“I spy with my little eye something beginning with…” is a guessing game. Espionage isn’t.
A topic you might have no vocabulary for, and which requires passives. So if you need some practice on this, check out the links below. In Speaking exams sometimes there is a card about Surveillance, another way of approaching the issue of looking into people’s behavio(u)r and messages.
I would like to say that I was a bit surprised by all the present news about espionage, because Menthwill Hill has existed since the 1950s, and the peace movement has been working to spread the information of its activities for decades now… 😦
Check out this site, it’s full of info: Menwith Hill – Yorkshire CND (Committee for Nuclear Disarmament – I learned about this group while living at Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, in Berkshire). An excerpt:
Menwith Hill is one of the United States’ most important overseas bases … Nominally an RAF base, it is operated and controlled by the National Security Agency. Established in total secrecy by President Truman in 1952, the NSA is responsible for all US signals intelligence (SIGINT) activities, essentially the interception of electronic communications, both military and commercial. During the Cold War, the NSA rapidly expanded its operations and established a global interception network with intelligence analysis at its headquarters in Fort Meade near Washington.
Big Brother is watching you, as George Orwell said in his novel 1984. It’s not only military and commercial communications, really.
- 2013. El País in English. NSA revelations: Spain also a victim of US espionage
- Silence is no answer (El País editorial)