California lawmakers introduce anti-NSA bill developed by states’ rights group
A bipartisan pair of California state lawmakers introduced a bill on Monday that would prohibit state agencies from assisting the National Security Agency (NSA) without a warrant, U-T San Diego reported.
The Fourth Amendment Protection Act, introduced by Senators Joel Anderson (R) and Ted Lieu (D), would make information collected by the agency without a warrant inadmissible in state court, and would ban members of the University of California and California State University systems from establishing “NSA research facilities or recruiting grounds.”
The bill “does a lot to make a clear, blue line of what is reasonable and what is not reasonable” with regards to NSA activity, Anderson told U-T San Diego, and is a follow-up to a state Senate resolution passed last year encouraging Congress to pass legislation curtailing the NSA’s collection of phone records.
“I agree with the NSA that the world is a dangerous place,” Lieu was quoted as saying 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.”
The bill was developed in part by a similarly bipartisan group, the OffNow Coalition, which was organized by the Tenth Amendment Center — a group that lists itself as belonging to the “Tenther Movement,” which argues that many of the federal government’s powers are unconstitutional — and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, which counts former government whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg as a member of its advisory board.
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