Now In Effect: Sweeping Vermont Privacy Law Will Hinder Several Federal Surveillance Programs

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Oct. 1 2016) – A sweeping new law that establishes robust privacy protections in Vermont went into effect today. It not only limits warrantless surveillance and helps ensure electronic privacy in the Green Mountain State, it will also hinder several federal surveillance programs that rely on cooperation and data from state and local law enforcement.

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Kentucky Should Not Wait For Federal Permission on Industrial Hemp

There are right ways to fight the unconstitutional federal prohibition on industrial hemp. There are also wrong ways to do it. Unfortunately, Kentucky is doing it the wrong way. Rather than act without unnecessary federal “permission,” the agriculture commissioner is pleading with the feds to “reconsider” its rules for industrial hemp.

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Hillary Clinton’s “Intelligence Surge” Means More Spying

During the first presidential debate, the issue of domestic terrorism. Lester Holt asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump what they would do specifically to keep people safe at home. Clinton’s answer was chilling if you value privacy, care about the Fourth Amendment and oppose unconstitutional surveillance. Because apparently, the NSA and other federal agencies vacuuming up virtually all of our electronic data isn’t enough. Clinton said she would direct an “intelligence surge.”

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Texas Threatens to Pull Plug on State Cooperation with Refugee Resettlement

AUSTIN, Texas (Sept. 22, 2016) – Texas has threatened to pull the plug on state assistance to refugees if the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) does not unconditionally approve the state’s revised resettlement plan by Sept. 30. The move would significantly hinder refugee resettlement in the Lone Star State.

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Virginia Bill Would Restore Gun Rights to Non-Violent Offenders, Help Protect Against Government Malfeasance

RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 22, 2016)  A Virginia bill introduced this month would restore gun rights to people convicted of non-violent felonies without them having to ask permission from the state.  An indirect result of this legislation would be to deprive the state and feds of a political weapon against patriotic dissent.

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