The Lincoln Project Calls on Republican Senators to Demand Witnesses in Trump Impeachment Trial

Former Trump National Security Advisor Bolton Said Trump Directly Tied Aid to Ukraine to Investigation of Political Rival

WASHINGTON, DC, US, January 27, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Today, The Lincoln Project (www.lincolnproject.us) called on Republican Senators to demand witnesses, including Ambassador John Bolton and others, to testify during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

In unpublished manuscripts of his new book, Ambassador Bolton, President Trump’s former National Security Advisor, wrote that Trump told Bolton that he would continue freezing financial and security aid to Ukraine until Ukrainian officials announced an investigation into Trump’s 2020 political rival, according to the New York Times.

“Like a veteran mobster, President Trump tried to withhold security and money from Ukraine, until our ally announced a phony investigation into Trump’s own 2020 political rival,” said Jennifer Horn, spokesperson for The Lincoln Project. “The case for Trump’s removal from office is clearer than ever and Republican Senators must uphold their Constitutional oaths and vote for a fair trial by allowing testimony from witnesses including Ambassador Bolton.”

Today, Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) told reporters “it’s increasingly likely” that his Republican Senate colleagues will join him in voting to hear from witnesses during the trial.

The Lincoln Project will continue to urge Senators like Susan Collins (R-ME), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Martha McSally (R-AZ), to follow Sen. Romney’s lead and call for witnesses to ensure a fair trial.

To sign the petition demanding a fair impeachment trial of Trump, click here.

To learn more about The Lincoln Project, join our efforts, and make a contribution go to www.lincolnproject.us.

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USA Express Legal & Investigative Services celebrates milestone with Forbes Business Council

Harry Kazakian, President and CEO, USA Express Legal & Investigative Services

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Forbes Business Council Is an Invitation-Only Community for Executives Leading Their Industry

USA Express is a recognized leader in the legal investigation community, and membership in the Forbes Council provides an opportunity to share our deep expertise and valuable insight with everyone.”

— Harry Kazakian, President and CEO

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, January 27, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Harry Kazakian, President & CEO of USA Express Legal & Investigative Services, is celebrating his one-year anniversary as a member of the Forbes Business Council, an invitation-only organization for senior leaders to publish original content, connect and excel.

“We are so pleased to have Harry Kazakian entering year two as a member of Forbes Business Council," said Scott Gerber, founder and CEO of Forbes Councils. “Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world, and Harry Kazakian is an important part of that community.”

“USA Express is a recognized leader in the legal investigation community, and membership in the Forbes Council provides an opportunity to share our deep expertise and valuable insight with everyone,” Kazakian said. “I look forward to learning from other members knowledge and experience.”

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Kelly Hyman Selected As a 2020 Woman Leader in Law

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, UNITED STATES, January 27, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Kelly Hyman, attorney, has been selected as a 2020 Woman Leader in The Law by ALM. ALM, an information and intelligence company, serves and connects over six million business professionals. The feature, spotlighting a select group of the nation’s most inspiring women in law, will be published in the March issues of Corporate Counsel & The American Lawyer magazines, which reach approximately 242,000 readers, and the National Law Journal, which reaches approximately 76,164 readers.

Attorney Kelly Hyman is ecstatic and honored to receive the recognition. The announcement comes on the heels of two other major accomplishments for the Fort Lauderdale-based lawyer. In November 2019, Hyman released her book, “The Top 10 Reasons to Dump Trump in 2020,” highlighting the most pressing arguments for booting the current president out of the Oval Office. In December, she made the life and career-changing decision to open her own firm, The Hyman Law Firm, P.A.

A former actress and model, Kelly Hyman is no stranger to the spotlight. She played Loretta on The Young and the Restless, among numerous other roles, and was nominated for a Youth in Film Award. But the law has always been her true calling. After earning a bachelor’s degree from UCLA in communications, she earned her J.D. with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 2003.

