Watchdog Group Files Interior IG Complaint Over Tracy Stone-Manning’s Apparent Lie To Congress

Watchdog Group Files Interior IG Complaint Over Tracy Stone-Manning’s Apparent Lie To Congress

A government watchdog group filed a complaint with the inspector general’s office at the U.S. Department of the Interior on Tuesday arguing that newly confirmed Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning violated the False Statements Act.

The transparency nonprofit Protect the Public’s Trust took issue with Stone-Manning’s seemingly deliberate misrepresentation of her role in a 1989 tree spiking case, a form of ecoterrorism wherein far-left environmental activists jammed metal rods into trees targeted for harvest. Once processed for logging, the rods shred the saws and explode into deadly projectiles meant to instill fear among those in the timber industry. In 1987, a 23-year-old millworker lost teeth and part of his cheek and jaw when an 11-inch spike driven into a tree shattered a large bandsaw he operated.

When asked on a standard questionnaire by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources whether she had “ever been investigated, arrested, or charged” in any law violation “other than a minor traffic offense,” Stone-Manning wrote no.

“I have never been arrested or charged and to my knowledge I have never been the target of such an investigation,” Stone-Manning said in written testimony.

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Prior interviews given to local press over her involvement with a case of spiked trees in northern Idaho, however, say otherwise.

In 1993, Stone-Manning accepted legal immunity from federal prosecutors in exchange for court testimony against her co-conspirators. Stone-Manning said her involvement extended to merely retyping a letter to the Forest Service warning that 500 pounds of 8 to 10-inch spikes were jammed into trees at the Clearwater National Forest.

“P.S., You bastards go in there anyway and a lot of people are going to get hurt,” the letter finished on behalf of her friend and former roommate, John T. Blount.

Throughout Stone-Manning’s confirmation process, retired special agent Michael Merkley, who was the lead prosecutor in the case, made clear that the nominee to now oversee 245 million acres of federal land was absolutely a target in the case. In fact, she was “the nastiest of the suspects,” Merkley wrote to Senate lawmakers, who was “vulgar, antagonistic, and extremely anti-government.”

“Contrary to many stories in the news, Ms. Stone-Manning was not an innocent bystander, nor was she a victim in this case,” Merkley added, pushing back against the Democrats’ narrative that Stone-Manning was a saint who helped secure the conviction of her friends. “She most certainly was not a hero.”

Contrary to her written claims, Stone-Manning even complained about being the target of a federal investigation.

“It was degrading. It changed my awareness of the power of the government,” she told a Spokane newspaper in 1990. “Yes, this is happening to me and not someone in Panama. And yes, the government does do bad things sometimes.”

Blount, who was ultimately sentenced to 17 months in prison, corroborated Merkley’s account of Stone-Manning’s knowledge of the case.

“She knew about it far in advance, a couple of months before we headed out,” Blount told Politico’s E&E News.

While it’s unclear whether the spikes remain in the trees today, their existence could still present a risk to firefighters in the area.

“The American public expects that high-ranking public servants will act with the highest levels of honesty and integrity,” said Michael Chamberlain, the director of Protect the Public’s Trust. “Certainly, someone in the position to lead an agency with 10,000 employees and a portfolio including a large portion of U.S. land, should exemplify these traits.”

Stone-Manning’s apparent false statements became a primary point of opposition from Republican senators who fought to reject her confirmation. In July, Senate Republicans on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee sent a letter to President Joe Biden to rescind the nomination.

“We believe that Ms. Stone-Manning’s false and misleading statements, as well as her extremist activities, disqualify her from serving as Director of this important agency,” the letter read. “Any individual who leads this important agency must have the faith and trust of the American people. Ms. Stone-Manning has violated that trust.”

Stone-Manning, however, was ultimately confirmed 50-45 along party lines last week.

Protect the Public’s Trust requested that the Interior Department inspector general investigate whether employees within the agency assisted Stone-Manning in her written testimony to the Senate.

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Tracy Stone-Manning’s Confirmation Signals Democrat Embrace Of Ecoterrorism

Tracy Stone-Manning’s Confirmation Signals Democrat Embrace Of Ecoterrorism

Over Republican objections that stemmed from her role in a 1989 tree spiking case, Senate Democrats confirmed renowned ecoterrorist Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management Thursday. The vote not only signaled approval of Stone-Manning’s past, but also marked the escalation of calls emanating from the left to ramp up tactics of violent extremism in the name of environmental stewardship.

Tree spiking, wherein environmental activists jam 8-to-10 inch metal rods into trees, was a popular tactic among left-wing activists in the late 20th century. Meant to terrorize mill workers as a deterrent to the lumber industry, the spikes — which served as ISIS-style road bombs in Iraq — would then explode saws when processed sending deadly steel shrapnel flying upon impact. In 1987, two years before Stone-Manning’s group spiked trees in northern Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest, a 23-year-old millworker lost teeth and part of his cheek and jaw when an 11-inch spike driven into a tree shattered a large ban saw he operated.

Stone-Manning accepted legal immunity in 1993 after she agreed to testify as a co-conspirator in a 1989 tree spiking case which may have left deadly rods in trees that would present a risk to firefighters today.

“Tracy will bring good old-fashioned Montana common sense to the bureau,” Montana Democrat Sen. Jon Tester said on the Senate floor Thursday. “She will lead the agency with honor and with integrity and, as she has done her entire career, Tracy will bring folks together, from both sides of the aisle and all sides of issues, to get things done.”

Not a single Republican, however, supported Stone-Manning’s nomination in the upper chamber, while Democrats, including West Virginia’s Joe Manchin who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, unanimously approved her confirmation.

After the widespread encouragement of last year’s summer of rage, Thursday’s vote signified the Democrats’ further acceptance of violent means to meet political ends.

While the environmental leftist group Earth First formally renounced tree spiking as a tactic in 1990, efforts to revive ecoterrorism as a form of protest have begun to resurface as climate hysteria escalates on the heels of left-wing destruction cheered in the name of social justice.

In September, the New Yorker promoted the new book, “How To Blow Up A Pipeline” with the author as a guest on the magazine’s podcast.

Ezra Klein, the co-founder of Vox and a columnist for the New York Times, reviewed the book in a July column headlined “It Seems Odd That We Would Just Let The World Burn,” where Klein transcribed its direct call to action:

Announce and enforce the prohibition. Damage and destroy new CO2-emitting devices. Put them out of commission, pick them apart, demolish them, burn them, blow them up. Let the capitalists who keep on investing in the fire know that their properties will be trashed.

“In this lyrical manifesto, noted climate scholar (and saboteur of SUV tires and coal mines) Andreas Malm makes an impassioned call for the climate movement to escalate its tactics in the face of ecological collapse,” reads the book’s description on Amazon. “We need, he argues, to force fossil fuel extraction to stop–with our actions, with our bodies, and by defusing and destroying its tools. We need, in short, to start blowing up some oil pipelines.”

One can easily imagine the consequences after a brief five-day shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline in May which sparked a nationwide panic.

“How To Blow Up A Pipeline” remains available for sale free of censorship on Amazon. A search for conservative scholar Ryan Anderson’s book on the radical transgender agenda, however, will come up short.

When users type in “When Harry Became Sally: Responding To The Transgender Moment,” the title of Anderson’s book, the page will populate instead with rebuttal work from a rival author, “Let Harry Become Sally: Responding To The Anti-Transgender Moment.”

It seems ecoterrorism, however, may see new life on the left. As hysterical climate predictions continue to ramp up calls for action, the extremism of tactics to meet those calls will only intensify as violence goes excused when the ends are said to justify the means.

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