The Bureau of Land Management is a ‘gestapo’ according to officials who testified at a House hearing yesterday.
We have the beginnings of gestapos in every government agency and they are growing in power under the perceived authority of the President of the United States who rules this country via executive orders and “guidance” memos without any congressional oversight. He is militarizing his executive branch agencies and letting them run roughshod over citizens largely without restraint and supervision. They can’t be fired as we know.
One of the agencies that has become militarized and which has gone rogue is the Bureau of Land Management.
A hearing in the House on July 24th exposed a dangerous and persistent threat to our nation coming from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) which is allegedly intimidating citizens, threatening their rights, and creating a hostile environment.
At the hearing this week, the following was uncovered:
The House Natural Resources Committee chaired by Doc Hastings released the following:
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 24, 2014: Today, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations held an oversight hearing on “Threats, Intimidation and Bullying by Federal Land Managing Agencies.” This hearing continued Committee oversight into bullying by federal land management agencies and federal law enforcement agencies on private, state, and federal lands.
State and local governments, ranchers, business owners, and private citizens have been subject to threats, lack of cooperation, and numerous unfair or heavy-handed tactics which threaten public safety, the environment, endangered species, and the livelihoods of communities. Congressional oversight is necessary to provide an effective check on federal officials who abuse their regulatory powers.
“Today we took a second look at threats, intimidation and bullying by Federal Land Managing Agencies. During a hearing the Committee held last year and again today, we heard first-hand accounts of mistreatment at the hands of federal officials seeking to extort the witnesses into relinquishing their property rights,” said Representative Doug LaMalfa (CA-01). “These firsthand accounts give the victims of abusive conduct by a federal land managing official a chance to tell their story to Congress. Status quo agency oversight, policies and procedures are inadequate for addressing or deterring employee abuses and may instead embolden overreaching or malicious employee behavior with little risk of retribution for their actions.”
Witnesses highlighted examples of flagrant intimidation met by citizens who refuse to surrender their constitutional rights, land and water rights, grazing permits and other multiple-use benefits.
Sheriff James Perkins, Garfield County, UT, highlighted his perspective from 27 years of law enforcement and experience working with various federal law enforcement agencies.
“BLM’s attitude towards coordinating with local law enforcement is summed up best by a conversation I had with a BLM law enforcement officer while we were attending a drug task force meeting in Cedar City, Utah. He told me point blank that he didn’t care about any authority that I thought I had as the Garfield County Sheriff, and that he did not feel like he had to coordinate anything through my office… This refusal to coordinate, coupled with a lack of any meaningful oversight, has created a perfect environment where the abuse of federal law enforcement powers can occur.”
Leland Pollock, Garfield County Commissioner, Garfield County Utah, testified on how BLM law enforcement has moved away from a public service philosophy due to polarization of personnel and bullying and cancellation of cooperative agreements.
“Our concerns/ complaints are not just a matter of hurt feelings, bullying, intimidation, lack of integrity, and a host of social issues. BLM’s Chief of Law Enforcement has cost Garfield County real dollars… We are befuddled how one individual can override a State Director and negatively impact an entire county with impunity.”
A. Grant Gerber, Elko County Commissioner, Elko Nevada, discussed specific examples of wrongdoings, threats, intimidation, and bullying by both BLM law enforcement and a district manager.
“When I was a boy and as I grew up the few Federal Agents were mainly local or from rural areas and fit in well with the local area. They knew the people and worked cooperatively. Now the Federal agents are predominantly from outside the area and do not develop connections with the locals as was done previously. Many start off with a belligerent attitude, even a commanding presence. They are especially offended if anyone opposes any Federal Government actions. The worst are the Federal Law Enforcement Agents that arrogantly announce that they are not governed by Nevada law, but can enforce it if they choose. Now we have been informed, that without notice of hearings, the BLM has determined that two more BLM Law Enforcement Agents are necessary to control the people in the Elko area. All of this is resulting in less use of Federal Lands by citizens as the citizens become afraid of being accosted and berated.”
Jose Valera Lopez, President of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, Rancher, Santa Fe New Mexico, testified on current justifications Federal Land Managers use to intimidate and bully including Endangered Species protection and resource protection.
“Endangered species ‘protection’ is the biggest culprit. At the moment the Fish and Wildlife Service is considering critical habitat for the lesser prairie chicken, the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse, and two varieties of garter snakes. Expansion of the Mexican wolf habitat is expected as early as tomorrow. We have had 764,000 acres in New Mexico and Arizona recently designated critical habitat for the jaguar although only a few male jaguar have been sighted in the U.S. over the last 60 years… In my own case, the BLM has been buying up private lands near my family ranch within the boundaries of an Area of Critical Environmental Concern that they designated part of their Resource Management Plan. They not refer to our ranch as an in-holding. What this designation has done is de-valued our land and effectively prohibits any type of future development on the ranch.”
The armed BLM even intimidates visitors to the county according to Pollack.
