IPCC Exposed ,False Flags & Sarin Hypocrisy


The IPCC Exposed

Published on 27 Sep 2013

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The IPCC has released its latest assessment of the state of climate science, and this time it’s even more dire than their 2007 assessment. Global warming is “unequivocal” and humans are the “dominant cause” to a certainty of 95%. But how are these uncertainties calculated? And how does the IPCC process work anyway? Join us this week on The Corbett Report as we dissect the latest IPCC hype and examine the organizations processes and conclusions.

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A Brief History of False Flag Terror

Published on 11 Sep 2013

TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=7980

James Corbett of The Corbett Report takes the viewer on a whirlwind tour of false flag history, from the Gleiwitz incident and the Lavon affair to Operation Northwoods and 9/11.

Sarin: The Stench of Hypocrisy

Published on 28 Aug 2013

John Kerry has tried to make a moral case for unleashing American weapons of mass destruction on the people of Syria. But what is the history of the US and Sarin gas? And when Kerry says:
“Our sense of basic humanity is offended not only by this cowardly crime but also by the cynical attempt to cover it up”

does he see the hypocrisy of this coming from the government that has cynically attempted to cover up Agent Orange and Depleted Uranium?

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3 Responses to IPCC Exposed ,False Flags & Sarin Hypocrisy

  1. pamea says:

    Says it in the Music.

    Yes. they want us hating & fighting one another.

  2. PeterBDunn says:

    UN/IPCC Exposed: Use Climate Change As
    Weapon To Force One-Party System

    http://chemtrailsplanet.net/2014/01/24/unipcc-exposed-use-climate-change-as-weapon-to-force-one-party-system/

    “The actual goal of the climatism is to liquidate democracy, freedom, and prosperity in the world. …It’s the very ability of the one-party system to neutralize the opposition of any kind that is so intriguing for Ms Figueres and thousands of champions of the climate alarmism. It’s what their talk about the ‘consensus’ and the dissatisfaction with the ‘contrarians’ is all about. The goal of these people is to stop democracy, freedom, and prosperity regardless of the fate of Nature, the temperatures, or the CO2 concentrations.”

