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Sunday, January 25, 2015

NSA Spying: 4th Amendment Protection

NSA and other federal agencies rely on material support, cooperation and resources from state and local governments to carry out their mass surveillance programs. By utilizing the legal doctrine of anti-commandeering (a refusal to cooperate), states can have a serious impact on the ability to carry out such surveillance or put it into practical effect.

This page tracks the status of two primary forms of state legislation. First, the 4th Amendment Protection Act, which bans all “material support or resources” (like water, electricity, personnel, and the like) to federal warrantless surveillance programs.  And also, the Electronic Data Privacy Act, which prohibits states from engaging in a narrow, but important activity that the NSA’s former chief technical director William Binney has called the “greatest threat to the Constitutional republic since the civil war.”

No legislation introduced in your state? Contact your state rep and senator, and urge them to introduce today! Find contact info here: