Senate Bill 828 was introduced three weeks ago in an effort to prevent the National Security Agency from setting up shop in the State of California. The bill aims to forbid the State from providing material support – such as water and electricity – as well as barring public universities from NSA research and recruitment. Additionally, sanctions would be instituted to private corporations that might choose to aid the unlawful, federal spy agency.
“State-funded public resources should not be going toward aiding the NSA or any other federal agency from indiscriminate spying on its own citizens and gathering electronic or metadata that violates the Fourth Amendment,” explained Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) who, along with Sen. Joel Anderson (R-San Diego), introduced the Fourth Amendment Protection Act to prohibit any state support of the NSA.
Assembly Bill 1327 was introduced nearly a year ago and has been slower at gaining general support. The bill would limit the use of drones by requiring a warrant prior to their use in all investigations. It would also provide parameters on the information gathered and prohibit weaponry from being added.
The drone bill also outlines certain instances when exceptions may have to be made such as imminent threats to life, hostage situations, search and rescue operations, and emergency situations such as traffic accidents and wild fires. Public agencies other than law enforcement could also use the technology in able “to achieve the core mission of the agency provided that the purpose is unrelated to the gathering of criminal intelligence.”
Posted by Oskar Mosco, Oakland, @CA10th