A friend of mine who supports state nullification posed an interesting question which I thought I would share with the group. What if a state governor said he would “interpose” the state’s resources to protect Federal Whistleblowers like Snowden?
Granted, none of them have the spine to do that, but it is an intriguing idea.
It seems to me that this wouldn’t be much different from state attempts to nullify federal gun laws.
Basically, this would be a state nullifying federal espionage laws (or whatever the feds are attempting to charge him with). The state would likely have to explicitly say “We will arrest any federal official who attempts to enforce these laws in our state” which is essentially what some have said with gun laws.
Then, in the end, it comes down to whether or not the feds are willing to call the state’s bluff and risk a violent confrontation, or not.