Kelly Hyman quickly established herself as a force to be reckoned with. After working as a Clinton intern, she has represented clients in a number of high-profile, high-stakes cases, including a class-action suit concerning American Spirit, pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico and was on its discovery committee. She also has extensive experience in mass tort litigation and has represented claimants in claims and individual actions at state and federal courts involving significant issues such as tobacco, transvaginal mesh, and bladder slings, and water contamination.

A member of the Florida Bar, the Washington D.C. Bar, the New York Bar, as well as the American Association for Justice and the former President of the Federal Bar, Palm Beach Chapter, she is also a Democrat political and legal analyst. Kelly Hyman has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows. These include First for Fox and Friends, Law & Crime, Fox News, and The Ingraham Angle. She has also appeared on the Ethan Bearman show, "Issues and Ideas" with Chris DeBellow, "The Whistleblower" with Mychal Wilson and the "Jiggy Jaguar" radio show.

To learn more about Kelly Hyman and connect with her, visit LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-hyman/

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EDRM to Jumpstart 2020 with Inaugural eDiscovery Community Reception in New York

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This year’s inaugural EDRM Jumpstart Legal Tech with HaystackID social event is the perfect place to get an update on EDRM plans, projects and people.”

— Mary Mack, CEO, EDRM

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, UNITED STATES, January 27, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Setting the global standards for e-discovery, the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) is pleased to announce its first hosted community gathering of e-discovery community professionals at the inaugural EDRM Jumpstart Legal Tech with HaystackID social reception on Monday, February 3, 2020, from 5:00 PM until 7:30 PM at Manhattan’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Hosted by the EDRM and sponsored by specialized e-discovery services provider HaystackID, the registration-required event is the preeminent place to meet and greet members of the EDRM and e-discovery community.

“This year’s inaugural EDRM Jumpstart Legal Tech with HaystackID social event is the perfect place to get an update on EDRM plans, projects and people,” shares Mary Mack, CEO and chief legal technologist of the EDRM. “As we begin our 2020 journey to empower the leaders of e-discovery through programs, projects and participation, we look to this signature event as the kickoff to an exciting year in e-discovery. We are grateful for the support of the global EDRM community in this effort and to HaystackID for its partnership.”

“As a beneficiary of the standards and projects spearheaded by the EDRM, HaystackID is grateful to support the EDRM in this inaugural community event,” notes Hal Brooks, chief executive officer of HaystackID. “From technology standards to pro bono support, the EDRM is at the forefront of empowering the eDiscovery community, and we are pleased to be partners in that effort."

With more than 250 registrants to date and fast approaching capacity, details of the EDRM Jumpstart Legal Tech with HaystackID are provided below for individuals interested in meeting with the EDRM team, getting updates on EDRM plans and projects for 2020 and enjoying drinks and dialogue with members of the global e-discovery community.

Date: Monday, February 3, 2020
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HaystackID serves more than 500 of the world’s leading corporations and law firms from North American and European locations. Our combination of expertise and technical excellence, coupled with a culture of white glove customer service, makes us the alternative legal services provider that is big enough to matter but small enough to care. Learn more today at HaystackID.com.

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AskTheLawyers.com™ Now Offers Spanish Language Videos for Attorney Member-Clients

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AskTheLawyers.com™ is pleased to announce that it now offers Spanish video services for attorney-member clients.

We are excited to offer videos in Spanish that answer questions that people are asking online. By incorporating these Spanish Q&A video segments, we are able to reach more Spanish speaking clients.”

— Cheney Winslow

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, January 27, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — AskTheLawyers.com™ is pleased to announce that it now offers Spanish video services for attorney-member clients.

AskTheLawyers.com™ offers multiple video formats, including in-depth Ask The Lawyer interviews, breaking news style Legal Briefs, and short format Quick Questions. The Spanish language video options can help attorneys can reach an even wider audience. With roughly 53 million Spanish speakers living in the United States, Spanish-speaking attorneys are in high demand.

