I am reading I Am Pilgrim, which is the thriller of the year by all accounts. It's racist and sexist, but otherwise not bad and very entertaining. It is about an America secret service agent who goes around the world torturing and assassinating people who annoy him, for the good of his country. He spends much of the book getting various folks in the secret service to found out private information on people. Every time Echelon is mentioned you can hear the author smiling merrily. So far my favourite part so far is when he's hanging out with the Saudi's:
I had read about it, but I had never actually seen the machinery of a totalitarian state in full flight. For anyone who values privacy and freedom, it's a terrifying thing to behold.
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