Tracy Stone-Manning edited extremists group article
Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Tracy Stone-Manning, edited a disturbing environmental newsletter calling for violence against government officials as part of the extremist group Earth First! mission.
Stone-Manning testified she “helped edit” while she was a graduate student at the University of Montana in Missoula 30 years ago.
Though the writers of the Rockies Review used pseudonyms to avoid any legal reparations, Stone was listed under “Assistance” on their masthead.
Stone-Manning went by the name “Tracy Stone” before she was married.
One issue was the “Autumnal Equinox Issue,” labeled Vol. 1, No. 3.
Stone-Manning’s classmate Bill Haskins was also named “Assistance,” who was one of those subpoenaed over the 1989 tree spiking crime.
Included in the Autumnal Equinox Issue was a letter to the editor advocating violent crime, and potentially assassination, against officials in government.
The letter read:
“Dear Weeniewanker, What is all this pussyfooting bullshit about sensitive treatment of Forest Service pigdogs who ream our public lands”:
“Rend the entire USFS [U.S. Forest Service] limb from limb and tear out its guts,” it continued. “These swine are evil and must be rubbed out.”
In the same issue, an article told followers of Earth First! that there were steps they needed to take to stop the building of a road in Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest, which was the same area of the tree spiking crime.
The first and second stages of the plan included contacting stakeholders to oppose the road building.
But the third stage was about physically blocking the project work “with non-violent civil disobedience actions and a few new tactics.”
Then stage four told readers, “Use your imagination!”
“Remember, we’re in at Stage 1 now. Let’s hope we don’t make it to Stage 4, but be prepared!” the article stated:
A “Stone” is also listed 8 “Winter Solstice Issue,” labeled Vol. 1, No. 4.
On page five of the issue, an article titled “$ummer Fire$ Up in $moke,” strikes a similar message to an article written by Stone-Manning’s husband in Harper Magazine, which implies homes in areas prone to wildfire should be left to burn due to bad construction and zoning decisions.
Last year, Stone-Manning shared the 2018 article on her social media, branding it as a “clarion call.”
The Wild Rockies Review article asked:
“Who really is responsible for a cabin that is consumed by wildfire?”
“Stone” was listed on the masthead of the 1989 “Spring Equinox Issue,” labeled Vol. 2, No. 1, which defended criminal acts of tree spiking and monkeywrenching.
As described by the FBI, tree spiking is a form of ecoterrorism or sabotage where metal spikes are hammered into trees to prevent loggers from cutting them down.
The act causes injury to the loggers or millworkers as well as equipment.
Another tactic is monkeywrenching, which saboteurs use to prevent what they believe is environmental destruction.
The editorial, titled “Who Are the Real Terrorists,” pushed “confrontational politics” staying We can, as a group, make no statement condoning or denying monkeywrenching.”
“Some criticize those who spend their time writing for being hypocritical and not getting out into the field to do something directly related to the terrorism that our politicians and the military-industrial complex are wreaking,” the editorial continued.
“This is all well and good, as the hand that writes need not necessarily be the hand that spikes. What binds us is our common goal to put Earth First!”
The act of tree spiking was described as “fine art” by the editorial.
Another letter in the Spring Equinox Issue is one from “Sick of Talk,” calling for monkeywrenching.
“What stops a road? Sand in an engine. What stops a saw? Metal and clay,” the letter read.
“We know monkeywrenching [sic] works. So do it. Often. You can go join an organization if you just want to talk”:
Also, an ad appeared for an anonymous radical newsletter called Live Wild or Die, which was described as the “most radical” of the activist publications at the time.
One issue contained an “Eco-Fucker Hit List,” which was later associated with Ted Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber.
The list was reprinted from a wilderness conference containing the names of conference cosponsors and committee members.
As Neon Nettle reported last month, Stone-Manning called for population control and described children as “environmental hazards.”
Senators piled the pressure on the White House to withdraw Stone-Manning’s nomination after it was revealed she traded her testimony for legal immunity in a tree-spiking case in the 1990s.