Must read: Greenpeace climbers evade security, hang banner on Mount Rushmore

From the Rapid City Journal:

President Obama got his face on Mount Rushmore this morning, but not necessarily in a good way.

Eleven rock climbers from Greenpeace evaded security at Mount Rushmore National Memorial Wednesday and hung the 65-foot by 35-foot banner, which billowed for a few minutes next to Abraham Lincoln’s carved stone face.

The banner featured an unfinished portrait of Obama with the message, "America honors leaders not politicians: Stop Global Warming,” according to a news release from the organization.

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17 thoughts on “Must read: Greenpeace climbers evade security, hang banner on Mount Rushmore

  1. Just got this from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rapid City:

    July 8, 2009
    Rapid City, SD
    United States Attorney Marty J. Jackley has announced twelve individuals were
    taken into custody earlier today following an incident at the Mount Rushmore National
    Monument. Initial appearances are tentatively scheduled to commence at 2:00 p.m.
    MDT (3:00 p.m. CST) before a US Magistrate Judge in Rapid City. The US Attorney’s
    Office anticipates issuing a press release containing additional information later this

  2. More from the U.S. Attorney:

    Rapid City, SD
    July 8, 2009
    United States Attorney Marty J. Jackley has announced eleven
    individuals taken into custody earlier today following an incident at Mount
    Rushmore National Monument have appeared before US Magistrate Judge
    Veronica L. Duffy. The eleven individuals received citations for the
    misdemeanor offenses of climbing as prohibited by law (36 C.F.R. § 7.77) and
    trespassing in area not open to the public (36 C.F.R. § 2.13). Each person
    entered a plea of not guilty. Those making initial appearances today include:
    Noah Lassiter Mace, age 21, Chapel Hill, NC
    Mary Rebecca Sweeters, age 27, Chicago, IL
    Basil G. Tsimoyianis, age 22, Westport, CT
    Madeline Jean Gardner, age 27, Minneapolis, MN
    Matthew Joseph Leonard, age 30, San Francisco, CA
    Brian Carroll Jenkins, age 25, Helena, MT
    Simran J. McKenna, age 25, San Francisco, CA
    Jessica J. Miller, age 31, Flushing, NY
    Cy Wagoner, age 32, San Francisco, CA
    Joseph Martin Smyth, age 27, Albuquerque, NM
    Hope C. Kaye, age 23, San Francisco, CA
    A twelfth person was initially taken into custody but was later released without
    charges at this time. The other eleven individuals were released on their own
    Each citation is punishable by a maximum penalty of six months in
    prison and/or $5,000 fine. The citations are merely accusations and the
    individuals are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The
    investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the Mount Rushmore National
    Park Service Rangers and special agents of the FBI. The case is being
    prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Mark Vargo.

  3. I agree “Me.” I understand the concept that any press is good press, but I must disagree with that. These people’s actions do not help their credibility or their cause.

  4. I’d argue it gives them credibility. This stunt gives their cause exposure, and gives them credibility in their own circle of activists.

    Look no further than PETA. They take on ridiculous causes all the time, and include nudity whenever possible. They aren’t trying to be credible in your eyes, observer. Quite the opposite.

  5. Ahhhhhhh, just ignore them. Attention is what they want. So don’t give it to them.

  6. I think their punishment is pretty small for disgracing a national monument with something as big as that….

  7. What can I say? They wanted publicity and now the press and tv are giving them just what they wanted. Ignore them and they will go away. Yes punish them, make them scrub the monument with toothbrushs and pick up litter in the national parks. I bet they all drink bottled water and wipe their rears with toilet paper. Try tap water and tree bark if your so green!

  8. I am curious how the heck someone can get to the top of Mt. Rushmore with out being seen first. Isn’t there this thing called security?

  9. Common Man – I’m not so sure that the security guards at Mt. Rushmore are skilled rock climbers. I actually think it’s kind of funny.

  10. As for the security comment, just think for a second about where Mount Rushmore is located. It’s not in the middle of a city with a fence all around it. It’s in a forest, surrounded by mountainous terrain.

    I’ve found all the hubbub over security to be laughable. There’s no way you can keep motivated people from climbing Rushmore unless you station a good-sized Army all around the mountain 24/7. And that wouldn’t be very good for tourism (Come see Mount Rushmore — once you get past all the razor wire and guys with machine guns, it’s great!).

  11. You brilliant people have all missed the point of the climb in the first place. What about global warming and what is being done about it? Nothing. These people are simply stating that they believe the world is in trouble because of global warming and the lack of progression in changing that fact by the Obama administration. What damage did they do to Mount Rushmore? None. Simply attempting to raise awareness to the previously stated issue. Nobody was hurt and no damage done. Leave them alone.

  12. To bem,
    Yeah right, close our factories that have state of the art scrubbers on the smoke stacks and shift all the manufacturing to Asia where they do nothing to reduce pollution. Why doesn’t Greenpeace hang that banner on the Great Wall?Want to reduce emissions in big way? BAN all products made in Asia and bring that manufacturing back to our own shores. We as a country are doing what we need to do responsibly.

  13. Actually, I think it’s a great comment on the whole situation that nobody’s talking about global warming. Doesn’t it prove that the Greenpeace people failed? They climbed a mountain to make a point, and the only thing anybody is talking about is the climb — not the point. Maybe they should have dreamed up a different way to make the point.

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