Mimes Unleashed Upon the U.S. Senate to "Track" Senators and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt

Sep 20, 2011, 10:47 ET from Consumer Watchdog


WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Consumer Watchdog:

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 21

VISUALS: "Google Ice Cream Truck," giving out "free" ice cream and info on Google's online and mobile tracking. Ice cream truck modeled on our infamous animated videos – Video links below

Mimes dressed as the "Google Track Team" in white tracksuits with "Don't Be Evil" motto; wearing Google "Wi-Spy" glasses. They will track unsuspecting staffers and Senators in Dirksen Senate Office Building


7:45 am: Photo Op with "Google Ice Cream Truck"
LOCATION: Consumer Watchdog office: 413 East Capitol St, SE, DC 20003

10:00 am: "Google Ice Cream Truck" distributes "free" ice cream
LOCATION: Consumer Watchdog office: 413 East Capitol St, SE, DC 20003

12:30 pm: Mimes - "Google Track Team" - track staff, lobbyists and Senators
LOCATION: Meet near north entrance to Dirksen North Cafe, basement level

1:30 pm: Consumer Watchdog staff media availability outside hearing room
LOCATION: Outside of Room 226, Dirksen Senate Office Building

2:00 pm: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt testimony to Senate begins
Mime "Google Track Team" observes testimony in tracksuits, wearing Wi-Spy glasses
LOCATION: Room 226, Dirksen Senate Office Building,

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will testify before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights on Wednesday, Sept. 21 in Washington, DC about the company's threat to competition. Consumer Watchdog, which has been seeking Schmidt's testimony for more than one year, will spend the day demonstrating how Google's information monopoly creates power - and is central to the committee's antitrust concerns.

Before the hearing, a troupe of mimes – dressed in white "Google Track Team" suits and wearing Google "Wi-Spy" glasses – will track (follow) people around Dirksen Senate Office Building where the Judiciary hearing will be held. They will dramatize how Google is recording everything consumers do on the Internet by tracking Capitol-goers.

Consumer Watchdog will also follow people around Capitol Hill in a Google-branded ice cream truck and give away "free ice cream," to demonstrate that there is no free ice cream and Google's supposedly free services in fact come at the cost of our privacy.

Consumer Watchdog launched an animated video titled "Supercharge" on Monday satirizing Google CEO Larry Page and Chairman Eric Schmidt, which exposes actual quotes by the executives and shows the two stalking a United States Senator in a Google ice cream truck, using the signal in his Android mobile phone.

"Supercharge" VIDEO LINK: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/stalkingthesenator
"Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington" VIDEO LINK: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/video/mr-schmidt-goes-washington
"Don't Be Evil" VIDEO LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7U1e4B_iI8

SOURCE Consumer Watchdog