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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."

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"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."

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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.

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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.

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