President Joe Biden’s nominee for head of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Tracy Stone-Manning, was once involved in an act of eco-terrorism.
The Daily Caller reported that Stone-Manning conspired in a tree spiking incident that resulted in one of her friends going to prison.
Tree spiking, in which metal spikes are nailed into trees to make it unsafe for workers to log them, is a tactic used to combat logging. Obviously, serious injury can result if these metal spikes go unnoticed during the logging process.
Stone-Manning received legal immunity following the incident by testifying against her friend, John Blount. While that may have gotten her out of legal trouble at the time, the incident may now be coming back to haunt her.
What did she do?
In 1993, Stone-Manning testified in federal court that she had sent an anonymous letter to the Forest Service in 1989 on behalf of Blount.
“This letter is being sent to notify you that the Post Office Sale in Idaho has been spiked heavily,” the threatening letter read. “We unloaded a total of five hundred pounds of spikes measuring 8 to 10 inches in length.”
According to Stone-Manning, she merely typed and sent exactly what Blount had told her to the Forest Service. She said that she rented a typewriter for the letter because she didn’t want it on her personal computer.
Stone-Manning claimed that Blount had threatened to kill her if she went to the authorities, however she said that she eventually did inform authorities of her role in the situation, but only after Blount was arrested. She also claimed that she informed authorities in order to protect loggers.
While Stone-Manning could have been charged with conspiracy for her role in the eco-terrorism incident, she received legal immunity in exchange for testifying against Blount.
“Collaborated with eco-terrorists”
Some lawmakers insist that Stone-Manning should not to be confirmed to lead the Bureau of Land Management because of her role in this incident.
“Tracy Stone-Manning collaborated with eco-terrorists,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY). “She worked with extreme environmental activists who spiked trees, threatening the lives and livelihoods of loggers. While she was given immunity from prosecution to testify against her companions in court, her actions were disgraceful.”
It remains to be seen whether this incident will, in fact, be disqualify for the Biden nominee.