Satellites and Your Privacy
Thu, 15 Apr 1999 16:57:05 +0200


I know this is slightly off topic.  But I am trying to spread the word about
this threat to our privacy and its relationship to satellites.  I hope you
can forgive me.

The National Security Agency (NSA) apparently has a program called the
Echelon Global Surveillance System whereby they monitor all data bouncing
off INTELSAT satellites for certain "key" words.  These transmissions
include voice, fax, and e-mail transmissions.  When one or more of the key
words are detected, the correspondence is transcribed and forwarded (where?)
for further analysis.

You can find out more at

May all your sightings be x-sighting.