Congressman Peter Welch is critical of a plan that
would protect telephone companies from lawsuits if they allowed federal
wiretaps without a proper court order. The Bush administration says the electronic
surveillance was part of the war on terror – and companies shouldn’t be
penalized for cooperating.
The 2,000 immigrant workers on Vermont dairy farms have always had a risky job. Many of the dairy workers are here illegally, and they can be deported if caught by federal authorities.
But now the farmers who hire them are also worried. Federal officials have vowed to crack down on employers who knowingly hire illegal labor.
Outgoing Public Safety Commissioner Kerry Sleeper says the biggest challenge facing Vermont’s law enforcement community is curtailing the growing impact of illegal drugs.
Sleeper says additional state and or federal resources are going to be needed to successfully deal with the problem.