Conspiracy theory, right? Something like this would never happen in our free, democratic world…
Well guess what. I borrowed the title of this post from a European Parliament report, published in 2001!
Here is a copy of the report in English: “REPORT on the existence of a global system for the interception of private and commercial communications (ECHELON interception system) (2001/2098(INI))” [PDF]
This report gives us a very high degree of confidence that such a global interception system has been operational since the 1990’s.
Think about that the next time you think to yourself “Nah, the current snooping legislation and practice is fine – intelligence services around the world could never monitor and collate all this chaos of information”.