White House stands by BLM nominee despite
eco-terrorism links, views on population control
Houston Keene, Fox News 6/28/21
The White House continues to stand by
Tracy Stone-Manning, President
Biden's nominee to lead the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM), despite controversies over her
links to an ecoterrorist plot and her views on population
The White House has faced pressure from
senators to withdraw Stone-Manning's nomination since Fox News
first revealed that
she traded her testimony for legal immunity in a tree-spiking
case in the 1990s.
Stone-Manning was granted immunity in exchange for testifying
that she retyped and sent an anonymous letter to the U.S. Forest
Service on behalf of John P. Blount, her former roommate and
The letter told the Forest Service that 500 pounds of "spikes
measuring 8 to 10 inches in length" had been jammed into the
trees of an Idaho forest. Tree-spiking is a dangerous
ecoterrorist tactic that has severely injured people, such as a
mill worker whose jaw was split in two from an exploding saw.
Most recent, a retired federal
agent involved in the probe
said Stone-Manning was an early target in the ecoterrorism investigation,
contradicting her claims to senators that she had never been the
target of a federal investigation.
The anonymous agent told E&E
News on Friday that
Stone-Manning "absolutely refused to do anything" to help with
the investigation at first and only complied with law
enforcement after "she was caught."
"I got a call from the FBI in Boston, Massachusetts, asking me
if I had a tree-spiking case here. I said 'Yes.' The agent said,
'Guess what? I have a lady right here in my office who can
furnish you with the information you need,'" the retired agent
recalled, saying Stone-Manning only cooperated after being given
The agent said Stone-Manning was viewed as a target of the grand
Stone-Manning wrote on her standard Senate committee
questionnaire that she had not been the subject of any
investigation but touched on her involvement in the tree-spiking
The nominee's past statements also appear
to contradict her answer on the
Stone-Manning was one of seven people
subpoenaed for fingerprints, hair samples, palm prints and
handwriting samples as part of a grand jury investigation into
the tree spiking, the Montana Kaimin reported in
In 1990, Stone-Manning complained to
The Spokesman-Review, a newspaper in Washington state, about the
way she was treated by FBI and U.S. Forest Service agents who
were investigating the tree-spiking incident.
"It was degrading. It changed my awareness of the power of the
government," Stone-Manning said at the time. "Yes, this was
happening to me and not someone in Panama. And, yes, the
government does do bad things sometimes."
In 1993, Stone-Manning told The
Missoulian, a Montana
paper, that she could have been charged with conspiracy if she
hadn't agreed to testify against Blount.
Stone-Manning has also faced scrutiny for
urging population control to protect the environment in
her graduate thesis.
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But the Biden administration still supports the embattled
"Tracy Stone-Manning is a dedicated public servant who has years
of experience and a proven track record of finding solutions and
common ground when it comes to our public lands and waters," a
White House official told Fox News on Monday. "She is
exceptionally qualified to be the next Director of the Bureau of
Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, told Fox News in an email Thursday that
anyone familiar with the "eco-terrorist practice" of
tree-spiking does not consider Stone-Manning "exceptionally
"When Idahoans hear someone who conspired with tree spikers is
the administration’s pick to lead the largest land management
agency in America, they are rightfully appalled. Conspiring with
tree spikers is not a mistake," Risch said. "A mistake is
opening the sock drawer in the morning and pulling out two socks
that don’t match. When you knowingly, willfully, intentionally,
with malice and forethought, attempt to take someone else’s life
– that’s not a mistake."
Ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Committee John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said the investigator
"confirmed" what he has been saying about Stone-Manning
throughout her confirmation process.
"Tracy Stone-Manning collaborated with eco-terrorists who had
booby trapped trees with metal spikes," Barrasso said in a press
release Monday. "She mailed the threatening letter for them and
she was part of the cover up. She did not cooperate with
investigators until she was caught."
Barrasso also said Stone-Manning "lied to the Senate Energy and
Natural Resources Committee by claiming the tree spiking was
‘alleged’ and that she was never investigated."
"Now, we have confirmation that neither of those things are
true," he added. "President Biden must withdraw her nomination."
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