||[Jan. 28th, 2016|03:04 pm]
Interview from OPB: http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/thinkoutloud/segment/harney-county-occupiers-speak-affordable-housing-portland-audit/
So this is who's left.
The suicidal guy is dead. The assholes in charge are in jail awaiting trial. Who's left is this scared kid who doesn't know what to do, but doesn't want to go to jail.
Every action the FBI is taking right now is trying to save this kid's life.
The interviewer repeatedly asks him what he sees as his options for his future - and he has no answer, and no idea what to do.
When asked if he really thought he could just go home like nothing happened and resume his job as an assistant in his family's dental practice his answer was more of a question: "um... yes?" as his voice shakes.
"How much supplies do you have left?"
"Umm... a lot? I don't know... I don't know how long supplies last. But... but there's a lot of stuff."
It would be easy to make fun of him, to laugh at the stupidity of his actions and the situation he's found himself in.
But listen first before you do. He thought it would be an adventure. Come to Oregon, talk big, swagger, camp out for a couple of weeks, go home and impress all your friends with stories about how you stood up to the big tyrannical federal government.
But now he's holed up with diminishing supplies, still getting lots of misinformation about the big scary government. He wants to see the dash cam video of when "that Lavoy guy" got killed. He wants to know he's not just going to be executed, because that's what he's being told happened and he doesn't know who to trust or who to turn to. And he's terrified about what will happen to him in prison (despite the FBI repeatedly telling him that if he surrenders to them he won't be charged.)
So, this is who's there. A kid on an adventure that he didn't understand and now he's scared and confused while the government he's been taught his whole life to hate and fear is spending all of its efforts trying to keep him from being killed.
EDIT: Sandy Anderson comes on at the end of the interview - she seems a little more zealous to the cause, but no less clueless.
"Do you think you've accomplished any of your political goals?" the interviewer asks.
She pauses, like the question hadn't occurred to her before.
"Well, we hope we woke some people up to, um, the Constitution? And how important it is."
Yeah, I really have no beef with the FBI letting these people surrender and go home without charging them.