Constitution Day might well be better named Lip Service Day when it comes to how politicians pay recognition. One California state senator, however, took the opportunity last week to remind his Facebook and Twitter followers that the day isn’t just for celebration.
State Senator Ted Lieu, Chair of the Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development, does not like the NSA very much. Perhaps he doesn’t realize his inherent power to nullify their transgressions on the 4th Amendment rights of his constituents, but he made sure the world knew his view of the NSA’s secret surveillance in contrast to the meaning of Constitution Day on September 17.
Here are a couple screenshots of his recent tweets:
(Oh, and this next one I actually replied to! I thought he might be interested in the 4th Amendment Preservation Act, right?)
And just in case he wasn’t making his point clear enough, Lieu took to Facebook where he could expand on those <140 character posts. He writes, "On Constitution Day, it is important to remember that the Fourth Amendment protects people against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. It is irrelevant under our Constitution what government does or does not do with the private information it acquires. The Fourth Amendment protects your privacy by keeping government from getting the private information in the first place. The National Security Agency is thus violating the Fourth Amendment on a massive scale."
Earlier this year, State Senator Ted Lieu voted in favor of California’s Liberty Preservation Act Assembly Bill 351, designed to make this state’s policy towards NDAA “indefinite detention” one of non-compliance. Hopefully he will take a leading role in the latest attack on civil liberties from the feds by introducing the 4th Amendment Preservation Act. And who knows, we might just see a California legislator get #NullifyNSA trending!