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  • Able Danger Blog: Louis Freeh on Wolf Blitzer
    By the way he was of no help He told me that he had spoken to Omar Mullah who told him that bin Laden was no longer working in terrorism So the perspective before 9 11 was quite different The country did not declare war war as you and I would understand it until September 11 And while we re on the subject the 9 11 Commission it was interesting to read at least press accounts of Able Danger It appears from very credible sources including very decorated military officers that prior to September 11 actually in 2000 the Able Danger unit had identified BLITZER That was a unit of the Pentagon that supposedly identified Mohammed Atta and some of the others according to some of those people who say they were involved Did any of that information ever reach the FBI FREEH Well absolutely not In fact if you read the media accounts the military officers were forbidden from giving that to the FBI In fact they had inaudible with the FBI Now my point is that was the kind of tactical intelligence had the FBI had it you know what that would have been very very helpful FBI agents might have reacted to that The 9 11 commission apparently was told this before they wrote their report and we still haven t gotten a straight answer as to what they did with it BLITZER But forget about Able Danger for a moment As significant potentially as that might be and there are presumably investigations reviews under way right now to determine what if any role they may have had But there were FBI agents who were connecting the dots who were screaming about some of these 9 11 hijackers leading up to it But apparently it didn t

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  • Able Danger Blog: Peter Lance on Lou Dobbs tonight
    sweep the Internet and look for connections So I think it enhances the credibility of people like Tony Shaffer and Scott Philpot who have come forward at great risk to say that they had this information on Atta et cetera DOBBS Well and Shaffer and Philpot as they have expressed themselves in this limited way to this point apparently they re going to be able to speak straightforwardly and openly We don t know yet whether there will be open hearings or closed but at least they re going to be appearing before elected representatives What do you expect that the American people will be learning if not directly at least through their elected representatives LANCE Well again as I ve said with you before the most important information is the corroboration between that they found between the active al Qaeda cells in 1999 and the original World Trade Center bombing cell of the blind sheik and Ramzi Yousef DOBBS In 1993 LANCE 93 that s a crucial crucial piece of information DOBBS Which you ve been investigating for years LANCE Which has been the contention in the findings of the my two books but also it was ignored by the 9 11 commission That s like a massive difference of opinion as to what happened on the road to 9 11 DOBBS Well let me ask you this because I talked with a number of the 9 11 commissioners former commissioners and each one with varying degrees of reluctance have either defended the commission s work or denied altogether that there is any relevance here whatsoever for Able Danger How do you analyze it How do you react LANCE The reason I believe Lou is and I had a source inside the commission I believe that this commission on the Democratic and the Republican side as it was conceived they made a decision to limit the investigation to the last few years prior to 9 11 from 96 forward They intentionally decided not to go back to 1989 when they had these same guys on the radar of the FBI not to look at World Trade Center bombing in 93 and the reason being I believe to remove the culpability of the FBI s New York office and the southern district the offices of origin from any culpability for not stopping Yousef in 93 If you take him out of 9 11 plot then effectively then they re not liable for having not stopped him in 93 DOBBS Do you think these hearings will produce real tangible results for the American people a real understanding of what happened LANCE It s the best chance to reopen the investigation and they have to get this fellow Dietrich Snell put him under oath subpoena him And if Dietrich Snell tells the truth about what happened when he was on the 9 11 Commission in the southern district we will get the truth on 9 11 DOBBS Peter Lance thank you very

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  • Able Danger Blog: FISA and data mining technology
    out by a human aren t retained unless they are relevant to an investigation so theoretically once the information is fully processed the innocent are eliminated and only information on the guilty is retained Nonetheless the innocent are still exposed to scrutiny and that s a violation of their privacy rights This technology also raises the specter of a day when computers might be used to monitor all communications to sort out the good eggs from the bad throughout the entire population looking not just at terrorism but at every potential minor legal infraction a big step towards a big brother style high tech police state the mechanism for which may already exist in the much feared Project Echelon Data mining certainly isn t the only subject for concern in the intelligence gathering arena of the War on Terror but it s a good example of how difficult it is to draw a clear line between legitimate investigative techniques and innovative but potentially questionable methods demanded by necessity but not necessarily clearly acceptable under existing law which has likely been written to address very different concerns Changes in intelligence needs and technology often leave government agents operating in a gray area and doing whatever they think they have to up until the point where someone in authority specifically tells them they re out of line or Congress catches up and passes a law specifically authorizing their activities Should NSA computers be sorting through thousands of innocent phonecalls to find a few suspect conversations Certainly not in an ideal world Is that small potential violation of privacy a justifiable price to pay for such an effective tool in finding threats to the nation In the real world that s certainly a reasonable argument What s certain in all of this is

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  • Able Danger Blog: Able Danger: Breaking News
    mosque a hotbed of anti American sentiment was frequented by Blind Sheik Omar Ahmed Abdul Rahman at that time He was convicted in 1995 of plotting to bomb New York City landmarks Kleinsmith does not recall seeing Atta s picture on any chart but what he does remember is more unsettling From April until September 2000 his team tried to restart work but found it next to impossible All the analysts could do was watch troubling hints of terrorist activities online We were getting restriction after restriction he said We were watching the next threat but we couldn t take the battlefield Next federal marshals showed up at LIWA with subpoenas issued from Congressman Dan Burton s office Kleinsmith said Government officials wanted copies of the data mining results According to the Center for Cooperative Research the data included former Secretary of Defense William Perry and then Stanford University provost Condoleezza Rice among others Other reports identified then Secretary of Defense William S Cohen and former Democratic National Committee chairman Steve Grossman Some traditional intelligence officials however seemed either skeptical or jealous of LIWA s capability At one conference Able Danger analysts identified four major al Qaida hubs the Middle East East Africa Balkans and the Far East in about 90 minutes Because we weren t an intelligence organization we got a lot of bad press he said Folks thought we were running fast and loose with the data By April the Able Danger team was told to end its support of SOCOM During the month s long work stoppage SOCOM s patience ran out and the military command transferred the work to a Raytheon facility in Garland Texas and continued the effort One of the million dollar questions in Washington is who ordered the shut down Nobody will admit

