The Tenth Amendment Center’s model for “nullifying” unconstitutional federal laws and overreaching agencies is becoming more appealing to states by the day. In short, the Supreme Court has ruled that the feds cannot compel a state to enforce the feds’ laws.
States do not have to use their resources (personnel, funds) to help the federal government, leaving the feds with the need to go into every single state and enforce it themselves — with “their” own money, their own personnel. Believe it or not, the federal government does not have enough resources to accomplish this, leaving the laws and agencies without the resources necessary to implement it.Tyranny dismantles piece by piece — legally and effectively.
As you can imagine, the more states who follow this strategy, the better. Arizona introduced a bill recently that would “nullify” the NSA. They made it illegal for any state resources to go towards the NSA if they continue to unconstitutionally spy on innocent Americans. “Just in case the NSA gets any ideas about moving south, I want them to know the NSA isn’t welcome in Arizona unless it follows the Constitution,” Sen. Kelli Ward said.
California is now following their lead. Their bipartisan-backed bill would forbid state and local resources from providing any “material resources” to the NSA — including denying them access to public water and electricity facilities and banning “any NSA research partnerships” with public universities. Good for them; now only forty-eight states to go!
From US News:
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.”
“The last time the federal government massively violated the U.S. Constitution,” he said, “over 100,000 innocent Americans were rounded up and interned.”
State Sen. Joel Anderson, a Republican, is Lieu’s co-author. The California state senate has 40 members.
“I support this bill because I support the Constitution, our Fourth Amendment rights and our freedoms to live in the United States of America,” Anderson said.
If every state does this, there is no way the NSA’s illegal spying can survive. They are very much dependent on the usage of resources from each state in order to function.
One by one, states are finally realizing that they are the answer to how we can stop an overreaching government operating outside the bounds of the Constitution. If you support them, help us spread the word by sharing this article.