Maryland Pulls Support for NSA

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The National Security Agency (NSA)  has recently lost backing from Maryland legislation. The state plans to pass a bill which will completely cut off material support from the NSA headquarters in Ft. Meade, MD. With the agency relying heavily on the state for assistance, this withdrawal will greatly hurt them. The proposed bill will cut electricity and water from NSA facilities and ban the use of any NSA gathered evidence from being used in state courts. It will also prevent partnership on research with state universities and ban political subdivisions from helping the agency from within the state. Any state worker, entity, or contractor who breaks these laws will be fired and banned from future contracts with the state of Maryland.

The NSA is an organization under the U.S. Department of Defense that gathers information through electronic bugging without authority to do so or permission of the victim. It is their job to collect data for the ultimate purpose of protection and safety. Their work, however, is also looked down upon for their “eavesdropping” on telephone and internet communications within the U.S. The purpose of the secret agency was to protect against foreign threats but now they have virtually ever call log made from American citizens.

The bill for terminating NSA Support has not been passed yet but has eight Republican sponsors and has already been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Maryland, however, is not the only state to seek measures against the NSA. Tennessee, Arizona, California, and Washington have also filed legislation against the agency to stop them from violating the 4th amendment. Utah is also expected to soon file legislation as well. Tennessee’s file for legislation will have a big impact on the agency as well as Maryland’s because they both have actual NSA facilities within the state. The other states wish to pass the legislation as a defensive measure to protect from the agency’s warrant-less spying.

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Posted on February 25, 2014, in News, Top Stories and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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