Monday, August 17, 2009

Canadians "Moon" US Surveillance Balloon

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SARNIA, Ont. -- A group of demonstrators descended upon Sarnia, Ont., Saturday to drop their pants and moon the sky to protest a U.S. surveillance balloon that was hovering near the border city recently.

Organizers said between 200 and 300 people took part in the mooning protest, although a local Sarnia radio station said the number was closer to 100.

"We got a fellow with a loud voice to shout out a countdown . . . everyone lined up and held it for a couple of seconds, pulled up, and that was that," said one organizer, who would only identify himself as Eli.

"People dispersed pretty quickly afterwards."

The balloon, which is shaped like an airplane wing, had until recently been hovering over the city from Port Huron, Michigan.

It carries a $1-million camera that U.S. officials say is sensitive enough to read the name of a ship from about 14 kilometres away.