Watch Activists Airdrop Flyers onto an NSA Base Urging Agents to Quit Their Jobs

by Carey Wedler


(ANTIMEDIADarmstadt, Germany — On Friday, a drone-like device dropped flyers over a key NSA intelligence facility that advised employees to quit their jobs on ethical grounds. The effort is the most recent attempt by privacy advocates to chip away at the power of the surveillance state using direct action campaigns.



Peng!, a tactical media and activist group, used a remote-controlled plane to drop flyers over a U.S. military base in Germany that serves as the NSA’s European hub of signals intelligence known as the Dagger Complex. The flyers were designed by Intelexit, the specific campaign Peng! launched to encourage security agency employees to quit their jobs. A video posted to Youtube shows footage from the remote-controlled plane intercut with panoramic shots of the flying overhead.

If the group’s past efforts are any indication, the flyers likely appealed to security agency employees’ sense of morality. Last week, Peng and Intelexit launched a billboard advertising campaign near the NSA’s Fort Meade headquarters, the GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters, the U.K.’s spy agency) facility, and the Dagger Complex in Darmstadt, Germany. Outside the Dagger Complex, a billboard reads, “[L]isten to your heart, not to private phone calls.” Outside the GCHQ headquarters in Cheltenham, an ad quips that “the intelligence community needs a backdoor.” One sign attached to a van that circled Fort Meade last week read, “Hoped to serve your people? Ended up spying on them? Exit Intelligence.”

Friday’s air-dropped flyers constitute another tactic of Peng and Intelexit’s campaign to reach employees who may have reservations about their careers.

We know for a fact that there are many, many people working there who are conflicted, anxious and ultimately completely against what these agencies are doing,” said Ariel Fischer, a “pseudonymous spokesperson” for Intelexit.

The flyers and ads direct potential surveillance defectors to the Intelexit website, which, as Wired summarized, “features a set of arguments against working in surveillance, a tool for composing a resignation letter based on a survey of principles an intelligence employee can fill out, and a video featuring testimonials from figures like crypto guru Bruce Schneier and NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake.”

Drake is a former NSA employee who exposed the agency’s invasive and costly Trailblazer program in 2005. He was pushed out of the agency, lost his security clearance, and was indicted for leaking documents, only to have his charge reduced to a misdemeanor since he did not leak classified documents to a reporter. Drake joined the Intelexit project in order to show others on the inside that it is possible to leave the intelligence community.

The NSA declined to comment on Intelexit’s billboard campaign last week, though the GCHQ insisted its standards and practices are moral.

The work of GCHQ is carried out within a strict legal framework and there is no question of anyone being asked to do anything unlawful or which they consider to be unethical,” a statement said. “GCHQ actively encourages staff to discuss any concerns they might have about their work and we pride ourselves on the structures we have in place to support this.”

Though GCHQ seems confident in its adherence to strict ethical standards, Peng and Intelix hope to inspire conscientious objection among security employees. As Drake told WIRED last week,

In some cases you do need a mirror that shows you that you have the choice to leave. And knowing that there are people who have gone through this before helps make that choice.”

The flyer and ad campaigns are accompanied by ongoing fax, email, and phone call campaign to NSA employees.



2 Responses to “Watch Activists Airdrop Flyers onto an NSA Base Urging Agents to Quit Their Jobs”

  1. Dublinmick says:

    As Mussolini suggested, fascism is better defined as corporatism. In fact there is nothing free in the United States, poor health care or housing. Corporations buy the politicians and rig the votes. No country in the west will be free until they free their minds from the erroneous ideas.. Rothschild controls the printing of money in Europe and the United States. He is vatican banker and he is worth around 500 trillion dollars which is chicken feed for the vatican, the largest and wealthiest corporation on planet earth.
    The London Crown Temple is a state within a state as is Washington D.C.and the Vatican. The Vatican controls all 3. Lastly, Three Corporations run the world: City of London, Washington DC and Vatican City. Social Security Numbers are issued by the UN through the IMF7. Social Security Numbers are issued by the UN through the IMF. The U.S. has not had a treasury since 1921. The FCC, CIA, FBI, NASA and all of the other alphabet gangs were never part of the United States government. There is no longer a United States, it is now called the American Corporation and it is operating under bankruptcy. This is spelled out in Black’s law book. (executive order 12803).
    You own no property, slaves can’t own property. Read the Deed to the property that you think is yours.The Revolutionary War was a fraud.You are listed as a Tenant. (Senate Document 43, 73rd Congress 1st Session.
    Britain is owned by the Vatican.Society for Propagating the Gospel, &c. V. New Haven 8 Wheat 464, Treaty of Peace 8 Stat 80, IRS Publication 6209, Articles of Association October 20, 1774.) The Pope can abolish any law in the United States. (Elements of Ecclesiastical Law Vol.1 A 1040 form is for tribute paid to Britain. 
(IRS Publication 620953-54)
    The Pope claims to own the entire planet through the laws of conquest and discovery. (Papal Bulls of 1455 and 1493. England agreed to this in the 1213 treaty and this can only be abrogated by the consent of the vatican.
    Westerners seem unable to grasp what the law says they pay attention to talking heads on CNN and Deutsche Welle. The US can of course be kicked out of Europe however but Europe will still not be free, Europe will still be owned.
    There are many commenters that blame the US only. It is like a child blaming a thunder storm on the tooth fairy.

  2. Lynn says:

    We will find a way to get the truth out there. They knew it was coming. Their spying on an industrial level backs this all the way, paranoia is setting in. If you have everything to hide you have everything to fear. They have been hiding in the shadows all along. Well now they are named and shamed. Guilty of war crimes, guilty of espionage, murder, money laundering, child trafficking, rape, peodophillia, treason, drug running. And false flags around the Globe. How much more proof do we need to see.

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