Rep. Chris Stewart, a Utah Republican whose district includes Garfield County, pushed for his legislation that would defund what he says are paramilitary units within federal agencies that don’t need such heavily-armed forces, including the BLM.
Paula, You forgot the treasonous left media or were you afraid of being called a racist to save our rights?
WE need to enforce individual state rights and individual rights. The civil war was fought over state's rights. we need our representative in government to remember our federal government was not to create a military and government agencies to attack our legal citizens but to protect our citizens. I took an oath to defend and protect our country from enemies foreign and domestic. It appears our elected official have forgotten their oaths, maybe they were just didn't mean it when they said it.
We need to organize and unite! GOP will do nothing for us...their (all politicians) main objective is to gather money & power for themselves. They have created dynasties for themselves and have no intention of letting that go!
How many in our Federal Government (politicians) are "Oath Keepers?" How many were (truly) in the military? How many really put their lives on the line?
There is so much socialism in our politicians, the MSM in their back pockets, the muslim infiltration and now the bigger problem with illegals... we are pretty much kicked off the bus!
Without a united front we are just a bunch of whiners without one ounce of political clout!
Pretty much correct... Paula
We have certainly been told to move too the back of the bus... and many of our fellow patriots have been kicked off the bus.
Abolish all agencies except DOD. Every state has the same agencies as feds so why do we need duplications. Return power to states
The FEDS will never voluntarily relinquish power they have unlawfully taken from our citizens, our local, our county, our parish and all of our State Governments. That is what our founding fathers (and mothers) included the 2nd amendment for specifically - not for groundhog hunting! We must take our country back ... while we still have the means to do so. Clearly it is our elected officials of BOTH PARTIES; but the stench of gross malfeasance of power comes not only from those we elected; but also from their appointed agency heads and ALL of the megalomaniacal bureaucrats downstream. The states gave up their power to the FED; now it is up to our states to take it back and every citizen can help!
After patiently waiting more than 200 years for our system to function as designed, our citizenry now understands that IT SIMPLY DOES NOT WORK and IT NEVER WILL! We, as a nation, have tasted the sweetness of freedom and felt the lifeblood of liberty; and we will never give it up. However our governance is broken, fraught with corruption and obsolete. We need to let our 2nd amendment rights speak for us now and initiate the return to our honorable and moral way of life. It is way past time to rid our land of this tyrannical plague, this Black Death, which has infected the very soul of America.
I would rather seek, find, face and fight Obama’s domestic terrorists (brown shirts); then sit in the comfort of my home just waiting for them to burst through my front door and annihilate my family. I would rather die fighting for freedom and liberty today; than live out my days under a tyrannical Obama-style oligarchy.
I agree with you James W. McQuillan Jr. 100%. If we continue to let the current government keep operaterating the way it is, we'll be in for a rude awakening. When that happens it will be to late. I also will not be a slave to the tyrannical government that's running this country.
Well expressed James !!! Spoken like a TRUE PATRIOT !!!!!!! I agree with you 100%. I only hope our Military Officer Cadre see the light and are not BLINDED by the Ideology of Obama which is foreign to our American Culture. Our" Political Class" has become that which our Founding Father's feared most. Corrupt to the core, and Traitorous in intent. Unfortunately this political corruption has wormed it's way into ALL levels of Government, Academia, Entertainment, the Media, and many within the Religious Communities. Even our Armed Forces have been tainted with political interference, by cashiering some of our more seasoned and patriotic General Staff and replaced by Ideologically crafted puppets. When the day comes, and I pray that my advanced age spares me the horror, we must DESTROY our enemies within and in every corner of the world. I have NEVER seen in my lifetime a more hideous calumny of events facing the world. I pray GOD he intervenes and sets thing right. We must trust in his mercy yet FIGHT with his " Merciful Swift Sword" !!!!
Isn't it something... to us, with his alphabet agencies to help him, obama is a major bully but to the world at large... he's a clown with no backbone.
My fear is that Hillary will get elected.. and we'll have more of what you listed..and a lot worse. That woman is like a cancer... she'll rule or she'll run you over and destroy you. She won't have the race card to hide behind BUT she'll have the "gender card" : we hate her cuz she's a woman. As will Elizabeth Warren. Now that's a piece of fluffy sh*t!
Whoever obama supports will most likely be the next 'Resident of the White House. He's out there fund raising for his library and for the election kitty.
The "Policy" of rewarding people for "work" in the form of a "BONUS" is also one which needs to face the axe.
In the military, which I spent most of my adult life, even Medal of Honor Recipients never received a "Bonus" for their "Above and Beyond the call of duty heroics". They received a MEDAL which probably cost the Government about $25 (if bought in bulk) and some nice words on a Citation. That's it. No $90,000 a year Bonus like some in the VA and other Government Agency's do.
Is it any wonder that we are $ 17 Trillion Dollars in the hole ??????
Eugene, and those A**h***s don't put their lives on the line either. So no to bonuses.