A bill that would set the stage for turning off the water at the NSA datacenter facility in Bluffdale, Utah received a public hearing on November 19th. There was significant grassroots support. A report in Wired called the hearing "remarkable," and noted that there was no direct opposition from the committee members. Read about the hearing here.
Your action can help get HB150 passed in 2015! Utah is home to a massive physical NSA data center facility in Bluffdale that relies on up to 1.7 million gallons of water to operate, provided by a local public utility. Passage of the 4th Amendment Protection Act would have major immediate impact. (learn more about the bill here)
1. CONTACT YOUR STATE REP AND SENATOR
Politely, but firmly, let each of them know that you support HB150 - and that you'd like them to support and co-sponsor the bill as well. Let them know that you don't want Utah to help the NSA violate your rights.
Legislator lookup here: http://le.utah.gov/GIS/findDistrict.jsp
2. CONTACT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
Incoming Speaker of the House, Rep. Greg Hughes, can make or break a bill in the legislature. It's important that he knows there is strong public support for this bill. Send him a strong, but courteous email to let him know you want to see the 4th Amendment Protection Act from Rep. Marc Roberts get a full debate and vote on the House floor.
Speaker Hughes: email@example.com
3. CALL BACK – ANY NO OR UNDECIDED
– in 3-4 days. Make sure to follow-up. If they say YES, be sure to thank them and, if possible, announce their committed YES vote to email and social media contacts. If they say no, politely ask them why. Get the information from them and contact us.
4. SPREAD THE WORD
#Utah: Push back against #NSA and warrantless #spying. Pass the 4th Amendment Protection Act. #utpol Take action here http://t.co/epkvv3IESX — OffNow.org (@OffNowProject) February 12, 2014
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**In 2014, legislation was enacted to require law enforcement to get a warrant before obtaining location information in a criminal investigation and before accessing electronic communications and data regardless of age or where they are stored. Legislation was also enacted in 2014 to require law enforcement to get a warrant before using a drone in a criminal investigation.