Attacking America’s Heritage

September 3, 2002 By Peyton Knight The newest threat to property rights, the foundation of American liberty, is posed by H.R. 2388, "The National Heritage Areas Policy Act." Sponsored by Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO), H.R. 2388 is due for a vote any day now in the House of Representatives. H.R. 2388 creates a process whereby National Heritage Areas are created. It dangles federal tax dollars under the noses of the states, essentially begging them to designate land as a Heritage Area. Once land is designated, it is subject to the whims and dictates of the National Park Service, setting the stage for a myriad of property rights abuses and land grabs. It is the key to the radical environmental plan to return as much of the United States landmass to wilderness as possible and to deny the use of as much land as possible to the development of new homes, ...
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Statement by Tom DeWeese American Policy Center July 20, 2002 Freedom 21 Conference Nashville, Tennessee

If only the world had read and acted upon the rantings of Adolph Hitler’s "Mein Kampf," we could have prevented World War Two. If only the world had acted to toss Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto on the trash heap, we could have saved Russia 70 years of horror - and millions would not now be suffering the tyranny of Red China. Today you and I have another chance. Sustainable Development is the new threat. Sustainable Development is the new enemy dredged up by those who seek to control the world. Worse, Sustainable Development is a horror that hardly anyone in this nation understands or even cares to oppose. Ignore Sustainable Development at the peril of everything you hold dear. Individual liberty, private property, free enterprise, free travel, free association, life itself. My task today is to discuss Sustainable Development and Agenda 21. Part of my assignment is to discuss and ...
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The Back Room Deal to Destroy America

June 3, 2002 By Tom DeWeese A group of U.S. Senators have conspired to destroy local zoning throughout the United States of America. They are trying to do it in secret. They don’t want to hear from someone saying they are betraying the Constitution they swore to uphold. Americans should take note of the names of these Senators: Former Republican turncoat Jim Jeffords; Republican Arlen Specter; Democrat Max Baucus; Democrat Harry Ried; Democrat Bob Graham; Democrat Joseph Lieberman; Democrat Barbara Boxer; Democrat Ron Wyden; Democrat Thomas Casper; Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Democrat Jon Corzine. These U.S. Senators, members of the Senate Environment Committee, hold American liberty in such disdain that they conspired behind closed doors to railroad through a bill that would put faceless bureaucrats in Washington, DC, in charge of decisions that have always been made at the community level. The bill, S.975, also known as the "Community ...
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Killing Industry, One Company at a Time

May 14, 2002 By Peyton Knight Another year, another day, another hour, another environmental attack on industry. It’s a perpetual cycle that grows more vicious with each company’s capitulation. The latest victim of the eco-extremists’ onslaught is the popular office-supply chain, Staples. The attackers are the usual array of anti-capitalist, ‘60s rejects: Free the Planet, Rainforest Action Network, Earth First!, and the National Forest Protection Alliance. Their demands are familiar. Staples must start doing things THEIR way, or the long-hairs in the parking lot with their little signs will never leave. They will frighten customers and drive away business until their demands are met. Specifically, the eco-extremists want Staples to stop selling wood and paper products that are made from old-growth trees. The irony is that this is contradictory to forest health. Trees are a renewable resource. Everyone uses wood products every day. Old-growth trees are thinned from the forest, ...
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Hinton, West Virginia: Same Old Government Land Grab

April 30, 2002 By Tom DeWeese Hinton, West Virginia, is a small rural community of approximately 5,000 people. Most residents have lived their entire lives in the town or surrounding countryside. Many live in the same houses built by long-departed relatives. Hinton is paradise and they don’t care to live anywhere else. Ann Roach is a new comer. Just a few years ago she discovered Hinton while on a "Mystery Tour" aboard an Amtrak train journeying through the countryside to view the Fall foliage in the valley of the New River Gorge. Ann and her husband Bruce, native Ohioans, were so taken by the beauty of the area that only a few weeks after the Amtrak trip they decided to return and investigate the possibilities of buying some property. Arriving in Hinton after a three and a half hour car ride, they toured the area then turned down a small, ...
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One Last Land Grab Before I Leave Office

