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The Ruination of Our Public Lands due to Corruption at the BLM: Time to get rid of such a corrupt government agency

05 Jul

old_collapsed_strutures_mohave_desert1Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.  — John Adams

Horse Advocates state clearly, from fact, that there is no need for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse Herd Roundups, a sub-agency of the Department of the Interior (DOI).  Many also think there is no longer a need for such a contempt oriented government agency as the BLM, and the most litigated and non-functional, incompetent agency in American history.

The unnecessary roundups cost taxpayers millions if not billions of dollars yearly.  Yet this reality, this “thing” our government refers to as “acceptable abuse” or “acceptable expenditure” after their non-fact based and false documentation toward reasoning for the roundups, and everything connected with it, can and should be considered nothing more than mis-use of taxpayer money and criminal in nature.

The fact, or truth is the horse roundups remain contrary to it’s program that established the endeavors of such a useless need, contrary to management principles, contrary to science, contrary to Congressionally passed law and policy, remain and certainly abusive to the horses .  And yet. . .

The Bureau of Land Management Incompetence = Criminal

Awkwardly, BLM and DOI operate contrary to any values that prescribe decency, morals, non-abusive behavior, and law.  Within the matter of the Wild Horse Herd Roundups and their holding facility management guidelines and principles, one can become disgusted with the BLM and DOI.

The treatment of animals, when simply observed, is wrong and on many different levels.  Taxpayers continue to pay for this mismanaged operation of abusive Wild Horse Herd Roundups, abusive storage of these same Wild Horses, and the BLM simply tells taxpayers to go to hell. . .  Yes, arrogantly, the old “. . . everybody is wrong but us attitude. . .”  And as we all acknowledge, this unreasonable of all paradigms becomes quite costly, both monetarily and life threatening.

One example of many:  The payment process to those who do the helicopter roundups, in one government contract person’s opinion and after perusing several BLM contracts with private contractors, states, “It is an abomination.  They essentially pay contractors unearned money, with no proper parameters or checks and balance systems toward quality of work or restrictions on abuse of the horses.  Way too many items left out of contract to actually adhere to government contract guidelines. . .”

Facts abound not only about and toward the most litigated and costly government agency in America’s history, but the BLM was investigated in the early 1990’s in regard to severe criminal activity throughout this agency.  By the way, those investigated have become those in upper management, supervisors, and other levels of responsibility. Mysteriously, with 2,000+ felony arrest warrants compiled, and several hundred misdemeanor arrest warrants signed and ready to serve, the warrants discontinued the night before, with no reason other than orders given from higher up.

There does exist volumes of information, accumulative, about questionable contracts, conflict of interest issues, contractor hiring practices, roundup methodology and violation of both policy and law, and wasted taxpayer money – both criminal and due to: BLM incompetence; sever animal abuse toward horses and outright killing them without proper explanation or (saddly) due to mistreatment of the horses; Federal Court cases won that demonstrate and show repeated Constitutional violations by BLM staff, management, and law enforcement; Federal Court cases that show BLM incompetent in their decision making (billions of dollars lost with this one); harassing of American’s by BLM staff and law enforcement; blatantly ignoring Court Orders and on many occasions; employee misconduct and even theft and other criminal activities and situations; conflict of interest between Director’s of the BLM and DOI, as well as top and mid management personnel; and the list goes on!

Many American’s wonder why this agency exists

Every bit of information mentioned above, noteworthy evidence against the BLM and DOI employees, is indeed backed by witnesses, certification of fact, scientific reports which are often arrogantly ignored, data, photos, and videos of all this obvious questionable conduct that indeed is both costly to the taxpayer and could be considered criminal in nature.

Then, ironically, something happens to all of this precise information collected.  All of it becomes eligible to fit into whatever extreme characterization is most politically expedient at the moment for BLM or DOI employee management or Directors, or media people in the agency to spew to the Public-At-Large.

Advocates have been blamed for “. . . the sky is falling complex. . .” and “. . . the facts Advocates portray as real driven by their emotions only. . .” or recently, “. . . the NAS Report” (Scientists find BLM incompetent and using bad science for decision making) portrayed as “being nothing more than propaganda done by Horse Advocates.”

The problem is this, the NAS is a government organization, and sub-hired private contractors–Independent Research Scientists, to research and assimilate the report over a two year time period.  The NAS was contracted by the BLM/DOI to find out what the problem was with their inefficient and ineffective methodology.

