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Arkansas123 February 11th, 2014 9:08pm

A group of state legislators wants to cut off utilities to the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. Regardless of your views on the NSA, do you think states have the authority to deny electricity and water to the federal government?

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sdbrev210 The Pursuit of Happiness
02/12/14 7:21 am

Feds don't own or operate local municipal utilities. I'm sure they can run generators, portapotties, and drink bottled water if they don't like the local control.

Torfin Never Behind
02/11/14 3:36 pm

is that giant data storage facility that they built.

Arkansas123 Neoconservative
02/11/14 2:14 pm

No, since McCulloch v. Maryland (1819), it has been generally accepted that states are not allowed to interfere with the operation of federal agencies.

s4mm1 MD SLP
02/12/14 3:15 pm

Maryland is a problem state that needs to get over it self. First McCullough vs Maryland now this!

All joking aside no.

02/12/14 3:51 pm

According to the constitution (and yes I have read it) they do have the authority to do so. Read the 10th amendment.

Torfin Never Behind
02/11/14 3:36 pm

The issue is that a federal agency is acting outside the law. There has to be more immediate recourse. I think that it is an interesting solution though it would not stop anything as they have generators. The place that utilities need to be cut off

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
02/12/14 1:16 pm

Of course. The Federal government has no unilateral right to a state's utilities.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
02/12/14 1:17 pm

Sure you can. I'm local. You're local. We should get a voice too.

02/11/14 2:51 pm

No you cannot have locals making political statements like that.

imanag My heaven on Earth
02/12/14 11:41 am

I don't know, are they behind on the water bill? How about the phone bill? ;)