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The Federal Reserve’s lack of transparency, which is perceived to be impenetrable, is an erroneous assumption.

Volume 12 C.F.R. § 261.2(i)(1) Identifies public FOIA requests for records (of) any Federal Reserve Bank in connection with the transaction of any official business.” are authorized. A Federal Court of Appeals has concurred. Ref. Bloomberg L.P. v. Board. of Governors of Federal Reserve System, 649 F. Supp. 2d 262, 274 (S.D.N.Y. 2009), aff’d, 601 F.3d 143 (2d Cir. 2010). Exemptions 4 and 5 are not applicable. The deceptive CRS Report 42079, Federal Reserve; Oversight and Disclosure Issues relates to a public perception; it does not relate the law. Ref. https://thedailycoin.org/2020/02/02/federal-reserve-foia-and-audit/ (updated).

The Federal Reserve’s creation of fiat currency [a credit extended by the FR system] depends upon the Treasury Department issuing a debt instrument [Treasury security] containing a promise to pay back the principal plus interest. The interest does not exist nor has it been created. The only way to procrastinate bankruptcy is to issue more debt (principal) and pay the prior interest due from the new principal. This results in an exponential increase in the amount of debt [inflation] that will be created. The National Debt can never be paid off. It is a classic Ponzi scheme. [Fractional reserve multiplication of currency by commercial banks does not alter this conclusion.] A contract that cannot be culminated, or does not convey consideration for funds, is an act of fraud and is void upon its inception.

The manner in which the Fed is used to assist Wall Street conceal >$3 billion daily from the government [and the public] using the auction accounts of Treasury securities for the benefit of TBTF banks is alleged at https://www.spartareport.com/2019/11/the-federal-reserve-a-different-view/ ; https://thedailycoin.org/2018/08/21/the-federal-reserve-a-different-view-updated/ ; https://ppjg.me/2019/11/18/the-federal-reserve-a-different-view/ , https://ncc-1776.org/tle2019/tle1019-20190505-05.html. The analysis has been sullied; it has never been discredited.

The Treasury security auction accounts are exclusively controlled by the FRBNY and handle more than $11 trillion annually. The accounts have never been audited and are a proper subject for public review using FOIA. [The cited CRS report broadens the meaning of audit to imply two reviews of FRBNY’s security procedures are audits.] TreasuryDirect identifies the apparent commingling of government funds with private funds. The destination of new cash is not disclosed.

Benjamin Ginsberg in FATAL EMBRACE reminds readers of historic similar related banking systems resulted in repeated economic exploitation, societal collapse, and civil disruption in medieval Europe. John Perkins [CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN], Douglas Valentine [CIA AS ORGANIZED CRIME] and others have identified covert Wall Street actions as the origin of world-wide chaos and subjugation. The use of these funds for world domination and national chaos, which is occasionally projected war mongering  to include the United States, has been documented by William Blum, Greg Palast, Michel Chossudovsky and many others. Pathological Wall Street  using the CIA, US military, the IMF, and the WB to impose economic control or for destruction of industrial rivals is standard procedure. https://thedailycoin.org/2019/07/25/war-mongering-brought-to-you-by-wall-street/; WHENSE THE DEEP STATE ?, https://ncc-1776.org/tle2019/tle1050-20191208-10.html .

Potential national financial chaos resulting from the US economic instability is mentioned in current US headlines. How the TBTF banks can utilize the existing legal structure to collect on the $22 trillion (and growing) national debt is theorized at https://ppjg.me/2019/11/18/scenario-of-national-bankruptcy/. The resultant social chaos would be similar to that found in Greece and Argentina, and could involve seizure of demand deposits and pensions, slashing of wages, confiscation of national assets, etc. Wall Street representatives’ testimony before congress has confirmed destruction of government sovereignty does not hamper their collection of alleged national debt. Apparently the fly [US citizen] on the spider web is enjoying the view but has not visualized the next meal.

Is this concern a proper cause for FOIA action to preserve the government from total Wall Street domination?

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FEDERAL RESERVE: FOIA, AND AUDIT

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Conspiracy theorists have a history of sullying the good name of the Federal Reserve. They even attempt to get legislation passed in Congress so that an audit can be authorized. Their efforts have been unsuccessful.

The Federal Reserve banks have claimed they are privately owned institutions and not subject to FOIA requests, and support the claim with two Federal court adjudications on other issues. Those court opinions specifically identify the holdings are restricted to the issues before the court.

