Was Harry Reid involved in the Bundy Ranch Debacle? Sorting through the Rumors & Disinformation

The purpose of this video is to sort through the tangled web of information and rumors circulating regarding the questions of corruption and Harry Reid's involvement in the Bundy Ranch showdown. We will also address a error in our previous video on the topic "Bundy Ranch - What You're Not Being Told".

UPDATE: It turns out that the law firm that Harry Reid's son works for, Lionel, Sawyer and Collins, is in fact the legal representative for First Solar.

The purpose of this video is to sort through the tangled web of information and rumors circulating regarding the questions of corruption and Harry Reid's involvement in the Bundy Ranch showdown. We will also address an error in our previous video on the topic.

Alright so there was this article that claimed that the siege of the Bundy ranch was about was really about fracking leases. It referred to this article on shalereporter.com which actually referred to land sold in Eastern Nevada, and Clark county isn't in Eastern Nevada, so that's clearly not the same land. At this point the author has to be aware of this mistake. Leaving it up like this without correcting the mistake is really bad. I'm still having people send me this.

We had some unsubstantiated rumors claiming that "There are developers working for military contractors that want that land and water for mining weapons grade minerals for industry... they want to sell the land by the highway for real estate development because it's close to I-15". Again this claim isn't even coherent. Military contractors like blackwater don't buy land for mining.

Now for the troublesome story. That the showdown in Nevada was really about an underhanded business deal involving Senator Harry Reid, his son, the BLM and a 5 billion dollar solar energy plant.

The first source we referred to was Reuters August 21, 2012, which does indeed go into the details of a shady business deal involving ENN energy that Harry worked to push through. This is a reputable source, and it tells us a lot about how Senator Reid operates. Just one problem: the project fell through in 2013. ENN isn't in the game anymore.

However there still several issues here that remain. We have the web page that was taken down from the BLM website and which someone quickly deleted from google's cache. This webpage mentions that the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone's mitigation strategy as one of the justifications for seizing Cliven Bundy's cattle. You also have the fact that the current head of the BLM, Neil Kornze, is Harry Reid's former adviser and as the Senate majority leader directly participated in his confirmation, and to make things even more interesting we have the fact that it was revealed this past week that the FBI had been attempting to investigate Harry Reid on unrelated corruption charges, but they were blocked by the Department of Justice.

We also know from this article from the LA Times that Harry Reid has a long history of finding creative ways to funnel money towards family members, and we have the well documented case of his attempt to push the ENN project through for his son Rory Reid via Reuters. So the question isn't really whether Harry Reid is corrupt, the question is whether he had a hand in the Bundy ranch debacle.

Now there are some people who have formulated an alternative explanation tying Reid to the BLM's move against the Bundys.
That the standoff is about solar-industry crony capitalism, but just not ENN.

That narrative revolves around a company called First Solar. First Solar is running quite a few solar projects in Nevada, one which is planned for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone. The company apparently has been heavily subsidized by the Department of Energy, there was a scandal when a CEO from First Solar sold off 450 million in the company's stock even though the company was floundering miserably (Reuters claimed a lower number than Rep. Mike Kelly), and one of it's top executives James Hughes (aka Jim Hughes) just happens to be one of the unindicted conspirators in the Enron case. First Solar seems to be a questionable company, but how all this is supposed to connect to the Bundy case is very, very blurry.

Now on March 6th, the environmental advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife filed a lawsuit suit against Neil Kornze, head of the Bureau of Land Management for his role in pushing through two massive solar projects that they say is going to devastate the tortoise habitat. According to an assessment released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2013, the two projects, which are owned by First Solar, are expected to displace, injure, or kill up to 2,115 federally Threatened desert tortoises. So while the BLM is attempting to claim environmental concerns to push the Bundy's off the land they've fast tracked projects that literally raze the desert completely destroying all wildlife.

