The state-level effort to turn off water and electricity to the National Security Agency (NSA) got a major boost today as legislators in Tennessee introduced a bill to ban the state from providing material support to the federal agency.
A long-standing secretive NSA computing facility calls Oak Ridge home. According to NSA researcher James Bamford, the NSA runs most data it gathers “from code breaking to word captures,” through computers at Oak Ridge and NSA headquarters in Ft. Meade, Md.
The Tennessee Fourth Amendment Protection Act was introduced by State Sen. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) late Tuesday evening. Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) will file the companion bill in the House.
Based on model legislation drafted by the OffNow coalition, SB1849 would prohibit the state of Tennessee from “providing material support to…any federal agency claiming the power to authorize the collection of electronic data or metadata of any person pursuant to any action not based on a warrant” as required by the Fourth Amendment.
More: Tennessee Bill Takes on NSA Encryption-Breaking Facility at Oak Ridge
Once again, my adopted home of Tennessee, having solved its problems of healthcare and education, is turning its guns on the Federal Government.
The latest proposal is to ban any state agency and to highly discourage private industries to provide any support for the NSA supercomputer site located in Oak Ridge, TN.
The Multiprogram Research Facility (MRF) sits discreetly on the East Campus of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Inside this top secret facility, NSA researchers work to build High Productivity Computers. The goal: make machines fast enough to crack encryption.
Numerous sources report the MRF will work in tandem with the data storage center in Utah. The super fast computers in Oak Ridge could conceivably break the encryption on reams of data stored in Bluffdale, making its contents accessible to the NSA. This includes data of Americans vacuumed up by the spy agency.
They also want to ban any coordination between the University system and the NSA, this is yet another variation of the Nullification efforts that will magically make the entire federal system break down in their minds. One I posted about last week, to ban the ACA and any federal firearms laws from being enforced in TN has been withdrawn. (just today in fact).