Oregon Standoff: Refuge Occupied by militia led by Ammon Bundy, the 40-year-old son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.
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An armed group who arrived at an Oregon wildlife refuge swiftly departed after the leader of the occupation movement said they were “not needed.” The occupation group is now negotiating with the FBI. The self-styled militias from around the Pacific Northwest were asked to leave, as those occupying the wildlife refuge did not want to inflame the situation even further. The leader of the occupation movement, Ammon Bundy, had not asked the armed men to come. The members of Bundy’s group, who call themselves Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, held a cordial meeting with the FBI, in which both sides conveyed what they wanted in a calm manner. During the discussion, the occupation movement mentioned to the Feds that they didn’t want the direct support of the regional militia groups.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.