When a U.S. citizen is in violation of U.S. civil or criminal law, there are well-defined legal remedies. If a U.S. citizen defies legal court orders, the remedy is to issue a warrant for their arrest, and let federal law enforcement handle it. Under normal circumstances, this works fairly well.
When it comes to white supremacist militias, however, federal law enforcement doesn’t have a very good track record. While the U.S. Marshals Service is pretty straight forward in serving warrants and making arrests, the FBI and ATF — due to a propensity to grandstand — often screw things up.
Grandstanding, this time in the case of the BLM, provides a platform for the militias and other habitual outlaws to do recruiting. This, in turn, makes it possible for these domestic terrorists to raise funds and organize for further misadventures that threaten law-abiding citizens.
As Charles Tanner reports, the stand-off in Nevada between the BLM and the militias is yet another exercise in stupidity by the feds. Why in the world did they allow illegal trespass by the rancher to go on for twenty years? Why didn’t they evict him?
The short answer, says Tanner, is because he’s white.