By Tom DeWeese It was totally cynical and totally Clintonian. Four days before he was forced to relinquish the powers of the Presidency, he created six new "national monuments" involving a million more federal acres to the sixty million already sequestered from the use of Americans. These new so-called "monuments" are on land in Montana, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Idaho. The War on the West continued to the last possible moment. In each case, bans on activities ranging from timber, mining and oil drilling, as well as vehicle use, were part of the monumentalizing of America Clinton-style. As the Associated Press reported, "Clinton has already created eleven new national monuments and expanded two others. Those actions set new protections on 4.6 million acres of federal land. The new monuments to be established today would raise that total to at least 5.6 million acres." Wrong. The total acreage that Clinton ...
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CARA Land Grab! Act Immediately!!!

SNEAK ATTACK TODAY!!!!!!!!! Sometime on Wednesday, April 4! The United States Senate TODAY will vote on an amendment to the Federal Budget Resolution to include the massive $45 billion land grab called "CARA." CARA's actual name is the Conservation and Reinvestment Act. But a more accurate name for CARA is the Condemnation and Relocation Act. CARA provides over ONE BILLION dollars per year in a guaranteed trust fund to condemn private property!!! CARA also provides another billion dollars per year to pork barrel spending projects, from new courthouses and highways in Louisiana to police officers for Eskimos in Alaska! United States Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, whose state is the prime beneficiary of the pork spending, filed this amendment at the last minute, and it will be voted on sometime on Wednesday, April 4. As you may recall, the CARA bill was defeated last year after a strong grassroots effort ...
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Devouring America’s Private Property

By Tom DeWeese Quietly, with little public notice, private property has been disappearing across America at an alarming rate for more than a decade. Property owners are falling under the assault from an almost unintelligible maze of federal, state, county and local environmental laws, regulations, programs and taxes. That government assault is combined with a concerted effort by highly funded and politically powerful environmental groups. Using regulations and programs that arise from Sustainable Development; the Endangered Species Act; wet lands regulations; government land acquisition programs; Clean Air Act; biological diversity; forest regulations; land trusts; water-shed protection; heritage corridors; green ways and eco-regions, the federal government is rapidly carving up the nation, and removing from use productive land and resources. In its wake, industries, farms and American dreams are being destroyed. The main enforcers of these policies are the National Park Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service, ...
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The Knives Are Out For Norton

By Alan Caruba If you think the nomination hearings for John Ashcroft as the next Attorney General will be bruising, just wait for the hearing when Gale Norton, president-elect Bush's choice for Interior Secretary, faces her opposition. The January 2nd USA Today headline said, "Norton is longtime friend of property rights." If there is one thing that environmentalists hate, it is property rights and it is the reason that out-going President Clinton has, in his final days, worked to deny the use of more than sixty million acres of the nation's landmass. Behind this effort has been one of the most radical members of his Cabinet, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. Norton, a former attorney general for Colorado (1991-98) has served as an associate solicitor at the US Department of the Interior, directing the legal staff of the National Park Service, and was assistant to the deputy secretary of Agriculture, both ...
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Up in Smoke…The U.S. Forest Service’s Policies Harm the Environment and Ruin Lives

We’ve known for some time that the philosophies and subsequent policies of environmental extremist organizations promote the well-being of trees and animals over that of men, women and children. Or do they? These days it appears the missions of such organizations do nothing but harm everyone and everything. This year over six million acres and 500 homes in western states, mostly on federally controlled lands and National Forests, have been disintegrated due to the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) scorched earth policy. This tragedy was avoidable and at the very least could have been drastically minimized by a more sensible approach to forest management. The USFS, due to pressure from radical environmental groups and misguided Clinton/Gore policies, has been operating under the guideline: “don’t touch the forests under any circumstances.” This is not only devastating for millions of Americans who depend on access to the land for their livelihood, but also ...
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The Clinton/GOP Assault On Property Rights

