Credibility in the same sentence as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been and will be an oxymoron for generations to come. If virtues such as ethics and responsibilities and laws are not changed within our government agencies and their actions, then what we get is what we deserve if we do nothing about this situation. Gone are the days where government employees, especially those who work within the BLM, can be trusted or believed.
Keep in mind this article is discussing an agency that remains the most sued and litigated agency in history. Their explanation (excuse) is that land issues are and always will be heavily litigated. The problem is, upon even a simple investigation, their statement is incorrect (gee, what a surprise). It is this agencies approach, and callous attitude toward the taxpayers, by bending or ignoring laws meant to safeguard the public at large, are the reasons they use taxpayers hard earned money in order to defend themselves in court, in the millions of dollars.
So as a psycho or child would do, BLM employee’s attack Horse Advocates, as having no credibility – well here are other subjects, other environments, other situations, and other people with a diversity of backgrounds, who say the same things Horse Advocates are saying.
In reality the litigations and lawsuits conducted against the BLM have mostly been developed due to BLM decisions favoring pre-selected and small private interest groups only. Then the American general public pays with their hard earned tax paying dollars, an estimated $112 Billion over the past few years and counting. The fact is, and made very clear through documents available to the general public, non-profits, other organizations, and advocates have to step in and correct their bad behavior and their bad decision making process by the BLM, often through litigation.
So public relations people and BLM staff tell the public, just as a little child caught in a bad lie would do, how it is everybody else’s fault. Yes, BLM people say the non-profits, the organizations that demand truth from the BLM, or the advocate’s who demand explanations on their prevalent mismanagement of America’s wild horses, lack credibility; or worse, all of these organizations and people, and the American public in general are all lying.
Ironically, you can almost see a small child standing there, in their broad BLM logo across their t-shirts, shorts, and dirty sneakers, while wiping their eyes of gator-tears, and hoping their lie acceptable. They then hope, beyond all hopes that the people they just lied to do not read the actual information that is out there, the reality, against the BLM and their recent decisions.
Open Debate – BLM’s Nightmare
Examples are plenty in regard to BLM incompetence, bad decision making, catering toward a narrow scope of interest groups only, abuse of animals, questionable and often illegal conduct by employees, and the list goes on and on – and by the way, well documented – the key here is the term “well documented”.
There are many, many wholesome documents and reference material available to the public; at last perusal it appears an easily concluded 60 to 1 ratio (60 articles arguing “against” every 1 article or decision BLM places into public scrutiny). We, as Americans and taxpayers, had better start questioning agencies such as the BLM and their use of our tax money. They spend frivolously in the billons of dollars, as well as distributing their lies or misinformation given to the public about what they receive, and how they spend our tax dollars.
It becomes quite obvious, after looking at the Anti-BLM references, which are very well documented and referenced, that the BLM relies heavily on the general public not reading this material what so ever. And BLM staff will condemn, most often, this same material being untrue or lacks credibility. This is something like Richard Nixon stating “I did nothing illegal,” while obviously his nose literally twitched at every syllable he said, and small children asked there parents, “Why is that man’s nose twitching all the time?”
BLM and their robust credibility gap
Here is a quote from a BLM training page: “Technical credibility is the cornerstone for a successful career in any organization. Development in your technical area coupled with leadership development will set a solid foundation for career growth. Use your IDP as a tool to balance development in these two essential areas.”1
This is yet another profound statement by this particular government agency. This journalist, as well as many others, to include Congressmen and groups who’s purpose is to protect our environment, without a doubt conflict with just about everything the BLM does, decides, or spends money upon and in a frivolous and most often arbitrary manner of incompetence. One has to question their training, ethics, and what types of people are being hired at the BLM.
Questionable Technical Behavior of BLM Staff
This is extraordinary, as there is a robust amount of documents and reference material that directly opposes just about everything the BLM does, decides, or spends money upon. Often government researchers also write contrary articles or make statements that are in direct conflict with BLM’s Staff decisions (see www.peer.org for robust and profound articles on BLM, and by the way also written by previous BLM & government personnel).
A recent decision making document describing the transfer of water from public lands to a small special interest group, researched and written by BLM Researchers (poor quality at best) and shoveled to the public as a reality, is scrutinized by other ecologists well known in this same field of research.
One Ecologist states, “The federal government’s own scientists are confirming this Las Vegas water project would be an epic environmental disaster,” said Rob Mrowka, a Nevada-based ecologist with the Center for Biological Diversity. “It’s really no exaggeration to say that the natural, cultural and social heritage of central Nevada is at grave risk from this project.”2
“Some of Nevada’s rarest and most unique species rely on wetlands and springs,” said Mrowka. “They’ve evolved over tens of thousands of years in response to isolation and fragmentation of habitat that occurred after ice ages. The Las Vegas water grab could undo all that and put them on a very real path toward extinction.” 2
This is what we are paying for, as taxpayers; make no doubt, in the billons of dollars. This water situation is only good for a small amount of people and for only a short time period, which undoubtedly and unconscionably by the BLM and other agencies supposed qualified scientists, state as a very high potential outcome. This is by definition, an extreme conundrum of thought, to say the least. Why? Is there a better alternative? Well yes, and it has been pointed out by many advocates and organizations alike – but of course, according to the BLM, “they” (those scientists and other groups or advocates) all lie or lack credibility.
American’s and Congressmen saying the same thing as advocates and others
“In an open government, citizens should never be forced to play catch-up because policies were being drafted behind closed doors. The continued decision to withhold thousands of critical documents not only undermines the credibility of the BLM, but it violates the foundations of a government that gets its authority from the people.” Congressman Rehberg, Montana3
The above was in a letter written in 2010, WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today sent a letter to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey asking him to finally release thousands of secret documents relating to the now-infamous “treasured landscapes document.”3
That document revealed secret plans to declare millions of acres in Montana as a National Monument using the Antiquities Act. A small special interest group was to be the profitable group-only. The problem here, it was decided vented interest groups, and the majority of Americans, especially in Montana who it affected directly, were simply left out of any discussion and unaware the situation even existed. More about the Treasured Landscapes situation here.4
This is what we all define as credibility issues, in regard to the BLM, and consistently within almost every decision they have made. Let’s be clear within this article, telling the truth about BLM is not a credibility issue.
“After months of delay, BLM has unfortunately released a draft EIS with a flawed preferred alternative that will damage a precious Southern Arizona resource,” Grijalva said. “We can’t move forward without keeping the environment in mind. BLM’s current preferred alternative for Route Group 4 is more about future development interests than finding the least intrusive route for this current project, as the law demands.” Congressman Grijalva, Arizona5
References abound against BLM and just about every decision they make. So where does the general American Public stand on issues involving the BLM? When the general public hears the truth, most are angry, and do not want:
1. Tax dollars spent on litigations because the BLM staff lies;
2. They do not want our horse herds taken from public lands;
3. The general public does not want our environment destroyed in order for special interest groups and corporations to make higher profit margins;
4. The general public does not want our public lands to be used for corporate welfare;
5. The general public does not want the BLM to manage our public lands any longer due to their dishonesty;
6. The general public does not want the BLM to have access to our hard-earned taxpayer money any longer;
7. The general public does not want Welfare Ranchers payments to special interests;
8. The public does not want costly decisions based on misinformation or false info;
9. There exists much more, too much to go into here.