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Warrantless Searches by BLM Officers Proposed

From: (Glenn Campbell, Las Vegas)
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 1997 20:29:50 -0800
Subject: Warrantless Searches by BLM Officers Proposed

Patrick Bailey posted this rather hysterical message to the IUFO
mailing list....


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>From The Spotlight, page 2, Feb. 3, 1997:

"The Federal Register for November 7, 1996, proposes new rules for the
Bureau of Land Management which went into effect on February 5."

"Section 9260.4 authorizes the BLM to stop vehicles, search any person,
place or vehicle, without warrent or process, seize without warrent or
process any piece of evidence and to make arrests without warrent or
process on public land."


Dr. Patrick G. Bailey
President, Institute for New Energy


It is actually not so draconian.  To view the Federal Register article,

Select 1996 Federal Register; type in search word "BLM" and date

This gives you a big document on _proposed_ BLM policies, including
the following...


Sec. 9260.4  What are BLM law enforcement officers authorized to do?

    BLM law enforcement officers are authorized to:
    (a) Under FLPMA (43 U.S.C. 1733(c)(1)):
    (1) Carry firearms;
    (2) Execute and serve any warrant or other process issued by a
court or officer of competent jurisdiction;
    (3) Make arrests without warrant or process for a:
    (i) Misdemeanor he or she sees or has reasonable grounds to believe
is being committed in his or her presence; or
    (ii) Felony, if he or she has reasonable grounds to believe that
the person to be arrested has committed or is committing a felony;
    (4) Search without warrant or process any person, place, or vehicle
according to any Federal law or rule of law; and
    (5) Seize without warrant or process any piece of evidence as
provided by Federal law.
    (b) Under 43 U.S.C. 1466, take oaths, affirmations, affidavits and
depositions with the same force and effect as if administered or taken
before an officer having a seal.


It looks to me like they're asking for powers that most police officers
have already -- and that BLM officers probably have anyway.

Warrantless searches/seizure/arrests can happen only according to
"Federal law or rule of law".  Given that each BLM officer in Nevada
is spread incredibly thin and must cover 100s of sq miles of territory,
I hardly think we have to fear any BLM storm troopers taking away our

If you want to find out more, look up the U.S. Code references
above.  (43 USC 1733, etc.)

-- GC

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