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Law Enforcement Confirms Militiamen Are Free To Come and Go From Refuge

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"Right now, they are allowed to come and go as they want," says Bill Fugate, a spokesman for the Oregon State police.

The unknown number of militia men involved in the stand off are calling themselves Citizens for Constitutional Freedom. The group sent an alert message to supporters Monday asking for snacks as they are holed up in the refuge center, but authorities confirm that they are free to drive to the grocery store and pick up snacks.

Fugate says that to his knowledge, law enforcement are "not monitoring what they are doing."

"We are not monitoring their movements," Fugate says.

BJ Soper, of the Central Oregon Constitutional Guard, told TPM Tuesday that authorities told him that they were contemplating erecting barriers to keep militiamen from entering the Malheur property, but those roadblocks have not materialized.

Law enforcement has set up a command center in Burns, Oregon.