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    programs that became the mainstay of my unit s efforts U MG Robert Harding the DIA Deputy Director for Operations during the 1999 2000 period who protected and fostered the STRATUS IVY support to ABLE DANGER and other highly compartmented DoD programs His simple guidance to me upon my promotion to GS 14 said it all Keep me out of trouble and get STRATUS IVY going as far and as fast as you can which I did that is until his replacement MG Rod Isler single handedly shut down shut down virtually every cutting edge effort STRATUS IVY was conducting U DIA Representative to SOCOM during the 1999 2001 timeframe was able to build the coalition that came to support the ABLE DANGER effort He put his entire career on the line to push this issue to the DIA leadership level just to become harassed and isolated by DIA leadership U the Defense HUMINT Representative to SOCOM who was effective in getting Defense HUMINT support integrated into SOCOM planning and operations While Defense HUMINT is commonly integrated into SOCOM operations this was not the case in the 1999 2000 timeframe her thinking was years ahead of its time U U Mr JD Smith the retired Indian police officer who used basic law enforcement investigative techniques with 21st Century data mining and analytical tools who s hard work resulted in the establishment of a new form of intelligence collection and the identification of Mohammed Atta and several other of the 9 11 terrorists as having links to Al Qaeda leadership a full year in advance of the attacks U Captain Scott Phillpott who humbly calls himself just a ship driver is a U S Naval Academy graduate and one of the most brilliant minds ever produced by the Navy It was through his intellectual force by his sheer power of will that the ABLE DANGER project took cohesive form and became real U Last but by no means least Dr Eileen Preisser the brilliant double PhD who s understanding of both cutting edge technology and human factors neural networking served as the intellectual glue that put together the suite of technology and analysts that perform the astounding feat of identifying Atta and other pre 9 11 terrorist events U As one of the reports in the press commented last year regarding the story there are bad guys who were not held accountable for their failures There were those who were fearful of what we were doing who played politics and shortchanged the nation in both their duty and loyalty to the country and in the end they put their career ahead of doing the right thing U Mr William Huntington who was just promoted to serve as the Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency who after becoming the Deputy Director of HUMINT in the early 2001 timeframe passed the buck When I attempted to brief him on the DORHAWK GALLEY project to include information on the ABLE DANGER project that was specific portions of the ABLE DANGER methodology to sort through and separate U S Person information from Foreign Intelligence information refused to hear the briefing announcing that I can t be here I can t see this as he left his office and refused to hear the information By doing this he could later feign ignorance of the project should it have been compromised to the public It is my belief that he is an example of the cultural problem senior bureaucrats who are more focused on their own career and having plausible deniability to never allow anything controversial or risky to touch them It is of grave concern that Mr Huntington is the one who is behind the troubling coincidence regarding my security clearance being suspended in March of 2004 just after reporting to my DIA chain of command to include Mr Huntington of my contact with the 9 11 commission and my offer to share the ABLE DANGER information to the 9 11 commission I would question the judgment of DIA s leadership to offer Mr Huntington up as its expert on ABLE DANGER based on his earlier refusal to deal with this issue in 2001 Further I have direct knowledge of two officers one a senior DoD civilian the other a senior active duty military officer both former members of Defense HUMINT that Mr Huntington directed them to lie to congress to conceal the true scope and nature of problems within Defense HUMINT Both refused his directive to lie and are no longer members of Defense HUMINT Mr Huntington s conduct speaks for itself U LTG Bob Noonan the Commander of the U S Army Intelligence and Security Command INSCOM in 1999 and 2000 who became the Army s G2 Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence DCSINT in 2001 Though initially in favor of LIWA participating in sensitive operations such as ABLE DANGER chose in 2000 to protect his promotion to lieutenant general rather than protect both the LIWA support to and data created for SOCOM and the ABLE DANGER project U MG Rod Isler MG Bob Harding s replacement as Deputy Director for Operations overseeing Defense HUMINT in the spring of 2001 who opposed every sensitive operation that my unit STRATUS IVY was conducting for DoD and other U S Government agencies In a spring 2001 confrontation over several controversial cutting edge operations to include one directed by the then Vice Admiral Tom Wilson to seek out information on a specific classified target a process that paralleled the ABLE DANGER methodology MG Isler ordered STRATUS IVY and me to cease all support to ABLE DANGER in the February 2001 timeframe At the point of near insubordination I fought the decision this action cost me my job as chief of STRATUS IVY U COL Mary Moffitt the spring 2001 replacement of COL Gerry York who dismantled the Defense HUMINT support to ABLE DANGER just months before the 9 11 attacks COL Moffitt became focused on shutting down our support to ABLE DANGER under the guise of reorganization and in the end disestablished STRATUS IVY and its cutting edge focus U A senior DoD officer Mr Robert Giesler who was in charge of a classified DoD element that I cannot discuss in open testimony whose behind the scenes opposition to the project resulted in widespread difficulties with senior DoD leadership on this and related initiatives In essence this Mr Giesler s official attitude was the not invented here syndrome if he or his folks did not think of it or control it it was not worthwhile At one point when STRATUS IVY had to reduce direct support for his unit in favor of supporting the ABLE DANGER effort Mr Giesler accused me of being Like Kelly the Clint Eastwood character in the movie Kelly s Heroes and that I had hijacked DoD capabilities for my own personal effort as he felt we had no business to be targeting Al Qaeda as they