BLM Employee Incompetence Abundant

Yes, we can conclude very easily that longevity within a career ambition should be made of much sterner stuff.  We can also conclude that distributing false information, propaganda, lies, and innuendo coming from our American taxpayer based public/government employees are wrong.

After all, it is taxpayer property and the BLM and DOI consistently abuse, steal, or label taxpayer and American property as insignificant entity, which costs the taxpayer often millions of dollars yearly within itself, and by just plain old bad reasoning by government employees.  I also speak of the continuous expenditures for situations and items unnecessary to do or have, and give a “zero” return to the taxpayer.

Yes, the Wild Horse Herd Roundups are only a small item, yet costly in the billions to taxpayers — and unneeded; especially when considering the non-payment or special interest and politically driven next-to-nothing payments for our Public Lands usage, especially by foreign corporations or mining — and fees often not paid at all, amounting to billions upon billions of dollars.

What’s Going On?

This is really the heart of what the Horse Advocacy is about.  The rule of law is dependent upon a government that is willing to abide by the law.  Disrespect for the rule of law begins when the government believes itself and its corporate sponsors to be above the law.

But need we discuss, or write here, about the laws and policies being ignored, and even changed at times, to arrange nature into a political paradigm.  I think not right now, as research by the reader of this article, when accomplished, is much more memorable.

The only situation provided here, since this should be of concern for every American, is to actually accomplish the research and discover these vast amount of situations the BLM and DOI disregard, favoring corporations and political agendas instead!

This has to do with all American’s and not only our quality of life, but the quality of life for us and our families, for our animals, our nation’s wildlife, and our overall existence toward not becoming corporate pawns, and paying our tax money only to support corporations!

HORSE ADVOCATES

More generally, the question of whether Horse Advocates do their job?  Yes, it is good and brings out not only honest perspective, but forces irresponsible government agencies, as the BLM and DOI to keep responding to the public.  When accomplished consistently, and the same old excuses, toward their innocence when indeed the innocent, horses in this case, are being abused, and even tortured and killed at times, then the truth becomes quite obvious over time.

It has simply become a matter of survival for the Wild Horses, and Horse Advocates are the people who defend these animals, who remain defenseless without Advocates.

We can, as humans, expect no less from any man or woman, and to do what is right — and in this case what is right is defending our Wild Horse Herds from malicious and dishonest people!  — John Cox, Horse Advocate

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11 responses to “The Ruination of Our Public Lands due to Corruption at the BLM: Time to get rid of such a corrupt government agency

  1. Barbara Warner

    July 5, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you, John. How can the DOI/BLM be stopped? There needs to be a Congressional investigation. How can we get this done?

     
  2. darlene supnick

    July 5, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    How can the bLM do so much damage to our wild horses and still be in business? These are our horses and our public land and the BLM is being paid to kill and torture our horses with OUR tax dollars How can we stop this?

     
  3. Louie C

    July 6, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    http://rtfitchauthor.com/2013/07/03/department-of-interiors-where-are-they-now/
    SOURCE: PPJ Gazette
    by Debbie Coffey
    Copyright 2013/ All Rights Reserved.

    “But two of the highest-ranking officials who were subjects of the investigations will apparently escape penalty. Both retired during the investigation, rendering them safe from any administrative punishment, and the Justice Department has declined to prosecute them on the charges suggested by the inspector general.” Their current locations and occupations cannot be verified at this time. ”

    Guess where some of the Department of Interior’s personnel are now (after running wild horses off their federally protected Herd Management Areas)?

     
  4. Louie C

    July 6, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    The Jackson Mountains Wild Horses
    A Case Study In The Mismanagement of the
    BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program. (excerpts)

    http://www.americanherds.blogspot.com/
    As for what happened to those involved in the Jackson Mountains tragedy?

    Dr. Boyd Spratling was recently re-appointed to the National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board
    as BLM’s Advisor on Veterinarian Medicine to serve another three-year term. (25)

    Nevada State Director Ron Wenker was promoted and is currently serving as BLM’s Acting
    National Director. (26)

    Nevada Wild Horse & Burro Lead Susie Stokke and National Wild Horse & Burro Lead Dean Bolstad continue to serve in their respective positions.

    Cattoor Livestock Roundups, Inc., the gather contractor and crew that drove the Jackson Mountains wild horses, continues to receive multi-million dollar contracts to remove wild horses and burros from public lands, as they have done for BLM and other government agencies for over thirty years.

