(NaturalNews) A real estate expert says he thinks the recent standoff between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy is not about grazing rights or the endangerment of the desert tortoise but about "sweetheart deals" for the development of federal land.
Fabian Calvo, in an interview with Greg Hunter of USAWatchdog.org, said his firm, TheNoteHouse.us, does $100 million a year in sales of mortgages and distressed notes, and that the "hair on the back of [his] neck stood up" when he was researching the situation surrounding Bundy and the BLM.
'I have a laundry list of deals approved just in the last year'
"The hair on the back of my neck stood up when I was doing research for this and speaking to some of my contacts on Wall Street," Calvo said. "The BLM is part of the Department of the Interior, and look at what they have been doing? [sic] Through the BLM, the Department of the Interior has been confiscating land and going after land, for example, in the high desert in California and all over the place."
Calvo said some were telling him that the BLM was categorizing Bundy's land for future collateralization or to sell it outright.
"In the Weimar (Germany) hyperinflation, after the hyperinflation, what did they back their currency with? They backed it with mortgages and they backed it with land. This is a total possibility here in America, but here's the part that is more sinister and crazy," Calvo said. "The Department of the Interior and BLM have been providing sweetheart deals for Chinese investors. I have a laundry list of deals that have been approved just in the last year."
At least one of those Chinese deals can be indirectly tied to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. As reported by Joseph Farah at WorldNetDaily:
It seems the Senate majority leader has been doing favors for a Chinese energy giant ENN, which has plans to build massive solar facilities in that area -- tortoises or no tortoises.
It seems the director of BLM is Reid's former senior adviser, Neil Kornze. BLM had posted on its website documents stating the agency wanted Bundy's cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations. The agency removed it when the standoff became national news.
'People need to understand, this is not some theory...'
"Whether it's Smithfield, a giant hog producer in America, and all of the farm land, overnight, the Chinese became the number one employer in a ton of cities across the U.S., but it doesn't stop there," Calvo said. "Chinese investors are getting approval for solar fields. There are battery companies they have taken over, and the list goes on and on. The USDA gave the Chinese approval to import their chickens. Why is this happening? It is an end of the road situation. It is just like where America was with England when we were exercising leverage over them around WWII because we were the largest creditor nation. Now, we are the largest debtor nation, and we owe all this money to the Chinese."
Calvo notes that his observations sound unconventional, to say the least, but he says there are plenty of reports from reputable sources to back up his claims, WND being only one of them.
"People need to understand this is not some sort of theory about what is happening--it's a fact. All you need to do is Google 'U.S. Department of Interior and China approved,' or something like that, and you will see all these stories come up and the deals that have been approved," he said.
Indeed, an April 1 story from Bloomberg News noted that Chinese investment in U.S. commercial real estate has been surging in recent years. "Chinese investments in U.S. commercial properties jumped almost 10-fold last year from 2012, with Manhattan the biggest area for purchases, followed by other New York City boroughs and Los Angeles, according to research firm Real Capital Analytics Inc.," the financial news agency reported.
Much of China's investment in the U.S. is coming in the form of solar development, similar to projects envisioned by ENN in southern Nevada.