Well, SHIT. I guess I can't go on thinking that Echelon is
a myth anymore. Once the ACLU develops a watchdog organization,
man, you just got to admit that the damn thing exists.
bAs the story goes, "Echelon" is the super-extra-ultra-top-secret project by the
National Security Agency (NSA -- see Enemy of the State for
details) to monitor domestic phone lines and Internet traffic. As the story
goes, the Spooks use keyword searches on ALL domestic communications to identify
Bad People and read their email/listen to their phone lines.
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This has been rumored for so long that it's become sort of the Internet boogie
man. "Look out for what you say, or the NSA will GETCHA!!!" Then, just a few
months ago, evidence came
forward indicated that Echelon was for REAL. Meaning, all that porno and all
that incendiary political shit and threats on the president's life that you've
been sending to your friends and loved ones have been READ and ANALYZED by evil
fuckheads with mirrorshades and bad suits. DAMN!
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Well, people are up in arms about this, of course. But what can you do? First
and foremost, go get you some good encryption, like GnuPG, and use it for as much mail as you can.
The Gnomes may be able to break this encryption -- there's really no way we can
know that -- but at least they won't be able to keyword-scan you that easily.
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Second, if everyone starts using "incendiary" keywords in their e-mail and on
Web sites, supposedly the Echelon computers will get "jammed" and will be unable
to do their work. At the very least, it's FUN to say the real dirty words
of the 21st century. Try it! (Emacs has a great "spook" function that
auto-generates "forbidden" words and phrases. I've dropped a few into this
article, as you can see.)
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Lastly, you can go the political route and lean on your Congressional
representative to get some info about Echelon out to the public. That's what the
ACLU started this EchelonWatch for, after all. As usual, an embarassment to
liberals everywhere, but the conservative folks have a big jump on this and are
making things kind of hot for the Clinton Administration over the issue. Go send
some angry mail to Barb Boxer and Nancy Pelosi, and get them to hang up the
other line! NSA out of my brain!