Operation Big Sky has achieved its primary objective. The Owners of the White Hope Mine have received their due process and will begin scheduling their constitutional right to a day in federal court. Evidence that substantiates the miners’ rightful claim to private property will be weighed against claims of unauthorized use by the United States Forest service. Summons for a civil suit have been served by the USFS in a meeting between owners of the mine, DEQ officials, and the Sheriff’s office. While this is not an all-encompassing victory, round one goes to the miners and patriot groups nationwide.
Ten days after launching Operation Big Sky, the USFS has been forced to recognize and acknowledge the mine owners right to due process. The presence of the Oath keepers and Idaho’s III%, under the Pacific Patriots Network have forced the hand of the USFS to enter into a legal discussion through the legal system. Strong-arm tactics, fear-mongering, and sponsoring a misinformation campaign have failed to oust the miners from their rightful claim to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The quick response, organization, and strategic positioning by the PPN are directly responsible for pressuring the USFS to abide by the Constitution. By remaining professional, courteous and maintaining steadfast resolve, the Pacific Patriots Network have succeeded in setting a precedent of protecting Constitutional Rights against over-reaching federal agencies. The 4th and 5th Amendment Constitutional rights are not to be violated, trumped, or circumvented by a federal agency tasked with code enforcement.
The Sheriff has sworn, by his personal word, to President of Idaho III% Brandon Curtiss that no federal agencies will take any physical action against the miners until they have had their day in federal court. Until that day has arrived, the PPN will remain on site and continue a security operation to ensure that his word is honored. Oath keepers and Idaho’s III% will continue to answer the call wherever we are needed, nationwide.