Commuters passing Bluffdale between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. on June 27 looked up to see a surprise. Protestors piloted a 135-foot blimp above the Bluffdale NSA facility. The words on the blimp read, “NSA, illegal spying below” with an arrow pointing down.
The digital media watchdog group, Electronic Frontier Foundation, partnered with Greenpeace, the owner of the blimp, to protest “the government’s illegal mass surveillance program.”
They’ve created an anti-NSA website called Stand Against Spying. Constituents can enter their street address to view their representatives’ anti-spying grade. Political representatives receive grades ranging from A to F, based on their support or opposition for acts like the USA Freedom Act, the Massie-Lofgren Amendment and the FISA Transparency and Modernization Act.
A helicopter accompanied the blimp to photograph the event. Previous speculation alluded that the Hill Air Force Base sent the helicopter to escort the blimp down.