No, not Republican Primary challenger Dr. Kelli Ward, McCain is ready for the mental ward if he thinks that anyone is dumb enough to believe his latest sleazy mailer…. trying to blame a state senator for his international disaster is truly insane….
Matt Kenney, Arizona Grassroots Action PAC Executive Director, referred us to several news articles on SB 1156, which Ward sponsored in the state Legislature in 2014. The bill eventually died in the Senate.
According to the bill’s text, the law would have prohibited state and local law enforcement from assisting federal agencies that collect data without warrants, such as the National Security Agency. It also would have barred local governments from providing “material support,” such as water and electricity, to these agencies, assuming they had an in-state facility.
Finally, the bill would have also blocked public universities, such as Arizona State University, from serving as “NSA research facilities.”
A December 2013 U.S. News and World Report article quotes Ward as saying that “the NSA isn’t welcome in Arizona unless it follows the Constitution.”
Ward believed the NSA violated the Fourth Amendment with “unconstitutional snooping.”
Arizona State University law professor Paul Bender said the ad’s claim exaggerates what the bill sought to do.
“I don’t think that it is accurate to say that, if the bill passed, that would ban U.S. intelligence agencies from operating in Arizona,” Bender said. “It would just require them to get warrants in order to get electronic information from Arizona state or local governments.”
Technically, Ward’s bill could have applied to any federal agency that engaged in warrantless surveillance, not just the NSA.