FOIA requests directed to the Federal Reserve system are codified at 12 CFR 261. 12 CFR § 261.3 (a) identifies the Secretary of the Board of Governors as custodian of all Federal Reserve records. 12 CFR § 261.3 (c) directs service to the Secretary of the Board. Procedures for requesting records are detailed at 12 CFR § 261.12.(b) and (c). Bloomberg media received court support for their demand for FOIA access to Federal Reserve bank information:

“So long as records at the [Federal Reserve Banks] satisfy the plain language meaning of 12 C.F.R. § 261.2(i)(1), they qualify as agency records of the Board and are subject to FOIA requests. …[The CFR reads]: Records of the Board include . . . all information coming into the possession and under the control of the Board, any Board member, any Federal Reserve Bank, or any officer, employee, or agent of the Board or of any Federal Reserve Bank, in the performance of functions for or on behalf of the Board that constitute part of the Board’s official files; or [records] [t]hat are maintained for administrative reasons in the regular course of business in official files in any division or office of the Board or any Federal Reserve Bank in connection with the transaction of any official business..[provisions are to be broadly applied].The FRBs give all revenue in excess of expenses to the U.S. Treasury. 12 U.S.C. § 289.” Bloomberg L.P. v. Board. of Governors of Federal Reserve System, 649 F. Supp. 2d 262, 274++ (S.D.N.Y. 2009), aff’d, 601 F.3d 143 (2d Cir. 2010). emphasis added.

But what records would be of interest ? Well, it has been theorized that a considerable amount of funds from the Federal Reserve’s handling of government funds from auctions of Treasury securities disappears.1 The FRBNY, as fiscal agent of the U.S. government, has exclusive management of disbursement of the funds and any related function they wish to claim.2 The accounts currently handle over $10 trillion annually and no audit of the funds has been found.

Treasury Direct identifies securities for redeeming market securities usually have an approximate 10% “new cash” allocation.3 That would appear to relate to deficit spending. Funds for redeeming securities are disbursed in large part to select Primary Dealers who collect designated securities—or who have the securities they hold identified for recall. PDs also bid on auctioned securities. Transfer of funds for redeeming securities from funds received by auction does not increase the currency in circulation (inflation) nor does it increase the National Debt.

If funds designated as ‘new cash’ went to the government, they would have to purchase securities. There is no known government account that receives the approximate $1 trillion annual funds. If the funds purchased securities, they would eliminate any increase in currency in circulation (inflation) and would not increase the national debt. This obviously does not occur. Where do the funds go ? It undoubtedly involves a scramble of CUSIP numbers.4

The above discussion should not be confused with QEs or non-QEs. Those involve collateralized credit [not to be confused with money] extended by the Federal Reserve authorized by 12 CFR § 201.3 (a) identified as loans and, in large part, have been paid back. Some pundits claim they were made to prevent an economic collapse; some same it was a postponement.5 If a commercial bank was doing it, it would be called fractional reserve lending without any reserve requirement; it is the key to rampant inflation.

It would appear that FOIA can be used to obtain the records maintained by the FRBNY as to the disbursement of ‘new cash’ funds and the consideration received for them from the identified recipients. Some pundits claim the central bank is owned by the Rothschild.6 Other pundits claim the BOG is a privately held corporation with shares owned by select Primary Dealers and others.7 Maybe FOIA can find out what is correct.

Failure to take any action has been prophesied to result in a Greek/ Argentina oppression and collapse of the U.S. society.8

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Footnotes:

1 .. https://thedailycoin.org/2018/08/21/the-federal-reserve-a-different-view-updated/ ; https://ppjg.me/2019/11/18/the-federal-reserve-a-different-view/

2..31 CFR 375.3.

3..https://www.treasurydirect.gov/instit/annceresult/press/press_cashpydwn.htm

4..https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/helicopter-money-here-how-fed-monetized-billions-debt-sold-just-days-earlier?utm_campaign=&utm_content=ZeroHedge

5..https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/944-trillion-reasons-why-fed-quietly-bailing-out-hedge-funds; https://realinvestmentadvice.com/yes-rates-are-still-going-to-zero/

6..https://usahitman.com/o3clwrcb/

7 …https://www.spartareport.com/2019/11/the-federal-reserve-a-different-view/;

8…https://ppjg.me/2019/11/18/scenario-of-national-bankruptcy/.

Wild Horse Freedom Federation finds out the truth about America’s wild horses & burros

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Letter from USDA’s Forest Service informing us that they had no records of the Devil’s Garden wild horses for almost a 4 month period of time (Click on each page to enlarge or print)

by Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Wild Horse Freedom Federation has been working diligently, over many years, trying to find out the truth about what is happening to America’s wild horses & burros.

We currently have 9 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits filed for violations of FOIA law by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). More

Top Dem Puts Hold On Trump Interior Nominee, Requests DOJ Perjury Probe

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Source:  Huffington Post

Daniel Jorjani, the nominee to serve as the Interior Department’s top lawyer, appears before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on May 2.

Sen. Ron Wyden said Daniel Jorjani, who has been nominated to be the agency’s top lawyer, may have lied to Congress.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Wednesday announced that he has placed a hold on the nomination of Daniel Jorjani to serve as the Interior Department’s top lawyer, citing concerns that the political appointee possibly lied to lawmakers about his role in reviewing public information requests submitted to the agency.

