From the website of the Federation of American Scientists (Click here to see article ):
A few questions:
How informed are you about Echelon? Have actively researched it, have read a full length article about it, have heard it mentioned somethere, rings a bell, or you don’t know what I’m talking about?
If you are, how often do you stop to think about it when composing electronic communications? Always, often, sometimes, seldom, or never?
How much does the idea bother you? Do you find it to be actually threatening, intensely disturbing, vaguely disquieting, mildly troublesome, or not a worry?
Has the idea of Echelon ever inhibited you from saying something on the telephone or writing something in an e-mail or on the Internet? Yes or no?
If you had something sensitive to discuss with someone in another city–legal problems or financial matters, for example–how worried would you be about the possibility that the government (and specifically the government) might be listening in? On an ascending scale of 1 through 5?
Hope y’all don’t mind this poll format,
Doghouse Reilly (not my real name)