Wyoming Criminalizes Science

Posted: May 14, 2015 in -
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

13353802784574

Wyoming Has Effectively Made Citizen Science a Crime

Nearly every day I chronicle the slide toward a fascist, dictatorial police state here. Yet the overwhelming majority remain willfully ignorant, apathetic and even hostile to the plain facts.

The government of Wyoming has a strong message to would-be environmental activists: Look, but don’t touch.

Under a new statute signed into law by the Wyoming legislature, collecting data on state land—including private and public property like, say, the protected Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks—without the permission of a landowner is a crime punishable by up to a year in prison.

While this sounds like a simple rehashing of trespassing laws, the legislation also seems overly broad. “Data,” after all, could range from an innocent photograph to a soil sample. Even more worrying, “collection” is defined as gathering information “in any form from open land which issubmitted or intended to be submitted to any agency of the state or federal government.” The legislation also states that information collected without authorization is inadmissible in any subsequent court proceedings.

Your Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s