A brilliant strategy to deal with the unconstitutional tactics of the NSA.
This resource and action page is not intended to explain WHY the NSA spying program is wrong. It assumes you’re already on board with that fact. This page exists to provide you the tools needed to begin resisting it.
Passage of the 4th Amendment Protection Act in your state, county, city and town will create obstacles to implementation that will help thwart the unconstitutional spying efforts of the federal government. State laws, local resolutions, and even campus legislation are all important pieces of the puzzle to resist and nullify NSA spying. (model legislation here)
The 4th Amendment Protection Act is an important first step to stopping NSA spying. You can be sure that this one bill (and no single piece of legislation) will stop the NSA on its own. Passage of this legislation will be a big piece of the puzzle to the overall resistance. Once your state completes this first step, there are more…aggressive…measures that will be implemented to push back.
What do we do about NSA Spying?
1. Wait on Congress: They’ve already had plenty of chances to shut it down. Our representatives and senators keep rubber stamping it.
2. Wait for the Courts: When was the last time those black-robed federal employees did anything to limit federal power? They rubber stamp it too.
3. Wait for the President: Maybe the president will save the day. But the commission Obama formed to review NSA surveillance was packed with government insiders. More rubber stamps.
4. Follow the Advice of Madison and Jefferson: Act NOW on a state and local level, whether congress, the courts, or the President want us to or not. (scroll down for details)
4TH AMENDMENT PROTECTION ACT
James Madison gave us four steps to oppose such “deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of powers.” (learn more here) State-level resistance and noncompliance was paramount to his advice. Thomas Jefferson advised the same.
Our model legislation is based on the principles and advice of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. It’s not going to be easy, and there’s no guarantee of success. But, if we sit back and wait for the federal government to stop its own spying programs, we’ll wait forever.
So, as those founders advised, we’re taking action without the feds, and taking every step possible to create “obstructions,” and a “refusal to comply with officers of the Union,” as Madison advised. The goal is to get enough states and localities on board so that NSA spying is rendered null and void, as Jefferson advised.
This will require a multi-prong strategy.
1. Refusal to cooperate. The 4th Amendment Protection Act would require the entire state, and all political subdivisions, employees or agents of the state to a full and complete stand down. There would be absolutely zero cooperation or assistance to the NSA in its unconstitutional spying program.
That means if the NSA builds a “Data Center” in your state which requires a few million gallons of water to cool and operate each week, public utilities will be banned from providing that water. Utah is a good example of this, where all the water required for operation is held by a monopoly which is a political subdivision of the state of Utah.
No water = overheating supercomputers = no data center.
Water, electricity, trash collection, road upkeep and the like. None of these could be provided for by any state or local agency.
And, any company who does so would forever be banned from providing any services of any kind to or for the state.
On top of it, the NSA has partnered with some of the best universities in the country, many run by states – and those programs would be prohibited from assisting the NSA spying.
Finally, the state legislation would ban local law enforcement from accepting intel provided by the NSA or channeled through other means.
2. Local Resolutions. Bolster your protests by working to get hundreds of local communities to pass a resolution that
a) Calls this what it is, unconstitutional
b) Calls upon the state to pass legislation from #1 above
3. Campus Resolutions. In support of an effort to ban NSA efforts at universities, your local campus group or student body government can pass a resolution condemning the NSA spying program, calling for a removal of the NSA partnership from your university, and calling on the State government to pass a law banning cooperation with the NSA.
James Madison, known as the Father of the Constitution, gave us a blueprint for stopping federal overreach.
In Federalist 46, he argued that a “refusal to comply with officers of the Union” along with other actions at the state and local level would create a situation where the federal government would have an almost impossible time enforcing their acts. When several states join together and do the same, Madison said it would “present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter.”
(You can read more about Madison’s blueprint HERE.)
In the Virginia Resolutions of 1798, Madison wrote that “in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise” of power by the federal government, states “have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil.”
Thomas Jefferson, in the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, wrote that “where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy”
“that every State has a natural right in cases not within the compact to nullify of their own authority all assumptions of power by others within their limits: that without this right, they would be under the dominion, absolute and unlimited, of whosoever might exercise this right of judgment for them”
NSA spying represents just the kind of dangerous, palpable evil Madison was talking about, and the assumptions of power that Jefferson was talking about.
While there is no silver bullet to stop the NSA, you have an option. Wait for the federal government to give up this power, or resist it in any way possible.
These steps are just the first step of what will likely be a multi-year campaign to resist, refuse to comply, and nullify the unconstitutional NSA programs.
Once these first steps are moving forward in a number of states, the next – more aggressive – levels of resistance can take place successfully.
In the end, Rosa Parks already proved it. Saying “No!” can change the world.