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Echelon Thesis Statement Credible reports suggest that the United States is part of a massive global electronic surveillance system known as Echelon IntroductionMany of us believe that we live in a country that allows us our right to privacy IWhat is Echelon A 5 nations are involved in intercepting communications around the globe 1The 5 nations are Canada Great Britain Australia New Zealand and chiefly the United States US 2Echelon is top secret and its existence has never been admitted by the US BWhat Echelon does 1E-Mails Phone calls and faxes are intercepted and scanned by super computers and sifted for specific intelligence 2Echelon can also hack into computers and the files of any computer linked to a communication device such as the internet 3The US can use this system to target organizations and individuals for political or economical gain IIHow Echelon works AThere are networks of satellite that are stealing information and sending it down to information scanning stations spread over the 5 nations 1The Supercomputers scan through the data looking for key words that raise security flags in the system 2The computers then distribute the pertinent intelligence to the different agencies of government B The main agency in charge is the National Security Administration NSA of the US 1The NSA is supposed to use the information to guard our country against terrorism or other types of threats against the nation 2 The NSA operates without the oversight of congress or the courts IIIAllegations have surfaced about the misuse of this system AFormer employees associated with the system have now come forward and cited that it was used for purposes not connected with national security 1An officer with the joint intelligence committee resigned his position after claiming he was put in charge of monitoring foreign companies for economic gain 2The former head of the Central Intelligence Agency said the system uncovered French defense firm using bribes to get a defense contract in
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