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  • Able Danger Blog: Operation Two Guys in a Bar
    response from the U S to the bombing of the U S S Cole in 2000 According to Miller her source shared that quote One al Qaeda operative was overheard saying to the other Don t worry we re planning something so big now that the U S will have to respond Miller said she took the tip to her editor Stephen Engelberg but that because she could not find out who the operatives were or where the conversation took place they decided not to go with the story until they found more details But they never found them Quote Washington being Washington and the counterterrorism world being the counterterrorism world I was soon off pursuing other things I simply couldn t nail it down with more specificity What happened two months later we all know all too well Miller s then editor at The New York Times currently the managing editor for the newspaper The Portland Oregonian Stephen Engelberg joins us now Mr Engelberg thank you for your time sir STEPHEN ENGELBERG FORMER NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR Hi OLBERMANN Can we apply the logical fallacy here event A happens in this case event A doesn t happing happen no story based on this tip happens Event B then happens Obviously it s 9 11 That does not necessarily mean event A caused event B Or do you think a second source on that one tip would have actually changed things ENGELBERG It s hard to say I mean one thing that you have to keep in mind is that in that period of history July of 2001 there were an enormous number of tips floating around The United States government on the July 4 weekend of that year was very very worried that al Qaeda was going to attack an American embassy overseas And we heard a lot about that And they were still quite nervous at the end of July when this tip came in So this was not sort of an isolated thing that we only heard one of This was one of you know a number of things that we heard about al Qaeda And the question was you know how reliable is it And if it s reliable what is the government doing about it And we never got to even the second question because we weren t able to confirm the first part of it OLBERMANN What would have happened if you had in some manner or way gone with a one source story hinting at a domestic terror attack or a terror attack of some great prominence from al Qaeda in July 2001 I mean we hear that phrase pre 9 11 thinking these days until we get nauseous from it But there was a different mindset about that Would it have been taken seriously do you think ENGELBERG Well it s hard to say Perhaps I mean you certainly can spin a scenario that way because the government already had so many

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  • Able Danger Blog: Weldon to receive Semper Fidelis Award
    the Senate Armed Services Committee and Congressman John Murtha D Pa a retired 37 year Marine combat veteran The Semper Fidelis Award is presented each year by the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation to a Member of Congress who has historically been supportive of the United States military and especially supportive of the USMC The award is a Marine Corps Officer s sword and scabbard an honor usually only bestowed upon a Marine Corps officer The Marine Officer s sword is not given it is earned said Chris Randolph president and CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Congressman Weldon s long term support and commitment to provide the men and women of the U S Marine Corps with the finest equipment and his service as a tireless advocate for the needs of America s warfighter is well known and greatly appreciated posted by Supporter 4 29 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 Myopic

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  • Able Danger Blog: Weldon and Shaffer speak at Norristown event
    April 2000 frustrating the project team Shaffer said Pentagon bureaucrats were still hiding the reasons why Able Danger was scrubbed He said Defense Department officials should be held to the same standards as corporate executives at Enron If Enron can be held accountable then why can t Pentagon officials He asked Last summer Weldon began complaining publicly that the cutting edge project to identify al Qaida was ignored by the 9 11 Commission and left out of the commission s 2004 report The Congressman also denounced the DIA for intimidating Shaffer and revoking his security clearance Weldon unfurled a huge chart with hundreds of al Qaida members some pictured others represented as stick figures that populated terror cells globally If that doesn t scare you I don t know what will Weldon said The House member signed copies of his book Countdown to Terror which details intelligence tips he received from an Iranian expatriate Ali in Paris France According to the book Ali alerted authorities to a Pakistani group in Canada plotting to fly a plane into New Hampshire s Seabrook nuclear power plant in 2004 warned about Iran s advanced nuclear program and in his final fax to Weldon days before Iran s election Ali predicted Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would become the country s president Countdown to Terror is highly critical of the CIA for discounting the Iranian intelligence source Weldon said he wrote the book to inform the public about the shortcomings of U S intelligence The whole effect is to get our intelligence service back on track to protect the American people he said Shaffer repeated his claim that had Able Danger been allowed to continue it could have disrupted the Sept 11 attacks We had a shot to take those guys out before 9 11 he said

