Anti-NSA activists adopt highway around NSA data center

Patrick Howley Political Reporter
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Anti-government activists have figured out a way to keep tabs on the NSA in probably the greatest way ever: by exploiting the Adopt-a-Highway program.

As reported by the Salt Lake Tribune, Restore the Fourth – Utah, a group opposed to the National Security Agency’s [NSA] civilian surveillance programs, successfully applied to adopt the highway around the NSA’s Utah Data Center, where email and phone records are reportedly being stored by the government. The Fourth Amendment advocacy group hopes to carry anti-NSA signs as it fulfills its responsibility to clean litter on its 2-mile parcel of highway.

“We’re happy there are people applying to keep litter off the roads out there,” said a spokesperson for the Utah Department of Transportation, which is now required to put up two signs marking the territory as belonging to Restore the Fourth.

The Utah Data Center, a $1.2 billion, 1.5 million-square foot behemoth in Bluffdale, Utah, outside Salt Lake City, has had 10 “meltdowns” or “power surges” in the last 13 months.

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