The following is a rare, exclusive interview with a source who was present alongside the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, currently occupying the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, near Burns, Oregon. He detailed his journey with the militia, on the condition that his identity be protected. The man, who asked to be identified as “John,” described a surprisingly simple process that took him from his daily life to an increasing paradoxical and potentially dangerous situation in Oregon.

SOFREP: In your own words, can you give us an overview of what it has been like to be there?

John: Upon arrival, I was greeted by members of leadership and immediately welcomed, offered food and lodging, and was asked to await a further “vetting” process. After entering a mess hall on the far east side of the refuge, I immediately noticed how much it resembled that of a hunting lodge. The women seemed to have taken up the role of providing for the men, who began to disperse after a fixin’ of biscuits and gravy.

Machines started up, diesel trucks began to idle, and garage doors lifted. Every man had a job, whether to use the skid steer to remove snow from the interior roads or relieve the night-watch crew from the lookout tower. It was very clear that we had a specific purpose as stewards of this property that rightfully belongs to the ranchers and farmers of Harney County.