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  • Able Danger Blog: Bush nominates new DOD Inspector General
    Prior to this he served as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice Earlier in his career he served as Investigative Counsel for the House Ethics Committee Mr Laufman received his bachelor s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his JD from Georgetown University From Michael Scherer at Salon com Late breaking word from the White House The president has decided after months of delay to nominate a new inspector general for the Department of Defense a once formidable watchdog position that has been vacant since September The new guy is David H Laufman who now works as an assistant U S attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia On the surface I know this sounds like so much bureaucratic baseball But in the complex chess game that is Washington it represents a golden opportunity for Congress to actually show some oversight of Donald Rumsfeld s big house across the Potomac posted by Supporter 2 08 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Data Mining the Radical Islamic Blogosphere
    by Ron Suskind I strongly recommend it There is nothing in the book about Able Danger or military intelligence work period but here are some excerpts of interest about 2004 While terrorists learned years ago that phone calls and wire transfers were easy to track they still rely on the web to talk and plan The front was shifting on the invisible battlefield As financial and spoken signals intelligence shrank the Internet became ever more the focus of the minions inside U S intelligence just as it was for scores of young Islamic radicals a base of men and women energized by images of U S troops mired in Iraq and Afghanistan and since the spring harrowing photographs of torture and humiliation at Abu Ghraib To draw a line between acquaintance dialogue and person to person communication between suggestions and instructions would be overwhelming if it were all in English and reviewed by cities full of freshly minted PhDs Now put it all in Arabic or any number of linguistic strains of the Near East of South Asia and you have your arms around the magnitude of the challenge Some of the same sting operation techniques used in the Pacha Wazir storefront nearly two years before were now launched on the virtual frontier Khan it was soon discovered was operating something of an Internet hub for al Qaeda out of Pakistan In mid June he was placed inside a kind of digital terrarium of intense surveillance In the basements of CIA and NSA the grinders held their collective breath as each e mail each IP number on each computer of each associate of Khan s began to light up the darkened battlefield If I had to guess I would bet the CIA matrix is an outgrowth of the work Able Danger started and the chart with 55 pictures and descriptions where Bush puts the big X s over the faces is probably the chart that Preisser gave to Steve Hadley However both of those are just guesses Stay tuned The 5th anniversary of 9 11 is less than two months away and should spark new interest in the Able Danger story Anyway this quote from the preface of Suskind s book is pretty telling too The vast federal government under stress does not work quite so efficiently as a single mind It has protective urges competing agendas rules for who does what and who represents actions to the citizenry the sovereign the bosses it accomplishes a great deal yes but is defined often by its dysfunctions And that means it lies and dissembles hides what it can and sometimes acts out of self preservation because without your trust it is nothing but office space This has long been the case a matter of life force trapped inside bureaucracies that everyone from Max Weber to Stephen R Covey has fretted over and maybe that s just something to be accepted a point of resignation Maybe people don t really want to

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  • Able Danger Blog: Weldon on Larry King Live
    Live for an entire hour this evening beginning at 9 00 p m EST Weldon will discuss the recent long range missile tests conducted by North Korea over this Pacific Ocean He will also discuss the U S Missile Defense program and American preparedness in the event of a North Korean attack Congressman Weldon is a strong supporter of the U S Missile Defense program He authored the Missile Defense Act and has championed the U S Missile Defense system s preparedness in the wake of a foreign missile attack Weldon has long strived to reduce hostilities between the U S and North Korea He has led several bipartisan Congressional Delegations to North Korea to strengthen the dialogue between the two nations Congressman Weldon also vigorously supports the six party negotiation process aimed at demilitarizing the Korean Peninsula and establishing normal relations posted by Supporter 5 31 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: C-SPAN segment of Weldon's re-election
    they will take calls we need to make sure that we have people calling in on Curt s behalf 08 30 AM EDT 0 05 est LIVE Interview Pennsylvania 7th Congressional District Midterm Election C SPAN Washington Journal Thomas Fitzgerald Philadelphia Inquirer posted by Supporter 1 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 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: Able Danger Classic
    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

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