Military bans certain satellite phones

The U.S. military has banned the use of certain satellite phones — Thuraya phones — because they have built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) features. Reuters correspondent Matthew Green reported that military is concerned that using the phones to transmit stories from laptops could give away troop locations. ”They say it’s for security, that the Iraqis can use it to triangulate the signal and fire missiles,” he reported. One Chicago Tribune reporter had to borrow a Washington Post reporter’s phone after his phone was confiscated, and USA TODAY reporters are relying on the military’s satellite phones to transmit stories. USA TODAY has asked that the ban be reconsidered, the newspaper reported.

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