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BLM Official Attempts to Tighten the Secrecy Lid Further, Fitch Receives Threat From BLM Email Address

Story by Steven Long ~ Editor/Publisher of “Horseback Magazine

BLM‘s Image Continues to Tank

Author/Equine Advocate R.T. Fitch ~ photo by Steven Long

HOUSTON, (Horseback) – Horseback Magazine’s persistent queries into the practices and lack of transparency at the federal Bureau of Land Management is getting under the skin of at least one highly placed official.

Don Glenn, the chief of the agency’s Wild Horse and Burro Program fired off a note to BLM’s top Washington spokesman Tom Gorey after the magazine asked for Glenn’s salary information. The magazine also asked twice if Glenn will be attending a Las Vegas conference presented by the obscure pro-slaughter group, United Horsemen. Gorey says no BLM official plans to attend.

But Glen may have other plans from the tone of his note.

“Why do we need to do Longs (sic) research for him. He can look up the federal salary chart as well as we can. He claimes (sic) to be an investigative

journalist. Also Why should we tell him if we are going to this conference? We do not need to talk to him except under FOIA,” Glenn wrote.

FOIA is shorthand for the 1966 federal Freedom of Information Act. It was enacted and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to require federal agencies be transparent in their dealing with the public. Horseback has filed several FOIA requests with the bureau.

The BLM has come under increased scrutiny because of the lack of transparency of Glenn’s Wild Horse and Burro program in which scores of horses have died after being stampeded by a roaring helicopter sometimes flying within feet of the animals. The program has also violated FAA rules by closing off airspace above its “gathers” and used a veterinarian unlicensed to practice in Nevada during a recent roundup. Horseback first broke all of these stories.

In an unrelated matter, author and sometime Horseback Magazine contributor R.T. Fitch revealed that his blog, “Straight From the Horse’s Heart” received a threatening email signed “Animal Abuser” from an address in the Brighton, Colorado office of the BLM.

Horseback forwarded the note to Gorey at Fitch’s request asking that an investigation be launched into the incident by the federal Department of Homeland Security or the FBI. Gorey responded that he will pass the correspondence along to appropriate authorities.

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  1. I have to share this. I was watching t.v. this morning and they were reporting on the auction of Bernie Maddof’s belongings.They are trying to raise money to pay back the people he scammed. Well, all of his stuff is monogrammed with his initials, BLM! I thought that was really funny, two scammers with the same initials.

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  2. BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program manager Don Glenn’s defensiveness is quite telling! If he has nothing to hide, he should be forthcoming with the information R.T. Fitch requests. Kudos to R. T. for doggedly pursuing the truth and keeping them honest! I appreciate his integrity and courage.

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  3. “We do not need to TALK to him except under FOIA.” How does anyone “talk” to anyone else under the Freedom of Information Act? It’s a place for accessing information and documents, not conversation.

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  4. Problem with FOIA is (and all Feds, States, localities know the game) there is no precise definition of timely response….they can drag their feet into years.

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  5. I am very Glad Glenn was so defensive , it shows to me he knows The BLM is on its way outta here……………………………………. Lies, and Deceit betrayal does not work here !!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry BLM >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>…..

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  6. R. T. Fitch: Please keep up the good work. THe BLM is feeling the heat and it’s only going to get “HOTTER”. BLM you will soon be going down in flames, and I for one for enjoy every minute of it. Come on guys, let’s tighten the ropes more and raise the heat. Thanks to all that are keeping their eyes on this deplorable agency and its assisting agencies, the agriculture and mining departments.

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  7. R. T. Fitch: Please keep up the good work. THe BLM is feeling the heat and it’s only going to get “HOTTER”. BLM you will soon be going down in flames, and I for one will enjoy every minute of it. Come on guys, let’s tighten the ropes more and raise the heat. Thanks to all that are keeping their eyes on this deplorable agency and its assisting agencies, the agriculture and mining departments.

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  8. RT you keep yor friends and your enemies closer. This person apparently has not written an apology for any misundrstanding–so one should consider themselves forwarned. ..this person is not your friend and is certainly no friend to the horses.

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  9. Remember Ft Hood- there was ample warning this person was a loose cannon and everyone ignored it-, and as I said yesterday..the BLM and the helicopter contractors personel are carring weapons at these roundups where they have the opportunity to carry out those fantasies..homeland security should take this seriously

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  10. THE FIREWORKS ARE POPPING AND IT IS SO CLEAR THAT A NEW DIRECTION MUST BE ENFORCED WHEN IT COMES TO OUR BLM ROUNDUPS. WHETHER THE TOP PERSON IN CONTROL TELLS HIS CRONIES BELOW TO KILL, KILL, KILL WE HAVE DOCUMENTATION AND WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL RISE ON A GIVEN DAY AND ARREST EVERY ONE OF YOU CRUEL AND INHUMANE DOGS. YOU DESERVE A FIRE PIT WHERE YOU WILL ROT AND SMELL THE EARTH LIKE YOU NEVER HAVE BEFORE. MARK MY WORDS. THIS WILL COME TO BE A BURDEN ON ALL OF YOUR HEARTS AND SOULS. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GO TO YOUR GRAVE WITHOUT YOUR DECISIONS OF HATE AND WRETCHED THOUGHTS CONTINUALLY BOMBARD YOUR DAY AND NIGHT. GOD SHALL PROCLAIM TO THE LOVING HEARTS AND WE WILL WIN OUR BATTLE. THE FIGHT IS JUST BEGINNING. HOW MANY MORE HORSES ARE YOU PLANNING TO KILL BECAUSE OF THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR?$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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