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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

EPA spying on property rights advocates; gave info over to radical environmentalist groups for potential retaliation

“The EPA’s disclosure of personal information is not the first time sensitive data has been leaked to outside organizations under the Obama administration,” said South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune 

From FoxNewsinsider, "'Something Smells Here': EPA 'Mistakenly' Gives Names of Farmers to Radical Groups":
A bipartisan group of 24 senators has sent a letter to the EPA, demanding that the agency explain why it leaked the names and personal information of more than 80,000 farmers and ranchers to left-wing organizations. 
In April, the EPA admitted the information had leaked in a story broken by FoxNews.com. According to the report, the information on livestock and produce farmers was sought through a Freedom of Information Act request by the groups Earth Justice, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Pew Charitable Trust. 
They were given information on roughly 80,000 farmers and ranchers, though the EPA later said it made a mistake by releasing the information. One Nebraska rancher said his address was published, expressing concern that environmental "extremists" - upset over possible water pollution by livestock producers - could target his farm.
Thune calls EPA spying - clear case of "political intimidation"
“These leaks provide further evidence of the growing credibility gap between the Obama administration and the American public,” Thune added. “This troubling pattern of unauthorized release of government-obtained personal information is unacceptable political intimidation. Americans deserve transparency and accountability.”
Michelle Malkin:
"Oopsy! How do these things just keep happening? The scandal never stops when the fish rots from the top. ... Whatever fishing expedition these left-wing groups were on - and we're talking about the most radical green groups that have a decades-long history of targeting their opponents, whether it's free-market environmentalists or these ranchers who are trying to make a living in America - there was something very smelly going on here," said Malkin.
H/t - RightScoop, photo - UAVS.org

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