    • PeterBDunn says:
      Below is tons of 90’s press coverage on Clinton’s project. DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON SECTION: STATUS OF US INTELLIGENCE SUBSECTION: ECHELON, HIGH TECH Revised 1/8/01 ECHELON AND HIGH TECH INTELLIGENCE Daily Telegraph 12/16/97 “.A European Commission report warns that the United States has developed an extensive spying network on European Citizens and we should all be worried, reports Simon Davies. A global electronic spy network that can eavesdrop on every telephone,email and telex communication around the world will be officially acknowledged for the first time in a European Commission report to be delivered this week. The report – Assessing the Technologies of Political Control — was commissioned last year by the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament. It contains details of a network of American-controlled spy stations on British soil and around the world. that “routinely and indiscriminately” monitors countless phone, fax and email messages. It states: “Within Europe all email telephone and fax communications are routinely intercepted by the United States Natiomnal Security Agency transferring all target information from the European mainland via the strategic hub of London then by satellite to Fort Meade in Maryland via the crucial hub at Menwith Hill” in Yorkshire. The report confirms for the first time the existence of a the secretive Echelon system..” Summarized from a report by Charles Smith (Softwar): Webb Hubbell, Ron Brown and Vince Foster were all assigned to encryption tasks involving chip technology. Janet Reno was personally tasked to encryption export policy. Ira Sockowitz, a former DNC fundraiser walked out of the Commerce Dept. with over 2,000 pages of secret material on encryption and satellites. According to the GAO, Clinton personally authorized the transfer of military strength encryption technology to China with a Presidential Waiver. There was a GAO report on the 1994 “Hua Mei” transfer of an advanced telecommunications, secure, fiber- optic system sold to a Chinese Army front company included advanced encryption software. One document returned under a FOIA request from the Commerce Dept. for the “Hua Mei” request, outlines the details of how China and the Clinton administration used an obscure license technique, called GLX, to avoid verifying the end user was the Chinese military. In the case of Hua Mei, the Chinese Army bought technology by using front companies. The Commerce Department under Ron Brown did very little, if anything, to stop them. In fact, according to the Commerce Dept., of the 734 licenses applied for advanced telecommunications export to China in 1994 under the “GLX” category only five were denied! Additional documents obtained by SOFTWAR using FOIA from the White House National Security Council (NSC) show that Motorola sought and obtained President Clinton’s permission to sell encrypted radios to China. Motorola did so with the help of a former Clinton and Bush NSC official, Dr. Richard Barth. Barth was brought back into the Clinton White House as a contractor in 1993 and helped make U.S. encryption export policy. Clinton opposes the sale of the same type of equipment to all U.S. citizens. Wired News 9/30/98 Niall McKay “.In October, Europe’s governing body will commission a full report into the workings of Echelon, a global network of highly sensitive listening posts operated in part by America’s most clandestine intelligence organization, the National Security Agency. “Frankly, the only people who have any doubt about the existence of Echelon are in the United States,” said Glyn Ford, a British member of the European Parliament and a director of Scientific and Technical Options Assessment, or STOA, a technology advisory committee to the parliament. Echelon is reportedly able to intercept, record, and translate any electronic communication — telephone, data, cellular, fax, email, telex — sent anywhere in the world. .” FOX NEWS 11/13/98 Patrick Riley “.Beware: you are being tracked by the government. Your phone calls are being monitored, your faxes and e-mails are being read. It is a classic Big Brother cliche, but it may also be reality, according to information emerging about a global surveillance network called Echelon, which is run by the United States National Security Agency in conjunction with intelligence operations in Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand. The Free Congress Foundation, a Washington D.C.-based civil liberties group, recently published a report detailing the system and is planning, along with the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups, to pressure Congress into investigating it. “Echelon is the most terrifying kind of surveillance that exists because you have no way of knowing if you’re being listened to and you have no recourse and you have no privacy,” said Cassidy Sehgal, a lawyer for the ACLU. A remnant of the Cold War that has continued to advance in the digital era, Echelon reportedly uses land- based intercept stations, as well as ships and satellites, to collect electronic and fiber-optic transmissions at an estimated rate of 5 million per minute.. It’s not the existence of such a spy operation that troubles most critics, it’s Echelon’s seemingly indiscriminate nature and lack of regulation..” WorldNet Daily 2/25/99 Joseph Farah “…One of the secrets of the Clinton administration’s success at staying in power has been to plot such dastardly deeds that few Americans could even grasp their evil intent. Right at the top of the list of such conspiracies — now well documented, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of WorldNetDaily columnist Charles Smith — is the Clipper Chip project. It involves all of the following: a treasonous relationship with China, a plan to tap every phone in America, drug money and, of course, the usual intrigue of administration figures such as Webster Hubbell, Al Gore, Ron Brown, Janet Reno and Clinton himself…The story starts in 1992 when AT&T developed secure telephones untappable by the federal government. The company planned to make them available to the American public. Instead, the Clinton administration interceded and bought up all the phones with a secret slush fund…. By 1994, White House aide John Podesta had been called into the inner circle of the Clipper project. Meanwhile, Podesta’s brother, Tony, a lobbyist and fund-raiser was representing AT&T. His donors and clients, including AT&T, were invited to participate in trade trips to China and obtain valuable export deals with Beijing…By 1996, Reno was urging the all-out federal takeover of the computer industry and the banning of any encryption technology that doesn’t let the government in the back door. Interestingly, the first target of the government’s wiretap plan was its own Drug Enforcement Administration. Hmmm. The Chinese sought information obtained from such taps — which may explain why Chinese drug lord Ng Lapseng gave as much money to the Democratic National Committee as he did. It’s no wonder Reno didn’t want to investigate the penetration of the DEA by the Chinese. After all, Ng was photographed with her bosses, Bill and Hillary Clinton at a DNC fund-raiser….” Office of Congressman Bob Barr http://www.house.gov/barr 4/7/99 “…Identifying information as the most valuable commercial and political asset as America enters its third century, U.S. Representative Bob Barr (GA-7) called on Congress to “exercise aggressive oversight of government transmission, retrieval, storage, and manipulation of private personal information.” Barr’s call for oversight hearings by the House Government Reform Committee was delivered at a major international conference in Washington, D.C. called “Computers, Freedom and Privacy 1999.” At the conference, Barr participated in a panel discussion that centered on Project ECHELON, which began in the 1980s, and is controlled largely by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) in coordination with at least four other countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. According to reports, the system allows the government to intercept virtually any internationally transmitted phone conversation, fax, e-mail, or data transfer. “Anyone who cares about protecting privacy rights of American citizens should repeatedly contact Members of Congress, the news media, and the Administration. We must demand the government account for its surveillance activities, including Project ECHELON, and take steps to ensure the privacy of electronic communications,” said Barr….” Electronic Telegraph 4/11/99 Tony Paterson “…German business is thought to suffer annual losses of at least £7 billion through stolen inventions and development projects. With Europe already locked in a trade war with its American ally over bananas, Germany’s high-tech industry wants its government to back a counter-offensive. The main centres used for satellite tapping of millions of confidential company telephone calls, fax and e-mail messages are believed to be terrestrial listening posts run by the American National Security Agency (NSA) at Menwith Hill, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and Bad Aibling, Bavaria, with the backing of the American