will never attack us here As background in Kelly s Heroes a band of deserting U S Army soldiers go after millions of dollars in Nazi gold with the interest of getting rich I found the comparison to be insulting at the time and on retrospect shows the attitude of the era that was common to all DoD senior leaders on the topic of Al Qaeda U The 9 11 Commission Staff et al After contact by two separate members of the ABLE DANGER team Captain Scott Phillpott and me separated by both time and distance Oct 03 in Afghanistan in my case Jul 04 in Washington DC in Captain Phillpott s case the 9 11 staff refused to perform any in depth review or investigation of the issues that were identified to them Instead they note in their accounts of Captain Phillpott and I that we complained about issues and had no evidence to back up our claims It was their job to do a thorough investigation of these claims to not simply dismiss them based on what many now believe was a preconceived conclusion to the 9 11 story they wished to tell Further through their failure to conduct basic investigative rigor they did not speak to other members of the ABLE DANGER team to further define and confirm our experience I consider this a failure of the 9 11 staff a failure that the 9 11 Commissioners themselves were victimized by and continue to have perpetrated on them by the staff as is evidenced by their recent groundless conclusions that ABLE DANGER s findings were urban legend U I will now layout a timeline of ABLE DANGER for the committee please note that my testimony will be provided directly from memory as DIA has refused to allow me any and all access to my e mail background documents and briefings They have done this under the guise of security by using three false allegations that the Army long ago resolved in my favor I come before you as a lieutenant colonel promoted de facto on 1 October 2004 after the Army examined and resolved the allegations U As many of you are aware an officer in the military cannot be promoted if there is pending adverse action or judicial punishment Despite this fact DIA continues to pretend that the allegations have not been resolved and revoked my security clearance as of 21 September 2005 I have not been allowed review of critical background information on ABLE DANGER that was contained in my files and e mail and do not even have their permission to prepare this formal testimony Therefore I cannot be 100 sure of dates times or locations I suggest that the committee subpoena these documents at some point so I may prepare a more precise record of events regarding both my personal involvement and the overall project history of ABLE DANGER U The Pentagon s Mr James Dugan testified on 25 September 2005 in front of Senator Specter s Judiciary Committee that it was his opinion that the ABLE DANGER data and background documents were destroyed because of the Pentagon being overly careful with U S Person information and how it was collected He is wrong The fact is this there was no legal reason to destroy the 2 5 terabyte database that was being used to support the ABLE DANGER in 2000 it was openly obtained via the internet or public sources there was no expectation of privacy that had to be assigned to the data plus it was clear that the data had produced information that identified individuals who had credible links to Al Qaeda leadership Further all the classified systems and data bases that were used to confirm the ABLE DANGER information have also been destroyed Why U STRATUS IVY my special mission task force that I was running in the 2000 timeframe did provide direct support to the ABLE DANGER effort by providing both concierge support and operational support that I cannot discuss at the unclassified level U DIA has admitted to House Armed Services Committee HASC on 8 September 2005 that my ABLE DANGER documents had been destroyed in 2004 there was no U S person information in these documents and they relate to what we have now identified as a major relevant operation regarding 9 11 Why were these documents destroyed Why is it that these documents many that were Top Secret collateral information not properly accounted for when they were destroyed I am hopeful that the current DoD IG investigation of DIA s use of frivolous issues to attempt to discredit me and terminate my access to classified information at the cost to the U S taxpayer upwards of 2 million will be held accountable and their purposeful destruction of my set of ABLE DANGER documents will result in their criminal prosecution for illegal destruction of documents U Let me now run through my recollection of the timeline of the life and death of the ABLE DANGER project U I became involved with the project in September 1999 DoD has classified my entire timeline and therefore I cannot discuss this information in open session My deputy COL Teresa McSwain later in the 2000 timeframe created a full library of operational documents at STRATUS IVY that included all critical authority documents U During a briefing to GEN Schoomaker in September 1999 he specifically assigned me and STRATUS IVY to help out on a special project the DIA Representative went about making sure that DIA was specifically requested in the JCS planning order to assign STRATUS IVY to support this special project which he did The next day I was briefed by Captain then Lieutenant Commander Scott Phillpott on ABLE DANGER When Scott briefed me I felt that this was the E ticket mission the ultimate assignment U 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 U In the January February 2000 timeframe Captain Phillpott briefed GEN Schoomaker and GEN Shelton on the LIWA capability using the chart that I had brought down to him from LIWA focusing on the methodology and suggested that SOCOM partner with LIWA to establish the intelligence baseline of ABLE DANGER This request was approved and LIWA became the full intelligence analytical partner in the effort U 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 U Feb Mar 2000 I am invited to attend a briefing of MG Lambert SOCOM J3 and COL Riley the first chief of the ABLE DANGER effort to Mr Jerry Clark SES Deputy Director of DIA During the briefing I am frequently asked by MG Lambert to fill in details that COL Riley was not able to provide at the end of the briefing Jerry Clark comments afterward that I seemed to know a great deal about ABLE DANGER I confirmed to him that I had been working directly with SOCOM in Tampa as a reservist on the project At the conclusion of the briefing and when the SOCOM officers leave the room Mr Clark gave guidance to the DIA officers present especially the DIA