Wyden also called on the Department of Justice to investigate whether Jorjani perjured himself during his May confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Interior’s FOIA policy is already the subject of an inquiry by the department’s internal ethics watchdog, the Office of Inspector General, The New York Times reported last week.

“I believe Department documents made public through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show Mr. Jorjani may have knowingly misled members of the Committee about the Department’s adherence to laws meant to ensure transparency and accountability in government,” Wyden wrote Tuesday in a letter to the acting head of the DOJ’s public integrity division.

Jorjani, a former adviser for fossil fuel moguls Charles and David Koch, has served as Interior’s principal deputy solicitor since May 2017. Late last year, then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order that put Jorjani in charge of overseeing the agency’s FOIA program. The move stripped transparency authority from the agency’s chief information officer and handed it over to a political appointee who once told colleagues that “at the end of the day, our job is to protect the Secretary” from ethics probes and bad press. READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

MINNESOTA: SUPPRESSED EPA CONCERNS ABOUT MEGA-MINE SURFACE

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“EPA had forbidden its staff from filing formal comments on the proposed state PolyMet permits. Instead, it allowed staff to read excerpts from its undelivered comments to state officials. PEER filed suit after EPA refused to voluntarily disclose the full agency comments in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.FOIA”

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Billion $ Minnesota Nickel /Copper Mine Will Cause Big Pollution Headaches

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its own staff’s year-old objections to major pollution consequences from a controversial mining project, in response to a lawsuit brought by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The case illustrates how EPA now avoids required oversight of state-issued pollution permits.

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Why They Push to “Privatize” Everything…Especially on the Federal Level

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Ever wonder why the government, that spends billions if not trillions each year on wasteful agencies and programs, then allows those agencies to become so dysfunctional, so costly they become a detriment to the public? This is an intentional plan in action with a very much desired end result. Privatization. This means, that some special, well connected “stakeholder” who will make massive amounts of money bilking the public is ready and set to go. The word stakeholder is a word used to describe those who have a vested monetary interest in profiting by any means necessary and they have bribed, bought, groomed, and pampered any elected official willing to sell you out. And bear in mind that no private interest would be remotely interested in taking over any of these services or agencies if the potential for unlimited and unregulated profits was not part of the deal.

The reason that the federal government and its agencies contract out work to private corporations; work they should be quite able to perform in and of themselves (considering this is the reason they were put in office in the first place) and the vast amount of money squandered each year, is to limit the information the public can gain access to under FOIA or other inquiries. What that private corporation will hide behind is “proprietary rights” and “trade secrets”. Unconstitutionally ceding their business, power and authority to a private corporation provides protection from prying eyes and mountains of unconstitutional and unlawful activity can be safely kept out of the public eye through privatization.

So called “deregulation” , sold to the public as necessary if the economy is to survive, is simply a means by which corporations are allowed to operate without those precious regulations, codes, laws, or other bothersome rules the rest of us are bound by. Supposedly, regulations make business too difficult for them to operate. And you saw the benefits of deregulation in 2008 when Wall Street oversaw the disappearance of millions and billions of dollars of other people’s money…money which was never recovered. The corporate world claimed that those regulations were an interference with “free trade”, and “capitalism”.

60% of all corporations PAY NO TAXES. But somehow they do receive multi-million dollar tax refunds each and every year. How does “free trade and capitalism” sound to you now? Free breaks for them and the capital flows into their accounts. All the while you, the over regulated and taxed individual fights to keep enough of your income to survive on. [2]

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Amid Government Shutdown, Trump’s Interior Department Rolls Back Transparency

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Source:  Wildearthguardians.org

Rule Changes Meant to Stymie Public Interest Groups, Undermine Right to Know, Condone Government Secrecy

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UPDATE (12/28/2018):  Interior’s proposed rule was published in today’s Federal Register, you can access it here >>

Although Interior is asking for public comment until January 28, 2019, the agency is not actually capable of receiving and processing comments due to the government shutdown.

Despite a government shutdown, the U.S. Department of the Interior is proposing changes to its transparency regulations that threaten to make it more difficult for Americans to request and obtain records from the federal government.

In a proposed rule slated to be published tomorrow, Interior is calling for sweeping rule changes in order to, in its words, respond to “the unprecedented surge in FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] requests and litigation.”

Click here to view our annotated version of the most insidious provisions of the proposed rollbacks and how they completely undermine our federal transparency laws.

The proposal is a blatant attack on our democratic right to know.  The Freedom of Information Act is our nation’s bedrock transparency law and it’s meant to ensure Americans have the ability to know what their government is up to.

WildEarth Guardians uses the Freedom of Information Act extensively as we watchdog the Interior Department and other government agencies.  In fact, we post all records we obtain on our website so all Americans have access to information that would otherwise be unavailable.

