Originally posted by BetweenMyths
Raytheon Systems Limited, Serco, Accenture, Detica, QinetiQ, Steria, and Capgemini, in a consortium called 'Trusted Borders'.
Scroll down to section .ed 'Hardware'
"An article (www.techworld.com...
) by Chris Mellor tells that ECHELON is built by Raytheon
Martin and Zeta Associates. Margaret Newsham claims (www.agitprop.org.au...
) that she designed the software for
the system at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California under the code name P415. The two main programs are called SILKWORTH and SIRE."
Report on the existence of a global system for the interception of private and commercial communications (ECHELON interception system
Same report from European Parliament website:
"That a global system for intercepting communications exists, operating by means of cooperation proportionate to their capabilities among the USA,
the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand under the UKUSA Agreement, is no longer in doubt. It may be assumed, in view of the evidence and the
consistent pattern of statements from a very wide range of individuals and organisations, including American sources, that the system or parts of it
were, at least for some time, code-named ECHELON. What is important is that its purpose is to intercept private and commercial communications, and not
188.8.131.52: "In the early 1970s the Yakima station was established in the north-western USA and in 1972/73 the Morwenstow station was built in southern
England. At that time, Yakima had one large antenna (trained towards the Pacific) and Morwenstow had two large antennae (one trained towards the
Atlantic, the other towards the Indian Ocean). By virtue of the location of the two stations, all communications could be recorded."
184.108.40.206" Today, global satellite communications are provided by satellites operated by INTELSAT, INMARSAT and INTERSPUTNIK. The division of the earth
into three footprints (Indian Ocean, Pacific and Atlantic areas), introduced when the first generations of satellites were sent into space, has been
retained. In each of the footprints there are stations which meet the criteria which characterise them as interception stations:"
"This shows that the global interception of communications is feasible.
In addition, there are further stations which, although they do not meet the criterion of antenna size, and although there is no other clear evidence
underpinning the assumption, may still form part of the global interception system. These stations could be used to cover the zone or spot beams of
satellites whose global beams are intercepted by other stations or for whose global beam no large satellite antennae are required."