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  • Able Danger Blog: Uncovering another large data-mining operation
    it seemed to be another case of Israel bashing in particular the parts that rehashed years old allegations we ve linked to a 1996 GAO report cited by Fox and other alleged participants Web sites And the series may well be calculated disinformation if not by Fox then by its sources However Fox s unexplained yanking the series is worth noting Except for a few comments on the Net there has been no mainline media follow up on the reason for the yank If Fox found that the reports are in error that is the sort of thing that usually brings heat from competitors If the withdrawal was due to government intervention that would indeed be news but hardly unprecedented these days If the yank was due to private intervention that too would be worth learning about who when why Well as for the NSA program Michelle Malkin covers the new details from A to D Twas the day before Christmas And all through the Times Hysteria reigned over Bush s impeachable crimes President Bush s critics have argued that the NSA program obviously violates FISA The latest gotcha infused revelations they will undoubtedly claim only bolster their case Well not so fast As an informed Power Line reader suggested yesterday in this post from Scott Johnson a program that intercepts massive volumes of e mails and phone calls may not violate FISA in the same way that interception of a smaller number of communications might That s because of the way that FISA defines electronic surveillance Anyone remember when Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton said the Able Danger data mining program was not historically significant Do they think so now posted by Supporter 11 23 AM View our Able Danger timeline Read Tony Shaffer s testimony Listen to audio

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  • Able Danger Blog: Able Danger and "over-eager rule-followers"
    a list Who will determine if that is a legitimate search for the government to run and who will determine what the government can do with that information once found Those questions don t have answers today It s all too new Soon very soon they must Second from James Pinkerton at Newsday It even appears that during George W Bush s administration many Democrats in Congress were briefed on at least some details Most of them it appears didn t have any objection to this secret surveillance program until it was reported in last Friday s New York Times That report seems to have encouraged the Democrats to speak out perhaps in hopes of scoring points against Big Brother Bush But if that s what the Democrats think will happen they are probably mistaken Why Because when the American people learn red tape has gotten in the way of thwarting terrorists they react badly toward the red tapers The credibility of the 9 11 commission was badly hurt by reports that one of the 9 11 commissioners Jamie Gorelick blocked intelligence sharing between the CIA and the FBI when she worked in the Clinton Justice Department Americans are still scratching their heads over reports that valuable intelligence on future 9 11 ringleader Mohammed Atta gathered under the Able Danger program was destroyed in 2000 by some over eager rule follower There will be hearings and lawsuits galore over the new surveillance revelations but the key question in the minds of most folks is motive Did the Bush administration seek out information for political or personal gain a la Richard Nixon That would be an impeachable offense Or were the Bush folks so worried about threats to America that they bent the law like in every episode of the counterterror

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  • Able Danger Blog: Able Danger: Rush Limbaugh Transcript
    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 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 Judge Posner discusses Domestic Intelligence More Able Danger and NSA Kristen Breitweiser discusses Able Danger Did Able Danger destroy our country Is Karl Rove paying attention Full text of letter from Gordon England 9

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  • Able Danger Blog: Judge Posner discusses Domestic Intelligence
    of terrorists may without knowing it have valuable counterterrorist information Collecting such information is of a piece with data mining projects such as Able Danger The goal of national security intelligence is to prevent a terrorist attack not just punish the attacker after it occurs and the information that enables the detection of an impending attack may be scattered around the world in tiny bits A much wider finer meshed net must be cast than when investigating a specific crime Many of the relevant bits may be in the e mails phone conversations or banking records of U S citizens some innocent some not so innocent The government is entitled to those data but just for the limited purpose of protecting national security The Pentagon s rush to fill gaps in domestic intelligence reflects the disarray in this vital yet neglected area of national security The principal domestic intelligence agency is the FBI but it is primarily a criminal investigation agency that has been struggling so far with limited success to transform itself It is having trouble keeping its eye on the ball an FBI official is quoted as having told the Senate that environmental and animal rights militants pose the biggest terrorist threats in the United States If only that were so posted by Supporter 12 53 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: More Able Danger and NSA
    in January 2000 for Flt 77 hijackers Khalid al Midhar and Nawaf al Hazmi and they had been placed under proper legal surveillance when they landed at LAX on 1 15 00 they would have been easily arrested earlier in the summer of 2001 and the Pentagon at least would have been spared I still want to know why the consensual monitoring with the Saudis broke down that summer and what Tenet was thinking after the July CIA FBI meetings in New York at which the Agency refused to hand over operational al Qaeda information to the Bureau s National Security office Furthermore if I were on the staff of the Joint Chiefs or connected with forces and facilities protection at the Pentagon I would want the heads of the heads of the intelligence services on platters What the hell were the CENTCOM commanders thinking when they allowed Able Danger which linked Atta with the others to be closed down Who really gave that order scrubbing the NSA DIA al Qaeda files and why I m sure that the answer to these questions strikes near the root of the warrantless wiretapping scandal that s now emerging Why Sulzberger and Keller agreed to sit on the story about Bush s warrantless domestic wiretaps for a year at the NYT is beyond me posted by Supporter 3 09 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Kristen Breitweiser discusses Able Danger
    attacks Khalid al Mihdhar and Nawaf al Hazmi Immediately after the Cole bombing one would assume that because of alleged existence of Able Danger and quite possibly CIA surveillance our government would have definitely known who was responsible for the Cole attack mostly because it is possible that Able Danger and the CIA were carrying out parallel surveillance on the terrorists who were involved in the Cole attack both before and after the Cole bombing It also quite possibly follows that after the Cole bombing our government had not only the actionable intelligence compliments of the alleged Able Danger and possible CIA surveillance of al Qaeda but also the moral justification 17 sailors dead to take out the cells This should have been carried out by the Able Danger operatives Inexplicably it was not done because Able Danger was allegedly shut down in May of 2001 Of the cells to be allegedly taken out four members of the Brooklyn Cell went on to carry out the 9 11 attacks Atta Shehi al Mihdhar and al Hazmi Who dismantled this aggressive project to combat terrorism and why The story is that Able Danger was allegedly dismantled in May 01 because it violated posse comitatus With regard to Able Danger and its surveillance of terrorists within the borders of the United States the alleged Able Danger cells were not U S citizens Therefore posse comitatus did not apply Once again lawyers misunderstood the law They thought terrorists in the United States participating in terrorist acts were entitled to the same rights as U S citizens Quite a misunderstanding The result of their misunderstanding Four of the 9 11 hijackers members of the Brooklyn Cell were not taken out and a mere four months later able to carry out the 9 11 attacks

