Total Surveillance State No Longer Science Fiction

Were US Special Forces Involved in the Arrest of
Faisal Shahzad?

Reports are emerging suggesting that secret US military intelligence
aircraft were used to find and locate Faisal Shahzad, the man accused of
attempting to set off a crude car bomb in Times Square. The CBS
affiliate in New York reported
today: "In the end, it was secret Army intelligence planes that did him
in. Armed with his cell phone number, they circled the skies over the
New York area, intercepting a call to Emirates Airlines reservations,
before scrambling to catch him at John F. Kennedy International
Airport." The post at 5:34 PM was titled "Army Intelligence Planes Led
To Suspect’s Arrest." But then at 6:21 PM, the article’s title was changed
to "Total Time Of Investigation: 53 Hours, 20 Minutes: Faisal Shahzad
In Custody After Nearly Fleeing United States." As Rayne observed on
FireDogLake, the paragraph about the Army planes was deleted from the
CBS story. Screenshot of the original post here.

A US Special Operations Force source told me that the planes were
likely RC-12s equipped with a Guardrail
Signals Intelligence
(SIGINT) system
that, as the plane flies overland "sucks up" digital and electronic
communications. "Think of them as manned drones. They’re drones, but
they have men sitting in them piloting them and they can be networked
together," said the source. "You have many of them–four, five, six of
them–and they all act as a node and they scrape up everything, anything
that’s electronic and feed it back." The source added: "It sucks up
everything. We’ve got these things in Jalalabad [Afghanistan]. We
routinely fly these things over Khandahar. When I say everything, I mean
BlueTooth would be effected, even the wave length that PlayStation
controllers are on. They suck up everything. That’s the point."

http://www.thenation.com/blog/were-us-special-forces-involved-arrest-faisal-shahzad

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