State senator says ‘the NSA isn’t welcome in Arizona unless it follows the Constitution


December 9, 2013 RSS Feed Print

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A sign stands outside the National Security Administration campus on Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Fort Meade, Md.

Some opponents of National Security Agency surveillance programs say state laws can kill bulk data collection.



Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward announced legislation Monday that would ban the National Security Agency from operating in her state.


“I believe the number one priority for national security is defending and protecting the Constitution,” the Republican who represents the Lake Havasu City area of northwest Arizona said in a statement. “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.”


Ward described her legislation as a preemptive strike.


“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,” Ward said. “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.”


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