Hanging a banner on a billboard you paid for or your own property not vandalism. Hanging it on a national monument defaces the work of art and is therefore vandalism. Granted I do think this is misdemeanor stuff. It's not like they took a jackhammer to Lincoln's eyes.
Bob Emmett wrote:
Time for greenpeace to be put down.
Why? They cause less harm than Goldman Sachs.
Why? They are committing crimes while at the same time asking for public donations so they can continue their efforts. At the very least they should have their charity status revoked.
I am very happy that there are people like Greenpeace out there continuing to bring attention to the issues that ought to matter to our society. While I sit through hour after hour in the office to fund a lifestyle that in many ways I despise, these people have the courage to work for a cause in which they believe for very little reward.
To add a poster to a monument that is itself the result of man bending the Earth to his will through force seems a highly poignant way to bring attention to an environmental issue.
Just because an act is against the law does not stop it from being right
This only makes sense with the benefit of hindsight as you say, otherwise it's the sort of meaningless statement a politician might make because it's difficult to argue either for or against it - you're not a politician are you?
I've been called some things in my time but never in my life have I been so offended
For those who believe in a higher power it is easy to argue that things can be illegal and right and that in fact the laws of their religion transcend any earthly laws. For those of us who do not believe in some kind of deity it is hard to explain why right and wrong should exist although many seem to believe that a respect for fellow men and the world on which we live should be placed above a set of laws written by a bunch of self-serving egoists with the assistance of their highly affluent lobbyist pals.