Harney County Corruption Abound - CNN REPORT: 'Oregon occupiers call for common law grand jury'

For a VERY THOROUGH explanation of why Ammon Bundy and the local people of Harney County, OR have taken control of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge 30 miles south of Burns, OR, see my previous post titled, Could the Injustice to the Hammond Family and the Wildlife Refuge Takeover Have Been Avoided? - What You Need to Know.

On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, Steve Almasy and Sara Weisfeldt of CNN published a post titled, Oregon occupiers call for common law grand jury.

Ammon Bundy, the man leading a group of armed protesters who have taken over a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, called Wednesday for a common law grand jury to examine what he called violations of the U.S. Constitution.

He said officials in Harney County, including Judge Steve Grasty, have failed to protect the citizens of the county.

Bundy wants the county to allow for a common law jury, outside of the court system, to hear evidence against the judge and others.

Bundy's group has occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Oregon for 12 days to protest federal land policies.

Can they do that? 

Short answer:  Yes, and they should.


I recently wrote a book, Consent of the Governed - The People's Guide to Holding Government Accountable, explaining why this a part of our inheritance and is so important.

Here's a presentation I recently put together to give an overview of what my research has uncovered.  I've delivered this presentation, by the way, to organizations in over 14 counties in the last few months.  To request I give this presentation to your group, message me here.

Ammon Bundy said, "officials in Harney County, including Judge Steve Grasty, have failed to protect the citizens of the county."  

Who else agrees with Ammon?  The Harney County Fire Chief said the same thing today as he resigned.  KATU reported earlier: Harney County fire chief resigns, sides with armed protesters

Statement by Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore:
"FBI Agents in Oregon posing as Militia."

The Coalition of Western States represents over 50 legislators and grass roots leaders predominantly in the Western United States dedicated to stopping federal overreach. Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore of Nevada & COWS (Coalition of of Western States) has released a statement regarding the Oregon Standoff. I just got off the phone with the former Fire Chief of Burns, Chris Briels, the Burns Fire Chief from 1984 to 2006. When he retired in 2006 the county asked him to stay on as the county Fire Marshall. According to the conversation I had with Chief Briels today at 12:26pm Pacific time, he disclosed to me that the Sheriff's office and Judge Grasty has been telling the community that the "militia" have been following and harassing people. Chief Briels observed what he thought was "militia" poking around the Armory and following townspeople so he took it upon himself to pull them over. According to Chief Briels these men posing as "militia" were the FBI. Chief Briels was so upset he has just resigned as the county Fire Marshall. He has gone public with this information.

Many people will question what Ammon is doing.  Many will wonder why the people of Harney County, OR called a town meeting, peaceably assembled and formed a Committee of Safety on December 15, 2015.  But do they have the right?  Of course they do.  This is a free country.

A Grand Jury, when acting in accordance with the Common Law, has the right and the responsibility to act as a Sword and a Shield.  It's a shield when protecting people from wrongful accusations and a sword as it has the power to reach inside the government to root out corruption.

The Grand Jury was born over 800 years ago as it was codified in Magna Carta.  Since then, the institution has belonged to the people as a way to hold governments accountable to the "consent of the governed."  

Today's Grand Jury is what I call a "Statutory Puppet Grand Jury" as they're born of statutes and controlled by prosecutors and judges.  The fact of the matter is that nowhere in the Constitution did We The People give the institutional branches of government authority to control the grand jury.

I highly recommend you read my book, Consent of the Governed - The People's Guide to Holding Government Accountable as I uncover the most powerful word in the Constitution, how it was hijacked and what we can all do about it.  I'm very confident you will be shocked at the research I've uncovered.

(to name only a few)

"Because the grand jury is an institution separate from the courts, over whose functioning the courts do not preside,…”
- U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. vs Williams 504 U.S. 36 (1992)

"The grand jury is mentioned in the Bill of Rights, but not in the body of the Constitution. It has not been textually assigned, therefore, to any of the branches described in the first three Articles. It is a constitutional fixture in its own right.""In fact the whole theory of its function is that it belongs to no branch of the institutional government, serving as a kind of buffer or referee between the Government and the people.”
- U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. vs Williams 504 U.S. 36 (1992)

"The grand jury's functional independence from the judicial branch is evident both in the scope of its power to investigate criminal wrongdoing, and in the manner in which that power is exercised. Unlike a court, whose jurisdiction is predicated upon a specific case or controversy, the grand jury can investigate merely on suspicion that the law is being violated, or even because it wants assurance that it is not."
- U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. vs Williams 504 U.S. 36 (1992)

"The grand jury requires no authorization from its constituting court to initiate an investigation."
- U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. vs Williams 504 U.S. 36 (1992)

"In its day to day functioning, the grand jury generally operates without the interference of a presiding judge. It swears in its own witnesses, and deliberates in total secrecy."
- U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. vs Williams 504 U.S. 36 (1992)

"Even in this setting, however, we have insisted that the grand jury remain free to pursue its investigations unhindered by external influence or supervision so long as it does not trench upon the legitimate rights of any witness called before it."
- U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. vs Williams 504 U.S. 36 (1992)

"Recognizing this tradition of independence, we have said that the Fifth Amendment's constitutional guarantee presupposes an investigative body acting independently of either prosecuting attorney or judge."
- U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. vs Williams 504 U.S. 36 (1992)

"Section 1. Natural rights inherent in people. We declare that all men, when they form a social compact are equal in right: that all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness; and they have at all times a right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.”
- Oregon Constitution, Article 1 Section 1

"Section 26. Assemblages of people; instruction of representatives; application to legislature.No law shall be passed restraining any of the inhabitants of the State from assembling together in a peaceable manner to consult for their common good; nor from instructing their Representatives; nor from applying to the Legislature for redress of greviances”
- Oregon Constitution, Article 1 Section 26