‘Works of the devil’: Oregon occupier countersues US government for $666bn

Harney County residents gather to protest the FBI's presence at the Burns Municipal Airport in Burns, Oregon January 31, 2016. © Jim Urquhart
A protester involved in the armed occupation of a wildlife park in Oregon is suing the US government for more than $666 billion, saying FBI and state police officers were among those to cause her suffering “from works of the devil”.

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Shawna Cox is facing a number of charges related to her participation in the six-week occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The occupation was sparked over the decision to return two Oregon ranchers to prison for setting fires that spread onto federal lands.

An armed militia led by Ammon Bundy began the occupation on January 2 and demanded the land be returned to its “rightful owners," the local ranchers. The Burns Pauite Tribe of Native Americans pointed out that the area was their ancestral home.

Following her arrest, Cox is countersuing law colleges, the state and Federal Bar Associations for “subversively, secretly forc[ing] socialism, communism and imperialism types of government onto the people of the United States of America.”

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In the court complaint Cox alleges state and federal employees tried to “murder me and they executed my co witness and co-informant Lavoy Finicum.”