Utah: Turn the Water Off! Introduce the 4th Amendment Protection Act in Utah to Stop NSA Spying
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Utah: Turn the Water Off! Introduce the 4th Amendment Protection Act in Utah to Stop NSA Spying

    1. Petition by

      #NullifyNSA

The new NSA data center in Utah requires 1.7 million gallons of water every single day to operate.  Billions of 4th Amendment violations require massive super computers and the water to cool them.

That water is being supplied by the state of Utah.

Utah can turn it off.

Nothing in the Constitution requires a state to help the feds violate your rights.  This is an undisputed principle known as the anti-commandeering doctrine - the states cannot be compelled to carry out federal acts, regulations, and the like.

The Supreme Court always affirms this, and the prime cases are 1842 Prigg, 1992 New York, 1997 Printz, and 2012 Sebelius.

The state 4th Amendment Protection Act would ban Utah (or any state where it's passed) from participating with or assisting the NSA in any way in the implementation of their warrantless spying program.

While calls to Congress are likely to fall on deaf ears, calls to your state house actually could make a difference.

In Utah, No Water = No NSA Data Center

To:
Utah State House
Utah State Senate
Please introduce the 4th Amendment Protection Act in Utah to help put a stop to warrantless NSA Spying.

See the model legislation here:
http://offnow.org/4th

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

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      READ IT:
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      Former NSA Technical Director Calls NSA Data Sharing "Biggest Threat Since Civil War"

      The NSA peeks and pries into our lives in countless ways, violating our privacy and ignoring the Fourth Amendment. But a former NSA chief says one agency activity endangers Americans more than the rest: the routine sharing of warrantless data with state and local law enforcement.

    2. Warrantless surveillance is an "unreasonable" search.

      On this date 227 years ago, 39 people signed the Constitution, setting into motion the creation of a new government. They based their experiment on a novel concept – that government should be accountable to the people. Times have certainly changed, but we need those constitutional principles today, perhaps more than ever.

      Consider the Fourth Amendment and its protections against unreasonable searches. They were meant for times such as these.

      Read more about origins of the Fourth Amendment and its relevance today HERE:
      http://www.offnow.org/the_fourth_amendment_what_is_unreasonable

      The Fourth Amendment: What is "Unreasonable?"

      The Fourth Amendment protects our privacy and our person from unreasonable infringement by federal agents. The founding generation had a pretty clear idea of what constituted "unreasonable," because they experienced it firsthand under the British rule. Prior to the Revolution, the British claimed the authority to issue Writs of Assistance allowing officials to enter private homes and businesses to search for evidence of smuggling.

    3. 40 Years Later, Congress Still Does Nothing (yes, FORTY years!)

      Nearly 4 decades ago, we were warned about the power of the NSA to completely destroy privacy. Since then, Congress has done absolutely nothing to stop them. Many people put their faith in Congress, yet again, with the USAFreedom Act.

      But reports this week tell us that this bill, even watered-down terribly - is going nowhere.

      The only path left - is to stop waiting on Congress and take a new direction.

      It's here:
      http://www.offnow.org/nsa_reform_fails_congress_again_waiting_too_long

      NSA Reform Isn't Moving in Congress, Again. 40 Years of Waiting is Too Long

      Reports coming from Capitol Hill indicate that the much heralded NSA reform bill will not even come up for consideration in Congress. Multiple congressional sources report that the Senate version USA Freedom Act simply doesn't rise high enough on the priority chart to move forward.

    4. Free 24 page paper, OffNow: How States Can Resist NSA Mass Surveillance

      Learn the strategy, the legal basis and even see the model legislation behind the campaign to turn off resources to the mass surveillance state.

      Get it HERE:
      http://www.offnow.org/handbook

      Please Take action and help us spread the word!
      http://www.offnow.org/action

      Handbook: Legislation and Strategy

      Instead of relying on the federal government to reform its own spy program, the OffNow plan involves working at the state level. The goal - direct state governments and their political subdivisions to refuse cooperation or participation with any federal agency engaged in illegal surveillance.

    5. VIDEO: Illegal Spying Below, a behind the scenes look

      "They're having a difficult time using it, and we know they need a lot of water."
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsEkmHRbThk

      Please help us continue to ramp up the pressure to #NullifyNSA!
      HERE: https://rally.org/covers/5vXYlnCNHLT/contribute

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      To celebrate the Fourth of July, EFF teamed up with Greenpeace and the Tenth Amendment Center to launch an airship (yes, you read that correctly) over the NSA's sprawling data center in Utah. Acclaimed filmmaker Brian Knappenberger documented our campaign in a short, powerful video. Check out the video and share it with your friends.

