A new report from The Intercept shows that 850 billion records of metadata can be accessed by intelligence and law enforcement agencies through a search engine created by NSA. ICReach is expansive, but it’s not invincible. States can block some of the effects of this program in practice by passing the Electronic Data Privacy Act.Details
California has successfully demonstrated how state action can thwart federal goals by simply refusing to cooperate.
The federal government wants states to help enforce its immigration laws. Californians believe those laws often violate basic human rights and civil liberties, and the state decided to act – or more accurately stated – refuse to act. The TRUST Act denies ICE the help it desires in detaining suspected undocumented immigrants and it has proven quite effective.Details
SACRAMENTO, Ca., August 7, 2014 – Yesterday, an important California State Assembly Committee voted unanimously to pass the 4th Amendment Protection Act. But, a new amendment to the bill would “completely kill its purpose” according to supporters.Details
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Aug. 5, 2014 – By a big margin at the polls on Tuesday, Missouri voters took an important step to protect their electronic communications and data from the prying eyes of state and local law enforcement, and also effectively blocked a small but intrusive practical effect of federal spying within the state.Details
Moving ever closer to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, the strongest anti-mass surveillance legislation in the country faces another hurdleDetails
Missouri has taken a bold move towards fully scrapping the nationalized Common Core standards, as Gov. Nixon signed an important bill into law that strengthens local control of education.Details
CONCORD, N.H., July 24, 2014 – New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill that not only bans state and local law enforcement from searching an electronic device without a warrant, but also prohibits a small but important category of what the NSA has been doing with the warrantless data it collects.Details
As Colorado’s six month progress report on its legalized pot economy confronted naysayers with news of plummeting crime, the second state to open itself to recreational cannabis sales made headlines of its own.
Last Tuesday, marijuana was officially introduced into the above ground market in Washington state, sealing another victory in efforts to nullify unconstitutional federal prohibition.Details
The people of the state of Kansas are under attack and the weapon being deployed is aimed at depriving them of their right to keep and bear arms, and their right to enact state laws protecting that right.Details
ALBANY, NY – New York officially became the twenty-third state to effectively nullify the federal ban on medical marijuana after Gov. Cuomo signed historic legislation into law allowing for sick patients to access cannabis as a treatment option last Monday.Details