NSA Protest Blimp Flown Over Headquarters In Utah

Aric Mitchell

A NSA protest blimp took flight over the domestic spying program's Utah Data Center in Bluffdale. The aerial protest happened on Friday and was posted to YouTube. (Video down below.)

Sponsored by a group of activists that included the EFF (Electronic Frontier Federation), Greenpeace, and the Tenth Amendment Center, it gave activists like Parker Higgins a nice measure of satisfaction in spite of the he'll probably get a phone tap and an audit as a result.

"It's not often that you can get -- literally -- over the NSA," Higgins told FOX 13. "NSA surveillance impacts a lot of us, but it's hard to feel the physical impact of it. 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 blimp read simply, "NSA, Illegal Spying Below," though it's not clear just how illegal it really is, considering it was created under the Bush administration and amped up significantly by the Obama administration.

Still, for Americans like Higgins, it certainly should be illegal if it isn't, and it's definitely immoral.

While the flight must have been a nuisance to the secretive organization, the FAA and Utah National Guard both confirmed that it was entirely legal.

"Camp Williams only restricts the airspace when we're under operations with live fire cannon operations or small fire operations," explained Lt. Col. Steven Fairbourn.

The NSA protest blimp was only a small part of an ongoing effort to make domestic surveillance a bigger voting issue.

Consider the voter split on Edward Snowden's actions, which brought this organization into the spotlight. The poll that you'll find in the link clearly shows that a majority of Americans don't seem to care that they're being watched by the U.S. government.

For individuals like Higgins, that means more education needs to be done. Meanwhile, other protest groups have called for the state to shut off the Utah Data Center power and water as a means of damaging the center's infrastructure.

For those of you who do care about your privacy rights, here's that vid where you can live vicariously through Higgins and the EFF.

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