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    knowledge We were making progress and had a pathway in when things were shut down a decision that was terribly flawed in retrospect We also penetrated the North Korean clandestine weapons and technology acquisition network using a cover company where I was in alias the chief executive In another operation we penetrated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps the Iranian intelligence service Nevertheless we faced constant resistance from the risk averse DIA bureaucracy While you are waiting for the Pentagon to stop buying up all the copies here is some more about Able Danger from Peter Lance Several chapters on Able Danger from his book Triple Cross are now available online It sounds like Fox News might be working on an in depth story too Exclusive Pentagon Attempts to Block Book on Afghan War Specifically the DIA wanted references to a meeting between Lt Col Tony Shaffer the book s author and the executive director of the 9 11 Commission Philip Zelikow removed In that meeting which took place in Afghanistan Shaffer alleges the commission was told about Able Danger and the identification of Atta before the attacks No mention of this was made in the final 9 11 report Shaffer who was undercover at the time said there was stunned silence at the meeting after he told the executive director of the commission and others that Atta was identified as early as 2000 by Able Danger Dr Philip Zelikow approached me in the corner of the room What you said today is very important I need you to get in touch with me as soon as you return from your deployment here in Afghanistan Shaffer said Once back in the U S Shaffer says he contacted the commission Without explanation the commission was no longer interested An inspector general report by the Department of Defense concluded there was no evidence to support the claims of Shaffer and others But Fox News has obtained an unredacted copy of the IG report containing the names of witnesses who backed up Shaffer s story when contacted for comment Sean Naylor at the Army Times has a good comparison of the redacted and unredacted versions here Last but definitely not least FAS org has released an unredacted version of the IG Report on Able Danger although it looks like 20 pages regarding retaliation against LTC Shaffer are missing Tuesday November 17 2009 The OSINT Group s Black Swan Program From Business Wire The OSINT Group a boutique research firm specializing in open source intelligence OSINT for the defense industry and whose roster includes operatives formerly connected to a classified military intelligence program known as Able Danger is now using its unique expertise to offer a competitive information advantage to sophisticated accredited investors The Black Swan Program is an unclassified intelligence initiative designed for multi national corporations and financial institutions seeking to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace by using data mining and link analysis techniques of open sources of information The program s name is inspired by Nassim Nicholas Taleb s 2007 book The Black Swan in which Black Swan Events are defined as rare hard to predict and high impact incidents of large magnitude such as 9 11 and the current global financial crisis The same methods and applications utilized by the U S Intelligence Community can be applied to investment risk analysis and research support in the corporate sector says Michael Bagley founder and president of The OSINT Group Our team s use of sophisticated software technology greatly enhances research operations and solidifies investment risk analysis while ensuring that any information is accessed legally Operation Able Danger was a controversial Pentagon program in place from 1999 2001 that used open source intelligence methods data mining techniques and link analysis to identify several names of the 9 11 hijackers prior to the attacks in New York and Washington The Able Danger Program became infamous gaining national attention in the media and on Capitol Hill during congressional hearings in 2005 and 2006 posted by Supporter 8 26 AM Friday November 13 2009 KSM will be tried in New York From the AP WASHINGTON Self proclaimed Sept 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees will be brought to trial in a civilian federal courthouse in New York blocks from site of the devastating 2001 terror attacks Prosecutors expect to seek the death penalty At a news conference Friday Attorney General Eric Holder also announced that five other suspects including a major suspect in the bombing of the USS Cole Abd al Rahim al Nashiri will be