The E.C. Parliament has confirmed (admitted?) the existence of the communications intelligence and information exchange network called ECHELON.
This global network of wiretaps, data-sniffing and general eavesdropping systems enables the U.S. government (and probably the U.K.) to intercept digital communications.
ECHELON is based at Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire U.K - rumors of its existence have circulated for years. ECHELON does not require a suspicion element to monitor any communications and can, therefore, snoop into innocent peoples personal data. An E.C. spokesman stated that there is good reason to believe that information has been obtained by ECHELON by illegally monitoring private emails.
Unless encrypted, any persons communications, from any location can be snooped upon - in fact it is suspected that all European emails and telephone communications are automatically recorded at Menwith Hill.
Menwith Hill - near Harrogate North Yorkshire (UK)
JULY 18 - 2001
The residents of North Yorkshire are registering a strong protest against the Menwith Hill Listening Station following the closure of its sister station in Bavaria (Germany).
It is understandable that the people of the North of England want no part of this "skulking and covertly dangerous " element of U.S. military World dominance.