Washington State lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday aimed at keeping the state and it’s contractors from providing any help to federal agencies – such as the NSA – engaging in warrantless electronic surveillance.
The new bill (H.B.2272) is called the “Creating the Fourth Amendment Protection Act.” Here is one of the central provisions:
Sec. 2. It is the policy of this state to refuse material support, participation, or assistance to any federal agency which claims the power, or with any federal law, rule, regulation, or order which purports to authorize, the collection of electronic data or metadata of any person pursuant to any action not based on a warrant that particularly describes the person, place, and thing to be searched or seized.
The bill also laid out the penalties for violating it.
A county employee could face up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. State contractors could face up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine if they violate the law.
One of the bill’s co-sponsors in David Taylor. His district is home to the U.S. Army’s Yakima Training Facility which has been called an “NSA listening post.”
Taylor told Watchdog.org, “Just because there are terrorists in this world does not give the government the opportunity or the right to ignore the Constitution of the United States.”
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Now other states seem to looking to follow Washington State’s lead. And they have every right to under federal legal precedent that establishes that states do not have to enforce federal programs and laws.
Indiana, California, Arizona, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas have all introduced versions of this bill accoding to the report from Watchdog.org.
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