SATPHONES AT WAR: In Iraq, devices could become beacons for bombs

Friday, March 21st 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

If landline and mobile phone networks in Iraq get wrecked in a U.S. attack, expect a spike in satellite phone usage. But their transmissions, analysts say, could also appear as beacons for bombers. The U.S. military won't discuss how precisely it can target individuals based on their satphone signals, and the satellite phone companies say they don't know. But military and intelligence experts say U.S. targeting technology is more than possible, it's getting better.