We've written about the "Restore the 4th"
activist effort to curtail NSA surveillance and "restore" the 4th Amendment a few times. Apparently, the local Restore the 4th group in Utah came up with a hilarious way to get their point across in that state: they "adopted" the highway that runs right by the NSA's infamous new datacenter
in Bluffdale Utah.
An organization opposed to surveillance by the National Security Agency has been approved to "adopt" the section of highway running past the Utah Data Center, a move that would place the group’s protest-oriented name on signs outside the spy building.
Restore The Fourth-Utah would also be responsible for picking up litter on the 2-mile stretch of Redwood Road that includes the main entrance to the Utah Data Center and Camp Williams.
Of course, the group sees the task of "picking up litter" as a good opportunity to combine picking up litter with protesting the data center, saying that as they pick up litter, they'll also carry picket signs. The Utah Department of Transportation had a spokesperson give a "please keep us out of this" statement to the press:
"As long as [Restore The Fourth-Utah is] following safety protocol," Gleason said, "we’re happy there are people applying to keep litter off the roads out there."
As for the NSA? Well, that organization gave an even wackier response:
When asked for comment, NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines replied in an email: "Highway adoptions are not a part of NSA’s federal mission."
Nor is spying on Americans, but you know, you do that too...