There is an incredibly sick affront to justice happening right now, under all of our noses. A father and son, Dwight and Steven Hammond, continue to sit in prison as victims of a massive federal bureaucracy that has been hounding the family, as well as other ranching families, for decades. The Hammond family happens to own property desired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and have been pressured for decades to sell their land to the federal government following in the footsteps of their neighbors, who all eventually gave in.
After numerous legal battles ostensibly designed to beat the family into submission, the ranchers were charged with arson under the “Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996” years after setting two fires that spread to “public” lands in 2001 (spread onto 139 acres of vacant land – which ultimately improved the land) and 2006, an emergency backfire set in order to protect their property in 2006 during a lightening storm which spread and burned an acre of adjoining “public” land.
According to a website dedicated to preparedness,
Backfiring is a way of reducing the amount of flammable material by starting small fires along a manmade or natural firebreak in front of the main fire. These small fires are started on the side of the firebreak closest to the oncoming fire. These small fires are designed to ‘burn back towards the main fire front’ and are usually burning and traveling against ground level winds. This widens the firebreak and helps to suppress the main fire by removing the fuel.
With this in mind, consider recent news stories where controlled fires set by the government ended up spreading to other areas:
- Rabbit Creek wildfire continues to burn in Prince Albert National Park
- Wildfire inside P.A. National Park started as controlled burn
- Forest fire burning near Hyampom
- More than 700 acres have been destroyed by a wildfire.
The forest fires that sometimes result from controlled fires are not unusual, and when the government is the perpetrator, there are no charges of arson.
The documentation to pardon Dwight and Steven Hammond is in the White House as of May 19 2018.