By Susan Duclos
If the courts won’t stop the NSA from violating Americans’ 4th Amendment rights, then states, one by one, need to cut the NSA off at the knees by proposing and in some cases passing bills that will prevent the NSA from operating in their states.
Maryland is the latest state to propose legislation fashioned by the Tenth Amendment Center which would literally cut the NSA off from water and electricity being supplied to them by the state, as well as prevent any “material support, participation or assistance in any form.”
The bill would deprive NSA facilities water and electricity carried over public utilities, ban the use of NSA-derived evidence in state courts and prevent state universities from partnering with the NSA on research.
State or local officials ignoring the NSA sanctions would be fired, local governments refusing to comply would lose state grant funds and companies would be forever barred from state contracts.