Many of the people involved in the armed takeover of the Malheur Wildlife National Refuge were also involved in the 2014 stand-off against the Bureau of Land Management on Cliven Bundy’s ranch.
One of those men, who refuses to give any name to the media other than “Sunshine Unicorn” or “Fluffy Unicorn” is believed to be Brian Cavalier, a man who claims to have served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
In the past Cavalier has told reporters that he is a veteran of both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan via the Marines.
An investigation by The Daily Mail reveals “that Cavalier, 44, has faked his military background to appear more credible as a militia henchman – a fact sure to anger some of the group’s supporters. According to US Marine Corp records Cavalier has never served as a Marine, whether it be as a recruit or a Marine Corps contractor.”
Not only is he lying about military service in order to gain street cred while he “plays” soldier, it turns out Cavalier has a lengthy criminal record. He has been cited multiple times for driving under the influence, including an “extreme DUI” in Arizona. He has also been to court in California multiple times for “unspecified offenses.”
Unlike those hapless Stolen Valor idiots who hang out in public areas in an “ate-up” uniform, Cavalier seems to have done his homework. The Mail notes that many reporters were convinced that he had been prior service, saying he “gave of an air” of having been a Marine. Yet, putting on airs was all that Cavalier was doing.
The Mail approached the Unicorn man, also known as “King Booda” for the tattoo if Buddha on his stomach, to ask about his service record he refused to comment.
Another militia member, Blaine Cooper, also claimed to be a Marine. However he was forced to release a statement saying that he had enlisted under the “Delayed Entry Program” but bailed on going to boot camp at the last-minute. Cooper has often been seen wearing full-camo fatigues and a bowie hat in his appearances.
Neither Cavalier or Cooper need worry about being charged under the 2013 Stolen Valor act. It’s not illegal to claim you’ve served, but it is illegal to falsely claim an award or commendation especially in the pursuit of profit or some other benefit. Of course, with federal charges coming against the militia members in Oregon, stolen valor is the least of their worries.