structure.
1st Audio Recording, plus commentary.
2nd Audio Recording, plus commentary.
3rd Audio Recording, plus commentary.
4th Audio Recording, plus commentary.
5th Audio Recording, plus commentary.
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