Trump’s Public Lands Chief Composed For A Cult Extremist’s Magazine

Trump’s Public Lands Chief Composed For A Cult Extremist’s Magazine

William Perry Pendley, a top Trump administration authorities in charge of handling one-tenth of all land in the United States, is a previous factor to 21 st Century Science & Technology, a fringe publication of the late cult leader, founded guilty scammer and paranoid conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche.

Files also suggest that Pendley went to a conference in 1994 where 2 of LaRouche’s associates gotten in touch with anti-environmental groups to help eliminate Senate support for an international biodiversity treaty.

William Perry Pendley poses in a photo posted to his private Twitter account.

Pendley wrote two pieces for 21 st Century Science & Technology in the early 1990 s when he was president of the conservative not-for-profit Mountain States Legal Structure. The magazine was part of a network of LaRouche publications and chock filled with pseudoscience, climate change denial and wild conspiracy theories. Its website, which is still live, functions sections on “ Worldwide Warming Scams” and calls for bringing back DDT, a prohibited toxic insecticide. LaRouche embraced a frenzy of conspiracy theories, competing that Queen Elizabeth is an international drug trafficker, that AIDS is spread out by mosquitos, that previous U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was a Soviet agent, and that the rock band The Beatles was “ a product formed according to British Mental Warfare Division specifications

The publication was also a go-to platform for the so-called “Wise-Use motion,” a group of anti-government organizations pushing to boost mining, drilling and going to federal lands while deriding environmentalists as domestic terrorists. Pendley, a conservative attorney with extreme anti-government and anti-environmentalism views, was a crucial figure in that movement as it got momentum in the 1980 s.

If you’re composing for 21 st Century Science & Technology, you’re writing for individuals who actually had some Nazi compassions.
Freelance reporter Dennis King, on Pendley’s posts in a LaRouche magazine

Pendley joined the Trump administration in mid-July as deputy director for policy and programs at the Bureau of Land Management and by the end of the month was elevated to the role of acting director — thereby avoiding the Senate verification procedure for the top BLM job. He is among lots of high-ranking administration authorities across the government with a history of battling the really agencies they now run

Pendley’s ascent came as LaRouche’s organization reemerged in nationwide politics with a stunt intended to humiliate those arguing for a Green New Deal, a sweeping federal policy structure for combating the climate crisis. Previously this month, a lady dealing with LaRouche PAC appeared at a town hall meeting that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) held in her house district, pleading with the freshman lawmaker to think about “ consuming babies” as an option to suppressing planet-heating emissions.

The stunt, immortalized in a viral video, was extensively buffooned. However the beliefs that Pendley, 74, upheld in his writings have actually mainly gone mainstream in the Republican politician Celebration. At least eight states throughout the South and Midwest have enacted laws to increase criminal charges for anti-fossil fuel demonstrations, according to the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law, which tracks anti-protest legislation

The progressive political action committee American Bridge initially found– and shared specifically with HuffPost — Pendley’s previously unreported works. However a HuffPost investigation surfaced more information about his ties to LaRouche, highlighting the degree to which once-marginal extremists now control crucial portions of the federal government’s action to a quickly aggravating eco-friendly collapse.

Lyndon LaRouche speaks to reporters at the National Press Club in Washington on May 5, 1988.

Composing For LaRouche

In a 1992 letter to the editor printed in 21 st Century Science & Innovation, Pendley came to the defense of the Sahara Club, an extreme anti-environmental group committed to “ battling eco-freaks and keeping public lands complimentary” 2 years previously, the BLM had charged several Sahara Club members with trespassing following a demonstration motorbike ride through an area of the Mojave Desert that had been temporarily near protect the endangered desert tortoise. The publication painted the arrests as a BLM setup and declared that the tortoise was threatened solely since the firm declined to deal with a growing population of predatory ravens. A BLM authorities reacted with a scathing letter clarifying that raven predation was just one of the threats to the tortoise population and casting doubt on the publication’s journalistic stability.

” We found it astounding that such an article would be included in a publication supposedly handling science and technology,” the main composed, including that a worldwide understood researcher had flagged the post to the BLM with a note that checked out, “This appears to be the journal of scientific disinformation!”

The publication likewise ran separate actions to the BLM authorities from the Sahara Club and Pendley. The Sahara Club declared the federal agency closed the Mojave location as part of a “personal vendetta” it had against the club. Pendley implicated the BLM of being a “piece of cake” for the Humane Society, which had submitted a claim challenging the government’s proposed raven control program. “Robbed of the only program that– according to the government’s own files– would have done the desert tortoise any great,” Pendley wrote, “the government stated war upon the cattleman, the woolgrower, the miner, the off-highway automobile (OHV) lover and the City of Las Vegas.”

The following year, Pendley composed an article in the magazine knocking a federal judge who ruled that a Montana rancher could not claim self-defense in the killing of a safeguarded grizzly bear. Pendley called the choice “a frightening accept, by a company of the U.S. federal government, of the view of many animal rights fanatics and ecological zealots that people are just co-equal occupants of the world, no much better than any other creature.”

