Echelon is a font based on eastern Europe 70s 'pipe-style' typefaces, Echelon is named after the massive government surveillance system, which listens to our every move.
Where does the name come from? To quote the Echelon watch website: "Echelon is perhaps the most powerful intelligence gathering organization in the world. Several credible reports suggest that this global electronic communications surveillance system presents an extreme threat to the privacy of people all over the world… There is no way of knowing if Echelon is being used illegally to spy on private citizens. You can find out more here.