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TAKE ACTION: Ask Your Legislators to Protect Privacy In Your State

It looks increasingly likely another session of Congress will end without any significant reforms to the NSA. But you don’t have to wait on Congress. You can take action to protect privacy in your state during the upcoming legislative session.

TAKE ACTION TODAY!

Contact your state senator and representative and ask them to introduce  the Fourth Amendment Protection Act to stop your state from supporting unconstitutional spying.

Download model legislation HERE. Find your state legislators HERE.

ABOUT THE LEGISLATION

The 4th Amendment Protection Act would ban your state from taking actions that provide “material support or resources” to warrantless federal spying programs. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Refusing to supply water or electricity from state or locally-owned or operated utilities.
  • Ending NSA partnerships with public universities and colleges.
  • Prohibiting state officials from using warrantless data given to them by federal agencies

 

States should pass this legislation whether they have a physical NSA facility or not. Banning the warrantless data in court will have an immediate effect. And, since the NSA rarely publicizes its plans in advance, it’s essential to ensure that their ability to expand with more data center facilities around the country is restricted before they get off the ground.

This legislation rests on solid legal ground. Nothing requires state or local governments to help the federal government violate your rights!

Under the legal principle known as the anti-commandeering doctrine, the Supreme Court has consistently held that the federal government cannot force states to help implement or enforce federal acts or programs. It rests primarily on four Supreme Court cases: Prigg v. Pennsylvania (1842), New York v. US (1992), Printz v. US (1997) and National Federation of Businesses v. Sebelius (2012).

This bill can also be modified for strategic considerations for your state.

Call you state lawmakers today! Together we can bring unwarranted and illegal surveillance to an end.

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