Operation Mutual Defense Audio 8 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 audio number 8 recording here:
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 #8 – pages 43-54 of the 91 pages.
Payne starts with explaining that he and others including PPN ( Pacific Patriot Network) met to discuss the Hammonds, if they chose not to turn themselves in. PPN was pitching their position Brooke Agresta (PPN) basically implied that Payne was a badguy. She carried that message throughout, including a subsequent meeting with the Sheriff.
Same group met with the Hammonds. Steven Hammond did not attend. Dwight said that Steven was content with going to prison and then get on with his life. Dwight, however, still tended towards resisting. Dwight and Suzie (his wife) would discuss it with Steven.
Agresta said that if the Hammonds didn’t want help, then there was nothing to be done. One member of PPN did not agree with Agresta. Dwight said he would not opposed protective action.
Next was a conference call with Tea Party Patriots and other organizations. PPN wanted to file with the Supreme Court. That was deemed impractical. Discussion then pursued the protective solution. There appeared to be a lack of support for that option.
PPN was having a conference call. Payne was going to join that call once the OMD meeting was over.
Then a meeting was held with the Sheriff. Same people in attendance, along with Joe Rice, who lead the Sugar Pine Mine operation. [An operation that probably would not have been supported by OMD, once a background brief had been prepared.] Except for Payne and Ammon Bundy, the others wanted to work within the system. Sheriff had received many emails and phone calls in support of the Hammonds and that the government had also been pressuring him. The Sheriff has not yet made a decision. If he did not decide to make a decision, then his position would be in opposition to the Hammonds.
In a follow up, Payne said that PPN was asserting that they would be in charge with the operation at the Hammond meeting. They suggested that Payne was wanting to start a war. In the meeting with the Sheriff, the same was asserted. That if there was an action that they would be in charge and would do the bidding of the Sheriff. PPN then held a private meeting with the Sheriff. The expounded the same theme. Then Payne had a private meeting and the Sheriff said that the government’s line was the same as the PPN’s line. The Sheriff said that he didn’t believe that was Payne’s intention.
Continued discussion within the OMD-AB (Q&A) getting details of meetings. Theoretical discussion of different circumstances. Dickenson (informant) seems supportive of action, without support of the Hammonds.
[The above was a report of events by Payne. It was not a position that OMD was involved in or supportive of. It was strictly informational.]
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.
6th Audio Recording, plus commentary.
7th Audio Recording, plus commentary.
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