It’s undeniable there has been a surge in Freedom of Information Act requests and litigation in response to the Trump Administration’s assault on transparency and the public interest.  In fact, the number of lawsuits filed under the Freedom of Information Act has hit record highs under Trump….

Yet Interior’s claim that this is a problem is belied by the fact that the Department utterly flouts the Freedom of Information Act and actively promotes a culture of secrecy, opaqueness, and unaccountability to the American public.

In our experience in dealing with the Interior Department under the Freedom of Information Act, we’ve found the agency regularly ignores deadlines, consistently finds ways to deny access to government records, purposefully drags its feet in responding to requests for information, and refuses to provide the resources and staffing needed to meet its legal obligations under federal transparency law.

To boot, among federal agencies, Interior is one of the worst in terms of making information available online.

It’s no wonder the Department gets sued. Yet rather than truly address the underlying lack of legal compliance and disrespect for transparency, Interior is instead proposing to change the rules.

Without a doubt, the proposed regulatory changes are an assault on transparency. Among the more insidious changes:

Currently, agencies have to honor all records requests, regardless of the amount of times and resources required to search for records. This reflects the fact that the Freedom of Information Act mandates full transparency and does not allow agencies to selectively censor information simply because they believe it would be “hard” to provide records.

This proposal would effectively condone footdragging and deny access to government information. The change would allow agencies to impose baseless “quotas” on information requests.

The Freedom of Information Act requires agencies provide records at no cost to organizations intending to use information to advance the public interest. Although the law requires fee waivers be granted liberally, Interior’s proposed changes would effectively turn the tables on public interest groups.

The new wording would set higher and nearly unattainable criteria, provide more discretion to deny fee waivers, and allow the Department to second-guess claims that information would serve a public interest.

For example, the proposal would allow Interior to deny fee waivers if it deems a request does not “concern discrete, identifiable agency activities, operations, or programs with a connection that is direct and clear, not remote or attenuated.”

This essentially lets the federal government deny fee waivers simply because it believes the requested information isn’t relevant.

Overall, the proposed rule aims to add more subjectivity into the Interior Department’s transparency regulations, clearly intending to give agencies more discretion to deny access to information and to deny fee waivers.

Overall, the changes appear to be blatantly contrary to the Freedom of Information Act. Click here to see our annotated version of the Department’s proposed rule with our comments on how it runs afoul of federal law.

Read the entire article HERE.

 

Opposition Builds To Interior Department Records Purge

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Group Says Documents Reveal Efforts to Kill Wild Horses, Land Grabs and Other Outrages

A nonprofit advocating for wild horses, one of the groups opposing a massive proposed document purge at Trump’s Interior Department, said record requests helped the nonprofit learn about a plan to send thousands of wild horses to a tiger refuge in Russia.

“These records are especially important for oversight now that large numbers of wild horses and burros are being ‘adopted’ in larger numbers, and to organizations and to overseas destinations,” wrote Debbie Coffey, vice president of the Wild Horse Freedom Federation. “We will need to access these records in order to ensure that wild horses and burros are not being adopted or sold and ending up in the slaughter pipeline.”

The Trump administration wants to bury science and hide how mining, drilling and logging on public lands devastate our precious natural spaces.

The proposed document purge includes records about endangered species, oil and gas leases, timber sales, dams and land purchases.

The National Archives has said that getting rid of records is standard and has been going on for decades. The schedule’s language gives broad authority to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to destroy records documenting government efforts to protect endangered species and public lands.

“The Trump administration wants to bury science and hide how mining, drilling and logging on public lands devastate our precious natural spaces,” said Meg Townsend, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity.

The federation learned from a document request that the Bureau of Land Management in 2011 under former President Barack Obama considered shipping wild horses to a sanctuary in Siberia where they could be killed and eaten by leopards and tigers.

“Would we pay for shipping to Vladivostok or allow horses to be placed on a sanctuary with known heavy predator population?” asked Karla Bird, an acting division chief.

BLM ultimately decided against sending our nation’s wild horses to Russia to be eaten by tigers.

But in 2017, the bureau again was looking at sending horses to Russia and also to Guyana in South America.

Under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, passed by Congress in 1971 when Republican Richard Nixon was president, the federal government is supposed to manage and protect the herds. Almost 82,000  wild horses and burros roam our nation’s public lands. More than 50,000 others are corralled.

The Trump administration proposed euthanizing or selling “excess animals” in 2017, but Congress kept a ban on slaughtering the animals.

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ACTION BOX/What You Can Do About It

The comment period about the proposal to destroy Interior Department records has ended.

Contact Secretary Ryan Zinke about concerns about keeping records. Call him at 202-208-3100, reach out to him on FacebookTwitter or send an email.

Write: Department of the Interior / 1849 C St., NW / Washington, D.C. 20240

Wild Horse Freedom Foundation can be contacted online.

