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Rancher Cliven Bundy poses at his home in Bunkerville, Nevada, April 11, 2014. Armed U.S. rangers are rounding up cattle on federal land in Nevada in a rare showdown with Bundy, a rancher who has illegally grazed his herd on public lands for decades, as conflict over land use simmers in western states. The standoff with the Bureau of Land Management stems in part from Bundy's belief that their right to graze the land predates the federal government's management of it, and that the county and state should ultimately have authority over lands in their boundaries.


As Americans were preparing for Independence Day festivities, Nevada Sheriff Doug Gillespie late Thursday broke the news that in his view, rancher Cliven Bundy (above) “must be held accountable” for his alleged role in the Bundy Ranch Standoff.

The Nevada sheriff put it on record that he strongly disapproved of the Americans, many of whom are Oath Keepers converged upon the Bundy Ranch successfully thwarting the federal government’s efforts to confiscate Bundy’s land and feels that Bundy should “be held accountable” as a result.

While not demanding accountability of the Bureau of Land Management in its handling leading up to and during the Bundy Ranch Standoff, Gillespie stated that BLM “must reconsider its methods in order to prevent the bloodshed.”

Las Vegas Review-Journal

… Gillespie said he spoke to Bundy many times in the months before the roundup. He said he made it clear to Bundy that, if his family was going to protest, it must be peaceful….

‘If you step over that line, there are consequences to those actions. And I believe they stepped over that line. No doubt about it,’ Gillespie said. ‘They need to be held accountable for it….’

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Of course, who really stepped over the line continues to be a matter of opinion.

Thursday’s remarks by Gillespie segued to BLM announcing Saturday their agreement with the Nevada Sheriff that Cliven Bundy “must be held accountable’ while dismissing any blame for their role in the standoff and the mishandling of Bundy’s cattle.

‘…It is unfortunate that the sheriff is now attempting to rewrite the details of what occurred, including his claims that the BLM did not share accurate information,” she said. “The sheriff encouraged the operation and promised to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us as we enforced two recent federal court orders….’

Rest assured that the timing of this news breaking while Americans are distracted with Independence Day festivities is no coincidence and now that it is on record that Cliven Bundy must be held accountable for his alleged actions, to give BLM cover for whatever comes next, we can expect Harry Reid’s brown shirts to make their move any day now. H/t The Blaze.