Senior Executive in charge of Information Technology to drag their feet and slow down the process of providing both infrastructure data pipes and data to the SOCOM effort as he did not see the need to share DIA s best resources It was clear that DIA my own organization did not want to provide all the support necessary to preclude SOCOM getting ahead of DIA s analytical effort on the Al Qaeda target U April 2000 After the ABLE DANGER project picked up momentum and looked to become a success Mr Art Zuelike SIS Chief of the Transnational Warfare Directorate of DIA s Directorate of Intel calls me in and demands that my unit STRATUS IVY give up primacy on the DIA role under his Transnational Counterterrorism TWC Division both of whom I had read in to the ABLE DANGER effort in an earlier briefing With permission of the Directorate of Operations MG Harding I refuse his request Mr Zuelike then begins to withdraw his support for the effort choosing instead to create his own secretly We SOCOM and I find out later that he sends one of his analysts to spy on SOCOM at the Garland Texas site to learn the methodology so that they could re create their own effort in the DC area U 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 U Jun 2000 At the request of SOCOM DIA s Rep to SOCOM with the permission of the DIA DO leadership I approach MG Noonan Commander of Army Intelligence and Security Command INSCOM to request that Dr Eileen Preisser be attached to my unit STRATUS IVY so that she could continue to support ABLE DANGER This request is denied I am told later privately that MG Noonan felt that by trying to take Dr Preisser that I was trying to steal his capability U 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 U Late Spring Early Summer 2000 based on my unit s enhanced relationship with the FBI I set up three separate meetings between SOCOM COL Worthington the then ABLE DANGER chief and FBI Counterterrorism Special Agents in Washington DC U SOCOM cancels all three meetings reason SOCOM lawyers would not permit the sharing of the U S person information regarding terrorists located domestically due to fear of potential blowback should the FBI do something with the information and something should go wrong The lawyers were worried about another Waco situation The critical counterterrorism information is never passed from SOCOM to the FBI before 9 11 this information did include the original data regarding Atta and the terrorist cells in New York and the DC area U Sep Oct 2000 The ABLE DANGER effort is established and up and running GEN Schoomaker retires in Oct 2000 to be replaced by Air Force GEN Holland GEN Holland in my judgment did not understand the concept and orders the effort Dec 2000 to terminate its activities in Garland TX and for the personnel to return to Tampa there he directs the ABLE DANGER effort become a J2 intelligence effort and the Special Operations Joint Intelligence Center SOJIC is created in its place U January March 2001 DIA is requested to provide updated info for the effort to be re established in Tampa DIA begins to drag its feet across the board with the departure of LTG Hughes MG Harding and COL York STRATUS IVY is prohibited by DIA DO s new leadership MG Isler from participating in the NSA and DIA data transfer U January March 2001 U DCI George Tenet During this briefing the DCI approved our conduct of this special project I did specifically mention the ABLE DANGER effort to him regarding the use of its methodology to separate out U S Person issues U Chairman of the JCS GEN Hugh Shelton During this briefing GEN Shelton approved the project His comment was The people of this country think we are doing things like this We should be doing things like this U Director of the Joint Staff LTG Peter Pace he was briefed seemed impressed and supported the project He did not seem to be aware of ABLE DANGER when I mentioned the name of the project as part of the briefing U U The National Security Counsel twice Shortly after the briefing to Dr Cambone Mark Garlasco and I were directed to brief the National Security Counsel NSC on the operation on two separate occasions I cannot recall the specific dates of or individuals present at the briefing U Spring 2001 The Special Operations Joint Integration Center SOJIC is created watered down by Mitre contractors the teeth and operational focus were removed and the capability to do the complex data mining and mission planning support leadership support is eliminated U May 2001 Scott Phillpott calls me in desperation in the May 2001 timeframe on my mobile phone He asked if he can bring the ABLE DANGER options that ABLE DANGER had come up with to DC and to use one of my STRATUS IVY facilities to do the work I tell him with all candor that I would love nothing better than to loan him my facility and work the options with him to exploit them for both Intel potential and for actual offensive operations but tell him that my DIA chain of command has directed me to stop all support to him and the project In good faith I ask my boss COL Mary Moffitt if I can help Scott and exploit the options and that there would be a DIA quid pro quo of obtaining new lead information from the project She takes offense at me even mentioning ABLE DANGER in this conversation tells me that I am being insubordinate and begins the process of removing me from my position as chief of STRATUS IVY As a direct result of this conversation she directs that I be moved to a desk officer position to oversee Defense HUMINT operations in Latin America U 11 Sep 2001 We are attacked U Late September 2001 Eileen Preisser calls me for coffee and tells me she has something she needs to show me At coffee she shows me a chart she had brought with her a large desk top size chart On it she has me look at the Brooklyn Cell I was confused at first but she kept telling me to look and in the cluster I eventually found the picture of Atta She pointed out and I recognized that this was one of the charts I LIWA had produced in Jan 2000 and had a sinking feeling at the pit of my stomach I felt that we had been on the right track and that because of the bureaucracy we had been stopped and that we might well have been able to have done something to stop the 9 11 attack I ask Eileen what she plans to do with the information chart she tells me that she does not know but she plans to do something U Last week of September 2001 I am on my normal afternoon run from the Pentagon to the Lincoln Memorial and I receive a call from Dr Preisser She tells me you ll never guess where I am she tells me about sitting in the outer office of Scooter Libby and the fact that she Congressman