Lessons From the Oregon Standoff

I’ve been intrigued by the Oregon standoff since it hit the news, more than six weeks ago. It’s not national security in the sense of most of what we write at Nuclear Diner, but it overlaps.

The group who occupied the refuge intended to overthrow parts of the federal government on the basis of their interpretation of the United States Constitution and perhaps other documents, including the Declaration of Independence and the Bible. Part of their interpretation of the Constitution encourages armed force against the government. Read More

Humiliation

As Iran’s dismantling of much of its nuclear apparatus and negotiations for prisoner releases and drew to a close, two American riverine boats strayed into Iranian waters and were stopped by the Iranian Navy. The Americans were released after less than 24 hours. Read More

Links – February 2, 2016

I have been following events in Harney County, Oregon, where a group of (militants, insurgents, protesters, you name them!) has occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They base their occupation on a bizarre interpretation of the United States Constitution that claims that the federal government cannot own land and the county sheriff is the highest level of law enforcement. Eleven of the leaders have been arrested, and four holdouts remain in the refuge. One of the group was killed by law enforcement officers during an arrest of the leaders. Read More