In separate proposals, the Clinton Administration and the Republican Congress are moving rapidly to increase Federal acquisition of private property across the nation. Most disturbing about the Congressional effort is the list of co-sponsors. Congressman Don Young, Chairman of the House Resources Committee, and a hero to many in the property rights movement, has taken the lead in building Congressional support for the scheme. In the Senate, Republican Frank Murkowski has already introduced the Senate version entitled S.25 - "The Conservation and Re-investment Act." In short, the bill would put almost a billion dollars annually into the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The money would be used by federal agencies, without Congressional oversight, to buy more property from private land owners. Those familiar with government tactics for purchasing land know that the feds will surely use their power to force private owners to give way - whether they want to ...
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More Proof of Green “B.S.” (BAD SCIENCE)

Regularly, reports emerge of damaged marine life caused by man-made pollution and global warming. Rarely are the reports checked out before the news media broadcasts the horror stories to the masses. Many times the so-called human damage is nothing more than a natural phenomenon. Below is the latest example. "Coal bleaching - variously blamed on global warming, pollution, the El Nino, or even dust storms in the Sahara - may be part of a natural cycle, according to a report in Science magazine (vol. 283, p. 843). A team of scientists studied a coral reef off Mauritius from 1991 to 1997 and found that the symbiotic algae on the coral tips showed a strong seasonal cycle. The algae give the reefs their color, but their numbers in summer were sometimes so low that the corals simply ‘appear’ bleached." Life would be so much less stressful if those reporting the news ...
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Why the Billion Dollar Land Acquisition Trust Fund is a Bad Idea

+ Green groups will seek to designate hundreds of new areas as parks and refuges. + Billions of dollars of private land will be taken off the tax rolls, forcing your taxes up. + Access through private land, the only access to large areas of Federal land, will be cut off. + Hundreds of small communities will have their tax base destroyed by Federal land buying. + Twenty-six million acres of private land in ME, NH, VT and NY will become a larger target. + Hundreds of small communities in existing Federal areas will be wiped off the map. + Federal In-Lieu of tax program fails to make up for lost tax revenue to counties. + No private property will be safe when Congress is in session with these funds available. + Every program should have to compete for appropriations. No more entitlements. + There should be no net loss ...
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Land Grabbing Secrets of the Conservancy

Never heard of The Nature Conservancy? Well, that's probably no accident. It keeps a low profile by design. When you run scams like it does, you don't want to be notorious. So let's lift the rock off these slugs and shine a very bright spotlight on a few of their most outrageous games. The Nature Conservancy is the richest, most powerful environmental colossus in the world. It claims 680,000 individual members and 405 corporate members operating out of eight regional offices and fifty chapter offices across the nation. The Nature Conservancy has assets of almost $1 Billion and has an annual operating budget of over $300 million and a staff of 1150 people. THE SCAM - real estate. THE HOOK - "conservation through private action." According to the party line, The Nature Conservancy simply buys land with private money and sets up nature reserves, thereby helping the environment without infringing ...
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The Hidden Wealth of Earth Day

The environmentalist movement is warmly tucked in an image of a grassroots movement of concerned and dedicated citizens engaged in a desperate race to save the earth from development and destruction. Faced with the threat of ozone holes, global warming, acid rain, destroyed rain forests, vanishing species, sewage filled rivers, unsafe drinking water, blackened skies, overflowing landfills, overdevelopment, overpopulation, and plain old human selfishness, Americans have responded to the crisis. Everyday, Americans dutifully separate their glass, paper and plastic refuse for recycling and buy recycled paper and greeting cards so that landfills are protected. Industry has been heavily regulated to stop pollution of the air and water, the timber industry has been severely curtailed to save trees and the fishing industry must now carry environmental observers to assure dolphins are not caught in tuna fishing nets. Almost every movie, television program and cartoon carries the proper environmental message. School children ...
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The Failure of Congress to Challenge Clinton’s Executive Orders