government. “Industrial espionage is becoming increasingly aggressive. Secrets are being siphoned off to an extent never experienced until now,” said Horst Teltschik, a senior BMW board member and a former security adviser to Helmut Kohl. He is trying to co-ordinate a German business response to the spying problem. The practice of lifting industrial secrets via satellite listening posts has grown steadily in central Europe since the decline in political espionage that followed the collapse of communism. But it has been further encouraged by advances in communications technology….. In a rare public disclosure, a NSA employee, who refused to be named, agreed to appear in silhouette on German television last August to reveal how he had stolen Enercon’s secrets. He said he used satellite information to tap the telephone and computer link lines that ran between Enercon’s research laboratory near the North Sea and its production unit some 12 miles away. Detailed plans of the company’s allegedly secret invention were then passed on to Kenetech. …..Experts have little doubt that the NSA is at the forefront of the European industrial espionage war, not least because Washington has instructed its security services to collect information for the benefit of American industry. Early in his presidency, Bill Clinton decreed that industrial espionage should be one of the main tasks of the CIA. “What is good for Boeing is good for America,” he was quoted as saying. The NSA operates a global data surveillance network involving 52 super computers. …..From both the Yorkshire and Bavarian sites, data is transferred to the NSA’s headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland where 10,000 military personnel and 30,000 civilian employees trawl the information with the help of the British Memex computer identification system….” Koenig’s Internationl News 5/10/99 Charles Smith “…Congressional investigators confronted Clinton administration officials last week with the latest information from SOFTWAR. House and Senate investigators want to know why the U.S. and China continue to operate joint signals (SIGINT) intercept bases inside the People’s Republic of China. The joint CIA/PLA bases are located at Korla and Qitai in the western province Xinjiang. The bases were established in 1978, during the height of the Cold war. In response, Clinton administration Defense Dept. officials refused to answer questions about the joint CIA/Chinese Army bases. At one point, Clinton officials refused to answer any questions on joint U.S./Sino military operations. “We are going to have to call them in on the carpet,” stated one frustrated Congressional investigator. “We certainly need to know about Korla and Qitai. The Chinese Army is setting up a SIGINT base with the Cubans to monitor U.S. military forces 90 miles from Florida. Just how much of that new PLA base is ‘made in the U.S.A’?” ….The joint CIA/PLA SIGINT bases are also reported to be part of the National Security Agency (NSA) chain of stations linked to the “ECHELON” system. ECHELON is a giant NSA network of intercept posts, satellites and super-computers intended to monitor communications and signals on a world-wide scale. ECHELON is also plugged into various monitoring systems, each with individual code names such as “MAYFLY”…..” wired.com 5/10/99 Niall McKay “…The National Security Agency has its ear to the world, but doesn’t listen to everyone at once. That was one conclusion of a new report, Interception Capabilities 2000, accepted late last week by the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment Panel (STOA). The panel commissioned Duncan Campbell, a British investigative reporter, to prepare a report on Echelon, the US-led satellite surveillance network……Campbell was asked to investigate the system in the wake of charges made last year in the European Parliament that Echelon was being used to funnel European government and industry secrets into US hands. “What is new and important about this report is that it contains the first ever documentary evidence of the Echelon system,” said Campbell. Campbell obtained the document from a source at Menwith Hill, the principal NSA communications monitoring station, located near Harrogate in northern England. The report details how intelligence agencies intercept Internet traffic and digital communications, and includes screen shots of traffic analysis from NSA computer systems…..”[The report] is undoubtedly the most comprehensive look at Echelon to date because of its attention to detail — [and] the NSA’s use of technology,” said John Young, a privacy activist in New York. Although the United States has never officially acknowledged Echelon’s existence, dozens of investigative reports over the past decade have revealed a maze-like system that can intercept telephone, data, cellular, fax, and email transmissions sent anywhere in the world. Previously, Echelon computers were thought to be able to scan millions of telephone lines and faxes for keywords such as “bomb” and “terrorist.” But Campbell’s report maintains that the technologies to perform such a global dragnet do not exist. Instead, Campbell said that the system targets the communications networks of known diplomats, criminals, and industrialists of interest to the intelligence community….” Office of Congressman Bob Barr 5/13/99 Freeper A Whitewater Researcher “…U.S. Representative Bob Barr (GA-7) successfully amended the Intelligence Reauthorization Act on the House Floor today, to require U.S. intelligence agencies to report to Congress on the legal standards justifying surveillance activities directed at American citizens….The Barr amendment requires the Attorney General, and the directors of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency to provide a detailed report to Congress, explaining the legal standards the intelligence community uses to monitor the conversations, transmissions, or activities of American citizens…”I am extremely concerned there are not sufficient legal mechanisms in place to protect our private information from unauthorized government eavesdropping through such mechanisms as Project ECHELON. This amendment represents a first step toward finding out whether or not sufficient legal safeguards and privacy protection procedures are in place,” Barr continued…” http://sunday.ninemsn.com.au/sun_cover2.asp?id=818 5/28/99 Ross Coulthart and Nick Farrow “…In an unprecedented statement to the Sunday program, the director of Australia’s Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), Martin Brady, reveals what spying the DSD allows on Australian citizens and companies. DSD also officially acknowledges for the first time that it is a signatory of the hitherto secret UK-USA alliance, that endorses cooperation with counterpart intelligence organisations in the United Kingdom, the US, Canada and New Zealand. As the program reveals, Australia is routinely monitoring any fax, phone or data communications passing through satellites over the Indian and Pacific Ocean. The interception of these communications is controlled by a so-called “dictionary system” that scans all communications simultaneously with the use of powerful super-computers that have been programmed with key words, key numbers and even specific voice patterns. Some of the intercepted messages (which do include communications by Australians) are sent to Australia’s DSD but the bulk of the intelligence from Australia’s important Geraldton base is sent automatically to America without scrutiny by Australian eyes. This complex computer surveillance system is known by the codename “Echelon”….” fcw.com 6/3/99 Daniel Verton “…According to an amendment to the fiscal 2000 Intelligence Authorization Act proposed last month by Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.), the director of Central Intelligence, the director of NSA and the attorney general must submit a report within 60 days of the bill becoming law that outlines the legal standards being employed to safeguard the privacy of American citizens against Project Echelon. …. However, NSA, the supersecret spy agency known best for its worldwide eavesdropping capabilities, for the first time in the history of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence refused to hand over documents on the Echelon program, claiming attorney/client privilege. …Calling NSA’s argument of attorney/client privilege “unpersuasive and dubious,” committee chairman Rep. Peter J. Goss (R-Fla.) said the ability of the intelligence community to deny access to documents on intelligence programs could “seriously hobble the legislative oversight process” provided for by the Constitution and would “result in the envelopment of the executive branch in a cloak of secrecy.” ….” Datateknik, Swedish Newspaper 6/10/99 Göran Andersson “….In a report written for the European Parliament it is claimed that information from United States military signals intelligence is used to benefit American corporations. The report contains several examples on how information from espionage has been used for business-related purposes. The United States National Security Agency (NSA) has used signals intelligence to intercept internal information from European corporations (Thomson and Airbus). This information has later been