Protesters Hang Banner on Rushmore

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2009 12:12 PM CDT
Greenpeace climbers rappel down the face of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, SD, July 8, 2009 to unfurl a banner that challenges President Obama to show leadership on global warming.   (AP Photo/Greenpeace, Kate Davison)

(Newser) – A group of Greenpeace protesters were cited yesterday after draping a 2,300-square-foot banner over Mount Rushmore, the Argus Leader reports. The banner sported Barack Obama's face and read: “America honors leaders, not politicians: Stop global warming.” The 11 protesters scaled up and rappelled down the mountain using existing rock anchors. They were all cited for unlawful climbing and trespassing, misdemeanors carrying a maximum penalty of 6 months in prison.