The Federal Siege at Ruby Ridge

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Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#1 Mar 26, 2009
The Federal Siege at Ruby Ridge
by Randy & Sara Weaver

(In Our Own Words)
Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#2 Mar 26, 2009
In Loving Memory of Vicki and Sam Weaver

Murdered by Federal Agents At Ruby Ridge
August 1992
Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#3 Mar 26, 2009
My name is Randy Weaver. I have been labeled a murderer, white supremacist, Aryan Nations gun runner and more. I was accused of killing my own son. My wife and children have been portrayed as cold-blooded killers and religious fanatics. Government agents said we lived in a mountain-top fortress surrounded by foxholes and booby traps. We were told that the Feds had to take Vicki out because she would have killed her children rather than let them be taken alive.
Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#4 Mar 26, 2009
Ridiculous. None of these accusations are true. They are all lies created by, or at least condoned by, the federal agencies involved. The mainstream media was only too happy to headline them as fact.
Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#5 Mar 26, 2009
For several years family and friends have encouraged us to do this book and let the whole world know the truth about the Federal siege on Ruby Ridge. We apologize for taking so long. It took at least three years after the siege for us to feel comfortable discussing this among ourselves, let alone share it with the world.
Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#6 Mar 26, 2009
The government believed we needed to be punished. After all, I broke a federal firearm law. They in turn, broke several laws, violated our civil rights and murdered my wife and son. Did my punishment fit the crime? According to the Feds, it did.
You be the judge.
Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#7 Mar 26, 2009
Sara Weaver:
I am scared to remember those horrible days in August of 1992...
It's private and personal, but it's not. I have no privacy left.
It was gone with the first reporter, gone with the first camera.
It was gone with the first journalist out to get the big story.
The problem is, they don't know the story. No one does except my family. We lived it.
With a heavy heart I begin the task of sharing our story with the world. Even now, sometimes my mind tricks me into believing it was all a dream. I am afraid that once I put it all down on paper, my mind will never trick me again.
Harry Balzitch

Northfield, NJ

#8 Mar 26, 2009
were you manufacturing meth? neighbors reported smelling chemicals. that doesn't excuse the actions of the feds.....I just wanted to know exactly what it was that you and the wife were cooking.
Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#9 Mar 26, 2009
Foreword
By Colonel James "Bo" Gritz

Every now and then the best of government runs amok. On rare occasion the people respond to reestablish their proper master-servant relationship with such a Frankenstein. When they fail, tyranny prevails. 19 April 1775 marks the "shot heard around the world," when soldiers arrived at Lexington to disarm the American militia. In March 1968, the Americal Division moved on the Vietnamese village of My Lai. There to protect the populace from Communism, they murdered more than 300 women, children and infants. Another such instance of official abuse began at Ruby Ridge, Boundary County, Idaho in August 1992. A "Special Operations Group" maneuvering to apprehend Randy Weaver, shot 14-year old Sam in the back as he ran for home, having already killed his Yellow Lab, Striker. The ambush team then gunned-down one of its own, as William Degan, the most decorated U.S. Marshal, crossed a burst of fire from a silent sub-machine gun.
Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#10 Mar 26, 2009
Governor Cecil Andrus, declaring a state of "extreme emergency," surrendered jurisdiction to federal authority. Dressed and acting in the fashion of terrorists, hundreds of federal militarized police massed with weapons of war on the Weaver cabin vowing, "No one will come off that hill alive!" Under "modified shoot on sight rules of engagement," Delta Force trained FBI snipers, without warning, opened fire on Randy Weaver from behind, as he prepared to look in on his dead son. A friend, Kevin Harris was grievously wounded running into the cabin. Worst of all, Vicki Weaver was shot through the face, clutching infant, Elisheba, while holding the door open for her beloved husband and daughter, Sara.
Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#11 Mar 26, 2009
More than a week the two wounded men and three little girls huddled behind the plywood walls of their hand-built home, convinced a predator government would kill them. A 750-pound shotgun equipped robot was positioned at the to frighten the family with such broadcast taunts as" "We are having blueberry pancakes for breakfast. What are you fixing for your family Mrs. Weaver?" Domestic animals died from neglect and were destroyed when neighbors were forced to evacuate their homes. Jack, a friend and part-time employer, higher up on the mountain, averted a helicopter carrying a fuel cell, that he and a TV cameraman were certain was meant to burn the Weavers out.
Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#12 Mar 26, 2009
As if in a Rambo movie, I was called by the FBI to record a statement to the former Green Beret Demolition Sergeant, Randy Weaver. Millions of Americans sacrificed life, limb and liberty to safeguard our nation and citizens from the uniformed terror assembled on Ruby Ridge. There was never a question of over-reaction. It was clear to me the government did not intend to take any prisoners, but getting the Weavers wasn't easy. The Feds didn't want any outside interference or witnesses, but reconsidered when served with a citizen's arrest.
Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#13 Mar 26, 2009
The valley FBI headquarters looked like a combat firebase with military helicopters, armored vehicles, large tents, mess facilities, motorpools, communication center, heavily armed troops in battledress, and a guarded command post. National Guard patrols prowled the perimeter, while the elite Hostage Response Team ruled the roost. Dick Rogers, a Second Lieutenant in Vietnam, was "king of the mountain" as described by Gene Glenn, the FBI Chief Agent-in-Charge. Rogers' tactical CP, littered with garbage, was down the trail and around from the Weaver cabin about 150-yards. Rogers reminded me of the Star Wars villain, Darth Vader, dressed out in full body armor, helmet, camouflage, and weapon. His 100-man unit mirrored their commander except for M-16 rifles, Remington 700 sniper rifles and no-see-me "Ghillie" suits.
Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#14 Mar 26, 2009
I first learned that Vicki had been killed when Randy shouted from the cabin that the FBI was "keeping it a secret." Darth Vader met me as I left the hilltop. His arms were extended defensively as he stated: "We TARGETED Vicki Weaver because the psychiatrist profiled her as the maternal head of the family, who would kill the children before allowing them to surrender." At the bottom, Gene Glenn inquired: "What are we going to do about Vicki Weaver?" When I responded that her parents were present and I wouldn't allow her death to remain a secret, Glenn asked if he could be the one to tell them. There was never a doubt about Vicki being purposely shot until after the siege was over and a disgraceful cover-up began.

