Steve Hammond, Harney County, Idaho discussed on Thom Hartmann


Very next day and armed takeover of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refugee Refuge. Mac Book Air Laptop is open on his desk. It's icon doing it's quiet, intrepid work to place all our American lives and dreams, even those of right wing holy insurrection under its sign. Hale Winter light comes through the blinds of the windows behind him. In the video, which he titled Dear Friends and explains how it was God, who had guided him to Oregon two months earlier through news of the plight of two Harney County ranchers, a father and son. Dwight and Steve Hammond. Mandatory federal sentencing guidelines were about to send the Hammonds back to prison for arson charges stemming from fires on public lands charges for which they've already served time. Others, including his own father had been urging him to look into the story. Like the Hammonds, Ammon's father, Cliven was also a rancher. The Bundy family had achieved a national profile for the draft, dramatic culmination of their 20 odd years struggle with federal authorities. Over their grazing rights on Mojave Desert lands in southern Nevada. That conflict would come to a head in April 2014 in a remarkable event, an armed standoff with federal agents that had resulted shockingly in a seeming victory for the Bondi Bondi clan. Standoff in the family's ongoing struggle with the aftermath of their life. Changing actions had felt like enough to Amun, who had recently moved far from southern Nevada to a new home with his wife and six Children in the sage brush of southern Idaho, on the far northern end of Mormon country on the outskirts of Boise. Himself was not even a rancher anymore, had not been for years. He ran a trucking fleet maintenance business, still headquartered in Arizona. As it turned out, even that moved to Idaho would come to seem to Amun a part of God's larger plan for himself, his friends. Harney County and America. There's been something a little strange about the movie. Even at the time, he and his wife, Lisa, had felt a strong, simultaneous urge to relocate. It had been a feeling that had descended as if from nowhere. I couldn't understand it entirely. But they've followed it anyway and headed out in the spring of 2015 traveling about the Intermountain West, looking at houses. Nothing had been quite right. But then, on the very last day, their trip they'd come to this very last house and a beautiful valley and Emmett, Idaho, and had known instantly that this was their place. It was one of many decisions Amun would be guided to that year. Guidance to Ammons mind had all been providential. How else to explain that he didn't ended up moving to within three hours of remote Harney County, Oregon, where the whole Hammond's story which he had known nothing about at that time had taken place. And now here he was just a few months later, barely settled into his new home, asking his online community to join him in Oregon to take a momentous stand a stand so big, he said. Nothing less than the future of American freedom might be at stake. After the move to Idaho is next big revelation had come late one Monday evening on November 2015 on January 1st seated in front of his camera, he told the tale of that night to his online followers. Line in bed and his family's new home. Tired after a long day, he'd received a message on his phone a link to yet another article about the Hammonds in the past. He shrugged off messages about the case. I felt that our family was fighting hard enough, he explained. We didn't need to go fight somebody else's battles. This time something was different in urge quickly took possession of him a sudden impulse to learn all he could about his family. About this family. Excuse me. The Hammond family. He searched the Internet, read everything he could find about the case. Unable to sleep, he read on into the dawn. Book is Shadow Lands by Anthony McCain. This'll is Tom Hartman program. Welcome back on the line with us is so rude.

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