Jam Echelon Day ~ October 21st 2001

What this is all about:   Click here for our Mission Statement

From a report to the European parliament:

"Within Europe, all email, telephone and fax communications are routinely intercepted by the United States National Security Agency, transferring all target information from the European mainland ... to [The headquarter of NSA] ... a global surveillance system that stretches around the world to form a targeting system on all of the key Intelsat satellites used to convey most of the world's satellite phone calls, internet, email, faxes and telexes. ...unlike many of the electronic spy systems developed during the cold war, Echelon is designed for primarily non-military targets: governments, organizations and businesses in virtually every country... Five nations share the results with the US as the senior partner ... Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia are very much acting as subordinate information servicers." 
 (Read the Full Report)

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 believe so. Privacy should not be something that's considered only after it's been breached.   This website was created with a dual purpose. The first is obviously to inform people about Echelon's existence and what things they can do (in theory) to "jam it up", either by sending widely-known "trigger words" or (better yet) not allowing themselves to be subjected to random, anonymous eavesdropping by foreign powers. The secondary purpose of the site is to provide links to information and software that does just that - allows people to secure their email, networks, and operating systems with good practice and cryptographic software of such strength that easy decryption in a reasonable timeframe is not possible for any eavesdropper.

All we are asking you to do is inform your friends. Send them an email on October 21st telling them about Echelon, and by all means include a few, or all, of the "trigger words" from the list. Of course, using them on a regular basis is even more effective.

The European Union discovered that there was little that they could do to address the abolition of Echelon. They issued their report to the World, folded their tents and went home. Well, if Echelon won't go away and won't cease intruding on our privacy, then the least we can do is help them out by making sure they have plenty to do.
View the new media release about "Jam Echelon Day" here.

Lest we forget why we are here:

Don't forget to set up and use encryption. It's your right unless you say otherwise.

Links and Resources to Echelon Information, plus the 1999 link archive
from the first Jam Echelon Day are included below for your reference.

All links below will open a new window.
This is the final site update. 10/10/01

Echelon Links   *A note on these links*

  • The Latest Resources and Links:
    • Echelon FAQ   Echelon is the term popularly used for an automated global interception and relay system operated by the intelligence agencies in five nations: the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (it is believed that ECHELON is the....
    • This is John Young's site. An excellent resource and worth a visit.
    • Exposing the Global Surveillance System by Nicky Hager This article is referenced without the permission of CAQ (Covert Action Quarterly)
    • The Echelon System: About the NSA's system of eavesdropping on worldwide electronic messages. http://serendipity.magnet.ch/hermetic/crypto/echelon/echelon.htm
    • Inside Echelon: The history, structure und function of the global surveillance system known as Echelon.
    • Echelon is a term associated with a global network of computers that automatically search through millions of intercepted messages for... http://www.fas.org/irp/program/process/echelon.htm
    • Echelon, UK/USA Alliance, NSA Electronic Communications Interception, Surveillance, STOA,... Personal web site by Paul Wolf concerned with Echelon global surveillance system and other privacy threats. Links to other issue related sites. http://www.icdc.com/~paulwolf/echelon.htm
    • Worldwide Espionage Network Exposed in Alphabetics (Site looking for Alphabetic Bible Code importance in Echelon) Good Reference site regardless of approach - don't discount content too quickly.   
    • Codename: ECHELON DICTIONARY Global Electronic Surveillance; NCOIC Project Echelon, UK-USA Alliance of Intelligence Gathering agencies, spying on you. http://www.ncoic.com/echelon.htm
    • Echelon On-Line Surveillance Last update Tuesday 05 September 08:29:21 PDT 2000 The new space invaders Spies in the sky Peter Goodspeed National Post Saturday, February 19, 2000 A former employee of Canada's security... http://www.fire.net.nz/echelon.htm
    • ECHELON: America's Spy in the Sky -- Patrick Poole/CovSyn Back Issues of CovSyn Books from the Covenant Foundation Order Author Bios Endorsements Permission to Reprint PREMISE : An online Journal The Kuyper Institute The CAPO Weekly USA Journal The Institutes Kuyper Institute... http://capo.org/opeds/pp0615.htm
    • What the krunk is Echelon?
    • Echelon: America's Secret Global Surveillance Network -- Patrick S. Poole In the greatest surveillance effort ever established, the US National Security Agency (NSA) has created a global spy system, codename ECHELON, which captures and analyzes virtually every phone call, fax, email and telex message sent anywhere in the world...
    • Cyber-Rights Cyber-Liberties (UK) Echelon Watch Pages This section of Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) deals with issues in relation to the interception of communications at a global stage. It will provide useful information and links in relation to international, governmental and non governmental, public... http://www.cyber-rights.org/interception/echelon/
    •  Echelon: NSA's Global Electronic Interception and they don't give a damn about personal privacy or commercial confidence. Project 415 is a top-secret new global surveillance system. It can tap into a billion calls a year in the UK alone. Inside Duncan Campbell on how spying entered the 21st century. http://www.gn.apc.org/duncan/echelon-dc.htm
    • Echelon | The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists The fear that "big brother" might be monitoring our private communications is not new. It's no wonder that when a January 1998 report to the European Parliament, An Appraisal of Technologies of Political Control, claimed that "within Europe, all e-mail... http://www.bullatomsci.org/issues/2000/ma00/ma00richelson.html
    • Mario's Cyberspace Station: Echelon Good Article from 1999: http://mprofaca.cro.net/echelonfr.html
    • Duncan Campbell's report to the European Parliament, "Interception Capabilities 2000"
    • Spotlight on Wiretapping and Echelon from Free-Market.Net: The Freedom Network A review and summary of the civil liberties issues related to Wiretapping and Echelon, with links to the breadth and depth of online resources available to you. http://www.free-market.net/spotlight/wiretapping/
    • QA Information Security AB - Codename: Echelon Within Europe, all email, telephone and fax communications are routinely intercepted by the United States National Security Agency, transferring all target information from the European mainland ...
    • A serious collection of links: Echelon System : U.S. Global Surveillance Are your private communications in Europe safe ? In a word - 'NO!'
    • Once again: Echelon Watch Encourages public discussion of the Echelon Network, an intelligence gathering organization, that is a potential threat to civil liberties, and to urge the governments of the world to protect our rights. Active site... check it out! Get involved.

