UPDATES FROM THE OREGON STANDOFF
5:53 pm EST
Local resident reports that the FBI in town no longer look like civilian agents. All of them are "militarized" and look like a gestapo.
5:58 pm EST
Militia member reporting that a convoy appears to be approaching.
5:59 pm EST
Militia members pray together before moving off to positions.
6:02 pm EST
Militia members are calling for "all hands on deck". They believe an attack is imminent. Guns being prepped for action.
6:11 pm EST
It sounds as though some people at the refuge chose to leave and have passed through the roadblock. Others are preparing to defend themselves against the coming onslaught.
6:17 pm EST
Militia continue to scan the horizon and various incoming routes for movement. If the FBI comes in, there will be bloodshed and death. That is guaranteed. These militia are determined to not be taken alive.
6:25 pm EST
A group of militia are discussing ammo supplies and a plan for reloading.
6:33 pm EST
The feds are moving, Witness just saw eight FBI vehicles SUVs going south on 205 past sod House Lane.
A group of militia pause to take a final photo together. One of the militia members, a younger man, was overheard saying he hopes his 5 children will get to see it.
6:46 pm EST
Earlier in the afternoon, a militia member was heard speaking to this wife, "If I die, I died for my country, I died a free man," he said. "That's how I want to die."
6:59 pm EST
Sources say that the husband of Shawna Cox, one of the individuals arrested with Ammon Bundy, has revealed that to hire an attorney to represent her they are requiring a $50,000 retainer up front. He is being denied contact with his wife.
7:03 pm EST
BREAKING... An attorney claiming to represent Ammon Bundy has just given a public statement to media that Ammon has called for the remaining militia members to stand down and go home.
UPDATE... Confirmed... Ammon Bundy has called for the militia to STAND DOWN.
"I'm asking the federal government to allow the people at the refuge to go home without being prosecuted," Bundy said through his attorney Mike Arnold, who stood outside court to read Bundy's statement. "To those remaining at the refuge, I love you. Let us take this fight from here. Please stand down. Please stand down. Go home and hug your families. This fight is ours for now in the courts. Please go home."
No word on whether this message has been communicated to the men at the refuge.
7:12 pm EST
Confirmed: FAA has a temporary no fly zone established over the refuge.
7:20 pm EST
Unsubstantiated reports that actual US military are also in Burns as part of the operation complete with "green" military trucks. If anyone in Burns can confirm or correct, please let us know.
7:23 pm EST
One FBI blue truck with a shell just went by the Narrows heading north on 205.
7:42 pm EST
Locals report that deputies have been stopping "strangers" all week in Burns who have been acting suspicious and following around residents... and in almost every case the strangers turn out to be undercover feds
These same local residents said that the problems started with the sheriff's department failing to follow the mandatory due process of law in handling the official and legal petition for a redress of grievances presented to them. The refusal of the Sheriff to do his duty eroded the public's trust in the system and led them to escalate their actions to demand that the Sheriff obey the law.
7:51 pm EST
9 FBI Vehicles just passed the Narrows heading north on 205
7:53 pm EST
LaVoy's Facebook page has been taken down. Not sure at this point if it was removed by his family or by Facebook... https://www.facebook.com/profile.php…
8:08 pm EST
No new updates just yet from inside the refuge. However, I've been asked where I'm getting my information from. SEVERAL sources, including: direct contact with a refuge militia member, contacts on the outer perimeter of the refuge, Fry's Livestreams, EMS Fire dispatches for Burns and Hines, Incident Page Network with SWAT/ERT updates, various Twitter contacts, a contact at the New York Times, reports from FB users who have sent me private messages and other media sources.
I've also been asked WHO