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California lawmakers move to bar state help to NSA

Jaikumar Vijayan | Jan. 8, 2014
Proposal to prohibit sale of water, electricity by state-owned facilities to the NSA will likely be copied by legislators in other states.

The facility reportedly requires 1.7 million gallons of water a day to cool the massive supercomputers and storage systems used to collect and analyze surveillance data from around the world. The Jordan Valley River Conservancy District, a state-owned entity, is currently supposed to provide water to the facility.

"Things move fast as the legislatures gear up for the 2014 session, as the introduction of the bill in California illustrates," Maharrey said.

Ward last month said that her plans to introduce the bill were being driven by her constituents in Arizona.

"Of course, we can't physically bar the NSA from operating here. But we can refuse any state cooperation with the agency as long as it insists on violating the Constitution," she said. "The idea is to make it difficult to impossible for the NSA to do what it wants to do. Banning our state from participating in programs that the NSA is currently carrying out will help make that happen."


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