A few weeks ago, Dianne Feinstein claimed that mass spying by the NSA is “lawful, effective and constitutional.”
I won’t waste my time refuting that nonsense. But, I will give you some tools to resist these criminals – without relying on people like Dianne Feinstein to do the right thing. This, by the way, is unlikely to happen.
More on that – and some action items you can take today – in a bit.
But first, a little more from Dianne.
UP IS DOWN
Calling billions of 4th Amendment violations “constitutional” wasn’t enough for Dianne. She then introduced a new NSA “reform bill” that does absolutely nothing to stop the NSA.
A few days later, she took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal for some nasty fear-mongering. She wants you to believe that either the NSA must be allowed to continue the spying, or you could get hurt in a terrorist attack.
Her message was basically this: We spy, or you die.
George Orwell knew what this was all about when he wrote, “Politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia.”
THE TRUTH – FROM JAMES MADISON
The truth, though, is that you don’t have to keep taking it from people like Feinstein. And you don’t have to sit around waiting for her or her friends to stop the NSA.
James Madison, known as the “Father of the Constitution,” had some advice for what to do, and it doesn’t include relying on the federal government to stop the federal government.
In Federalist #46, he gave us a four-step plan to successfully resist – in our states – federal actions we consider either unconstitutional, or “unpopular.”
1. Disquietude of the people: Madison expected the people would throw a fit when the feds usurped power – even using the word “repugnance” to describe their displeasure.
2. Refusal to co-operate with the officers of the Union: Noncompliance. The feds rely on cooperation from state and local governments. When enough people refuse to comply, they simply can’t enforce their so-called laws, regulations, or mandates.
3. The frowns of the executive magistracy of the State: Here, Madison envisioned governors formally protesting federal actions. This not only raises public awareness; executive leadership will also move things to the next step.
4. Legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions: An example of this is the use of state and local legislation – laws and resolutions – either protesting or resisting the federal acts.
This is effective stuff.
James Madison said that if a number of states followed this path it would “present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter.”
Judge Andrew Napolitano agreed recently. He said if an entire state refused to comply with a federal law, this would make it “nearly impossible to enforce.”
PUTTING IT IN PRACTICE AGAINST NSA
Using this advice, the Tenth Amendment Center has put together a multi-phase plan to resist the NSA.
Phase 1 starts with passage of the 4th Amendment Protection Act in your state.
This is a “legislative device” which requires a “refusal to cooperate” with federal spying programs in your state.
No matter what they tell you, the NSA absolutely does rely on help in virtually every state.
Here’s just a few prominent examples – all of which would be banned with passage of the 4th Amendment Protection Act in your state.
1. Providing Vital Resources. The NSA is resource-hungry. Back in 2006, they maxed-out the Baltimore-area power grid. They were concerned that additional power needs could “cripple” their “mission.” The hunt for new data centers was on.
The one in Utah, for example, requires 1.7 million gallons of water every single day to operate. That water is being supplied by a political subdivision of the State of Utah.
Utah should turn the water off.
No water = no NSA data center.
In Texas, the new data center being built in San Antonio gets all its electricity from a state-owned power company.
They should turn it off and make the NSA fend for itself.
There are NSA locations in Colorado, Washington, Hawaii, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Georgia, too.
2. Universities as Research Centers. There are currently 166 colleges around the country that the NSA has partnered with as “Centers of Academic Excellence.”
These are major research centers, advancing NSA spying capabilities. And, they act as fertile recruiting grounds for future NSA “analysts.”
Many of these universities are state-run, and future partnership would be banned with passage of the 4th Amendment Protection Act.
It’s bad enough they’re spying on all of us, but recruiting our kids to do it? Shameless.
3. Big Brother in your Local Police. The NSA’s culture of suspicion is trickling down to local law enforcement. Information collected without a warrant is shared locally through two channels (that we’re already aware of). They share through the Special Operations Division (SOD) and fusion centers.
On top of it, local law enforcement is encouraged to share Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) upstream with NSA and other federal agencies. (learn more about SAR here)
It’s a very symbiotic relationship.
In short, your local police is being co-opted by big brother.
TURN IT OFF!
Every single state needs to turn it off!
Whether it’s resources like water, electricity, or sewage treatment, or research partnerships and information “sharing,” there’s nothing in the Constitution, or any case law, which requires your state to help the feds violate your rights.
Even the Supreme Court has repeatedly agreed with this “anti-commandeering doctrine.” Relevant court cases are 1842 Prigg, 1992 New York, 1997 Printz and 2012 Sebelius.
Working together, we will send a message to people like Dianne Feinstein and her creepy friends at the NSA.
“You don’t get to scare us into giving up the 4th Amendment.”
And how do we do that?
Deliver the message with resistance. They’ll hear us loud and clear.
It’s not going to be easy. And it’s not something that can be done with one bill, or one lawsuit, or one anything for that matter.
But if we want to live free, we have to take it, as Thomas Jefferson so wisely said:
“A free people claim their rights, as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate”
Refuse to comply, and Nullify!
1. Learn more about the 4th Amendment Protection Act HERE.
2. Contact your state rep and senator by phone. Strongly, but respectfully encourage them to introduce the act in your state.
Contact info here:
3. Contact them again every two weeks until you get an answer. Report back whatever you learn. HERE
4. Contact your local politicians – county and city or town – and ask them to introduce a resolution in support of this action. HERE
5. Join the coalition to Stop NSA spying HERE
6. Sign the petition to turn the water off in Utah. HERE
7. Get updates on the effort – nationally and in your state.