The quest to cut off the National Security Agency from the utilities it needs to power its surveillance stations just gained a powerful new partner: Revolution Truth, a non-partisan organization created to provide citizens with information they can use to increase their participation in and influence on the governing process.
Tangerine Bolen is the founder of Revolution Truth and according to a press release, she has thrown her support behind the efforts of the OffNow coalition, describing it as an “exciting initiative.”
“We face an extraordinary assault on our civil liberties by a power we can never hope to match if we all work in silos. This is why it is ever more urgent that those of us fighting to restore our rights and liberties transcend our political boundaries. Together we are powerful, and together we WILL stop these abuses and force a sea change in the United States Government,” she said, as quoted in the OffNow statement.
OffNow is part of a wider effort spearheaded by Nullify NSA, a creation of the Tenth Amendment Center. The plan, aimed at cutting off the power to the surveillance apparatus, is outlined on the Nullify NSA website.
First, citizens should recognize that despite its immense and growing power, the NSA does have a weakness. The Nullify NSA information explains:
In 2006, NSA HQ maxed out capacity of the Baltimore area power grid.
"The NSA is already unable to install some costly and sophisticated new equipment. At minimum, the problem could produce disruptions leading to outages and power surges.
At worst, it could force a virtual shutdown of the agency." August 6, 2006
It's not just power. This physical limitation is a serious weak point for the NSA.
Next, the NSA can’t expand if it can’t count on reliable infrastructure. Again, from the website:
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Photo of NSA Utah Data Center near Bluffdale, Utah