FBI Supervisory Special Agent W. Joseph Astarita is facing several charges related to the attempted murder and coverup of shots he took at LaVoy Finicum as he exited his vehicle after dodging a roadblock setup by the FBI and Oregon State Police on January 26, 2016. However, it is coming to light now that the FBI did not want the police to wear their standard body cameras at the roadblock.
First of all, Astarita’s trial is to begin sometime this month. He was indicted, but unlike those that were arrested that fateful day in January and held for nearly 2 years facing trials in which they were both acquitted and had dismissed because the prosecution was violating the law and their rights, he was allowed to walk on after entering a not guilty plea and was not held on bail.
FBI Special-Agent-in-Charge Greg Bretzing, who ran the operation in Oregon and had a sordid history with Bureau of Land Management Special-Agent-in-Charge at Bundy Ranch, Dan Love, apparently made the request regarding the body cameras.
This was made known in a motion filed by Astarita’s attornies, in which they requested that four of the five charges he is facing be dismissed.
Shari Dovale at RedoubtNews.com reports:
The motion outlines the government’s version of events on January 26, 2016. It also states that the FBI requested the State police were not to wear their standard body cameras.
This is a highly unusual request, especially in the current societal climate. It generally benefits officers to have their actions recorded during potentially dangerous events.
To have the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team specifically request assisting officers not wear them does not bode well for the expected outcome for the civilians involved.
In an additional apparent lack of transparency, they FBI also asked that subsequent interviews with agents not be recorded. This was, again, unusual as questioning is normally recorded, as the FBI well knows.
It would seem that the FBI had planned from the beginning to attempt to hide many of their actions, relying only on the long-range cameras from overhead planes.
It brings up many questions, such as whether or not the HRT team was instigating fear in the OSP officers with their shots, attempting to get them to murder the occupants of the truck?
Exactly! If you are setting up something like that, where you have a virtual army lined up, why in the world would you not want as much recording as possible from all possible angles? There’s really only one reason, and we all know what it is.
There’s no doubt that there was a lot of tension that was unnecessary and as demonstrated by the men being acquitted, there was absolutely no need to have set up the roadblock in the first place. However, we know from documents obtained that the orders came straight from DC and the Oregon governor’s office.
The death of LaVoy Finicum was remembered just a week ago on the second anniversary when his widow and family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against multiple individuals and agencies, including the FBI, the BLM, Love, and Bretzing.