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Bi-Partisan Bill Would Ban State From Assisting in Spying

Bi-Partisan Bill Would Ban State From Assisting in Spying

In response to repeated federal admissions of widespread spying on citizens, a bi-partisan pair of State Senators has introduced a bill aimed at protecting the privacy rights of Californians.

That bill was Senate Bill 828, introduced Monday, not long after a federal judge declared the NSA's blanket phone collection program unconstitutional:

"I've introduced a bill, jointly authored with Republican Senator Joe Anderson to ban state officials and local officials from co-operating with the NSA and other federal agencies unless a specific warrant has been issued," said Democratic Senator Ted Lieu.

Senator Lieu says the Fourth Amendment prevents unreasonable search and seizure and that all 317 million Americans cannot be considered suspicious simply for making or receiving telephone calls.
 
The bill's introduction comes on the opening day of the latest legislative session.

 

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