The OffNow campaign to turn of material support and resources to the NSA and other federal agencies engaged in warrantless spying got some very positive mainstream media attention Wednesday.
US News and World Report published an article online headlined NSA’s Water, Power Supply Under Threat in State Legislatures: With federal reform elusive, state lawmakers and activists resume back-up plan to shut down mass surveillance.
Congress failed to agree last year on a measure that would reform the practice of mass government surveillance, but privacy-minded state legislators have a back-up plan for shutting down alleged violations of their constituents’ constitutional rights.
In eight states, legislators are pushing bills they hope will either boot National Security Agency facilities or ban the agency from setting up shop. The bills would prohibit state and local governments from offering material support to the agency, including use of public utilities that carry water and electricity. Two of the bills would criminalize official cooperation with the NSA and several seek to squeeze contractors out of work with the electronic spy agency.
You can read the full article HERE.
OffNow founder and assistant director Michael Boldin called the positive mainstream reporting “pretty amazing.”
“A year or two ago, an article in a mainstream news source would be full of questions about the legitimacy of turning off water and power to an NSA facility. There would have been a lot of, ‘They can’t do that,’ ‘It will never work,’ and, ‘That’s not legal.’ Now it’s not even questioned. The mainstream has accepted the validity of our plan and that’s a major step forward,” he said.
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