An Arizona state senator has committed to take on the National Security Agency spy machine.
“While media attention is focused on a possible effort to shut off water to the NSA data center in Utah, I’m introducing the Arizona Fourth Amendment Protection Act to back our neighbors up,” she said. “Just in case the NSA gets any ideas about moving south, I want them to know the NSA isn’t welcome in Arizona unless it follows the Constitution.”
Based on model legislation drafted by the OffNow coalition, the Arizona Fourth Amendment Protection Act blocks state support for the NSA through four provisions.
1) Prohibits state and local agencies from providing any material support to the NSA within their jurisdiction. Includes barring government-owned utilities from providing water and electricity.
2) Makes information gathered without a warrant by the NSA and shared with law enforcement inadmissible in state court.
3) Blocks public universities from serving as NSA research facilities or recruiting grounds.
4) Provides sanctions against corporations attempting to fill needs not met in the absence of state cooperation.
Ward called stopping unconstitutional snooping a national security issue.
“I believe the number one priority for national security is defending and protecting the Constitution. Without that, the rest becomes irrelevant. There is no question that the NSA program, as it is now being run, violates the Fourth Amendment. This is a way to stop it.”
- Arizona Legislation Tells NSA “You’re Not Welcome Here” (tenthamendmentcenter.com)
- New Legislation Would Ban NSA From Arizona (usnews.com)