“It is self-defeating to deny the existence of truth. If someone claims that “Truth does not exist,” then we can counter by asking if the claim is True or False. If the claim is False, then Truth Exists, and if the claim is True, then Truth Exists.” — Aurelius Augustine was born in 354 AD and died 76 years later. 1
Why bring this up and discuss this situation? Because the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is placed into our government as a subordinate agency to the Department of the Interior. This agency is expected to perform reliably and responsibly, just as other government agencies are expected to do their daily tasks.
It is also expected, ironically by legislation and law, that this government agency not only tell the truth, but distribute the truth so proper decisions can be developed, then made conclusively in regard to the management of our Public Lands and America’s wildlife! But the BLM remains and has been for quite sometime time now — Unreliable, irresponsible, and out of control — within a criminal perspective.
What is included below is merely a “Start” into what is hoped to be a continuous research and exposure by sound references, of the BLM and their unethical, irresponsible, and criminal behavior — which must stop!
A little BLM History
When we explore the truth of BLM and what is termed BLM-Speak, if an individual does not know previous events about this agency, then often their rhetoric sounds okay. . . The definitive problem develops when their history is known or eventually found-out. Keep in mind this is merely a small amount of incidents, well referenced and some covered-up in the past. Certainly the items below are not what the BLM or any government agency would want the Public to know.
1. Former BLM Employee Indicted for Public Corruption 2 — and Former Bureau of Land Management Official Sentenced to Federal Prison; 3
2. The employees, in law enforcement within the BLM, have always been unfavorable people within the BLM versus Public, and for justifiable and well referenced reasons. Here is only one of many examples:
“The people that have had a bad experience with BLM Ranger Finch are not only growing at an incredible rate, their statements are painting a very ugly picture of the enforcement arm of BLM. It is clear from the numerous interviews we have conducted that Ranger Finch’s superiors had been told of Finch’s dangerous and unacceptable interactions with the public in the form of complaints that were made by Finch’s victims.” 4
3. Outright animal abuse, which involves way too many references, newspaper coverage, and other programs available are simply too numerous to list here — and the abuse remains abundant today, references continuous, toward BLM-Speak or simply stated, Lies to the Public by BLM personnel.
Questionable Daily Conduct
Here is but a small, or limited due to article length, a portion of the BLM’s Daily Conduct, at the expense of taxpayers money. Keep in mind within this framework, the BLM is the most litigated government agency in history. One has to state, within reason, why this agency should be believed about anything what so ever when it comes to managing our Public Lands and America’s Wildlife. By the way, every bit of the following list is well referenced, numerous newspaper articles, documentaries’, and investigative articles cover these subjects.
1. Outright payments to ranchers, never giving information as to why, or if legitimate, although theft of wild horses (see interview of an informant, Peer Review White Paper) appears to be one element of many;
2. Avoiding actual research and studies of grasslands to avoid Wild Horse Roundups being canceled as not needed;
3. Awkward and displaced range management costing millions of dollars yearly, with no return to the taxpayers what so ever;
4. Government BLM employees theft of Government Property;
5. Private Contractors theft of Government Property and while being supervised by BLM employees;
6. Continuous conflicts of interest between a few legislators, Lobby Groups, Ranchers, and taxpayer money;
7. Extreme cover-ups of outright Felonies, and misdemeanor/Felonies, from the 1990’s onward, with canceled and no further government investigations;
8. Obscure and undefined budgets;
9. Questionable eligibility of private contractors in order to perform what most consider an unneeded job, an unethical job, and also what many consider to be abusive toward animals (videos on the Internet are many, showing these abuses);
10. Private Contractors padding their budgets or creating astounding, superfluous, bids, as well as being paid for jobs misclassified and non-existent, using helicopters fueled by taxpayer money on private journeys or commercial use as well.
The Worst of the Worst in History
Of Note: There were four Investigations ongoing at that time; Case #RP-05-93-021-01; Case #NM-960-03-93-021-023SA; Case #NM-960-03-021-020; and Case #NM-960-08-92-021-805 respectively.
