Airship flown over NSA Utah data center to protest government spying

An airship is flown over the NSA data center in protest of government spying, Bluffdale, Utah, June 27, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Electronic Frontier Foundation, St. George News

BLUFFDALE – The environmental campaigning group Greenpeace, digital rights watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tenth Amendment Center joined forces Friday to fly an airship over the National Security Agency’s Utah data center to protest the government’s mass surveillance program.

Greenpeace flew its 135-foot-long thermal airship over the Bluffdale, Utah, data center early Friday morning, carrying the message “NSA Illegal Spying Below” along with a link steering people to a new web site, StandAgainstSpying.org, which the three groups launched with the support of a separate, diverse coalition of more than 20 grassroots advocacy groups and Internet companies. The site grades members of Congress on what they have done, or not done, to rein in the NSA.

“Rights rise or fall together,” Greenpeace Senior IT Campaigner Gary Cook said. “Greenpeace has learned firsthand that people cannot protect their right to clean air and water if our civil rights – including the right to free association and the right to be free of unreasonable searches – are stripped away.”

“The public needs to be brought into the Congressional debate around surveillance reform happening right now,” Electronic Frontier Foundation Activism Director Rainey Reitman said. “We’re flying an airship over the Utah data center, which has come to symbolize the NSA’s collect-it-all approach to surveillance, and demanding an end to the mass spying. It’s time for bold action in defense of our privacy.”

Our right to privacy is not a partisan issue. It’s a human rights issue,” said Michael Boldin, executive director and founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, an organization focused on constitutional originalism and decentralized government. “This coalition gives great hope for the future because it shows that people across the political spectrum can set aside differences to work together for common cause.”

Greenpeace is a co-plaintiff on a lawsuit filed against the NSA by a broad coalition of membership and political advocacy organizations, represented by Electronic Frontier Foundation, for violating their First Amendment right of association by illegally collecting their call records.

Submitted by Greenpeace, Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tenth Amendment Center

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3 Comments

  • Red Rocker June 27, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Greenpeace shouldn’t be alone in keeping this critical subject in the news. Wanting the best for our country might mean advocating ideals that get obscured by the fog of the moment.
    RR

  • Tight Magic Undies June 28, 2014 at 1:28 am

    What a great idea! The NSA is oppresive, narrow minded, invasive, and seeks out to destroy people, within their own realm, who have ideas and thoughts that question their ways and means. Now they just need to fly that blimp over a certain governing body of a certain religion, not too far from there.

  • TruthSeeker November 4, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    I’ve ranted too much on NSA spying. Enough talk. Drop a bomb out of that blimp. Oops did I say bomb? Buzzword Buzzword. Haha Big govt can try and bring it. I’m not spineless. There will come a time that non violent revolution is no longer an option. Truth.

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