|Federal and State Agencies
Are Routine Visitors To Mining Rights .org
In studying the demographics
of visitors to Mining Rights.org, it appears that the most common
visitors to this site are not miners, but employees of the federal and
state agencies which are actively working to erode the mining rights of
After a recent visit to the
site by a computer that traced back to the FBI's Information Systems Department
(these are the guys who compile databases of "terrorist" organizations),
we decided to begin cataloging the visits to this site that are made by
varying agencies. Granted, federal and state agencies visiting mining related
websites is nothing new. It has long been known that employees of the United
States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, not to mention
representatives of varying environmental organizations, have routinely
monitored the most popular forums and message boards devoted to mining,
but it seems that almost since inception, Mining Rights .org has
been practically inundated by visits from these varying groups.
Based on analytics, it has
also been found that these agency visitors spend a remarkable amount of
time on Mining Rights .org. Their average visit to the site lasts
over two hours and in addition to spending most of their visiting time
in the Mining Law Learning Center, news stories that are about the activities
of the federal agencies against miners are their most popular preference.
Our hope of course, is that they will actually bother to learn something
about the Mining Law and finally come to realize that their only lawful
place is to "foster and encourage private mineral development", opposed
to restricting it under a Color of Authority.
Here are a few highlights
from their visits.
Apparently, the FBI isn't
the only keeping an eye on the miners. So is the Department of Homeland
Security. Let's hope that they are
investigating the long list
of complaints that miners have filed against the agencies and particularly,
against the United States Forest Service.
Here Wyoming BLM express
a particular interest in the South West Oregon Mining Association.
A USFS employee at Plumas
National Park in California is a fairly routine visitor to Mining Rights
.org. The lack of "refferer" indicates
that the employee is coming
directly to the site from his/her browser, which probably means that they
have a bookmark to here.
A USFS employee in Corvallis,
Oregon is a regular visitor to Mining Rights .org. They routinely visit
the site several times a week.
We believe that this is
the first visit from a USFS employee in Santa Maria, California. Based
on analytics, they searched directly for "SWOMA"
(South West Oregon Mining
Association). Included among the topics that interested them was a call
to miners to help support Josephine County
Commissioner Sandi Cassanelli
who is currently facing a recall that was instigated by supporters of SOREDI.
Here we have the Denver
office for BLM paying us a visit. Like many other agencies (including the
FBI), they are apparently very interested in the
relationship between miners
and their local sheriffs.
Here we have the Jerome,
Idaho office for BLM paying us a visit. They came here to learn about a
recent mining case that found that
the United States Forest
Service and one of their employees had violated a miner's constitutional
Apparently, Medford USFS
is interested in the same thing.
As is Vancouver, Washington
As might be expected, the
State of Oregon is also a routine visitor to Mining Rights .org.
In addition a visit from Oregon's Department of Environmental
Quality (who annually defrauds
miners by insisting that they buy a permit from them under threat of penalty,
when EVERY citizen of the United States
already has a right to mine
that is protected under the Contract Clause of the United States Constitution
and over which the states have no lawful authority),
we also see a visit from
Oregon's Department of Administrative Services, as well as an employee
of the City of Hillsboro, Oregon.
Here we see a visit from
the National Business Center division of the United States Department of
This agency appears to be
a wing of DOI that handles the privately owned businesses that operate
within National Parks.
Here is yet another visit
from a BLM employee. This one spent three and a half hours on Mining Rights
on October 27th, 2011.
On October 26th, 2011, Mining
Rights .org received a copy of this
press release stating that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
wished to " integrate the
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) into the Bureau
of Land Management (BLM)
to further strengthen the
bureaus’ mining regulations and abandoned mine land reclamation programs."
The press released was reviewed
and it was found that OSM
only have authority over coal mining. Like something out of a low budget
government conspiracy movie, on
October 27th, Mining Rights
.org was then visited by an employee of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation
and Enforcement (OSM) who
spent about ten minutes
brwsing the site.
In addition to the routine
visits from the friendly people at USFS, on October 27th, Mining Rights
.org was also visited by Alaska's
Department of Administration,
as well as the National Parks Service. It is safe to say that NPS must
have gotten an eyeful over the article
Remote Alaska, Park Service Wields Too Much Power" which told the story
of how Park Rangers utilized a 12 guage shotgun to bring a
71 year old man and his
wife "into compliance" while boating on the famed Yukon River.
On October 25th, Mining
Rights .org was even blessed with a visit from the Department of Interior,
who oversees BLM.