handed over to American corporations which then has succeeded to take home important affairs according to the report Interception Capabilities 2000 (IC 2000)….According to the report, advanced signals intelligence is also carried out by 30 countries including Russia and China. The yearly cost for the signal intelligence is estimated to 140 – 180 milliard crowns (15-20 billion Euro) and the main part goes to the U.S. lead signals intelligence operation, often called Echelon…” Time Magazine 6/24/99 Greg Lindsay “…In the past month a series of announcements from the governments of Australia, the U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Sweden and the U.S., among others, has brought to light the existence of a massive international electronic surveillance network known as “Echelon.” Its existence was officially confirmed by the Australian intelligence agency back on May 23. In a nutshell, Echelon is a joint project undertaken by the U.S. and its allies to monitor satellite transmissions, phone calls and the Internet. How does it work? The Echelon partner nations have deployed “sniffer” programs that monitor the data traffic at six critical junctions on the Internet, vacuuming in as much information as they can and submitting it to the “Dictionary,” a series of programs dedicated to finding red flag phrases — for example, conversations about assassinating public figures. The results are then sorted and sent to the appropriate intelligence branch of the appropriate nation. As a result, as much as 90 percent of all traffic on the Net is being scanned by the NSA and other espionage organizations, just as thoroughly as if they were rummaging in your mailbox with a letter opener. In the U.S. the agency responsible for maintaining Echelon is the National Security Agency (NSA), which is charged with keeping an eye on nations deemed dangerous to U.S. interests. Thanks to its partners in Echelon, NSA watchdogs report, the agency can avoid actually engaging in domestic spying per se by asking British intelligence to do it for them, and vice versa…… ” Echelon was designed to spy on the Communist Bloc during the Cold War. World Net Daily 11/12/98 Stephan Archer “. Originally, Echelon was designed to spy on the Communist Bloc during the Cold War. However, since the end of the Cold War, the NSA has used it for other questionable purposes that include spying on the citizens of U.S. allies as well as the citizens of other countries, commercial spying, and even domestic spying. In essence, Echelon works through a series of high-tech spy facilities located primarily in five countries: the United States, Canada, England, New Zealand, and Australia. These countries, which are sworn to secrecy about the project in a secret agreement known as UKUSA, all actively take part in this encroachment of privacy into the lives of the people of the world by collecting virtually all fax transmissions, e-mails, and phone calls. Not even cellular phone calls escape the grasp of the Echelon system. “Obviously, we need to have these capabilities,” said Wayne Madsen, who worked in the National COMSEC Assessment Center at the NSA’s Fort Meade, Maryland, facility back in the 1980s and is currently a senior fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center. .Concerning Echelon’s inherent intrusion on people’s privacy, Patrick Poole, the deputy director for the Center of Technology Policy at the Free Congress Foundation, said, “While we understand the need for the intelligence power embodied by Echelon, the indiscriminate use of Echelon presents major threats to liberty not only to U.S. citizens but to citizens around the world.” And this threat is real. The foundation’s report states that U.S. leaders have, in fact, already abused this awesome technology. For example, the report states the following: “In September 1993, President Clinton asked the CIA to spy on Japanese auto manufacturers that were designing zero-emission cars and to forward that information to the Big Three U.S. car manufacturers: Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.” “You can assume that all major U.S. corporations are fed items of interest (via Echelon) from time to time to give them a leg up on international competitors,” said Madsen..With this kind of abuse of Echelon’s power, the question as to whether or not the U.S. government has been using this power for political purposes can be easily raised. This question is seemingly answered in the foundation’s report. “The discovery of domestic surveillance targeted at American civilians for reasons of ‘unpopular’ political affiliation — or for no probable cause at all — in violation of the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution is regularly impeded by very elaborate and complex legal arguments and privilege claims by the intelligence agencies and the U.S. government,” the report says. When asked if the system has been used by the U.S. government to spy on its citizens, Madsen told WorldNetDaily that he was sure it has been. “I don’t believe that the NSA or the current Administration would hesitate to use this system on American citizens for their own agendas,” he said. Outraged by this flagrant abuse of power illustrated by our country’s elected officials, Poole said, “While the U.S. is the prime mover behind the Echelon system, it’s shameful that the European Parliament is the body holding the constitutional debate in regards to Echelon today.”.” Foxnews.com 7/13/99 Tom Raum AP “…Easing export controls on powerful data and voice-scrambling technology will hamper efforts to track down terrorists and other criminals, the nation’s top two law enforcement officials told Congress. Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI Director Louis Freeh registered Clinton administration objections Tuesday to encryption-decontrol legislation that is widely supported by high-tech companies. They said increasing numbers of terrorist groups, drug traffickers, child pornographers and financial criminals already are using the scrambling technology to avoid detection and frustrate prosecution….” ABC news 7/18/99 David Ruppe “…Some of America’s closest European allies suspect a massive U.S. listening post, nestled on the quiet, windswept moors of northern England, has secretly been spying on European governments, businesses and citizens….The station, located at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire, and reportedly staffed with more than 1,000 Americans, was created nearly 40 years ago to keep tabs on the Soviet empire…..The site is supposed to be used to monitor matters of international security, such as weapons proliferation, drug trafficking [?} and terrorism. But according to numerous European press reports, businesses, civil liberties groups, and some government officials believe Menwith Hill and a sister post at Bad Aibling, Germany are also targeting them….The concerns of the European community are a bit overblown,” says James Bamford, author of The Puzzle Palace, the definitive book on the NSA. “The [NSA is] not worried about some company in Brussels. They’re worried about the things you see on the front page of The Washington Post and The New York Times, terrorism, Kosovo.” ….” Drudge 7/27/99 “…The Clinton administration has developed a plan for an extensive computer monitoring system, overseen by the FBI, that will track banking, telecommunications and other industries, it will be reported on Wednesday. The National Security Council is conducting a legal and technical review of the new Clinton plan, a final report is scheduled to be made public in September. NEW YORK TIMES reporter John Markoff has been shown a draft, according to publishing sources, and was busy on Tuesday afternoon preparing a story…..The plan calls for the development of a “sophisticated software system to monitor activities on non-military government networks” and a separate system to “track all transactions used in the banking, telecommunications and transportation industries.” ….” The New York Times 7/27/99 John Markoff “…The Clinton Administration has developed a plan for an extensive computer monitoring system, overseen by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to protect the nation’s crucial data networks from intruders. The plan, an outgrowth of the Administration’s anti-terrorism program, has already raised concerns from civil liberties groups. A draft prepared by officials at the National Security Council last month, which was provided to The New York Times by a civil liberties group, calls for a sophisticated software system to monitor activities on nonmilitary Government networks and a separate system to track networks used in crucial industries like banking, telecommunications and transportation. The effort, whose details are still being debated within the Administration, is intended to alert law enforcement officials to attacks that might cripple Government operations or the nation’s economy. But because of the increasing power of the nation’s computers and their emerging role as a backbone of the country’s commerce, politics and culture, critics of the proposed system say it could become a building block for a surveillance infrastructure with great potential for misuse…..” The New York Times 7/27/99 John Markoff “…The