Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
The BBC has been reporting the confirmed existance of the global spy network led by the USA’s NSA and the Brisish Secret Service known as Echelon. The alleged spy network is a global electronic network that can eavesdrop on every single phone call, fax or e-mail, anywhere on the planet, reported in October on the PowerPage. Regions such as Menwith Hill in Britain make up a global network of eavesdropping stations.
Britain and the USA officially deny its existence. But the BBC has confirmation from the Australian Government that such a network really does exist. The man who oversees Australia’s security services, Inspector General of Intelligence and Security Bill Blick, has confirmed to the BBC that their Defense Signals Directorate (DSD) does form part of the network and has confirmed culling of private infromation so it can be fed to governments and industry.
Legislators on both sides of the Atlantic are beginning to sit up and take notice. Republican Congressman Bob Barr has persuaded congress to open hearings into these and other allegations of snooping on the privacy of American citizens.