I caught some blurbs on FNC a few days ago, but I have such distrust of them nowadays (which is a sad commentary on today since they're certainly much more trustworthy than any other). I heard something about the ranchers being legally in the wrong, and the government trying to solve this for a long time, despite the (very telling) government heavy-handedness. But I assume FNC would run it for days anyways, to get ratings from Right-wingers.
But that last parenthetical part is where I wanted to go with this. Haven't been following it so I don't know, and feel free to set me straight, but my gut is this is not really about land, and certainly isn't about any stupid turtle. In the 21st century in America, this is about a "teachable moment" for the public, and in this case it is about the American people knowing their place: underneath the government.
NSA bulk data collection and mass surveilance is not about watching out for Islamic terrorist foreigners blowing something up. It's about watching out for Conservative natives thinking independently of where we're being led and our trying to slow the expansion of a strong federal government and the erosion of the Constitution that is an agreement to limit it.
I.e. the government does not feel threatened the most by terrorists, Putin, Iran, North Korea, China, global warming, meteors, or space aliens. The people who run/work in the federal government feel their biggest threat (to their keeping all their jobs and expanding their organization's role) is from the traditional-minded citizen.
Expect the corruption to continue to be less and less hidden, and more shows of force, as they continue to test the waters on how close the American people are to being ready to accept a combination end-game of complete social manipulation in some aspects (like for example public opinion on gay marriage, re: MH42's recent JE) and total rule on the rest.