Amid the standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal government, reports are growing that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s little-known ties to a Chinese solar energy giant could have played a role.
Reid, D-Nev., and his oldest son, Rory, a former chairman of the Clark County, Nev., County Commission, were both deeply involved in a plan by ENN Energy Group to build a huge solar farm in southern Nevada, according to a Reuters report from August 2012.
Dan Love, BLM Special Agent-in-Charge, assigned to the Bundy Ranch Standoff was secretly recorded, on April 10th, while on duty issuing threats to on-the-scene reporter Pete Santilli from Guerrilla Media who was also issuing threats of Citizen’s Arrest while seeking peaceful resolution and a de-escalation of the unfolding event.
The first voice you hear in this audio is of Pete Santilli asking, “Where’s the cattle?”
The next voice, the lower voice is of Dan Love from BLM. Some of the highlights of the recording, transcribed (this transcripted EDITED for length and continuity, listen to the actual audio if you want every single word).
Santilli: “We want zero conflict. You know, confrontational, nose to nose…” And then later, “Are we going to be here screaming at you, and you’re gonna be tasing, are you gonna do that type of confrontation. What we are trying to do is to completely de-escalate, 100%.”
Santilli: “What we’re going to ask for to de-escalate and to make sure we are not in confrontation with you… we want to let you know that we’re going to come here and it’s going to be non-negotiable what we believe in, and what we believe is the right thing to do.”
Dan Love: “We have two federal court orders, and if you interfere, you will be arrested. If you impede and interfere, you will be taken into custody.”
Santilli: “Tell DC Justice [Eric Holder] this is non-negotiable… but if you choose to go face to face and people get hurt, then we are going to hold you personally accountable.”
Dan Love: “And I will hold you legally accountable. And I guarantee that the Constitution is on my side and not that side… Your Constitutions aren’t decided on the dirt… you can fight that argument from jail.”
Santilli: “It’s not gonna be a fight, it’s gonna be a non-negotiable terms, peacefully. If you bring violence…”
Dan Love: “If you interfere, if you impede, you will be arrested. I don’t know how you plan on arresting me, but good luck with that.”
Santilli: “There are gonna be some law enforcement officials who are gonna be going to jail.”
Dan Love: “Yeah, don’t do that. That’s not gonna end well for ya. That doesn’t happen. And again, I’ve seen your numbers right now, you’d better hope that 10,000 show up…”
Dan Love: “You’re telling me you’re gonna show up and arrest officers? That’s not gonna happen, Mr. Santilli.”
Santilli: “If anyone is unconstitutional, is not following to abide by their oath to the U.S. Constitution, they are going to be arrested including the Sheriff of this county.”
Dan Love: “Okay, you start with him, go arrest Mr. Gillespie, and once you accomplish that you come back…”
Santilli: “He will be incarcerated if he fails to uphold his oath to the U.S. Constitution… he will go to jail.”
Dan Love: “I’m telling you right now I’m putting YOU on warning as the messenger, if you violate, if you impede, if you interfere with two lawful court orders, you will be prosecuted, you will be arrested.”
Santilli: “They are unlawful court orders…. I did not come here to do anything but to give you the opportunity to prevent a scenario where you’re going to make a decision to cause harm to people.”
Dan Love: “We’re lawfully here! Do you see all these signs? You’re in an enclosed area, you’re on federal land…”
Santilli: “It’s not federal land.”
Dan Love: “It is federal land. I am positive.”
Santilli: “I’ll bet you lunch.”
Dan Love: “Mr. Santilli, if you were right, I wouldn’t have a job. So you know what? Be right. Get it changed, and then I’m happy not to wear this little gold shield…”
Santilli: “Do you know how dangerous it is for you to run around with a gun and a badge with what you just told me?… That you actually believe that you have the Constitution, and the law behind you, and the entitlement and you have a badge and a gun?”
Dan Love: “If you come unlawfully, to impede or interfere, you will be arrested. Non-negotiable.”
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The federal government’s story so far is that the whole showdown was necessary for the protection of gopher tortoises.
From the document purged from the BLM website, it’s clear there were more than tortoises at stake.
There was a $5 billion foreign energy project in the works, with Reid and his son directly involved.
And there was an American citizen and cattle rancher standing in the way.
Now, federal agents armed with guns and the full power of the federal government have engaged.