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Watch Live: Behind The Lines As Militia Prepares For Feds Raid At Oregon Wildlife Refuge

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 23:27:29 Z)

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

This is a live stream from inside the camp of the remaining militia occupiers at an Oregon wildlife refuge. You can hear the fear and desperation in the voices of this ragtag group.

With their leaders captured -- and one killed -- Tuesday, about a half dozen armed militia men spent Thursday preparing their defenses and weapons for what they said they expect to be a bloodbath as federal agents try to arrest the hold outs.

"The American people better wake up, get here and fight for your county, right now, it is on!" Dan Patrick, one of the remaining occupiers, said into a camera streaming live on YouTube Wednesday morning. "All you military that's been fighting for your country overseas, you can fight for your country, right here in America. Get here. Get some, this is history in the making."

The remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon, could be seen checking their semi-automatic rifles and ammunition later Wednesday in expectation of a FBI-led assault to end their occupation.

One of the leaders was shot and killed when federal agents intercepted their two-car convoy Tuesday. Five others were arrested.

This video is an emotional news conference Wednesday in which Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward talked about the death of a man killed by federal agents during a traffic stop. "I'm disappointed that a traffic stop yesterday that was supposed to bring peaceful resolution to this ended badly," Ward said.







: Occupiers are having a candid conversation as they sit around a campfire speculating on what the FBI will do to them. The talk is getting a bit personal and weird, as some of the have been drinking. Certainly, the FBI is listening to the same stream.

: Occupiers are around a campfire as of 6:30pPT. “We’re just chilling, waiting for the government maybe to just pop up in the head or something, holding our ground, liberty or death," one of them said on a video. The live stream is off and on, usually off. We will keep updating.

: Occupation leader Ammon Bundy and six others arrested Tuesday were denied bail during an initial court appearance in Portland, Oregon, Wednesday afternoon. Afterward, Bundy's lawyer issued a short statement from Bundy telling his followers remaining at the refuge "Go home. Hug your families. Let us take it from here."

: The live stream is apparently down for the moment as the militia members are moving to another position. Several of their members who did not have felony warrants for their arrest put down their guns and surrendered in the last hour. One explained he "had a young wife." One of those remaining asked one of them who was leaving "Don't tell them how many of us are left!"

About the author:

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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