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Let the cover-up begin. Last night at 9:38, the Federal Aviation Commission established a no-fly zone over the Bundy Ranch and a 3 nautical mile area.
No pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by this NOTAM (except as described)
ONLY RELIEF AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS UNDER DIRECTION OF BLM ARE AUTHORIZED IN THE AIRSPACE
This means that the only helicopters that will be allowed to fly overhead will belong to the government. News helicopters that might be filming will be strictly off-limits. The Bureau of Land Management can do whatever it wants to protesters without fear of their actions appearing on CNN.
This is not a good sign. In fact, with this occurring on a Friday night, anything that occurs in the protest area can be carefully swept under the rug. This is commonly referred to in the press industry as a “news dump”.
Bad news is released on a Friday afternoon or evening in an attempt to avoid media scrutiny. Fewer people pay attention to the news on Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays, so this information can be quietly doled out with far less hullabaloo. That also makes the weekend a “perfect” time for an assault on protesters.
Yesterday Clark County Tom Collins said that those traveling to the area to support the Bundy family “better have funeral plans.” This may not have just been bluster, but ominous foreshadowing of a planned event. Make no mistake, the stage is being set for this to be another Waco or Ruby Ridge: a government-propelled slaughter of those who refuse to comply. Without witnesses, they can spin the story just like they did in those two tragedies, putting the onus on the victims.
Here’s a hint: this has nothing to do with turtles. It has nothing to do with grazing cattle. It has to do with money and privileges for the elite.
If you can’t physically get to the Bundy Ranch to show your support, make sure that those involved know that we are watching. Please take the time to call or email the contacts below.
Point of Contact for No-Fly Zone:
Clark County Sheriff’s Office
301 Clark Avenue, 6th Floor
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Fax (702) 671-3658
BLM Nevada State Office
1340 Financial Blvd.,
Reno, NV 89502
Front Desk: 775-861-6400
Email: [email protected]
State Director: Amy Lueders
Associate State Director: Marci Todd
Deputy State Director, Natural Resource,
Land & Planning
Deputy State Director, Minerals Management
Deputy State Director, Support Services
Bob Scruggs (Admin. Officer)
Office of Communications Chief
Great Basin Restoration Initiative Coordinator
Linda Kelly Lynne