As far as watching the watchmen is concerned, there are already rules and regulations in place regarding the montoring
of wire taps and such, I would assume that these could probably be extended to the Echleon system. The watchmen
would be watched by judges, legislators, councils, and boards of inquiry. There will always be someone listening without
authorization, although with the proper regulations in place, abuse of the system would probably be minimal (hopefully).
Unfortunately, the NSA has already stated (through their actions at least) that they believe that they are above the law, by refusing to turn over documents about echelon to congress. Also, how hard do you think a polititian is going to push on this issue, when the NSA has such surveillance ability to find out every piece of dirt on said polititian in an instant. What do you do when the watchers have that much power and no accountability? There is no way to ensure that a surveillance system of this magnitude will be used responsibly... In fact, given the large body of evidence supporting the adage "absolute power corrupts absolutely", I would say it is impossible to use a system such as this responsibly for any length of time. And I'm not comforted knowing that the abuses of the sytem will be "hopefully minimal".
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