Sen. Risch (R-ID) tears into Biden nominee over her ‘black, abandoned, and malignant heart’

WASHINGTON, DC – A divide U.S. Senate panel deadlocked on President Biden’s nominee for the leadership of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management after Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) accused Tracy Stone-Manning of having “a black, abandoned, and malignant heart.”

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee was bitterly divided along party lines, with a final vote of 10-10.

The vote moves the nomination to a floor vote, which would require every Republican Senator to vote against the nomination, plus one rogue Democrat, to stop the appointment.

Stone-Manning is poised to become head of the department that oversees energy production, grazing, mining, recreation, and other activities across almost a quarter-billion acres of public lands, primarily in the West.

Perhaps sensing the overwhelming difficulty Republicans face in trying to stop the appointment, Sen. Risch gave an impassioned speech against Stone-Manning, who has a history as an alleged eco-terrorist.

Although she denied ever being the target of a federal criminal investigation in writing to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Stone-Manning did receive immunity to testify in a 1993 criminal trial, admitting to writing an anonymous letter to the Forest Service threatening tree-spiking.

Tree-spiking is an “eco-terrorist” practice of embedding large metal spikes in trees to interfere with logging. The practice has led to lumberjacks and loggers being seriously injured or killed while cutting into the trees.

In October 1989, Stone-Manning was among seven individuals who were served with subpoenas and forced to provide fingerprints, palm prints, handwriting samples, and hair samples to a federal grand jury investigating the matter.

Sen. Risch worked in forestry and earned a forestry degree before becoming an attorney. He explained during the meeting that tree spiking is a serious, life-threatening crime that should not be overlooked:

“What happens when the saw hits this spike is what happens in a war when a hand grenade goes off. Shrapnel goes every direction. It destroys the saw, be it a band saw or a circular saw, and it will break this [spike] also into shrapnel. It will either kill or injure anyone that is within range of the shrapnel. That’s what tree spiking is.

“So, why do you put this in a tree? You put this in a tree to kill somebody. It’s not put in there for fun. It’s not a Sunday school prank. You put this in a tree to kill somebody.”

The Senator described the massive size of forestry saws, explaining that one type would reach the ceiling of the chambers.

He said that tree spiking is a modern danger to people working in the forestry industry, something he never learned about in college because it did not exist:

“I studied forestry as most of you know. We didn’t even study (tree spiking) because it didn’t exist back when I was in forestry school.

“It was only when eco-terrorism, and particularly that involved with the national forests, hit its peak that some genius came up with this idea of how to kill people that are working in the forest industry. That’s what tree spiking is.”

Sen. Risch told his colleagues that they should be ashamed that Stone-Manning’s nomination made it as far as it has:

I’ve only been on this committee 13 years, but I’ve got to tell you, this is probably the most significant act of an insult to a really good agency and the people in that agency that I’ve ever seen perpetrated by this committee.

“I don’t know how this nomination has gotten this far, but I think that we ought to spend some time looking at that.”

Democrats have excused Stone-Manning’s past, expressing that it was a mistake from long ago. Sen. Risch said her actions were never a mistake. He said she should be going to prison, not the Department of Interior:

“Some of my friends that I’ve talked with in Congress here have said, ‘Well, she made a mistake 30 years ago.’

This was not a mistake. This was a knowing, willful, intentional act done with a black, abandoned, and malignant heart, intended to kill a fellow human being. This is not a mistake. A mistake is when you reach in your sock drawer and you take out two socks that don’t match.

“This is an intentional act for which people are sent to prison, and (they) should be.”

In his closing remarks, the Senator moved from Forestry worker to successful prosecutor. He re-iterated that Stone-Manning should be facing prison rather than a political appointment and said that Democrats will show their true colors if they nominate her:

“You know, I’ve prosecuted I don’t know how many cases. This, for a prosecutor, is shooting fish in a barrel. She shouldn’t be in front of this committee for confirmation to a major, major point in this administration; she should be in front of a jury, explaining to them why she committed perjury and why she lied to Congress.

“My friends, look, if you want to confirm her, you absolutely can. But believe me, this stain on this administration will last for the next three and a half years.