    6. Anti-Spying bill signed into law in New Hampshire

      New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill that not only bans state and local law enforcement from searching an electronic device without a warrant, but also prohibits a small but important category of what the NSA has been doing with the warrantless data it collects.

      FULL REPORT HERE:
      http://offnow.org/2014/07/24/anti-spying-bill-signed-law-new-hampshire/

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    7. Missouri Vote on August 5th: Protecting Privacy, National Implications

      AUGUST 5TH VOTE: "In a referendum that could ultimately have national implications, Missouri voters will go to the polls with the opportunity to add protection for electronic data and communications to their state constitution."

      #YesOn9

      Americans shouldn't face a forced choice between using modern technologies and protecting their privacy.

      Amendment 9 would make it clear that in the same way the government must get a warrant to read people’s postal mail, it also must obtain a warrant to read people’s email.

      http://offnow.org/2014/07/24/missouri-voters-consider-state-privacy-amendment-national-implications/

      Missouri Voters to Consider State Privacy Amendment With National Implications - OffNow: Stop the NSA

      In a referendum that could ultimately have national implications, Missouri voters will go to the polls Aug. 5 with the opportunity to add protection for electronic data and communications to their state constitution. Amendment 9 would give "electronic data and communications" the same state constitutional protections as "persons, homes, papers and effects."

    8. Vote Yes on 9: Missouri Ballot Measure to Protect Electronic Data

      In August, Missouri voters will have an opportunity to reject significant parts of mass surveillance programs by both the state and federal governments.

      Introduced by Sen. Rob Schaaf, Senate Joint Resolution 27 (SJR27) passed the legislature last month with just a handful of dissenting votes. Because it is a proposal for a state constitutional amendment, it will now bypass the Governor’s desk, instead going directly to the People on the ballot. It will be voted upon as Amendment 9 in the Aug. 5 primary election.

      The MO legislature passed SJR27 to expressly give “electronic data and communications” the same state constitutional protections as “persons, homes, papers and effects.” This would eliminate any constitutional ambiguity over electronic data and would make it off limits for Missouri state officials to access unless a proper warrant is granted.

      READ MORE HERE:
      http://offnow.org/2014/07/03/yes-9-missouri-ballot-measure-protect-electronic-data/

      Vote Yes on 9: Missouri Ballot Measure to Protect Electronic Data - OffNow: Stop the NSA

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    9. California Assembly Panel Votes Unanimously to Turn off Resources to NSA

      SACRAMENTO, June 24, 2014 – In the face of opposition lobbying from the California Sheriffs Association and two former NSA analysts, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to approve a bipartisan bill which creates a mechanism to turn off all material support and assistance, including water and electricity resources, from California to federal mass surveillance programs. The vote was 7-0.

      FULL REPORT HERE:
      http://offnow.org/2014/06/24/california-assembly-panel-votes-unanimously-turn-resources-nsa/

      California Assembly Panel Votes Unanimously to Turn off Resources to the NSA - OffNow: Stop the NSA

      SACRAMENTO, June 24, 2014 - In the face of opposition lobbying from the California Sheriffs Association and two former NSA analysts, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to approve a bipartisan bill which creates a mechanism to turn off all material support and assistance, including water and electricity resources, from California to federal mass ...

    10. Reached 2,500 signatures
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      Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward announced legislation Monday that would ban the National Security Agency from operating in her state. "I believe the number one priority for national security is defending and protecting the Constitution," the Republican who represents the Lake Havasu City area of northwest Arizona said in a statement.

    12. Nullifiers Have A Plan To Stop The NSA: Turn Off Its Water Supply

      A group of activists has a plan to take on the National Security Agency. They're going to do it nullification-style. They're going to shut off the water.

      http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/how-to-nullify-the-nsa-turn-off-the-water

      Nullifiers Have A Plan To Stop The NSA: Turn Off Its Water Supply

      The California-based Tenth Amendment Center has teamed up with a few other organizations to promote model legislation that would have states refuse to cooperate with the NSA. There are a few ways this would work, but the flashiest part of the plan is to have Utah cut off the water supply to the NSA's Utah Data Center.

    13. The Constitution and state-level resistance to NSA spying

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      LOS ANGELES, December 4, 2013 - In Federalist #46, James Madison advised state-level actions in response to unconstitutional or unpopular federal acts. He wrote that a successful strategy includes a "refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union."