    As for BLM’s Winnemucca WH&B Specialist, Heidi Hopkins,
    it is unclear if BLM merely hung her out to dry for what was ultimately the Wild Horse and Burro Program’s more experienced supervisors responsibility or if BLM merely cut a deal to buy loyalty and continue the cover ups.
    According to Quarter Horse News, Heidi Hopkins left BLM after the Jackson Mountains round upto “take a position with
    Humane Society of the United States in its quest to find reliable
    immunocontraceptives for wild horses.”

     
    • Monika Courtney

      July 9, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      ——————————————————————————–
      From: hhopkins@humanesociety.org
      To: TCourt5096@aol.com
      Sent: 1/28/2013 12:34:56 P.M. Mountain Standard Time
      Subj: RE: Rock Springs – please respond
      I am not sure yet.
      heidileehopkins@yahoo.com is my post February email address.
      Thanks for all you do for animals!
      Heidi

      From: TCourt5096@aol.com [mailto:TCourt5096@aol.com]
      Sent: Monday, January 28, 2013 2:33 PM
      To: Heidi Hopkins
      Subject: Re: Rock Springs – please respond

      Well will that be in your professional environment again as it was with HSUS – are you going to work with another organization ? How can I stay in touch with you ?
      M

       
      • Barbara Warner

        July 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm

        I think Heidi Hopkins was in charge of an HMA when she worked for BLM where some wild horses were found without water.

         
  5. Louie C

    July 7, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    http://www.peer.org/news/news-releases/2005/09/07/federal-government-kills-more-than-2.7-million-wildlife-in-‘04/

    FEDERAL GOVERNMENT KILLS MORE THAN 2.7 MILLION WILDLIFE IN ‘04
    Record “Take” of Wildlife Comes Mainly From Chemical Agents
    Posted on Sep 07, 2005

    Washington, DC — Even as some federal agencies spend millions to protect wildlife, another federal agency spends millions to kill wildlife in record numbers, according to agency reports released today by two environmental groups, Sinapu and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The number of “nuisance” wildlife destroyed by the federal government rose to more than 2.7 million animals in 2004, an increase of more than a million from 2003.
    According to the most recent figures, 2004 was a record year for officially sanctioned destruction of wildlife at taxpayer expense and the first time annual federal wildlife kill numbers exceeded two million. Birds constituted the overwhelming majority of animals exterminated, with starlings registering the greatest single species death total at 2.3 million.
    Wildlife Services, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, responds to requests from ranchers, farmers, and municipalities to remove problem wildlife. Wildlife Services, formerly known as Animal Damage Control, reported the following kill or “take” totals for 2004:
    • Mammal deaths include 31,286 beavers, 3,236 opossums, 2,210 prairie dogs, 10,518 raccoons and 1,673 rabbits and hares;
    • Bird kill totals include 22,204 crows, ravens and blackbirds, 76,874 pigeons and doves, 10,806 geese and swans, 72 wild turkeys, 15,508 sparrows, and143 free ranging chickens; and
    • Native carnivore deaths include 397 black bears, 359 cougars, 75,674 coyotes, 3,907 foxes, and 191 wolves.
    “Wildlife Services killed more than five animals per minute in 2004,”said Wendy Keefover-Ring of Sinapu. “The toll on ecosystems wrought by this one agency is jaw dropping.”
    The method employed by Wildlife Services to kill more than 90% of the animals is poison agents, ranging from strychnine to sodium cyanide. Widespread application of poison often kills “non-target” species, as well. For example, poisons used to eradicate starlings in cattle feedlots also killed owls, hawks, magpies, raccoons and domestic cats. Other methods employed by Wildlife Services include aerial gunning, “denning” (killing animals in their dens), and traps.
    “Most of the public has no idea that a significant portion of the federal wildlife management budget is actually devoted to extermination; animals that inconvenience humans become expendable ‘varmints’ that are then dispatched with stunning efficiency,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. “With all of our unmet social and infrastructure needs, it is amazing that the federal government finances an entire fleet of aircraft for the purpose of hunting wildlife.”

     
  6. Barbara Warner

    July 7, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Louie, thank you for that information . The so-called Wildlife Services has been killing our wildlife for decades and upsetting the balance of nature. What a senseless waste of lives and money ..

     
  7. Louie C

    July 9, 2013 at 7:03 am

    You are ever so welcome, Barbara. When you read some of the reports in the PEER files, you can see that there are workers within the various agencies that are trying to do the right thing. It’s going to take all of us to clean it up and KEEP it cleaned up.
    BUT…our precious Wildlife is well worth the battle.