“If the Biden administration wants to have the face and the character of their administration represented by this individual, this attempted murderer, this perjurer, this liar, this conspirator, if that’s what you want in the administration, and that’s what you want for the face of the administration, here’s your person. Confirm her.”

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‘Stop at two’: Biden’s latest nominee argued for population control in graduate thesis

June 27, 2021

 

WASHINGTON, DC – President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) called for population control and called American children an “environmental hazard.”

Tracy Stone-Manning, advocated for population control in her 1992 graduate thesis, titled “Into the Heart of the Beast| A case for environmental advertising” while earning her Master’s in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana.

Stone-Manning wrote in her thesis:

“The origin of our abuses is us. If there were fewer of us, we would have less impact. We must consume less, and more importantly, we must breed fewer consuming humans.”

Her thesis called for an advertising campaign with eight advertisements bringing attention to the issues of overpopulation, overgrazing, the corporate timber industry, and an 1872 mining law.

The advertisement calling for population control showed a photograph of a shirtless American toddler with curly hair. The caption read:

“Can you find the environmental hazard in this photo?”

Under the photograph, the advertisement read:

“That’s right, it’s the cute baby. Americans believe that overpopulation is only a problem somewhere else in the world. But it’s a problem here too.

“The earth is only so big, and we can tap into it only so often. In America, we tap in often and hard.”

The advertisement then goes on to shame Americans for having too many children:

We breed more than any other industrialized nation. At the same time, we suck up one-third of the world’s energy. On average, each of us gobbles the same energy as 3 Japanese, 13 Chinese, and 499 Ethiopians.

“When we overpopulate, the earth notices it more. Stop at two. It could be the best thing you do for the planet.”

The image was not the only advertisement the Biden nominee suggested attacking Americans wanting children. Stone-Manning also wrote a 30-second script for a television ad titled “overpopulation” to run along with the advertising campaign.

The script imagined an American woman drinking coffee in what Stone-Manning described as a “yuppie home.” The woman is thinking about having her third child.

In the script, the woman says:

“I know it would be my third baby, but there’s not a population problem here like in Africa or India … and besides, smart people like Bob and me should be the people having kids.”

The scene then changes to a montage of smokestacks, traffic, and other environmental stressors while a female narrator says:

“A child born in America will burn 499 times more energy than a child born in Ethiopia. And each year, Americans add 2 million energy-eating humans to the earth. We consume one quarter of all the world’s resources, simply by living as Americans.

“When we have children, the planet feels it more. Do the truly smart thing. Stop at one or two kids.”

Stone-Manning said in the thesis that she intended the advertisements to target men and women considering having children. She wrote:

“The point is a simple one. Harshly, the ads say that the earth can’t afford Americans. More softly, they ask people to think about how their family planning choices affect the planet.”

Stone-Manning has already been criticized by Republicans and some news outlets for her involvement in a tree-spiking incident in 1989.

Although she denied ever being the target of a federal criminal investigation in writing to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, she did receive immunity to testify in a 1993 criminal trial admitting to writing an anonymous letter to the Forest Service threatening tree-spiking.

Tree-spiking is an “eco-terrorist” practice of embedding large metal spikes in trees to interfere with logging. The practice has led to lumberjacks and loggers being seriously injured or killed while cutting into the trees.

In October 1989, Stone-Manning was among seven individuals who were served with subpoenas and forced to provide fingerprints, palm prints, handwriting samples, and hair samples to a federal grand jury investigating the matter.

Protect the Public’s Trust, a government watchdog group, filed a complaint on Tuesday with the acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia against Stone-Manning, asking for an investigation into whether she violated federal law by providing false information to Congress.

The group said in a statement:

“In answering the committee’s official questionnaire, Ms. Stone-Manning appears to have knowingly and willfully concealed or covered up a material fact in order to deceive the U.S. Senate and the American public about the true nature of her involvement in an eco-terrorism case.

“She was granted immunity for her testimony in the case that resulted in at least one individual serving prison time. The facts, including as revealed by a U.S. Attorney and Ms. Stone-Manning’s previous assertions, warrant a full investigation.” 

 

 

 

 

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