Revealed: NSA close involvement in drone killings
The latest NSA revelation based on leaks from whistle-blower Edward Snowden shows that the spy agency has been closely involved in the CIA's drone killings.
"In the search for targets, the NSA has draped a surveillance blanket over dozens of square miles of northwest Pakistan," the Washington Post reported late Wednesday. The Post, provided leaked top-secret documents, kept sensitive details out of publication at the request of intelligence officials citing "potential damage to ongoing operations and national security."
The Post revealed, however, that the agency has applied its communications surveillance programs in close collaboration with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against foreign targets. Two of the Obama administration's most controversial practices, both colored by executive overreach -- CIA drone killings and sprawling dragnet surveillance -- have thus been shown to be working in tandem.