Breaking News: Missouri one of 15 states recognized on CBS News for battle against NSA’s illegal spying

nsamoMissouri is one of the fifteen states that was recognized on national news today (Feb 14, 2014) in their efforts to protect citizen’s 4th amendment privacy rights from NSA spying. The television interview, which was done by Norah O’Donnell (co-host of CBS News This Morning) stated that, “This is an incredible story.”

You’ll want to take a look at the details of the story, along with a link to the video of the CBS interview, at Tenth Amendment Center. Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, was featured in the interview, along with Utah’s legislative efforts. Says Michael Boldin about the CBS coverage, “They had been researching the story and were fascinated by how far beyond Utah the effort was reaching. If it were just Utah, they likely wouldn’t have considered it a national story. But since 15 states had introduced legislation, they were looking at covering it – fast.”

And as reported by Shane Trejo at on Feb. 11, 2014, a Missouri state Senate committee recently approved a proposed state constitutional amendment that would protect the private data of Missouri citizens and end a practical effect of NSA spying on our people. Short and concise, SJR27 (introduced by Senator Rob Schaaf) seeks to make an amendment to the “privacy rights” section in the Missouri State constitution by stating that data and electronic communications would be protected from search or seizure without a warrant. It reads as follows:

“That the people shall be secure in their persons, papers,  homes [and], effects, and electronic communications and data, from unreasonable searches and seizures; and no warrant to search any place, or seize any person or thing, or access electronic data or communication, shall issue without describing the place to be searched, or the person or thing to be seized, or the data or communication to be accessed, as nearly as may be; nor without probable cause, supported by written oath or affirmation.”

As SJR27 now heads to the full Senate for debate and an eventual vote, explains that, “The effect of this resolution would be significant. The addition of electronic communications to the list of privacy items would make emails, phone records, Internet records and other electronic information gathered without a warrant inadmissible in state court. That would include data gathered illegally by overzealous state and local law enforcement as well as the federal government.”

Offnow’s National Campaign Lead Shane Trejo welcomed the progress that SJR27 represents in the on-going battle against illegal spying, and stated that, “While Missouri might not be able to physically stop the NSA and other federal agencies from collecting our data without a warrant, legislation such as this can significantly reduce the practical effect of what they are trying to do with it. Compliance with the NSA’s illegal spying program would be illegal in Missouri if this is passed, and that is no small feat.”

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One Response to Breaking News: Missouri one of 15 states recognized on CBS News for battle against NSA’s illegal spying

  1. Suzanne Sperry says:

    Sweet! As a member of TAC preparing to move to MO, I have already been busy setting up a network of patriots through Freedomworks to put pressure on local reps and state senators to support these bills. Now we need community group leaders to step up and make sure these guys know that their votes are being watched closely by constituents.

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