The Echelon attack
Posted: October 27, 1999
1:00 am Eastern
By Joseph Farah
© 2010 WorldNetDaily.com
Internet activists last week tried to overwhelm National Security Agency eavesdroppers by flooding the Echelon spy system with fabricated messages about terrorist plots and bombs.
The idea never posed a real threat to the NSA, but the electronic protest helped raise awareness of the fact that the government is snooping on every man, woman and child in the country through this system.
Organizers urged Internet users to send millions of e-mails with NSA "keywords" designed to trigger eavesdropping programs and analysis. The idea was to flood the powerful NSA computers with enough suspicious traffic to crash them and disrupt the mysterious high-tech listening system.
How serious is the threat to civil liberties posed by Echelon? A 1997 report commissioned by the European Parliament described "routine and indiscriminate" monitoring of faxes, e-mails and telephone messages in Europe by the global spy network, which it said was coordinated by the NSA with the help of other nations' security organizations. Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., has said he supports congressional hearings to determine the scope of the spy network's capabilities and to prevent abuses.
Dozens of websites promoted the protest by listing some of the keywords believed to set off the Echelon trackers. But my sources tell me the spy network is far more sophisticated than the web protesters anticipated. It can easily filter out communications specifically designed to set it off with random keywords. Screening software helps the NSA ignore communications written or spoken as "bait."
Want to see a longer list than you have ever seen before? Here it is:
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I know, I know. Hard to believe that such a list could be real? I mean, if words like "Rivera" are included, every Yankee box score would trigger an NSA alert. But, nevertheless, this is much closer to the keyword list actually used by NSA. So, don't ask your wife to take out the "garbage" over the phone. Don't discuss "Whitewater" with your e-mail buddies -- unless you don't mind Big Brother listening in. And, please, don't ask me what half this stuff means. All I know is that it irritates the gods of government. So be careful out there.
Joseph Farah is founder, editor and CEO of WND and a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate. He is the author or co-author of 13 books, including his latest, "The Tea Party Manifesto: A Vision for an American Rebirth," and his classic, "Taking America Back: A Radical Plan to Revive Freedom, Morality and Justice," now in its third edition and 14 printings. Farah is the former editor of the legendary Sacramento Union and other major-market daily newspapers.