How government botched case against Cliven Bundy

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Floyd
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How government botched case against Cliven Bundy

Post by Floyd » Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:35 pm

https://theintercept.com/2017/12/22/cli ... ndoff-fbi/

Months after the standoff, the FBI set up a front company, Longbow Productions, and supposed employees portrayed themselves as documentary filmmakers sympathetic to the Bundy family and their supporters. The FBI even had a working title for their fake documentary: “America Reloaded.” But the government’s investigation seemed doomed from the start.

FBI agents posing as documentary filmmakers traveled to a hotel in Las Vegas in 2015 to interview Ryan Bundy. Sitting in a hotel chair as he waited to be interviewed by the fake filmmakers, Ryan seemed to grow wise to the government’s cover. “Is this just a mole project to garner information that will then be given to the feds?” Ryan asked the undercover agents.

“I want a truthful documentary,” answered Charles Johnson, the undercover FBI agent who was posing as the lead filmmaker.

But for all the apparent zeal with which the U.S. government went after the Bundy family and their supporters, government agents and prosecutors seemed to succeed most in lending support to the various conspiracies the Bundy family and their supporters believed to be true — that a land-hungry, out-of-control federal government was victimizing Western ranchers.

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