Walter Mason, Coordinator for the Utah Justice Party, is outraged. "I'm very angry that my own government is spying on me. My work revolves around justice issues and a return to the rule of law. It is outrageous that we spend billions of tax dollars on this illegal surveillance operation when so many people are in need. It's time for us to start fighting for our rights."
According to Jonathan Ruga, Co-chair of the national Justice Party, "Notwithstanding its reported LEED Silver status, the carbon footprint of this place is huge. It uses 65 megawatts of energy, supplied entirely by coal burning plants. That's enough wattage to illuminate all of Salt Lake City." Ruga went on, "This center and the surveillance state behind it is costing all Americans--not just Utahns--billions in energy, water, and tax dollars--all this to illegally spy on law-abiding citizens. Metaphorically, we are providing the government with the very whip it uses to beat us."
The handful of irate citizens decided to take action after coming together in Salt Lake City to protest the final negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which have also been shrouded in secrecy.