To assist with these videos, AskTheLawyers.com™ is proud to welcome bilingual news anchor Jessica Brizuela to the video production team. A former newscaster for AmericaTeve, The Spanish Broadcasting System, and Venevision, Brizuela brings years of professional broadcasting experience to help introduce member-attorneys to a Spanish-speaking audience.

About AskTheLawyers.com™

AskTheLawyers.com™ is a video-driven legal information source and directory that actively promotes clients through video. The attorney-members on AskTheLawyers.com™ have to meet eligibility requirements with a referring attorney. At AskTheLawyers.com™: You Can Choose a Lawyer that Lawyers Choose™.

AskTheLawyers.com™ co-founder Cheney Winslow said that video marketing is an essential and often overlooked component of law firm advertising.

"Almost five billion videos are watched on YouTube every single day, on Facebook around 8 billion video views a day," she said. "We are excited to offer videos in Spanish for our clients that answer common questions that people are asking about online. By incorporating these Spanish Q&A video segments, we are able to reach more Spanish speaking clients looking for legal representation online. For lawyers of all practice areas, these videos allow potential clients to establish a connection with your firm and boost the likelihood that they will pick up the phone and give you a call."

At AskTheLawyers.com™, attorneys are vetted to meet independently-verified membership eligibility requirements. In addition to recommendations from other attorneys, attorneys must be in good standing with their state bar, have a record of successful jury trials, and be active in their local communities, along with other criteria. See the full list of membership requirements here.

To learn more about joining AskTheLawyers.com™, send an email to BeAStar@AskTheLawyers.com™.

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AFTER STALLING FOR FIVE YEARS, MODESTO PD RELEASES BODYCAM VIDEO SHOWING OFFICER SHOOT UNARMED VICTIM

This screen grab from the bodycamer video shows Jesse Montelongo tossing the yearbook towards the officer

Jesse Montelongo tosses a junior high school yearbook in the direction of Modesto Police officer Dave Wallace on Oct. 17, 2014.

After dodging the tossed yearbook, Modesto Police officer Dave Wallace, in this screen grab, fires his service weapon at Jesse Montelongo, who is retreating into his house.

After turning away from the yearbook, Officer Dave Wallace fires his service weapon at Montelongo, who is retreating into the house.

Underhand toss of a junior high school yearbook was no reason to shoot, says federal civil rights lawsuit

I can only believe it was because they had a vested interest in keeping this video private… They have tried everything they could to stall and prevent the disclosure of the video…”

— Civil Rights Attorney DeWitt Lacy

MODESTO, CALIFORNIA, USA, January 27, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — After more than five years of refusing to do so, Modesto Police have finally released an officer’s body camera video showing the shooting of an unarmed, intoxicated man in the doorway of his home in 2014.

The newly-released video shows Jesse Montelongo use an underhand toss to lob a junior high school yearbook toward Modesto Police Officer Dave Wallace as he stood with his gun drawn. Wallace’s body camera shows the officer move or dodge to his left to avoid the book. Then, as a fearful Montelongo retreats into his home and starts to close the front door, Wallace turns back, draws down on Montelongo, and fires.

Montelongo was hit once in his lower abdomen. Wallace’s bodycam video appears to show the yearbook on the driveway behind where he was standing.

“Jesse was shot even though he was unarmed and clearly did not pose an immediate threat to the officer,” said Civil Rights Attorney DeWitt Lacy of the John Burris Law Firm, of Oakland, Calif., which represents Montelongo and his family in a federal lawsuit. The Oct. 17, 2014 shooting left Montelongo, then 35, with lifelong medical problems. He has undergone multiple surgeries to alleviate the damage done to his internal organs.