An article by William Perry Pendley in the Fall 1993 issue of 21st Century Science & Technology.

The magazine and another LaRouche publication, the Executive Intelligence Evaluation, likewise ran a number of stories in the late 1980 s and early 1990 s highlighting the work of Pendley’s legal nonprofit. The fall 1989 issue of 21 st Century Science & Innovation, for example, includes a brief item about a hotline that the Mountain States Legal Foundation established for the public to report “acts of ecological terrorism.” Pendley, who functioned as the group’s president for almost three decades, was priced quote cautioning about “a little band of radical ecological terrorists” who had actually vandalized ski resorts and allegedly driven metal spikes into trees. He was describing the radical ecological group Earth First!, although he didn’t discuss it by name.

” We require more facts to develop participants, patterns, and to identify the presence of a conspiracy on the part of those who would kill daddies in the name of Mother Earth,” Pendley stated in the publication.

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Freelance reporter Dennis King, who studied LaRouche and his fans for years and published a book in1989 entitled” Lyndon LaRouche and the New American
Fascism,” stated it’s considerable that Pendley contributed to that publication. While many in the wise-use movement shared LaRouche’s views about environmental concerns, very couple of openly associated with the cult figure, he informed HuffPost.


” If you’re writing for21 st Century Science & Technology, you’re writing for people who really had some Nazi compassions,” King said. He kept in mind that LaRouche and his followers had anti-Semitic beliefs and a long history of promoting and safeguardingNazi researchers. That consisted ofeulogizing Arthur Rudolph, the World War II German engineer who later assisted develop the Saturn V rocket that put Americans on the moon.

Pendley’s pieces appeared in the publication at the time that LaRouche was serving a federal prison sentence in Minnesota for fraud and conspiracy. The eight-time presidential candidate and convicted felon passed away in February at age96.


A Sagebrush Rebel

Pendley’s antipathy for ecologists returns decades. He cut his teeth in federal government under James Watt, President Ronald Reagan’s Interior Department chief and widely thought about amongst the most anti-environment Cabinet appointees in U.S. history. Pendley and Watt have close ties. They both hail from Wyoming and led the Colorado-based Mountain States Legal Foundation. Watt was the group’s very first president and Pendley held the position from1989 up until last December. In 1981, Pendley followed Watt to the Interior Department and worked to open federal lands to drilling and mining. The Washington Post when described him as” Watt’s ideological twin .”

In the1996 book “Green Backlash,” which records the rise of the anti-environmental movement, British investigative journalist Andrew Rowell composed that Pendley” had actually been a close personal good friend of James Watt’s considering that 1975,” six years prior to Watt designated him to the Interior Department post.

Under Pendley’s command, the Mountain States Legal Structure, an industry-funded group as soon as referred to as the “ prosecuting arm of the Wise Use Movement ,” hosted a series of wise-use conferences. At a1993 occasion, Pendley compared ecologists to communists, stating they are” like watermelons, red on the within, green on the outdoors,” according to Rowell’s book.
And one day before a1994 wise-use event in Joseph, Oregon, that featured Pendley as a speaker, demonstrators in that town hung, tarred and feathered effigies of two environmental activists.

Pendley has actually compared the Earth First! group to the Nazis, saying”they are no better than Hitler’s Brownshirts, “according to Rowell. And in a2013 interview with the Federalist Society, Pendley asserted that” the environmental community is no longer worried about human beings. “

It’s rhetoric that closely mirrors that of Watt and LaRouche.


Watt compared environmentalists to the Nazis and described green activists as” a left-wing cult which looks for to bring down the sort of government I believe in.” In1990, numerous years after he was required to resign as Interior chief, he notoriously stated that” if the problems from
environmentalists can not be resolved in the jury box or at the tally box, perhaps the cartridge box ought to be used.”


LaRouche, through his media outlets, frequently railed versus ecological” terrorists” and” eco-fascists,” going as far as to compare the movement to Satanism. Earth First! was one of his company’s primary targets.

In his 1996 book, Rowell wrote: “Lyndon LaRouche was among the very first people to brand anyone associated with any progressive demonstration as a ‘terrorist’. Following his lead lots of sections of society are now identifying environmentalists as terrorists. William Perry Pendley calls greens terrorists. MSLF [Mountain States Legal Foundation] has actually held conferences on eco-terrorism, and has contributed in having Earth First! identified as a terrorist organisation.”

Sinking A Biodiversity Pact

Early in Reagan’s first term, LaRouche and his fans acquired direct access to a number of administration authorities, and in March 1981 LaRouche landed an invitation to have breakfast with Interior Secretary Watt, as journalists King and Ronald Radosh reported for The New Republic in 1984.

While that sit-down shown mainly unsuccessful in regards to winning over Reagan Cabinet members, the LaRouchians invested the next 2 years working to create alliances with anti-environmental companies and industry groups, King informed HuffPost.

It’s uncertain if Pendley ever met LaRouche in individual, either while operating in the Reagan administration or at MSLF. However he did cross paths with two LaRouche partners at a “Wise Use Management Conference” in Triggers, Nevada, in July 1994, according to files gathered by an organization associated with the Environmental Working Group and archived by Greenpeace.

