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Walker: ‘Extremists’ should be ‘prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law’

By   /   July 12, 2013  /   21 Comments

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON – Gov. Scott Walker delivered a sternly worded statement Friday, demanding that environmental “extremists” disrupting preliminary work at a proposed northern Wisconsin mine site and destroying private property be held responsible for their actions.

“These extremists – who are disrupting work and causing harm to law-abiding employees – should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Walker said of incidents last month.

No More: Gov. Scott Walker on Friday said he wants protesters who disrupted and threatened workers at a proposed mine site to be "prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." The governor, who is fully behind the mine project, said the "laws of Wisconsin will be upheld.”

No More: Gov. Scott Walker on Friday said he wants protesters who disrupted and threatened workers at a proposed mine site to be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” The governor, who is fully behind the mine project, said the “laws of Wisconsin will be upheld.”

The governor noted an obscenity-laden video posted on Facebook by Andrea Ladenthin, a protester who joined anti-mine groups at the Penokee Range site in June.

As first reported by Wisconsin Reporter this week, a radical, anti-industrialization, environmental group known as Earth First! ostensibly boasted on a blog site about  the cause of “making the preliminary stages of this mine as expensive as possible to send a clear message to financiers that this is an extremely risky investment.”

The blog recounted 15 protesters last month wearing bandanas for masks, building barricades to block police response to a planned protest. The blogger wrote that protesters jumped “on trucks and the collection tank and threw pieces of equipment like pickaxes, fire extinguishers, and shovels down the hillside into the thick of the woods. Fences were knocked over and broken and personal cigarettes were raided out of one of the company vehicles as workers and the manager stood in awe.”

The June 11 demonstration ended with the arrest of Katie Kloth, or Krow, as she’s referred to on anti-mining websites. Kloth is accused of taking a geologist’s cell phone and camera. She faces a felony charge of robbery with the use of force and misdemeanor charges of theft and two counts of criminal damage to property.

Gogebic Taconite LLC, the company that proposes developing a $1.5 billion iron ore mine in the region, was blasted by mine critics, including Democratic lawmakers, after hiring private security forces decked out in camouflage and armed with automatic weapons. GTAC, as the mine company is known, let the security firm go after it was learned the Arizona-based contractor did not have a license to operate in Wisconsin.

Environmentalists demand that the company should be punished, including penalties through the legal system.

Walker on Friday said, “The type of harassment and abuse we saw on the recent video of radical activists at Gogebic Taconite’s proposed mine site has no place in Wisconsin.”

Demonstrators showed up regularly at the Capitol in the past spring session voicing their concerns about a Republican-led bill that streamlines Wisconsin’s mine permit process through the state Department of Natural Resources. They vowed to fight any permitting effort after Walker signed the regulatory reform bill into law following passage of the bill in the Legislature.

GTAC is just beginning the permit process. Even if the company receives DNR approval, it still would have to go through the federal regulatory process, which promises to be lengthy.

“I appreciate the efforts of law enforcement in the area and spoke with the Iron County Sheriff to offer any assistance that may be needed going forward,” the governor said in the statement. “The laws of Wisconsin will be upheld.”

Contact Kittle at mkittle@wisconsinreporter.com

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Kittle is a 25-year veteran of radio, newspaper and online journalism. In July 2011, Kittle joined Watchdog.org as bureau chief for Wisconsin Reporter. He has spent much of the past three years covering the seismic political changes taking place in the Badger State. Last year, Kittle joined Watchdog’s national reporting team, covering everything from energy policy to governmental assaults on civil rights. Beyond being published in Wisconsin’s daily newspapers and in multimedia news outlets, Kittle’s work has appeared on Fox News, and in Human Events, Reason Magazine, Newsmax and Town Hall. His special investigation into a politically charged John Doe probe, “Wisconsin’s Secret War,” was the basis of a 2014 documentary on Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze. Kittle has made several appearances on Fox News, including “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. He serves as weekly politics commentator for Lake 96.1 FM in Lake Geneva, and WRJN-AM 1400 in Racine. His resume includes multiple awards for journalism excellence from The Associated Press, Inland Press, Wisconsin Broadcast Association and other journalism associations. Contact Kittle at mkittle@watchdog.org.

  • Polish Rifle

    Good. Let those dirtbags rot in jail.