    14. Some NSA Opponents Want to 'Nullify' Surveillance With State Law

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      The National Security Agency has an Achilles heel, according to some anti-surveillance activists. The key vulnerability, according to members of the OffNow coalition of advocacy groups: The electronic spy agency's reliance on local utilities. The activists would like to turn off the water to the NSA's $1.5 billion Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah, and at other facilities around the country.

    15. How the States Can Provide Fourth Amendment Protection Against the NSA

      The 4th Amendment Protection Act would ban states like Utah from providing water, or Texas from providing electricity, to NSA data centers. It would also ban law enforcement from receiving "tips" from the DEA's special operations division.

      http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/20010-how-can-the-states-provide-fourth-amendment-protection-against-the-nsa

      How Can the States Provide Fourth Amendment Protection Against the NSA?

      In her 2004 Brooklyn Law Review article, Ann Althouse offered some powerful suggestions on how to resist "anti-terrorism" powers, such as the Patriot Act, and should be seen as a guide to resisting NSA spying: The fight against terrorism has raised concerns that the federal government has overreached its legitimate power.

    16. Reached 2,000 signatures
    17. NSA and a Government of Secrecy and Fear

      Judge Andrew Napolitano writes, "I reject the argument that the government is empowered to take our liberties — here, the right to privacy — by majority vote or by secret fiat as part of an involuntary collective bargain that it needs to monitor us in private in order to protect us in public. The government’s job is to keep us free and safe. If it keeps us safe but not free, it is not doing its job."

      http://offnow.org/2013/10/23/government-secrecy-fear/

      Judge Napolitano: NSA and a Government off Secrecy and Fear

      I reject the argument that the government is empowered to take our liberties - here, the right to privacy - by majority vote or by secret fiat as part of an involuntary collective bargain that it needs to monitor us in private in order to protect us in public.

    18. How To Stop NSA Spying: Corportations, Schools, States In Bed with NSA

      How To Stop NSA Spying: Corporations, Universities, State Governments In Bed With Big Brother

      Now that the NSA has been exposed, its minions hope you will sit cowering in fear of their power. The agency hopes that widespread knowledge of its unbelievably expansive spying operation will cause activists to relent.

    19. Fusion Centers: Big Brother’s Infiltration Into Your Communities

      The NSAs culture of suspicion trickles down to your local police.

      http://offnow.org/2013/10/14/fusion-centers-big-brothers-infiltration-communities/

      Fusion Centers: Big Brother's Infiltration Into Your Communities

      In the midst of the never-ending NSA spying revelations, it is easy to lose track of all of the unconstitutional acts committed by the so-called intelligence community - and the ways that NSA spying, and mentality behind it, permeates law enforcement at all levels.

    20. Reached 1,500 signatures
    21. Ask Your Group to Join the Coalition to #NullifyNSA Spying!

      Bringing an end to illegal spying begins with support from the grassroots. Please join us in our effort to restore privacy rights to all of us.

      http://offnow.org/2013/10/17/join-coalition-nullifynsa-spying/

      Join the Coalition to #NullifyNSA Spying!

      Edward Snowden's explosive revelations made national news, but what has been done about it? The NSA was shown to be illegally spying on all Americans. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's testimony under oath to Congress was revealed to be a bold-faced lie. And what has happened as a result?

    22. FISA Court Approves NSA Spying Again

      In case you thought the secret court system worked in favor of the 4th Amendment, here's proof - again - that it doesn't (via our coalition partners at Antiwar.com)

      http://offnow.org/2013/10/15/fisa-court-approves-nsa-spying/

    23. Reached 1,000 signatures
    24. No Water = No NSA Data Center. TURN. IT. OFF!

      No Water = No NSA Data Center. #NullifyNSA campaign from OffNow.org

      support the effort here: http://igg.me/at/nullifynsa/ In Utah, the Bluffdale Data Center will require 1.7 million gallons of water every single day to operate - keep computers cool. That water is being provided by the State of Utah. They can TURN IT OFF! learn more here: http://offnow.org

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    • Greg Cantrell WOODSTOCK, GA
      • 21 days ago

      Loss of freedom.

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    • miguel Silvavnoli PUERTO RIICO
      • 23 days ago

      I am 62 years of age, I have seen as to how Gov. has taken the Constitution and Trash it. our public political elect has betrayed the american people

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    • Barbara Hards MOAB, UT
      • 3 months ago

      Water is too important to waste this way, spying on US citizens.

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    • melanie siebert DEXTER, MI
      • 4 months ago

      pull the plug!!!!!

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    • Cody Eldridge SALT LAKE CITY, UT
      • 4 months ago

      Get the FED out of my life!

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