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Cell phone data captured by NSA used to send drones on missions that kill innocent people?

Posted: , by Alan F.

Cell phone data captured by NSA used to send drones on missions that kill innocent people?
According to a report published on Monday, some of the cell phone information and metadata gathered up by the NSA, is being used to target certain people for attack by drones. Unfortunately, it turn out that some innocent people are dying in these attacks. The report attributes much of the information to a former drone operator who worked for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and the NSA.

The anonymous drone operator was part of a team that sought out high value targets in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and elsewhere. These targets were said to be high ranking terrorists. But instead of confirming the identities of these targets using personnel on the ground, the drone crew relied on the cell phones used by the targets, tracking the phones' activities and locations. NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden has confirmed this as has Brandon Bryant, a former drone sensor operator with the USAF.

One method employed by the military is based on the NSA using its equipment to geolocate a specific SIM card or a mobile handset used by a suspected terrorist. One this information is known, it is passed along to the military or the CIA. A night strike or drone attack is then used to capture or kill the targeted individual. While the former drone operator says that terrorists have been captured or killed using the cellular data and metadata, innocent people have also been killed during drone strikes. This has happened because the Taliban would take the SIM cards out of their phones, put them in a bag, shake them up, and redistribute them. Sometimes, a targeted phone would be randomly passed along to another person who was not an intended target. That person ends up killed for using the wrong phone at the wrong time.

"People get hung up that there’s a targeted list of people. It’s really like we’re targeting a cell phone. We’re not going after people – we’re going after their phones, in the hopes that the person on the other end of that missile is the bad guy."-Anonymous former drone operator

Some of the drones used by the U.S. military are equipped with a "virtual base-tower transceiver" that can trick a cell phone on the ground into thinking that it is a cell tower. This locks the phone onto the drone giving the military the ability to track the handset to within 30 feet of its location. At that point, it is like killing fish in a barrel.

But if the former drone operator is correct, and the military is targeting phones, not people, the success of the entire program could be overstated. As the anonymous source said during his interview, "I don’t know whether or not President Obama would be comfortable approving the drone strikes if he knew the potential for mistakes that are there. All he knows is what he’s told." That also applies to the American people.

source: TheIntercept via Gizmodo

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posted on 10 Feb 2014, 04:56 3

1. vandroid (Posts: 279; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


"other countries are jealous of our freedoms"

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 04:57 2

2. mercorp (Posts: 972; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


That doesn't sound right....We need to find better ways to track down these terrorists without injuring the innocent..

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 05:33 7

4. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 888; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


You are so naive to think that this is about terrorism. When it starts happening here in the US you will see things to late. Terminator judgement day setting up right in front of your sleeping eyes for sure. I can tell you that there may come a day that American citizens may be attacked in the same way.

The unbelievable part is that terminator, and the drones are not to far removed right now today. The NSA and Homeland Security is stealing your freedom, trying to ban the rights to bare arms, and can scoop anyone that thinks as I do and call them a terrorist.

Your 1st amendment rights have been stripped to the point that most of you don't even realize that they are gone. You don't have the right to protest with out them giving you a permit, and if you do they put you on a list.

In Pennsylvania those that protest against oil companies poisoning the water through fracking are called Eco Terrorist by Home land Security.

Wake up because you are all a threat to the top 1-2%'s vision of life on earth, and by the time you figure it out you may be in prison camps just like the Jews in the holocaust.

New world order means to have the world bow to one leadership if it happens....be afraid of things like this.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 05:50

5. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 888; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Just an FYI for those of you would be thinking this is far fetched!

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/apr/17/terminators-drone-strikes-mod-ethics

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/8457971/Drone-strikes-herald-Terminator-like-reality-MoD-warns.html

http://www.sott.net/article/257482-Terminator-Obama-2013-The-Rise-of-Domestic-Killer-Drones

http://paxchristiusa.org/2012/05/15/drones-five-reasons-drone-assassinations-are-illegal/

This one link is coming your way to any future would be dissenters.......

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/03/jailed-catholic-anti-war-_n_2233419.html

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 06:04

8. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 888; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/category/projects/drones/

http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2014/01/31/leaked-pakistani-document-contradicts-us-accounts-of-drone-strikes/

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/26/obama-drone-strikes-yemen-pakistan-continue

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 06:09

9. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Finally someone who knows what really is happening!
There are some other great websites people can check:
-http://www.infowars.com/
-http://www.activistpost.com/
-http://www.globalresearch.ca/
-http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/
-http://henrymakow.com/
-http://rt.com/
-http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/index.html

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:05 2

11. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 888; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Many people know whats going on but they pay little attention. They see it but they don't understand what is happening when I say they pay little attention to it. Others listen to the fake propaganda and believe the we are beyond doing bad secenario.

Don't even get me started on the terror attacks on Americans with the H.A.A.R.P machine and weather for profits. Make it cold make money in oil scheme. The weather stations report unusual jet stream and weather but, won't say that H.A.A.R.P is involved.

