January 3, 2016

100 Words -- The Deer Hunters

A group of self-proclaimed militia men have occupied the Malheur Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Burns, Oregon. They are protesting the re-sentencing of two local ranchers convicted of setting fires on Federal land to hide evidence of illegal deer hunting. A Federal judge ruled the original sentences were too short, based on the anti-terrorism charge included in the original indictment by Federal prosecutors. I have to say, it’s hard to see how a clumsy attempt to conceal illegal hunting on Federal lands rises to the level of terrorism. The takeover is wrongheaded, but the anti-terrorism charge strikes me as worth questioning.

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