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  • Able Danger Blog: Able Danger: Why Wasn't the FBI Told About Mohammad Atta Before the 9-11 Attacks?
    captured of the Able Danger hearing so more folks realize that we the people of America still do not know the truth of 9 11 no matter what the 9 11 Commission is currently claiming they do change their story you know posted by vadkins 4 20 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 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Voice of the Taciturn returns
    to turn passenger jets into manned cruise missiles and fly them into buildings He has denied involvement in the 9 11 attack admitting only to being trained and involved in plans for future similar attacks A week ago Moussaoui s defense team said it planned to subpoena Weldon as a defense witness in Moussaoui s sentencing hearing It believes Weldon has evidence that the U S government had more knowledge of al Qaida s plans and personnel than did Moussaoui himself Weldon wants no part in the matter and will try to quash any subpoena But he s probably mystified as are we that his work in exposing the pre 9 11 military intelligence program known as Able Danger has attracted the attention of a convicted al Qaida operative but not that of news organizations supposedly interested in exposing American secrets and a government supposedly working on preventing another 9 11 posted by Supporter 1 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 Summit News Able Danger Video Links Able Danger Bloggers Related Books Related Blogs Armies of Liberation Gary Swenchonis Sr Haft of the Spear Tom

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  • Able Danger Blog: Dancing on 3,000 Graves
    big reform the IC has seen since 9 11 the Office of the Directorof National Intelligence to prove my point A deputy director who ran the nation s SIGINT capability scores of assistant deputy directors drawn from the senior ranks of SIGINT and HUMINT agencies etc Capable Sure The right people to fix a broken system Hardly Congress isn t any better Of the 22 members of the subcommittee that could have heard potentially the most damning testimony about AbleDanger three could bother to show up Three who thought deeper insight into what we knew prior to 9 11 or 10 00 was more important than meetings on how to bring home more bacon The press Too busy trying to poo poo other intelligence related stories or pretending they know that over under means something other than a position in the Kama Sutra In fact the only lobby for doing the right thing is a raving Congressman a few curious Bloggers and the families of the dead The end result from the fall out from Able Danger is that fewer people in the IC will be willing to go out on a limb for a theory or a unique solution to a problem because the message is clear success means unemployment They might work it on the side they just won t tell anyone about it A self imposed SAP Inevitably this will lead to the loss of more lives but with any luck they won t be constituents of most of the members of the HASC terrorism subcommittee or work for the MSM 1 I drafted 80 of this over four months ago This is either a testament to my predictive abilities or my cynicism or maybe both posted by voxott 11 13 PM View our Able Danger timeline

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  • Able Danger Blog: First clip from Weldon conference call
    never said anything remotely classified or related to intelligence or national security and that based on his answers he assumed he had only wanted to testify in closed session to avoid having to answer questions publicly about his work for the 9 11 Commission Weldon said that Steve Cambone had shown up for the closed session but Weldon told him he had heard enough spin and didn t have anymore questions for him As you can hear in the clip Weldon also discussed his work on the Cox Commission back in the 1990s and how his own efforts at the time had uncovered direct links between campaign contributions made to the Clinton Gore reelection campaign and what he saw as the illegal sharing of military technology with China in return Mr Schwartz of the Loral Corporation contributed a million dollars and his company got almost free reign to transfer technology to China Curt also discussed some front companies used by the Chinese specifically to acquire American military technology One key theme in his opening remarks that came up several times during the call was how senior administration officials in both the Clinton and now apparently the Bush administration were prepared to put their own personal interests about the interests of the nation In some cases that took the form of killing critical projects for bureaucratic reasons not sharing information with other agencies It also meant covering up their mistakes not following up and investigating them to prevent us from missing the next lead in the hunt for Al Qaeda or the War on Terror in general Both AJ and Pierre picked up on this as well Here s what AJ had to say If people wanted this story to go away they would fix all the problems none of which involve classified material or details All the problems surrounding Able Danger are related to people misusing their positions to hide personally embarrassing information In the Clinton years it was apparently studies regarding technology leaks to China In the Bush administration it appears to be bad decisions turf wars and protecting empires But in all cases national security is second to the DC CYA Pierre Legrand makes a similar point As if spitting on the graves of those who died that horrible day bureaucrats spend their time finding ways of making retirement instead of critically analyzing why we failed Worse they threaten those who do try to improve our reactions and methods with defamation libelous slander even physical threat to prevent the sort of reforms that might actually make a difference Why you might ask would they spend such effort on trying to prevent improvement Because in a Bureaucrats eyes change is threat and threat is bad Blame is worse and worse is to be avoided at all costs Ruining people s lives and causing our nations security to suffer are all immediately and gladly laid at the altar of any particular bureaucrats continued successful career The Dread Pundit Bluto makes

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