conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats.Which sounds like it probably carries a lot of jail time. Remains to be seen what happens to the folks left at the refuge.
I wonder what inspired the FBI to act now? Did they get tired of waiting for negotiations that were going nowhere?
As I have said, I can't take these people seriously, and I find the rage they inspire in some quarters baffling. Why send a SWAT team to arrest clowns?
But there is a very serious issue here, the sense among many Americans that their own government is an occupying force. Hundreds of thousands and maybe millions of Americans fear Washington much more than they fear Teheran or Pyongyang. The weird blow up over the Jade Helm 15 exercise showed how many there are, and how deep their paranoia runs. I worry that this distrust might over time grow into a real threat to our democracy, and I worry that responding with overwhelming force to Bundy-style provocations would only spread and deepen that distrust.
I'm glad the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom were broken up without too much violence, but I really wish somebody had been able to talk them into going home.