Gov’t Can Send A Drone To Target Your Mobile Phone

(Neal Ungerleider)  Since 2001, armed Predator drones have been used by the CIA in many foreign nations to attack individuals on the ground. There’s a new revelation about them, too: In some cases, the NSA helped the CIA find targets by locking onto their powered-off mobile phones. Even when phones have their batteries removed, it appears the NSA still has the ability to locate them.

Buried inside a Washington Post story by Dana Priest is the following tidbit:

By September 2004, a new NSA technique enabled the agency to find cellphones even when they were turned off. JSOC troops called this “The Find,” and it gave them thousands of new targets, including members of a burgeoning al-Qaeda-sponsored insurgency in Iraq, according to members of the unit.

At the same time, the NSA developed a new computer linkup called the Real Time Regional Gateway into which the military and intelligence officers could feed every bit of data or seized documents and get back a phone number or list of potential targets. It also allowed commanders to see, on a screen, every type of surveillance available in a given territory.


“The Find,” the Post article says, is run by a team in the basement of the NSA’s headquarters whose job is to track the location of mobile phones in real time. Because many phones have chips that stay on even after a battery has been removed, tracking powered-down phones is within the realm of possibility.

The revelations fit right in with the Edward Snowden disclosures, but the NSA isn’t the only one tracking phones: Other government agencies and private companies regularly track them without warrants or court orders as well.

  • FX ofTruth

    Thanks Verizon, T-Moble, Sprint, and other target-support providers!
    We have to PAY to carry a homing device that can kill us.
    I would say it’s time to get rid of the convenience.
    What did we do PRIOR to cell phones?
    We lived more secure and safe.
    I’m sick of being looked at as an enemy. I love my country.
    I was here before these government terror organizations existed.
    And are paying for them to exist, too! When does it stop?
    So, we are more “SAFE” being more threatened with death?

    Who came up with that fuking warped logic?

    Whe we are totally broke.
    We have no healthcare.
    We have no jobs.
    We have crisis after crisis.
    We have financial meltdowns and no one’s in jail for causing them.
    But, we DO HAVE these police running around killing thousands of citizens.
    Seems like something is seriously wrong.
    But hey, what do I know.

  • Chey Barnes

    Its just a simple RFID tag. We have them in our passports, drivers licenses, key fobs, turnpike passes, license plates etc etc etc. They are the size of a grain of sand and have their own unique number. Even a passive tag only needs to pass by a reader to give a reading and there are readers everywhere.