One Man Against The Deep State
By Tim Ravndal
On any typical day the average American starts with a normal routine and takes on the day before them. Generally, most American citizens regardless of their economic status have few interruptions.
A young entrepreneur in California worked hard and had life by the tail. Christopher Kortlander had the perfect American dream home in Malibu, California. Sitting in a picturesque setting, the home was not only his castle but had been part of his family for generations. Chris operates a business called “Historical Rarities Inc.” where he collects and sells many artifacts. From early on, Chris has been consumed with preserving American western history.
That all changed in the blink of an eye.
On this one particular morning his life changed and set the stage for a series of events that can only be described as “Total Recall.” The long arm of the law would soon show its strength and ability to abuse the rights of the individual.
Chris’s battle with tyranny began with the Malibu fire of 1993. The fire consumed his home and most all of his possessions. Chris set out on a journey to rebuild and along the way sought accountability for the losses suffered by a multitude of families in the Malibu area. His battles for truth and justice began there with the local government. The county failed to repair a main road to the area and it was left impassable. It was claimed that many of the homes were lost because fire protection equipment could not access the area. Government bureaucracy and deference given to officials met Chris head on every step. This battle in California shows itself as only the tip of the iceberg.
While in Montana on behalf of his business, Chris came across an advertisement of a Town called Garryowen Montana for sale. This advertisement struck Chris’s interest because it is located in the heart of the Custer Battlefield. With only a closed, run down old gas station and four tons of trash, there was not much there. Except, Chris saw an enormous part of American history in that property.
Among the ruins of the property situated near the closed gas station was something special that caught Chris’s attention. The Tomb of the United States Unknown Soldier rests silently in the little historic town. On May 26,1926 the remains of a United States soldier were uncovered in an excavation project. Because it was not possible at the time to obtain permission from the government to take them to the National cemetery at “last stand hill” the spot was dedicated and marked with a large sandstone slab. As a memorial to the unknown man.
In the early 1970’s, Montana began on a journey to clean up many toxic spills and focused on early day gas stations. In haste to finalize the sale of Garryowen, state government officials falsely gave a clean bill of health on the property. Chris very soon learned that leaking tanks had been contaminating the property.
Montana Department of Environmental Quality and local government officials denied any wrong doing. Through perseverance, Chris fought for the truth and accountability, and he won. Because the state accepted falsified records, they were forced by the court to clean up the property. Chris believes that this may have been the start of a revenge mission by government officials that he calls; “The Last Battle at the Little Bighorn.” The series of events over the next several years are shocking to say the least.
Before we go on, let’s keep in mind that to this day, Chris Kortlander has never been convicted of any crime. He is guilty as hell of being a thorn in the side of the government by challenging officials at every level to tell the truth and take accountability for their own actions and follow the law.
Chris was working as a deputy sheriff while building the Museum and trading post. After seeing irregularities in the local law enforcement, he even ran for sheriff of Big Horn County. In further testament to his integrity, Chris was instrumental in providing a part of his collection in a presentation to the President of the United States of America.
The government at all levels began to connect the dots regarding an individual in Garryowen Montana that needed to be put in his place. Bureau of Land Management has jurisdiction over the “Indian Artifact and Battlefield Relics.” Yellowstone County and other Montana alphabet departments were called to the battlefield to assist in removing this thorn. Montana Judicial Judges and Federal Judges that regularly share cases were on duty to protect the system.
In what can only be seen as an absolute invasion, over 20 militarized Federal Agents with machine guns, raided Chris Kortlander’s town of Garryowen. In this raid, they purported that Chris had in his possession illegal artifacts. They claimed that he stole these artifacts from the federally controlled lands. A conviction of any of the charges would be a felony. The government failed to find anything and that infuriated top officials across Montana. Chris was forced to mortgage his town and a large part of his collection to defend himself against the attacks.
Unable to find any illegally acquired artifacts, the government resorted to entrapment. They planted evidence and multiple trumped up charges were filed against Chris. The need by this time to take Mr. Kortlander out of the picture was on the desk of every federal, state and local official that had egg on their face without a conviction.
Chris spent an enormous amount of personal capital in paying for his defense against the government. Through his unrelenting resolve Chris Kortlander has stood up against all odds and maintained his innocence. The many players were determined to take the owner of Garryowen Montana out.
Chris reveals these players with verification in the book he has written about the “Custer Battlefield Museum vs. The Federal Government.” The book is called “Arrow To The Heart” and is available on amazon. We know the government overreach is rampant and for Chris Kortlander the battle is likely far from over. “Arrow To The Heart” should be a mandatory read for everyone that is concerned about government overreach.
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