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. In 2014, such a bill was introduced by Rep. Marc Roberts. An important house committee voted to send the bill to interim study where it will have at least one public hearing before the end of the year in preparation for reintroduction for 2015.
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.
Grassroots action and public pressure can build on both of these efforts in 2015.
1. CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS
CALL your state representative and senator to encourage their action right now. Strongly, but respectfully urge them to support passage of the 4th Amendment Protection Act for Utah to ban material support or resources to warrantless mass surveillance programs.
Also mention that you'd like to see them introduce and/or support passage of the C.H.O.I.C.E. Act (Creating Helpful Options for Institutions, Corporations, and Enterprise) get it here
CONTACT INFO HERE: http://le.utah.gov/GIS/findDistrict.jsp
2. 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
3. SIGN THE PETITION
Join with people like you all over the country calling for bold actions to push back against the mass surveillance of the NSA and other federal agencies. Call for action to turn off vital resources in the states and prohibit other actions that help support their existence.
Get in touch with us to let us know you want to get more involved. Give your time to working on the ground in organizing, coalition building, outreach and other vital parts of the campaign.
Read about THE PLAN to get educated on all the details of the OffNow strategy to shut down the surveillance state. You'll get the background and history, the legal principles and more. The more you know, the more empowered you'll be to take action in support.
6. STAY UP TO DATE
Read our blog to keep yourself informed of important news, action alerts, and information on what's happening in states around the country. Share this information with your networks, local grassroots groups, and even your state legislators to encourage more action in your area.
7. ATTEND AN EVENT
Events will educate yourself and others, and promote a healthy discussion of what actions we can take to stop the surveillance state.
8. GET GEAR AND PROMOTIONAL TOOLS
Whether its bumper stickers, a t-shirt, or full color flyers - get the promotional tools you need to help spread the word in your area. Stop by the OffNow store today:
9. SUPPORT THE OTHER STATES
It's going to take a concerted effort in states around the country, so keep informed of what's happening elsewhere and do what you can to spread the word and back the efforts too.
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