BLM Forms New Division


BLM Forms New Division of Security, Protection and Intelligence (S.P.I.)


 The Bureau of Land Management has announced the formation of new division of Security, Protection and Intelligence.  The new division is being created months after Ammon Bundy led dozens of armed anti-federal-lands activists in seizing the unoccupied Malheur National 

Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. It’s unclear to what extent the new BLM law enforcement post is connected to the Malheur incident or to the general rise in anti-federal-lands activity in the rural West.

This new department will operate independently of the already existing BLM Department of Law Enforcement and Protection under Director Salvatore Lauro, it will also operate independent of the Department of the Interiors (BLM’s mother agency) according to James Gallagher Director of Intelligence for the Department of Interior. In fact it is quite unclear as to who will have oversight over this new department or who authorized it’s creation. In calls to BLM public affairs officers they were unaware of the creation of the new division. Contact with Oregon Representative Greg Walden’s office and Utah Senator Mike Lee’s office led to similar results. We are awaiting comment from individuals in those offices who have promised to contact the Shasta Lantern with further information. Among our questions asked, other than who authorized S.P.I.’s creation are, how many agents will the new department entail, will the department be recruited from existing BLM employees or from other Federal Agencies, will this lead to a budget increase for BLM or will the department operate within current fiscal constraints, what is the overall stated mission of this new department, what form of training will agents receive to carry it out, who will train them, and lastly what intelligence with S.P.I. be collecting, who will they be collecting it on, how will it be collected and how will that intelligence be used?

  What we do know, is that at his own request, BLM Special Agent in Charge of S.P.I. will be none other than Officer Dan Love of Bundy Ranch and Blanding, UT. infamy.  A polarizing figure, Love is both loved and reviled in Nevada and Utah, where he was BLM’s top cop. 



In Nevada and Utah, Love led some of BLM’s most complicated law enforcement operations. Love was the lead agent in BLM’s two-year undercover investigation with the FBI nearly a decade ago into illegal Native American artifact trafficking in the Four Corners region that resulted in the arrest of more than two dozen people and the suicide of a well-respected local doctor. In 2008, Love arrested and helped prosecute environmental activist Tim DeChristopher for disrupting a BLM oil and gas lease sale in Salt Lake City that critics said imperiled Arches National Park and the climate. Love was also the lead agent at the Bunkerville Cattle Rustling incident when BLM unlawfully attempted to remove cattle belonging to Cliven Bundy.

Love’s appointment to this new role will certainly be viewed as an affront to many BLM detractors who claim BLM has far overreached it’s power and authority and view Love as the poster child for that sentiment.




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  • Kasey Backman
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  • Jan Craig
    commented 2016-06-26 18:10:05 -0600
    Greg Walden – grow a pair and lead the charge for the defunding of this new BLM band of mercenaries right at the start. You were sooooo dismayed on the house floor at what was happening to the Hammonds…your friends (?) Poppy cock and bull pucky! You have been in the House for an eternity. All the while you have watched the biggest county in your district be drug down the gravel road behind the BLM, USFS & USFW trucks. Ranches have floated away, miners and loggers have been stripped bare. Who the hell are YOU representing anyway??? This is all on your watch, fella…. We have gotten to the point where we are expecting nothing from your ineffectual protecting of your constituents…and that’s just what we get. You’d better man up or don’t set up any town halls unless you’re ready to feel the heat from the people that you are letting down. Heck just move to D.C., you have become one of them. This is enforcement of Agenda 21 – 30 and you know it and sanction it. You all can stop this in the House….unless it is to your advantage not too…..but WE know you by your actions.
  • Tom Hutchinson
    commented 2016-06-09 08:07:13 -0600
    Nice spelling on the phony BLM sign.
  • Darryl Lawton
    commented 2016-06-06 10:37:02 -0600
    Legally, the BLM should not even exist. The Constitution, which exists solely to LIMIT the power of the federal government, does not authorize the federal government to own ANY land in any state, except for "ports and forts (military bases) which are to be used for national defense, and even then only at the behest of the individual states! Our elected officials have sold out to foreign interests and have allowed unelected bureaucrats to become our lords and masters. Abuse of power? How about abuse of trust? It is high time to clean house in D.C. and the only way to do so is to FORCE Term Limits on these people and DEMAND Constitutional adherance.
  • Richard Wad
    commented 2016-06-05 11:40:16 -0600
    Time these new federal Nazi’s blm are disbanded. Stop paying taxes to this illegal over reaching criminal government
  • Bill Canada
    commented 2016-06-05 06:05:33 -0600
    The BLM should be all but eliminated, using all means available. They have forgotten who actually owns the land and just who they actually work for.
  • Gene Hutchins
    commented 2016-06-04 23:01:36 -0600
    It seems that EVERY Federal agency has a division of armed Special,Agents authorized with full police powers. Even, U.S. Dept. of Education, EPA & Agriculture!

    To what purpose & end?? Just overreach, & power hungry bureaucracy.