tried before a military commission Holder said the defendants should be tried where their crimes occurred The New York courthouse is hard by the site where the World Trade Centers were brought down by two hijacked jetliners Nearly 3 000 people died there and in another hijacked jet that hit the Pentagon and a fourth hijacked plane crashed in western Pennsylvania Holder called the events of Sept 11 the deadliest terrorist attacks our nation has ever seen and said that in the years since our nation has had no higher priority than bringing those who planned and plotted the attacks to justice posted by Supporter 11 56 AM Saturday November 07 2009 Fort Hood killer linked to September 11 terrorists From the Telegraph Hasan the sole suspect in the massacre of 13 fellow US soldiers in Texas attended the controversial Dar al Hijrah mosque in Great Falls Virginia in 2001 at the same time as two of the September 11 terrorists The Sunday Telegraph has learnt His mother s funeral was held there in May that year The preacher at the time was Anwar al Awlaki an American born Yemeni scholar who was banned from addressing a meeting in London by video link in August because he is accused of supporting attacks on British troops and backing terrorist organisations Hasan s eyes lit up when he mentioned his deep respect for al Awlaki s

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  • Able Danger Blog: The OSINT Group's ‘Black Swan’ Program
    Black Swan Events are defined as rare hard to predict and high impact incidents of large magnitude such as 9 11 and the current global financial crisis The same methods and applications utilized by the U S Intelligence Community can be applied to investment risk analysis and research support in the corporate sector says Michael Bagley founder and president of The OSINT Group Our team s use of sophisticated software technology greatly enhances research operations and solidifies investment risk analysis while ensuring that any information is accessed legally Operation Able Danger was a controversial Pentagon program in place from 1999 2001 that used open source intelligence methods data mining techniques and link analysis to identify several names of the 9 11 hijackers prior to the attacks in New York and Washington The Able Danger Program became infamous gaining national attention in the media and on Capitol Hill during congressional hearings in 2005 and 2006 posted by Supporter 8 26 AM View our Able Danger timeline Read Tony Shaffer s testimony Listen to audio of the hearing Browse the hearing transcript Demand more news coverage Support a new investigation Add a banner to your site Disclaimer WWW Able Danger Blog About Us Vi is QT Monster Mike is TopDog08 Voxott is Voice of the Taciturn Email Us Contact at AbleDangerBlog Com Links Able Danger Overview Able Danger Twenty Questions Latest Able Danger Video Clips Able Danger Press Conference Able Danger Hearing Testimony Whistleblower Hearing Video Able Danger Timeline Able Danger on Google News Able Danger on Technorati Able Danger on Google Blogs Able Danger at Wikipedia Able Danger on CNN Congressman Curt Weldon Journalist Peter Lance Radiohost Dirk Thompson Intelligence Summit News Able Danger Video Links Able Danger Bloggers Related Books Related Blogs Armies of Liberation Gary Swenchonis Sr Haft of

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  • Able Danger Blog: KSM will be tried in New York
    Nearly 3 000 people died there and in another hijacked jet that hit the Pentagon and a fourth hijacked plane crashed in western Pennsylvania Holder called the events of Sept 11 the deadliest terrorist attacks our nation has ever seen and said that in the years since our nation has had no higher priority than bringing those who planned and plotted the attacks to justice posted by Supporter 11 56 AM View our Able Danger timeline Read Tony Shaffer s testimony Listen to audio of the hearing Browse the hearing transcript Demand more news coverage Support a new investigation Add a banner to your site Disclaimer WWW Able Danger Blog About Us Vi is QT Monster Mike is TopDog08 Voxott is Voice of the Taciturn Email Us Contact at AbleDangerBlog Com Links Able Danger Overview Able Danger Twenty Questions Latest Able Danger Video Clips Able Danger Press Conference Able Danger Hearing Testimony Whistleblower Hearing Video Able Danger Timeline Able Danger on Google News Able Danger on Technorati Able Danger on Google Blogs Able Danger at Wikipedia Able Danger on CNN Congressman Curt Weldon Journalist Peter Lance Radiohost Dirk Thompson Intelligence Summit News Able Danger Video Links Able Danger Bloggers Related

