posted on Jul, 5 2008 @ 05:42 AM
I'm sure most people on here have knowledge or have at least heard of the global surveillance system run by the NSA called Echelon.
I know how the system works (or at least have a rough idea). I know it works by monitoring the various forms of communication (Phone, Email, Fax etc)
and flags "keywords" such as president, kill, poision etc this gets flagged for the attention of a human operator who deems whether the threat is
seriously enough to warrant further action.
Now, question is, I speak on the phone using a lots of these "keywords" and make a lot of jokes that could potentially be misinterpreted, but I'v
never had the cops pull up at my door.
So, how do they label me as not a threat? And every time I mention a "keyword" does my call get listened to?
Also, as I person in the Telecoms field I find it hard to imagine the technology and processing power nescessary for such a system to operate
effectively? Does anyone have any details on the technological specs of Echelon?
I know theres a wiki article on the tech specs of the FBI's Carnivore system.