Echelon Scrapped After Finding Too Many Examples Of Government Misconduct
The idea was simple. Develop the world's largest electronic surveillance system to search for suspicious activities by criminals and terrorists. The resulting system, however, worked a little too well -- it kept finding dubious transactions that it traced back to Congress and the White House.
Now the so-called 'Echelon' system has been temporarily suspended until researchers can develop a way to ignore criminal activities committed by prominent Congressmen, while continuing to invade everybody else's privacy.
"It's a nightmare," explained an anonymous surveillance expert at the NSA (No Such Agency). "Our system kept generating these tantalizing leads -- but every time we investigated, it pointed back to a powerful Congressman that we couldn't touch. What a waste of time."