January 7, 2014

States' Backlash

Some states are considering legislation aimed at preventing the NSA from spying on their citizens. California, Missouri and Arizona  are among them.
US News & World Report:
A bill introduced in California would deny NSA facilities access to water and electricity from public utilities and outlaw NSA research partnerships with state universities.

A bipartisan team of California state senators introduced legislation Monday that would prohibit the state and its localities from providing "material support" to the National Security Agency.

If the bill becomes law, it would deny NSA facilities access to water and electricity from public utilities, impose sanctions on companies trying to fill the resulting void and outlaw NSA research partnerships with state universities.

Companies with state contracts also would be banned from working with the NSA.

"I agree with the NSA that the world is a dangerous place," state Sen. Ted Lieu, the bill's Democratic co-author, said in a statement. "That is why our founders enacted the Bill of Rights. They understood the grave dangers of an out-of-control federal government."

Lieu said the NSA's surveillance programs pose "a clear and present danger to our liberties."

"The last time the federal government massively violated the U.S. Constitution," he said, "over 100,000 innocent Americans were rounded up and interned."

[...]A similar bill was introduced in Arizona by state Sen. Kelli Ward, a Republican, in December. Ward described her bill as a preventive strike and a way "to back our neighbors [in Utah] up."

The OffNow coalition of advocacy groups is urging Utah lawmakers to pass their own version of the legislation to override the city of Bluffdale's water contract with the NSA's $1.5 billion Utah Data Center. No legislator has publicly announced they will sponsor the bill.


Doom said...

California? What, are they jealous? Or just embarrassed that their companies were caught playing with the "bad guys", and now that the double whammy of their own state intrusiveness and silicon valley involvement is strip-mining their economy, they are crying crocodile tears? They certainly aren't fussing for us peons.

sig94 said...

Doom - probably just more posing. Like movie stars, there is no bad publicity.

Kid said...

It's All Lip Service.

Kid said...

Who needs the NSA anyway. Ever since the world went Digital, do you really think anything you do or say is private?

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Kid, my thoughts perzackly, but we don't have to pay for a government exercising authority against the will of the people.

sig94 said...

Kid - it takes a real effort to go off the grid. I doubt many people (who aren't criminals) possess the will and resourcefulness to do it.

sig94 said...

Odie - yes we do. That's what gets rammed down our throats as long as the lofo voters elect these commies to office..

Kid said...

I wish we didn't Odie.