  • whistler

    Walkers words – “causing harm to law-abiding employees – should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law” should apply equally across the board. What about a corrupt employer and Union “causing harm to law-abiding employees”?????? Should not the crooked legislature in Wisconsin stop protecting tortfeasors by ensuring the waste, fraud, abuse and corruption continue? Apparently the “impact” of public exposure of a corrupt company is more important than the “impact” on hundreds of employees whose benefits have been embezzled. Obstruction of Justice by abuse of power rules. God help those without a conscience.

  • whistler

    “The laws of Wisconsin will be upheld.” Really?????????? Seriously????????????? The Supreme Court of Wisconsin protects law breakers when it benefits the “elite” that cover up fraud, waste and abuse against law abiding workers. Nothing but lip service and cheap talk.

  • Eraz0r

    hey eco warrior!, if you steal something from someone while your star child mate records it all on camera you deserve to go to jail. Damage and theft is not a way to win your arguments. once some of your more emotional star children work this out you will make progress.

  • jacklohman

    Yea, and corrupt governors as well!!!

  • jacklohman

    That is the way it works when the “elite” fund the elections. But ONLY the politicians can be blamed for NOT fixing a broken system (which they benefit greatly from).

  • jlfonz1

    Yea, Like democrats Jim Doyle (Mr never met a lawyer or indian he wouldn’t accept money from…and then give it back out of taxpayers wallets), John Corzine (Obama’s “go to guy for economic advice”), Ron Blogojevich (all around bad), George Wallace (racist..dead…but a democrat racist), Christine Gregoire (who also never met an indian tribe or union without getting paid for it and also pays it back in triplicate out of taxpayers wallets), Kathleen Blanco (Queen of the Katrina disastrous disaster response) and many more deleterious left wingers like Brown and Hickenlooper who are leaving financial devastation in their tracks.

  • jacklohman

    Absolutely correct about corrupt Democrats. BOTH should be in jail! But let’s R’s not hide our heads in the sand when one of our own goes corrupt.

  • DHFabian

    Yes, extremists must be prosecuted, starting with Scott Walker & Co., who have ursurped democracy in Wisconsin. Bringing in quasi-military organizations for the purpose of (at the least) intimidating American citizens is powerfully anti-American, and needs to be dealt with accordingly. A quarter-century of right wing rule, guided by extremists, has deeply damaged Wisconsin. Family farms have been wiped out and replaced with corporate mega-farms while right wing legislators redistribute taxpayer dollars to corporations to cover the costs of shipping out our manufacturing jobs. Few things are as damaging to families and the state as taking people’s livelihoods.

  • Franseenit

    Extremist Walker should also “cut the crap”! He is NOT THE ELECTED governor of our state – he is a bought and paid for representative of ALEC and the KOCH regime – time to wake up.

  • Laurie Gbd

    We love Walker get out of the way…lefty loons!

  • Sickofcompromise

    Environmental wacko’s & democratic party have been replaced with communist Party, time to wake up and clean house.

  • jacklohman

    Yea, 100% of Dems are bad people and 100% of R’s are good… How are you liking it so far?

  • hd

    It astonishes me how stupid liberals are after reading these comments.

  • Smoothie

    You’re right because baby killing abortions are nobody’s business.

  • Smoothie

    And nothing about the illegal strike by scumbag government workers in protest, the illegal fake sick notes, crapping on the floor of the capitol building, masturbating in public, nor the destruction of election / petition documents in Merrill caught on video in full view of police, right?

  • Smoothie

    Uhhh,,, you do realize you have a Democrat ruining this country right now, don’t you? Or are you that thick?

  • Joanne Brown

    ll you Walker defenders know that the “eco warrior” was arrested, right? Right?

    What about charges against GTac for hiring a security company that wasn’t legally allowed to operate in Wisconsin? Aren’t you concerned about that?

  • Anne D.

    Absolutely. We need a Libertarian candidate who understands that he/she is working for us, or we, the people!

  • Anne D.

    The government should stay out of our health care and our health care decisions.

  • Anne D.

    Governor Walker is no better than our elected President. Don’t fool yourself. He pushed mandatory DNA collection and vaginal probes for women in the budget! We need more government and more laws, right? We need more Libertarians in office.

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