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Oklahoma Senator Proposes Anti-NSA Bill

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Putting a stop to the NSA is much different than what Senate Bill 1252 would accomplish. Putting a stop to the NSA is much different than what Senate Bill 1252 would accomplish.

The fourth amendment protection act was originally introduced by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Now another senator wants to adopt the act so Oklahoma can refuse to cooperate with the federal government. 

Putting a stop to the NSA is much different than what Senate Bill 1252 would accomplish.

"We don't have the authority to do that, but we can stop supporting it," said Sen. Nathan Dahm.

Since the NSA's activities were leaked, Dahm felt he needed to do something.

"What they are doing is wrong so it's a good thing they've been exposed," said Dahm. "It's a violation of our constitutional rights."

So Dahm authored a bill that, in text prohibits certain state support, participation or assistance with any federal agency for the purpose of collection of electronic data not based on certain warrant.

"They need to have a specific search warrant," said Dahm.

The bill is based on what's called the Anti-Commandeering Principle established by the US Supreme Court through several rulings dating back to the early 1800's, which clarifies that the federal government cannot require a state to carry federal acts.

"Just by having the dialogue we are able to influence," said Dahm.

The dialogue, that if passed into law, could have consequences for Oklahoma, especially at institutes like Francis Tuttle Technology Center.

"To make the right choice there are sacrifices that come with that," said Dahm.

"Unintended consequents will just sometimes jump up and bite you totally unexpectedly," said Francis Tuttle Campus Director, Danny King.

Francis Tuttle is one of six schools statewide that partners with the NSA to develop cyber security curriculum and is now recognized by the agency as a Center of Academic Excellence.

"We need to spend a lot of time, a lot debate a lot of minds thinking about this," said King.

News 9 contacted the NSA to comment on the potential outcomes of the Fourth Amendment Protection Act. In response, a spokeswoman stated they did not have anything to provide for our story.

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