The simple plan for We The People to stop the NSA's growing police state

Turn off the water, turn off the NSA. It really is that simple and it must start at the state level Photo: AP

HOUSTON, December 20 - The police state that the federal government has created with the Orwellian National Security Agency (NSA) has violated Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights in ways that Orwell himself probably never dreamed possible. The NSA tracks the details of every phone call, every text message, every email, locations of every vehicle, and recently it was exposed that the NSA even follows people who play video games like World of Warcraft!

However, a small group of patriots at the Tenth Amendment Center may have found a way to put a halt to all of this illegal snooping and spying - and the best part is that it doesn’t involve the ruling class in Washington or the complications and unpredictability of the judiciary. It can be initiated simply, quickly and easily at the state level.

The premise is simple: to store every phone call, email, text message, Facebook post, and more on all 300 million Americans requires many, many computers with massive amounts of storage space. To keep these databanks of illegal information operating, these computers will require literally millions of gallons of water per day to keep them cool and to avoid overheating. If the NSA wishes to locate its facilities in any other areas besides the federally controlled District of Columbia, it will need to procure its water from the state(s) in which its facilities are located.

There is no legal requirement that sovereign state governments provide resources to help the federal government in unconstitutional actions. Therefore, the beautiful simplicity of this idea comes down to this: if state governments shut off the NSA’s access to water, the computers that both store and snoop for illegal information will be unable to function, effectively bringing a complete halt to the illegal spying. Turn off the water; Turn off the NSA.

The NSA recently opened its new one-million square foot “data storage complex” in Bluffdale, Utah. This center requires 1.7 million gallons of water every single day to keep the computers that store all of our information from overheating. Annually, that equates to 620.5 million gallons to keep this complex up and running. The environmentalists, like the anti-war crowd, must be taking a hiatus until the next Republican president is in office.

Access to large amounts and cheap rates on water were huge considerations why the NSA chose Bluffdale. Harvey Davis, NSA director of installations and logistics, explicitly stated that he chose Utah for the cheap and plentiful access to water when he announced that the data center would be built in Bluffdale. He stated, “Utah is a wonderful place with abundant and inexpensive power,” he said. “Plenty of sources of water for cooling. Utah, because of the facility and the utilities, just came out far and ahead of everywhere else,” he said.

A state refusing to comply with unconstitutional orders of the federal government is rare, but it has happened throughout American history. Thomas Jefferson was the first to use the idea in the 1790s to fight against the Alien and Sedition Acts which, among other things, outlawed criticism of the federal government. Jefferson called the act of a state passing a law that contradicted and overruled an unconstitutional federal law, nullification.

In the 1850s the northern states used nullification to fight against the federal Fugitive Slave Act. So-called “slave hunters” from southern states would go to northern states and bring back escaped slaves and also abduct free blacks to sell as slaves. Michigan in 1855 passed a law that nullified the Fugitive Slave Act and required anyone leaving the state to do so under their own free will and other northern states soon followed Michigan’s lead.

The Alien and Sedition Acts and the Fugitive Slave Act were two heinous and blatantly unconstitutional actions by the federal government. The states were right to fight back and we must do the same today against the NSA, which has transformed this country into a surveillance state where the government watches and tracks our every move. That is extremely offensive to the American ideal of freedom and liberty. We The People must again fight back.


SEE RELATED: The Constitution and state-level resistance to NSA spying


The first step in fighting back is to introduce legislation at the state level that has all, or most, of the ideas articulted in the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, which is the Tenth Amendment Center’s proposed legislation.

The Act does two primary things: First, it restricts the state from assisting, supporting, or providing services to any agency that  authorizes or collects electronic data or metadata of any person without a very specific warrant, which must describe the specific person, place and thing to be searched and seized; and, restricts the state or the federal government from using any information obtained by these means in any legal action – civil or criminal.

Utah may be the primary focus right now, but it is shocking how expansive the NSA’s reach is. The NSA has partnered with 42 state governments and over 160 state universities, so they can indoctrinate the young to their evil ways, and force state taxpayers to fund further research, development and expansion of the NSA’s warrantless data-collection capabilities. They have active facilities in Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Colorado, West Virginia, and Washington. These are only the known facilities so it is very important that this bill be passed in every state and not just Utah.

If We The People do not stop this unconstitutional intrusion into each and every aspect of every one of our lives, it will never be stopped. The government will to use this information against us in many ways including as evidence in lawsuits, and to locate and attack political opponents with the IRS.

We have a duty to our children and the generations that follow to preserve the liberty and freedom that every generation of Americans has passed on to the next. Sam Adams famously said, “The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks… It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle; or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men”…

We have a duty to stop the NSA. Go to OffNow.org for more information.  


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James Richard Edwards

James R. Edwards is a medical malpractice defense attorney in Houston, Tx. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from LSU (Geaux Tigers!) in Psychology and subsequently went on to attend the University of Houston Law Center. James became interested in politics in law school because of the consistent and oppressive disgust and revulsion shown by the staff and Professors for the Constitution and for America in general. He is a tireless advocate for federalism and minimizing the impact the federal government has on all of our lives. 

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