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  • Able Danger Blog: Fort Hood killer linked to September 11 terrorists
    Hood base in Texas the scene of Thursday s horrific shooting spree As investigators look at Hasan s motives and mindset his attendance at the mosque could be an important piece of the jigsaw Al Awlaki moved to Dar al Hijrah as imam in January 2001 from the west coast and three months later the September 11 hijackers Nawaf al Hamzi and Hani Hanjour began attending his services A third hijacker attended his services in California posted by Supporter 6 12 PM View our Able Danger timeline Read Tony Shaffer s testimony Listen to audio of the hearing Browse the hearing transcript Demand more news coverage Support a new investigation Add a banner to your site Disclaimer WWW Able Danger Blog About Us Vi is QT Monster Mike is TopDog08 Voxott is Voice of the Taciturn Email Us Contact at AbleDangerBlog Com Links Able Danger Overview Able Danger Twenty Questions Latest Able Danger Video Clips Able Danger Press Conference Able Danger Hearing Testimony Whistleblower Hearing Video Able Danger Timeline Able Danger on Google News Able Danger on Technorati Able Danger on Google Blogs Able Danger at Wikipedia Able Danger on CNN Congressman Curt Weldon Journalist Peter Lance Radiohost Dirk Thompson

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  • Able Danger Blog: LTC Anthony Shaffer endorses NYC CAN
    Rumsfeld Department of Defense did everything within their power to destroy my 20 year career as a clandestine intelligence operative simply to try to discredit me and my disclosure In 2006 I testified before Congress on the pre 9 11 issues regarding the systemic failures I was personally aware of in both open and closed sessions and yet nothing was ever done to correct these problems The families and victims of the 9 11 attacks are owed a real accounting of why their government failed them We all deserve answers The full accounting has never been made This accounting is long overdue I hope the NYC CAN effort will result in a real detailed independent investigation that will reveal the full truth whatever that truth may be Tony Shaffer A ruling is expected tomorrow on the ballot initiative September 29 2009 Supreme Court Justice Edward Lehner has begun consideration of NYC CAN s motion to reject Referee s Louis Crespo s recommendation that the NYC CAN 9 11 petition not be submitted to the voters on November 3 The petition would ask whether or not there should be an independent New York City investigation into 9 11 Responding to a motion brought by NYC CAN attorney Dennis McMahon a hearing was held Tuesday September 29 at the New York State Supreme Court and concluded with the understanding that the Court will likely render a decision on the petition s legality by Friday October 2 posted by Supporter 4 56 PM View our Able Danger timeline Read Tony Shaffer s testimony Listen to audio of the hearing Browse the hearing transcript Demand more news coverage Support a new investigation Add a banner to your site Disclaimer WWW Able Danger Blog About Us Vi is QT Monster Mike is TopDog08 Voxott is

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  • Able Danger Blog: Able Danger discussed on C-SPAN this morning
    about UPDATE Here is the link Thanks Sue From the 1 hour 19 minute mark CALLER Sir I would be hard put to find you feign ignorance to what I m about to say and ask you I would like to know what you know and what you could clarify about Able Danger This was a Top Secret intelligence agency Army intelligence that had long ago infiltrated and had information on Al Qaeda LTC Anthony Shaffer among dozens of other intelligence officers had given sworn testimony to the Senate that they had information on Al Qaeda and the members of Al Qaeda and their plans to attack on 9 11 HOST Senator any awareness of what he s talking about COHEN I m vaguely aware of the program but I m not really in possession of the information at this point to respond to him Unfortunately the caller jumped the shark over knowledge of plans to attack on 9 11 so they cut him off and didn t take his question seriously posted by Supporter 4 21 PM View our Able Danger timeline Read Tony Shaffer s testimony Listen to audio of the hearing Browse the hearing transcript Demand more news coverage Support a new investigation Add a banner to your site Disclaimer WWW Able Danger Blog About Us Vi is QT Monster Mike is TopDog08 Voxott is Voice of the Taciturn Email Us Contact at AbleDangerBlog Com Links Able Danger Overview Able Danger Twenty Questions Latest Able Danger Video Clips Able Danger Press Conference Able Danger Hearing Testimony Whistleblower Hearing Video Able Danger Timeline Able Danger on Google News Able Danger on Technorati Able Danger on Google Blogs Able Danger at Wikipedia Able Danger on CNN Congressman Curt Weldon Journalist Peter Lance Radiohost Dirk Thompson Intelligence Summit News Able

