Or at least intimidators. From the Oregon Cowliphate (boldface mine):
Fear of the militants occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and roaming the communities of Burns and Hines sits like a heavy winter fog over the area.
More than a dozen local residents have reported to authorities that they were harassed in the weeks leading up to the occupation and in the days since. Different trucks, SUVs and other vehicles — most with out-of-state licenses — have followed the residents….
Law enforcement sources confirmed each had reported the episodes…
The pastor, who has lived in the Burns area nine years, told of returning home after attending a Christmas party about a week before the holiday. He parked and went inside, then went outside again because he forgot to roll up the window in his truck, he said in an interview.
That’s when he noticed a pickup turning slowly onto the street. The truck caught his attention, he said, because it matched the description he had heard of a pickup that had followed the sheriff’s parents a few days earlier.
The pickup with two men drove slowly past him.
“They yelled something out the window at me,” the pastor said. “I couldn’t make it out.”
…The pastor said he has been publicly vocal before the occupation in opposing the tactics of the militants. He instantly stopped any social media activity because of the nighttime encounter…
Several days later, a pickup he was told was associated with the militants drove slowly by his office in Burns, he said.
Fear overtook him, he said. “I had to make some decisions for myself and for my family,” opting to take his family out of town for several days…
On Monday, his son returned with other students to school.
“He was scared to go to school,” the pastor said. “His fear was that someone dressed like a police officer would come into his classroom and hurt people. He didn’t want to see people hurt.”
…A Burns High School student, the son of another local police officer, said that in mid-December he noticed a pickup following him home from school. He noticed the truck in his rearview mirror after he left the school parking lot. He made two turns to get to his home and the pickup stayed behind him. It passed as he pulled off the road to park.
“They looked at me,” he said. “I didn’t think anything of it” at the time.
Not long after, the same pickup followed him out of a service station about 10 p.m., he said. The teenager said he grew alarmed almost immediately.
“I tried to speed up. They seemed to speed up with me,” he said. “I felt they might shoot out my back windows and get at me.”
He tried to shake the followers by jumping the street curb and driving through a city park. The pickup kept pace with him, following on an adjacent street. The truck followed him on back streets to Hines Middle School. “I made a lot of turns and I lost him,” he said.
These thugs are ‘staking out’ police officers’ houses as well. What these bozos don’t realize is that, despite whatever propaganda they choose to listen to and watch, there will be people who will react. And if (or when) they do react, these seditious conspiracists, some of whom have now crossed the line and become terrorists, just might learn what it’s like to be very far away and cutoff from home.
As we are doing with far too much regularity, we refer to Comrade Thers:
Anyway, what we have here is a situation where a relatively small minority of Americans are claiming the right, ultimately backed up by their possession of weapons, to define the True Nature of American Freedom.
Which is fine, I guess, at least according to CNN…
How this differs in any important philosophical regard from the position, of, say, the Provisional Irish Republican Army, I cannot say.
How it differs in any practical sense, well (McVeigh cough) who knows.