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In 2009, current Oregon FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Malheur Occupation, Greg Bretzing was the Special Agent in Charge of a massive investigation into the theft of Indian artifacts in the Four Corners region of Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. The investigation centered around the alleged taking of and sale of Indian artifacts from Federal Lands. However those lands, while under BLM management, are public lands and the legality of removing artifacts is still in dispute. The two year long investigation headed by Bretzing culminated in June 2009 when FBI and BLM agents conducted coordinated raids on 24 defendants serving 12 separate indictments.
The Governments case quickly began to fall apart when it was discovered 4 of the alleged criminals were discovered to be over 70 years old and life long collectors of Native artifacts. As well two defendants and an undercover agent, whose testimony was key to bringing the indictments, committed suicide. Allegations of Government heavy handedness and wrong doing quickly arose amidst the investigation eventually leading to the Estate of Dr. James Redd, an elderly and beloved physician from Blanding, UT. who turned up dead early on, to sue the Government for wrongful death.
That wrongful death suit named specifically one DANIEL P. LOVE, the lead BLM Agent during the investigation. Special Agent DANIEL P. LOVE is the the same Special Agent DANIEL P. LOVE of Bunkerville infamy and was the Special Agent in Charge at the Bundy Ranch incident when BLM illegally attempted to take private livestock belonging to Cliven Bundy. FBI Agent Bretzing testified in the wrongful death suit claiming BLM Agent Love’s actions were due to alleged threats Federal Agents received attempting to serve warrants on Dr. Redd and his wife. The Redd’s were near their 60’s at the time.
Central to the case was one Ted Gardiner, a former super market chain owner turned drug addict, who was broke and burning furniture to stay warm when he was contacted by the FBI and Special Agent DAN LOVE, who pressured him into turning informant. Paid $10,000.00 initially, Gardiner would receive $7,500.00 a month for the next two years to covertly film artifact collectors and dealers in an attempt to build the Government’s case. Gardiner was the one that ultimately led to the Redd’s being indicted in the case over a small shell smaller than the size of a dime that was carved into the effigy of a bird. The piece in question had been discovered by the Redd’s on an artifact hunting trip near their home in Blanding, UT. Gardiner arrived at the Redd family home in an attempt to sell what he claimed to be Native artifacts, Jeannie Redd ended up trading the small bird shell for a turquoise pendent Gardiner passed off as being found on Comb Ridge. In fact he had just purchased the item from two meth addicts in a nearby trailer. Special Agent in Charge Bretzing and BLM Agent Love considered this “trafficking in Native Antiquities”. It was these kind of methods of entrapment and outright deception that led to serious questions regarding the case.
Special Agent in Charge Bretzing’s link to this case is troubling in light of the accusations of wrongdoing and excessive tactics that mirror the current situation in Burns, Or. and the circumstances surrounding the death of LaVoy Finicum. Now enter into the equation the question of Indian Artifacts at the Malheur Reserve and accusations that occupiers were defiling them and one must begin to become suspect. Considering Agent Bretzing’s connection to another investigation, one involving the FBI and fraud, corruption and National Security Leaks out of the FBI’s Salt Lake City Office, it is a downright frightening pattern. Throw Bretzing’s ties to BLM Agent DAN LOVE and Love’s connection to the Bundy’s into this circus of similar coincidences and that pattern begins to crystallize. Where FBI Agent Greg Bretzing goes, questions of corruption, fraud, strong arm tactics and death will follow.
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