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  • Able Danger Blog: No Need to Waste Your Money
    Government Security News 9 2005 From page 294 Another item that surfaced in early July was the Able Danger Department of Defense surveillance program that our staff had been briefed on in Afghanistan On July 12 Dietrich Snell interviewed Captain Scott Phillpott who requested the meeting At that point ou staff had received all of the Department of Defense documents on Able Danger and had found no mention of Atta though there had been mention of the al Qaeda operative Mohammed Atef Phillpott told Snell he recalled seeing the name and photo of Mohammed Atta on an analyst s notebook chart involved in Able Danger before 9 11 in other words Able Danger had managed to get Mohammed Atta under surveillance Phillpott said he saw this chart only briefly and that it dated from the period February April 2000 There was no documentary evidence whatsoever to back up Phillpott s sensational claim Phillpott himself had not performed the analysis not could he explain what information had led to this supposed identification of Atta by Able Danger In addition to the lack of documentary evidence from Able Danger there was no corroboration of Phillpott s account by any information from within the U S government or by German government sources that had tracked the Hamburg cell Phillpott s account also failed to match up with detailed evidence compiled by our staff documenting Atta s travels activities and entry into the United States including from the INS and State Department records Snell concluded that the officer s account was not sufficiently reliable to warrant inclusion in the report or further investigation This conclusion was not a challenge to Captain Phillpott s good intentions the tip he provided just did not check out Just did not check out Which is why they decided it was not worth checking out That sounds like circular logic to me For instance they could have asked to talk to the analyst who compiled the chart and still had a copy when Phillpott met with Snell Regardless my understanding is that several large media outlets have in fact checked it out and found it did check out indeed Stay tuned for more details which should come out in special reports from a few major news sources next month From page 317 The arguments about 9 11 did not end with the publication of our report For instance over the summer of 2005 Congressman Curt Weldon repeatedly accused us of overlooking the importance of Able Danger the Department of Defense open source data mining program We dispute the facts of Congressman Weldon s charge that Able Danger identified Mohammed Atta before 9 11 and that he gave then Deputy National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley an Able Danger chart with Atta s name on it on September 25 2001 a chart developed in 1999 Weldon made the charge in his June 2005 book Countdown to Terror Hadley has no recollection of such a chart and no such chart has been

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  • Able Danger Blog: Without Precedent?
    the staff could not find any such chart in the documents that it had obtained from the Pentagon and because Capt Phillpott s account failed to match up with the staff s conclusion that Atta was unknown to U S intelligence prior to 9 11 this putative identification of Atta was omitted from the commission s report and a number of commissioners were not informed about it Later the Pentagon said that at least four other intelligence officers in the unit had confirmed that they had seen the photograph of Atta or recalled hearing Atta s name prior to 9 11 The Pentagon also explained one possible reason the chart with Atta s photo was missing The military had destroyed many Able Danger records in 2001 To be sure there were reasons to be skeptical about eye witness accounts but an exhaustive investigation would have at least heard them Nor was the 9 11 Commission able to independently evaluate or verify crucial information it received from intelligence agencies Although the CIA had imprisoned seven al Qaeda conspirators who had planned directed and coordinated the 9 11 attack the agency refused to give the commission access to the prisoners In the case of the Warren Commission Chief Justice Earl Warren went to Jack Ruby s prison cell to personally question Oswald s killer In the case of the 9 11 Commission the commissioners were not allowed to speak to see or know the whereabouts of conspirators The commission could not even question the prisoners CIA interrogators about the way information had been obtained from them The co chairmen admit in Without Precedent that they had no way of evaluating the credibility of detainee information But apparently that did not discourage them from accepting essentially at face value information from the prisoners delivered via a CIA project manager if it would fill in gaps in the commission s investigation For example the CIA reported that one key prisoner Ramzi Binalshibh had said co conspirator Atta did not meet with anyone when he went to Prague in June 2000 even though Binalshibh himself was not in Prague and had no first hand knowledge He further alleged that on another two journeys Atta went to Spain solely to talk with him and met no other conspirator but Binalshibh was not in Spain during all of Atta s visits And again through the medium of the CIA project manager Binalshibh informed commissioners that Osama bin Laden would not have allowed Atta to meet with an Iraqi intelligence officer because the al Qaeda leader was upset with Saddam Hussein s treatment of Muslims Even though such contributions were indeed unverifiable particularly the one that required Binalshibh to read bin Laden s mind the 9 11 Commission came to rely on this information giving it the benefit of the doubt when conflicting information surfaced For instance the commission uncovered CIA documents that threatened to complicate matters by dragging Iran into the 9 11 conspiracy The documents revealed

