Intelligence Officials Use Cellphone Signals to Track al-Qaeda Operatives

(Christian Science Monitor) Faye Bowers - On a grid map of Riyadh at a command-and-control center in Saudi Arabia's capital, tiny embedded lights flash red when certain cellphones - those belonging to suspected terrorists - initiate or receive a call. Teams of officials from Saudi Arabia, the FBI, the CIA, and the U.S. Treasury Department decide instantly whether simply to watch and listen to the suspected terrorist or send in police cars to nab him. The technology has proved helpful in rolling up cells in Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and America.

2004-06-02 00:00:00

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