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Whistleblower’s! Is presented in coordination with Marcel Reid and the Whistleblower’s Summit taking place every July in Washington, D.C.
Our guest is Debbie Coffey, V.P. Wild horse freedom Federation. She and the Federation have led the efforts to save our wild horses and burros from being managed into extinction by the Bureau of Land Management operating under the Department of Interior. Now, having been exposed numerous times for violating standing laws and environmental standards and protections, the DOI wants to purge many of its records so that no paper trail survives that would expose the corruption. This would include digital records.
Debbie has filed over a hundred FOIAs and knows the ins and outs of successful requests for information. But, with the Interior Department now attempting to get authorization to destroy large swaths of records and documents, much of it to be destroyed within a year of creation, the access to information by the public will be seriously impaired.
Many of these records pertain to gas, oil, water, mining and fracking. Many of these documents detail the abuse of public lands, the violation of certain laws and provisions that are meant to protect public lands from exploitation and the zeroing out of wild horses and burros.
Categories: Wild Burros, Wild Horses/Mustangs
Stand up America for our wild horses and burros now please.
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This should be very informative – thanks.
Excellent show but frightening to learn of the LARGE coverup the government is doing to avoid WE the American tax-paying citizens from learning the truth of what is being done to our public lands and resources.
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I got a call from the Sierra Club (which has been anti-wild horse & burro). I had signed one of their many petitions to protect wildlife and wild places. It’s hard to cover everything that we need to get across to the major environmental groups…but I did my best in a short amount of time. The person on the phone told me that we really should call the Sierra Club’s national headquarters and talk to them.
I think now might be a good time for us to do just that. It’s time for a giant “merger”
Don’t forget about this facility. There’s plenty of space to store government documents in Utah.
UTAH DATA CENTER
The spring air in the small, sand-dusted town has a soft haze to it, and clumps of green-gray sagebrush rustle in the breeze. Bluffdale sits in a bowl-shaped valley in the shadow of Utah’s Wasatch Range to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west.
The NSA has become the largest, most covert, and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever.
Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.
Devils Garden update: 513 wild horses captured, 6 DEAD
October 23, 2018
Through Monday, U.S. Forest Service has captured a total of 513 wild horses at the Devils Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory in Northern California.
Six wild horses have died, so far. The Forest Service has provided little detail, except that five horses have been put down for what it says were preexisting conditions and that one died as a result of an injury suffered in the holding corrals.
In addition, one foal has been born in the holding corrals.
Of those, an estimated 300 wild horses ages 10-older will be sold with some limitations for 60 days after being made ready for placement or “no earlier than Jan. 10,” according to the agency. Those limitations include prohibiting the purchase of wild horses for human consumption as well as providing appropriate transportation and “healthy accommodations.”
The older wild horses not purchased during that period will be sold without limitation, for as little as $1, putting them in danger of falling into the hands of kill buyers who will transport the animals to Canada or Mexico for slaughter. The threat has brought increasing public pressure on the Forest Service.
The Forest Service has sought to exploit a sort of loophole in restrictions the U,S. Congress placed on the sale of wild horses in its 2018 budget. Congress barred unrestricted sale of wild horses by the Bureau of Land Management but did not do so for the Forest Service.
The agency’s plans have drawn opposition from wild horse and animal welfare advocates, including Return to Freedom, and demands from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to explain how the Forest Service intends to keep captured wild horses from going to slaughter against the wishes of Congress and the public.
GOOD question Marybeth
Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Emergency Rescue–SAVE the DG 300 from Slaughter!.
Update from USFS:
Oct. 31 wild horse gather update
Release Date: Nov 1, 2018
Forty-seven horses were gathered yesterday from the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory. The total is now 713. One horse was euthanized for a preexisting chronic condition.
Marybeth Devlin 671 + 47 = 718. What happened to the other 5 horses?
Went on the site to look at the DG horses. Most seem to be quite stocky & big-boned – nice looking horses. It appeared that most of the thinner horses were mares – maybe groceries gone to raising foals? And there were a few that really did need help – not just food. The gist of the DG rescue posts were agreeing with the 4,000 number & saying that the range was eaten down so they couldnt have made it thru the winter. But that begs the question – it thats the case – how does it make sense that 3 to 4 thousand cattle are going to be turned out there? Or is it the case that the horses ALONE might be ok – but not with the added livestock?
Yes … and achieving justice for our wild horses and burros depends on BLM officials exercising their authority to legally reduce private, usually corporate, domestic livestock grazing in the wild horse and burros’ legal areas, whether on BLM or USFS lands. Such exercise would be legally covered under 43 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) 4710.3-2 and 43 C.F.R 4710.5(a). In particular, 43 C.F.R. 4710.5 clearly states that the Bureau of Land Management can legally reduce livestock grazing in order “to provide habitat for wild horses or burros.”
§ 4710.5 Closure to livestock grazing.
(a) If necessary to provide habitat for wild horses or burros, to implement herd management actions, or to protect wild horses or burros, to implement herd management actions, or to protect wild horses or burros from disease, harassment or injury, the authorized officer may close appropriate areas of the public lands to grazing use by all or a particular kind of livestock.