(The Hosting News) – The NSA’s Utah data center was the target of U.S. protestors on July 4th, Independence Day, according to a report from The Salt Lake Tribune.
The demonstrators, numbering around 150, protested the government’s once-secret surveillance program leaked last month by former CIA-employee Edward Snowden.
They gathered, gave speeches, carried American flags and wore red, white and blue. “Hey, hey, ho, ho, the NSA has got to go!” they chanted, according to the report. Data center employees were said to watch the protestors from behind fences in white SUVs.
The facility stands on the grounds of the National Guard’s Camp Williams. It has yet to become operational, something expected to occur this fall. Meanwhile, it is possible that data from the still-intact program will be stored or allocated to the data center’s servers.
Participating in the demonstrations was privacy rights group Restore the Fourth along with other protestors.
The leaked NSA program has sparked debate over the government’s use of surveillance in the United States. Originally started under President George W. Bush, the Obama administration has defended the NSA initiative, emphasizing that civil liberties are left intact.