Feds have had technology for at least 10 years
Paul Joseph Watson
November 13, 2013
Did you know that the NSA can track the location of your phone even when it is turned off and the batteries have been removed?
This admission went largely unnoticed in a Washington Post report entitled NSA growth fueled by need to target terrorists.
In the article, writer Dana Priest details how teams of NSA employees stationed around the globe are dedicated to tracking phones in real time.
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 technique by which the NSA can wiretap cellphones even when they are turned off and powered down is most likely being performed with the complicity of telecommunications companies who have proven friendly to NSA snooping. Trojan horse programs disguised behind routine system updates are the likely method through which the NSA gains direct access to millions of Americans’ cellphones and other devices.