This piece of news came out yesterday: The European Parliament was briefed yesterday about a global surveillance system called Echelon. Greek Euro MP Alecos Alovanos said the British Bases in Cyprus are heavily involved, with two earth stations, at Ay. Nicolas and Akrotiri. Alovanos says the stations are linked with a central station in the UK and others in the US and elsewhere in the British Commonwealth. Allegations that the stations are engaged in economic and commercial espionage were levelled at them by the French but others expressed concern about their national security being compromised. The system is capable of intercepting the millions of telephone, fax and e-mails being sent globally at any moment and eavesdrop on any single one. Concern about security here in Cyprus was voiced by Defence Minister Socrates Hasikos yesterday, who said he would be seeking clarification through diplomatic channels. Today, we were told that this system was devised by the US and that they originally wanted to site it in Turkey. Turkey refused (as they always do when it comes to helping any Western power) and so the Americans made a deal with the British to site their system within the British military bases in Cyprus. It was disclosed that the surveillence system was not only capable of skyward detection but that it could actually be aimed at targets by being beamed through the Earths crust, therefore Cyprus (or Turkey) were perfectly located for spying on the Soviet Union. The ironic thing is that the Americans and the British signed their deal on the day of the colonels uprising and coup in Greece in 1967. ( be informed that during the same week that Cyprus was invaded by Turkey in July 1974, the military coup in Greece ended, obviously another deal had been signed somewhere!