*CANADA REVEALED AS WORST ESPIONAGE COUNTRY – NO OVERSIGHT!*
CANADA PASSES HARSHEST PRO-SPYING LAWS IN WORLD – NO CITIZEN RIGHTS!!!*
All Western Countries have oversight of their spy agencies, EXCEPT CANADA!
There is no one, no, no one. No one in charge of CSEC or CSIS.!!
There is a once a year auditor, who is never listened to.!
There is the Minister of Defence, who, ya right, listens to joe public!
There is no one to give oversight to the Canadian Spy Agencies!!!
***What a SHOCK***. Canada. The WORST OFFENDER!! ***SHOCKING***
Even I never knew, or thought to think about this. Seriously. What a brain fart! I guess that my assumption was that CSIS was not a “player” in world affairs. Not big enough. Not strong enough. Not smart enough. You know Canadians eh? Most all Canadians are Christians, dripping with goodness and kindness. (At least we used to be) But now, the world is a very different place and immigration to Canada is so high, that Canada has become a much varied people. The Canadian Government even tried to “Brainwash” us by taking a popular long running TV Show – Little House on the Prarie, (full of good Christian morals and values), and changed the name to “Little Mosque on the Prarie”. Trying to Brainwash Canadians into becoming murderingmuslums. Well, it didn’t work, and it only made us mad at the Federal Government. When the show was finally taken off TV (after a few years), CBC admitted it was a “social experiment”. Unbelieveable!!! BrainWashing us!!!
What another Black Eye on Canada from our own Government!!
Trying to Brainwash us!!
Wake up everyone, in every Country. You are being lied to. Brainwashed!
Rise up and take back your Country, State, Province, City!!!
Elect a new, reliable, trustworthy, Government. Protest Now!
Harper has just lost my Vote, and probably his Job.
My apology to all the World. Even I did not see that one. Sorry.
Maybe we can ship tons of free wheat to you, or something.
Help you build a port, or nuclear reactor. We’re good at that.
Let us make it up to you, World.
I hope the Canadian Government is as humble and sorefull.
Likely, the news of this will continue for years.
I am sure the US and UK and other countries “USED” Canada’s Spy Agencies
to “do their dirtywork”,
so they wouldn’t get CAUGHT by their oversight committee.
WoW. I am still in shock. Canada. The worst offender of all.
SHAME ON YOU STEPHEN HARPER. SHAME ON YOU!!!
*Brazil President now DEMANDS answers for CANADIAN bugging, hacking!
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper KNOWS of this illegal espionage
against Sovereign Nations like Brazil.
CSEC and CSIS also give all this illegal information to the USA and UK.
Specific Example: CSEC spied on Brazilian Mining Corporations to gain the upper hand in investments. Pure Monetary GREED, and MONEY were the reason for illegal Canadian Espionage against Brazil.
Well, Stephen Harper, what do you have to say about this???!
(note the Harper salute to NSA Director, General Alexander Keith!)
Canadian Prime Minister Harper LIES and gets Drunk!!!
“We have a commissioner of the Canadian Security Establishment who audits the agency and the surveillance to ensure they stay within Canadian law and that he will follow up.”
What a bald face LIE!
The present and past commissioners HAVE told Harper MANY TIMES
that rules and laws were being broken by CSIS and CSEC. Harper disregarded all warnings, for many years now.
Read more, further down Post, about the “Five Eyes”.
I am afraid that Harper truly is in bed with Obuma. Very Sad.
How does it feel, Mr. Harper, to win Prime Minister, but lose your Salvation?
More proof of Harper and Ottawa “SPYING” illegally on Canadians.
Harper and Ottawa conducted a spying campaign on Dr. Cindy Blackstock.
Advocate for Aboriginal children, Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, (FNCFCS), which is a UFCW Canada National Partner.
Play video at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/brazil-canada-spying-harper-says-officials-reaching-out-1.1929420
I cannot d/l it. Sorry. Hopefully it doesn’t disappear. A Must see.
Unbelievable! Obuma gets his Bum spanked by US District Court!
WORSE: THIS IS AN INDICTABLE FEDERAL CRIME!!!