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You can read articles on dcreport.org HERE.

Department of Interior Wants To Destroy Records of Oil & Gas Leasing, Mining, Wells, Timber Sales and Much More

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Federal agencies don’t keep most of their records forever. At some point, they’re legally allowed to destroy the majority of them.

But when? And which records? That’s up to the agency and the National Archives (with some input from the public, at least in theory).

In an overlooked process that’s been going on for decades, agencies create a “Request for Records Disposition Authority” that gives details about the documents, then proposes when they can be destroyed (e.g., three years after the end of the fiscal year, 50 years after they’re no longer needed, etc.). Occasionally, agencies propose keeping some documents permanently, which means eventually transferring them to the National Archives.

The National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) then “appraises” the agency’s Request for Records Disposition Authority, almost always giving the greenlight.

Around this point, the agency’s request and NARA’s appraisal are announced in the Federal Register. They are not published in the Register, nor are they posted to the Register website (including Regulations.gov). Their existence is simply noted.

Dept. of the Interior is asking for permission to destroy records about oil and gas leases, mining, dams, wells, timber sales, marine conservation, fishing, endangered species, non-endangered species, critical habitats, land acquisition, wild horses & burros and lots more. It’s also wanting to permanently retain a smaller subset of documents in each category, which will be transferred to the National Archives, where they will become harder to access via FOIA.

This is crucial stuff. In the months, years, and decades ahead, if you get “records destroyed” responses, or a vague “no records” response, from NPS, BLM, FWS, BIA, etc., this could be the root cause.

Comment period has been extended to Nov. 23, 2018   READ MORE HERE↓

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James Kleinert and co-writer Kurt Brungardt on their new wild horse documentary (Wed., 8/22/18, on Wild Horse & Burro Radio)

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Bureau of Land Management looks to limit the number of FOIA requests organizations can file with the agency

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If the BLM would raise the livestock grazing fees, even just a little bit, they’d have plenty of money to be transparent. Also, there is little that can possibly “slow down the agency’s decision-making process” since it remains in the dark ages.

Source: muckrock.com

“Media requests only make up a fraction of the total requests agencies receive, but the new policy setting an organizational “cap” on requests could severely hamper the work of journalists – and concerned citizens – trying to use FOIA for its intended purpose.”

Recommendations appear to target media requests, and raise the cost of already prohibitive processing fees

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Edited by Michael Morisy

According to records obtained by the Washington Post, the Bureau of Land Management is recommending new legislation that would limit the number of FOIA requests individuals and agencies could file with the agency, create stricter criteria for fee waivers, as well as increased fees for “search and redaction.”

For justification, BLM cites the agency’s limited resources, which in turn causes requests to “slow down the agency’s decision-making process.” In Financial Year 2016, the report states, the agency’s FOIA work cost $2.8 million, which was approximately .2 percent of the agency’s total budget of $1.3 billion that year.

As has been written about before, the vast majority of FOIA requests are by commercial entities. For some agencies, the percentage of commercial requests are as high as 95 percent.

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

Wild Horse Freedom Federation’s White Paper offers new evidence on BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program never seen by Congress or the public

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by Debbie Coffey, V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Wild Horse Freedom Federation issued a White Paper that has taken years of research, and offers new evidence on the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Program that has never been seen by Congress or the public.

The Secretary of the Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, wants to cut the fat from the 2018 Budget by killing up to 46,000 wild horses and burros in BLM holding facilities due to “costs,” and to kill many thousands more on public lands because of a supposed “excess.”

However, Wild Horse Freedom Federation has done on-the-ground investigations of many BLM Long Term Holding facilities, with photos, videos and other evidence, proving that less than half of the horses that the BLM contractors, and the BLM, claimed were on long term holding facilities, were actually there.

One long term holding “pasture” contained a residential development. More

More Misery for Hillary

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How much help can Hillary Clinton expect from the White House or the FBI in keeping her email dilemma from tainting her presidential campaign?

The right answer would be: not much.

President Barack Obama and his former Secretary of State are at loggerheads to begin with. And the FBI is nothing but an arrow in Obama’s quiver — as well as an embarrassment to the Justice Department.

But aside from the obvious political tensions at work, Hillary’s email problems are much more serious than the public has been led to believe. In fact they are fraught with a danger not even a friendly FBI could ignore.

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Wild Horses sold to Kill Buyer by BLM Contractor

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new-logo25Debbie Coffey

PPJ Investigative Reporter

Director of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation               

Copyright 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Photo by Kurt Golgart

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Debbie Coffey and Wild Horse Freedom Federation thank Animals Angels for their assistance with this investigation.

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In a telephone conversation with Jim Reeves, when asked about the 72 horses he bought as pack animals, he said “I’m told not to talk about this kind of stuff.”  He said “I can’t talk about this” and “That’s BLM business.”

