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  • Able Danger Blog: Integrity and Efficiency
    our conclusion that CAPT Phillpott inflated his claims regarding Able Danger s success in identifying 9 11 terrorists in order to promote his role as an advocate for data mining in the war against terrorism His representations to those officials however were so tenuous that they were either not specifically recalled CDR refuted GEN Schwatrz or not considered worthy of pursuit Mr Mr Snell We considered Mr Snell s negative assessment of CAPT Phillpott s claims particularly persuasive given Mr Snell s knowledge and background in antiterrorist efforts involving al Qaeda Further diminishing CAPT Phillpott s credibility was his assertion to us that the last time he saw a link analysis chart Figure 1 was in July or October 2000 contrary to CDR s testimony at CAPT Phillpott shared the charts at Figures 1 and 2 with him aboard the USS ESTOCIN during the 2002 2003 time period They accuse Phillpott of using the Atta claim to advance his career but can not quote a single person who says that he used it to advance his career Clearly going to the 9 11 Commission was not an attempt to get a promotion given the lack of any legal protections at all for whistleblowers on issues of national security Even more laughable is their claim that Phillpott was motivated by self interest while they take the opinion of Dieter Snell at face value as if he would have no interest in diminishing the significance of something he decided not to include in the 9 11 report Not to mention the fact that Able Danger brought up the Ramsey Yousef link between KSM and the 1993 WTC bombing which Snell avoided entirely when he wrote the 9 11 report or the still classified after action report which Phillpott wrote regarding their prediction of an attack in Yemen two days before the bombing of the Cole Snell didn t think that was important either and the IG is similarly dismissive not even mentioning the after action report once As far as Phillpott saying he had not seen the Atta chart since 2000 if anything it enhances his credibility He said all along the charts in Figure 1 and 2 were not the Atta chart If he had those charts with him in 2002 or 2003 you would think he would have looked at them and seen Atta was not pictured on the chart If he had thought it was the same chart at that point but still insisted Atta was there then it would diminish his credibility Even the IG acknowledges that just did not happen 4 The most egregious example of bureacratic stupidity can be found on pages 55 to 62 of the report While the investigation of Able Danger appears to have consisted mainly of reinterviewing Phillpott Priesser Shaffer and Smith until they could intimidate them into changing their answers then accuse them of being inconsist the IG did some real hard nose detective work here They launched a full scale

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  • Able Danger Blog: Redacted names from the IG report
    I needed to have to set up this meeting He recalled that the point of contact was the Usama Bin Laden Unit Washington Field Office FBI He recalled that he asked his deputy COL then LTC Teresa McSwain U S Army Reserve to schedule the first two meetings between Col Worthington and FBI agents but he personally contacted the Usama Bin Laden Unit to schedule a third meeting Page 41 In a letter to Senator Arlen Spector dated September 20 2005 Ms Office of Congressional Affairs FBI reported that the FBI queried their Automated Case System and existing telephone message logs for the Usama Bin Laden Unit and Strategic Information and Operations Center for references to Able Danger CAPT Phillpott LTC Shaffer and Mr Smith between the period of January 1 2000 and September 11 2001 and received negative results On April 14 2006 in response to an inquiry from this Office Ms Inspections Division FBI provided that her office conducted a search of pertinent records to determine whether there were any references for or This search also produced negative results Page 42 Mr Senior Intelligence Analyst Joint Intelligence Task Force Combating Terrorism DIA testified he had been read on to the Able Danger program in 1999 and had attended the January 10 2000 conference at JWAC Page 45 Mr Kleinsmith told us that his actions complied with direction from Major Tony Gentry U S Army the LIWA Legal Advisor and designated intelligence oversight officer who reminded him at the time You guys are going to have to delete this data for intelligence oversight reasons Page 47 We reviewed e mail that showed that on April 5 2000 Commander CDR Judge Advocate General Corps U S Navy former Chief of International Operational Law USSOCOM met with Army officials including active duty attorneys from INSCOM and the Office of the Army Judge Advocate General International and Operational Law Directorate to discuss LIWA support to the Able Danger team Page 53 He testified that COL Captain CPT U S Army Reserve Mr who was a Professional Staff Member U S Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and an individual we designated as Witness 2 reviewed the Able Danger documents that were in his possession Page 56 LTC Shaffer stated he provided the classified documents to Representative Weldon s Chief of Staff who in turn forwarded them to Mr Counsel House Armed Services Committee Mr subsequently provided the documents to this office Page 57 Mr Senior Intelligence Officer Sub Sahara Africa Division testified that after LTC Shaffer was assigned to Focal Point and Cover Staff he spoke with LTC Shaffer and also sent him several e mail messages asking him to clean up his old cubicle and remove his belongings Eventually Mr requested that Ms Sub Sahara Africa Division Administrative Officer e mail LTC Shaffer regarding his boxes Staff Sergeant U S Air Force and Mr the Sub Sahara Africa Division employees who boxed and moved LTC Shaffer s articles corroborated this sequence of

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  • Able Danger Blog: Orion Magic Demo
    Orion Magic is link analysis and graphics tool It is not related to the data mining tools Able Danger used posted by Supporter 4 53 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 Republic Daily Kos Politically Uncorrect Previous

