A Utah state legislator is pushing a law that would deprive a large National Security Agency data center being built near his district of a basic necessity: water.
Marc Roberts, a Republican, is proposing the “Utah 4th Amendment Protection Act” to prohibit the state from supplying the NSA’s $1 billion-plus facility with the 1.7 million gallons of water it will need on a daily basis to cool its 100,000 square foot farm of data- and metadata-collecting machines.
For Roberts, the issue is federalism and the Constitution.
“When the federal government gets too big and gets out of control, the states have to step up, and that’s what we’re doing now: join[ing] together to push back,” Roberts told The Guardian.
“If you want to spy on the whole world and American citizens, great, but we’re not going to help you,” said Roberts, a first-term representative.
Roberts’ bill is modeled on legislation being pushed by a group called the OffNow Coalition, which is made up the Tenth Amendment Center and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.
OffNow’s campaign to prevent Utah and other states from providing precious water to what it considers domestic spying facilities is part of the coalition’s “Turn it Off: NSA’s Achilles Heel” campaign.
OffNow is also selling bumper stickers which read “#NullifyNSA
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