If you donâ€™t know it yet, Echelon is a global surveillance system. Till now, the system generated a few scandals regarding the US Intelligence vs. EU companies. Of course, the Europeans reacted and in a resolution of 5 September 2005 on the existence of a global system for the interception of private and commercial communications (Echelon system), the European Parliament recommended in particular devising measures at Community level to develop and manufacture European encryption equipment and software. At its meeting on 6 and 7 December, the Council reached agreement in principle with a view to a common position on the proposal for a directive on the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in electronic communications.
I remember a few months ago we organized in Romania a workshop about Echelon and human rights. At that time, I had my team gather facts and articles from media archives. I recall that when I entered â€œechelonâ€ on Google, I received all the juicy stuff on the first page. Now after the new security issues imposed by the White House in â€œthe battle against terrorâ€ this is the second keyword â€œblurredâ€ by Google â€“ the first was regarding the Guantanamo bay pics. Because of this, probably Google is the favorite search engine of the Bush administration.
Donâ€™t be so happy that the Google censorship affects only China â€“ you are also a victim here in Romania.
Yet, Google RULZ and maybe this is the price to pay for our security and way of life. In a recent interview George Bush told Matt Lauer (you can see it below) he is not willing to talk about the methods the US government uses in order to protect its people – Google censorship is a method as we all are sure that the terrorists already now how to use the Internet andÂ a search engine.