Jan. 28, 2014
The bill must receive a majority vote to pass and your support can make the difference. Specific action items are provided below.
A nationwide coalition, Nullify NSA, has formed in an effort limit NSA surveillance abuses through state legislation.
Nullify NSA website http://nullifynsa.com/
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The most important part of SB 1252 would bring a halt to the practice of NSA intelligence being used to investigate people on matters unrelated to national security and then cover up the source of the information as was revealed by Reuters a few months ago.
(Reuters) – A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.. . .documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin – not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges. Read more
That revelation was responsible for the outburst from one outraged Oklahoma Republican at a Town Hall meeting that went viral last August.
Apparently OK Congressman Lankford was less than fully informed about some of the NSA’s programs that were being reported on, along with documentation, by the news media. His audience, however, was informed and Rep. Lankford’s seeming denials of what was known produced some understandable consternation.
Shortly after being challenged about the NSA’s activities at the Town Hall meeting, Rep. Lankford issued this statement:
“As a Member of Congress, I expect to receive accurate and complete information from a federal agency when requested. It is absurd that the
intelligence community was not completely forthcoming in its answers about classified government programs misusing Americans’ private information. An agency that cannot fully answer questions asked by a co-equal branch of government can expect significant structural changes and stringent oversight in the future.”
SB 1252 would put a stop to the NSA secretively passing on information collected about Oklahomans without a warrant.
With the Fourth Amendment Protection Act in place (SB 1252), defense attorneys will be able to challenge data gathered without a warrants and passed on to state or local law enforcement. Such data would be excluded as evidence. Judges will be obligated to disallow data gathered without a warrant.
“We know the NSA is sharing unconstitutionally gathered information with state and local law enforcement agencies – and it has nothing to do with keeping us safe from terrorists. This should offend every American who cares about the Constitution,” Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey. “Oklahoma may not be able to stop the NSA from vacuuming up the data, but it can darn sure make it as useless as a three dollar bill to state and local cops.” Read more
Nullify NSA provides the following Oklahoma action items to support SB 1252 in Oklahoma:
Oklahoma Action Steps
STATUS – SB1252 has been assigned to the Rules committee where it will need to pass by majority vote.
YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW. It doesn’t matter where in Oklahoma you live, take these actions today.
1. Contact the Committee Chairman. Be strong but respectful. Ask her to promptly move SB1252 forward to a hearing and vote in the committee. Ask her to vote YES on SB1252
AJ Griffin (405) 521-5628 email@example.com
2. Contact all the other members of the committee. Again, be strong but respectful. Ask them each for a YES vote on SB1849. If they say they’re opposed, ask them why. If they’re undecided or will not commit to a YES vote, let them know you will be following up in a few days after they have a chance to consider it.
Rob Johnson (405) 521-5592 firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Barrington 405.521.5563 email@example.com
Cliff Branan (405) 521-5543 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim David (405) 521-5590 email@example.com
Eddie Fields (405) 521-5581 firstname.lastname@example.org
John Ford (405) 521-5634 email@example.com
Jim Hlligan 405.521.5572 firstname.lastname@example.org
Constance Johnson (405) 521-5531 email@example.com
Clark Jolley (405) 521-5622 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron Justice (405) 521-5537 email@example.com
Bryce Marlatt 405.521.5626 firstname.lastname@example.org
Al McAffrey (405) 521-5610 email@example.com
Jubar Shumate (405) 521-5598 firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Simpson (405) 521-5607 email@example.com
John Sparks (405) 521-5553 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Standridge (405) 521-5535 email@example.com
Gary Stanislowski 405.521.5624 firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Wyrick (405) 521-5561 email@example.com
3. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days. Ask if they’ve had a chance to review the legislation and what their opposition might be. Comment below or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any information you get.
4. on Twitter? Retweet
5. Write a letter to the editor. Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for SB1252. Following strong legal principles, it’s essential that Oklahoma no longer help the federal government spy on all of us. Passing SB1252 will make that happen.