29 votes

Tennessee files historic legislation; Takes aim at state’s NSA facility

NASHVILLE, January 22, 2014– As eight states have introduced legislation to keep the NSA out of their borders, Tennessee’s newly introduced legislation packs the strongest punch yet.

The bill is known as the “Tennessee Fourth Amendment Protection Act”. State Senator Stacey Campfield (R) and State Representative Andy Holt (R) are the Senate and House sponsors. The bill was drafted and lobbied for by the Tenth Amendment Center, a national think-tank, which seeks to impede unconstitutional federal laws, regulations and entities on the state level.

“We have an out of control federal agency spying on pretty much everybody in the world. I don’t think the state of Tennessee should be helping the NSA violate the Constitution and the basic privacy rights of its citizens – and we don’t have to,” Campfield said. “This bill may not stop the NSA, but it will darn sure stop Tennessee from participating in unjustified and illegal activities.”

Read more: http://benswann.com/breaking-tennessee-files-historic-legisl...
Follow us: @BenSwann_ on Twitter

Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Very proud of my state!

Now if they'll just legalize cannabis...


Thanks for the link!

"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." -- Joseph Goebbels

It takes a government entity to fight another government entity.

The States have to do it. —“recall the federal government to its constitutional limits.”
This includes the Counties and Cities.
It is the purpose and function of the State & Local Government to protect its citizens from unconstitutional acts of the Federal Government.
Citizens cannot effectively stand up to the Federal Government but the STATES CAN.
It takes a government entity to fight another government entity.

Live in Liberty
Tom Rankin

legetimizing what nsa does,

legetimizing what nsa does, instead of confronting the problem (nsa's actions) they go around it, essentially saying what nsa does is ok, or that they cant do anything about it, so nsa continues an act that people dont want them doing, and having to then proactively go out of their way to protect themselves from something they shouldnt have a NEED to protect themselves from, as it is not a natural occurance, nsa's actions are most certainly and proactively deliberate, a decision made by a person, a decision that affects OTHER peoples lives, and those other people have no choice in the matter, because kings and queens cant have a few folks showing others what freedom looks like, just by exercising their right to their own lives instead of being another number for an empire

How do you consider kicking

How do you consider kicking the NSA out of their state to be legitimizing them and not confronting them? IT's like saying if you kick a spy out of your house you are not confronting them and in fact legitimizing them. Makes no sense.

great for ?tennessy?, now

great for ?tennessy?, now what about everybody else, dont get me wrong, kicking them out of that state, wish em luck, but that doesnt solve the problem, the direct problem, specifically, the nsa actions, this sets a precedent that, nsa can do what they want, and their targets will have to specifically reject them, instead of getting the nsa to stop, period........as i say, hope at least some folks can succed in showing nsa the door, but i hope thats not the solution that sticks, but thd solution building up to the REAL solution, seing as i cant read the future, ill have to hope this is a tidding to that path

but if we end up having to protect ouselves instead of shutting down those who consistantly violate our rights, then we will always be doing so, untill we dont, untill we go after the cause to the problem, instead of treating the symptoms again and again, while at the same time creating a comfortable environment for the "disease" to festor and hook in even more

edit: and sorry, didnt mean to bring the mood down in the now, my mind immediatly went to the future possibilities bypassing the here and now, sorry for that, to the states, and people involved, i might not be one of the lucky ones to enjoy the right you may get, even though its yours already, i do wish you luck in getting whatever kind of protection it gets you

This form of states

This form of states nullifying what the Feds want to do is the best chance of ending overreaching federal programs, state by state. It is much more likely than a bill getting through the house or senate. (see washington and colorado)

Legislators in 6 States Want to Pull the Plug on NSA Spying

Legislators in 6 States Want to Pull the Plug on NSA Spying—Some Literally
Bills range from non-cooperation to cutting off water and power to the agency's facilities.

Frustrated with the limited scope of the reforms to the National Security Agency detailed by President Obama on Friday, and the slow pace of Congress in addressing the issue, civil liberties advocates are increasingly taking the privacy fight to state capitols. This month, lawmakers in six states introduced versions of model legislation designed to deny the NSA state resources or cooperation from state officials. The bills cover everything from banning evidence collected by the NSA from being introduced in state courts to shutting off the supply of water and electricity to the agency's in-state data centers.

"If the feds aren't going to address the issue, then it's up to the states to do it," says David Taylor, a GOP member of the Washington state House of Representatives..

A few of us here on DP were 'sounding the alarm' back in 2009. Search DP archives for Fusion Centers..here's just one with a lot of info:

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Stunt? I disagree.... these are teeth... it's a start

From a practical standpoint, the legislation covers four major areas.

• Prohibits state and local agencies from providing any material support to the NSA within their jurisdiction. Includes barring government-owned utilities from providing water and electricity.

• Makes information gathered without a warrant by the NSA and shared with law enforcement inadmissible in state court.

• Blocks public universities from serving as NSA research facilities or recruiting grounds.

• Disincentivizes corporations attempting to fill needs not met in the absence of state cooperation.

Yes...if it passes.

but that is the point. Symbolic legislation is often introduced that has no chance of passage. The goal is scoring political points and forcing your opposition to cast an unpopular vote.

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

-C. S. Lewis


ok, I get it... thx for clarifying.
this needs to get 'legs'... I have to believe the 'mood' is changing at the state levels to even get THIS far.. MMJ/legalization has become a 'wake-up' to State nullification powers..
but as always..
it's either threats or bribes that 'controls' us...
and you can bet the federal 'price' for such legislation would be high.. too high for most coward State legislators.
The 'cost' of Freedom.

Needed: well drillers

I can see the NSA putting up classifieds right now..
and the Tennessee sharpshooters taking aim at the new solar panels... :)

A political stunt, but I approve of the message.


We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

-C. S. Lewis


I'm not disagreeing that this may be just a stunt, but could you explain why you think that, because I'm not too familiar with the specifics of this proposed bill.


Here is clarification...

It is my own opinion based on past experience that such bills are usually designed to garner popular press for the legislators supporting the bill, and possibly force political opponents to cast an unpopular vote. The bill itself is a symbol and a political football to be tossed around as part of a game. It will never be enacted. I hope I am wrong.

Remember when the Texas house passed a bill to ban TSA patdowns at Texas airports?


When push came to shove, the bill was shelved:


Have you been to a Texas airport lately? I have. There are still patdowns going on just like any other state. States invariably fall in line with the federal government.

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

-C. S. Lewis