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Activists flew a blimp emblazoned with the words “Illegal Spying Below” over the National Security Agency’s data centre in Utah on Friday in protest against the US government’s mass surveillance programmes.

The one-hour flight was carried out by the environmental group Greenpeace, digital rights activists the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a conservative political organisation, the Tenth Amendment Centre.

The 41 metre blimp, owned by Greenpeace, was adorned with a sign that read “NSA Illegal Spying Below”.

In an email to Reuters the agency declined to comment. But a spokesman did note there was no restricted airspace over the data centre, housed on the grounds of the Utah National Guard’s Camp Williams in Bluffdale, 23 miles (37km) south of Salt Lake City.

The NSA says the facility provides the government with intelligence and warnings about cyber security threats. It is thought to be the agency’s largest data storage centre.

The blimp protest coincided with the launch of an online campaign that rates members of Congress on actions the activists say either further or stop data collection efforts by the NSA…

Here’s a link to the website they were advertising with their flight.



  1. RE@DER says:

    There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
    Peter F. Drucker

    At least you know it’s not being done efficiently. Look useless and more expensive. Take pictures.

  2. toys4thoughts says:

    Society, community, family are all conserving institutions. They try to maintain stability, and to prevent, or at least to slow down, change. But the organization of the post-capitalist society of organizations is a destabilizer. Because its function is to put knowledge to work — on tools, processes, and products; on work; on knowledge itself — it must be organized for constant change.
    Peter F. Drucker

    The more money you have the faster you can lose it and you need little money to direct change and disrupt things. NSA? “Unlike paper records that can survive for thousands of years in the right environment untouched, digital records have an expiration date and require constant attention to preserve their content.”
    http://hagley.org/2012/10/do-you-remember-floppy-disks-saving-business-history-from-technological-obsolescence
    The onus of guilt is reversed in war time. Snowden is legal as robbery and the NSA is doing illegal work? If they stored everything on paper it wouldn’t be as easy to steal. Not impossible.

  3. toys4thoughts says:

    “The federal government is rewarding doctors and hospitals for moving to electronic health records — and will soon punish them if they don’t — even though these records currently make it easier for health care providers to defraud government-paid health programs, fraud experts say.

    The Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general charged in December that the basic auditing safeguards that also help to prevent fraud for electronic health records (EHRs) weren’t in place in many hospitals, or they were being used, but vulnerable to corruption.”

    http://usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/06/electronic-health-records-medicare-healthcare-fraud-funding/12157645/

    With a private system you have more paperwork and less fraud. Digital records are easy to steal, resulting in greater fraud abuse and waste. We have record fraud abuse and waste. The system is going to produce more paperwork anyway and the website still won’t work right all the time and they spent $700 million on it. The system is being set up to erase you digitally through records fraud like at the VA system and earn a bonus for getting rid of you. Avoid!

  4. toys4thoughts says:

    Crypto Summary
    Number of attacks that broke the crypto: 0
    Number of attacks that bypassed the crypto: All the rest
    •No matter how strong the crypto was, or how large the keys were, the attackers walked around it
    Gutmann slide 40

    What’s the idea with flying over it?
    “Our apologies if we step on someone’s sacred cow and they can’t take a joke, but better you hear about what people really think here at Microwaves101 than you hear from Mayor McCheese later when he figures out he’s been wearing the Emperors New Clothes. There’s an image we didn’t need!

    Like Charles Dickens’ best work, we’ll divide the topic into three tenses: past, present and future. Perhaps another way to look at these technologies is in the three chronological phases of technology: unbridled enthusiasm, backpedaling, despair, and blame. Hey, that’s four!” http://microwaves101.com/encyclopedia/career-killers.cfm