Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers, posted a video online requesting a “call to stand” with Nevadan rancher Cliven Bundy on Wednesday. Their website, coincidentally (or not) has been inaccessible.*
The Oath Keepers are asking for donations for supplies, if the trek to Nevada is not possible. They also ask for prayers.
In the video, Rhodes requested that the Oath Keepers continue to come to Nevada, clarifying that it is “not an emergency right now,” but asking for a rotation of the guard, in the case of a “potential raid” on the Bundy Ranch in Nevada. “It is a very real possibility,” he said.
According to a cached version of their website, the Oath Keepers are gathering in Nevada “to prevent bloodshed and to stand in defense of hardworking rural Americans who are under assault by a runaway federal government.”
As reported last week, the Bundy family was confronted with armed federal agents sent by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) who attempted to confiscate their cattle. They cited unpaid “grazing fees,” but it is not about grazing fees. Cliven Bundy has been battling the federal government and radical environmentalists for decades for the right to graze their cattle on “public” land.
The Oath Keepers, along with many other concerned citizens, traveled from across the country to support the Bundy family and a tentative deal was worked out, but as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated this week,
“Well, it’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over.”
What happened to the Oath Keepers website on Wednesday? Perhaps it is just a technical glitch.
— Paul Revere (@PaulReverePress) April 17, 2014
— Christian Rhoades (@RhoaChri) April 17, 2014
Watch the “call to stand” here:
*The website seems to be back up, and statement reads in part,
“Earlier this morning our server along with thousands of others went down. This was caused by a problem at the data center that houses the Oath keepers servers.”
Get updates here: http://oath-keepers.blogspot.com/