OBAMA MUST STEP DOWN NOW!!!
OBAMA AND THE NSA KNEW 2 YEARS AGO THEY WERE G.U.I.L.T.Y.
WAKE UP U.S.A.!!! PUT OBAMA, CLAPPER, OTHERS, IN JAIL – NOW!!!
In an 85-page newly-declassified FISA court ruling from October 2011,
U.S. District Judge James D. Bates rebuked government lawyers for repeatedly misrepresenting the operations of the NSA’s surveillance programs.
-Bates wrote that the NSA had advised the court that “the volume and nature of the information it had been collecting is fundamentally different than what the court had been led to believe,” and went on to say the court must consider
“whether targeting and minimization procedures comport with the
prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure.
-“This court is troubled that the government’s revelations regarding NSA’s acquisition of Internet transactions mark the third instance in less than three years in which the government has disclosed a substantial misrepresentation regarding the scope of a major collection program.”
-Bates also scolded that the government’s submissions make clear that the NSA was gathering Internet data years before it was authorized by the USA Patriot Act’s Section 702 in 2008.
The FISA court’s classified rulings have also been at issue in a year old lawsuit filed against the government by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The EFF had been pressing for a summary judgment that would have compelled the government to release the secret FISA rulings, and the government’s most recent extension expired Wednesday, the day it released the once-secret FISA court rulings.
“This was all released in response to the court’s orders”
said Mark Rumold, an EFF attorney involved in the litigation.
(In other words, Obuma got his Bum spanked!!)
The nsa and obuma also invented a new website of new and old lies.
A senior administration official acknowledged Wednesday that some of the documents released were in response to the lawsuit, while others were released voluntarily. The official insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the release with a reporter by name.
The documents were posted later in the day on a new website that went live Wednesday afternoon. The front page of the site said it was “created at the direction of the president of the United States (and) provides immediate, ongoing and direct access to factual information related to the lawful foreign surveillance activities carried out by the U.S. intelligence community.”
These interceptions of innocent Americans’ communications were happening when the NSA accessed Internet information “upstream,” meaning off fiber optic cables or other channels where Internet traffic traverses the U.S. telecommunications system.
The NSA disclosed that it gathers some 250 million Internet communications each year, with some 9 percent from these “upstream” channels, amounting to 20 million to 25 million emails a year. The agency used statistical analysis to estimate that of those, possibly as many as 56,000 Internet communications collected were sent by Americans or people in the U.S. with no connection to terrorism.
Under court order, the NSA resolved the problem by creating new ways to detect when emails by people within the U.S. were being intercepted and separated those batches of communications. It also developed new ways to limit how that data could be accessed or used. The agency also agreed to only keep these bundled communications for possible later analysis for a two-year period, instead of the usual five-year retention period.
The agency also, under court order, destroyed all the bundled data gathered between 2008, when the FISA court first authorized the collection under Section 702 of the Patriot Act, and 2011, when the new procedures were put in place.
NSA slapped with $20 billion class-action suit!!
“The time has come for we the people to reclaim control of our nation!!”
Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky.
The National Security Agency surveillance scandal could now cost the federal government and its corporate cronies a startling $20 billion dollars.
Prosecutor Larry Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch
The NSA, Department of Justice, President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and the 12 companies allegedly collaborating with the government to conduct warrantless surveillance of American citizens are all named defendants in a class action lawsuit brought by former Justice Department prosecutor Larry Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch. “Government dishonesty and tyranny against the people have reached historic proportions,” Klayman said in a statement. “The time has come for ‘We the People’ to rise up and reclaim control of our nation.”
-The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia,
seeks $20 billion in damages,
a “cease and desist” order,
expunction of all phone and communication records collected by the government
through its PRISM surveillance program and
“full disclosure and complete accounting” of what the named companies have allowed the DOJ and NSA to do.
-The companies named in the suit include the following:
Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Skype, YouTube, Apple, PalTalk, AOL and Yahoo.
Combined with Verizon, which has been named in a separate class action lawsuit, the users and subscribers of these companies reportedly comprise a majority of the U.S. citizenry, thus positioning the lawsuit to pit the American people against their government and its corporate collaborators.
