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Report: NSA Phone Data Guides Drone Strikes Which Kill Innocents

• Jamie Condliffe on Gizmodo
According to a new report, the phone data from NSA phone surveillance is regularly used to carry out drone strikes—which have killed innocents along the way.

The report, published in The Intercepta new publication led by Glenn Greenwald, who broke many of the original NSA revelations last year—features commentary from an anonymous former drone operator for Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). The operatorexplains how the NSA "identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies." Then, "[r]ather than confirming a target's identity with operatives or informants on the ground, the CIA or the U.S. military... orders a strike based on the activity and location of the mobile phone a person is believed to be using."

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