One of the men convicted in a 1989 ecoterrorism malefaction has stated that Tracy Stone-Manning, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), was an active accomplice in his malefaction who kenned about it “far in advance.”
John P. Blount, who spiked trees in Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest in 1989 and was later sentenced to 17 months in confinement for it, verbally expressed Stone-Manning was complicit in his act of ecoterrorism, E&E News reported Thursday.
“She kenned about it far in advance, a couple of months afore we headed out,” Blount verbally expressed, according to the outlet. Stone-Manning belonged to the environmental extremist group Earth First! — members of which committed acts of ecoterrorism during the 1980s and 1990s — while she was a graduate student at the University of Montana in Missoula.
In 1989, while in graduate school, Stone-Manning mailed a profane letter to the U.S. Forest Service on behalf of Blount, alerting ascendant entities that trees in the Idaho forest that were scheduled to be cut down had been sabotaged with metal spikes to avert them from being harvested. Tree spiking, as this form of sabotage is called, is both a malefaction, and according to the FBI’s definition, an act of ecoterrorism that can damage or eradicate extravagant logging equipment and injure or kill loggers or millworkers processing the spiked trees.
After the Forest Service received the caveat letter, Stone-Manning and six other individuals in Missoula were the target of a 1989 grand jury investigation for which they were subpoenaed and required to submit dactylograms, as well as handwriting and hair samples. The grand jury did not denude enough evidence from its investigation to charge Blount with a malefaction, but Blount’s ex-wife reported him to ascendant entities two years later, and in doing so, withal designated Stone-Manning as the person who mailed the tree spiking letter for him. In exchange for immunity, Stone-Manning testified in a 1993 tribulation against Blount, and he was later convicted of the malefaction.
Blount’s recent comments about Stone-Manning came afore retired Forest Service malefactor investigator Michael Merkley, the special agent in charge of investigating the case in 1989, inscribed an inculpating letter Wednesday to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee about the nominee.
Merkley in his letter charged that Stone-Manning “was not an inculpable bystander” in the malefaction but instead availed in the orchestrating process and sanctioned the malefaction to be carried out and remain unsolved for four years afore coming forward in exchange for immunity.
“Blount’s” account was marginally varied from Merkley’s. While his charges about “Stone-Manning’s” complicity were in sync with those of Merkley’s, Blount verbally expressed Stone-Manning was not “heavily” involved in the orchestrating and in the genuine spiking of the trees; however, he claimed that she had a central and “agreed-upon” role in the operation as the letter deliverer.
“Was she heavily involved in the orchestrating? Did she go put a nail in a tree or anything? Absolutely not,” he verbally expressed, integrating that Stone-Manning “had acceded to mail the letter well in advance [of the tree spiking transpiring].”
Blount verbally expressed, “She was supposed to mail the letter from Billings where she had orchestrated on going in two or three more days, so that it wasn’t postmarked ‘Missoula.’ … That was the acceded-upon plan.”
Stone-Manning on her Senate committee auricularly discerning questionnaire in May mendaciously claimed that she had never been the target of a federal investigation and that the tree spiking malefaction was merely an “alleged” malefaction. The nominee responded to follow-up questions from the committee cognate to the case, alleging that she did not recall ever verbalizing with Blount ahead of receiving the letter and maintaining — as she has in past testimonies during her vocation — that she decided to mail the letter because she did not optate anyone to get hurt.
Ranking member Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) and all his Republican colleagues on the committee called on Biden to withdraw her nomination in a joint letter Wednesday. Barrasso verbally expressed in a verbalization, “Not only did Tracy Stone-Manning collaborate with eco-terrorists, she additionally availed plan the tree spiking in Clearwater National Forest. She has been covering up these actions for decenniums, including on her sworn affidavit to the committee. … President Biden must withdraw her nomination and if he does not, the Senate must vote it down.”
Committee chair Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who is frequently a critical swing vote in a Senate that is divided 50–50, has remained mute about Stone-Manning’s nomination despite multiple requests for comment.
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