-“This and the Verizon class action will serve to unify all political and social persuasions in our great nation to wage a second American revolution, one that is peaceful and legal – but pursued with great resolve and force,” Klayman asserted. “If not, the government will control us, and this will mark the end of individual liberties.
-“The American people can thus use these class actions to ‘man the barricades of freedom’ against the establishment government despots and their corporate enablers who seek to enslave them through coercive abuses of their privacy,”.
Thus far, the companies named in the lawsuit have denied any knowledge of or participation in the PRISM surveillance program.
Yet the Washington Post reports it obtained a top-secret document on a government program in which the NSA and FBI are “tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets.”
-The Guardian, which also obtained a top-secret document, reported
the NSA was granted direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other U.S. Internet giants under the PRISM program, allowing it to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats.
-The class-action lawsuit claims the long list of defendants has violated customers and citizens reasonable expectation of privacy as well as rights to free speech and association and the right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures, rights ensured by the First and Fourth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
-“The government has acknowledged that it is collecting metadata about every phone call made or received by residents of the U.S., and these records provide intricate details, including the identity of the individual who was spoken to, the length of time of the conversation and where the conversation took place,” the lawsuit explains. “Moreover, it gives the government a comprehensive record of an individual’s associations, speech, and public movements while revealing personal details about an individual’s familial, political, professional, religious and intimate associations.”
-The lawsuit accuses the companies, furthermore, of opening “key telecommunication databases to direct access by the NSA and/or other government agencies, intercepting and disclosing to the government the contents of its customers as well as detailed communication records over 300 million of its customers.
–“Such broad and intrusive PRISM collections directly violate
the U.S. Constitution.”
“As Jameel Jaffeer, the ACLU’s deputy legal director, stated, ‘It is beyond Orwellian, and it provides further evidence of the extent to which basic democratic rights are being surrendered in secret to the demands of unaccountable intelligence agencies.’” Want to know how and why America has so rapidly come to resemble the totalitarian society described by novelist George Orwell in “1984,” one characterized by universal surveillance? It’s all exposed in a special issue of Whistleblower magazine – titled “ONE NATION UNDER SURVEILLANCE: Big Brother is watching in ways Orwell never dreamed.”
Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., said during a Sunday appearance on Fox News that he is looking to suing the federal government as well over its policy of massive data collection on American citizens.
“I’m going to be seeing if I can challenge this at the Supreme Court level.
I’m going to be asking the Internet providers and all of the phone companies:
Ask your customers to join me in a class-action lawsuit,”
“If we get 10 million Americans saying,
‘We don’t want our phone records looked at,’
then maybe someone will wake up and things will change in Washington.”
Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky.
more to come…
Guardian partners with New York Times over Snowden GCHQ files.
The Guardian said it decided to bring in a US partner in order to continue reporting on the GCHQ spy files.
The Guardian has struck a partnership with the New York Times which will give the US paper access to some of the sensitive cache of documents leaked by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The arrangement was made when the Guardian was faced with demands from the UK government to hand over the GCHQ files it had in its possession.
“In a climate of intense pressure from the UK government, the Guardian decided to bring in a US partner to work on the GCHQ documents provided by Edward Snowden. We are working in partnership with the NYT and others to continue reporting these stories,” the Guardian said in a statement.
-Journalists in America are protected by the first amendment which guarantees free speech and in practice prevents the state seeking pre-publication injunctions or “prior restraint”.
-It is intended that the collaboration with the New York Times will allow the Guardian to continue exposing mass surveillance by putting the Snowden documents on GCHQ beyond government reach.
Snowden is aware of the arrangement and approves.
ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!
CANADIANS ARE BEING ILLEGALLY SPIED ON!!!
Just like Obuma, NSA, and other US Government Agencies,
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and
CSIS (The Canadian Security Intelligence Service)
are opening your email, listening to your phone calls,
conducting surveillence and espionage on innocent citizens
WITHOUT Probable Cause or a Search Warrant!!!
