In Landslide Vote, House Overwhelmingly Passes USA Freedom Act without Amendments

Is this the year Con­gress pass­es a bill to lim­it NSA spy­ing? The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives cer­tain­ly hopes so. But just how strong that reform will be remains to be seen. Min­utes ago, the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed the USA Free­dom Act over­whelm­ing­ly with 338 yes votes and 88 no votes. EFF is neu­tral on […]

Chairman Conaway Supports Bill to Stop “Waters of the United States” Proposed Rule

Today, House Agri­cul­ture Com­mit­tee Chair­man K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) spoke in sup­port of H.R. 1732, the Reg­u­la­to­ry Integri­ty Act of 2015. The bill, which would force the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engi­neers to stop mov­ing for­ward with the pro­posed “Waters of the Unit­ed States” rule, passed the House by a […]

Motels Sharing “Daily Guest List with Police” and Aiding Warrant Checks on Every Guest

The motel and hotel indus­try is not only spy­ing you, it is part­ner­ing with police. This isn’t just rou­tine coop­er­a­tion when police request infor­ma­tion for crim­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tions. Instead, it is appar­ent­ly every­day data shar­ing on every guest. It is a trou­bling pri­­vate-pub­­lic over­lap where motel and hotel clerks are sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly shar­ing “do not rent” lists […]

NPS Ecological Mismanagement at Point Reyes: By Design?

The Nation­al Park Ser­vice (NPS) was able to shut down Drakes Bay Oys­ter Com­pa­ny at Point Reyes Nation­al Seashore by fal­si­fy­ing data about envi­ron­men­tal dam­age it claimed the oys­ter com­pa­ny caused. Now NPS is tar­get­ing ranch­ers for removal from Point Reyes. Here is the lat­est update on the NPS cam­paign. The op-ed below by Sarah Rolph […]

Whistleblowers Reveal CPS Child Kidnappings in Kentucky Adoption Business

In 2006 and 2007 inves­tiga­tive reporter John Boel exposed much of the cor­rup­tion tak­ing place in the “child pro­tec­tion” sys­tem in Ken­tucky. His reports were broad­cast in the local media at that time, and includ­ed some amaz­ing inter­views with for­mer CPS whistle­blow­ers, doc­u­ment­ing the depth of the alleged cor­rup­tion with­in Ken­tucky CPS. In a report aired orig­i­nal­ly […]

Breastfed Babies Kidnapped by CPS Because Parents were “Homeless” Living out of RV

  Amber is one of those free-spir­it­ed peo­ple who takes even incred­i­ble hard­ships and turns them into adven­tures, inspir­ing oth­ers in the process. When her young fam­i­ly wound up home­less, through no fault of their own, she and her hus­band Krish­na Mehta made the best of it. Their chil­dren didn’t even know that they were […]

Joel Salatin’s Testimony on Food Freedom in Maine

Joel Salatin tes­ti­fied on April 30, 2015 before a leg­isla­tive com­mit­tee in favor of a state con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ment in Maine on the Right to Food. Below is the text of his remarks. Sen­a­tor Edge­comb, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Hick­man, and oth­er dis­tin­guished mem­bers of the Joint Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Agri­cul­ture, Con­ser­va­tion and Forestry: my name is Joel Salatin […]

Will A Four-Decade Old Law Limit Obama’s Land Powers?

A “Sage­brush Rebel­lion” like the one that pro­pelled Ronald Rea­gan (“Count me in as a [sage­brush] rebel.”) into the Oval Office is mak­ing nation­al news because Pres­i­dent Oba­ma gov­erns like Pres­i­dent Carter.  Obama’s Inte­ri­or Sec­re­tary, for exam­ple, threat­ens more uni­lat­er­al land lock­up decrees if west­ern­ers do not embrace leg­is­la­tion putting vast areas off-lim­its to “mul­ti­ple […]