The shooting happened within four seconds of Montelongo opening the front door, according to Wallace’s bodycam video:

00:00:46 — Wallace stands several feet away from the front door as Montelongo opens it up.
Wallace shouts: “Show me your hands!”
00:00:47 — Wallace again: “Show me your hands!”
Montelongo: “What?”
Montelongo lobs yearbook in direction of Wallace.
00:00:48 — Wallace moves to his left to dodge the tossed yearbook.
00:00:49 — Wallace turns back to the right. He draws down and fires once at Montelongo as the
intoxicated man retreats and is closing the front door.
00:01:02 — Wallace: “Shots fired — He threw something at me. He wouldn’t show me his
hands. Threw his object at me.”
00:01:08 — Wallace’s body camera shows the yearbook lying on the driveway.

The federal lawsuit, filed in 2015 in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, accuses Wallace and the City of Modesto of excessive force, violating Montelongo’s civil rights, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The plaintiffs are Montelongo and other family members, including five children, who were at the house when he was shot.

For years, Modesto Police maintained that the video was part of an open investigation and therefore could not be released to the plaintiff’s attorneys, nor to the public. Montelongo was never charged with a crime. The city held onto their “open investigation” argument — even after Wallace retired from the department in 2018 and started lobbying against a proposed state law placing more limits on law enforcement’s use of deadly force.

After handing over copies of the videos, the defendants took legal steps to prevent them from becoming part of the public record.

“I can only believe it was because they had a vested interest in keeping this video private,” Lacy said. “They have tried everything they could to stall and prevent the disclosure of the video to plaintiffs and to the public, including attempting to unnecessarily mark this video as confidential, pursuant to a protective order.”

The defense finally removed the stipulation from the Wallace video on Jan. 21.

Lacy noted that Officer Wallace had been shot at twice, in the line of duty, before the Montelongo shooting. “Modesto Police really needs to make a better consideration of officers’ readiness to return to duty. Transparency – such as releasing this video years ago — helps us all,” Lacy said. “Had the officer received the psychological help he may have needed following the earlier incidents, Jesse Montelongo might not have been shot, and his family not traumatized by their experience with a law enforcement officer who concluded that a yearbook presented a deadly threat.”

A copy of the video, and the federal civil rights lawsuit (1:15-cv-01605-TLN-BAM), are available upon request.

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Kansas Mesothelioma Victims Center Recommends Attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste to Ensure a Navy Veteran or Person with Mesothelioma in Kansas Receives A Much Better Financial Compensation Result

"Erik Karst and his colleagues at the law firm of Karst von Oiste are responsible for over a billion dollars in compensation for their clients who have mesothelioma or asbestos exposure lung cancer ”

— Kansas Mesothelioma Victims Center

TOPEKA , KANSAS , USA, January 27, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Kansas Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "Rather than ordering a 'free' book, kit or package about mesothelioma if you have recently been diagnosed with this rare cancer please call us anytime at 800-714-0303 if you are in Kansas. We have endorsed attorney Erik Karst and his colleagues at the law firm of Karst von Oiste-KVO to assist a Navy Veteran or person with mesothelioma in Kansas because we know how much effort they will put into making certain their client receives the best possible financial compensation results.

"Erik Karst and his colleagues at the law firm of Karst von Oiste-KVO are responsible for over a billion dollars in financial compensation results for their clients who have mesothelioma or asbestos exposure lung cancer and they work overtime for their clients. As we would like to discuss at 800-714-0303-the attorneys at the law firm of Karst von Oiste make house calls anywhere in Kansas to make certain a Navy Veteran or person with mesothelioma understands how the mesothelioma compensation process works as well as the potential value of their claim. For Navy Veterans mesothelioma compensation frequently exceeds a million dollars.

