Yesterday Chris Hedges posted his weekly column over at TruthDig, This Hero Didnâ€™t Stand a Chance, where he interviewed Tim DeChristopher.Â And very true to form, his piece didn’t stray too far from what I’ve come to expect from himÂ and respect about his writing. He doesn’t mince words. He doesn’t fuck around. Time for that bullshit has long since passed.
For those who are unaware â€” it’s getting ridiculous, borderline criminal, how much news fails to be reported in the media these days â€” Tim is an environmental activist who, in the dying days of the Bush Administration, was successfully able to disrupt a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) auction of over 100,000 acres of federal land, in Iowa in December 2008, to the oil and gas industries for drilling. But it wasn’t until the Obama Administration came into office, who saw fit to “invalidate” the auction for reasons other than Tim’s participation â€” locking the public out of the decision to sell public land, for instance â€” took it upon themselves to charge Tim with a crime.
Long story short, he was found guilty ofÂ violating the “Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act,” in March of this year â€” seeing how the administration took nearlyÂ 2 month’s, after the auction was cancelled to charge him, I imagine it took prosecutors that long to find that provision to charge him with. And he’s facing a $750 000 fine and up to 10 years in prison. Even though he was able to subsequently raise the funds to pay for the land he had won, andÂ offered payment to theÂ BLM, they rejected it claiming Tim didn’t bid “under normal circumstances,” so they couldnâ€™t accept. A somewhat valuable piece of information his jury conveniently wasn’t allowed to know.
And he’s still awaiting sentence…
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