posted on Feb, 28 2004 @ 09:29 PM
Your headquarter for Echelon Info.
Once again seeing as I have already posted 5 new links in my Corporation thread and this is an extremely interesting issue, I decided to put this tid
bit out on its own thread.
Several reports sponsored by the European Parliament have alleged that NSA operates an international sigint collection effort, known as Echelon, that
intercepts communications worldwide in order to provide economic intelligence to U.S. corporations. On July 5, 2000, the European Parliament voted to
undertake a further investigation of Echelon; the resultant draft report on Echelon was made public on May 18, 2001. Maintaining that NSA operates in
accordance with existing statutes and executive orders, senior U.S. officials have strongly disputed claims that intelligence agencies assist U.S.
corporations competing with foreign firms. They acknowledge, however, that intelligence agencies collect information regarding the use of bribery and
other illegal efforts by foreign firms in competition with U.S. corporations. Indications of such foreign efforts are provided to the State and
Commerce Departments. (See CRS Report RS20444, Project Echelon: U.S. Electronic Surveillance Efforts, by Richard A. Best, Jr.; Updated March 2, 2000.)
Only another link to corporations and the government if you ask me.