Americans are already under subtle treasonable attacks by the government through weather, propaganda news reports, the Homeland Security, and NSA to name a few agencies doing clandestine operations against the people of America!

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:46

14. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


And the final blow will be Agenda 21, worst than George Orwell predicted.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 09:48

16. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 888; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


These people are bold they show you what they do under your nose as if they just dreamed it up. Look at Robocop 2 and Cain and robotics. A scientist did that operation where they had Cain in a tube brain, eyes and spine then transplanted him into a robot. They transplanted a monkey like that in the 1950s. Investigate Robotics and nanotechnology.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 15:52 1

27. 14545 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Thanks QS. It's nice to see someone else that is paying attention to what is going on in the world. It's time we flush the toilet we call "DC".

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 09:44 1

15. mr.techdude (Posts: 551; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Well bloody put +1 to you QWIKSTRIKE, you are talking about it politically and that's good also don't ever forget the spiritual, what the Illuminati do is worship the devil, Muslims call him iblis, the father of all devils. They worship him so he brings out his (iblis) the anti Christ, which muslims call him the dajjal, he has powers that can destroy earth as a whole and that's when Jesus comes down from the sky and fights the dajjal, Jesus is promised victory.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:41

18. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 888; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


I did not want to go that deep for those that are not ready....1st see how they receive the 1st truth. Then show them how to recognize it.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 05:12 3

3. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2047; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Americans can't do anything on their phone without thinking "am I being spyed on?" Is this the meaning of "freedom"?

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 12:20

25. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1619; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Paranoid? Don't use your phone then, it's that simple. But...you have been brainwashed by the social media, and cannot live without it.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 06:00 1

6. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


Is this the best intel work they can do? Sad.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:58 1

22. Augustine (Posts: 744; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


What did you expect form a secretive DMV?

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 06:01 7

7. mr.techdude (Posts: 551; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


This world is being controlled by the illuminati, the devil worshipers, there job is to end the world while we are being brainwashed by the illuminati music, game, media industry and to tell you this, their doing a BLOODY good job at it. They want us to be quiet and stay away from the truth cause if the world knew the truth and unite against these terrorist acts, we will be unstoppable. Sadly there are the ignorant who are fans of their illuminati celebs. Poor people

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 06:53

10. dratomic (Posts: 464; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i thought we were beinh controlled by aliens!! :)))

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:39

13. kobainez (Posts: 302; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


The truth has been spoken! Respect u man :)

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:46

19. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 888; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


The previous 2 super bowls including the Grammy's they did devil worshiping ritual in front of the American people on camera. The all seeing eye is every where. Don't get me started on Whitney and Michael, and that building where Whitney died is an all seeing eye design. Google Illuminati buildings around the world and the building Whitney died in is one of them,

Devil rituals are said to happen there....Bohemian Grove style.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 12:18

24. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1619; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


It's actually the Templars that control this world. You have been misled

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:05 1

12. lalalaman (Posts: 368; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


This is what is happening in Pakistan since last couple of years.....this is soooo sad....the victims of these drones are children and women...and always been....children and women dead bodies are found after these attacks most of the time.....only 10% of bombings are damaging to real targets....they should know what they are really doing.....

How some extremist in other countries target US and be harm to U.S.?they should do drone attacks in their own country if they really wanna capture the extremists coz they are in their

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:00

30. TruPatriot (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2013)


If you want some laughs based on ludicrous lies read the above post.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:23

17. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1600; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


See, apparently their IS something we can all agree on. While technology can be a great thing, the dark side can offset any benefits. But that has been the same throughout our history. Nuclear power can be great, nuclear war can be devastating. Anything that can be used for good, can be perverted for something evil, and usually the evil purposes have far dire consequences than the benefits of the good.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:30 2

20. newuser1 (Posts: 108; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


People love the freedom of being spyed on and get killed by drones. American freedom!!!!

I saw a drone here 2 weeks. It was Saturday night about 5:30 pm when it was getting dark here. There was a black triangle shape flying object, at 100 meters above the ground, strong lights in the middle, low speed. personal planes won't go this low. If it wasn't a UFO, it must be a drone. This is Germantown MD, zip is 20874, just outside Washington DC.

I could have taken it picture of it.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:55

21. Augustine (Posts: 744; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Of course, this reckless killing of innocents taints America as a war criminal at least or a terrorist state at worst. How did she end up here?

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 12:16

23. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1619; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Someones obsessed.... can't we just have skynet already?

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 12:53 1

26. newuser1 (Posts: 108; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


skynet + spynet. World war Z.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 16:18 1

28. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6591; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


The Hell with the NSA fck them.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:54

29. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


And for the rest, CIA gets it done through so called "Philanthropic foundations" such as Ford Foundation.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:01

31. TruPatriot (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2013)


Post one little NSA article filled with half truths and all the wackjobs come out to comment on it.

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