Maryland Lawmakers Push to Cut Water, Electricity to Spy Agency Headquarters
Lawmakers in Maryland are thinking outside the box:
The National Security Agency’s headquarters in Ft. Meade, Md., will go dark if a cohort of Maryland lawmakers has its way. Eight Republicans in the 141-member Maryland House of Delegates introduced legislation Thursday that would deny the electronic spy agency “material support, participation or assistance in any form” from the state, its political subdivisions or companies with state contracts. The bill would deprive NSA facilities water and electricity carried over public utilities, ban the use of NSA-derived evidence in state courts and prevent state universities from partnering with the NSA on research. ... The proposal is the latest in a series of state bills aiming to cut off the NSA one jurisdiction at a time for allegedly ignoring the Fourth Amendment with its dragnet collection of phone and Internet records.Too bad Maryland didn't secede when it had the chance. That might've tipped the scales just enough to have prevented the federal monster from growing into Leviathan.