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"Jam Echelon Day" resurfaces, scheduled for October 21
- Date: Sun, 05 Aug 2001 12:08:41 -0400
- To: email@example.com
- Subject: FC: "Jam Echelon Day" resurfaces, scheduled for October 21
- From: Declan McCullagh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
[I strongly suspect this is more valuable as a publicity stunt than as a
serious exercise, but perhaps I'm just being a wet blanket. --Declan]
Date: Fri, 03 Aug 2001 10:41:06 -0700
To: Declan McCullagh <email@example.com>
From: Michael Teetering <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Jam Echelon Day ~ Part II
There is a group of us resurrecting the Jam Echelon effort from 1999. I
have pasted in the appropriate information below for your consideration.
We would love to have you lend a hand in getting the message out. This
is primarily a movement designed to bring the existence of Echelon into the
public forum from a different angle.
We hope you will see it as a worthy effort and choose to assist us.
- - - Michael Teetering
Our Mission Statement:
Jam Echelon Day - October 21, 2001
The primary goal of Jam Echelon Day 2001 is to raise public awareness of
the existence of Echelon and stimulate scrutiny of the world's government
agencies that operate it.
We are offering substantial resources for people to educate themselves
about Echelon and what it is capable of. This is an educational campaign
sponsored by concerned netizens that value personal privacy and firmly believe
that everyone has a right to privacy without government intrusion.
The 2001 "Jam Echelon" campaign has kept the name of it's 1999 predecessor
both to honor a great idea and to state an ideal. We acknowledge that the
current level of technology being utilized by the Echelon group far exceeds
our ability to actually impact it in this manner. We do not intend, nor do we
encourage attempting to overload Echelon's surveillance systems with spam.
In the past, different organizations and individuals have sent out mass
emailings using "keywords" designed to trigger Echelon's filters. In reality,
it is unknown if this tactic actually jammed up Echelon's systems but it is
that this would only produce an abundance of Echelon related spam and be
counter productive. It is our opinion that more can be accomplished by sending
people to one of the Jam Echelon mirrors for information.
Our recommendation for action on October 21st is for you to email everyone
personal mailing list informing them of the existence of Echelon. Then,
to one of the "Jam Echelon" sites for further information. Include some of the
"keywords" in your email; it can't hurt. Who knows? We might get lucky.
An informed populace is an empowered populace.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Scully: Scully@cipherwar.com or
Michael Teetering: Teetering@cipherwar.com
Global Monitoring System, ECHELON, has its day. Jam Echelon Day October 21st
THE INTERNET - July 25, 2001 - A large group of individuals in the Global
Internet Community have set out to bring attention to the communications
monitoring system known as ECHELON.
Two years ago, when this idea was launched, the existence of ECHELON was
denied by all of the participating agencies. Now with the recent issuing of
the report by the "Temporary Committee on the ECHELON Interception System"
its existence and invasive practices are no longer in doubt.
We are urging all persons who utilize any form of global communication to
inform their circle of friends regarding ECHELON and its monitoring of all
email, telephone and fax communications in Europe. Along with this we are
urging the inclusion of as many 'trigger words' within those communications
To this end, we have established a primary web site at:
http://cipherwar.com/echelon and numerous mirror sites around the world to
help educate people about ECHELON and what it really means to the Global
community at large.
October 21st has been designated "JAM ECHELON DAY" and on that day we are
encouraging email messages to be sent out in great numbers, containing as
many 'trigger words' as possible. (There is a list of 1700 on the web
site.) While the goal of "jamming up" ECHELON is a lofty and likely
unattainable one, is it not better to signal displeasure at being monitored
than passively allow it to happen? We think so.
Now is a chance for anyone, regardless of computer expertise, to become an
instant hacktivist - and all you need is your regular email program.
After October 21st, we ask global netizens to merely stop censoring
themselves for fear of scrutiny. If the bulk of monitored hits becomes too
great, the effective-ness will drop to the insignificant. A proverb from
Madagascar states; "Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won't eat
you." Although that may not be completely true, we invite you to join us.
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