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Senate must block the confirmation of Biden’s eco-terrorist nominee



Earlier this year, President Biden nominated Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of the Bureau of Land Management. The senators who are slated to vote for her confirmation should be wary of Stone-Manning’s history of criminal behavior and collaboration with eco-terrorists.

Just in case the President and his followers are suffering from amnesia, let us go down memory lane and reminisce on that time in the spring of 1987 when an activist group spiked trees at the Post Office Timber Sale in Idaho, resulting in millworker George Alexander’s jaw getting sliced in half.

Under the guise of environmentalism, tree-spiking is the lethal practice of punching in a piece of metal into the trunk of a tree to prevent loggers from doing their job. By utilizing the method to sabotage logging operations, hardworking lumberjacks are the ones being sacrificed in the name of environmental protection.

“Every president of the United States is faced with critical decisions. Nominating individuals to serve in government is among the most consequential. In order to be confirmed and to be effective, nominees must gain the trust of the American people. President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violates that trust,” former Forest Service agent Michael Merkley wrote in his Fox News opinion piece.

Biden shouldn’t take Stone-Manning’s propensity for radical violence lightly even if her collusion with eco-terrorists transpired eons ago. The president should be careful in entrusting the job to a person with a shady past, especially if the role could grant her a vast amount of power.

“When it comes to impacting policies related to our public lands, the BLM director has wide authority. The director has capacity to make unilateral decisions about how lands are used and managed. The BLM director also leads several thousand employees, including law enforcement officers, many of whom have given years of dedicated service to the Bureau,” Merkley continued.

Stone-Manning only escaped prosecution in the tree-spiking case  by ratting on her eco-terrorist friends. In 1993, she hired an attorney and negotiated a deal with the federal prosecutor for fears of being implicated by the girlfriend of one of the suspects. In exchange for her testimony against her extremist allies, she was given immunity, and now an appointment to one of the higher positions in government.

“Senators should consider the implications of confirming someone who has violated several federal laws. The employees at the Bureau of Land Management deserve honest leadership. The American people should have confidence that the individual in charge of this agency will follow the law, even when the law may be at odds with personal convictions. Tracy Stone-Manning is not that individual,” Merkley concluded.

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