In all the brouhaha about the National Security Agency "wiretaps" without a court order, the story of Echelon has been largely ignored by anyone outside the blogosphere. Here's my part to spread the word:
The controversy following revelations that U.S. intelligence agencies have monitored suspected terrorist related communications since 9/11 reflects a severe case of selective amnesia by the New York Times and other media opponents of President Bush. They certainly didn’t show the same outrage when a much more invasive and indiscriminate domestic surveillance program came to light during the Clinton administration in the 1990’s. At that time, the Times called the surveillance “a necessity.”
Read it all here.