Mikulski Denounces Bill That Would Deny NSA ‘Material Support’ in Maryland



” Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., isn’t pleased with a bill pending in her state’s legislature that would prohibit state and local support for the National Security Agency.

  The legislation was proposed Feb. 6 by eight Republicans in the 141-member Maryland House of Delegates and would deny the NSA “material support, participation or assistance in any form” from the state, its political subdivisions and companies with state contracts.

  The spy agency’s national headquarters are located in Fort Meade, Md., and the agency is often described as one of the state’s largest employers, although the precise number of employees who work there is unclear.

  The bill would theoretically deprive NSA facilities of water and electricity carried over public utilities, ban the use of NSA-derived evidence in state courts and prevent state universities from partnering with the NSA on research.

“ I’m shocked that the Republicans would go ahead and do that to the National Security Agency,” Mikulski tells U.S. News. “



Funny how the self-proclaimed “party of the people” invariably sides with the State .