What can ordinary Vermonters do about this?
Hold the Vermont Legislature accountable.
The Legislature makes the laws, laws that, according to the US Constitution, supersede federal laws. But not many folks understand this. So when Vermont has been pressured to yield up major assets; e.g. our Vermont Guard to the Afghanistan Occupation, our hydroelectric dams to TransCanada and our surface water to Entergy and our groundwater to bottling companies, it is fashionable to blame the governor, especially if the governor is a Republican.
But it is the Legislature who willingly maintain the tax-free status of the entities named above and others.
Hold them accountable. Demand to know why, demand that they act according to the wishes of their constituents. Vote them out of office!
In reality it is the Legislature that allows, forbids, funds, tolerates, or looks the other way. An agency carries out policy. An agency may not make policy.
Vermonters can’t do anything about Monsanto’s control over the USDA and their $149 billion budget, run by a Monsanto insider and lobbyist. We can’t affect UN’s Agenda 21. That part of US sovereignty has recently been ceded. Congress, unless the incumbents are replaced, will continue to pursue an agenda which has nothing to do with the interests of their constituents, no matter who is elected president.
This, domestic surveillance in Vermont, we can do something about.