- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Activist groups have taken to the sky above the National Security Agency’s massive Utah data center to protest operations there.

The team took flight early Friday morning.

The groups include digital watchdog group Electronic Frontier Foundation, as well as Greenpeace and the Tenth Amendment Center.

Organizers say the flight on Friday gathered no intelligence. They say they hired a helicopter to fly in tandem with the blimp and take pictures.

Greenpeace spokesman David Pomerantz tells the Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1pYcci8) government surveillance has threatened environmental advocacy.

NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines says such a flight doesn’t break the law: The air space above the data center is not restricted.

Utah National Guard Lt. Col. Steven Fairbourn confirms guard restrictions have no ban on such a flight.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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