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is trying to take away ALL
our Rights and Freedoms by sneaking through Parliment
Bill C-309, and Bill s-7, which destroy
the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada.
Honourable Robert Décary, Q.C.
Appointed to Office of CSEC
Watchdog of CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Commissioner)
AND CSIS (The Canadian Security Intelligence Service)
Definition of “Private Communication”:
“Any oral communication, or any telecommunication, that is made by an originator who is in Canada or is intended by the originator to be received by a person who is in Canada and that is made under circumstances in which it is reasonable for the originator to expect that it will not be intercepted by any person other thanthe person intended by the originator to receive it, and includes any radio-based
telephone communication that is treated electronically or otherwise for the purpose of preventing intelligible reception by any person other than the person intended by the originator to receive it”
(section 183 of the Criminal Code of Canada)
The Watchdog Report to Canadian Parliment is found here:
The findings, contained in a report tabled by retired judge Robert Decary in Parliament Wednesday, are particularly explosive now given revelations prompted by whistleblower Edward Snowden about the U.S. government conducting widespread snooping of its citizens. Decary, who has served as independent watchdog for the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) since 2010, said he discovered the potentially illicit spying during a routine review of the electronic surveillance agency’s activities over the past year.
“A small number of records suggested the possibility that some activities may have been directed at Canadians, contrary to the law,” Decary wrote in his report.
Protection of Canadians:
CSEC and CSIS are prohibited by law from directing its foreign signals intelligence collection and IT security activities at Canadians, wherever they might be in the world, or at any person in Canada.
This is LAW, under the National Defense Act, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Criminal Code of Canada.
The Report, in one example, identified CSIS interception of
communications after the warrant had expired.
The Report, in another example, identified the absence of
certain archived information in a CSEC system and database
relating to foreign signals intelligence collection.
This system and database support the process by which CSEC determines that entities of foreign intelligence interest
are indeed foreign and located outside of Canada,
as required by the National Defence Act.
In plain terms, CSIS deleted or hid an entire DataBase of
Foreign Intelligence, to “get around” the legal requirements
of spying on Canadian Citizens.
The Report, in another example, showed there was
no specific operational guidelines in place for Computer activities,
Internet Espionage and Surveilance, or simply put, “Hacking”.
CSIS National Headquarters,
P.O. BOX 9732, STATION “T”, OTTAWA ONTARIO, K1G 4G4
CSIS PHYSICAL ADDRESS, 1941 OGILVIE ROAD, OTTAWA ONTARIO, K1J 1B7
TTY: 613-991-9228 (24hrs)
EMAIL: ??? LOL
The Report, in another example, found that CSEC and CSIS employees who were interviewed were unable to cite Privacy Protection Policies.
The Report, in another example, found no guidelines
for the sending or receiving of information to/from Foreign Governments.
This circumvents ALL Privacy Protection for Canadians!
Sharing of Illegal Espionage Information:
For the past 15 years, the Intelligence bodies of a dozen countries,
including members of the “Five-Eyes” countries
(Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand)
have freely shared Intelligence, unrestricted by Laws.
note: What are the five eyes? The five eyes are a CULT teaching.
Buddhism classifies the eye into five categories.
The Physical eye, Heavenly eye, Wisdom eye, Dharma eye, and the Buddha eye.
BLASPHEMY!!! Going after false gods. Beware!
Simply put, and this is a DOOZY!, Canada spies on the US, and delivers all intelligence to them on their citizens. Then the US spies on Canadians, and gives us the intelligence – Thereby circumventing EVERY LAW!!!!!
WELCOME TO CANADA. BE PREPARED TO BE VIOLATED!!!
WELCOME TO CANADA. YOU HAVE MANY RIGHTS, BUT NONE COUNT.
WELCOME TO CANADA. THE “POLICE STATE” WITH A SMILE!
This is not said to be pessimistic.
This is said to Realistic!
It was only a matter of time. The rest of the World is like this, so get used to it. We live in a NEW Society.
Freedom and Freedom of Speech, but only when and how the Government says so.
Lawless, with the appearance of Lawfulness.
Police State, with the appearance of Police Security.
Dictatorship, with the appearance of Democracy.
