State Senator Kelli Ward Wants to Keep the NSA Out of Arizona

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While the National Security Agency has become the subject of public controversy this year, state Senator Kelli Ward, a Republican, plans on proposing legislation to keep the agency out of Arizona.

The Tenth Amendment Center announced today that Ward plans on introducing model legislation "to stop her state from supporting the NSA in its unconstitutional spying."

Ward, of Lake Havasu City, did not immediately return a call from New Times.

She did, however, issue a statement through the Tenth Amendment Center:
"While media attention is focused on a possible effort to shut off water to the NSA data center in Utah, I'm introducing the Arizona Fourth Amendment Protection Act to back our neighbors up. Just in case the NSA gets any ideas about moving south, I want them to know the NSA isn't welcome in Arizona unless it follows the Constitution."

"I believe the number one priority for national security is defending and protecting the Constitution. Without that, the rest becomes irrelevant. There is no question that the NSA program, as it is now being run, violates the Fourth Amendment. This is a way to stop it."
This is a reference to the information about NSA surveillance programs that was revealed in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, which has been reported on for months by the Guardian. Meanwhile, in Utah, a group of anti-NSA activists are proposing that officials cut off the water supply to an NSA data center there.

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Senator Kelli Ward
The model legislation Ward's proposing (which the Tenth Amendment Center and similar-minded groups hope more states pass) calls for prohibiting state and local agencies from providing "any material support to the NSA within their jurisdiction."

According to the Tenth Amendment Center, this includes "barring government-owned utilities from providing water and electricity" to any NSA facilities, although there aren't any in Arizona at the moment (that we know of).

The model legislation also calls for banning the NSA's involvement in college campuses, as well as making any information obtained by the NSA without a warrant inadmissible in state courts.

Various sanctions are also described in the model legislation (which can be found here).

According to the Tenth Amendment Center, no other state had considered such legislation at this point, but they do expect legislators in "at least four other states" to propose the bill.

Although this state's legislature isn't yet in session, we'll tell you the odds of this bill becoming law are extraordinary.

Although several Tenth Amendment- or nullification-centric bills have been proposed in recent years, most state lawmakers haven't been too interested in their passage.

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It's pretty sad that a teabagger loon is the one who's trying to protect us from invasive NSA surveillance...

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

One has to love the stupidity of the majority of the voters in Maricopa county and pity the minority who cannot defeat the Marquis De Sade devotee Sheriff Joe Arpaio! He feeds his inmates green bologna, feeds them twice a day, houses them in less than standard conditions which appeases the sadists, racists in his voter base, those white supremacists like Chris Simcox the infamous Minute man founder and now pedophile! I guess all these draconian, sadist techniques he uses for PR on radio and television barely knock a dent in them multi-million dollar civil judgments for a variety of lost suits and one cannot count the ones pending and soon to be issued judgments! I am so glad I live in Pima county, you guys keep this old racist, sadist and enjoy him, thank god he is one of a kind! I do believe he has some deep dark secrets like another famous now long dead toughest law man J. Edgar Hoover, he too was claimed to be a manly hero in life but once deceased his true nature and closeted life style came to light, wonder what is in that dark closet of Arpaio's besides his pink undies he likes to put on his male inmates!:-) A psychiatrist/psychologist would have a field day with this one!

Camille Stodgell
Camille Stodgell

Stay out...Arizona has SHERIFF JOE ....They do not need the NSA....

DNichols
DNichols

@Little Ex-Spert:

Before the "Patriot Act" the U.S. had both a Constitution, and a Budget SURPLUS.

Your wife would probably distract you less if you spent less time in your bathroom with your targets?!

BTW Go F - Yourself.

DNichols
DNichols

President Obama recently said : "The N.S.A. isn't spying on average Americans."

This is a Lie.

This from the same Commander and Chief that just admitted to the entire World that he didn't know that the N.S.A. was spying on our Allies until last summer?!!

