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City attorney: Burlington can't block the F-35

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Claims by opponents of the F-35 that the city of Burlington can block the jets from coming to Vermont are not valid. That's the opinion of Burlington's city attorney, who issued a memo late Thursday afternoon.

The opposition group has suggested that as owner of the airport the city can order its tenant, the Vermont National Guard, not to fly the next-generation jets.

City attorney Eileen Blackwood cites several reasons that tactic won't work, including that the city appears to be constitutionally unable to control the activities of the military. The city also has existing lease obligations and would likely lose federal funding if it denied access to government aircraft.

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