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article imageCalifornia introduces bill to end NSA's warrantless spying

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By William Suphan     May 20, 2014 in Politics
A bill has been introduced in California which seeks to put an end to the warrantless collection of emails, texts and other private information.
With only one vote against it, a bill that would require warrants in order to obtain emails, computer records, texts, etc. has passed the California senate, according to RT.
Senator Ted Lieu (D) introduced the bill after Edward Snowden released evidence of the NSA illegally collecting data on all citizens without first getting a warrant.
"The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution is very clear. It says the government shall not engage in unreasonable search and seizure," said Lieu. "The National Security Agency's massive and indiscriminate collecting of phone data on all Americans, including more than 38 million Californians, is a threat to our liberty and freedom."
A Federal judge ruled the spying as unconstitutional, yet the Obama administration is appealing this ruling.
The bill, entitled Senate Bill 828, would require a warrant for any information collected through data mining to be admissible in court. Furthermore, it would impose sanctions on companies that share information with the NSA without warrants, and would target utility companies and universities which did the same.
This legislation was unanimously voted to move forward earlier this month by the House Judiciary Committee, including amendments to the USA Freedom Act which would require that the NSA prove to a judge that an individual is involved somehow in terrorist activities before it could get legal permission to access their personal data.
California is joining eight other states who are seeking to pass similar legislation, including Arizona, Oklahoma and Alaska.
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