Only days after ringing in the new year, a militia protesting the overreach of the American government took over an Oregon government building. Because of the nature of the takeover, the internet is donning the group Y’all Qaeda – questioning why they aren’t being labeled as terrorists.
This group that has taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, harboring zero employees at the time, is protesting a local case regarding the Hammonds and their sentencing.
“We are not terrorists,” Ammon Bundy said, speaking for the group, which includes his brother Ryan Bundy, who are not native to Oregon. “We are concerned citizens and realize we have to act if we want to pass along anything to our children.”
This is not the first time the Bundy family has been protesting the government. In 2014, Ammon and Ryan Bundy’s father, Cliven Bundy, orchestrated an armed standoff with the federal government in regards to land.
Ironically, the Oregon Hammond family is adamant about not aligning with Bundy’s group.
“Neither Ammon Bundy nor anyone within his group/organization speak for the Hammond family,” attorney for the Hammonds W. Alan Schroeder wrote to Harney County Sheriff David Ward.
The Harney County Sheriff alleges the group had ulterior motives other than protesting the Hammond case.
“These men came to Harney County [Oregon] claiming to be part of militia groups supporting local ranchers, when in reality these men had alternative motives to attempt to overthrow the county and federal government in hopes to spark a movement across the United States,” Ward said in a statement on Sunday afternoon.
The Twitterverse has been abuzz expressing how tame language has been describing the group and #YallQaeda has been trending.
— John Hulsey (@JohnHulsey) January 3, 2016
— Josie Richardson (@josie_kathleen) January 4, 2016
The Oregonian’s Politics Reports Ian Kullgren reported that the group is, “willing to kill and be killed if necessary”, giving the terrorist label more clout.