Simon, Echelon IS in the EU, do you really think that European countries won't be tapping into this resource?
Ruby, yet again your blind nievity astounds and frustrates me. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/503224.stm"Journalist Duncan Campbell has spent much of his life investigating Echelon. In a report commissioned by the European Parliament he produced evidence that the NSA snooped on phone calls from a French firm bidding for a contract in Brazil. They passed the information on to an American competitor, which won the contract."
Don't for one minute think that the only words that are monitered are 'blow up' and 'America', this has been going on since the 80's and will carry on for as long as there is global communication.
New technology is making it easier and easier for others to find out about people, be that Governments wanting to know about people to a nosey neighbour listening in on conversations.
The only thing that protects us is safety in numbers, the fact that there are so many with mobile phones and PC's, they can only 'listen' to so much.
Mind you, if they choose a key word that you use often, then you'll get flagged......