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I asked him if he would take a picture with me. “You bet,” as he put his arm around me, his hand on my shoulder and I returned in kind, as Mrs. Finicum took a few shots while LaVoy and I talked about how even people with great differences should be able to meet with honor and respect for one another.

—Chris Zinda, FBI to Malheur Militia: You’re Free to Travel

That quote was published on 13 January 2016. On 26 January 2016 the FBI murdered LaVoy Finicum, standing in the snow, his hands in the air, and promptly published their snuff film of the murder. Since then a hush has descended, not only at 'progressive' sites like counterpunch.org, but all over the MSM.

I think it's remarkable when the USA murders one of us, no matter how close or far apart we are physically or 'spiritually'. No one else does, apparently. Or have I missed, somehow, all the outrage at the cold-blooded murder of LaVoy Finicum by the FBI?

I guess after all Obama's drone assassinations - including our fellow American Abdulrahman Anwar al-Awlaki, born on my 48th birthday, August 26, 1995 in Denver, Colorado and murdered on October 14, 2011 in Yemen at the age of 16 in an American drone strike - what's one more?

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said of Obama's drone assassination of 16 year-old Abdulrahman Anwar al-Awlaki :

I would suggest that you should have a far more responsible father if they are truly concerned about the well being of their children.

suggesting that because Anwar al-Awlaki had said some things that the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate didn't like and so was murdered for his speeches, the NPPL was justified in murdering his 16 year-old son as well, as a congenital terrorist.

I guess on that basis, in the case of LaVoy Finicum, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate didn't need to think twice before authorizing the FBI's 'executive action'. When it comes down to it, he's "really good at killing people".

And now we're really good at rolling with it. Hardly a ripple any longer. We're all with the program. Moving along. Nothing to see here.

Final Militia Occupier in Oregon Surrenders After 41 Days. Lavoy Finicum should have been among those who surrendered. The FBI murdered LaVoy ... and we all sucked our thumbs.

First they came for the 'cowboys' ... but I wasn't a 'cowboy' ... so I didn't stand up ...

UPDATE: 8 March 2016 Shooting [murder] of Oregon occupier LaVoy Finicum justified - prosecutor

The Oregon state trooper who shot and killed Robert 'LaVoy' Fincium, one of the leaders of the armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife National Refuge, was cleared of any wrongdoing by prosecutors.

Finicum was killed January 26 when a convoy headed from the refuge to a community meeting was met by FBI and state troopers. Late Tuesday, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office released a synced video used during the investigation.

Two troopers shot Finicum in the back a total of three times, one of which pierced his heart, the Oregonian reported. A prosecutor ruled the shooting was legally justified, noting that Oregon state law allows the use of deadly force when officers believe that a person is likely to seriously injure or kill someone else.

[It is alleged that] Finicum had a loaded handgun in his pocket at the time of the encounter with law enforcement and kept moving his hands towards that pocket. There was an Oregon trooper in front of the 54-year-old, the prosecutor said.

“All six shots fired by the Oregon State Police, the three into the truck and the three that struck Mr. Finicum, are justified,” said Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris in a prepared statement. He noted that the shots were “in fact, necessary.”

However, the US Department of Justice is investigating an unnamed FBI agent who fired twice at the Arizona rancher, but didn’t report the shots. The four other members of the agent’s Hostage Rescue Team, an elite FBI unit, are also under criminal investigation for potentially helping the shooter cover up the shooting. Neither of the bullets struck Finicum.

The revelation was part of the release of the findings by a team of local investigators, according to the Oregonian.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2010/01/29/showdown-in-the-malheur-marshes/ Showdown in the Malheur Marshes
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/05/showdown-in-the-malheur-marshes-the-origins-of-the-armed-occupation-in-burns-oregon/ Showdown in the Malheur Marshes: the Origins of Rancher Terrorism in Burns, Oregon
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/04/the-bundy-militia-raid-on-burns-what-the-media-left-out/ The Bundy Militia Raid on Burns: What the Media Left Out
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/05/terrorism-american-style/ Terrorism, American Style
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/06/the-malheur-wildlife-refuge-occupation-a-skirmish-among-colonizers/ The Malheur Wildlife Refuge Occupation: a Skirmish Among Colonizers
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/06/the-many-hypocrisies-of-the-oregon-standoff/ The Many Hypocrisies of the Oregon Standoff
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/07/the-rationality-of-the-malheur-gunmen-fighting-for-the-white-future-of-this-country/ The Rationality of the Malheur Gunmen: Fighting for the White Future of This Country
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/07/the-point-of-the-spear-nostalgia-in-oregons-militia-movement-2/ The Point of the Spear: Nostalgia in Oregon’s Militia Movement
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/08/utah-the-kochs-and-their-malheur-monster/ Utah, the Kochs and Their Malheur Monster
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/08/unhinged-in-burns-inside-the-malheur-rebellion/ Unhinged in Burns: Inside the Malheur Rebellion
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/14/fbi-to-malheur-militia-youre-free-to-travel/ FBI to Malheur Militia: You’re Free to Travel
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/15/timber-oligarchs-transform-into-beef-barons-in-harney-county-and-the-oregon-high-desert/ Timber Oligarchs Transform Into Beef Barons in Harney County and the Oregon High Desert
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/22/bullies-of-burns-the-backstory-on-the-hammonds/ Bullies of Burns: the Backstory on the Hammonds