Admitting that completly through his first four year term, and the first year of his second term as President of the United States of America that he had no Fucking Clue what this OUT OF CONTROL Government Spying Agency was ever doing!!!

Time to RIEN THESE OUT OF CONTROL SPYING TYRANTS IN!!!

Time to Abolish the fucked up "Patriot Act" and Re-instate the U.S. Constitution!

To:P Liberty/Freedom.

Jason Ramos
Jason Ramos

Wow. I LOVE Phoenix New Times, I'm pretty liberal and all; but this is a stupid idea from this whack-job politician Ward. Keeping a federal agency, like the NSA, out fo AZ is like a slap in the face to our state's, and nation's, security! Here in AZ, where everyday nut-ball politicians and the idiots who elect them, are always paranoid everyday and complaining how ther'es too many illegals or too many drugs coming across the border; but at the same time wanna cut-off one of the biggest potential resources (the NSA) that could help prevent/fight against such things....kinda doesnt make any sense. #SMH. And besides, if you're gonna keep one agency out, might as well keep them all out --FBI, CIA, INS, Border Patrol; all of them right? So then at what point does all that become treasonist?? Idk about everyone else, but I consider myself to be an American first, an Arizonan second --- distant second.

Frank Escobar
Frank Escobar

So - we gonna build a fence that reaches up to the Nebula IV solar system to block the WWW waves.......?? Or build a fence made of tin foil all around the state? Inquiring minds wanna know!!

DNichols
DNichols

Since the start of the "Dept. of Homeland Security", and the so called "Patriot Act" which this new Communistic Dept. needed to completly abolish Freedom, and the U.S. Constitution, these Worthless Tyrants have run rampant spending all of our Tax Dollars on Phony "Defense" to spy on "We the People" Period!

The Senate, and Congress have been rendered Null, and Void, they have not been mysteriously "Stalled by Bi-partisonship" they are useles/Powerless Period!

The U.S. has been an Authoritarian Police State since the so called "Patriot Act" and both the Senate and Congress could be sent home, and nothing would change Period!

Dwight Eisenhower was the last President to even attempt to rien in the Out of Control Pentagon, Eisenhower said: " An out of control Pentagon is more dangerous to Freedom than the Russian Missle crisis."

Well Here we are with a Bullshit "Patriot Act." a seventeen Trillion Dollar Deficit, thousands of worthless Spying Bastards with their unconstitutional Spying Toys, and Tyranny against "We the People"

Kelli Ward can't change a Damn thing!

Our Founding Fathers threw a Revelotion against Far Less Tyranny for simply too high of taxes on Tea!

They would have lined up every Perverted Peeping Bastard Spying in our "Homeland" in front of a Firing Squad" where they belong Period!

One Nation under 30,000 Drones with Peeping Perverted Cowards for all!

To: Liberty?!

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

This lady represents Mohave county, GOP dominated haven for right wing lunatics! it is no surprise she is worried about the NSA, FBI, CIA etc., many of her voter base see them little black government helicopters hovering over their homes! Just read the local Kingman Daily Minor newspaper commentary section sometime and anyone with a half a brain can see she has to pander to her base!;-)

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

You guys are complaining about Brewer, Joe Arpaio and Russell Pearce all the time, and now you want the government to leave? See what happens when you get what you wish for?

Gregg Myers
Gregg Myers

"Yeah, 'cause if Arizona…LOL…if ARIZONA says, 'You can't come in!' we'll…HAHAHAAAA!…we'll listen!?! BWAAHAAAAHAAAAAAAA!" ~ NSA

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

TRYING TO KEEP THE NSA out of Arizona ...when donkeys fly.....bet you ain't heared that one in a while ha ha ...

Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges

Why would anyone want the NSA in their state? This isn't a right/left dem/repub issue, NO ONE benefits from their privacy being violated. Everyone with half a brain should be for any measure that grants us citizens more freedom and privacy.

oscaroscaroscar
oscaroscaroscar

Next, she plans to outlaw days of over 110 degrees, and forest fires.


What a waste of our $$$

Dan Scott
Dan Scott

It's already a gun nut/militia haven as it is. Why not grow terrorists too?

Steve McGrath
Steve McGrath

that sounds like a great idea. She's right theyre violating the constition

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

AZ needs to pass a law to keep right wing extremists who LOVE to waste taxpayer money out of office.


Bet this bill was written with the help of ALEC, or what ever ALEC is calling itself today.

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

Yes Arizona has Arpaio the Marquis De Sade devotee, with his multi-million dollar civil judgments being paid thank god by the Maricopa county tax payers not the rest of us in Arizona! I am thankful to live in Pima County where we have no need of a sadist, racist, someone with questionable ethics, morality! Our county sheriff is not under any federal court orders is not costing us in lost civil suit judgments, you all keep old Arpaio up there in Maricopa county!:-)

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Gee, DPennies, this is what the left was saying in 2001 after the attacks and the Republicants started the whole Patriot Law crap. 

Technically, the NSA doesn't spy on innocent Americans who do not have interests in harming the US Government or our people - they collect information which is publically available to them.  The CIA and a multitude of military intelligence agencies use that information collected to Spy on US citizens who have involvement in domestic or international acts of violence.  


However, they were doing that BEFORE the Patriot Law was instituted.  The Patriot Laws just made what they were doing illegally, legal.  


Anything on the internet is fair game - there is no presumed privacy here and that has been established law for quite some time (like since the beginning of the internets).

Your phone calls were being intercepted and listened into since the days of Al Capone and prohibition.  Signals Intelligence is a long established method of spying.  Just google it and learn a little you wonderful little "patriot".


BTW - I think my wife was sent to me from the CIA because I am an activist - she's been distracting me from my mission to create a better society for a long time now!


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Jason, you should read the Constitution.  The Founders who wrote it very clearly believed that the People should be considered to be citizens of the States, not of the nation.  It's the States which are "citizens" of the "United States".


I am an Arizonan first, and an American second, because Arizona is part of the Union of States.

robert_graham
robert_graham

You said it... you are a libtard!  And another stupid one just like all the rest.  Because you are so fond of the NSA's practices then I don't suppose you'd mind if they install cameras inside and outside your house for National Security purposes of course. Actually what the NSA is doing is a slap in the face to our consitution just like amnesty for illegal aliens is a slap in the face to Americans and Legal Hispanics who came here by playing by the rules.  You should listen to the recordings at (602) 926-2873.

robert_graham
robert_graham

No, they should simply stop the spying that's in tune with our Constitution.

robert_graham
robert_graham

911 was an inside job by the government in order for them to justify the Patriot Act. It must be amended.

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@enigma9000aa While mistrust of the federal government is more or less a right-wing tenet, I don't think it's accurate to group people who are against suspicionless, overly broad NSA surveillance with right-wing wackos. I consider myself a liberal, yet am against massive surveillance of the American public (and the world public, for that matter). What this whole NSA leak saga has shown is that politics in the U.S. are dominated by hypocrites. Had these leaks come out when Bush was in office, "liberals", many who are presently supportive of such policies under Obama, would be screaming bloody murder about NSA surveillance. Likewise, "conservatives" who are now screaming bloody murder would have whole-heartedly supported these same policies had they been revealed when Bush was in office. Sadly, when someone new assumes office, they embrace the same warped policies of their predecessors (even if their predecessor was/is on the opposite side of the aisle) and throw their principles out the window. As a result, not much changes. What seems to matter is not the flawed policies and programs themselves, but who is overseeing such flawed policies. Other than that, it's just business as usual. I for one refuse to alter my political beliefs depending on who holds political office and will not have them dictated by those who are in power. If NSA snooping under Bush WAS wrong - identical (and in some cases expanded) NSA snooping under Obama IS wrong.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

check out the post above yours...dnichols. a left wing lunatic, seems to fit your pigeon hole.