Curt Weldon Congressman Chris Shays and Congressman Dan Burton are going in to brief Steven Hadley on the Atta chart I am both amazed and satisfied that the Atta information and our work on ABLE DANGER had been provided to proper government leadership and fully expected that the ABLE DANGER team might even be reconstituted It was not U Nov 2001 July 2003 I accept recall to active duty as a Major in the Army and command a Defense HUMINT unit named Field Operating Base FOB Alpha During this period I attempted to work with ASD SOLIC to resurrect ABLE DANGER as part of FOB Alpha s mission When some sensitive information relating SOLIC was leaked to the press the effort to bring back ABLE DANGER was also terminated Dr Preisser was involved in this attempt to resurrect the project U I will now provide my recollection of my meeting with the 9 11 commission staff at Bagram Afghanistan on 23 October 2003 and the subsequent DoD retaliation that has now been perpetrated on me based on my coming forward to the 9 11 commission U I have provided a copy of my testimony to Congressman Chris Shay s sub committee on National Security 14 Feb 2006 as background to detail how DIA abused the DoD personal security system in an effort to discredit silence and see me fired from my position as a senior intelligence officer DoD and DIA officials are now subjects of an on going investigation on this issue U While I was assigned to Bagram AFG I was given permission by my on the ground Army chain of command to brief Mr Zelikow and his investigators at the SECRET level on ABLE DANGER I prepared a page and ¼ of bullet points that I ve provided to the HASC for use in briefing the staffers There were probably about 10 people in the room when I conducted my briefing four staffers and six DoD folks U I conducted a briefing of about 1 hour and a quarter to Dr Zelikow and the staffers covering the high points that I ve noted in my testimony in the closed session Dr Phillip Zelikow staff director of the 9 11 commission approached me at the conclusion of the meeting and gave me his card and said What you have said here today is very important Please contact me upon your return to the United States so we can continue this dialogue By the 9 11 commission s own public statements made in September 2005 regarding ABLE DANGER I was the first officer to tell them about the existence of the project U Upon my return from Afghanistan I took about 30 days of leave and then assigned to work as the Deputy Chief and Operations Officer of the Afghanistan Operations Task Force I returned to duty the first week of January 2004 It was this first week of January 2004 that I called the number given to me on Dr Zelikow s card I was told by the person who answered the phone that yes we remember you let me talk to Dr Zelikow to find out when he wants you to come in I also notify my DIA chain of command both verbally and in writing that I had been contacted by the 9 11 commission in Afghanistan and had re contacted them via phone the first week of January and told my DIA chain to expect to be contacted with a request for me to meet with the 9 11 commission on ABLE DANGER As I recall I notified my immediate boss Navy Captain Mike Andersen and the e mail I believe went even higher up the chain U I do not hear anything back from the 9 11 commission so I call them again about a week to 10 days after my initial call second third week of June 2004 I speak to the same person again but his tone is different he tells me that they have found all the information they need on ABLE DANGER so there would be no need for me to come in to speak to them I was shocked in a way since they had never asked me to provide lead information i e asked the question as to who else knows this information too but figured they may have found Capt Phillpott or Dr Preisser since they had similar knowledge of the project I had moved my set of ABLE DANGER documents to the third floor of DIA s Clrendon facility in anticipation that the 9 11 commission would want to see them so I kept them with me in my new office space U However life did not go back to normal Immediately after I notified the chain of command on my contact with the 9 11 commission my life became strange I was scrutinized and harassed on virtually every issue I had to deal with I volunteered to return to serve with the Rangers in Afghanistan based on a written request from their G2 LTC Mo Morrison and was given a written negative counseling by Mike Andersen telling me that I could not volunteer to return to a combat zone I was now being constantly harassed and my request to return to Afghanistan to continue the fight was initially denied I was threatened with disciplinary action if I did not show up everyday in military uniform In other words I was treated like a brand new recruit rather than a seasoned two decade professional who was preparing a team and himself for a deployment into a combat zone U My senior rater Captain the chief of the Pacific Division of Defense HUMINT who s oversight included Afghanistan told me behind closed doors that they leadership are really upset with you this time they are really out to do something to you I asked him to identify who they were by name and what the issue was he would not answer the questions He did say that he wanted me to lead the ADVON to show them my abilities and importance to the war which he did he pushed me to lead the team and return to Afghanistan in the end But it was clear that he was getting constant questions and directives regarding me from his leadership His immediate boss was COL and above him was Mr Bill Huntington U U While deployed in Afghanistan on this second tour I was offered a new job by GS 15 the chief of the Iraq Combat Support Task Force The Afghanistan and Iraq Combat Support Task Forces were to be merged and he asked if I d serve as the operations officer of the new combined task force It would mean an extension of active duty for one to two years After thinking about it for a day I sent him an e mail saying he d let Defense HUMINT leadership know of his decision to select me Just days before I was due to return to DC probably the last week of February 2004 Bill sent me a note telling me that he could not offer me the position that something was going on that he could not talk about and said that I would not be extended on active duty I requested him to clarify this change of heart and he would not he would only say that leadership would not allow him to put me into the position U At the conclusion of this fully successful ADVON mission by all accounts from leadership at both standing task forces in Afghanistan and from at DHS