By Nicky Hager

Hager leads us on one civilian's research of 1 of the basic platforms in the ever increasing worldwide eavesdropping syndicate, hence hatched by way of the paranoid freaks of the UKUSA intelligence alliance.

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Behind this story, a congressional investigation was occurring after allegations of corruption and misspending had been made to a congressman by a former computer specialist at the station, Margaret Newsham. As an employee of the Lockheed Space and Missiles Corporation, she had worked at Menwith as a contract employee. She is said to have told congress staff that, while at Menwith, she was able to listen through earphones to telephone calls being monitored. 8 None of this is surprising and it is likely to be insignificant compared with official abuse of the system.

Advances in computer technology alone will have multiplied its capacity. ’ They gave as examples GCHQ interception of three charitable organisations, including Amnesty International and Christian Aid. As the Observer reported: “At any time GCHQ is able to home in on their communications for a routine target request,” the GCHQ source said. In the case of phone taps the procedure is known as Mantis. With telexes this is called Mayfly. By keying in a code relating to Third World aid, the source was able to demonstrate telex “fixes” on the three organisations.

11 Since the introduction of the ECHELON Dictionary system, if the arms dealers’ communications (or the communications of Amnesty International as it worked to expose some of the human effects of this trade) happened to be routed via the Pacific satellite being monitored by the GCSB, then New Zealand could have assisted its allies in this abuse of power. Mike Frost, co-author of the CSE exposé, wrote about a similar incident involving Margaret Thatcher. He said that in February 1983 the CSE received a special request from the GCHQ to conduct a short interception operation in central London.

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