Operation Big Sky has achieved its primary objective. The Owners of the White Hope Mine are on track to receive their due process and will begin scheduling their constitutional right to a day in federal court. This is now a legal dispute in front of a federal judge where it belongs. We urge that the judge will abide by his oath and will do right by the Constitution and issue a fair and impartial decision. 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, Idaho’s III%, and various Oregon Patriot groups within 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 Idaho III%, Oath Keepers, and Oregon patriot groups within 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 is scheduled, the PPN will remain on site and continue a security operation to ensure that his word is honored. The operation is under the leadership of Oath Keepers National Officer of Operations, Joseph A. Santoro Sgt. Maj. U.S. Army (Ret.) Sgt. Maj. has promised the following:
“I promised the miners, the Sheriff, and the community that upon receipt of their scheduled court date we will end the security operation and go home to our wives and families. We will keep that promise. However, any indication of abuse of power or intimidation, we will return 100-fold to secure the rights of these two combat veterans. One of these individuals fought in Korea, the other in Vietnam. They have earned their right to be treated with decency and respect and we insist on it.”
Every group within the Pacific Patriot network would like to extend a sincere thank you to Montana citizens and those from out of state who arrived on scene to assist in volunteering and for their continued support. Our mission success would not be possible without dedicated patriots and the hospitality of the residents of Lincoln, Montana.
Oath keepers and Idaho’s III% will continue to answer the call wherever we are needed, nationwide. Today is a day for rejoicing. We will continue to protect and resurrect our Constitutional Republic and see that every man, woman, and child enjoy their rights to Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness.
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