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The NSA Shares Data With A Drone Operator

The precedent for the NSA gathering huge amounts of information from cell phone metadata was set in the early years of the Afghanistan War, by a Navy SEAL and an NSA surveillance equipment operator, reports Dana Priest of The Washington Post.

In late 2001 t he SEAL — who was in the US, aiding the CIA's drone program — was in contact with the NSA "collector" and was demanding location data on a suspected terrorist target, information that would normally take "weeks" to process under then-current operating procedure.

“We just want you to find the phone!” the SEAL urged, according to the Post, which interviewed someone with intimate knowledge of the operation.