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  • Able Danger Blog: Another Reason 9/11 Could Have Been Stopped
    cover up ongoing intelligence failures dating back several administrations Or as some have suggested was the intelligence community simply drowning in the tsunami of pre attack threat assessments and warnings that were flooding in during the months leading up to 9 11 What is the explanation Wright asks rhetorically Turf wars A bipartisan cover up Drowning in threats Can I choose All of the above Wright cites a post attack report on the CIA failures by the Department of Justice s Inspector General There are lots of reasons to release the report and lots of culpability there he says The CIA failed in its moral and legal obligations Yet the report is still secret Nor is the National Security Agency blameless says Wright NSA also has lots of complicity he says The agency had crucial information that it did not share with the FBI either The NSA for example had been monitoring Al Qaeda telephone calls after the US embassy bombings to a number in Yemen That number was called by Osama bin Ladin both before and after the embassy bombings Khaled al Mihdhar was the son in law of the guy whose phone it was He called there from California eight times Had the NSA shared its information the FBI could have mapped the entire global Al Qaeda network In conclusion Wright says he believes that All the clues were there but the pieces were in different people s hands and were never put together More disturbingly he believes that we are no safer today than we were five years ago So many in the US intelligence community are demoralized and drifting away he reports Moreover the reorganization of our intelligence hierarchy has done nothing to make the situation better Instead it s only muddied things further The lines

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  • Able Danger Blog: 9/11 Commissioners are selling a new book
    anyone s greatest expectation holding a series of hearings that riveted the nation producing a unanimous and widely heralded report that became a national best seller and issuing recommendations that led to the most significant reform of America s national security agencies in decades The 9 11 Commission report slaked the national thirst for accountability Here for the first time is the story of how the commission came together to produce its landmark document FROM THE CRITICS Publishers Weekly A re creation of the inner workings of a government commission threatens to be a dry bureaucratic procedural but the 9 11 Commission was so politically fraught that its story is compelling in its own right Chairman Kean and vice chair Hamilton detail the commission s fight with Congress for more money and time its wranglings with the Bush administration to win access to witnesses and classified documents its delicate relations with victims families who were its harshest critics and staunchest champions its strategic use of public censure to wring concessions from recalcitrant officials and the forging of a bipartisan consensus among fractious Republican and Democratic commissioners Their tone is evenhanded and diplomatic but some adversaries NORAD the FAA House Republicans get singled out as stumbling blocks to the investigation The authors cogently defend the compromises they made and swat conspiracy theories about coverups but critics unhappy with the commission s refusal to point fingers or its lukewarm resistance to White House claims of executive privilege may not be satisfied The issues the commission wrestled with official incapacity to prevent disaster the government s use and misuse of intelligence presidential accountability are still in the headlines which makes this lucid absorbing account of its work very timely Photos Aug 15 Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information Why do I have a feeling the book will not mention Able Danger at all Or that if it does it will be downplayed or relegated to a footnote just like the commission did with most of the important information in it s report From Fox News Sept 11 Commissioners Book Details Internal Disputes The Sept 11 commission was so frustrated with repeated misstatements by the Pentagon and FAA about their response to the 2001 terror attacks that it considered an investigation into possible deception the panel s chairmen say in a new book Republican Thomas Kean and Democrat Lee Hamilton also say in Without Precedent that their panel was too soft in questioning former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and that the 20 month investigation may have suffered for it The book a behind the scenes look at the investigation recounts obstacles the authors say were thrown up by the Bush administration internal disputes over President Bush s use of the attacks as a reason for invading Iraq and the way the final report avoided questioning whether U S policy in the Middle East may have contributed to the attacks Kean and Hamilton said the commission found it mind boggling that authorities had asserted during

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  • Able Danger Blog: Curt Weldon's Opponent Campaigning in Uniform
    Joe Sestak was caught red handed by the Delco Times campaigning in full military dress a clear violation of the military code Read the whole thing posted by Supporter 1 44 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 Zeal Political Teen Michelle Malkin INTEL DUMP Brad Blog Doctor Sanity Junk Yark Blog Free