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Wild Horses sold to Kill Buyer by BLM Contractor

While the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been trying to convince the public that the BLM does not sell wild horses to slaughter, Wild Horse Freedom Federation has obtained proof that a BLM Long Term Holding contractor sold wild horses directly to kill buyer Joe Simon, who is well known for sending horses to slaughter, and who owns JS Ranch (“Farms”) in Perkins, Oklahoma.wh-nyt-roundup-kurt-golgart-blm_12-31-09

To give you a little background, the BLM uses lame excuses to remove wild horses from their federally protected Herd Management Areas while letting other “uses” take over.  For instance, BLM claims wild horses cause “degradation” to the range, but then allow oil and gas drilling (and fracking) on the same land.  The BLM uses helicopters to round up the wild horses, then puts the horses in short term holding facilities, maintenance facilities, and ultimately, ships horses to same-sex long term holding pastures, where the public is led to believe the horses spend the rest of their lives.

Jim Reeves and Lyle Anderson own Spur Livestock, and have a contract with the Bureau of Land Management for a long term holding pasture for wild horses on private lands within the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, as well as on Indian Trust Lands administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  This facility is the Whitehorse Wild Horse Long Term Holding Facility.

Wild Horse Freedom Federation received records from the South Dakota Brand Board that reveal on 11/8/2008, while under contract with the BLM, “owner” Spur Livestock sold 34 horses with “BLM tattoos” to JS Farms, owned by kill buyer Joe Simon.

Animals Angels has written about kill buyer Joe Simon (scroll down to the 2nd article “What is the Price Tag for Suffering”) here                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           It is important to note that state brand boards do not “recognize” BLM freezemarks  

(which BLM puts on the left side of wild horses’ necks after they are captured) as official “BRANDS,” so the state brand board inspectors may completely ignore the BLM freezemarks and instead, note that wild horses have “NO BRAND.” More

BLM’s sweet deal (paid for with your tax dollars, of course!)

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While many Americans have lost their homes or worry about losing their homes, and worry about finding or keeping their jobs, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seems to be spending your hard earned tax dollars like high rollers. 

The BLM has its hand out at appropriations hearings asking for even more money for their mismanaged Wild Horse and Burro Program.  Where’s your money going?

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Illinois FOID Information To Go Public

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Amended : Unless the Illinois Attorney General likes a different option.

Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

According to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigans office, Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card information should be public.

The Illinois attorney general says state police must release the name of everyone in the state who is authorized to own a gun.

Illinois state police determine who gets a Firearm Owners Identification card, which allows people to own guns. The police have always kept the list private.

Note that the statement went from “should” to “must”. The New York Times recently ran a piece after obtaining 37,000 names of gun owners in New York City and some of the names might surprise readers. Who cares, it’s only privacy that is being discussed here.

The good news is apparently Senator Kirk W. Dillard of Illinois decided this was not such a great idea. In fact, he introduced SB0027 to specifically combat the release of FOID information and to protect those denied unless involved in a criminal investigation.

Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of law, the names and information of applicants or holders of a Firearm Owner’s Identification (“FOID”) Card are considered private and shall not be disclosed. Provides that no State or local law enforcement agency shall provide lists of information pertaining to FOID Card holders or applicants. Provides that a law enforcement agency may disclose whether an individual has or has not been issued, applied for, or denied a FOID Card in connection with a criminal investigation. Effective immediately.

Here is an interesting question. If a non-law abiding individual wanted to stage a series of home invasions to specifically target a weapon, how would that individual know where to go? Why – FOIA it of course!

If you are a citizen of Illinois who believes that Privacy should be protected, I encourage you to complete several steps:

Contact Senator Dillard and thank him for introducing SB0027 protecting Privacy.

Contact the Public Health Committee members where SB0027 sits at this moment. Encourage them to Pass for a Senate Vote.

Contact your Senator and request they become a Co-Sponsor or Sponsor of SB0027.

SWEEPING NEW POWERS B.C. GOVERNMENT THREATEN PRIVACY

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Canadian Correspondent: Sandra Finley sabest1@sasktel.net

SWEEPING NEW POWERS B.C. GOVERNMENT THREATEN PRIVACY

We all need to help people in B.C. stop the legislation.   Please send this far and wide.
Sweeping New Powers Would Threaten Privacy: Watchdog

BC Government wants to amend law to allow much more collection and sharing of personal data.

By Andrew MacLeod, 25 Mar 2010, TheTyee.ca

Public bodies would collect, share your personal information without consent.

The British Columbia government wants sweeping new powers to collect and share citizens’ private information and store it outside of Canada. Officials argue the powers would help them better serve the public, but a privacy advocate says British Columbians should be worried about the government’s plans. More

If you disagree with the CO2/global warming proponents, you will be verbally attacked and insulted

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                   By: Al Whitney   (c) Copyright 2009

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This is a difficult message to send out, because many of us have discovered that if you disagree with the CO2/global warming proponents, you will be verbally attacked and insulted. Regrettably, I participated in some of that nasty behavior myself. The good news for me is that I was able to attend a subsequent meeting of the group I had verbally attacked for their skeptical global warming position and apologize to them – which I did.