  • World (non-English language) Echelon Links:
    • Dossier Codenaam Echelon NRC, NRC Handelsblad, echelon, codenaam, echelon, agents, fbi, nsa, fbi eu surveillance plan, lekken, afluisteren, aftappen, tappen, surveillance, onderscheppen, interceptie, dataverkeer, telecommunicatie,... http://www.nrc.nl/W2/Lab/Echelon/inhoud.html
    • Telepolis-Echelon Das Schweizer Abhörsystem Satos 3, das mit Echelon in Verbindung gebracht wird, wurde laut Medienberichten bereits zum Weltwirtschaftsforum eingesetzt. http://www.heise.de/tp/deutsch/special/ech/default.html
    • Petits débats sur Echelon feuillet articles sites. notes S'exprimant ŕ Bruxelles alors que son gouvernement préside l'Union européenne, le ministre portugais de l'intérieur, M. Fernando Gomes, affirme qu'il n'a « pas de doute sur l'existence d'un systčme d'interception des télécommunications». Difficile...
    • Korean Site about Echelon
    • Echelon en PGP kan aftappen. Ook als iemand toegang weet te krijgen tot de mailbox van de ontvanger of als mail verkeerd bezorgd wordt loop je het risico dat je mail op straat komt te liggen
    • De Groene 25-2-98: Dossier Echelon 2: Sleutels inleveren Het wordt steeds duidelijker hoe Europa de oren laat hangen naar Big Brother Amerika. De Britten tappen hun Europese bondgenoten af, Zwitserse softwarebedrijven geven de beveiligingssleutels van hun klanten af bij de... http://www.groene.nl/1998/9/ab_echelon.html
    • Enfopol Echelon Acción contra el espionaje de Internet y de la telefonía por parte de la policía, los servicios de seguridad e inteligencia en los proyectos Enfopol y Echelon.
    • Cyberhumanisme] Vie privee / Echelon Chers humains, Le systeme Echelon est a la mode. Vous en avez sans doute entendu parler. Beaucoup de choses se disent a propos de ce systeme. En ce moment des internautes tentent de saturer le reseau de la maniere suivante : "Vous le savez peut-etre. La... 

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***These are all live links to the best in current Echelon resources.
No site above was contacted prior to linking.

Older Echelon Links (from the 1999 page):

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***A note and a nod. This page was built upon the prior work of others.
In 1999 "Jam Echelon Day" was conceived and launched.
The concept was theirs as is some of the content on this page.
I just want to say thank you to them for a great idea and a good beginning.    
- - - Michael Teetering

Here is a great link to an automated Echelon Letter generator. Thank you Andrej and Mike.

Here is a link to a sample letter. (This will open a new window)

This is an information sharing letter. This would be an effective and informative letter that you can send to everyone on your mailing list

...Of course, you can always write your own.
(Use as many of the "trigger words" as you like,
or, send the whole list to everyone you know.)

Click here to open a page of 2000+ words we
have collected from every source we could find.
Sorry these are not sorted or edited for dupes.

Final Draft ECHELON Press Release
Feel Free to release this anywhere and everywhere.


Scully:  Scully@cipherwar.com
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 as possible.

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. (Partial list of site locations below.)

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 and the desire to stand up and count.

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 effectiveness 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.

The Jam Echelon site may be found at any of the following URL's:
cipherwar.com/echelon, echelon.oregonwebdesign.com, www.world-of-hell.com/JED2K, logos4u.box.sk/JED2K, echelon.partisan.de/, www.sentry-labs.com/echelon, echelon.linuxsecurity.com, www.cotse.com/JamEchelon, www.safemode.org/echelon/, thehacktivist.com/jed/, www.chrisrhodes.net/jam/index.htm, echelon.partisan.de/index_de.html (in German), www.ellicit.org/JAME/, www.net-security.org/mirror/jam-echelon/, echelon.kayuza.com

These are the mirror sites as of 7/25/01
Indications are strong that there will be many times
this number by October 21st; Jam Echelon Day.
Join us.


This Press Release will be snail mailed to the main stream media outlets as well as hardcopy publications.
It will also be distributed in as massive an email campaign as we can mount together. Feel free to mail the
Press Release above to any distribution source you know.

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