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  • Able Danger Blog: Four years after Able Danger story broke
    s claim that he tried to set up meetings with FBI and SOCOM a claim the Defense Department refuted in 2005 when Shaffer went public with the story Though 9 11 Commission member John Lehman criticized the government for a failure of imagination in thwarting the attacks Shaffer called this conclusion faulty considering the commission overlooked the Able Danger successes We had plenty of imagination he said We had a pre 9 11 offensive capability posted by Supporter 4 40 PM View our Able Danger timeline Read Tony Shaffer s testimony Listen to audio of the hearing Browse the hearing transcript Demand more news coverage Support a new investigation Add a banner to your site Disclaimer WWW Able Danger Blog About Us Vi is QT Monster Mike is TopDog08 Voxott is Voice of the Taciturn Email Us Contact at AbleDangerBlog Com Links Able Danger Overview Able Danger Twenty Questions Latest Able Danger Video Clips Able Danger Press Conference Able Danger Hearing Testimony Whistleblower Hearing Video Able Danger Timeline Able Danger on Google News Able Danger on Technorati Able Danger on Google Blogs Able Danger at Wikipedia Able Danger on CNN Congressman Curt Weldon Journalist Peter Lance Radiohost Dirk Thompson Intelligence

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  • Able Danger Timeline
    likely have been among the hijackers except his repeated applications for visas to the United States were turned down New York Times published 09 10 2002 10 23 1999 Atta applies for Green Card lottery online On November 29 1999 Mohammed Atta traveled from Hamburg to Karachi through Istanbul Before that on October 23 1999 Atta submitted an application over the Internet to the National Visa Service a company that for a 50 fee helps individuals enter into a lottery for permanent residence status in the United States also known as a green card Atta returned to Hamburg on February 25 2000 Atta was unsuccessful in obtaining a visa through his lottery applications submitted in October and November 1999 Government Exhibit ST00001 01 455 A in US vs Zacarias Moussaoui published 07 31 2006 11 1999 Able Danger determines JWAC can not meet their needs SHAFFER Essentially at the beginning of the program we didn t know where to start It had never been done before To define a global target of this magnitude which changes and adapts was daunting Therefore the first stop was the Joint Warfare Analysis Center at Dahlgren VA There was a conference there in the November December timeframe of 1999 which went nowhere Those guys did not understand the scope of trying to do neural netting human factor relationships and looking at linkages They just didn t have the capability at the time Therefore it was kind of a bust Government Security News published 09 2005 11 1999 SOCOM decides to partner with LIWA for Able Danger Based on my knowledge of US Army s Land Information Warfare Activity LIWA and its Information Dominance Center IDC I recommended to SOCOM leadership that they look at IDC s capabilities for potential use on ABLE DANGER Capt Phillpott visited LIWA in the late November 1999 timeframe and accepted my recommendation SOCOM chose to partner with LIWA IDC for ABLE DANGER Prepared Statement of Anthony A Shaffer p 22 published 02 15 2006 11 29 1999 Atta travels to Afghanistan with fellow hijackers The first to leave Hamburg for Afghanistan was Jarrah on Nov 25 1999 He flew to Karachi Pakistan via Istanbul on Turkish Airlines Four days later Atta followed taking the same route Al Shehhi and then Binalshibh went next although German investigators have not uncovered exact routes for the last two Bahaji Essabar and Motassadeq would not follow until spring 2000 according to German officials In Afghanistan the new arrivals were taken to a guesthouse in Kandahar called the Al Ghumad House after the Saudi Al Ghamdi tribe according to the al Jazeera interviews There they met three Saudis in what Binalshibh described to al Jazeera as a shura or council of the future pilots and key players Waiting in Kandahar was Khalid Almihdhar a former Red Sea fisherman who came from Mecca and Nawaf Alhazmi a merchant also from Mecca according to interviews with officials at the Saudi Interior Ministry s offices in Jiddah Both of them would die on American Airlines Flight 77 which struck