1. NSA's ProblemTheir Achilles Heel?
In 2006, NSA HQ maxed out capacity of the Baltimore area power grid.
"The NSA is already unable to install some costly and sophisticated new equipment. At minimum, the problem could produce disruptions leading to outages and power surges.
At worst, it could force a virtual shutdown of the agency."August 6, 2006
It's not just power. This physical limitation is a serious weak point for the NSA.
2. New FacilitiesThe Search Began
In 2006-7, the NSA started searching for new locations to handle their needs.
In each situation, local access to water or a power grid, and cheap utility costs were a major factor in choosing a location.
In most areas, these resources are supplied - in whole or in part - by state or local governments. In others, by corporate partners.
3. Example: UtahNo Water=No Data Center
Those massive supercomputers monitoring your personal information are water-cooled. They can't function without the resources to keep them at operating temperature.
That water is scheduled to be provided by the Jordan Valley River Conservancy District, "a political subdivision of the state of Utah."
Because of this, a state law can be passed banning this partnership. In short, they can turn the water off.
4. State LegislationRefuse to Comply.
EXAMPLES: It would prevent them from:
-Delivering, or assisting in any way with the delivery of natural resources
-Using information in criminal investigations when provided without warrant from the NSA
-Continuing business with corporations assisting the NSA
GET THE BILL HERE
5. Legal DoctrineMadison and the Court
The Supreme Court affirmed this in these cases: 1842 Prigg, 1997 Printz, 2002 New York, and 2012 Sebelius.
James Madison, writing in Federalist #46, said that states had "powerful means" to oppose either unconstitutional or "unpopular" federal programs. Included was a "refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union."
(Learn more HERE)
6. Many LocationsIt's not just Utah
Each location is unique. Some have resources provided by governments, and others by corporations.
The NSA has partnered with Universities in 42 states to expand its capabilities.
The NSA is funneling information obtained by warrant to law enforcement agencies nationwide.
SEE THE LIST HERE
7. The CorporationsPartnering with the NSA
But, those corporations willingly providing the NSA with essential services are enabling the agency to carry out the largest privacy violations in the history of the world.
There is no reason to let them off the hook.
They need to be protested and opposed in every peaceful way possible.
SEE THE LIST HERE
8. UniversitiesRecruitment and Research
(see the full list here)
These “Centers of Academic Excellence” are not just a recruiting ground for future spy analysts, they provide valuable research partnerships to bolster the NSA’s spying and data-collection capabilities.
Universities are often provided with funding, scholarships and other tools to expand research and recruitment.
ON CAMPUS, GET ACTIVE HERE
9. Law EnforcementDescription
But the fact is that their programs are much broader - by far.
The Special Operations Division (SOD) was a highly-secret federal unit among multiple federal agencies.
It is taking information obtained by the NSA without warrant, and passing it along to state and local law enforcement for use in ordinary criminal investigations.
This is a serious violation of your rights, and the 4th Amendment Protection Act would ban such activity.
10. Get LocalThe Strategy
By approaching the NSA on multiple fronts, it’s certainly possible to overwhelm them and make their programs too difficult or costly to carry out.
A campaign to Turn it Off, oppose the NSA at every turn, and render their spying program as good as null and void intersects in 5 main areas.
11. Five AreasMultiple Fronts
1. State legislation - passed all over.
2. Local Resolutions - passed everywhere, calling on yours state to pass #1. (HERE)
3. Corporate Protests - opposition to those providing the resources needed to carry out the NSA spying program.
4. Campus Actions - a) protests against NSA/University partnerships, and b) organizational and student government resolutions formally calling for an end to such partnerships.
5. Environmental concerns - the waste of resources is massive, with millions of gallons of water being used every single day at just one NSA facility.
12. Rosa ParksThe Power of NO
From Thoreau to Parks, from Ghandi to you - a successful strategy against tyranny requires non-compliance and peaceful resistance.
As Rosa already proved, saying "NO!" can change the world.