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Deployment of New System Improves Access to Iranian Communications

A post from NSA’s internal newsletter SIDToday dated 30 May 2006, describes a new collection system deployed to Kuwait that can listen in to Iranian satellite ground stations used by the Revolutionary Guard, resulting in valuable intelligence on Iran’s activities in Iraq, including its influence on the Iraqi government: see the Intercept article 328 NSA Documents Reveal “Vast Network” of Iranian Agents, Details of a Key Intelligence Coup, and a Fervor for Voice-Matching Technology, 15 August 2015.

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Economic Reporting Strives to Interdict the Flow of ‘Improvised Explosive Device’ Components

This 16 May 2006 post from the NSA internal newsletter SIDToday explains how economic intelligence led to restrictions on dual-use microprocessor sales by US companies, “ultimately saving American and coalition lives.” Front companies in the United Arab Emirates had been facilitating the transfer of components used for improvised explosive devices to Iran and Syria: see the Intercept article 328 NSA Documents Reveal “Vast Network” of Iranian Agents, Details of a Key Intelligence Coup, and a Fervor for Voice-Matching Technology, 15 August 2015.

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A New Approach to Uncovering WMD Programs

This post from internal NSA newsletter SIDToday, dated 27 August 2003 announces a new collaboration with academics from Lawrence Livermore National Academy to distinguish signals intelligence gained from civilian pharmaceutical projects from those that may be used for biological warfare. The “proof of concept” chosen for the initiative is a “suspect Iranian BW facility”: see the Intercept article How the U.S. Spies on Medical Nonprofits and Health Defenses Worldwide, 10 August 2016.
https://theintercept.com/2016/08/10/how-the-u-s-spies-on-medical-nonprofits-and-health-defenses-worldwide/

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