California lawmakers introduce anti-NSA bill developed by states’ rights group

By Arturo Garcia
Monday, January 6, 2014 19:32 EDT
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A computer workstation bears the National Security Agency (NSA) logo inside the Threat Operations Center inside the Washington suburb of Fort Meade (AFP)
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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.

[Image via Agence France-Presse]

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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