“God is an abbrev. for Goddess!”

Since: Mar 09

Who wants to know?

#15 Mar 26, 2009
Ahh, shyte...get over it! You got all the money which you didn't deserve...sure, it was sad about
your son and your wife but there are laws in this
country...this isn't some 2nd/3rd World h@llh@le where people can amass an arsenal and do whatever they like.

I watched the Siege at Ruby Ridge and have read The Silent Brotherhood...really, I wish the Gov't.
would allow you white separatists to form your own
nation, it might end a lot of this b.s.
Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#16 Mar 26, 2009
Had I not been a soldier, I would hope to have served in the FBI. Even as My Lai was not representative of the American Military, neither was Ruby Ridge a credit to agents whose motto is "Fidelity, Integrity, Bravery." The difference is that Army Lt. William Calley was charged with murder, while FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi was awarded a medal! In America everyone is supposed to be afforded equal protection under law. I was appalled at the extremely vicious attitude of Dick Rogers. There were no Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.-types in his HRT. The unit was the same as combat commando teams I have led. They were there to hurt instead of help their quarry. As further evidence of this craving for no survivors, Rogers informed me after Harris was evacuated, and I had carried Vicki's body from the cabin, that if Weaver and his three girls didn't surrender by noon the next day, they would be "taken out." There was no reason for such a deadline inlieu of steady progress.
Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#17 Mar 26, 2009
No doubt if the rest of the Weavers and Kevin Harris had perished along with Sam and Vicki, the case would have been quickly closed, but thousands of people prayed otherwise. I felt inspired that there was greater purpose possible if Randy and Kevin could be brought to trial. It was essential for justice that they not only survive the siege, but have representation capable of winning in court. I telephoned Gerry Spence, briefed him on the situation, and asked him to defend Randy Weaver, which he gave his word to do. In superb style Spence proved defendant innocence and assigned government guilt in Degan's death. Harris left a free man, while it took more than three years for the Department of Justice to award Sara, Rachel, and Elisheba $3.2-million for the wrongful death of their Mother. More than the Weavers, all of America won with their survival and court victory - the monster within government was stayed for a season!
Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#18 Mar 26, 2009
Many books, articles, and even a TV movie were made about Ruby Ridge by people who weren't there. This book is authored by Randy and Sara Weaver, the only people who know a fullness of the truth. Awareness of the facts surrounding Ruby Ridge can help keep the government in its proper place - and with God's Grace grant us all true justice!
Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#19 Mar 26, 2009
(Bo Gritz, America's most decorated Green Beret Commander, was featured by General William Westmoreland as "The" American Soldier. Gritz went in rescue of U.S. POWs. He negotiated a peaceful end to the deadly siege at Ruby Ridge).
Ride of the Valkyries

Franklin, TN

#20 Mar 26, 2009
Acknowledgements

We can't begin to acknowledge and thank everyone who has provided prayers, support, and friendship, not only during the assault on our home, but also over the past several years since the tragedy occurred. There are numerous people however, that we want to thank from the bottom of our hearts, for without you, our lives would now be meaningless.

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