Elyssa Rosen, an agent of the ecological group Sierra Club, apparently penetrated the conference. Her notes information a bizarre, chaotic and delusional gathering. Participants sold Tee shirts that check out “Clinton-Free Zone” and compared ecologists to witches and druids. Speakers at the event consisted of Pendley, who reportedly worried the requirement to “expose the covert costs of environmental policy,” in addition to a “LaRouche groupie” and forest researcher called Michael Coffman, Rosen wrote in her notes.

Likewise at the conference was Rogelio “Roger” Maduro, a close LaRouche associate and an editor at the magazine according to a memo in the archived collection. At the time, Maduro was leading the LaRouche company’s behind-the-scenes project to eliminate U.S. Senate support for the Convention on Biological Diversity, a nonbinding preservation treaty. Maduro prompted the wise-use leaders gathered in Nevada to make defeating the biodiversity treaty a top concern and divulged that he was working with the American Sheep Industry Association on a paper to amass opposition, as detailed in a prolonged 1997 report by the Environmental Working Group.

Coffman, a conspiracy theorist, likewise apparently called conference guests to defeat the treaty. Later that year, Coffman released a piece in 21 st Century Science & Technology entitled “The Pagan Roots of Environmentalism.”

The collaborative effort by LaRouche’s network and wise-use companies ultimately showed effective The treaty never came to the Senate floor for a vote, and the United States to this day has not signed on to the contract Maduro took credit in a September 1994 concern of Executive Intelligence Evaluation, writing that the report he created for the sheep association was an “crucial element” in defeating the pact. He praised numerous of the groups that were present at the July 1994 conference for setting in motion in such a way that left “U.S. Senate staffers flabbergasted, State Department officials screaming, and greenies weeping,” but did not discuss Mountain States Legal Structure. Coffman also claims to have “ played an essential function in stopping the ratification” of the treaty.

A piece by Rogelio Maduro in the Sept. 2, 1994, issue of Executive Intelligence Review.

Ron Arnold, who is commonly thought about the father of the wise-use movement, informed with The Washington Post in 1995 that the movement was uninformed it had signed up with forces with the LaRouche company to eliminate the treaty. He declared he didn’t know Maduro would speak at the Nevada conference which LaRouche fans were not invite at future events.

The Bureau of Land Management did not react to HuffPost’s ask for an interview with Pendley or to a list of emailed questions about his writings and the 1994 wise-use conference. The Interior Department, of which the BLM is part, also did not respond.

The Usual Torch

Pendley has dealt with an attack of criticism because signing up with the Trump administration. Ecologists and other critics fear his consultation indicates a future sell-off of federal lands in the West, pointing to Pendley’s long history of advocating for just that Pendley has dismissed such concerns and refused to comment about his past statements, consisting of explaining standard environment science as “ scrap science” and comparing immigrants to a “ cancer” All of it, he told a space full of reporters previously this month in Colorado, is “irrelevant” to his present job leading a bureau that manages more than one-third of all federal land and 700 million subsurface mineral acres.

But the reality is that his viewpoints and experience handling the federal government are what make him an ideal fit for the Trump administration, and no doubt a primary factor he landed the high-ranking position.

A go back to the bad days in the 1990 s when extreme ecologists screwed up logging equipment and endangered the lives of working men and ladies in the Mountain West and Pacific Northwest. Pity on these domestic terrorists.

— Wm Perry Pendley (@Sagebrush_Rebel) November 12, 2018

Almost 3 years after contributing to the LaRouche publication, Pendley and what’s left of LaRouche’s organization continue to pound similar drums.

Along with its stunt at Ocasio-Cortez’s city center, the LaRouche company has taken aim at 16- year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. In September, the Executive Intelligence Evaluation published a conspiracy-laden “special report” entitled “‘ CO ₂ Decrease’ Is a Mass Murder Policy: Developed by Wall Street and the City of London.” The report’s landing page includes a close-up of Thunberg wearing a hooded jacket.

Up till his appointment to Trump’s BLM, Pendley was posting under the Twitter deal with @Sagebrush_Rebel, a recommendation to the Sagebrush Disobedience motion of the 1970 s and ’80 s that sought to get rid of lands from federal control. His tweets often lashed out at environmental activists like Thunberg, whom he likened to a cult leader.

In a phone interview, Rowell admired the number of ecological opponents included in his 1996 book “Green Reaction” who went on to hold positions of power in the Trump administration, which has actually prioritized gutting ecological guidelines, and to sign up with the chorus that’s taken to assaulting and demonizing the next generation of environmental advocates.

” There is absolutely nothing more basically pathetic– a lot of old right-wingers going after Greta,” Rowell stated.

It is a cult today, it was a cult in the 1960 s, that, in the words of James Bond’s opponent Goldfinger, “anticipate[s][us] to die.” The cult of Greta Thunberg

— Wm Perry Pendley (@Sagebrush_Rebel) April 27, 2019

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