the Pentagon Also present in Kandahar the Arab network reported was the pilot of that flight Hani Hanjour from Naif southeast of Jiddah A former resident of the United States he was frustrated in his desire to become a pilot for Saudi Airlines Washington Post published 09 11 2002 12 1999 NSA intercepts call about planned meeting in Malaysia In late December however plans were made to send them to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur for a secret and important meeting the following month a meeting that may have dealt with both plots the USS Cole and September 11 The travel arrangements for Almihdhar and Alhamzi s trip were being put together at a safe house in Yemen used by Al Qaeda for logistics and as a sort of clearinghouse for information to be passed on to bin Laden The building was owned by Almihdhar s father in law Ahmed Al Hada a Yemeni and a follower of bin Laden In a lucky break the CIA had obtained the address and phone number as a result of an interrogation of one of the terrorists involved in the embassy bombing in Nairobi NSA put the phone on it s watchlist and began listening Then in late December details of the meeting in Kuala Lumpur were mentioned on a cell phone call to the house along with the name Khalid Almihdhar and Alhamzi s first name Nawaf NSA was able to intercept the call and passed the details to a special CIA unit called Alec Station Pretext for War James Bamford p 174 published 06 2004 12 1999 Atta and several others report their passports as stolen Other evidence has surfaced to suggest something big was being planned German media have reported that Atta and two other Hamburg plotters reported their passports lost or stolen within two months of one another in 1999 German police speculate that they may have wanted new documents without entry and exit stamps from countries such as Iraq or Afghanistan before applying for U S visas in 2000 Washington Post published 09 20 2001 2000 Undercover Able Danger operator identifies Atta online MARY This is an e mail in 99 or early 2000 MARY They asked me to be the treasurer for bin Laden in the United States FOX Mary prepared her reports carefully drawing attention to any names pictures and e mails that she thought were important FOX One name jumped out MARY Mohamed El Sayed I believe he s the person that everybody keeps calling Mohamed Atta Fox News published 10 04 2010 01 2000 CIA secretly copies the passport of Khalid Al Mihdhar In early 2000 just before he arrived in Malaysia we acquired a copy of Khaled s passport which showed a US multiple entry visa issued in Jeddah in April 1999 and expiring on 6 April 2000 It is at this point that we learned that Khaled s name was Khalid bin Muhammad bin Abdallah al Mihdhar 12 This was the first point at which CIA had complete biographic information on al Mihdhar Congressional Testimony of George Tenet published 06 18 2002 01 2000 Binalshibh attends Al Qaeda summit in Malaysia The importance of Binalshibh s role has been sharpened by the belief that he was at the Malaysia meeting that investigators say was critical to the Sept 11 plot The sighting based on photographs had been the subject of some debate within the U S intelligence and law enforcement communities U S officials said The meeting was photographed by Malaysian intelligence at the request of the CIA I ve seen the photographs and I don t think there s any doubt that it s him said a Western intelligence official Among those attending the summit were Tawfiq bin Atash a senior aide to Osama bin Laden as well as two Sept 11 hijackers Saudi nationals Khalid Almihdhar and Nawaf Alhazmi The presence of Binalshibh is the earliest clear evidence of a link between the German based hijackers and the larger group of Saudis When Binalshibh went to the meeting in Malaysia in 2000 that s when they got the plans to go ahead with this thing said the Western intelligence official Washington Post published 07 14 2002 01 05 2000 Widely disseminated report tracks Mihdhar to Malaysia On 5 January 2000 the US intelligence community widely disseminated an information report advising that Khaled identified as an individual with ties to members of the Bin Ladin organization had arrived in Malaysia Congressional Testimony of George Tenet published 06 18 2002 01 15 2000 Al Mihdhar and Al Hazmi move together to Los Angeles It was not until 5 March 2000 that we obtained information from one of our overseas stations that enabled us to identify Nawaf as Nawaf al Hazmi 14 This was the earliest time that CIA had full biographic information on al Hazmi 14 By that time both al Hazmi 14 and al Mihdhar 12 had entered the US arriving on 15 January 2000 in