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It may used for targeting the drone assasination program, among other things. Given the who-talks-to-who metadata from a mass surveillance program, and a set of edge nodes manually identified as terrorists, graph analysis will tell you who's in the "centre" of that network of communications.

This guy is then killed and a press release put out about "Al-Quaeda #2 killed". http://www.longwarjournal.org/pakistan-strikes-hvts

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