HQs and my return to Washington the first week of March 2004 without warning or reason my Top Secret SCI clearance was suspended Upon my return to DIA I was called in to Army COL office told that the DIA IG had substantive allegations against me that required that my clearance be suspended and that I was being transferred to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company HHC Ft Meyer VA for the duration of my active duty My DIA badge was confiscated and I was sent to Ft Meyer to report to report in to the HHC Company Commander U Upon reporting in though the HHC commander Captain Vic Harris could not tell me the content he did say that he had read the DIA IG report and the allegations against me and his assessment was simple they were nothing major I had pissed someone off He felt that there was nothing to the allegations but could not tell me what they were He allowed me casual duty for the remainder of my active duty period until 1 Jun 2004 U I then dealt with the Army Trial Defense Service TDS for the next 90 days and they were equally confused by the issue as the Amy Judge Advocate General JAG who had been given the DIA IG report would not share with them any information and in the end no charges of any sort were made against me by the Army I received an honorable discharge and a favorable DD 214 in June 2004 and returned to my civilian GS 14 status to DIA Defense HUMINT DIA continued to refuse to return my access to classified information and placed me on administrative leave which I remain on today U Instead of trying to resolve the issue DIA chose to go through my entire personal security jacket and drag up every issue they could regarding derogatory allegations and revived them as if they were new purposely leaving out all positive exculpatory information regarding the favorable outcome of independent investigations that resolved the allegations in my favor U I finally learned about what the three allegations were after I had come off of Active Duty in a meeting with USMC Brig Gen Mike Ennis director of Defense HUMINT in mid June 2004 U For the record the three DIA IG Investigation issues from their investigation concluded on me in March of 2004 were the following 1 U Undue award of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal DMSM DIA claimed that I received a major decoration unlawfully despite the fact that the award was for among service in other reserve leadership positions my work on ABLE DANGER Though I provided classified performance evaluation and other background documents that showed the justification for the award the information was ignored by DIA Security There was no evidence in the DIA IG report that I did anything wrong and the Army after reviewing the data has allowed me to keep the award 2 U Misuse of a government telephone adding up to 67 00 While in charge of a DIA operating base in which I was responsible for millions of dollars of equipment and the activities of more than a dozen people the government phones were issued to my unit During an 18 month period I would periodically program the government phone to forward phone calls to my personal mobile phone for a 25 cent charge for every call forwarded This added up to 67 00 As many of you know while in command of any activity many things can go wrong out of my 18 months of command this was the only issue they could get me on and in the end I did have the authority to approve the expenditure since I was the unit s commanding officer 3 U Filing a False Voucher for 180 00 I attented Army training at Ft Dix New Jersey that was required for my promotion to lieutenant colonel Despite this being a wholly legal claim one processed through the DIA financial system and one that had it been rejected I could have claimed as a professional deduction from my taxes DIA s IG falsely stated that it was an illegal claim because I was authorized to attend the Command and General Staff School at no expense to the government 4 U Summary of allegations the total alleged loss was less than 300 00 that is right 300 00 The DIA IG inspector Mike Kingsley did falsely and without evidence make conclusions on his investigation which the evidence did not support There was factual evidence in the report that I followed the guidance given by 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  • Able Danger Blog: Weldon press conference transcript
    were jumping up and down over an incident that would involve a U S platform in the port of Aden in Yemen that happened two days after they saw this massive amount of activity occurring In the end what I hope to accomplish from this is to finally get the truth and finally get the whole truth And that will lead to all kinds of other issues involving the 9 11 Commission Did they arbitrarily pick 1996 to begin their investigation and why Or should we look at what Peter Lance who was an ABC news 20 20 journalist who s writing a book this year that says they deliberately chose 96 not to go back and include data from the trial of the blind sheik and from the ties of Ramzi Yousef and others where it would indicate further agency failures I m not alleging that but others will But why d the 9 11 Commission not include Able Danger Why d they not list it as a footnote Why d they not want to pursue the material that Ton Shaffer offered in October of 03 when he came back from duty and offered to come in and volunteer with them Why was all the material that Tony Shaffer had in his office at DIA headquarters not provided to the 9 11 Commission And who made that decision So there are a lot of unanswered questions here about the original operation of Able Danger the material they collected a whole second data mining operation that was stood up by Special Forces Command down in Texas in Garland Texas overseen by General Schoomaker that collected identical data to what the LIWA facility had at Fort Belvoir When Senator Specter had the Judiciary Committee hearing you heard Erik Kleinsmith testify publicly that he was ordered to destroy the LIWA data which he did What he didn t tell us was that there was a whole set of other data that we don t know whether or not it was destroyed that was equal to some and in fact the director of that operation who I ve also talked to personally again in the 9 11 Commission never even knew who to interview Dr Bob Johnson WELDON He maintains more data than what the LIWA had at Fort Belvoir And in spite of Erik Kleinsmith s testimony I will tomorrow talk about continuing capabilities to data mine the original 9 11 data with 13 hits on Mohammed Atta Now some are saying Well this is all about a chart If you don t have the chart it doesn t