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After 27 Years, Reporter Who Exposed ECHELON Finds Vindication in Snowden Archive

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posted on Aug, 5 2015 @ 12:47 AM
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Ever since legendary British investigative journalist Duncan Campbell told the world in a 1988 magazine article about ECHELON — a massive, automated surveillance dragnet that indiscriminately intercepted phone and Internet data from communications satellites — Western intelligence officials have refused to acknowledge that it existed.

Despite sporadic continuing press reports, people who complained about the program — which, as Campbell disclosed, automatically searched text-based communications using a dictionary of keywords to flag suspicious content — were routinely dismissed as conspiracy theorists.

After 27 Years, Reporter Who Exposed ECHELON Finds Vindication in Snowden Archive

Sharing as it's more of the more important of Snowden's revealings. This was largely dismissed for some time as CT drivel. As well as when people shared Duncan Campbell's info on ECHELON-outside of this site anyway which shared a lot about ECHELON over the years.

Document: 2 page PDF




posted on Aug, 5 2015 @ 09:39 AM
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a reply to: dreamingawake

About bloody time!


Truth be told the stuff GCHQ get up to these days make the original ECHELON seem tame by comparison.



posted on Aug, 5 2015 @ 10:19 AM
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Pretty sure we have progressed to newer more upgraded forms of this very thing. If we've been doing such things since the 80s you can only imagine how out of date echelon is now...go figure the NSA wanted multiple supercomputer sites larger than a damn football field! There was a thread here some time back that talked about black project mission patches and a lot of them had to do with satellites...I'm sure we main line every country's and companies stuff be it hardwire or transmitted from space. Encryption...ha-ha good luck...those are probably not getting anyone anywhere as we have a backdoor to about everything...



posted on Aug, 5 2015 @ 10:29 AM
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Now we have on star, windows 10, Google, Facebook, apple, android, every cellphone service provider, pc/laptops, Playstation and Xbox.

All survalliencing capabilities, and spy capabilities.

Human race has become it's own monster. Allowing power/greed to control every other type of human quality, and indivdual lives while making them feel free.
edit on 5-8-2015 by Elementalist because: Forgot that android. .



posted on Aug, 5 2015 @ 10:58 AM
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a reply to: RickyD




There was a thread here some time back that talked about black project mission patches and a lot of them had to do with satellites...


My avatar is one of those patches. See the four "birds" orbiting the earth. Notice that one "bird" is not colored in.
The "birds" represent NRO spy satellites, 4 in total, with one supposedly no longer functioning but still represented in the patch. This patch was released in 2000.



The patches’ relative obscurity changed in 2000, with the launch of a payload known as NROL-11. The mission patch depicted what appeared to be owl eyes peering down at the Earth, where four arrow-shaped vectors, two per orbit, made their way across Africa. Three of the vectors were white, and one was dark. Based solely on studying the design, civilian satellite watcher Ted Molczan hypothesized that the patch showed a failed satellite (the dark vector), and that the newly launched satellite would take its place. Sure enough, after the launch a new satellite appeared just where Molczan predicted. Pearlman, who reported on the story at the time, says that NRO at first told him “no comment” when he contacted them. About 30 minutes later they called him back and asked him not to publish the story. Pearlman told them no dice, and in the end, the NRO spokesman told him that the patches were just morale-builders for those who work on the launches. Whether NRO admits it, though, it seemed that NROL-11’s patch had inadvertently revealed classified details about its payload’s whereabouts, and when the story broke, the patches suddenly appeared on the public’s radar. Although the patches were under more scrutiny than ever before, the agency didn’t flinch. Rather than classify them or discontinue the tradition, NRO ramped up its game. Subsequent designs became even more ridiculous, featuring patriotic gorillas or 16th-century ships, for example. The public ate it up. Some—like the 2013 mission heralded by a giant Earth-eating octopus—sparked their own media frenzies, and rip-offs of the most popular designs popped up for sale online. NRO’s new motto seems to be “better to have a more outlandish design than show actual details about the flight,” Pearlman says.


The rest of the article can be read HERE



posted on Aug, 5 2015 @ 11:48 AM
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a reply to: Nucleardoom

Thanks for coming in and linking that...it had been so long and I didn't have the time today to properly hunt for it. I gotta think if this is the stuff we know about and was as old as 10-15 years ago...the stuff we don't know would probably blow us out of our seats. Trillions of dollars don't just disappear ya know...no it gets used on massive projects such as this. In combination with tech like slayer brought us with the tiny pebbles project I can imagine our new x37b unmanned space vehicle dropping payloads of such hard to spot items to directly tap into any satellite they wish. At the end of the day I believe if I can imagine it they've probably already surpassed it.



posted on Aug, 5 2015 @ 12:06 PM
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Obama is giving a speech about the Iranian nuclear program.
He used the public paranoia surrounding nuclear proliferation during the JFK administration in the 1960's to set the stage.

