Due to technological changes, the links to 1995-2005 special reports by Paul de Armond are temporarily unavailable. We are making arrangements to house Paul’s papers, files and reports with a think tank that has an online library and documentation center.
Author: Jay Taber
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos–sister of the notorious Blackwater mercenary CEO Erik Prince–has committed fraud in her anti-union crusade against Department of Education employees, violating both the Civil Service Protections Act and the Federal Labor Relations Act. The American Federation of Government Employees has filed a complaint with the Federal Labor Relations Authority.
2018 update on Wise Use terrorism in Whatcom County WA available for download.
The mainstream media cover-up of corporate crime, which includes funding racist terrorism, is a scandal that only citizen journalists cover. Even public radio and television ignore this crime against humanity, that might taint their perceived purity as beneficiaries of corporate underwriting.
In the six-part series The Politics of Resentment, the Anti-Indian Movement in the US is revealed to be a corporate-sponsored betrayal of American values.
As reported in this March 2017 expose by Sandy Robson, the Whatcom Tea Party changed its name to Common Threads Northwest. That marketing move mirrors the November 2017 deceptive campaign mailer sent out by Whatcom Republican candidates claiming to be non-partisan.
In the March story, Robson reveals two new players in Whatcom politics–the husband and wife team of James and Laura McKinney–who assumed key positions in the Anti-Indian, Tea Party network: James as Executive Director of Common Threads Northwest, and Laura as Director of Operations and Communications for the Whatcom Business Alliance–an advocacy organization in support of fossil fuel export at Cherry Point.
James McKinney is known for comparing environmentalists to communists. Laura was elected to the Blaine School Board in November 2017.
Imagine your personal property–inherited from your ancestors–is acknowledged by the highest court in the land as belonging to you and your kin, and hordes of strangers move in and take it. That might tend to be upsetting, especially if you and your ancestors repeatedly–over the course of two centuries–attempted to resolve things amicably.
Water is one of those belongings of the Coast Salish and other indigenous peoples. It sustains all life.
With the theft of water by real estate developers, the life of the native salmon and the life-ways of the indigenous people who depend on them is stolen. As Jamestown S’Klallam tribal chairman Ron Allen remarks,
From our perspective, the conversation here is about how we can implement responsible stewardship over water resources to the benefit of everyone.
In an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of tribal sovereignty and cultural resource protection, the Seattle Times editorial board conflates treaty fishing rights of Northwest Indians with undue political influence. Rather than acknowledge the jurisdictional interest pertaining to land and water use affecting salmon reproduction–retained by the tribes in the treaties with the US–the Times board adopts the anti-Indian position promoted by former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, himself known for his inflammatory, racist remarks.
The political muscle behind Anti-Hirst (the water wells decision) is the Washington Association of Realtors, the Building Industry Association of Washington, and the Washington Farm Bureau–which has little to do with small-time farmers, who are routinely used as sympathy mascots by the anti-Indian forces listed above.
People with real (or imagined) grievances are recruited by property rights groups—usually organized by the real estate industry–which funnel the fervent into the militias, until you end up with OK City.
The Indians and their treaties have always been in the way of the developers, more so than endangered species. The developers and mainstream media they support through advertising have gotten away with cultural genocide, and now they want to extinguish wild salmon.
To make sure they get their way, they corrupt both media and politics, organize vigilantes and fund racist terrorism. Anti-Hirst is Anti-Indian.