plan calls for the creation of a Federal Intrusion Detection Network, or Fidnet, and specifies that the data it collects will be gathered at the National Infrastructure Protection Center, an interagency task force housed at the Federal Bureau of Investigation….. The plan focuses on monitoring data flowing over Government and national computer networks. That means the systems would potentially have access to computer-to-computer communications like electronic mail and other documents, computer programs and remote log-ins. But an increasing percentage of network traffic, like banking and financial information, is routinely encrypted and would not be visible to the monitor software. Government officials argue that they are not interested in eavesdropping, but rather are looking for patterns of behavior that suggest illegal activity….” World Net Daily 7/29/99 Joseph Farah “… The New York Times reports the Clinton administration has developed a plan for “an extensive computer monitoring system, overseen by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to protect the nation’s crucial data networks from intruders.” “The plan, an outgrowth of the administration’s anti-terrorism program, has already raised concerns from civil liberties groups,” reports the Times. “A draft prepared by officials at the National Security Council last month, which was provided to The New York Times by a civil liberties group, calls for a sophisticated software system to monitor activities on non-military government networks and a separate system to track networks used in crucial industries like banking, telecommunications and transportation….And, vice versa: Since this shocking plan was revealed in the pages of the New York Times, there is little reason for any American to question its veracity or to suggest that it is being sensationalized. Therefore, for those out there who still cannot believe that this administration would actually use all the power of the federal government to go after its political enemies, perhaps this story will demonstrate the true character of the Clinton machine. These are totalitarians. The people running the executive branch of the federal government are nothing less than fascists. No other descriptive quite fits. They would think nothing of turning America into a police state — if they haven’t already brought us to that point. And they would do it without a second thought. They’d do it while telling you the whole time that they are protecting you, safeguarding your interests, making you more secure….” ABC 7/31/99 David Ruppe “…Is Uncle Sam illicitly reading your e-mail? Listening in on your telephone calls? Scanning your faxes? Some in Congress suspect advances in communications technology in recent years may have enabled America’s biggest, and most secret, spy agency, the National Security Agency, to greatly increase its eaves- dropping powers at the expense of Americans’ privacy. But they can’t be sure without a thorough congressional examination into the agency’s practices. And, they say, the NSA has not yet provided all the information requested by the House Select Intelligence Committee, which is looking into the question. That the National Security Agency intercepts Americans’ missives is clear. Observers point to the agency’s practice of intercepting massive volumes of communications through spy satellites and by listening to commercial communications satellites, which inevitably draws in the communications of U.S. citizens for whom the agency has no court order…..Government officials admit the NSA’s collection methods do draw in communications made by U.S. citizens. “Read the statute, the executive order, the legislative history, and what you’ll find is the underlying assumption is that you can’t avoid collecting U.S.-person information incidentally if you are going to do foreign intelligence collection,” says an official familiar with the agency….. Still, critics say there is no way to be sure the NSA’s judg- ments consistently respect citizens’ rights unless the congressional committees responsible for overseeing those rights have full access to information on how the agency applies the laws….. ” National Post Online 7/15/99 Peter Morton “…All tiny TMI Communications Inc. wanted was to sell its satellite telephone service in the United States….The FBI is continuing to block TMI’s 16-month-old bid to get a licence that would allow it to sell mobile telephone service to Americans. That’s because new U.S. wiretap laws demand the FBI be able to listen to all kinds of telephone calls, including ones on satellite telephones. But the agency cannot easily do this in TMI’s case, because the company is in Canada…. From the FBI’s perspective, it cannot legally use the evidence from a wiretap on TMI’s equipment because it cannot prove the call was made on U.S. soil or by an American. TMI is not alone in getting caught up in the FBI’s new national security concerns. Iridium LLC, the troubled U.S. satellite company, is facing the same FBI objections because of its plans to build a groundstation in eastern Canada to serve the U.S. northeast. The groundstation has been temporarily shelved because of Iridium’s restructuring. As well, Globalstar Canada LP, a partnership of U.S. Globalstar and Canadian Satellite Communications, is facing a similar FBI threat because of its plans to use groundstations in Smith Falls, Ont., and High River, Alta., to reach the market in the United States. ….” LA Times 8/4/99 Simon Davies “…Europe is discretely gearing up for one of the most interesting legal battles in its history. At stake is the future of the world’s most secretive intelligence organization, America’s National Security Agency. The NSA is in the business of eavesdropping on the world’s communications networks for the benefit of the United States. In doing so, it has built a vast spying operation that reaches into the telephone systems of nearly every country. Its operations are so secret that this activity, outside the U.S., occurs without any democratic oversight and without any legal basis. Over the past year, members of the European Parliament have learned, to their astonishment, that the NSA, in collusion with the British government, has created the means to intercept almost every fax, e-mail and telephone call within the European Union. The revelation has irritated governments throughout Europe, culminating in a current Italian judicial inquiry into the legality of the NSA’s activity…. The issue has erupted now because of two recent European Parliament studies that confirm the existence in Britain of a network of communications intelligence bases operated by the NSA. The publication last year of the first report, “An Appraisal of the Technologies of Political Control,” confirmed for the first time that the NSA had established a surveillance capacity over the entire European communications network. It also described a grid of supercomputers, known as Echelon, capable of scanning vast areas of the communications spectrum to detect keywords. Of particular interest to Parliament was the report’s assertion that the NSA was beefing up its commercial espionage activities. Its claim is that the NSA has been routinely intercepting sensitive traffic relating to bids, takeovers, mergers, investments and tender offers, all for U.S. economic benefit. Questions have been raised by parliamentarians in Germany, Norway, Denmark, Holland and Sweden. Then, in September, the plenary session of the European Parliament took the unprecedented step of openly debating the activities of the NSA. In a consensus resolution, the Parliament fired a shot across the bow of the spooks by demanding more openness and accountability. ….” WorldNet Daily 8/5/99 Tanya Metaksa “…Every American, especially those calling themselves civil libertarians, should be terrified that a president, who no man would leave alone in the room with his daughter, is putting the ultimate intelligence gathering tool in the hands of an agency that designed government offensives against civilians at Ruby Ridge and Waco, Texas. According to Drudge, on Tuesday, July 27, “The Clinton administration has developed an extensive computer monitoring system, overseen by the FBI, that will track telecommunications, banking and other industries.” Drudge goes on to report, “In some government circles, the proposed system has been nicknamed ‘Hillary.