Another rancher asks, “Why are feds so insistent on making an example of the Hammonds?”
I’m wondering how you would feel, whether government worker or private citizen, to be hung twice for the same crime, to justify the federal government stealing your property.
You get people put in jail for five years for burning 130 acres that they were given permission, it looks like they were given permission to set the fire, and the agency can burn 300,000 acres, and nobody is accountable.
Congress’s first step should be to initiate a thorough investigation of the federal government’s current land holdings and land management activities.
The economic, environmental, and political realities of a Carbon Tax include will have crushing economic, and minimal environmental effects.
The Hammonds are serving five-years in prison after being charged under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (yes, really).
When Mary Bullock and her small group of supporting ranchers and friends didn’t immediately cave in, the FBI was at their doorstep with well-practiced intimidation tactics.
“We have some 73 million acres of national forest lands at risk from wildland fires that could compromise human safety and ecosystem integrity…. The situation is simply not sustainable—not socially, not economically, not ecologically.”
Yowell’s 132 head of cattle had grazed for decades on the South Fork Western Shoshone Indian Reservation in northeastern Nevada until 2002, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seized them.
Unfortunately, federal agencies’ abuse of the citizenry is not uncommon.
If environmental groups and government agencies truly want to achieve their stated mission they’ll have to open their eyes to the damage caused by what they call “protection.”