I’ll start by saying that the opinion expressed by this article is merely the result of some research, and some interesting coincidences that I’ve found worth putting together.
Time will tell if these parallel events are connected, but I would be really surprised if they aren’t!
We all remember the infamous Malheur National Wildlife Refuge standoff that happened in January of 2016, where ranchers protesting what they viewed as a Federal Government abuse via the BLM by jailing the Hammonds and sentencing them not once but twice for backfires in their property that spread into Federal land. The standoff eventually ended with the death of LaVoy Finicum during a FBI ambush which was highly controversial, and is still under investigation.
Recently, we’ve found out that FBI documents from 2009 uncovering bribery from Russian officials prior to the Uranium One deal had been buried by Obama’s DOJ. The first thing that came to my mind was where do we extract uranium from in the US?
While researching I ran into a BLM page from Oregon, which led me to start connecting the dots. https://www.blm.gov/or/energy/uranium.php
So let’s take a look at the timeline for these parallel events…
2009 – Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. These findings were buried by both the FBI director and the DOJ.
2009 – Then FBI director Mueller personally delivers uranium sample to Russia. https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/09STATE38943_a.html
2010 – Obama Administration approves partial sale of the Canadian firm Uranium One to ARMZ Uranium holding Co., a part of Rosatom, which is a Russian State owned enterprise, giving Moscow control of 20% of U.S. uranium supply.
2011 – A representative from Oregon Energy, L.L.C. (formally Uranium One), meets with local citizens, and county and state officials, to discuss the possibility of opening a uranium oxide (“yellowcake”) mine in southern Malheur County in southeastern Oregon. The claim area would occupy about 450 acres and is also referred to as the “New U” uranium claims.
2012 – Ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond are sentenced to jail for a backfire that extended into BLM land, and start serving a reduced sentence of 1 1/2 years.
2012 – Oregon Energy/Uranium One puts their plan for the new mine on hold citing uncertainty surrounding sage grouse.
2013 – In December 2013 an internal reorganization of Rosatom extinguished the interest of ARMZ making Uranium One a direct subsidiary of Rosatom. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranium_One
2014 – The Hammonds settled a 1 million lawsuit with the BLM for 400k and signed a document giving the BLM first right of purchase for their land if the debt was not paid.
2015 – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds Federal Law and re-sentences the Hammonds to the full 5 year prison sentence less time served. Hmmmm…we’ve heard about the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals a lot lately in another issue.
2016 – A standoff from ranchers in support of the Hammonds and claiming that the BLM controls public land unconstitutionally takes place for 41 days at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, ending with the death of LaVoy Finicum during a FBI ambush.
All of this sure could be a very unfortunate coincidence, but one has to question if there is a connection between the desperate attempt to remove ranchers from their land in Malheur County, Oregon, and Uranium One’s plans to open a 450 acre mine in the same County. Also, questionable was the FBI involvement in the standoff and the seemingly unnecessary death of LaVoy Finicum. Did he know too much? Was that message to others to back off?
For decades there has been conflict between ranchers and the Federal Government regarding land ownership and use, and it’s not a secret to anyone that the Federal Government always wins. The only secret at times is what the government wants a particular piece of land for and who is making money behind the scenes.
In this particular case, and taking into consideration today’s volatile environment worldwide, one can’t help but to be concerned since our very own uranium could be being used right now by our enemies thanks to greedy politicians who don’t even try to hide their contempt for this Nation.
It is also a bit unsettling and almost ironic that the former FBI director who delivered the uranium sample to Russia himself is today investigating the so-called “Russian/Trump collusion”, yeah…the same former FBI director who buried the files with evidence of wrong doing by Russian officials in order to have Uranium One’s sale approved.
Coming from a country like Brazil where government corruption is so blatant that nothing is surprising, I’ve learned that there are no coincidences when it comes corrupt politicians. It’s like unraveling a cable knit sweater, and this one seems to be the XXL type!