Utah May Fight NSA by Cutting Off Their Water

By: Monday November 24, 2014 8:00 am

It is with some Quixotic pleasure that a Utah state legislative committee will vote on a bill that could deprive a National Security Agency facility just outside Salt Lake City of its water, all in protest of the government agency’s collection of civilian data.

 

The NSA and Utah: Is Any Win a Good One?

By: Sunday November 23, 2014 5:04 pm

Late last year a group called the Tenth Amendment Center proposed model legislation designed to give states new methods to oppose the National Security Agency (NSA). It included a proposal to cut off the water supply at the NSA’s Utah data center, and at the time I wrote about both the encouraging and troubling aspects of it. The short version is this: It’s nice to see groups looking for innovative ways to undercut the surveillance state, but seeing them come from groups that also believe in, say, nullification is unsettling.

An issue like government spying doesn’t cut along traditional conservative/liberal lines, though. It’s more of an insiders versus outsiders issue.

Chipmunks Shut Down Utah Tar Sands

By: Wednesday October 1, 2014 4:59 pm

Activists dressed as chipmunks shut down construction at the first US tar sands mine on September 23. It was the latest in a series of actions by Utah Tar Sands Resistance targeting the 213 acre Book Cliffs tar sands mine.

A video released by the group shows chipmunks spreading rapidly through through the camp site where they block construction equipment with their bodies. Though the finale of the video playfully describes the chipmunks fates as “poisoned by tar sands waste water,” activists actually shut down construction for part of a day, resulting in five arrests. There have been 27 total arrests since the beginning of the campaign to halt construction.

Majority in Utah Support Medical Marijuana

By: Friday January 17, 2014 3:10 pm

Even in deep red Utah, the fifth most conservative state in the country, a majority of adults think medical marijuana should be legal.

Riley Hackford-Peer (and Others) Rally to #LetItStand in Salt Lake City

By: Sunday January 12, 2014 2:34 pm

A notable and particularly heartwarming speech was given by Riley Hackford-Peer in support of his two parents.

It’s not yet 2014 somewhere…

By: Wednesday January 1, 2014 1:30 am

Yes, the gall of people exercising their rights…HOW DARE THEY!

Cut Off The Water: Movement to ‘Nullify’ NSA Starts in Utah

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 10:31 am

While Congress dithers, Obama deflects, and the NSA lies outright – some ordinary Americans have come up with a plan to nullify the NSA surveillance state. Cut off the water.

Utah Canyon Country Action Camp Shuts Down Tar Sands Mine

By: Friday August 9, 2013 3:57 pm

The action camp call was simple, a camp to come and learn the skills in nonviolent direct action (NVDA) to shut down the first tar sands mine in the United States. The camp did as it set out to do. The action stopped all work on the mine site . It was so successful that US Oil Sands, the company pushing to develop the mining site, reported a 13% loss of their stock price on the day of the action. People laid their bodies in front of the machinery to prevent them from carving out the Earth. The action itself was the culmination of trainings performed at the action camp that went above and beyond blockade trainings.

New Utah NSA Spy Center Needs 1.7 Million Gallons of Water a Day

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 7:30 am

So where does all that information the NSA is collecting on Americans and the world go? One place will be the NSA’s massive new spying complex in Utah. Apparently all that data takes a toll on the computers as it has been reported that the center requires 1.7 million gallons of water a day to operate.

Incumbent GOP Senators Have Little to Fear in General Election

By: Friday April 20, 2012 11:45 am

Only a few Republican senators have to worry about Democrats forcing them to make tough votes before the election

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