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In March 1946, the UKUSA agreement was brokered between the United States and Great Britain.
Echelon activity only becomes possible due to a wide network created by the UKUSA community and that comprises Earth intercept stations, espionage ships and secret satellites that allow access to a vast communications network.
A declassified NSA document confirms the working relationship between the intelligence apparatuses of all five nations mentioned above as part of the UKUSA Agreement (NSA, 1955).
Under UKUSA, they share almost everything, and do not target each other's nationals without permission.
of the Soviet Union, UKUSA member agencies quickly discovered that the
These satellites carry primarily civilian traffic, but they do additionally carry diplomatic and governmental communications that are of particular interest to the UKUSA parties.
Known as UKUSA it is now part of the fight against international terrorism and crime.
In 1946, to battle the new designated enemy--communism--five nations sealed a deal for a secret alliance: UKUSA. Made up of the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, it's still quasi-secret and makes George Orwelrs Big Brother look as sophisticated as the output of a Pixelvision camera on a dim day.
But this is small beer compared with "Echelon," an international network of sniffers and similar technologies, run by UKUSA (the UK-USA Agreement) along with Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Closely allied with America through the UKUSA signal intelligence agreement--an umbrella coalition of Britain, the United States, Australia and New Zealand--the United States is provided with ready access to Australian signals intelligence.
A hangover from the Cold War, the Echelon system allows the five member countries of the secret "UKUSA" pact (the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia), which probably dates back to 1948, to intercept e-mails, telephone calls and faxes anywhere in the world, as a result of a chain of interception facilities dotted all over the globe.
One of the peculiar byproducts of the NSA's activities was the formation of an Anglo-Saxon fraternity of snoops, UKUSA, named for a communications intelligence agreement originally signed between the NSA and its British counterpart.