“For direct access to attorney Erik Karst of the law firm Karst von Oiste please call us anytime at 800-714-0303." www.karstvonoiste.com/

The Kansas Mesothelioma Victims Center is now offering a free service for a Navy Veteran or person with mesothelioma in Kansas that is designed to increase the victim's mesothelioma compensation. They call the service the 'list' and it has been designed to identify the how, where and when a person with mesothelioma was exposed to asbestos. It is this vital information that becomes the basis for a mesothelioma compensation claim as they would be happy to discuss at 800-714-0303. https://Kansas.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

High risk work groups for exposure to asbestos in Kansas include Veterans of the US Navy, power plant workers, manufacturing workers, industrial workers, aerospace workers, plumbers, electricians, welders, auto mechanics, machinists, and construction workers. Typically, the exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s. https://Kansas.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Kansas Mesothelioma Victims Center would like to emphasize theirs is a statewide initiative available to a diagnosed victim anywhere in Kansas including communities such as Wichita, Overland Park, Topeka, Olathe, and Lawrence. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For the best possible mesothelioma treatment options in Kansas the Kansas Mesothelioma Victims Center strongly recommends the following heath care facility with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at this hospital.

* Cancer Center of Kansas Wichita, Kansas: https://www.cancercenterofkansas.com/

The average age for a diagnosed victim of mesothelioma is 72 years old. This year between 2500, and 3000 US citizens will be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is attributable to exposure to asbestos.

According to the CDC the states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. Mesothelioma also happens in Kansas. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For more information about mesothelioma, please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s website related to this rare form of cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/types/mesothelioma.

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Delaware US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate Now Offers a Navy Veteran with Mesothelioma in Delaware Direct Access to Attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste to Ensure Much Better Client Compensation Result Happen

"We offer a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma in Delaware direct access to Erik Karst of the law firm of Karst von Oiste to make certain the Veteran receives the best possible financial compensation.”

— Delaware US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate

WILMINGTON , DELAWARE , USA, January 27, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Delaware US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate says, "We offer a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma in Delaware direct access to attorney Erik Karst of the law firm of Karst von Oiste to make certain the Veteran receives the best possible financial compensation results. As we would be happy to discuss at 800-714-0303, attorney Erik Karst and his colleagues at the law firm of Karst von Oiste are responsible for over a billion dollars in financial compensation results for Navy Veterans and people with mesothelioma and asbestos exposure lung cancer and they work overtime for their clients.

"Attorney Erik Karst and his colleagues at Karst von Oiste also make house calls which means they go anywhere in Delaware for a face to face meeting in the home of a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma to make certain the person understands how the compensation process works and they typically can give the person a very god idea of what their mesothelioma compensation claim could be. This is a much better deal than a 'free' book about mesothelioma as we would be happy to discuss. For direct access to attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste please call us anytime at 800-714-0303." www.karstvonoiste.com/

The Delaware US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate is also the following free services for a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma in Delaware:

* “We will assist with VA Disability payments.”

* “We will assist arrange for medical treatment options if possible.”

* “We will assist a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma get organized about how, where and when they were exposed to asbestos. We call this service the ‘list’ and it is this information that becomes the basis for a mesothelioma compensation claim as we would like to discuss at 800-714-0303.” https://Delaware.USNavyMesothelioma.Com

The Delaware US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate offers their free services to US Navy Veterans with mesothelioma in Wilmington, Dover, Newark, Middletown, Smyrna, Milford, Seaford or anywhere in Delaware. https://Delaware.USNavyMesothelioma.Com

For the best possible treatment options in Connecticut the Connecticut US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate strongly recommends the following heath care facility with the offer to help a diagnosed Veteran, or their family get to the right physicians at this hospital. Christiana Care: https://christianacare.org/services/cancer/.

* The VA-For a state by state listing of VA Medical Centers nationwide please visit their website: https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/FindLocations.cfm.

About one third of all US citizens diagnosed with mesothelioma each year are Veterans of the US Navy. Before a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma or their family retain the services of a lawyer or law firm, they are urged to call the US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate anytime at 800-714-0303. https://USNavyMesothelioma.Com

The states with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For a listing of various classes of US Navy ships or submarines please visit the US Navy website on this topic: http://www.navy.mil/navydata/our_ships.asp.