Several of the video presentations for the same speech asked for demographic information.

www.washingtonpost.com...

Looks like they are going to catch us up to 1963, although with a little historical research we might find parallels to TPAJAX in the early 1950's..
edit on 5-8-2015 by Cauliflower because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 5 2015 @ 01:11 PM
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originally posted by: Elementalist
Now we have on star, windows 10, Google, Facebook, apple, android, every cellphone service provider, pc/laptops, Playstation and Xbox.

All survalliencing capabilities, and spy capabilities.

Human race has become it's own monster. Allowing power/greed to control every other type of human quality, and indivdual lives while making them feel free.


Funny thing is, the chatboxes for personal messaging on MMORPGs are fairly secure from NSA snooping, provided that keywords are used. Who in the NSA is gonna look twice at "We really need to kill this boss." ??



posted on Aug, 6 2015 @ 01:02 PM
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a reply to: kelbtalfenek

Actually they have people that do that job too...

source 1

Source 2



posted on Aug, 6 2015 @ 05:13 PM
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originally posted by: kelbtalfenek
Funny thing is, the chatboxes for personal messaging on MMORPGs are fairly secure from NSA snooping, provided that keywords are used. Who in the NSA is gonna look twice at "We really need to kill this boss." ??


MMO chat is looked at quite heavily. Lineage 2 probably got the most attention because the entire game eventually became nothing but a money laundering system for Asian mafia's.

It's not keywords that are looked for these days, instead it's the meta data of who is talking to who, and what words appear in proximity to each other.



posted on Aug, 6 2015 @ 05:33 PM
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a reply to: Elementalist

How else are we supposed to inform everyone of our bowel movements?

So one thing I don't get is how it's possible to sift through all of the information being taken down daily. Sure, there must be some amazing stuff going on, keywords and the like, but at the end of the day you still need man power. Considering that the majority of people are now connected in at least some way, how is this feasible?



posted on Aug, 6 2015 @ 05:35 PM
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originally posted by: dreamingawake


Ever since legendary British investigative journalist Duncan Campbell told the world in a 1988 magazine article about ECHELON — a massive, automated surveillance dragnet that indiscriminately intercepted phone and Internet data from communications satellites — Western intelligence officials have refused to acknowledge that it existed.

Despite sporadic continuing press reports, people who complained about the program — which, as Campbell disclosed, automatically searched text-based communications using a dictionary of keywords to flag suspicious content — were routinely dismissed as conspiracy theorists.

After 27 Years, Reporter Who Exposed ECHELON Finds Vindication in Snowden Archive

Sharing as it's more of the more important of Snowden's revealings. This was largely dismissed for some time as CT drivel. As well as when people shared Duncan Campbell's info on ECHELON-outside of this site anyway which shared a lot about ECHELON over the years.

Document: 2 page PDF


Why's all this coming out now

I wonder



posted on Aug, 6 2015 @ 07:07 PM
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a reply to: Domo1

In steps AI...



posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 08:44 PM
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originally posted by: Elementalist
Now we have on star, windows 10, Google, Facebook, apple, android, every cellphone service provider, pc/laptops, Playstation and Xbox.

All survalliencing capabilities, and spy capabilities.

Human race has become it's own monster. Allowing power/greed to control every other type of human quality, and indivdual lives while making them feel free.


It has NEVER been its own monster, and never will be.

And has nothing to do with ALLOWING either.

I know its tough, when you have your entire environment decided for you since thousands of years, but just try, and picture things are not as you are seeing, and being fed.

Humans have NEVER been free, and neither has the "Universe".



posted on Aug, 14 2015 @ 04:41 AM
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That's the Whore Of Babylon from Revelations. a reply to: dreamingawake



posted on Aug, 15 2015 @ 10:03 AM
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I suspect this is part of a controlled disclosure effort and Edward Snowden might be involved in it. He may not be an unauthorized whistle blower at all, although the details behind it must be much more complicated if this is true. When he first came out with this most of what he was reporting wasn't news at all, it was just repeating what some of us already knew about ECHELON that had already been disclosed under a new name, PRISM.

They covered this as if it was something new and developed after 9/11 for months if not two years.

I think they might be controlling some of the selective disclosure and it may continue going much farther. Some of the people involved in this might actually appear to be whistle blower when they're not and they might be disclosing what suits their purpose, possibly including occasional misinformation.

I went into this when he first came out and selectively reported then news in Is “Prism” news? or is it ECHELON?



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