Battle Brewing in Utah over Recapture Canyon and the BLM
Only this time the ranchers are not alone like Cliven Bundy and his family were in Nevada. In Utah the local County and State governments are supporting the ranchers and local citizens who are being terrorized by BLM agents who routinely trespass on private property to steal cattle feeding tubs, cut ranch fencing, and use tyrannical bully tactics to harass ranchers daily in the rural portions of Utah.
The people of Utah need to form their own citizen and state militia units and begin working with local law enforcement to provide security for ranchers who are faced with bully tactics by the Federal Empire’s jack-booted storm troopers in the BLM.
Public Enemy No. 1 for rural Utah sheriffs just happens to be a fellow peace officer: Dan Love, the Bureau of Land Management’s special agent in charge.
Elected law enforcement officers from Nephi to Blanding call him an arrogant and dishonest bully who has little regard for local authority and dodges accountability, derailing a collaborative approach to police work on the state’s federal lands.
Love reportedly just laughed when Garfield County Sheriff James “Danny” Perkins relayed ranchers’ complaints about federal officers removing plastic feed tubs from the range and threatening the ranchers with litter citations.
He drew early controversy during an undercover probe of artifacts trafficking in Blanding in 2009. More recently, Love led the BLM’s aborted roundup of Cliven Bundy’s cattle following an armed standoff with anti-government protesters at the Utah-Nevada border.
While tensions with federal authority are hardly new to Utah, local officials say friction has intensified with Love at the helm of BLM law enforcement in Utah and Nevada.
Now top state officials want Love gone. “This is untenable,” said Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox. “There comes a time when personalities get in the way of productivity.”
For his part, Love is not talking.
Local officials may share some of the blame for the poor relations. According to court filings, elected leaders and even deputies have confronted BLM rangers, publicly challenging their authority.
But Love’s critics say his intimidating attitude and unwillingness to consult with counties exemplify a “culture of arrogance” that undermines cooperation in Utah’s remote reaches. The public loses, safety is compromised and tax dollars are wasted, Utah’s rural sheriffs say.
“This refusal to coordinate, coupled with a lack of any meaningful oversight, has created a perfect environment where the abuse of federal law enforcement powers can occur,” Perkins recently testified before a congressional committee.
Posted on September 23, 2014, in Battle of Recapture Canyon, Federal Empire and tagged 2nd American Civil War, American Empire, Battle of Bunkerville, Battle of Recapture Canyon, BLM, Bundy Ranch, Cliven Bundy, Dan Love. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.