This Monday, a team of state legislators gathered in Sacramento, California to propose a new bill which would place an embargo on any and all efforts by the National Security Agency to set up shop in their state.
As the fifth ranking economy in the entire world, losing California could have the potential to put a thorn in the paw of the NSA and its bottom line, especially considering their former partners in crime currently staying down the road in Silicon Valley. It would prevent the NSA from working with local counties for water or electricity rights, condemn any state universities caught sharing research data, and put sanctions on all interactions that took place between legislators and the agency.
Co-authored by state Senators Ted Lieu and Joel Anderson, the duo is stepping forward to show they disagree with the overstepped bounds that the NSA has become too comfortable with in the past few terms.
Throughout the nation judges and juries are arguing passionately for both sides of the issue, with some wolves crying about homeland security, and the others about their concern for personal privacy. No one really seems to know the right answer to “how much is too much?” in the fight on basic privacy law yet, but one thing that’s undeniable is the way things are going now should be considered a benchmark.
“For all of our political bickering, Americans rally around certain core principles enshrined in our Constitution. It’s fitting that Lieu and Anderson are standing together to defend these values.”
Many believe the bill is more symbolic than practical, as the NSA currently runs no operations out of the state and likely won’t be making vacation plans anytime soon based on the welcome wagon that’s being wheeled out in advance.
The Senators hope their bill can act as a leading example to states like Utah and Maryland, who have both had their sovereign lands invaded and desecrated by a shadowy organization who never had the decency to sign their real names on the lease.
No one can be sure what 2014 will hold for the clandestine organization. For now, it’s clear that government officials and corporations who spent years at odds on opposite ends of Congressional hearings are equally outraged at the idea that someone more powerful than they are is reading their emails or digging through quarterly expense reports.