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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

EPA Spies On U.S. Farmers, Releases Data

By Rick Pearcey • June 12, 2013, 08:07 AM

From Investor's Busness Daily:

As long as we're talking about leaks that should be prosecuted, let's consider the leaking by the Environmental Protection Agency of the personal data about farmers to their environmentalist opponents. . . .

. . . A letter from a group of 24 senators to Acting EPA Administrator Perciasepe claims that the EPA has "released farm information for 80,000 livestock facilities in 30 states as the result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from national environmental organizations."

"It is our understanding," the senators say, "that the initial release of data contained personal information that was not required by the FOIA request for 10 states including Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio and Utah. This release included names and personal addresses."

"Not long ago Nebraska's congressional delegation sent an angry letter to then-EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson complaining that the EPA had exceeded its legislative and constitutional authority by conducting drone surveillance flights over Nebraska and Iowa farms looking for violations of the Clean Water Act," IBD states.

"It's no wonder Jackson used secret email accounts to conduct her business, even to the point of creating a fake identity, 'Richard Windsor,' to hide what she needed to keep hidden and evade open-records laws," IBD continues.

Conclusion: "Drones, fake identities and now the EPA releasing personal data to activists' political enemies. Big Brother is really watching us. Will anyone be prosecuted? Can this administration be trusted?"

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