It is still SLAVERY!
It is still MARTIAL LAW!!
It is still A DICTATORSHIP!!!
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”
Read this entire POST to gain Understanding.
Then read the “Salvation” tab, and Really Get Saved!
You have been warned Canada!
You have been warned, all Countries of the World!!
You have been warned!!!
Living Flag, Canada. Where has our Christian Country gone?!
Update: Everything in this Post is now being written up by News Agencies!
Canadians’ private digital information is inevitably being caught up in the U.S.’s massive surveillance dragnet, and Canada’s government has both the capability and the legal loopholes needed to spy on its own citizens as well, experts say.
-The Obama administration was rocked this week by revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency collects millions of phone records from Verizon daily, and another report that a secret program called PRISM monitors users’ communications on the networks of numerous tech giants, including Apple, Facebook and Google.
-“The NSA has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats.”
-That has raised concerns among privacy rights advocates that Canadians’ personal information may be getting caught up in the U.S.’s programs. Many experts say there is no “if” here; because of the integrated, international nature of online communication, it’s inevitable Canadians’ communications are being collected as part of the U.S. programs.
–“There is no border,” Ronald Deibert, head of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, told the Toronto Star. “The way telecommunication traffic is routed in North America, the fact of the matter is about 90 per cent of Canadian traffic — no one really knows the exact number — is routed through the United States.”
That data passes through “filters and checkpoints” and is “shared with third parties, with law enforcement and of course intelligence agencies that operate in the shadows,” he said.
-But Canada may be carrying out its own versions of mass, warrantless surveillance; at the very least, experts say, treaties Canada has signed and clauses in national security laws give Canada’s government the legal leeway to do so.
-Hidden from Canadians are new laws “legitimizing” espionage in the same way as the controversial provisions of the USA Patriot Act.
-Michael Geist, a leading tech law expert, points out in a recent blog posting that section 21 of the Canadian Security Intelligence Act is “arguably similar” to a section of the Patriot Act.
“Both do not require probable cause and both can be used to obtain any type of records or any other tangible thing. Moreover, the target of both warrants need not be the target of the national security investigation,” Geist wrote.
–Canada has its own version of the NSA as well.
The Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC),
an extremely secretive government agency responsible for monitoring foreign communications related to Canada’s national security. The agency can officially only monitor Canadian communications when a foreign party is involved.
-But CSEC’s “no spying on Canadians” rule apparently disappears when the agency is asked for help from other agencies, such as the RCMP, border services or CSIS, according to CSEC expert Bill Robinson, as quoted at the Ottawa Citizen.
No one can say for sure how much spying on Canadians CSEC may be doing, but Geist argues that the agency’s own explanations of how Canadians can end up under surveillance “sound awfully similar to the powers in the U.S. Given the lack of transparency, it certainly seems possible that there are similar activities taking place here.”
-CSEC’s budget and staff have more than doubled since 9/11, to 2,000 people and $500 million annually. And the agency recently got even more secretive, to the point that an annual report on the agency’s priorities is now classified.
-Can we find out for certain what CSEC is doing? Probably not, Halifax privacy lawyer David Fraser says,at least not without the sort of whistleblowing that brought the U.S. surveillance programs to light.
The CSEC said it “operates within all Canadian laws,” but went on to say it “cannot comment on its methods, operations and capabilities. To do so would undermine CSEC’s ability to carry out its mandate.”
-Additionally, Deibert and others point out that Canada has long been part of an agreement with the U.S., U.K. Australia and New Zealand to monitor communications worldwide. This surveillance network was built in “conjunction and co-ordination with the National Security Agency,” Deibert says.
-Known alternately as “Five Eyes” or ECHELON, the program reportedly began as a Cold War-era surveillance network, and continues to operate to this day. Its existence has been part of the public record for more than a decade.
It is obvious that Five Eyes was created with the very purpose of evading domestic laws that prohibit the agencies from collecting communications on their own citizens, and thus frees CSEC and CSIS to create a database and profile on EVERY CANADIAN – A HUGE VIOLATION OF PERSONAL RIGHTS.
Searching ECHELON on the Internet CRASHED my Computer!!!
