Both sons, along with two other men were indicted along with the elderly rancher Wednesday.
In a statement following his arrest, Ammon Bundy said it was, in fact, the federal government that was breaking the law as defined in the U.S. Constitution - and those who stood up to the federal government were thrown in prison.
Bundy and the four others indicted Wednesday are accused of spreading false information and rallying hundreds of armed followers to the area, leading to a standoff with authorities that could have erupted in gunfire.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Cliven Bundy February 10 in Portland, Oregon as he was en route to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon.
Cliven Bundy was a lawless sham of a rancher who would be a threat to police and the public if released from custody, federal prosecutors successfully argued yesterday to a district judge who ordered the prisoner to remain behind bars. Payne, 32, allegedly recruited others and played a lead role in an armed assault, the government said.
"The rule of law has been reaffirmed with these charges". "His cattle grazing on public land is a completely different matter", Grefenson said. "Bundy had trespassed on the public lands for over 20 years, refusing to obtain the legally required permits or pay the required fees to keep and graze his cattle on the land".
Bundy said nothing in court.
In his April 2014 confrontation with federal authorities "Bundy organized and led over 400 followers to assault BLM officers as they guarded the impoundment site, all for the goal of getting cattle back", prosecutors said.
"This is just a continuation of government trying to protect its own power, government taking land that does not belong to them from the people", Ammon Bundy, who is jailed in another standoff in OR and is also charged in the 2014 case, said in a message released by his attorneys.
Cliven Bundy is accused of being part of a conspiracy to "commit an offense against the United States" and conspiracy to injure or impeded a federal officer, assault on a federal officer, threatening a federal officer, weapon use and possession, obstruction, extortion, and attempting to interfere with "commerce and interstate travel in aid or extortion". "He does not vaccinate or treat his cattle for disease; does not employ cowboys to control and herd them; does not manage or control breeding; has no knowledge of where all the cattle are located at any given time; rarely brands them before he captures them; and has to bait them into traps in order to gather them". In 1993, federal lands around his ranch were designated as protected.
They were "foraging aimlessly and wildly, roaming in small groups over hundreds of thousands of acres of federal lands that exist for the use of the general public for many other types of commercial and recreational uses such as camping, hunting, and hiking".
Bundy and his sons - Ammon and Ryan Bundy - as well as Montana resident Ryan Payne and OH conservative Internet radio show host Pete Santilli were charged with a total of 16 felonies.