For far too long, Americans blindly obeyed the “national security” experts at the cost of personal liberty.
Fortunately a healthy trend of defiance has been eclipsing that mindset and the Fourth Amendment is making a comeback.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Never before has the Fourth Amendment been under such assault as by the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA has a secret spying program that’s not so secret now thanks to whistleblower Edward Snowden. Once Americans learned their online, phone, and texting communications were being watched and stored without probable cause or a warrant, they demanded accountability. Polls from Quinnipiac, Pew, Rassmussen, and others all show Americans don’t trust their liberty under this so-called anti-terrorism policy.
Division of power makes America great, and protects the liberty our founders dreamed of and fought for. The role of states isn’t to simply salute and follow federal orders. The Fourth Amendment Protection Act instructs the people’s state officials on how to deal with federal officials enforcing unconstitutional surveillance.
Learn about it and start working to get it passed, here:
Section 1 makes it state policy “to refuse material support, participation or assistance, to any federal agency which claims the power, or with any federal law, rule, regulation, or order which purports to authorize the collection of electronic data or metadata of any person(s) pursuant to any action not based on a warrant that particularly describes the person(s), place(s) and thing(s) to be searched or seized.”
Section 2 of the Fourth Amendment Preservation Act places restraints on state action, including all subdivisions, employees, agents, and any corporations providing state services. None are allowed to cooperate or provide any support whatsoever to any federal body committing or asserting the power to commit mass wiretapping. Also, the state and local law enforcers are restricted from using any evidence collected by such means.
Section 3 lays out punishments for state violators of Section 2. Following a judicial decision, the state may deny grant funds to any subdivision in violation. An employee or agent in violation would be effectively fired, the position or office declared vacant, “and he or she shall be forever thereafter ineligible to any office of trust, honor or emolument under the laws of this State.” A corporation in violation will never be in business with the state again, either in providing services or acting on behalf of the state.
This legislation is the first step in a multi-pronged strategy following James Madison’s blueprint that can create serious impediments to NSA spying. For more information and how to get involved in the fights, click HERE.