    Wild Horses, Spirit of the Wind

     
  8. Louie C

    July 9, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    MORE DOCUMENTS
    http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2013/wolf-06-27-2013.html

    For Immediate Release, June 27, 2013

    Documents Reveal State Officials, Not Scientists, Led Decision to Strip Endangered Species
    Protections From Wolves Across Country

    Endangered Species Act’s Science-based Mandate Sidestepped for Political Expediency
    WASHINGTON— Documents obtained from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit show last month’s proposal to remove most federal protections for gray wolves was preordained three years ago in a series of meetings with state wildlife agencies.
    Under the Endangered Species Act, decisions to list and delist species must be made solely on the basis of the best available science. In this case the newly obtained documents suggest the Service pushed ahead to delist wolves without scientific support in order to obtain a political outcome desired by state fish and game agencies.
    Specifically, the documents show that the Fish and Wildlife Service constrained the possible geographic scope of wolf recovery based on perceptions of “what can the public tolerate” and “where should wolves exist” rather than where suitable habitat for wolves exists or what is scientifically necessary for recovery. The meetings left state agencies in a position to dictate the fate of gray wolves across most of the lower 48 states.

    “This process made a mockery of the spirit of the Endangered Species Act. These documents show that years ago the Fish and Wildlife Service effectively handed over the reins on wolf recovery to state fish and game agencies, many of which are openly hostile to wolves,” said Brett Hartl, endangered species policy director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “In order to ensure this politically contrived outcome, the Fish and Wildlife Service has spent the past three years cherry-picking scientific research that justifies the predetermined outcome that wolves don’t need protection anymore.”

    In August 2010 officials from a select group of state fish and game agencies were invited to a week-long workshop at the Fish and Wildlife training center in West Virginia to effectively decide the future of gray wolf recovery in the United States. The decisions made at the meeting were largely adopted in the agency’s June 2013 proposal to end federal protections for gray wolves across most of the lower 48.

    As part of this process, the Fish and Wildlife Service also excluded any consideration of further protection for wolves in Colorado and Utah for either gray wolves coming from the north or Mexican wolves coming from the south. This was based solely on the opposition of the two states’ wildlife agencies and despite extensive wolf habitat in the two states. The documents also show that Fish and Wildlife promised that the input of state wildlife agencies “with a cooperative management role” would be given greater weight in any future decision-making and that it would develop a wolf delisting rule to “implement [the] understanding” reached at the 2010 meeting.

    “The Fish and Wildlife Service’s actions demonstrate a near total lack of transparency and scientific integrity,” said Hartl. “If the Service had followed this same logic 20 years ago, there would be no wolves in Yellowstone National Park today — and no wolves roaming across the northern Rocky Mountains. The Service needs to go back to the drawing board and let the scientific facts guide how to recover wolves across the millions of acres of suitable wolf habitat remaining in the western United States and the Northeast.”

     
  9. Louie C

    July 21, 2013 at 4:40 am

    http://rtfitchauthor.com/2013/07/20/murderers-creek-wild-horses-less-than-zero/
    MURDERER’S CREEK WILD HORSES – LESS THAN ZERO?
    Posted on July 20, 2013 by R.T. Fitch

    Guest Editorial by Grandma Gregg

    Referring to today’s upcoming capture list – it says 100 wild horses will be bait/water trapped on the Murderer’s Creek HMA in Oregon starting tomorrow! This HMA is jointly “managed” by BLM and USFS, who said in their recent EA: “The AML for wild horses within the HMA is 50-140 wild horses with an objective of managing for a herd size of 100 animals.”

    Now, take a look at the map that shows the census count. The census count as of the spring of 2012 was 171 (foals not counted) and I have the payment invoices from the bait trap contractor to BLM that says last fall they trapped 100 wild horses and then last winter they trapped 100 more … and now they have authorized another 100 wild horses be captured.

    Assume that the 200 (last fall and last winter) would include the original 171 wild horses plus the foals and likely some on private property/outside HMA but there is no way there will be another 100 taken this summer and still leave 100 which was the stated plan in the EA. ZERO or more accurately stated … minus zero will be the result and thus Murderer’s Creek HMA will be the next HA land since there will be no horses to manage … thus no HMA.
    And this will be the continuous plan (already going strong) for all of our WH&B … except for a few in a “zoo”. I hope I am wrong!

     

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