In a statement, they wrote, "We are responding to the Bush administration's admission that intelligence gathering is the most important tool in the so-called War on Terror. This war will have no end until citizens of the world refuse to let it continue. The ECHELON spy network, including Waihopai, is an important part of the U.S. government's global spy network and we have come in the name of the Prince of Peace to close it down."In 1996, researcher Nicky Hager published an expose on Waihopai and New Zealand's strong links to the U.S.led ECHELON network of six similar spy stations around the world. The United Nations launched an investigation in 2003 of claims that ECHELON had been used by the U.S. government to eavesdrop on U.N. diplomats and Security Council members. A report published in 2000 showed that ECHELON had also been used by the U.S. to gain commercial advantage for U.S. corporations.