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[FYI]: FC: Intelligence community on ECHELON spying charges & US Congress

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On 07.06.99 at 16:02 Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com> wrote:

>>From the Association of Former Intelligence Officers in McLean, Virginia.
>The group's stated purpose is to argue for "a strong and responsible
>national intelligence/ counterintelligence establishment to deal with a
>variety of short and long-term threats and issues in the current world
>environment and the new Information Age."
>US CONGRESS CONCERNED ABOUT "ECHELON." Following recent revelations in
>Australia, Canada and Europe on an alleged US-UK international signals
>intelligence network known as "ECHELON," Reps. Porter Goss [HPSCI Chairman
>and an AFIO Member] and Bob Barr have requested access to NSA files
>concerning the legality of the surveillance system. On May 13, Barr
>succeeded in attaching a requirement to the Intelligence Authorization Act
>that would require the NSA, the CIA and the Justice Dept to prepare a
>report on ECHELON for the Congress within 60 days of its enactment. The
>report would describe the legal standards employed by elements of the
>Intelligence Community in conducting signals intelligence activities,
>including electronic surveillance. This would include systems like ECHELON
>that eavesdrop on international telecommunications. As Barr explained,
>Congress is concerned about the privacy rights for American citizens and
>whether or not there are constitutional safeguards being circumvented by
>the manner in which the intelligence agencies are intercepting and/or
>receiving international communications back from foreign nations that
>otherwise be prohibited by the prohibitions and the limitations on the
>collection of domestic intelligence. (Source: EPIC Alert, 1 June 1999.)
>more on EPIC see first link below; for more on "Echelon" and SIGINT in
>general, see the second link. <http://www.epic.org/alert/subscribe.html>
>http://www.epic.org/alert/subscribe.html <
>http://www.cyber-rights.org/interception/stoa/ic2kreport.htm <
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