Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Ruby Ridge

3rd part of a Youtube upload. A documentary on Ruby Ridge - the site of a violent confrontation and siege in the U.S. state of Idaho in 1992. It involved Randy Weaver, his family, Weaver's friend Kevin Harris, federal agents from the United States Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 1994, the Weavers filed a civil suit against the U.S. government, which the government settled for $3.1 million. The incident was cited as a motivation for the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995.

Read more on wikipedia or read slate's review of the documentary.

In explanation of the 1992 hold-out, Rachel says, "It wasn't just Dad. It was our whole family. And we didn't want to go down because we figured they'd put him in jail for, you know, sawn-off shotguns and we'd rather, you know, stay on the mountain and live with our family, you know, happily than have it be torn apart. I guess that backfired."

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