Anyone remember the case of Cliven Bundy, a rancher in Nevada who led an armed standoff against government agents over grazing rights, and whose son later occupied a national wildlife refuge in protest? Here’s what the BBC said at the time while telling us how racist he was:
First Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was protesting against government attempts to round up cattle he was illegally grazing on federal land, wondered whether blacks were “better off” under slavery.
Illegally grazing, eh? Sounds clear-cut. But here’s what the BBC are saying now:
The four-day standoff happened in April 2014 near government-owned land outside Bunkerville, 80 miles (130km) north of Las Vegas.
Law enforcement officials tried to remove Mr Bundy’s cattle, saying he owed more than $1m (£737,000) in grazing fees on US Bureau of Land Management property.
Hundreds of armed supporters rallied from across the country to keep officers off Mr Bundy’s ranch.
The Bundys argued that the government lacked the constitutional authority to control the land where his cattle fed.
Why the change in tone? Because of this:
A federal judge dismissed all charges against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons and another man on Monday after accusing prosecutors of willfully withholding evidence from Bundy’s lawyers.
You can almost hear the disappointment in the BBC studios. But what is most remarkable about this story are the judge’s comments:
U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro cited “flagrant prosecutorial misconduct” in her decision to dismiss all charges against the Nevada rancher and three others.
“The court finds that the universal sense of justice has been violated,” Navarro said.
Navarro said Monday it was clear the FBI was involved in the prosecution and it was not a coincidence that most of the evidence that was held back – which would have worked in Bundy’s favor – came from the FBI.
Here’s a second opinion:
“In this case the failures to comply with Brady were exquisite, extraordinary,” said Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano. “The judge exercised tremendous patience.”
“Either the government lied or [its actions were] so grossly negligent as to be tantamount to lying,” Napolitano said. “This happened over and over again.”
That this is allowed to happen is an absolute disgrace. Heads should be rolling at the FBI and lengthy jail sentences handed down, but of course they won’t. Why? Because too many people are happy with such blatant abuse of government power, especially when it’s brought to bear against their perceived ideological enemies, and the Deep State protects its own. I wonder which camp the BBC’s reporters fall into?