My message to the good Democrat environmentalists who care about the environment and loathe corruption
If you take the time to investigate the recently released email communications of the leading climatologists promoting man-made global warming, it becomes apparent that the CO2/global warming issue has corruption and fraud written all over it.

If you have don’t have time to review the following articles, their essence is superbly and eloquently expressed by Lord Monkton in this short 10 minute video:

Recent stories main stream media didn’t report . . .
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Yahoo Issues Takedown Notice for Spying Price List

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Spying Price List

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Yahoo isn’t happy that a detailed menu of the spying services it provides law enforcement agencies has leaked onto the web.

IN OTHER WIRED ACCOUNTS: YAHOO! , VERIZON: “Our spy capabiltes would “shock”, “confuse” customers

Shortly after Threat Level reported this week that Yahoo had blocked the FOIA release of its law enforcement and intelligence price list, someone provided a copy of the company’s spying guide to the whistleblower site Cryptome.

The 17-page guide describes Yahoo’s data retention policies and the surveillance capabilities it can provide law enforcement, with a pricing list for these services. Cryptome also published lawful data-interception guides for Cox Communications, SBC, Cingular, Nextel, GTE and other telecoms and service providers.

But of all those companies, it appears to be Yahoo’s lawyers alone who have issued a DMCA takedown notice to Cryptome demanding the document be removed. Yahoo claims that publication of the document is a copyright violation, and gave Cryptome owner John Young a Thursday deadline for removing the document. So far, Young has refused. More

The Case of the Biodevastation 7 :What the Police Won’t Apologize For

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Reprinted with permission from the author.

What the Police Won’t Apologize For

By DON FITZ

In early September, St. Louis police will send an apology for their illegal arrest of biodiversity activists.  Be assured that it will not mention their role in destroying public dialogue on dangers of genetically contaminated food. 

On August 24, 2009, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Eastern Missouri announced that the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners would pay $13,500 to each of four anti-genetic engineering activists for violating their first and fourth amendment rights and would apologize to them for police actions in May, 2003. [1]  That was when several hundred people gathered to protest the World Agricultural Forum [WAF] and hold the 7th Biodevastation Gathering to expose the racist use of genetic engineering in agriculture.

But the letter of apology is highly unlikely to address the most serious aspects of the repression.  Do not expect the letter to say anything about helping to consolidate control of world agriculture and throwing 1 billion people off of small farms.  Don’t look for the letter to mention the role of police in attempts to force genetically contaminated food on Africans with immuno-compromised health.  And don’t be surprised if the letter contains not a word about St. Louis police entering into a conspiracy with Monsanto, the FBI and corporate media to eliminate public discussion of the potential threats of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

St. Louis police were not stand-alone players.  As Daniel (digger) Romano wrote in the August 31 St. Louis Post-Dispatch “…Allied Intelligence [is] the private security agency hired by the WAF and its principle player, Monsanto, the biotech giant.  Allied Intelligence told police ‘50,000 anarchists’ were coming to St. Louis to riot and wreak havoc on the city.” [2]

The police apology will certainly misdirect attention onto its own illegal and repulsive behavior of May, 2003: warrantless entry into a home where a woman was subjected to “an unlawful and humiliating strip search,” a second warrantless entry under the false claim of the building being condemned, and arresting several activists for “riding a bicycle without a license,” a crime which did not exist. [1]

Under the FBI Eye

Preparations for the Biodevastation 7 Gathering started in 2002 when Jim Scheff, an organizer for the Missouri Forest Alliance, called to tell me that the WAF would be meeting in St. Louis the upcoming year.  He suggested that Biodevastation, which had been held in five cities after beginning in St. Louis in 1998, return to Monsanto’s home town so that people coming to WAF could hear a different view of biotechnology.

Documents obtained by the ACLU under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that the FBI was deeply involved in scrutinizing many documents that I wrote for the event, including emails from my computer.  The ACLU judged the FBI reports to be some “of the most troubling documents we received.” [3] More

Rep. Colin Peterson: for us or against us? Is he is, or is he ain’t?

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Living within twenty miles of (D) Colin Peterson’s home office, and living in the middle of dairy herds and cornfields, I find it startling to believe anyone from the great State of Minnesota would not only be pushing the NAIS (National Animal Identification System) but was actually the sponsor of one of the first bills in 2005 attempting to implement this devastating encumbrance of farming and ranch operations. 

 

Known as the ‘‘National Farm Animal Identification and Records Act,’’ this bill would have required the establishment of an electronic nationwide livestock identification system within 90 days of enactment.

