Pete Santilli's Malheur (Burns, Oregon) FBI False Flag Conspiracy Theory

Mick West

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In a video posted Jan 13th, Harney county volunteer fire chief Chris Briles announces his resignation, citing what he views as unconstitutional obstruction by Judge Steven E. Grasty regarding Briles' participating in a "Committee of Safety". During this speech he gives an account of how he confronted some individuals who were acting suspicious, got evasive answers from them, then ran their plates to discover (he claims) that they were "undercover FBI agents".

The poster of the video, Pete Santilli is a conservative broadcaster with close ties to various militia organizations, and a history of entertaining or promoting a variety of outlandish conspiracy theories. He's also organized several rallies, including the rally in Oregon that eventually turned into the Malheur occupation. He also claims to be responsible for the "Pacific Patriots Network" militia arriving (heavily armed) on Jan 9th to "provide security".

The description of the video:
Undercover FBI agents being in town does not sound unlikely. It's a very touchy situation. The FBI has jurisdiction as there's crimes being committed on Federal property. However they don't want to escalate the situation - there's been a general reluctance to use force in such situation since the events of the Waco siege in 1993, and the Ruby Ridge siege in 1992. The two events created a great deal of anger, conspiracy theories, and led to the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995.

So even 20 years after those events, the FBI (and Federal authorities in general) seem to have a very cautious approach. This was evident in the Bundy Standoff in 2014, where federal Bureau of Land Management agents attempted to confiscate cattle belonging to Cliven Bundy. Several armed militia members arrived over several days, there was a tense standoff with guns pointed, and the Feds eventually backed off, allowing Bundy to continue as before. While this may have been wise it probably led to the occupation at Malheur, as the Bundys would expect the Feds to hold off and avoid confrontation, which is pretty much what they have done so far.

So what is Santilli's theory? He's suggesting that the Feds are trying to manufacture an excuse, a "false flag" event, that would justify them "executing lethal resolution" - i.e. he's saying the Feds would pretend the Milita was shooting at them, so they could shoot at the Militia.

Santilli is a big promoter of "false flag" theories. He promotes the idea that no children died at Sandy Hook, and the entire event was staged with actors. He also entertains the most bizarre ideas about 9/11, with the towers supposedly being destroyed by some kind of energy beam.
http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/05/29/the-lunatic-world-of-gun-rights-radio/194254#santilli
Santilli's talk of "electronic harassment" hints at the idea that the FBI beams voices into people's heads to make them think they are crazy (as is mocked by the "tin-foil hat" insult) .

So I think it's rather worrying that someone with such extreme and bizarre views is so deeply involved in organizing and promoting this situation.

Santilli is getting some pushback on several fronts. Firstly the local townspeople seem to be aware of what he's doing, and they don't like it. He was ejected from a Harney County public meeting on Jan 11 for disrupting the meeting. As he was escorted out people booed him, called him a "parasite", and reportedly threw garbage at him.

Secondly the Bundy militia did not seem at all happy with him organizing the PPN "security detail".
http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-n...sf/2016/01/heavily_armed_security_detail.html
And there's also some pushback from the other end of the spectrum. Other conspiracy minded conservative broadcasters have accused him of being an "FBI Informant", and suggested that Santilli is the actual agent provocateur within the Malheur group. And then, of course, those people are in turn accused of being part of yet another conspiracy.

Any way you look at it, it's a mess. The Malheur occupation is an event with a long and complex history leading up to it, and has become the focal point for a wide variety of people whose grievances and motivations are all over the map. The FBI is faced with a difficult choice between allowing illegal actions, and escalating things by use of force, which very likely will lead to people getting killed. Unfortunately it seems some of those involved in the occupation actually want an escalation. And despite Santilli's promoting the theory that the FBI is planning a "false flag", I think it's more likely that Santilli himself will ultimately be more responsible if the Malheur occupation descends into violence.
 
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Mick West

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Briles has clarified his story about the undercover FBI guys:
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles...ent-posing-as-militia-ex-fire-chief-clarifies
 

Spectrar Ghost

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Briles has clarified his story about the undercover FBI guys:
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles...ent-posing-as-militia-ex-fire-chief-clarifies

I don't understand. Why did he resign then? Was it because the FBI had undercover agents involved at all?

Did he expect them to be wearing "I'm FBI" shirts and introducing themselves to the armed occupiers of a government building whom they were surveilling?
 

deirdre

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Pete Santilli arrested. (along with the Bundys and others. one man dead)

timeline of events Tuesday
http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2016/01/oregon_standoff_ammon_bundy_re.html
 
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