“NSA, Illegal Spying Below” was the writing on a ‘protest blimp' which flew over the NSA's massive data center in Utah yesterday.
The EFF, Greenpeace and the Tenth Amendment Center were behind the creative effort to encourage states to cut off water and power to the NSA's data centers, which would effectively kill the agency's operation, by utilizing a blimp to draw attention to the illegal activities of the NSA.
he EFF, Greenpeace and the Tenth Amendment Center used the green blimp, which had the words “NSA, Illegal Spying Below” with an arrow pointing down.
“NSA surveillance impacts a lot of us, but it’s hard to feel the physical impact of it,” said Higgins. “When you see the sprawling, scary data center, it really drives home that this agency is really doing something physical and real that affects Americans and non-Americans’ lives.”
The FAA and the Utah National Guard told FOX 13 the flight over the Utah Data Center was legal.
“Camp Williams only restricts the airspace when we’re under operations with live fire cannon operations or small fire operations,” said Lt. Col. Steven Fairbourn.
The protest groups said they took steps to make sure their flyover was legal, even bringing the blimp down by 7 a.m. to ensure it did not interfere with other air traffic.
The NSA did not immediately return a request for comment on the demonstration.
The action is part of a larger campaign the groups have to increase pressure on the NSA over domestic surveillance. Privacy rights groups have called for power and water to be cut off to the Utah Data Center.
In May, FOX 13 published the Utah Data Center’s water bill, which suggested the facility may not be fully operational.
Some Utah lawmakers have also renewed plans for legislation to cut off material support for the NSA data center.
Then im going to sit back….do nothing….and watch you all go further and deeper into this mess….was wanting to get back into the service and it is not worth it anymore….you all are too selfish to fight for….sincerely, prior service american with a hispanic name and dea informant. Kill yourselves off ….I do not know a damn thing.
Good. You are right about one thing. You really don’t know a damn thing.
And again your focus is on a hate speech crowd…boohoo….they have opposing views! Aaaaahhhh my feelings are hurt…$#%&!@*ing $#%&!@*….they are armed to the g******n teeth in the south! LGBT is not what we need to worry about! Band together and take on the real threat people! And then go back to your stupid arguments afterwards. But you are another person only interetested in your version of America. Not a nation for different people. What I say is not flawed it is the way to go about things and you are a $#%&!@*ing pansy for still being on a touchy gay subject while some of us want narco justice. Let you all know what I find out in mexico…..