California legislators: What say we ban the NSA in California?

Well this certainly would be interesting. A bipartisan group of California legislators is proposing legislation aimed at running the NSA out of California by essentially smoking them out.

From US News:

A bipartisan team of California state senators introduced legislation Monday that would prohibit the state and its localities from providing “material support” to the National Security Agency.

If the bill becomes law, it would deny NSA facilities access to water and electricity from public utilities, impose sanctions on companies trying to fill the resulting void and outlaw NSA research partnerships with state universities.

Companies with state contracts also would be banned from working with the NSA.

"I agree with the NSA that the world is a dangerous place," state Sen. Ted Lieu, the bill’s Democratic co-author, said in a statement. "That is why our founders enacted the Bill of Rights. They understood the grave dangers of an out-of-control federal government."

Lieu said the NSA’s surveillance programs pose “a clear and present danger to our liberties.”

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Read that bold text again and enjoy it….

Lieu is exactly right. And as I’ve said before (and certainly will again), I’d rather live with the danger that accompanies unbridled liberty than the shackles that accompany an all-powerful government.

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