Los Angeles Congressional Testimony of George Tenet published 06 18 2002 01 18 2000 Al Shehhi obtains US visa for travel to New York January 18 Marwan al Shehhi an Emirati was issued a ten year B 1 B 2 tourist business visa in Dubai United Arab Emirates Shehhi submitted a new passport with his visa application Although his application was destroyed prior to September 11 2001 pursuant to routine document handling policies an electronic record was maintained by State The consular officer who issued the visa said Shehhi probably was not interviewed explaining that UAE nationals were not interviewed in connection with their visa applications unless as did not happen in this case there was a watchlist hit UAE nationals were considered good visa risks both on economic and on security grounds 9 11 Commission Report Terrorist Travel Monograph published 08 21 2004 02 2000 Mohamed Atta is identified by name by Able Danger An active duty Navy captain has become the second military officer to come forward publicly to say that a secret intelligence program tagged the ringleader of the Sept 11 attacks as a possible terrorist more than a year before the attacks The officer Scott J Phillpott said in a statement on Monday that he could not discuss details of the military program which was called Able Danger but confirmed that its analysts had identified the Sept 11 ringleader Mohamed Atta by name by early 2000 My story is consistent said Captain Phillpott who managed the program for the Pentagon s Special Operations Command Atta was identified by Able Danger by January February of 2000 New York Times published 08 23 2005 02 2000 SOCOM lawyers raise US person issues with LIWA data In the late January early February 2000 timeframe when SOCOM lawyers review the LIWA data all information relating to Atta and the other terrorists that are identified as working and living in the U S or have connections to U S Persons become off limits due to their U S Person status The ABLE DANGER team members according to Captain Phillpott are restricted from review use or exploitation of the information because of their SOCOM Lawyers policy that we could not use U S Person information in the planning effort I witness this effect directly through my repeated reserve tours with ABLE DANGER and did see one of the original runs of LIWA information charts that had a quadrant of yellow stickies that covered the faces of the individuals whom the SOCOM lawyers had determined were off limits to the ABLE DANGER effort Prepared Statement of Anthony A Shaffer p 22 published 02 15 2006 02 25 2000 Mohamed Atta returns to Germany from Pakistan DCI Tenet testified that Atta may have traveled to Afghanistan for the first time in early 1998 In June 1998 he applied for a new passport in Egypt although his old one had not expired This suggested according to the DCI that he might have been trying to hide evidence of his travel to Afghanistan On November 29 1999 Atta flew from Hamburg to Istanbul and then to Karachi He left Pakistan to return to Hamburg on February 25 2000 Joint Congressional Inquiry p 134 published 12 2002 03 2000 Armed federal agents confiscate Able Danger materials ZAID Mr Smith would have indicated that he was tasked by individuals associated with Able Danger again not knowing it was Able Danger to compile unclassified information that they then put into charts like Congressman Weldon had brought today and looked somewhat similar some were that size some were smaller containing massive amounts of data that these were associational links that at least one chart in particular which he in fact kept on his office wall until the summer of 2004 when it had been destroyed after he tried to move it for an office move and then junked it had Mohammed Atta and potentially according to other team members he doesn t recall this three others of the 20 hijackers of 9 11 In fact as well he would have made one mention that at some point in time he was not there at this time that armed federal agents came to Orion in around March or April of 2000 and confiscated many or much of the data that Orion had compiled with respect to this contract They never obtained his data or his charts because given that it was unclassified they actually were in the trunk of his car And so that s why he was able to maintain these charts After the summer of 2000 or even the spring of 2000 that contract ceased to exist so he no longer participated in any of the efforts Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing published 09 21 2005 03 01 2000 Atta begins emailing flight training schools in the US Atta returned to Germany from Afghanistan through Pakistan in February 