That information is interesting, but it doesn't prove that Kornze made the decision due to a conflict of interest, and it doesn't prove that Harry Reid was involved.

UPDATE: It turns out that the law firm that Harry Reid's son works for, Lionel, Sawyer and Collins, is in fact the legal representative for First Solar.

If we had strong evidence connecting Harry Reid to First Solar then we might have a case, but no one has posted any hard evidence tying Reid to First Solar financially as far as I know. There are some who have pointed to a small campaign donation that one of the executives of First Solar made to Reid some years back, but that claim wasn't very well sourced, and even if it was it would be very hard to make the case that this would be enough to drive Reid to pit the BLM on the Bundys years later. Others have posted this article showing Reid in a ground breaking ceremony for the Moapa Paiute Solar project, but that doesn't mean anything. Participating in a ground breaking ceremony for a project like that is normal for a Senator.

It may very well be that if we could look at Reid's financial statements, investments and the investments of his family members we might find something. Unfortunately the public no longer has access to that information online. We don't have access to that information because of a law which Harry Reid himself introduced. The bill (S.716), which was passed on April 15, 2013 modified the STOCK Act repealing the requirement for the congress and executive branch employees to post their financial disclosures online where they could be read by the public. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s716

It may be a total coincidence, but it's interesting to note that Harry Reid passed this law after the scandal regarding his son's stake in the ENN project, and right before the ENN officially backed out.

I'm sure we would have learned all sorts of interesting things if the FBI corruption probe into Harry Reid's dealings hadn't been blocked by the Department of Justice. It's important to be clear here though that it may be that if they investigate him it is possible that they would turn up all sorts of dirty laundry, but nothing that relates to this situation. We can't know that, and we shouldn't make assumptions.

So was Harry Reid the man behind the Bundy ranch crackdown? I don't know, and I'm not going to pretend that I know unless I see solid evidence one way or another. If you have evidence you're welcome to send it to us on our facebook page or on twitter, and we'll look at it.

Now some people were angry with me for taking down the last video. Some claimed I was cowering to these guys or that I was being threatened by someone, or intimidated. Listen, I know that makes better television, and it's less humbling than having to admit a mistake but it's just not true. No one sent me any threats on this particular issue and even if they had I don't bow to those kinds of tactics. I do however bow to reality. No one ever wins a fight against reality. You might think you win, but you actually just become delusional. So if someone shows me evidence that destroys one my arguments, then I must change my stance. Period. I don't view that as optional, especially if you're dealing with information that's being spread to the public. Because if you don't correct yourself, there's a lot of people that are going to assume that the false information is correct.

That's what the mainstream media does. They get things dead wrong all the time and rarely corrects themselves. In fact more often than not they build on their faulty information and keep referring back to it as fact.

A good example is sarin gas attacks in Syria. We have the U.N. investigator Carla Del Ponte who went public saying that the evidence they found indicated that it was the rebels behind the attacks and that there was no evidence whatsoever that the Syrian government was involved and yet you'll still see Western politicians and the mainstream media referring to that attack as a justification for measures against Assad.

Unfortunately the alternative media has a really bad habit of doing the same thing. For example this article which originally went viral covering the Reid connection hasn't been taken down or corrected even though the authors are fully aware that the ENN project has been shelved. We know that they are aware of that fact due to another article they posted mentioning this fact. The article claiming that this was all about fracking leases is still up as well, and hasn't been updated.

People are still linking to these articles as evidence, people are still sending this stuff to their friends. That's really bad.

If we get something wrong we have to take it down otherwise we're spreading disinformation, and we can't just take it down and pretend like nothing happened, because if you do there are going to be people that didn't notice that you took and down and are going to continue spreading the wrong information.

We can't compete with the big corporations in terms of budget and equipment, all we he have going for us is our commitment to telling the truth. If we lose that we have nothing.

Note: I wish I could have gotten this correction up sooner, but my daughter had a stomach bug and that disrupted our schedule significantly last week.

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