\'” And we thought she was running for senator from New York, not grand inquisitor. Thankfully, the announcement of the administration’s computer surveillance plan, named Federal Intrusion Detection Network (FIDNET), has caused some good old-fashioned backlash….. With its hand stuck firmly in the privacy cookie jar, the Clinton administration began damage control in their usual manner — obfuscating. According to a Reuters report, “John Tritak, director of the administration’s Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, said that the Fidnet plan has not been approved by President Clinton and is still undergoing legal review by the Justice Department and the White House’s chief counselor for privacy, Peter Swire.” ….” Colorado Springs Gazette 8/10/99 John Diedrich “…Unified military efforts to thwart computer hackers began eight months ago, but the program takes on a greater importance and prominence Oct. 1, when it is set to move under the control of the U.S. Space Command, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base. The new arrangement, which is scheduled to be announced Wednesday in Washington, D.C., is awaiting President Clinton’s signature. Putting the high-profile job of computer defense at Peterson will increase the importance of Space Command, which already controls all military satellites providing missile warning, weather, navigation and other information to troops. “Taking on (this program) is a natural fit for Space Command,” said Maj. Perry Nouis, a command spokesman. “It’s not a large number of folks, but the mission is huge and of critical importance.” By Oct. 1, 2000, Space Command is scheduled to take the offensive in cyber warfare. Though details are sketchy, the Computer Network Attack program basically will train military workers to hack into enemies’ computers. The ability to protect and attack systems has escalated in importance as today’s military depends on computers for everything from planning air strikes to positioning troops. So far, hackers have done relatively minor damage, such as defacing Web sites on Department of Defense computers. The military is concerned about the potential for a more serious attack – for instance, tapping into classified data during wartime and changing a bombing target….” House.Gov 8/16/99 Congressman Barr “…U.S. Representative Bob Barr (GA-7) announced today House Government Reform and Oversight Committee Chairman Dan Burton (R-IN) has agreed to hold hearings this fall on government surveillance programs, such as the National Security Agency’s reported “Project Echelon.” On several occasions, Barr has expressed concerns that both foreign and domestic surveillance operations may be violating the privacy rights of American citizens. Earlier this year, Barr successfully amended the FY 2000 Foreign Intelligence Authorization Act to require the Department of Justice, the National Security Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency to submit to Congress a report detailing the legal standards the agencies use when they eavesdrop on American citizens. A similar amendment has also been passed by the United States Senate. Barr’s concerns were prompted by news reports indicating a system known as Project Echelon is conducting massive interception of the private phone calls, e-mails, faxes and data transmissions of American citizens. “As advances make information much easier to acquire, store, and search, we must make absolutely certain our legal structure develops in tandem with our technological infrastructure. More importantly, Congress must remain vigilant in ensuring government agencies adhere to existing laws governing surveillance activities. These hearings will help reassure the American public this is a responsibility Congress takes seriously,” said Barr…..” Insight 9/13/99 James Lucier “…In a clash between the authoritarian state and the libertarian vision, the Clinton administration is seeking draconian control of computers and encryption. . . . . Virginia’s soft-spoken four-term Republican congressman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, may come out of a no-nonsense town in the Blue Ridge, but he has taken on virtually the entire defense establishment, the intelligence community and even the FBI with his bill HR850, the Security and Freedom through Encryption Act, or SAFE. It is a simple concept, and it has 258 cosponsors in the House. What SAFE would do is guarantee every American the freedom to use any type of cryptography anywhere in the world and allow the sale of any type of encryption domestically. Not such a big deal, is it? How many Americans go around writing secret messages in disappearing ink after they grow up?. . . . Actually, it is one of those edge-defying, generation-splitting, turn-the-world-upside-down moments in history. It is a struggle between two different visions of American society. One side sees the private use of encryption as a way to safeguard the records and property of U.S. citizens from the prying eyes of computer hackers, thieves, terrorists and the U.S. government. The other side is the U.S. government, which sees itself as the guarantor of security in the newly discovered land of cyberspace. And to provide that security the government says it has to have the power, at any given moment, to look into anyone’s e-mail, bank accounts, financial transactions, information exports and dangerous ideas. Our whole practice of governing is based on geographic concepts — jurisdiction in delineated districts, authority flowing from citizens voting by precinct, taxes based on property in a given place or on salaries reported to and scrutinized by powerful agencies…….Although Attorney General Janet Reno and other officials assert that encryption must be controlled to stop terrorists and child pornography — two powerful, but demagogic arguments — it appears the real reasons lie elsewhere. After all, as Reno admits, international terrorist Osama bin Laden already has cryptography and child pornographers are best caught the old-fashioned way: by baiting them into their own trap. The fact is that routine use of strong encryption by law-abiding citizens and enterprises would shut down citizen-surveillance projects such as ECHELON…..” Laisez Faire City Times 8/23/99 Don Lobo Tiggre “…another story is getting far less attention than it deserves: FIDNET. Remember ECHELON? Well, FIDNET is a new U.S. government electronic data collection program that, coupled with existing spy systems like ECHELON, could push government threats to electronic privacy to new heights and bring us one giant step closer to Orwell’s nightmare. What is FIDNET? Right now, it’s just a Clinton Administration proposal-yes, those noble idealists in Washington are just full of ideas for protecting us from ourselves. FIDNET stands for Federal Intrusion Detection Network, and it’s no surprise that the Administration’s National Security Council (NSC) would come up with such an idea in the wake of all the hacker attacks on U.S. government web sites. The plan-not yet released to the public but leaked on-line by Wayne Madsen of the Intelligence Newsletter, and subsequently covered by the New York Times, Wired, and other news outlets-calls for one software system to watch activity on non-military government networks and a separate system to track the banking, telecommunications and transportation industries. A host of new monitoring agencies with a whole new can of alphabet soup names and acronyms is also called for, all under direction of the FBI. Data would be gathered at the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC), an interagency facility operated by the FBI, beginning no later than the year 2003. …” Nando/Christian Science Monitor 9/6/99 Peter Ford “….You are not supposed to spy on your friends. As details emerge of U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdropping on the e-mail, faxes, and phone calls of European businesses, politicians in Europe are calling for better ways to safeguard industrial secrets. The most contentious source of trenchcoat contretemps among trans-Atlantic allies: Internet encryption. The United States is trying to persuade the European Union to allow only Internet codes for which law enforcement and national security agencies would have a “key.” That would help to combat terrorists and drug smugglers. But it would also give U.S. officials potential access to the commercial secrets of foreign companies…… But with no communist threat to occupy them, Western intelligence agencies in the 1990s appear to be devoting more of their time and resources to industrial espionage against each other. And, says Michael Hershman, chairman of DSFX, the world’s largest private investigative agency, “Industrial espionage is going up steadily” because of “globalization and increased competition.” ….The operation, which uses an international network of listening posts and supercomputers known as “Echelon,” was described last year as “an intolerable attack against individual liberties, competition, and the security of states” by Martin Bangemann, outgoing European commissioner for industry. The latest report, issued earlier this summer, described how the top-secret system scoops up electronic signals from satellites, undersea cables, and microwave relay stations all over the world and scans them for key words of interest to participating intelligence agencies. Echelon includes Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as the United States, in a grouping called UKUSA. “There is wide-ranging evidence” the report found, that Washington is “routinely using communications intelligence to provide commercial advantages to companies and trade.” ….The Clinton administration has attached especial importance to economic intelligence, setting up the National Economic Council (NEC) in parallel to the National Security Council. The NEC routinely seeks information from the NSA and the CIA, officials say. And the NSA, as the biggest and wealthiest communications interception agency in the world, is best placed to trawl electronic communications and use what comes up for U.S. commercial advantage……” The Times Of India 9/1/99 DPA “…In the race