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/types/mesothelioma

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Newly Obtained Documents Reveal Washington Fish & Wildlife Side-Stepped Non-Lethal Actions Before Wiping Out Wolf Packs

Wolves on the open range

Wayne Pacelle

Wayne Pacelle

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, January 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — by Wayne Pacelle

A new tranche of newly disclosed documents reveals rot at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (the Department) and reckless oversight and killing of the state’s endangered wolves.

According to documents submitted in a King County court case – which just came to light on January 9th – the Department contracted with cattle ranchers Arron and Jolene Scotten for field work in 2018 to deter wolves from harassing cattle in eastern Washington. Their task was to ride horses or ATVs, monitor movements of wolves and cattle, and try to keep them apart. It’s known as “range riding,” and it’s one of a series of non-lethal management strategies designed to tamp down ranchers’ anxiety about wolves and to keep both wolves and cattle alive.

The court documents allege that the ranchers lied about their paid range riding work. When they were supposed to be in the field, documents allege they were at a high-end Spokane hotel, far from the landscape they were paid to patrol.

If the theft charges against the Scottens turn out to be true, the Department wouldn’t be the first government agency scammed by contractors. But this fraud is just part of a pattern of false claims and merciless actions by the Department and some of its team members and partners.

In 2018 and 2019, the Department came under sustained criticism, including from AWA and the Center for a Humane Economy (the Center), for killing dozens of endangered wolves for ranchers. The Center charged that the one well-known ranching family, the McIrvins, were intentionally placing cattle near wolves in order to trigger lethal control actions by the Department.  In so many cases this “live baiting” worked: Wolves killed some cattle, and then the state killed the wolves in retaliation. 

The Department claimed it had done everything it could, in the form of range riding and other non-lethal strategies, prior to taking the painful step of killing wolves. The Department and its staff asserted that their vigorous and valiant non-lethal management efforts just weren’t enough. They had to kill the wolves so the ranchers wouldn’t take matters into their own hands and resort to their old way of dealing with wolves – “shoot, shovel and shut up.”

The narrative was overstated at best. A sham at worst.

The Department has been trading on the goodwill of the Wolf Advisory Group (WAG) – a citizens' advisory group consisting of diverse stakeholders including animal protection groups – as additional cover for their decisions to kill wolves. Some WAG members, prompted by their allies in the agency, reiterated the Department’s false framing that killing wolves is regrettable but necessary since all non-lethal strategies have been exhausted.

Last fall, not long after the Department killed off all members of the Old Profanity Territory pack living mainly in the Colville National Forest, Washington Governor Jay Inslee pointedly told the Department to change its ways. “I write to ask you to make changes in the gray wolf recovery program to further increase reliance on non-lethal methods and to significantly reduce the need for lethal removal of this species,” Inslee wrote in a letter to Department Director Kelly Susewind.

These latest documents held back by the Department for months reveal Governor Inslee was correct in his assessment of the Department, as were the broader set of critics who believed the Department’s “commitment” to trying all non-lethal management practices was overstated. 

The Department needs an overhaul. The Fish and Wildlife Commission, which hires and fires the Director, needs to assert its authority and rein in its staff leadership. The Department’s assault on endangered wolves and its subversion of a citizen-approved ballot measure to protect black bears and cougars has been reckless in some cases and illegal in others.

These latest details only add to the narrative of the Department’s negligence and poor oversight over wolves.

Let’s remember what transpired just six months ago.

The Center for a Humane Economy, working with two citizens serving as plaintiffs, helped initiate a legal action to block the Department from killing the remaining wolves from the Old Profanity Territory pack. The hearing seeking to stay further killing of wolves was set for 10 a.m. on Friday morning, August 16th.