On a SECURE, ENCRYPTED, COMPUTER, I dug deep into ECHELON. WOW!
NO WAY?!?!?! REALLY?!?!?!
ECHELON is the largest communications system in the World,
for interception spy network in all of history.
ECHELON is run by the United States of America, the United Kingdom,
Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
ECHELON captures phone calls, faxes and e-mails anywhere in the world.
ECHELON is estimated to intercept up to 5 Trillion communications every day.
Members of the “Five Eyes” ECHELON:
United States – National Security Agency (NSA)
United Kingdom – Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)
Canada – Communications Security Establishment (CSE)
Australia – Defence Signals Directorate (DSD)
New Zealand – Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB)
Originally created to monitor the military and diplomatic communications
of the Soviet Union and its East Bloc allies,
ECHELON is today believed to also search for hints of terrorist plots,
drug-dealers’ plans, and political and diplomatic intelligence.
Critics claim the system is also being used for large-scale commercial theft and invasion of privacy and illegal domestic syping on innocent civilians. They also claim that this illegally obtained private information on individuals is USED AGAINST THEM, (even More Illegal) for political and monetary gain.
The members of the English-speaking alliance are part of the UK-USA intelligence alliance that has maintained ties in collecting and sharing intelligence since World War II. Various sources claim that these states have positioned electronic-intercept stations and deep-space satellites to capture most radio, satellite, microwave, cellular and fibre-optic communications traffic. The captured signals are then processed through a series of supercomputers, known as dictionaries, that are programmed to search each communication for targeted addresses, words, phrases or even individual voices.
Individual states in the UK-USA alliance are assigned responsibilities for monitoring different parts of the globe.
Canada is tasked with monitoring northern portions of the former Soviet Union and conducting sweeps of all communications traffic that could be picked up from embassies around the world. In the post-Cold War era, a greater emphasis has been placed on monitoring satellite and radio and cellphone traffic originating from Central and South America.
The United States, with its vast array of spy satellites, listening posts, computer farms, and NSA SuperComputers, monitors most of Latin America, Asia, Asiatic Russia and northern China.
Britain spies on Europe and Russia west of the Urals as well as Africa.
Australia hunts for communications in Indochina, Indonesia and southern China.
New Zealand sweeps the western Pacific.
All 5 Eyes constantly intercept and record ALL Internet Traffic, worldwide!
Governments say that ECHELON is simply a method of sorting captured signals of the “bad guys”, and is just one of the many arrows in the intelligence community’s quiver, along with increasingly sophisticated bugging and communications interception techniques, satellite tracking, through-clothing scanning, automatic fingerprinting and recognition systems that can recognize faces, voice, DNA, odours or retina patterns.
The Americans are believed to dominate the UK-USA alliance, providing most of the computer expertise, Money, and frequently much of the personnel for global interception bases.
The U.S. National Security Agency, (NSA) with headquarters at Fort Meade
just outside Washington, DC, has a global staff of over 100,000 spies,
and a budget estimated at more than One Trillion US Dollars.
That’s more than the FBI and the CIA combined.
By comparison, Canada’s communications-intelligence operations are conducted by the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), a branch of the Canadian Department of National Defence.
CSE/CSIS have a staff of about 10,000 people and an annual budget of about $250 million.
The CSE’s headquarters, nicknamed “The Farm,” is the Sir Leonard Tilley Building on Heron Road in the nation’s capital of Ottawa, Ontario, and its main communications intercept site is located on an old armed-forces radio base in Leitrim , south of Ottawa.
The CSIS Headquarters is at 1941 OGILVIE ROAD, OTTAWA ONTARIO, CANADA.
The governments of Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands have already confirmed that ECHELON exists (though not specifying any details of its capabilities or operations).
Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey has admitted using the system to uncover information about foreign companies using bribes to win contracts. The information was passed on to US companies and foreign governments were pressed to stop the bribes. Media coverage of a couple such events tended to give the impression that ECHELON was used to give foreign companies’ trade secrets to US companies.
The European Parliament produced a report on ECHELON which recommended that citizens of member states routinely use cryptography in their communications to protect their privacy.