mean anything This is not about a chart Steve Hadley has not denied that I gave him a chart He maintains The Washington Post spun his story and his statement when he told them he doesn t remember meeting with me or he remembers meeting with me and he remembers seeing a chart but doesn t remember me giving it to him We ve talked to Steve Hadley s staff since and he said he did not mean to indicate that I did not give it to him I did give it to him And as you all saw Congressman Dan Burton who at the time was chairman of the House Oversight Government Operations Committee was with me when I presented that chart to Steve Hadley in the White House And Dan Burton has said publicly that he even explained the linkages on the chart to Steve Hadley It s not about a chart It s about a process that identified massive amounts of information about Al Qaida before 9 11 It s about an effort that tried to transfer this information to the FBI before 9 11 and were denied It s about why the 9 11 Commission never looked at any of this And it s about why that data was never transferred And it s about why as Louis Freeh has said that information that may well have allowed the FBI to investigate the Brooklyn cell thoroughly to understand Mohammed Atta and those other three terrorists might have been able to give America a forewarning of what was going to occur So let the hearings begin QUESTION You mentioned that Mohammed Atta s name has come up in pre 9 11 databases that are available at the Pentagon WELDON I didn t say at the Pentagon I said there are data sets available that were a part of the data mining operation that allegedly was destroyed that I m still getting information on as recently as last week QUESTION OFF MIKE WELDON Well we have 13 hits of Mohammed Atta s name spelled two different ways But it s not Mohammed Attif It s Mohammed Atta spelled with an Mo and an Mu Mohammed is spelled two different ways Thirteen times QUESTION How did it come up Can you tell us more about it WELDON I worked through what should the 9 11 Commission and the DOD should have done to find out who was doing this work and to understand what was happening WELDON And I located someone who and a lot of people are coming forth privately who don t want to talk publicly And he said I still have access to that data even though I was told it was destroyed QUESTION Are you corroborating the report that OFF MIKE WELDON The person who said that is not testifying QUESTION But you re corroborating that that person OFF MIKE WELDON Absolutely You mean the story that ran in the New York Post this morning I m saying that that statement was given to me by an employee of one of our agencies who still has access to data sets QUESTION OFF MIKE verifying that I mean does this verify the information or WELDON Well you re going to tell me the guy lied to me I don t know I ll put him under oath the same way I want the 9 11 Commission put under oath QUESTION OFF MIKE putting him under oath WELDON I have not brought him in yet because obviously this will be very detrimental to his career if I give his name You know I went to Steve Cam bone when this whole story broke and said I ll cooperate with DOD but I want these people I don t want their careers ruined And I have had two people whose careers have been directory threatened in phone call conversations that I m aware of which I turned over to DIA threatening to pull their security clearances if they talked Tony Shaffer you saw publicly They destroyed the guy They took away his security clearance A 23 year veteran of military intelligence a Bronze Star recipient they take away his security clearance and they re two days away from taking away his pay and his health care benefits for his two kids and destroying him And his lawyer Mark Zaid said he represents whistleblowers he s never seen an effort so aggressively abusive of a person than what they were putting forward against Tony Shaffer Because they were not going to actually dismiss him from his job They wanted to keep him in his job unpaid without benefits so he couldn t talk to Congress or the media Gordon England on behalf of the secretary of defense stepped in and was the new head of DIA General The new head of DIA and Gordon England I can t praise them enough for their cooperation in restoring Tony Shaffer to allow this I G investigation to go forward which has been under way for several months requested by the House Armed Services Committee and to let Tony Shaffer testify as he will today and tomorrow QUESTION OFF MIKE WELDON I think they wanted to ask me about all this information and what s out there That s what I assume QUESTION OFF MIKE WELDON I guess their angle was that the government didn t do all that it could have done to prevent 9 11 I assume I don t know You ll have to talk to the lawyer His name is McMahon Ed McMahon QUESTION OFF MIKE I just want to be really clear and precise on this OK Did that happen in replication WELDON We ve been told CROSSTALK QUESTION a post 9 11 replication of what might have happened or could have happened pre 9 11 Or do you have concrete evidence that the 13 hits actually happened pre 9 11 WELDON We have an informant that came to us who is a current employee who said he has access to data sets that were developed before 9 11 He actually can identify when the data was collected some after post 9 11 other pre 9 11 And he made the differentiation for us I said I only want to see what you had pre 9 11 not post 9 11 I have a chart that s post 9 11 you ve all seen it I said I want to know what hits you had pre 9 11 He identified 13 hits eight with either Mo or Mu and five with the other But they were all Mohammed Atta QUESTION There have also been reports that as many as three other hijackers were identified by Able Danger You have this confirmation only regarding Atta Do you have it regarding any other WELDON We did ask them to run other names Did we get information on that STAFF We haven t gotten that yet WELDON Haven t gotten that yet I ve actually asked a person to recreate the chart for me using the hits that have been identified and I hope to have I hope I m optimistic but I m also pessimistic because this guy is risking you can imagine what we re doing here I ve seen what they do and they re neither side wants this to come out QUESTION I m still confused You say running Are they running new open data mining WELDON There s been data collected QUESTION or are they just finding preexisting data that WELDON Yes Data that was pre existing that was a part of what was collected in the LIWA operation WELDON You see there were two separate data mining operations There was the LIWA