reply to post by nightmarehalo
Does anyone realize that computers have long been monitoring communications
lines ranging from the ARPAnet of the 1960's/1970's to the USEnet/FideoNet of
the 1980's up to the WWW of today? And not to mention scanning
all those phone calls, faxes and even Snail Mail!
Echelon has been in operation since the 1960's and with modern
supercomputers and context-based pattern searching, the job is
made a heck of a lot easier than it used to be!
A script kiddie in Mom's basement could do this stuff so imagine
an agency like the NSA (National Security Agency) with 30,000 employees
and a SIX BILLION dollar a year "Black Budget" budget can do!
To put it in Perspective, it's like BUYING all of Stanford University
and putting every student and professor on the Payroll along with
all that expensive lab gear and telling them to "make something happen"
when it comes to eavesdropping....You can bet your bottom dollar
all that brain power CAN and DO make things happen when it comes
to communications interception & security! The NSA spends a BILLION to
TWO BILLION a year on computer systems ALONE!!!!!!
[edit on 2009/12/4 by StargateSG7]