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A bipartisan team of California state senators introduced legislation Monday that would prohibit the state and its localities from providing "material support" to the National Security Agency.
If the bill becomes law, it would deny NSA facilities access to water and electricity from public utilities, impose sanctions on companies trying to fill the resulting void and outlaw NSA research partnerships with state universities.
Companies with state contracts also would be banned from working with the NSA.
"I agree with the NSA that the world is a dangerous place," state Sen. Ted Lieu, the bill's Democratic co-author, said 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."
Lieu said the NSA's surveillance programs pose "a clear and present danger to our liberties."
"The last time the federal government massively violated the U.S. Constitution," he said, "over 100,000 innocent Americans were rounded up and interned."
State Sen. Joel Anderson, a Republican, is Lieu's co-author. The California state senate has 40 members.
"I support this bill because I support the Constitution, our Fourth Amendment rights and our freedoms to live in the United States of America," Anderson said.
Hey look!!! It is RAND PAUL! And he has a frivolous lawsuit against the government though he is against waste that even his supporters think will go nowhere! But RAND PAUL!
He isn't a savior on a white horse. He is the son of a career politician who made his living by voting no on everything. Rand tows the party line for the most part in his voting record.
This is to build his name. No more. What? Does he actually think he is lawyer enough to sue the government for top secret information? Might as well shoot for the moon and get the files for the Kennedy assasination or aliens for that matter.
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Another attorney already sued the government and is trying to constantly cash in on it. What does little paul wish to achieve? The lawsuit will go nowhere and since he is a US senator, the burden of the costs will go on the taxpayers. I am anti-establishment. Lil' paul is establishment no matter what his texas dad says...where is his constituents? Kentucky-ish? Why?
I question the motives of every politician...this will go nowhere. The government of the cold war still has that much of a stranglehold...don't demonize me for pointing out facts.
Sorry, this is just reality now. The technology exists and many have access to it. We might be able to shut down the NSA, then what? It might stunt the growth of a central mechanism for processing all of the data, but I even doubt that. Private companies, foreign governments, too many are invested in mass analysis of people and it's too powerful to deter people from pursuing it.
Would you rather have Google as the top dog in the digital world? Or China?
I have a huge problem with the rise of digital surveillance, I really don;t know what to do about it. But flipping a switch and getting rid of it is not an option. Aside from a mass movement to get rid of computers and cameras, which will never happen and might be futile or counterproductive anyway, I see no way of shutting down the capability of gathering all of the data and analyzing it.
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Definitely agree with this post.
People say "oh its pointless you will lose, the government will win and you will look stupid" are missing the point ENTIRELY, some one is trying, what are you doing?