X

Airship over NSA data center protests spying (pictures)

Greenpeace, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Tenth Amendment Center join forces to protest the government's mass surveillance program.

james-martin-profile-crop
james-martin-profile-crop
James Martin
8-14-68utahairshipflight-1108-1.jpg
1 of 4 Greenpeace

High above the all-seeing eye

A coalition of grassroots groups from across the political spectrum joined forces to fly an airship over the NSA's data center in Bluffdale, Utah on Friday.

"Rights rise or fall together," Greenpeace's Gary Cook in a statement. "Greenpeace has learned first hand 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."

8-14-68utahairshipflight-1051-1.jpg
2 of 4 Greenpeace

"NSA Illegal Spying Below"

To protest the government's surveillance programs, the environmental group Greenpeace flew its 135-foot-long thermal airship over the data center carrying the message "NSA Illegal Spying Below."

8-14-68utahairshipflight-2072.jpg
3 of 4 Greenpeace

Joint action

Greenpeace, digital rights watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the tea party affiliated organization Tenth Amendment Center all participated in the high-flying stunt.

8-14-68utahairshipflight-1137.jpg
4 of 4 Greenpeace

In defense of privacy

"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," said Rainey Reitman, activism director at the EFF, in a statement. "It's time for bold action in defense of our privacy."

The EFF is representing a broad coalition of organizations, including Greenpeace, in a lawsuit against the NSA for violating the organizations' First Amendment rights by illegally collecting their call records.

More Galleries

2023's Best TV and Streaming Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More
mandalorian-3-social.png

2023's Best TV and Streaming Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

62 Photos
Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope Images Compared: See the Difference
james-webb-seq-00-14-05-10-still002

Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope Images Compared: See the Difference

12 Photos
Audi Activesphere Is a Transforming All-Terrain EV
Audi Activesphere concept

Audi Activesphere Is a Transforming All-Terrain EV

51 Photos
Yamaha motorcycle and instrument designers trade jobs (pictures)
yamaha01.jpg

Yamaha motorcycle and instrument designers trade jobs (pictures)

16 Photos
CNET's 'Day of the Dead Devices' altar (pictures)
dia-de-los-muertos-3318-001.jpg

CNET's 'Day of the Dead Devices' altar (pictures)

9 Photos
2007 Los Angeles Auto Show: concept cars
conceptss01_440.jpg

2007 Los Angeles Auto Show: concept cars

14 Photos
Best sound bars under $300
polk-magnifi-mini-15.jpg

Best sound bars under $300

18 Photos