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  • Able Danger Blog: Did Able Danger destroy our country?
    dots They just might track a license plate to a cave in Pakistan It s all here in the seams in the dots this actionable intelligence ghost detainees renditions coalitions of the willing to torture special authorities and special operations warrantless surveillance corners being cut and laws being broken Wow from Able Danger to Abu Ghraib in 500 words or less If you really want a laugh read this New York Times editorial It starts out reasonable enough but then jumps over the cliff The mass murders of 9 11 revealed deadly gaps in United States intelligence that needed to be closed Most of those involved failure of performance not legal barriers Nevertheless Americans expected some reasonable and carefully measured trade offs between security and civil liberties They trusted their elected leaders to follow long established democratic and legal principles and to make any changes in the light of day But President Bush had other ideas He secretly and recklessly expanded the government s powers in dangerous and unnecessary ways that eroded civil liberties and may also have violated the law Performance not barriers or stove piping Did they even read the 9 11 Report In Friday s Times James Risen and Eric Lichtblau reported that sometime in 2002 President Bush signed a secret executive order scrapping a painfully reached 25 year old national consensus spying on Americans by their government should generally be prohibited and when it is allowed it should be regulated and supervised by the courts The laws and executive orders governing electronic eavesdropping by the intelligence agency were specifically devised to uphold the Fourth Amendment s prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures But Mr Bush secretly decided that he was going to allow the agency to spy on American citizens without obtaining a warrant just as he had earlier decided to scrap the Geneva Conventions American law and Army regulations when it came to handling prisoners in the war on terror Indeed the same Justice Department lawyer John Yoo who helped write the twisted memo on legalizing torture wrote briefs supporting the idea that the president could ignore the law once again when it came to the intelligence agency s eavesdropping on telephone calls and e mail messages The government may be justified in taking measures which in less troubled conditions could be seen as infringements of individual liberties he wrote Let s be clear about this illegal government spying on Americans is a violation of individual liberties whether conditions are troubled or not Nobody with a real regard for the rule of law and the Constitution would have difficulty seeing that The law governing the National Security Agency was written after the Vietnam War because the government had made lists of people it considered national security threats and spied on them All the same empty points about effective intelligence gathering were offered then just as they are now and the Congress the courts and the American people rejected them Somehow I think the American people

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  • Able Danger Blog: Is Karl Rove paying attention?
    required or not I know data mining and wire tapping are very different things but you see my point This NSA program also dealt with large numbers of people How many warrants can you get When Condi Rice was on Meet the Press this morning she talked about a Gulf and a Gap between intelligence and law enforcement that existed before 9 11 At one point Russert rephrased the question and referred to it as a Wall which those who have followed the Able Danger story are quite familiar with by now In fact the Wall is not the real problem here it s the extraordinary deference given to anyone lucky enough to be a US person even if that US person happens to belong to Al Qaeda You can t even use data on US persons to track people who are not at least according to those who have been so critical of Able Danger and the NSA Is it really so hard to believe that an Al Qaeda supporter could get a green card I ll say it again but if anyone over at the RNC connects the dots between this NSA story and Able Danger the results might not be very pretty for the DNC on this one Image the following ABC Nightly News segment Military intelligence officials testified today before the House Armed Services committee that their unit known as Able Danger had identified Mohamed Atta as a member of Al Qaeda over a year before 9 11 but they were prevented from sharing this information with the FBI over concerns that the program might be spying on Americans by tracking links to Al Qaeda within the US Up next Democratic leaders are angrily demanding Congressional hearings on why the government is monitoring the international phone

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