Just after dawn but before the mid-morning courtroom proceeding, Department personnel said they killed all surviving pack members. The Department shot four family members from helicopters and on the ground, using the radio collars previously placed on the wolves to track their movements. All this killing occurred just minutes or hours before the court proceeding, when the judge would find the Department had not made the case for lethal removal and must stop the shooting.

This was another, if extreme, pandering maneuver by the Department to satisfy the whims of the McIrvins, who’d publicly stated they wanted wolves out of Washington.  Their ranching operation, the Diamond M Ranch, has been responsible for complaints triggering 85 percent of wolves killed through depredation permits since wolves returned to the state a decade ago.

Taking a birds’ eye view of the situation, it’s clear the Department’s personnel became contract killers for a small number of ranchers who never accepted that wolves have a rightful place in Washington. These ranchers often grazed cattle at subsidized rates on national forests  – on land generally considered marginal for grazing but ideal habitat for wolves and other predators. And according to the documents just made available to the public, the Department even paid the ranchers themselves to conduct phantom non-lethal ranger-rider programs. 

Governor Inslee took a major step to rein in the Department with his October letter. But that letter was just the first step in reorienting the work of the wildlife agency.

The Department is allowing bear baiting and hounding on timber company lands in violation of a citizen initiative that banned the practices. It is allowing mass killing of cougars, and it is not stepping in as rural counties initiate their own cougar control programs. And its program toward wolves has been scripted by the state’s most extreme ranchers.

It’s time for the Government to appoint Commissioners who will hire a Department Director who recognizes that native predators should be protected and that the agency needs to attract people with the skills and resolve to actually implement successful non-lethal management programs in the field.

The Department’s talk has been cheap. What speaks volumes is the growing body count of wolves, bears, and cougars. Wild creatures killed for no good reason. Washington voters want a new approach. No more false promises and phantom programs.

Wayne Pacelle is the founder of Animal Wellness Action in Washington, D.C., and president of the Center for a Humane Economy in Bethesda, Maryland.

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AMCD Supports Withholding US Aid to Lebanon

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, January 25, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The American Mideast Coalition for Democracy strongly supports Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the US government’s position on withholding aid to the recently-formed, Hezbollah-dominated government in Lebanon.

“The test of Lebanon's new government will be its actions and its responsiveness to the demands of the Lebanese people to implement reforms and to fight corruption," said Secretary Pompeo. “Only a government that is capable of and committed to undertaking real and tangible reforms will restore investor confidence and unlock international assistance for Lebanon.”

As demonstrations continued across the country, it is clear that the new government formed by the Iranian terrorist proxy Hezbollah and its allies will not satisfy the people’s demand for clean government.

“The new government formed in Lebanon this week lacks legitimacy in the eyes of the Lebanese Revolution and is still beholden to the mullahs in Iran and their proxy, Hezbollah in Lebanon,” said AMCD co-chair, John Hajjar. “Secretary Pompeo is to be congratulated for his lack of endorsement, but he and the Trump Administration need to go further in supporting the Revolution. Sanctions and travel bans need to be implemented against those in the former government and those in the new. Nothing but a wholesale clean-up of all the clans, militias and hereditary politicians will be able to restore the confidence of the long suffering people of Lebanon. Absent that, Lebanese in each region should install their own organic governing structures and shake off the noose placed around their necks by the mullahs, Hezbollah and their ilk.”

"The US should demand that the newly formed Lebanese government declare the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559 which would force Hezbollah to disarm and disband.” added AMCD co-chair, Tom Harb. “Members of Parliament should consider giving votes of confidence based on progress toward that goal.”

AMCD strongly supports Secretary Pompeo’s strong stance in opposition to Hezbollah’s continued domination of Lebanese politics and its corrupt suffocation of the Lebanese economy. Hezbollah must be expelled from the government. Then, and only then, should aid and investment be resumed.

Rebecca Bynum
The American Mideast Coalition for Democracy
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Source: EIN Presswire