Wow. A lot of naive people on ATS or maybe they just pretending to be.
Everything is being monitered and I am saying this as fact! Its not even a secret.
ECHELON is a name used in global media and in popular culture to describe a signals intelligence collection and analysis network operated on
behalf of the five signatory states to the UKUSA agreement; Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, known as
The system has been reported in a number of public sources. Its capabilities and political implications were investigated by a committee of the
European Parliament during 2000 and 2001 with a report published in 2001.
In its report, the European Parliament states that the term ECHELON is used in a number of contexts, but that the evidence presented indicates that it
was the name for a signals intelligence collection system. The report concludes that, on the basis of evidence presented, ECHELON was capable of
interception and content inspection of telephone calls, fax, e-mail and other data traffic globally through the interception of communication bearers
including satellite transmission, public switched telephone networks and microwave links. The committee further concluded that "the technical
capabilities of the system are probably not nearly as extensive as some sections of the media had assumed".
That is just the tip of the iceberg. Even the owners of ATS themselves have admitted that they get regular visits from every major intelligence
agency, foreign or domestic.
Why would they not visit a site that discusses classified material either knowningly or not? They can't keep every mouth shut so the best thing to
do is go online and debunk. The proof is all around. Just about every interesting thread gets derailed by "naysayers".
However, that doesn't imply we should be paranoid about what we post. Most of the people, including myself, are casual observers/participants and
thus marginally threatning. Even second or third hand knowledge does not amount to much unless you have actual proof of your claims and willing to