2000 On March 1 he sent the first of a series of e mails to pilot training schools in Lakeland Florida and Norman Oklahoma Joint Congressional Inquiry p 136 published 12 2002 04 2000 SOCOM begins rebuilding Able Danger at Raytheon Apr May 2000 Army LIWA IDC gets cold feet due to oversight and U S Person issues Despite a personal for message from GEN Schoomaker Commander SOCOM to GEN Shinseki Chief of Staff of the Army to allow LIWA IDC to continue to support the ABLE DANGER effort the message is never answered and Army lawyers in particular Tom Taylor from the information I was provided at the time by Army staff officers effectively shuts down all army support GEN Schoomaker directs the establishment of a replica of the LIWA IDC technology at a classified location Prepared Statement of Anthony A Shaffer p 24 published 02 15 2006 05 2000 All open source data is deleted by Major Kleinsmith KLEINSMITH I deleted that data roughly May June time frame of 2000 SPECTER May June 2000 And did somebody instruct you to delete the information KLEINSMITH We were visited by INSCOM s general counsel and the man was named Tony Gentry But he was only there 10 days prior to remind me of the intelligence regulation that we are operating under So that while we were shut down we were unable to do any other further analysis vetting of data or investigation into the data that we had polled Because of that the 90 day mark had hit and he came back down to remind me again and it was more of a friendly visit not an adversarial visit and that was when he told me jokingly Remember delete this data or you guys will go to jail And that s ha ha very funny understanding completely we abide by the regulation so we deleted the data and destroyed the charts that we had also Judiciary Committee Hearing published 09 21 2005 05 17 2000 Atta obtains a US visa using new Egyptian passport May 17 Mohammed Atta an Egyptian applied for and on the next day received a five year B 1 B 2 tourist business visa from the U S embassy in Berlin Germany The consular officer who adjudicated this visa said Atta definitely was not interviewed According to the officer because he was a third country national who had long been resident in Germany approximately five years the visa interview requirement was waived and Atta was basically treated like a German citizen German citizens do not need visas as they participate in a visa waiver program Another factor in his favor was Atta s strong record as a student in Germany Atta s visa application was destroyed prior to 9 11 pursuant to State Department policy then in effect so we were able to review only the electronic record of his application 9 11 Commission Report Terror Travel Monograph published 08 21 2004 06 2000 Atta and Al Shehhi rent an apartment in Brooklyn Investigators confirmed that Atta and the second man rented rooms in Brooklyn and the Bronx and are trying to identify anyone who might have supported them Atta s trail in Brooklyn began with a parking ticket issued to a rental car he was driving said a senior Justice Department official who also spoke on condition of anonymity Marwan Al Shehhi a hijacker believed to be a relative of Atta entered the United States at about the same time Atta and Al Shehhi are believed to have been at the controls of the planes that hit the World Trade Center Atta an Egyptian with ties to Islamic fundamentalists in Germany flew to Newark N J on June 2 2000 from Prague in the Czech Republic Czech authorities have said The trip is his earliest confirmed visit to the United States Associated Press published 12 08 2001 08 2000 Raytheon receives a full copy of all DIA information Aug 2000 DIA s Directorate of Intelligence DI refuses at first to provide SOCOM 100 of all DIA information Eventually the DI gives in but forces the DO to pick up and sign for the DIA information The DIA DI provides the information in a unusable format but due to an experienced Raytheon programmer being assigned she is able to create an algorithim that corrects the problem it is believed that DIA provided the data in an unusable form intentionally Prepared Statement of Anthony A Shaffer p 25 published 02 15 2006 09 2000 SOCOM cancels three separate meetings with the FBI WELDON Yes Lieutenant Colonel Shaffer was prepared to testify his lawyer will testify today that he on three occasions set up meetings with the FBI Washington field office The woman who set those meetings up is prepared to testify Your staff has met with her and they ve interviewed her And she also was prohibited from testifying But she knew the purpose of the meetings The meetings were 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