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National Reconnaissance Office NROECHELON
National Reconnaissance Office NRO
http://www.nro.gov/50 yrs of surveillance from abovenotice theAll Seeing Eye in the Pyramid. The phoenix coming out of the fire which isMasonic This Technology can be used for GPS RFID Tracking which the RFID Implants areMark of the Beast.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/503224.stmImagine a global spying network that can eavesdrop on every single phone call, fax or e-mail,anywhere on the planet. It sounds like science fiction, but it's true. Two of the chief protagonists -Britain and America - officially deny its existence. But the BBC has confirmation from the AustralianGovernment that such a network really does exist and politicians on both sides of the Atlantic arecalling for an inquiry. On the North Yorkshire moors above Harrogate they can be seen for miles, butstill they are shrouded in secrecy. Around 30 giant golf balls, known as radomes, rise from the USmilitary base at Menwith Hill.
Linked to the NSA
 
Inside is the world's most sophisticated eavesdropping technology, capable of listening-in to satellites high above the earth. The base is linked directly to theheadquarters of the US National Security Agency ( NSA) at Fort Mead inMaryland, and it is also linked to a series of other listening posts scatteredacross the world, like Britain's own GCHQ. The power of the network,codenamed Echelon, is astounding. Every international telephone call, fax, e-mail, or radio transmission can be listened to by powerful computers capableof voice recognition. They home in on a long list of key words, or patterns of messages. They are looking for evidence of international crime, like terrorism.
 
Facility is said to be capable of 2mintercepts per hour 
 
Open Oz
 
The network is so secret that the British and American Governments refuse to admit that Echelon evenexists. But another ally, Australia, has decided not to be so coy.The man who oversees Australia's security services, Inspector General of Intelligence and Security BillBlick, has confirmed to the BBC that their Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) does form part of thenetwork. "As you would expect there are a large amount of radio communications floating around inthe atmosphere, and agencies such as DSD collect those communications in the interests of their national security", he said. Asked if they are then passed on to countries like Britain and America, hesaid: "They might be in certain circumstances." But the system is so widespread all sorts of privatecommunications, often of a sensitive commercial nature, are hoovered up and analysed.Journalist Duncan Campbell has spent much of his life investigating Echelon. In a report commissioned by the European Parliament he produced evidence that the NSA snooped on phone calls from a Frenchfirm bidding for a contract in Brazil. They passed the information on to an American competitor, whichwon the contract. "There's no safeguards, no remedies, " he said, "There's nowhere you can go to saythat they've been snooping on your international communications. Its a totally lawless world."
Breaking the silence
 
Both Britain and America deny allegations like this, though they refuse to comment further. But oneformer US army intelligence officer has broken the code of silence.Colonel Dan Smith told the BBC that while this is feasible, it is not official policy: "Technically theycan scoop all this information up, sort through it, and find what it is that might be asked for," he said."But there is no policy to do this specifically in response to a particular company's interests."Legislators on both sides of the Atlantic are beginning to sit up and take notice. RepublicanCongressman Bob Barr has persuaded congress to open hearings into these and other allegations.In December he is coming to Britain to raise awareness of the issue. In an interview with the BBC heaccused the NSA of conducting a broad "dragnet" of communications, and "invading the privacy of American citizens." He is joined in his concerns by a small number of politicians In Britain. LiberalDemocrat MP Norman Baker has tabled a series of questions about Menwith Hill, but has been metwith a wall of silence. "There's no doubt it's being used as a listening centre," he said, "There's no doubtit's being used for US interests, and I'm not convinced that Britain's interests are being best served bythis."http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/EchelonEchelon is an officially unacknowledged U.S.-led global spy network that operates an automatedsystem for the interception and relay of electronic communications. Monitored transmissions are said toinclude up to 3 billion communications daily, including all the telephone calls, e-mail messages, faxes,satellite transmissions, and Internet downloads of both public and private organizations and citizensworldwide. Led by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), Echelon is operated collaboratively bythe intelligence agencies of the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and NewZealand. The organization's name originated as the code name for the system component responsiblefor interceptingsatellite communications.
 
Echelon collects information through an extensive system of radio antennae and satellites that monitor satellite communications andsniffer devices that collect Internet communications from data packets. Some sources claim that theorganization employs underwater devices to tap into transcontinental fiber opticphone cables. According to the ACLU, Echelon gathers huge volumes of data indiscriminately, and then filters outuseful information through artificial intelligence (AI
 
) technology. The system is also said to involvevoice recognition, language translation, and keyword searching to select messages to study in their entirety.According to recent reports, Echelon enabled intelligence gatherers to learn several months prior to theWorld Trade Center strike that some sort of large-scale action was planned, although the details wereinsufficient to avert it.deit is not clear how much detail was learned. While Echelon is clearlyconsidered an asset by theintelligence community, some organizations and individuals are madeuneasy by claims that the organization monitors well-intentioned endeavors, such as AmnestyInternational. The Scientific and Technical Options Assessment program office (STOA) of theEuropean Parliament recently commissioned two reports looking into Echelon. These reports found:that the organization exists; that it routinely intercepts both personal and business communications, in probable contravention of human rights; and that stringentencryptionpractices should be followed to protect against Echelon's transgressive invasions of privacy.As counter-terrorist activity intensifies following the events of September 11, 2001, Echelon activity isalso considered likely to intensify.

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