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  • Able Danger Blog: Nothing but office space?
    told us said Thomas H Kean the former New Jersey Republican governor who led the commission It was just so far from the truth It s one of those loose ends that never got tied You can read the transcripts for yourself From Captain Ed The commission complained early about the spin coming from the Department of Defense and from aviation officials in reconstructing the events of the day DoD officials blamed sketchy records of the day s events for the confusion on timing For instance testimony indicated that the Air Force had tracked United 93 and would have shot the plane down had it approached Washington but tapes subpoenaed by the Commission later revealed that the military had no idea about United 93 until it had crashed The tapes told a much different story than the witnesses and the Commission was understandably upset that these witnesses gave them demonstrably false information two years or more after the events in question The DoD could have reviewed the tapes themselves and figured out the facts Commissioners felt that it approached perjury and wanted to have them prosecuted after they finallly got the tapes through the hostile manuever of subpoenas In the end they allowed the DoD and DoT inspectors general to review the matter Reports from both are expected shortly as to whether the testimony given was knowingly false If so the DoJ should consider prosecution However we should also keep in mind the balls up that the Commission became While their recreation of the day s events was excellent work the rest of their effort produced nothing but the bureaucratic spin of which they accuse the DoD The inclusion on Jamie Gorelick even after her role promoting the extralegal separation of law enforcement and intelligence units became clear skewed the panel s point of view She should have been a witness not a panel member as she was too much of a participant in the activities that led to the intelligence failures of 9 11 The Commission also failed to follow up on important information in their haste to blame 9 11 on intelligence operations They completely missed the ABLE DANGER program that had identified Mohammed Atta and his core of operatives as potential terrorists and that was not because of DoD intransigence Multiple members of that team tried to get their interest and the panel refused to follow up on the leads Even after these people went public with the information panel members like Thomas Kean quoted heavily in this story mocked them and discounted their honor UPDATE Captain Ed has new developments From the New York Times The Defense Department s watchdog agency said Friday that it had no evidence that senior Pentagon commanders intentionally provided false testimony to the Sept 11 commission about the military s actions on the morning of the 2001 terrorist attacks The agency the Pentagon s office of inspector general said the Defense Department s initial inaccurate accounts could be attributed largely to

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  • Able Danger Blog: The Man the Left Wants to Beat
    over a recent Pentagon Inspector General report that appears to conclude that the 2 5 terabytes of data contained nothing of significance and that no political pressure was applied on the Able Danger team members to keep their findings quiet and not to meet with the FBI A close reading of the report however shows that those conclusions were ambiguous Weldon accused the IG of having cherry picked testimony from key witnesses in an effort to minimize the historical importance of the Able Danger effort Following the leak of the IG report given to the press before it was shared with Weldon who had requested it an anti Weldon website accused him of wild claims and rants and called Weldon s pursuit of Able Danger desparate sic fantasies Take a look at a list of donors to Weldon s opponent Is there any surprise that among them can be found Madeleine Albright former NSC advisors Sandy Berger and Tony Lake former White House political director John Podesta and former CIA director John Deutch not to mention Hillary Clinton s Political Action committee Who do you think made the decisions that authorized the auctioning of America¹s military secrets to Communist China during the 1990s Real watchdogs of the national interest are rare in Congress Curt Weldon is one of them posted by Supporter 12 15 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: No comprehensive strategy to fight al Qaeda?
    exploiting vulnerabilities associated with al Qaeda s command and control infrastructure its leadership and supporting organizations From page 49 of the IG report On January 8 2001 the campaign plan was presented to and accepted by GEN Shelton Of course don t expect Clinton to bring up Able Danger any time soon CLINTON Of course they do Of course they do They want us to be they want another homeland security deal And they want to make it about not about Iraq but about some other security issue where if we disagree with them we are by definition imperiling the security of the country And it s a big load of hooey We ve got nine Iraq war veterans running for the House seats We ve got President Reagan s secretary of the navy as the Democratic candidate for the Senate in Virginia A three star admiral who was on my National Security Council staff who also fought terror by the way is running for the seat of Curt Weldon in Pennsylvania posted by Supporter 11 04 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

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