 

“The livestock identification system shall be capable of tracing, within 48 hours, livestock from birth to slaughter. The bill also prevents the unauthorized release of information collected under the system and promotes an objective review of U.S. Department of Agriculture responses to livestock disease outbreaks.”

H.R. 1254, introduced March 10, 2005 never became law. 

 

Don’t think that stopped Peterson!  He attempted to insert NAIS mandates and funding into the 2008 Farm Bill and is currently working to make NAIS mandatory even as the backlash from farmers and ranchers and the public at large has continued to grow.  As the actual conditions and enforcements of NAIS are exposed, not to mention the incredible costs associated with it while US food producers labor under economic instability, Peterson continues to push for the industrialization of farming and ranching, apparently believing his own rhetoric about how this invasive and destructive system is somehow going to make the food supply safe from unknown or possible threats that were eliminated generations ago, or don’t really exist. 

 

The recent activities of both the USDA and FDA would indicate surveillance and raids on independent farms and ranches which are neither objective nor in the interest of protecting the public, have exposed the fallacy of concerns about disease.  And no one has bothered to even speak about who or what is going to protect US farmers and ranchers from the Gestapo tactics of these agencies, both of which are grossly corrupted and neither of which can function efficiently enough to fulfill their stated primary missions.

 

As Peterson knows all too well, NAIS is NOT about food safety or tracking disease in herds.  It is simply a tool designed to make independent ranching and farming so cost prohibitive, so bogged down with oppressive and restrictive regulations, it will drive family farms out of business and prevent future generations of farmers and ranchers from getting into the business. 

 

Representative Peterson never mentions the sweeping provisions in NAIS that work to protect industrialized corporate producers from bearing anything but marginal costs associated with NAIS, and provide numerous loopholes allowing them to escape the most invasive and controlling aspects of this insidious program.

 

In all of the travels Rep. Peterson has done, I suppose at state expense, he seldom if ever mentions the data collection of current personal and identifiable information being compiled by the federal and state governments.  He speaks about Premises ID as if it is some innocuous little nuisance, but never mentions that all of the premises information is carefully collected, catalogued and stored.  But don’t think you can even use a FOIA request to find out just what and how much information the government has assembled on your operation.  You can’t. And here’s why:

 

All of the databases containing all the information collected about you, your farm or ranch, the animals you have, your exact GPS location, have been moved to Canada and stored in the Oracle database program.   The server for Oracle is located in San Antonio Texas, I suppose to mislead people into thinking their records are stored here in the US also.

 

Off American soil and in the hands of another government, the information gathered about you is now accessible by bio-pirates, foreign entities and anyone who cares to pay to know,  who need this info to decide how most efficiently to drive you out of business;  So much for the unauthorized release of information.  

 

Although Peterson’s website wisely makes absolutely no mention of his NAIS promotion or advocacy, (unless he changes it today in the next five minutes) it appears Peterson has been an ambassador very busy traveling and speaking and trying to convince farmers and ranchers that NAIS is a good deal.  It isn’t; and Peterson’s gut tells him this.

 

Known as the “invisible man” around these parts, Peterson is never available, seldom locatable and when he does make those rare public appearances it is with shills planted in the audience complete with planted questions and canned answers. 

 

This just begs the question, “Who is Colin Peterson really representing?”

 

To be sure, I wouldn’t know.  What I do know along with numerous farmers, ranchers and consumers here in Minnesota, it sure isn’t us. 

 

© 2009 Marti Oakley

 

 

Harper Shuts down Coordinated Access to Information Requests (CAIR)

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Apparently taking its cue’s from the Bush administration that has busied itself with reclassifying many formerly released documents under the Freedom of Information Act, fearful of American’s knowing too much about the corruption of our own government. Stephan Harper, Canada’s Advocate for the SPP and the NAU, has gone one step further. MP Harper shut the entire information center down!

CAIR is the counterpart to our FREEDOM OF Information Act.

What is it that these two governments are afraid for you to know? These are the actions of dictators.

Received May 8, 2008 from the Canadian Action Party and Connie Fogal:

Stephen Harper has just shut down the Coordinated Access to Information Requests system site. The CBC blog about it is overwhelmingly expressing alarm.  Here is a petition you can sign calling for CAIRS to be brought back http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/saveCAIRS/

Write a letter to your MP and MLA demanding that CAIRS be re-established.  It cost $50,000 a year to operate, a small price to pay for government transparency.  It provides invaluable information to organizations and researchers allowing them to see what the government has been doing behind closed doors.

Please sign the petition write a letter and call in to your local radio shows to raise this issue.  Forward this letter to your contacts ASAP.

Thanks

Dan Merchant

www.whatisthespp.com

If you think this can’t or won’t happen here in the States, think again. It’s happening already. An informed population is a danger to the government. An educated and informed population will no longer be tolerated.

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