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

I am happy Brewer is term regulated and soon to be gone, and Pearce is long gone, have not given him a thought since the news report of his buddy JT Ready committing murder and suicide!

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

Brewer is soon to be gone, Pearce is long gone as is his buddy the Neo-Nazi JT Ready, guess you will have to whine till the cows come home since time continues on whether you like the changes or not!:-)

robert_graham
robert_graham

Actually it's the NSA that's a waste of our $$$.

robert_graham
robert_graham

So you agree with what the NSA is doing?  If wonder what kind of activity they have revealed about you?

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@ExpertShot"Anything on the internet is fair game - there is no presumed privacy here"  

I have to disagree with you on that one. The internet is not a privacy-free zone. I am not aware of any law (in the U.S.) that completely abolishes privacy on the internet like you say. I am, however, aware of a law/amendment that does the opposite - one that actually guarantees privacy on the internet. It's called the 4th Amendment. That said, what an individual posts on a public internet forum probably is fair game when it comes to monitoring the web. It is e-mails and private electronic communications, as well as internet histories that are protected by the 4th Amendment.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@robert_graham lmao its funny how arpaio supporters always seem interested in supporting the Constitution...unless its when arpaio is violating it

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@squash @enigma9000aa


I own land in Mohave county, have relatives there, am well aware of the extremist right wing leaning of the county, all one has to do is read the Kingman Daily miner commentary section to see how many tin foil hat anti-government types exist there!:-) I bought land to retire there since retiring decided not to build on the land wish the market would recover so I could find a buyer for it!:-) Folks who worry about what the government is doing live in a unrealistic world governments have been spying on their citizens since the very first government was ever formed! One can dwell on it, worry about it but voting in a democracy might change it some what but look at today we have a democrat controlled white house, senate and still we have things happening I do not agree with such as drones, mid east wars but I refuse to let it run my blood pressure up!:-)

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@yourproductsucks2


Do not think I ever stated us democrats do not have our very won looney tunes but difference is your republican party is run by yours we democrats keep ours in a corner for a time out and humor them!;-)

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@robert_graham I bet if these NSA revelations came out when Bush was still in office you would be praising him...

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@squash @enigma9000aa


Oh yes, youth does explain a lot, but if you wish to live long as I have fix what you can and realize some things cannot be fixed! When I was 17 I joined the US marines on the plea of stop them in Asia or a the domino effect would occur, put up with the draftee's mocking me for being to young to be drafted and a fool, youth does not have wisdom, I had none sadly many in my generation who served with me died way to young for causes today I would not defend nor advocate for! I have never attended a protest, rally right, left or anywhere in between, I vote, I voted for the present government am I 100% happy with their performance no, but that is life and your blood pressure running up and down at your age will not likely get you a visit from the grim reaper but it is not doing your body any good! Governments spy, to what degree varies on what government! I think this is one of the non-fixable things!

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@enigma9000aaUnfortunately, I do let such things run my blood pressure up. Perhaps that's my problem, if one can call it that. I'm still in my twenties and am very passionate about current events and the trajectory of my country and planet. I'll probably eventually settle down like everyone else, but that can wait until I'm retired. Until then, there's a lot of issues in the world that need to be fixed ;).

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@enigma9000aa No need to tell me. I'm aware of who Robert (JAF) is unfortunately.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@enigma9000aa thats the thing about the new obamacare deal, they cant refuse Robert healthcare for his pre-existing mental health issues

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@squash


This fellow is a Looney tune, needs some real serious mental health care, if not one day we might be seeing them in the news going postal when they finally realize they control nothing in this old world but the one key board in front of them and no one is going to join them in their revolution to over throw the government!:-)

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