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When you plot to kill or maim people, you are rightly termed a terrorist; whether you succeed or not. If you give aid and succour to a terrorist, you gain that title for yourself. A group of eco-terrorists calling themselves Earth First! planned the systematic spiking of trees in the forests of Idaho some 30 years ago. Spiking is the deliberate placement of steel, or sometimes even non-ferrous material, ten-inch long nails into trees which are slated for felling and milling into mainly wooden building materiel. Senator Jim Risch, ahead of a vote by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said:- 

The saw can be one of two types, either a circular saw in a small mill or, more likely, a large band saw that goes probably to the roof here and down again. It’s probably an inch and a half wide and double.

What happens when the saw hits this spike is what happens in a war when a hand grenade goes off. Shrapnel goes every direction. It destroys the saw, be it a band saw or a circular saw, and it will break this spike also into shrapnel. It will either kill or injure anyone that is within range of the shrapnel. That’s what tree spiking is.

So, why do you put this in a tree? You put this in a tree to kill somebody. It’s not put in there for fun. It’s not a Sunday school prank. You put this in a tree to kill somebody.

So who was Senator Risch talking about? 

He was talking about President Joe Biden’s nominee for the post of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) nominee, Tracy Stone-Manning. 

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 said in a statement, “Not only did Tracy Stone-Manning collaborate with eco-terrorists, she also helped plan the tree spiking in Clearwater National Forest. She has been covering up these actions for decades, 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.”

With the Senate deadlocked 50-50, all 50 Democrats would therefore need to vote to confirm Stone-Manning, and Vice President Kamala Harris would then be responsible for casting the tie breaking vote. 

The final words should perhaps be reserved for those of Senator Risch when he also stated:- “Some of my friends that I’ve talked with in Congress here have said, “Well, she made a mistake 30 years ago.” This was not a mistake”

“She shouldn’t be in front of this committee for confirmation to a major, major point in this administration; she should be in front of a jury, explaining to them why she committed perjury and why she lied to Congress.

My friends, look, if you want to confirm her, you absolutely can. But believe me, this stain on this administration will last for the next three and a half years.

If the Biden administration wants to have the face and the character of their administration represented by this individual, this attempted murderer, this perjurer, this liar, this conspirator, if that’s what you want in the administration, and that’s what you want for the face of the administration, here’s your person. Confirm her!”

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