Pentagon directive authorizes military forces against civilians — Was considered for use in Bundy standoff

A 2010 Pen­ta­gon direc­tive on mil­i­tary sup­port to civil­ian author­i­ties details what crit­ics say is a trou­bling pol­i­cy that envi­sions the Oba­ma administration’s poten­tial use of mil­i­tary force against Amer­i­cans. The direc­tive con­tains non­con­tro­ver­sial pro­vi­sions on sup­port to civil­ian fire and emer­gency ser­vices, spe­cial events and the domes­tic use of the Army Corps of Engineers. […]

Chairman Conaway Supports Bill to Stop “Waters of the United States” Proposed Rule

Today, House Agri­cul­ture Com­mit­tee Chair­man K. Michael Conaway (R‑TX) spoke in sup­port of H.R. 1732, the Reg­u­la­to­ry Integri­ty Act of 2015. The bill, which would force the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engi­neers to stop mov­ing for­ward with the pro­posed “Waters of the Unit­ed States” rule, passed the House by a […]

Will A Four-Decade Old Law Limit Obama’s Land Powers?

A “Sage­brush Rebel­lion” like the one that pro­pelled Ronald Rea­gan (“Count me in as a [sage­brush] rebel.”) into the Oval Office is mak­ing nation­al news because Pres­i­dent Oba­ma gov­erns like Pres­i­dent Carter.  Obama’s Inte­ri­or Sec­re­tary, for exam­ple, threat­ens more uni­lat­er­al land lock­up decrees if west­ern­ers do not embrace leg­is­la­tion putting vast areas off-lim­its to “mul­ti­ple […]

Here We Stand, At The Twilight’s Last Gleaming: “All Private Property Rights In The U.S. To Be Strategically Usurped”

Here We Stand, At The Twilight’s Last Gleam­ing” These words are writ­ten past the mid­night hour and I remem­ber back to March 23, 2010 when Oba­macare was signed into law at the 11th hour.  I remem­ber it well; I was up almost all night, as it was around 11 pm that it was fin­ished.  Never […]

Tribes Make Call For Water — Water Shutoffs Could Begin As Early As Next Week

FA Note — This action by the Kla­math Tribes, under author­i­ty of the Upper Kla­math Basin Com­pre­hen­sive Agree­ment (UKBCA), high­lights what is like­ly in Mon­tanan’s future, via the Con­sol­i­dat­ed Sal­ish and Koote­nai Tribes water com­pact signed into law last week.   Water shut­offs could begin as ear­ly as next week. Since Mon­day, water calls have been […]

(Montana Governor) Bullock Signs Tribal Water Rights Ratification Into Law – But More Rivers To Cross

Before Gov. Steve Bul­lock on Fri­day signed the bill rat­i­fy­ing the Flat­head trib­al water rights com­pact, trib­al Chair­man Ver­non Fin­ley said it has one pri­ma­ry goal – “pro­tect the water” – and that he hopes oppo­nents will rec­og­nize it’s noth­ing more than that. “That’s basi­cal­ly it: Let’s share the resource and be good neigh­bors and let’s […]

Testimony of Terry Backs, St. Ignatius, MT

FA Note: The pro­posed CSKT (Con­fed­er­at­ed Sal­ish and Koote­nai Tribes) Com­pact involves a lot of con­sti­tu­tion­al and legal issues, includ­ing tak­ing exist­ing off-reser­­va­­tion water rights from thou­sands of irri­ga­tors, fam­i­ly farms,  and oth­er legit­i­mate water rights hold­ers, and grant­i­ng them to the tribes. Below is one tes­ti­mo­ny sub­mit­ted at a leg­isla­tive hear­ing April 11 in […]

Feds Push For Total Control of Property Rights: “Government is Named as the Owner of ALL the Water”

Editor’s Note: The fol­low­ing research and com­men­tary shows just how far the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment is will­ing to go. With the help of the EPA and State leg­is­la­tors they are aggres­sive­ly chip­ping away at pri­vate prop­er­ty rights in Amer­i­ca and as you’ll see from Jere­mi­ah Johnson’s report below, they are start­ing with our most pre­cious resource […]