to discover business secrets no nation is standing on the sidelines, not even the economic and military superpower that is the United States. The US has even been accused of aggressively going after the secrets of allied countries like Germany and France. Gathering confidential business information is part of the CIA’s official brief, and it’s becoming a more important field of operations, though primarily as an area in which the CIA tries to protect US secrets. American companies lose an estimated 300 billion dollars a year as a result of industrial espionage, particularly in high-tech industries like computing. China, France, Russia, Iran, Japan, Cuba and Germany are considered the worst offenders. However, Germany’s spy agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst, has denied claims made public in the US that it is using a secret computer system based near Frankfurt to hack into US computer networks to seek out data related to electronics, optics, aviation, chemistry, computing and telecommunication. The National Security Agency (NSA) based in Fort Meade, Maryland, on the other hand, is focusing its efforts on unearthing the trade secrets of German high-tech companies, according to the German news magazine Der Spiegel. ….” AP 9/15/99 “….The FBI reached a first-of-its-kind agreement enabling telecommunications companies to use computer software made by Nortel Networks to assist law enforcement agencies in conducting lawfully authorized wiretapping. The agreement calls for Nortel, a major supplier of telecommunications equipment, to provide certain software to its carrier customers. Nortel will waive the license fees. The 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act authorized $500 million for the purpose of reimbursing the telecommunications industry for its costs in cooperating with law enforcement agencies in wiretapping….” National Review Online 9/20/99 Thomas Lipscomb “… 9/20/99 “…For five years, the director of the FBI, Louis J. Freeh, has been fighting a heartfelt and often lonely battle to use the most advanced surveillance technology against American citizens. He believes there is no other way to match the increasingly sophisticated means criminals and terrorists are now able to use to conceal increasingly dangerous activities from civil authority. …. the Clinton Administration’s Department of Justice has been asking for years for the legal authority to employ national-security levels of surveillance against American citizens. The Clinton Department of Justice has proposed an unending hodge-podge of “trap doors, ” internally installed eavesdropping “Clipper” chips, and most recently an outrageous “Fidnet” surveillance system that would have had brought the wildest dreams of Hitler’s Sicherheitdeinst to full reality in the United States on the eve of the millennium. It didn’t seem to matter that the adoption of any of these schemes would have wrecked Constitutional guarantees against unlawful search and seizure and brought the success of American technology in the global economy that powers the bull stock market to a screeching halt……” The Village Voice 9/22/99 James Ridgeway “….Operating through a contractual relationship with a private corporation, the U.S. Secret Service was laying the groundwork until quite recently for a photo database of ordinary citizens collected from state motor vehicles departments. Utilizing the Freedom of Information Act, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) discovered that the agency was planning to use the photos, culled by Image Data, for its own activities. Image Data reportedly got more than $1 million in seed money from the Secret Service for a trial run of its TrueID project in 1997. Marketed as a method of combating check and credit-card identity fraud, TrueID involved the purchase and scanning of photos from participating DMVs. Three states- Florida, Colorado, and South Carolina- participated in the trial run with the Secret Service. But after news disclosures prompted a public outcry, Colorado and Florida halted the transfer of images, and South Carolina filed suit asking for the return of millions of images already in the company’s possession…..” AP 9/24/99 Ted Bridis “…The Defense Department showed off its latest arsenal of high-tech crime-fighting tools Friday, a $15 million computer lab where it can trace hackers across the Internet, unscramble hidden files and rebuild smashed floppy disks that were cut in pieces. Investigators will use the new Defense Computer Forensics Lab, located in a nondescript brick building south of Baltimore, to unravel electronic evidence in cases of espionage, murder and other crimes involving America’s military. Using powerful computers and special software, these 80 digital detectives can trace a hacker across the Internet to his keyboard, recover files thought to be safely deleted and quickly search tens of thousands of documents for an important phrase. Cyberspace is “a new kind of wild, lawless sort of frontier,” said Christopher Mellon, a deputy assistant Defense secretary. “We have important national interests, and we have to be able to function.” ….” Wired 10/6/99 James Glave “….Mossad. Bomb. Davidian. MI5. If the hunch of a loose-knit group of cyber-activists is correct, the above words will trip the keyword recognition filter on a global spy system partly managed by the US National Security Agency. The near-mythical worldwide computer spy network reportedly scans all email, packet traffic, telephone conversations — and more — around the world, in an effort to ferret out potential terrorist or enemy communications…… Once plucked from the electronic cloud, certain keywords allegedly trigger a recording of the conversation or email in question…..”What is [Echelon] good for?” asked Linda Thompson, a constitutional rights attorney and chairman of the American Justice Federation……. A 1994 report by the Anti-Defamation League described Thompson as “an influential figure in the militia movement nationally.” The report says the American Justice Federation describes itself as “a group dedicated to stopping the New World Order and getting the truth out to the American public.” The Anti-Defamation League says Thompson claims to have contact with militias in all 50 states…..” San Diego Union Tribune 10/17/99 Kathryn Balint “….Is the government listening in on your phone calls? Reading your e-mail for words like “plutonium,” “Clinton” or “terrorism” Rep. Bob Barr, R.-Ga., a former CIA analyst, worries it might be. The European Parliament is concerned, too…… The system, known as Echelon, isn’t officially acknowledged by the U.S. government. …… Each month, “we’re talking tens of millions of volumes if it was printed out on pages,” said Christopher Simpson, an American University professor who has written four books about national security technology. Simpson said Echelon scans e-mail for hot-button words like militia, Davidian, terrorism and AK-47. It can recognize individual voices in telephone calls and track who is calling whom…… Because Echelon is a top-secret project, its name doesn’t appear in the National Security Agency’s budget. Even most congressional representatives aren’t privy to what it does or how much it costs. But a key question is, does Echelon snoop on ordinary, law-abiding people? “You bet,” said Simpson, the American University professor, who has studied Echelon. “Certainly every time an international telephone call is made. There’s good reason to believe domestic telephone calls are intercepted as well. ……. How can Echelon snoop without getting judges’ orders for wiretaps or searches? “Because they’re doing it in outer space,” Simpson said. The information is being plucked from satellites orbiting thousands of miles away, where, he said, U.S. laws don’t apply. ……. In July, the National Security Council proposed monitoring computer networks used in banking, telecommunications, transportation and nonmilitary government operations. The goal would be to protect the nation’s crucial data networks. In August, the U.S. Justice Department proposed legislation to give law enforcement officials authority to secretly plant code-breaking devices or software in home and office computers during criminal investigations. And just last week, the FBI came out in support of a proposal for Internet standards that will enable law enforcers to conduct court-authorized wiretaps on personal computers. ….” MSNBC.com 10/21/99 Bob Sullivan “….Perhaps you noticed even more cyberfrustration than usual Thursday as e-mails with words like “manifesto,” “terrorism,” “bomb” and “kill Bill Clinton” were slung around the Net. Not to worry – it was a bit of a prank meant to irritate government agents who the pranksters say monitor communication for subversion. The system they find offensive is known as Echelon, which some say monitors 2 million worldwide communications per hour. So on Thursday “hactivists” sent as many e-mails as they could full of keywords meant to trigger the system in the hopes of overloading it…..” Worldnetdaily 11/4/99 Joseph Farah “….For more than two years, I’ve been chronicling the manifestations of the Echelon global spying network. During that time, there have been more than a few skeptics who suggested I had visited Area 51 one too many times. For those of you who don’t believe anything that can’t be confirmed without official government sources, you now have your proof that Echelon is real — that there really is a global spy network that can eavesdrop on every single phone call, fax or e-mail, anywhere on the planet. The BBC (that’s the British Broadcasting Company, a semi-official news agency in the United Kingdom) has just such confirmation from the Australian government that Echelon exists and that officials in the U.S. are beginning to call for an investigation. For the record, the governments of Britain and the United States still officially deny its existence…..” Washington Post 11/13/99 Vernon Loeb “…. Members of Congress, the European Parliament and civil liberties groups have begun to ask tough questions about the National Security Agency’s interception of foreign telephone calls, faxes and electronic mail, the most intense scrutiny of NSA operations since the so-called Church committee probed the spy agency 24 years ago…… Yet serious questions remain. Does the NSA listen in on U.S. citizens, either on purpose or by accident? Does it trade information with other countries? What does it do when it comes across commercial secrets or evidence of high-level corruption?