operation at Fort Belvoir When LIWA shut down because the previous administration was partly embarrassed over an analysis they had done of Chinese proliferation I was very much involved in looking at that I went into great detail with it at the time as the chairman of the Defense Research Committee General Schoomaker didn t want to lose the capability So he established a whole separate data mining operation with his own money working under the Raytheon Corporation s management in Garland Texas That operation was run by the individual I mentioned a few moments ago They did a completely separate data mining analysis of Al Qaida So you actually had two separate data sets Now what we heard in the Senate hearing was the Kleinsmith was ordered to destroy the LIWA data at Fort Belvoir which I assume he did as much as he could But what I ve since learned is there was another whole complete set of data that we just don t know the whereabouts of that SOCOM had at the Raytheon facility at Garland that was eventually transferred back to SOCOM s headquarters I don t know the status of that data That ll be a question that I ll be asking What I m also saying in addition to that is there are people within our intelligence agency structures who have access to some of that data that was collected that we were told had to be destroyed within three months And as recently as the last couple of weeks they have run data hits looking at my request for the name Mohammed Atta And they have come up with 13 hits using pre 9 11 data that was collected through the LIWA data mining model that was available and collected prior to 9 11 ever occurring QUESTION OFF MIKE WELDON No I don t have that information now QUESTION On the 13 hits I want to make sure I understand you provided the name Mohammed Atta and said Search the pre 9 11 database and see how many times if at all this name comes up WELDON I guess I should say that there were people involved with Able Danger who knew about it and who are still working for our federal agencies And they obviously are watching this story WELDON And I guess he came to us volunteered I didn t find him out He came to us and said I still have access to this data I was going through my old files and I can get into it And I said Will you do me a favor Will you get into that pre 9 11 data Can you tell when it was put in He said Yes And see pre 9 11 how many times the name Mohammed Atta comes up because we ve heard people saying I think Steve Cambone tomorrow is going to say it wasn t Mohammed Atta it was Mohammed Attif which is what he told me Well I m telling you this is not Mohammed Attif This is Mohammed Atta And it came up 13 times spelled two different ways not Atta spelled two different ways Mohammed spelled two different ways QUESTION OFF MIKE WELDON If you listen to Tony Shaffer s testimony tomorrow he will tell you that the reason they wanted to transfer the pre 9 11 data and you re right they didn t know who Mohammed Atta was back then but they say connections to a Brooklyn cell that indicated to them that they were up to no good and they were planning something They didn t know what it was Now if you talk to Peter Lance he ll tell you there was evidence the Justice Department had that came out in the trial of the blind sheik about a plot that was hatched in the Philippines specifically against the Trade Center towers But that s a separate issue The fact is that the Able Danger team felt that this information about the Brooklyn cell and four people was significant enough to transfer four people among others They were not just the only four there were others to the FBI so they could follow up and look specifically at what this cell was doing Now you re right they didn t know what they were going to do There was no at that time plan to attack the Trade Center But the point is that they had these names identified as potential problems and people that were in this country that needed to be looked at And they were prohibited from transferring that data to the FBI for their appropriate follow up I don t know where it would have gone All I can tell you is what Louie Freeh said You saw Louie Freeh respond and say that s the kind of information he mentioned Able Danger that may well have allowed the FBI to stop the hijackings from ever occurring That s not me saying that that s not Scott Philpot that s not Tony Shaffer That s Louie Freeh QUESTION OFF MIKE WELDON Just the name No QUESTION OFF MIKE WELDON Well they would have linked in because that s part of what this is link analysis They would have done the massive data mining runs to prove the linkages WELDON And what you re hearing is the 9 11 commission everyone else is saying they never identified Mohammed Atta before 9 11 He wasn t in the country and he was under a different name Well I m telling you now that we now have a new person that we ve just in the past three weeks has come forward and came with this information And we asked that person to unofficially off the record do data runs for us with pre 9 11 data that was the same data in the LIWA facility And he came up with 13 hits of Mohammed Atta s name Now I don t know what the context is QUESTION So how do you know it s the real Mohammed Atta WELDON I don t All I can tell you It s spelled the same way It could be some other Mohammed Atta QUESTION You haven t seen this information you re just relying on somebody else s say so WELDON Well this whole story is relying basically on career military intelligence officers It s not me I m not the firsthand witness to this QUESTION This person hasn t come forward publicly WELDON And he s probably not going to come forward publicly because he s seen what s happened to Tony Shaffer and others And I ll be honest with you when the American media allows a guy like Tony Shaffer to have his career destroyed and doesn t issue a peep what do you think they re going to do Was anybody defending Tony Shaffer No You were dismissing him The mainstream media dismissed Tony Shaffer as a kook Now all of a sudden as the I G investigation has gone forward and I m not going to tell you where it s going you ll find out for yourself we find out that Tony Shaffer was harassed that there are people within DIA and others who didn t want him to talk We did not do our job here in getting to the bottom of what occurred These people and I just named you six of them there are another dozen people that will testify under oath that I ve talked

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  • Able Danger Blog: Scott Phillpott will testify in closed session
