Introducing the 4th Amendment Protection Act!

Come Back with a Warrant!The 4th Amendment Protection Act is our opportunity to defend the Bill of Rights, begin the process of ending unwarranted searches of innocent, law-abiding people and stand up against Big Brother.

The best part?  It’s a bill to be introduced in your STATE, and doesn’t rely on Congress, the Courts, the President – or the NSA.  It’s about protecting the 4th Amendment whether they want us to or not.

In many ways, the NSA’s spying program relies on cooperation, assistance, or partnerships with states and local communities.  Information-sharing, use of precious resources, university research and more – with some resistance in our states, the NSA is going to have an extremely difficult time carrying out the programs they’re currently running.

Some examples:  Utah provides the NSA with millions of gallons of water.  Texas provides electricity.  Augusta, Georgia handles things like water and sewage treatment. In almost every state, fusion centers operate and receive information they share with local law enforcement. And major universities partner with the NSA to provide critical research and recruiting grounds for future analysts.

While one might think that the NSA can pull off all their data collection without this kind of state and local help, the facts show the opposite.  As far back as 2006, the NSA itself started acknowledging serious issues with resources when it maxed out the Baltimore-area power grid.    And from there, the new San Antonio, Texas data center was born.

FACT:  Without our help, the NSA just doesn’t have the manpower or the resources to do what it wants to do.

HOW DOES THIS WORK?

On a state level, the 4th Amendment Protection Act bans your state from all of these activities, and more.  While it doesn’t physically shut down the NSA, it creates what James Madison considered “obstructions which the federal government would be hardly willing to encounter.” (federalist #46).

Here are some examples:

  • Hitting their Achilles Heel:  NSA needs resources, and if your state has a data center (or “other” location), the act would ban the state from providing those resources – as is currently happening in most every NSA location.
  • De-Coupling State/Local Law Enforcement from the Federal Police State:  One of the greatest dangers of constant spying is turning your local law enforcement into a federal police force.  By banning your state from receiving information from the NSA (or any other federal agency) when it is obtained without warrant, you de-couple your state from the national police state.  The NSA is currently funneling information to local law enforcement via the Special Operations Division (SOD) and Fusion Centers.
  • Restricting their Research Capabilities:  The NSA has partnered with 166 universities around the country.  In these locations, their is significant research being done which will help the NSA expand its capabilities.  The schools also create a natural fertile ground for NSA analyst recruitment.  State universities would be banned from this practice.
  • Penalizing Corporations:  While many NSA locations rely heavily on state and local governments to operate, in some areas corporations can and do fill the gap.  The Act would create the potential for sanctions on the corporations that partner with unconstitutional spying.

LEGAL BASIS

The act is based on the universally-accepted “anti-commandeering doctrine.”  This is the principle that the states (and their political subdivisions) do not need to take any action to help the federal government carry out any of its acts, laws, rules, regulations or other programs.  NSA spying – included.

Whether it’s experts on the left, the right, or in the middle – all agree with this doctrine.  There is absolutely zero serious dispute.

Even the Supreme Court regularly affirms the principle.  The most significant cases include:

  • 1842 Prigg, states weren’t required to help the carry out federal slavery laws
  • 1992 New York, a locality wasn’t required to carry out federal trash disposal regulations
  • 1997 Printz, a locality wasn’t required to carry out federal gun restrictions
  • 2012 Sebelius, states weren’t required to implement health care expansions under the Affordable Care Act even under the threat of losing federal funding.

LOCAL ACTION

If you can not identity a friendly state lawmaker to introduce the state legislation, don’t worry. There is a local version of the 4th Amendment Protection Act available HERE.  This is a way for you to turn your community into a vehicle for defending the rights of the people.

A local 4th Amendment Protection resolution is a powerful vehicle to build support for the state-level act.

If enough communities voice their disdain for the NSA’s illegal spying by passing a local resolution against it, the state legislature will be forced to take notice and act. Getting involved locally also inspires other leaders to take it upon themselves to defend freedom, and it wakes up government officials who might not fully understand the scope of the NSA’s ‘intelligence’ program.

Big Brother wants us all to remain fragmented and atomized so we do not understand the true power that we have to stop them. They will not succeed unless we get involved NOW to organize and encourage methods of resistance. By targeting the feds’ need to use our natural resources for their nefarious schemes, we can bring their totalitarian ambitions to a screeching halt.

Are you ready to make history? Are you ready to show big brother who’s boss? If so, join us!

TAKE ACTION

Take these steps today to help stop NSA spying in your state

1. Get the model 4th Amendment Protection Act for your state (pdf):
HERE

2. Contact your STATE representative/assemblyperson AND State Senator. Strongly, but respectfully, encourage them to introduce the act for your state. A phone call is much more powerful than an email. Or do both. Contact info HERE.

3. Join the coalition. Are you part of a grassroots group? Encourage your group's leadership to sign on in support of the coalition here: http://offnow.org/coalition

4. Get Flyers to help spread the word!
Here: http://offnow.org/product/flyers-4th-amendment-protection-act/

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