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  • Able Danger Blog: IG report ignores published Shelton interview
    he never heard the program referred to as Able Danger until news reports on it first emerged in the summer the retired general said he authorized a computer data mining effort to target bin Laden and his associates I dealt with a million damn acronyms and different kinds of code names for operations Shelton said Able Danger was not one that jumped out at me when it first surfaced in news reports But under his direction Shelton said Gen Peter Schoomaker now Army chief of staff set up a team of five to seven intelligence officers after Shelton was promoted to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1997 and Schoomaker succeeded him as Special Operations commander The program began at Special Operations headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida Shelton said but it was expanded later and moved to Fort Belvoir Va outside Washington Schoomaker briefed Shelton on the program s progress in late 1997 when Shelton made a return visit to his old command post in Florida In Washington sometime between 1999 and 2001 Shelton received a more extensive briefing from Defense Intelligence Agency officers involved in the program Awfully specific for someone with no specific recollection of Able Danger posted by Supporter 9 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Weldon blasts back at deceptive IG report
    the IG s motivations Acting in a sickening bureaucratic manner the DOD IG cherry picked testimony from witnesses in an effort to minimize the historical importance of the Able Danger effort The IG narrowly focused their investigation on the witnesses recollections of the 9 11 hijackers and a chart The report trashes the reputations of military officers who had the courage to step forward and put their necks on the line to describe important work they were doing to track al Qaeda prior to 9 11 To further substantiate the Able Danger effort within the last three months of the DOD IG investigation another person who recently retired from the military has come forward and corroborated the work of the Able Danger program Additionally another official within DOD has conducted data runs of stored pre 9 11 data that has yielded information about the Brooklyn cell They do not explain why LTC Shaffer and other Able Danger principles were harassed by their superiors Specifically the report did not address why the Defense Intelligence Agency trumped up phony charges against LTC Shaffer in an effort to revoke his clearance When the DOD IG briefed me they could not account for why they failed to interview key witnesses connected to this harassment except for claiming that these witnesses did not come to us evidence that this was not a proactive investigation The FBI agent that was tasked with setting up meetings between Able Danger and FBI officials meetings that were block by DOD lawyers was not interviewed in this report yet it concluded that Able Danger members were not prohibited from sharing intelligence information with law enforcement authorities I am appalled that the DOD IG would expect the American people to actually consider this a full and thorough investigation I question their

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  • Able Danger Blog: DODIG report released
    September 18 2006 posted by Supporter 4 25 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 Republic Daily Kos Politically Uncorrect Previous Posts IG report dismissing Able Danger expected today Using Able Danger to smear Weldon Report on data

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  • Able Danger Blog: IG report dismissing Able Danger expected today
    tip off of the attacks The Sept 11 2001 attacks killed nearly 3 000 people in New York Washington and Pennsylvania and prompted the Bush administration s war on terrorism A spokesman for Weldon s office acknowledged that a final draft of the report was imminent but said he could not discuss the contents of the document Officials from Gimble s office were expected to brief Weldon about their findings on Thursday and then release the report on the Defense Department web site www defenselink mil officials said Two officials familiar with the contents of the report said it substantially undermines claims put forward by Weldon and former Able Danger members Weldon and former unit members including former Defense Intelligence Agency liaison officer Lt Col Anthony Shaffer maintain that Able Danger identified Atta and three other hijackers as al Qaeda members in early 2000 But he said Pentagon lawyers prevented the team from warning the FBI Officials said the inspector general specifically investigated charges that the Defense Intelligence Agency retaliated against Shaffer for his public remarks about the Able Danger findings The inspector general began reviewing the case of Able Danger after Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld received a written request on Oct 20 2005 from Rep Duncan Hunter of California the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services Others associated with Able Danger including the team s former leader Navy Capt Scott Phillpott have made statements similar to Shaffer s But an earlier exhaustive Pentagon search of tens of thousands of documents and electronic files related to the operation failed to corroborate the claims Officials with House and Senate intelligence oversight committees have also said there is little substantiating evidence posted by Supporter 9 16 AM View our Able Danger timeline Read Tony Shaffer s testimony

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  • Able Danger Blog: Using Able Danger to smear Weldon
    event to event on a recent Sunday Weldon seemed nervous and slightly desperate His most persistent line of attack against Sestak was quite silly that the admiral is a carpetbagger He still lives in Washington Weldon told me He drives around the district in a car with Virginia plates He gets the names of towns wrong when he visits them Last April Weldon seemed to go off the deep end when he attacked Sestak for having his daughter s cancer treated in Washington and not in Philadelphia or Delaware He s like an out of shape boxer says one of Weldon s friends His timing is off I know he deeply regrets that comment about Sestak s daughter But Weldon is not the sort to make public concessions There are so many problems here I don t know where to start Talking about House colleagues and friends without pointing out their political affiliations or motivations for speaking anonymously is a slime ball tactic Referring to things like WMD Able Danger and that cancer treatment article without explaining the specifics is misleading at best dishonest at worst For one thing Weldon was misquoted our of context about Sestak s daughter What he regrets is even talking to the political reporter in question at all Referring to Congressman Weldon as nervous silly and desparate while comparing his campaign to a last hurrah when he still has a comfortable lead in the polls makes Klein s motivation more than clear Like his friends in the Clinton administration Klein would much rather see former Clinton NSC staffer Sestak in office than Curt Weldon Notice how Klein never gets around to mentioning Sestak s ties to Clinton either posted by Supporter 4 42 PM View our Able Danger timeline Read Tony Shaffer s testimony Listen

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