In the UK, the government introduced the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act
which gives authorities the power to force citizens to hand over their encryption keys, without a judge-approved warrant.
The European Union spent millions developing secure communication based on quantum cryptography.
The “SECOQC project”, is a system that would theoretically be unbreakable by ECHELON or any other espionage system.
ECHELON monitoring of mobile phones in Pakistan was used to track terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed before he was arrested in Rawalpindi.
The ESCHELON system intercepts Trillions of communications daily, but agents must know which intercepted communications to monitor before they can realize an intelligence advantage. For example, in the months prior to the September 11 attacks on the United States, signal intelligence produced by ECHELON developed considerable “chatter”, or snippets of dialogue, that suggested some sort of attack was imminent. Analysts were unable to pin down the details of the attack, though, because operatives planning the attack relied largely on non-electronic communications. Even overt signals, such as a dramatic increase in futures trading related to companies that were to be damaged in the attack, failed to alert analysts, apparently because they did not know where within the daily deluge of electronic messages to look, much less how to connect the dots pointing to a specific attack.
Prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks and the legislation which followed it, US intelligence agencies were “supposedly” prohibited from spying on people inside the US and some foreign intelligence services faced similar restrictions within their own countries. There are allegations, however, that ECHELON and the UK-USA alliance were used to circumvent these restrictions by, for example, having the UK facilities spy on people inside the US and the US facilites spy on people in the UK, with the agencies exchanging data.
(usually automatically through ECHELON system without human intervention)
ECHELON is built by Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Zeta Associates.
Margaret Newsham claims that she designed the software for the system at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California under the code name P415.
The two main programs are codenamed SILKWORTH and SIRE.
The workhorse of the system was digital signal processors of the SAM brand from Texas Memory Systems SSD division, combining a solid-state memory (SSD) and a high capacity DSP so that each unit can work independently on one datastream each. The result of the analysis is gathered in a large database, and the processing facility uses a solid state disk in the Zetabytes.
Some of the known or suspected ground stations belonging to or participating in the ECHELON network include the following:
Fort Meade (Maryland, US) (headquarters of NSA)
Geraldton (Western Australia, Australia)
Menwith Hill (Yorkshire, UK)
Misawa Air Base (Japan)
Morwenstow (Cornwall, UK)
Pine Gap (Northern Territory, Australia – close to Alice Springs)
Sabana Seca (Puerto Rico – US)
Sugar Grove (West Virginia, USA)
Yakima (Washington, US)
Waihopai (New Zealand)
The following are various intelligence gathering stations of US intelligence agencies and armed forces or their allies.
Alert (Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada)
Agios Nikolaos (Cyprus – UK)
Bad Aibling (Germany – US)
Bremerhaven (Germany – UK)
Buckley Field (Colorado, US)
Chicksands (Bedfordshire, UK)
Diego Garcia (Indian Ocean – US-UK)
Digby (Lincolnshire, UK)
Elmendorf Air Force Base (Germany – US)
Feltwell (Norfolk, UK)
Fort Gordon (Georgia, US)
Gander (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)
Guam (Pacific Ocean, US)
Karamursel (Turkey – US)
Kunia (Hawaii, US)
Leitrim (south of Ottawa, Canada)
Malta (Malta – UK)
Masset (British Columbia, Canada)
Medina Annex (Texas, US)
Osan Air Base (South Korea, US)
Rota (Spain – US)
Shoal Bay (New South Wales, Australia)
Silvermine (near Cape Town, South Africa – US)
Tangimoana (New Zealand)
West Cape (Exmouth Gulf , Australia – US)
Former ground stations:
Augsburg (Germany – US) – closed in 1993
Clark Air Base (Philippines – US) – closed in 1997
Edzell (Scotland, UK) – closed in 1997
Kabkan (Iran – US) – closed in 1979
Little Sai Wan (Hong Kong – UK) – closed in 1984
Nurrungar (Woomera, South Australia, Australia) – closed in 1999
San Vito dei Normanni (Italy – US) – closed in 1994
Teufelsberg (West Berlin, Germany – US) – closed in 1989