June 9, 2006


Cell phone tracking helped find al-Zarqawi (CNN, 6/09/06)

Intelligence from cell phone technology helped U.S. forces find and kill Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, said an Iraqi army colonel Friday in an exclusive interview with CNN.

Col. Dhiya Tamimi said he worked with U.S. forces to monitor al-Zarqawi and his associates' cell phones, helping to lead to Wednesday night's airstrike on a safe house near Baquba.

Did they check first to make sure none of the calls were to US citizens?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 9, 2006 7:50 PM

Very glib, OJ.

But you know that every time we use intelligence like that to capture an Al Qaida leader or spoil a terrorist operation, the terrorists win.

Posted by: Pepys at June 9, 2006 8:11 PM

Because it makes a mockery of our Constitution.

I don't care that it happened in Iraq!

It is unconstitutional!!

Posted by: Pepys at June 9, 2006 8:14 PM

Yeah, Zarkawi won alright.

Posted by: obc at June 9, 2006 8:28 PM

How is it against the Constitution?

The Constitution proscribes "unreasonable search and seizure." How a group of in-bred, 'elite' blackrobes construed a right to 'privacy' out of this is still absurd to me.

There is nothing "unreasonable" about monitoring over the air cell traffic between suspected terrorists in foreign countries in a state of war, and killing them when you find them.

In fact, it is 'unreasonable' to argue otherwise.

Posted by: Bruno at June 10, 2006 11:28 AM

[Failure tones] "We're sorry. The number you have dialed is no longer in service...."

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 10, 2006 12:01 PM

The US military has deprived Mr. Z his civil rights by listening into his private conversations without a warrant. We demand the US to restore Mr. Z to his previous state immediately, else we'll sue Mr. Bush, the Commander-in-Chief of all US armed forces in the International Criminal Court for war crime.

Posted by: ic at June 10, 2006 5:01 PM