….” International Herald Tribune 11/16/99 Vernon Loeb Washington Post “….Members of the U.S. Congress, the European Parliament and civil liberties groups are starting to ask tough questions about the U.S. National Security Agency’s interception of overseas telephone calls, faxes and electronic mail, the most intense scrutiny of the agency’s operations since the so-called Church committee investigated the spy agency 24 years ago……..Even basic facts about Echelon are so hard to verify that the ACLU this month put up a Web site – http://www.echelonwatch.org – to serve as a repository of information about the global spy network, whose existence the NSA has never publicly acknowledged…..” San Jose Mercury News et al 11/24/99 “…. If true, computers routinely may be monitoring millions of phone and electronic conversations daily, hunting for phrases, perhaps even individual voices, they are programmed to capture. If true, ECHELON may be circumventing the federal law forbidding eavesdropping on U.S. citizens without probable cause. If true, ECHELON has made real some of Hollywood’s most fantastic scripts. “Right now Echelon is a black box, and we really don’t know what is inside it,” Barry Steinhardt, associate director of the American Civil Liberties Union, has said. The National Security Agency runs ECHELON out of its headquarters in Fort Meade, Md., where it’s reported to have five acres of computers underground. With twice the number of employees and a far bigger budget than the CIA, the NSA has fed civil libertarians’ fears and European paranoia. It has refused to confirm publicly that ECHELON exists. And last summer, it stonewalled an inquiry by the House Select Committee on Intelligence…..” Fox News Wire 12/6/99 “….The National Security Agency, which uses spy satellites and foreign listening posts to monitor threats to U.S. security, denied on Monday that it intended to begin spying on Americans at home. …. The Newsweek article said there was a new alliance between the NSA and FBI and posed the question: “In their zeal, will the crime-fighters and electronic sleuths illegally spy on U.S. citizens?” But Judith Emmel, NSA spokeswoman, said the intelligence agency would not be snooping on Americans in the United States…..” WorldNetDaily 12/15/99 Charles Smith “…. As the National Security Agency’s secretive international spy network Echelon comes under scrutiny in Congress next month, Americans may be facing another threat to their privacy in the form of newly developed commercial satellites that collect live video images from space — and sell those images to whoever pays the price……. Questions regarding Echelon emerged in 1999 when the National Security Agency refused Barr’s request that the agency outline its legal policy on employing the massive system on Americans — specifically, to reveal its legal restrictions on using satellites to monitor U.S. citizens. The intelligence agency replied to Barr that it could not answer on the grounds of “attorney-client privilege.” …… Although the Clinton administration is under fire for its role in monitoring American citizens from space, Steven Aftergood, Project Director on Government Secrecy for the Federation of American Scientists, believes the days of government bureaucracy serving as “Big Brother” may be numbered. “My suspicion is that far from being ubiquitous and omniscient, the NSA is in a state of precipitous decline due largely to technological change,” stated Aftergood, a senior researcher for the non-profit national organization founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project scientists. “Notably (because of) the growing use of fiber optic cable and strong encryption — NSA’s days may be numbered,” added Aftergood……” AP 12/14/99 “….A service intended to provide anonymity to Web users is raising concerns of authorities, who fear it could compromise their ability to track illegal activity on the Internet. The service from Zero-Knowledge Systems Inc., based in Montreal, would let people remain anonymous while sending e-mail, chatting and visiting Web sites. Such thoroughness could frustrate law enforcement officials trying to track down shady Web users who send abusive e-mail and exchange such material as child pornography and pirated software. “It’s going to make it a little more difficult to trace wrongdoers,” said Bob Wallace, a spokesman for the Miami-based National Association of Chiefs of Police. ….. The Zero-Knowledge technology obscures the sender’s Web trail by identifying just the final portion of the computer network used to transmit the information. ….. “The system has been purposely designed to make sure we have nothing of substance” to identify a user, said Austin Hill, the company’s president and co-founder. Zero-Knowledge says it developed the software to address an increasing concern among users that Internet companies are using technology to track people’s personal information — everything from buying habits to home addresses to age. …..” Newsweek 12/13/99 Gregory Vistica Evan Thomas “….Hayden, [Air Force Lt. Gen. Mike Hayden, the new chief of the NSA] who says privacy should be protected from government snooping, worries about his once invisible spy outfit’s poor public image. The public may take an even dimmer view when it learns of a new alliance between the NSA and the FBI. NEWSWEEK has learned that the NSA is now drafting “memoranda of understanding” to clarify ways in which the NSA can help the FBI track terrorists and criminals in the United States. In their zeal, will the crimefighters and electronic sleuths illegally spy on U.S. citizens? It has happened before, during the civil unrest of the 1960s….. The timing could not be worse. Technology, America’s ally in the cold war, has become the nation’s greatest national-security vulnerability. Weapons of mass destruction may soon fall into the hands of terrorists, if they haven’t already. Clever hackers, backed by outlaw states, could disrupt, if not crash, the vast global communications network that’s the lifeblood of the U.S. economy in the Information Age. …..” Wired News 12/13/99 Declan McCullagh “….It’s enough to spook any spy. Congress plans to hold hearings next year that will, for the first time in a quarter century, investigate whether the National Security Agency is too zealous for our own good…… But one thing has remained the same. The agency is barred from spying inside the United States and is supposed to snoop only on international communications. Through a system reportedly named Echelon, it distributes reports on its findings to the US government and its foreign allies. Do those findings include intercepted email messages and faxes sent by Americans to Americans? Maybe, and that’s what’s causing all the fuss. News articles on Echelon have captured the zeitgeist of the moment, spurred along by PR stunts like “Jam Echelon” day. Newsweek reported this week that the NSA is going to “help the FBI track terrorists and criminals in the United States.” (The agency denied it.) A 6 December New Yorker article also wondered about the future of Fort George Meade. ….” Newsmax.com 1/31/2000 Diane Alden “….Everyone realizes that a responsible government needs intelligence gathering resources in order to survive and to save lives in a hostile world. But it is probable that a great deal of NSA surveillance has nothing to do with terrorists and international bad guys. To find out, I talked to some Danish journalists, looked into the National Security Archives, studied the research of Scottish journalist and physicist Duncan Campbell, and New Zealand’s security expert Nicky Hager. The documents on Project Echelon would fill three football stadiums. Instituted in 1947 under the Truman administration, Echelon was part of a Cold War strategy to keep track of various aspects of international skullduggery. Echelon is described as a global surveillance network that intercepts and processes the world’s communications and distributes it to US prima

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