The highlights of the Investigations follow:
1.BLM Management personnel have authorized the transportation of wild horses to group adopters at the expense of the government;
2.BLM management personnel have authorized the fee waiver and/or fee reduction of wild horses without delegated authority;
3.BLM management failed to inspect and prepare written reports for group adopter facilities and property prior to receiving adopted wild horses;
4.BLM personnel publicly and openly promoted the commercial us of wild horses, i.e., bucking stock and slaughter house;
5.BLM personnel in concurrence with BLM management, entered false information regarding the wild horse documents into BLM DPS-8000 data base;
6.BLM personnel through their government positions, arranged for special privileges and allowances pertaining to wild horse adoptions;
7.BLM personnel and management knowingly converted to the use of another, wild horses belonging to the United States;
8.BLM personnel and management did knowingly attempt to interfere with an ongoing investigation by discussing privileged information regarding the Investigation with other BLM personnel, some of whom were subjects of the Investigation;
9.Many, many more “lack of document” charges, especially in regard to the Wild Horse Herd Counts and the financial income and expenditures mandatory at each BLM facility, were not completed, lost, or unavailable for confirmation – in order to appropriate funding for each facility;
10.Several more listings expressed concern toward illegal activity, and lack of following directorial and mandated training and compliance of Inspectors, Wranglers, and Field Level Administrators of the Wild Horse and Burro Program.
(For the entire informative packet and interview see Horses Led To Slaughter, Anatomy of a Cover Up in the Wild Horse and Burro Program, PEER White Paper, Number 14, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Washington D.C. 20009-1125, https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxhbWVyaWNhbmhlcmRzNHxneDo1ZTMzMWRhMDE2YTZkNzg5&pli=1 , 1997.)
So how did this become a situation where the Grand Jury was taken out of the entire equation here, despite the fact there were approximately 872 Felony Counts; and 1,279 combined Felony and Misdemeanor Counts, to include fraudulent paperwork, fraudulent data input into the BLM computer systems, erroneous paperwork, Employee Misconduct, money laundering, misplaced funds and much more?
One has to wonder, just from this undercover operation, how it is this government agency was left, and remains, unchecked — as those involved in the 1990’s remain within the Administrative and Management levels of the BLM today.
Just by what is written within this particular article is more than enough for simple and conclusive observation, which by the way can and does develop a truthful perspective quite well. BLM will not dispute these facts, never have and never will, as they are all simply well documented as Fact and Truth!
This government agency should, for all intents and purposes, be shut down. It is a waste of taxpayer money, as they do not manage neither our wildlife or Public Lands! Public Lands and America’s Wildlife decisions based on Political Agenda and corporate favoritism is just wrong on many different levels, and based on bad-science and irresponsible conduct by the BLM!
These activities, despite their obvious unnecessary use, cost taxpayers millions of dollars yearly, and billions over several years.
“In November the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a scientific misconduct complaint with the Department of Interior that stated the BLM intentionally removed a study of grazing disturbance from the agency’s $40 million Rapid Ecoregional Assessments project to map ecological trends throughout the West. This matter was later and conclusively determined to be Truthful, and the BLM reprimanded, but taxpayer money not retrieved what so ever. Today the BLM still does not include, and demands research of our Public Lands to “Not” impose truthful rangeland, in regard to cattle graze, into government documents and reports.
Further, Scientists were asked to choose the “change agents” such as fire or invasive species that would be part of the study. According to PEER, when the scientific teams were assembled, BLM managers told them that grazing would not be studied due to anxiety from “stakeholders,” fear of litigation and lack of available data on grazing impacts.”
Later we discover this evolved around the subjects of harmful range degradation by cattle, and the actual and real absence of degrading land value by Wild Horse Herds (i.e. an untruth and proved beyond a doubt by good and well referenced science). This is detrimental subject material when considering how much taxpayer money wasted on Wild Horse Herd Roundups under the guise of saving the grasslands environment.
“Disgusting BLM Management Conduct” is more appropriate of a definable term here.
The bad situation? Until this is stopped, and lies become unacceptable, and the Truth an acceptable paradigm before decisions made, within the management paradigm of the BLM, then taxpayers, wildlife, and our ecology will continue to be destroyed!
Rather than defend their conduct, the Justice Department needs to investigate, then place criminals in jail, just as they would the General Public. This is no “Keep Out of Jail” situation that exists when the law is broken or usurped. . . We are a nation of Laws, and this creates Law and Order and equality into our Civilization. Once this is set aside, then civilization takes a step backward.
1 The influence of his ideas still pervades all of civilization. Between the years 391 and 395 he wrote a small document with the title: On Free Choice of the Will; [abbreviated in Latin to De Libero]. The document consists of three parts called ‘books’, each ‘book’ being about the length of a chapter in a modern book. Almost hidden in the pages of ‘book’ two is his definition for the word Truth.
3. html http://www.fbi.gov/portland/press-releases/2009/pd100209.htm