THE NSA used Echelon to get around the anti-monitoring laws in the US by setting up servers in other countries then taking the data from there. Echelon was monitoring email, phone, etc. I think Canada and Autrailia among others were collaboring with the US.
The ACLU was on it.
I think an Echelon Watch was set up. What ever happened with that? Does anyone know?
The new NSA surveillance just sounds like an expansion of that project doesn't it?