A group of around a dozen armed men have been holed up in a government building on an Oregon wildlife reserve since Saturday, and say they won't leave until the land is handed over to local ranchers.
The militia, several of whom have been involved in similar land disputes before, apparently fail to see the irony in asking supporters for "supplies or snacks", or the fact the stand-off focuses on land that was stolen from Native Americans centuries before.
The feds, however, are about to show them what life without government is like: according to the Guardian, the US Parks Service is about to cut off the power to flush the group out.
The reported plan is to cut off electricity, gas and phone lines to the government-owned building, as well as block the (taxpayer funded) roads out of the refuge.
The siege is taking place in a remote, snowy area, where temperatures are expected to drop to -8 degrees celsius overnight.
The unnamed Parks Service source said:
It’s in the middle of nowhere and it’s flat-ass cold up there.
After they shut off the power, they’ll kill the phone service. Then they’ll block all the roads so that all those guys have a long, lonely winter to think about what they’ve done.
Two members of the group gave themselves up yesterday, and urged their fellow 'freedom fighters' to do the same.
There has been limited intervention in the armed stand-off by the authorities so far.