Statement before the National Conference on Presidential Powers and Executive Orders, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., July 14, 1999 H.L Mencken once said, "A plan to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." This administration is full of its own ideas on how to save humanity, and has made it clear that the mission is so urgent there simply isn’t time or inclination to worry about consulting the nation’s legislative bodies before it makes policy. As a result, the greatest stick-up in human history is well underway and Americans are being told it’s all for their own good. And the deafening silence you hear is the congresses lack of resistance - as America’s liberty disappears under a central organizing theme called environmental protection. Imagine an America in which a specific "ruling principle" was created to decide proper societal conduct for every citizen. That principle would ...
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Can Police Seize Your Money & Property Even If You Didn’t Commit A Crime? YES!

American Policy Center Launches Effort To Get "The Civil Asset Forfeiture Act" Passed "The right of people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated..." 4TH Amendment, US Constitution Herndon, VA - "Civil asset forfeiture laws empower the government to seize property if it is suspected it was involved in a crime, but the real crime," says Tom DeWeese, president of the American Policy Center, "is the way these laws undermine one of the most fundamental freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution." The Center has launched a campaign to secure support for Rep. Henry Hyde's bill, H.R. 1658, in order to protect citizens against law enforcement organizations that now routinely seize homes, cars, and bank accounts from Americans who have committed no crime. The bill will come to the floor of the House next week. Drafted by the Chairman of ...
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Clinton Executive Order “REVOKES” 10th Amendment

By Tom DeWeese During his six-year reign of terror, Bill Clinton has signed no less that 254 Executive Orders. To date, not one has been challenged by the United States Congress. Congressional silence has led Clinton to stronger, bolder action in his carefree drive to fulfill his liberal agenda. But no previous action has come close to that taken with the signing of Executive Order 13083 entitled "Federalism." On May 14th, with the stroke of a pen, Clinton rescinded Ronald Reagan's own E.O. 12612 on Federalism. At the same time, Clinton also sliced the Constitution's 10th Amendment into unrecognizable pieces. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan took a bold step to repair the damage to the Constitution and our political system. From Supreme Court decisions to power-seeking bureaucrats, the federal government was roaming far from its Constitutional borders. Reagan sought to rein it in by producing an Executive Order that would ...
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Congresss Afraid To Investigate Eco-Terrorism Violence Supported By Green Groups, Wealthy Contributors

by "Fossil Bill" Kramer You’ve heard how Earth Firsters terrorized Congressman Frank Riggs’ employees, vandalized his California office, then chained themselves to a 400 lb. tree stump they’d wheeled in. Calling the raid a "political statement", they hoped to intimidate Riggs into abandoning his support of constitutionally-guaranteed property rights. (It didn’t work. Though he’s retiring after this term, he’s stuck to his principles.) What you haven’t heard is that Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, spoke out in support of this malicious act of terrorism! Pepper Spray - "Inexcusable Torture" "Congressman Riggs is out of touch with reality," Pope brayed, incensed that police had been called. "Not only is he defending an inexcusable use of torture, he . . supports use of pepper spray on our kids!" Folks, these weren’t kids. If idiots did that to your office and staff, or home and family, would you feed them ...
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Only One Defender of Property Rights in Congress

Across the American West there roams a predator. It terrorizes all who cross its path, it destroys lives and wipes out whole villages. Its name is environmental regulation and it's a sub-species of an animal called government. When it goes on the hunt, few dare oppose it. Western property owners have felt its bite for several decades. Those who lived and prospered on Federal lands began to have their water rights and grazing rights challenged by federal agents, even though their claims were well documented and many dated back over three generations. Property owners suddenly faced another kind of invader called endangered species. Let one be sighted in a distant pasture and suddenly the whole farm was threatened with shut down. Meanwhile, many of those elected to go to Washington to defend property owners did little to change the situation. Instead, the "need" to protect the environment was preached like ...
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