Signed as Law: Utah Bans Warrantless Access to Information in the Cloud

Signed as Law: Utah Bans Warrantless Access to Information in the Cloud By Michael Maharrey Last week, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill into law that requires police to get a warrant before accessing data stored in the “cloud.” The new law will not only increase privacy protections in Utah; it will also hinder the federal surveillance state. Rep. Craig Hall (R-West Valley City) sponsored House Bill 57 (HB57). The new law prohibits law enforcement agencies from accessing electronic information or data transmitted to a “remote computing service” without a warrant…

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Oregon Bill Would Create Banking Alternative for Cannabis Industry, Bypass Federal Reserve

Oregon Bill Would Create Banking Alternative for Cannabis Industry, Bypass Federal Reserve By Michael Maharrey A bill filed in the Oregon House would establish limited state-chartered banks to serve the cannabis industry. Final passage of this legislation would remove a major federal roadblock in front of the developing industry in the state and further nullify federal prohibition in practice. Rep. Pam Marsh (D) and Rep. Ken Helm (D) introduced House Bill 3169 (HB3169) on Feb. 28. The legislation would create a self-contained, state chartered banking system for the cannabis industry in Oregon.…

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Signed by the Governor: Oklahoma Law Prohibits Denial of Firearms Ownership Based on Medical Marijuana Use

Signed by the Governor: Oklahoma Law Prohibits Denial of Firearms Ownership Based on Medical Marijuana Use By Michael Maharrey Last Thursday, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law that formalizes and expands the state’s medical marijuana program, further nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect. Last summer, Oklahoma voters approved a measure legalizing medical marijuana in the state. A coalition of three Republicans introduced House Bill 2612 (HB2612) on Feb. 4 to create a regulatory structure and establish important patient protections for the state medicinal cannabis program. The Oklahoma House…

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New Mexico Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance

New Mexico Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance By Michael Maharrey On Jan. 24th, 2019, the New Mexico Senate unanimously passed a bill that would limit the warrantless use of stingray devices to track people’s location and sweep up electronic communications, and more broadly protect the privacy of electronic data. The proposed law would also hinder the federal surveillance state. Sen. Peter Wirth (D) filed Senate Bill 199 (SB199) on Jan. 8. Titled the “Electronic Communications Privacy Act,” the legislation would help block the use…

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Coalition Demands Amazon, Microsoft, and Google Stop Giving Facial Recognition Tech to Government Agencies

Coalition Demands Amazon, Microsoft, and Google Stop Giving Facial Recognition Tech to Government Agencies By Michael Maharrey The Tenth Amendment Center has joined more than 85 other organizations demanding Microsoft, Google and Amazon stop providing facial recognition surveillance technology to government agencies. The TAC signed on to separate letters to all three companies. MicrosoftAmazonGoogle The coalition makes it clear to each company a decision to provide face surveillance technology to the government threatens basic liberties and will also undermine public trust in its business. “We are at a crossroads with face…

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After Years Of Refusal, Utah Will Now Implement The REAL ID Act

After Years Of Refusal, Utah Will Now Implement The REAL ID Act By Michael Maharrey SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Jan. 3, 2018) – After nearly eight years of refusing to implement the REAL ID Act of 2005, Utah has flip-flopped and will now participate in the unconstitutional national ID program. In 2010, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill into law prohibiting the state from implementing or participating in the Real ID Act. At the time, the legislature found that the enactment of the Real ID Act: (a) is inimical to…

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Trump Administration on Track for $1 Trillion Budget Deficit This Year

Trump Administration on Track for $1 Trillion Budget Deficit This Year By Michael Maharrey The Trump administration is on track to post a 2019 fiscal year budget deficit of over $1 trillion. These are the kind of budget deficits we would expect to see during a deep recession, not an “economic boom.” The government got off to a good start at achieving this illustrious achievement last month. According to the Treasury Department report, the deficit came in at $100.5 billion in October. That represents a 58 percent increase from the $63…

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CBD Has Gone Mainstream Despite Federal Prohibition

CBD Has Gone Mainstream Despite Federal Prohibition By Michael Maharrey CBD has gone mainstream – this is nullification in action. If there was ever any doubt, it completely vanished last month when Consumer Reports ran an article titled “How to Shop for CBD.” You don’t get much more mainstream than Consumer Reports. Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived from cannabis – generally in the form of industrial hemp. It has proven effective in treating a number of medical conditions, including seizures, pain and anxiety. Articles touting CBD have appeared in the mainstream…

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DEA Plans to Expand License Plate Surveillance Program

DEA Plans to Expand License Plate Surveillance Program By Michael Maharrey The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) plans to expand a surveillance program that tracks the location of millions of everyday people through pictures of their license plates. According to federal contracting data, the DEA will expand the footprint of its license plate tracking program with automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) connected to trailer-mounted speed displays. According to the contract announcement, the DEA will make a sole source award to RU2 Systems Inc. RU2 Systems Radar Speed Display Trailers, are retrofitted as…

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SWIFT and the Weaponization of the U.S. Dollar

SWIFT and the Weaponization of the U.S. Dollar By Michael Maharrey The Trump administration dropped 44,000 bombs in its first year, a faster bombing pace than President Obama, who bombed more than President Bush. America has intervened militarily in other countries for decades against the council of founders like George Washington, who advised that America should “observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all.” Economic Warfare But the U.S. doesn’t only project power across the globe through its massive military. It also weaponizes the…

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