U.S. Forest Service bans camping on Mingus Mountain for 2 years in illegal “Collective/Mass Punishment move.”
Starting this year, camping in the Prescott National Forest region on the western slopes of Mingus Mountain from Cottonwood to the south of Camp Verde has been barred. According to the public affairs officer for the Prescott National Forest, Debbie Maneely, the forest service made this decision after encountering what it has claimed is high levels of trash on the forest service land.
The Prescott National Forest announced on its website:
“In order to address the issue of overcrowding and overuse in these areas on the Verde Ranger District, Forest Officials are issuing a two-year temporary closure. Violation of these prohibitions in this Order are punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than sic (6) months or both.”
The temporary closure of National Forest System Road (NFSR) 493, starting at 2.0 miles southwest of Highway 260 continuing west and southwest for approximately 3 miles, ending at the intersection known as “Allen Springs Road.”
The recent news has had many people talking among each other giving rise to some local conspiracy theorists who claim the shut down has been due to all the recent UFO and other strange sightings reportedly taking place in the region. With all the recent paranormal activity some have wondered if there hasn’t been some recent discovery made or perhaps the closure is to further study and investigate the mountain where the local native American Yavapai tribe state one of their people met with a god on the summit who then had relations thus leading to and giving birth to the Yavapai people.
Nevertheless; the Verde Valley is no stranger to camping in an area almost entirely surrounded by national forest land. The closure to most came as a shock, however, even just outside Cottonwood, Arizona a couple of miles outside town the US Forest Service has been closing down parts of areas that have been open to the public for ages at places like A Thousand Trails. The closer of both places and others like it in an area where people are reportedly “going missing” is another worthy point to present and consider in this mystery. Is there a connection to the all the US Forest Service land becoming closed all of a sudden due to all the people reportedly going missing in the area? To think Arizona ranks as being one of the top states to vanish and the Sedona/Verde Valley area is the most likely place to go missing per capita in the state and the mystery is indeed something to ponder for the connections are hard to ignore. Is there possibly something else going on in the region to warrant the closers beside trash? People have been leaving trash all over before the US Forest Service was even around.
Collective punishment in schools is commonplace. Because punishments are expected to give offenders what they deserve proportionally to the severity of their offenses, the punishment of an entire group because of the misdeed of a few of its members is considered as unfair. Collective punishment is basically school administrators and teachers trying to use peer pressure to bully or guilt kids into behaving. Schools should be teaching and promoting personal responsibility in the individual not hurting everyone for the actions of a few.
When not satisfied with being able to engage combatants alone and directly, historically, this has fueled governmental reprisal against families, communities and entire populations in a drive to “win” in a given conflict at all costs. The use of collective punishments and infliction of cruel punitive measures upon civil populations is not new. As old as war itself, collective punishment has long been one of the most damning and destructive weapons of all used by those in power.
Of the many prohibitions set forth under international law, the one most frequently ignored, yet, clearly defined, is the ban on collective/mass punishment. The prohibition of collective punishment in international humanitarian law is based the principle of individual responsibility. Article 3 of the Fourth Geneva Convention Section 1 Art. 33 provides that:
“No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.”
In sum, international human rights laws prohibit the arbitrary deprivation of life, liberty, and, at all times, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Punishing everyone for the actions of a few is not only against the law but is downright abuse of authority. Violations of international humanitarian and human rights law provide for personal criminal liability for those individuals found in breach of their prohibition.
“Human rights abuses committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against the local civilian population are crimes against humanity.”
The prohibition on collective punishments applies not just to criminal sanctions but, also, “all sanctions and harassment of any sort, administrative, by police action or otherwise.” Therefore it becomes clear the actions of the US Forest Service are not only unfair but are illegal. Surely the US Forest Service MUST be aware of this fact which gives rise to there being more to this bizarre move and others like it in the region than meets the eye. What greater crime can there be than to steal a family/child’s smile away for a couple of years taking away their hope, health, and happiness to get away from what lies within the city escaping to the great open outdoors where people can be themselves having some freedom. Hurting everyone for the actions of a few is not only wrong but down right suspicious when it’s illegal.
“As a reminder wasn’t it the The Land Preservation Task Force who ran local people like the Bradshaws, Hancocks, and others off all their valuable land citing ‘inoment domain’ as being part of some land grab up coalition only to turn around years later to sell off the hills to all the housing developers etc., who then made a killing thereafter. Look at all the trash and garbage the land grab up which was given over to the US Forest Service brought into town with those moves and it wants to punish local residents?”
Prescott National Forest’s arduous task of cleaning up the area is not just about the trash problem but with more and more people choosing to camp on public lands. “Camping” has become a questionable term to describe these extended stays on Forest Service land. Normally, you can only stay at a dispersed camp for 14 days, however, some people stay for longer periods abandoning their property, human waste, along with some illegal activities where recreational vehicles circle together like modern-day wagon trains for protection.
Here’s an idea, instead of collective punishments, try collective rewards.
Recently, “Police Starting To Enforce Law That Prohibits People Living In Their Vehicles” in California. Does this perhaps have a correlation to what is taking place in Arizona? Is there perhaps something much larger taking place in the whole country?