Carnivore / Echelon  Trigger  Words

The U.S. government is making it known that it can [and does] sift through all the data packets on the internet, if need be, using Carnivore and Echelon, hoping to find some terrorist's malicious email in the process.  And if that's what the three-letter agencies are really up to, I wish them all the best.

However, if they're using Carnivore to go after orchid salesmen, that's another matter.

All you have to do is search for the term "Hello to all my friends and fans in domestic surveillance", using your favorite search engine, and you'll dig up several pages with more or less the same collection of "suspicious" words and phrases which are supposedly able to "jam Echelon".

For example,  [1]  [2]  [3]  [4]  [5]  [6]  [7]  [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [25] [26] [27] [28] [29] [30] [31]

Now of course I know there is probably no great value in publishing semi-suspicious documents just to see who's reading them.  Nor is there much to be gained by wasting someone else's time (and mine) explaining that I was just listing suspicious words to exercise my right to free speech.  It's like leaving a honey pot for the Carnivore system to find (and for me to explain) someday.

  The complete list is on this page.  After going unnoticed for several months, it now gets numerous hits each day.  Perhaps this is the result of the recent interest in domestic surveillance.

No doubt the Carnivore system is kept busy by widespread discussion of drug terms but huge lists of such terms are available all over the internet, even from the White House web site!

But you know, the citizens of the United States have the right to discuss any and all of these topics through e-mail, paper mail or telephone conversations, or to search for them on the internet, as long as no criminal activity is directly involved.  That is, as long as the information is not intended to facilitate the commission of a crime.  In any other country, you might be in big trouble if you merely mentioned a word like "dynamite" in your e-mail or telephone conversations.  Fortunately, in the United States we have the freedom to communicate with almost any combination of words and phrases, especially if the words and sentences are not used in a manner which is unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, or defamatory, and as long as these words and sentences do not encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, or give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate applicable laws.  Nothing on this web site even approaches that.  This web page is presented as a public service, to inform and educate the American public about a potential threat to our fundamental right of free speech.

I should also mention that the information on this page is provided for information and educational purposes only.

"In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man and brave, hated and scorned.  When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."
- Mark Twain    

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