    he testifies publicly Don t get me wrong as you can see from the banner on the site I am glad Tony Shaffer will finally get a chance to talk at both hearings Tuesday and Wednesday but how can you have a hearing on Able Danger without the guy who was in charge of it In fact none of these four witnesses worked full time on Able Danger Cambone was an Assistant Secretary of Defense Kleinsmith ran LIWA Smith worked for LIWA and Shaffer ran Stratus Ivy He acted as a liaison and more for Able Danger but was not one of the dozen or so people working full time on Able Danger none of whom have talked other than a two sentence statement from Phillpott back in August From the House Armed Services Committee web site Wednesday February 15 2006 2 30pm 2118 Rayburn Open will Close The Strategic Forces Subcommittee joint with the Terrorism Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on the Able Danger program Witnesses Dr Stephen Cambone Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Mr Erik Kleinsmith Defense contractor Mr Tony Shaffer Department of Defense employee Mr J D Smith Defense contractor posted by Supporter 10 25 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: LTC Tony Shaffer interviewed by Alex Jones
    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 the Spear Tom Maguire Mac Ranger Left Coaster Mudville Gazette Daily Pundit Myopic Zeal Political Teen Michelle Malkin INTEL DUMP Brad Blog Doctor Sanity Junk Yark Blog Free Republic Daily Kos Politically Uncorrect Previous Posts The OSINT Group s Black Swan Program KSM will be tried in New York Fort Hood killer linked to September 11 terrorists LTC Anthony Shaffer endorses NYC CAN Able Danger discussed on C SPAN this morning Four

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  • Able Danger Blog: FBI undercover operative spotted Atta before 9/11
    and three other hijackers Alshehhi Khalid Almihdhar and Nawaf Alhazmi as members of an al Qaeda cell they called Brooklyn The cell got its name because the members all had some connection to the NYC borough not because they were physically present there Atta and the others were apparently found to be linked to the Blind Sheikh Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman However an explanation as to how this might have happened has been lacking until now The elder Shuhrijumah was a close associate of the Blind Sheikh and had been an imam at the Al Farooq mosque in Brooklyn where Abdul Rahman preached In addition he acted as the Blind Sheikh s translator and testified for the defence at the WTC bombing trial as a character witness for Clement Hampton El Confirmation of Atta s attendance at the mosque therefore establishes a clear link between him and an associate of Abdul Rahman As we know Alshehhi attended a Florida mosque and that he was close to Atta throughout their time in the US it is likely Alshehhi attended the same mosque However the FBI informant saw Atta at the mosque in early 2001 whereas Able Danger linked him to the Brooklyn cell in January 2000 It is unclear how Able Danger could have made the link before Atta officially entered the US although Atta used a bewildering array of aliases the 19 hijackers together racked up a total of 364 aliases and name variants and it is impossible to rule him entering the US under another name out One possibility is that there was a prior link between Atta and the Shukrijumahs how likely is it that Atta and the other hijackers just happened to move in on the doorstep of a known associate of the Blind Sheikh and his

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  • Able Danger Blog: NYC ballot initiative for new 9/11 investigation
    from August 10 to August 25 to identify a total of 7 166 signatures that were wrongly invalidated by the NYC City Clerk and Board of Elections On August 27 NYC CAN filed the 631 page Bill of Particulars cataloguing each of the 7 166 signatures it contended were in fact valid NYC CAN submitted another 28 000 signatures on September 4 to guarantee the referendum will go on the ballot if they win the court case bringing the total signatures submitted to 80 000 NYC CAN must deliver its memorandum of law in response to the City s motion for summary judgment by Monday September 21 The City will be given an opportunity to reply before the referee s decision is made on Monday September 28 Fast track appeals will likely follow no matter who wins A final decision will have to be made by September 30 If the referendum passes in November it would lead to the creation of a local independent commission with subpoena power that would be tasked with comprehensively reinvestigating the attacks For more info http www nyccan org From their site NYC CAN is non partisan organization comprised of 9 11 Families First Responders Survivors and proud concerned citizens committed to bringing about an independent impartial investigation into the events of September 11 In the months after September 11 a handful of the victims families joined together to demand an independent investigation into the government s failure to defend its citizens on that tragic morning Their ceaseless efforts led to the formation of the 9 11 Commission signed into existence on November 27 2002 Having thoroughly researched every aspect of the attacks the Family Steering Committee provided the Commission with 400 questions that would need to be answered for the Commission to fulfill its mandate After 18 months of proceedings and the release of the Commission s Final Report on July 22 2004 the Family Steering Committee determined that only 30 of its questions had been answered leaving some 250 questions still unanswered The validity of the Commission s findings was further undermined by several factors including contradictory accounts from the Federal Aviation Administration and the military stonewalling from the Bush Administration conflicts of interest among key personnel in the Commission and the Commission s failure to hold a single individual accountable for the numerous failures leading up to on and after September 11 Today the feeling persists among many of the families and many New Yorkers that the full truth has not been uncovered and justice has not been served The growing number of ill and dying First Responders without access to adequate healthcare and financial support adds the necessity of an investigation into the false assurances that the air at Ground Zero was safe to breathe and immediate remedies for the healthcare crisis afflicting First Responders and nearby residents With the federal government failing to deliver an impartial investigation the 9 11 Families First Responders and residents of New York City are

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