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Former SLC mayor seeks more plaintiffs in lawsuit over alleged spying during 2002 Olympics

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SALT LAKE CITY — Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson is threatening to file a lawsuit against the federal government, and he said the National Security Agency spied on people in Utah during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

“It was the golden opportunity for the FBI and the NSA to work together and basically put a cone over these geographical areas and grab everything they could get from everybody,” Anderson alleged, adding: “We have to stand up against these kinds of abuses.”

Anderson claims the NSA spied on all email and text communications in Salt Lake City for a period just before and during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

The allegations of spying at the Olympic Games came out in a Wall Street Journal report two years ago, and since that time Anderson has been putting together his lawsuit.

The 2002 games occurred five months after the September 11 attacks, so there was heightened security.

Anderson said he’s seeking more plaintiffs to join in, for more information, click here.

16 comments

  • ANOTHERBOB

    Every time I see the Sky Bridge over Main Street in Salt Lake City I smile and remember how strong he fought to prevent it from being built.
    Mr. Ross Anderson needs to get a life.

  • Finny Wiggen

    This guy is a joke! He made a fool of himself as the Mayor, then went up against a national talk show host and became a laughing stock. Now he crawls out of a crack to sue the federal government, for keeping us safe during the Olympics!??

    Abraham Lincoln’s wise advice comes to mind: Better to not open your mouth and confirm that you are a fool.

  • ANOTHERBOB

    I lay awake nights crying over the horrors caused by the FBI and NSA during the 2002 Winter Olympics and I’m sure I’m not the only one. 🙂

    • bob

      Real Americans consider the 4th Amendment to be important. We do lose sleep over it.

      Sheep sleep soundly.

      You must be voting for Christie. He said the 4th Amendment is “ridiculous”, and that it’s important to spy on everyone just in case there is a bad guy among us.

      • ANOTHERBOB

        Look out for that black helicopter Bob!! It’s been tracking your cell phone and listening to your phone calls.

  • Elain Witt

    I may not have agreed with Rocky Anderson on a lot of issues, but on this one he’s right. I was a volunteer at the 2002 Olympics and the thought of my every move, meeting, connection, or call being monitored infuriates me. Clearly, this was a violation of my Constitutionally guaranteed rights. I posed no threat, In fact, I was making substantial sacrifices to be a part of the event. Go get ’em, Rocky.

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