Report: Drones Killing Innocents Based on NSA Metadata
Greenwald launches site with new allegations
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 10, 2014 12:28 PM CST
This Nov. 8, 2011 file photo shows a Predator B unmanned aircraft landing after a mission, at the Naval Air Station, in Corpus Christi, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

(Newser) – America's drone program is "absolutely" killing innocent people because it launches strikes solely based on NSA phone metadata and tracking technologies, a former drone pilot tells Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill, in the first post for Greenwald's much-hyped new media venture, The Intercept. The NSA's involvement with the drone program has been previously reported, but the Intercept piece focuses on the flaws of the approach, which eschews traditional human intelligence. Most notably: The terrorists appear to have caught on.

Aware that the NSA geolocates cell phones, militants will now carry extra SIM cards, or worse, pass cell phones to civilians, says the drone pilot, who's a Joint Special Operations Command member. He says he's participated in strikes where the target's phone was found, but someone else was killed. "People get hung up that there's a targeted list of people," he says. "It's really like we're targeting a cellphone." But Greenwald does describe him as "adamant" that the tactic has eliminated actual terrorists. Greenwald is largely being touted as the face of First Look Media, a new venture from eBay mogul Pierre Omidyar, a strategy that the Daily Beast worries could prove problematic given Greenwald's aggressive style. In announcing The Intercept, First Look made clear that the Greenwald vehicle would be "the first of what will eventually be a family of digital magazines."

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Feb 11, 2014 12:07 PM CST
Using cell phones to target and kill has a horrible kill ratio of target / innocent. That's why here at the NSA / TSA we've teamed up with Halliburton to design and implement Identity Collars (tm) for every American to wear, allowing them to live their lives *free and safe from accidental, unintentional drone blasts. Much like your passport or drivers license, you just have the Identity Collar(tm) updated, and replaced as your size and status changes.This will be done at any airport for *FREE along with a short physical examination- Also *FREE Make sure to plug your Identity Collars(tm) into the charger before sleeping to keep it fully charged. If you forget, the Identity Collar(tm) will slowly shrink in size, gently contracting on your throat to remind you. Caution; Failing to charge or update your Identity Collar(tm) status could result in sudden drone death. Only let qualified Government personnel remove your Identity Collar(tm) for your safety. Tampering with the Identity Collar's locking mechanism could possibly shock or choke you -Even fatally Your friends at NSA TSA HSA & Halliburton. May God bless America * The Supreme Court ruled that Free does not mean Free. So you will be charged for each Identity Collar and physical examination.
Darryn James
Feb 10, 2014 8:13 PM CST
i smell another "peace prize" coming.
Feb 10, 2014 5:48 PM CST
If they are Muslim, they are NOT innocent!