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The Washington Post

Glenn Greenwald and the U.S. ‘assassination’ program

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Journalist Glenn Greenwald promised that the Pierre Omidyar-bankrolled First Look Media Web site would take it to vested interests in Washington. The debut edition of First Look’s first digital magazine began delivering on the pledge with this headline under the bylines of Jeremy Scahill and Greenwald: “The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program.”

 

The story relies on a “former drone operator” with links to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and the National Security Agency (NSA). It asserts that instead of using hard-to-get human intelligence, the administration’s drone program “identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies.” The result, says the source, is as follows: “Once the bomb lands or a night raid happens, you know that phone is there. But we don’t know who’s behind it, who’s holding it. It’s of course assumed that the phone belongs to a human being who is nefarious and considered an ‘unlawful enemy combatant.’ This is where it gets very shady.”

 

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It asserts that instead of using hard-to-get human intelligence, the administration’s drone program “identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies.”