The NSA at night—always watching. NSA State lawmakers nationwide have decided that they’re not going to wait for Congress to rein in the powers of the National Security Agency and the American surveillance state. Instead, they’ve proposed bills that would limit cooperation by state officials or slow the distribution of state resources—like turning off the NSA’s access to local Utah water. But even legal experts who might want some of these changes admit that states’ abilities to make an end-run around federal law is merely symbolic at best.

At worst, it’s perhaps illegal. “This strikes me as bad policy, but irrespective of that, it is plainly unconstitutional under the First Amendment,” Fred Cate, a law professor at Indiana University, told Ars. 3     

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