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  • Able Danger Blog: Gates to be sworn in December 18th
    be sworn in Dec 18 Explaining the delay spokeswoman Dana Perino said Gates had commitments he had to fulfill at Texas A M University where he is the president Bush called Gates with congratulations posted by Supporter 10 17 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Maybe Larry should find a quarter
    a completely different picture of events than the one describe by Mendoza to Lance While he himself points out that the reports he is referring to are not from Mendoza s interrogation of Murad Anyone see Mendoza s name Nope Finally Larry goes on to conclude this shows the PNP had no idea at all about the planes as missles plot There is no other reference in any of the seventeen 17 reports by the Philippine National Police referring to any plot to hijack commercial airliners and fly them into the World Trade Center or any other building in the United States First of all Mendoza is not the only one who has said this Among others Lance cites the Presidential Spokesman of the Phillipines in 2001 Rigoberto Tiglao In addition Larry completely ignores the issue of Ramzi Yousef s laptop which is actually the kwy to Lance s new revelations in Triple Cross not the interview with Mendoza which he already documented in Cover Up and 1000 Years for Revenge From page 185 of Triple Cross Mistrustful of U S intelligence operatives especially the CIA the PNP had decided to copy the Toshiba s hard drive before they turned it over to U S authorities The presence of a radical Islamic cell in this heavily Catholic country especially one that had threatened the Pope himself was considered a threat to the government of President Fidel Ramos a former general So the NBI called in Rafael Raffy Garcia III president of Mega Data one of Manila s largeste information technology companies Shortly after 9 11 Garcia spoke to Luis F Francia from the Village Voice on the condition that his name not be used In the Voice piece one og the best accounts of the Feds prior warnings about the 9 11 plot Garcia told much of the story but not all of it Realizing that the Toshiba was a key puzzle piece I kept searching and ultimately uncovered an obscure confession Garcia had written for a Philippines magazine not available in the States So I contacted him just before Easter in 2005 Garcia told me he owned a condo in the San Francisco Bay area and would be willing to meet on an upcoming trip to Los Angeles He d just bought a Mercedes SL65 roadster and was anxious to test drive it On March 27 2005 we had the first of two face to face meetings Sitting with me in my Santa Barbara office Garcia confirmed precisely what he had written in the Philippines publication Decoding Yousef s computer was not difficult I bypassed the passwords and immediately accessed the files This was how we found out about the various plots being hatched by the cell of Ramzi Yousef First there was the plot to assassinate Pope John Paul II Then we discovered a second even more sinister plot Project Bojinka The planes would have come from Seoul Hone Kong Taipei Tokyo Bangkok Singapore and Manila Even the

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  • Able Danger Blog: The book the Ex-Feds don't want you to read
    In my Friday blog for The Huffington Post I noted how Andrew C McCarthy a former Asst U S Attorney in the Southern District had drafted a review of the book for The N Y Post Since the book had questioned McCarthy for failing to stop al Qaeda s master spy Ali Mohamed a review by him in any paper particularly Rupert Murdoch s flagship U S tabloid would have been the equivalent of Donald Rumsfeld critiquing State of Denial Ultimately The Post killed the piece but one prominent reviewer who had raved about Triple Cross e mailed me to report that McCarthy had called him to denigrate the book Any author has to expect that kind of reaction from a controversial book But now Larry C Johnson a former CIA analyst who worked counterterrorism at State is papering the internet with attacks not just on my findings but my credibility as a reporter Johnson was also criticized in Triple Cross He s an interested party who felt stung by the book and normally I wouldn t respond to him But on Wednesday respected journalist Amy Goodman quoted one of his erroneous allegations during her interview with me on Democracy Now This blog is intended to set the record straight posted by Supporter 6 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Dan Meyer from the DODIG office
    table discussion on national security secrets in a democracy Washington Post National Security Correspondent Dana Priest and others discuss leaks whistleblowers the press 12 1 2006 WASHINGTON DC 1 hr 45 min posted by Supporter 5 37 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Lance vs McCarthy
    I sent to you in the June 13th e mail that he only learned of your alleged advice that Mohamed ignore the subpoena when he was on the same tier of the MCC with Mohamed in 1999 four years after the trial 7 Finally I NEVER alleged as you falsely state that you provided the un indicted co conspirator s list to Mohamed Another extention You re making false allegations asking me to defend ground that I never took Your e mail is the equivalent of that old legal saw If you don t have it on the facts pound on the law If you don t have it on the law pound on the facts And if you don t have it on the facts or the law pound on the table Your e mail like your attack on me for O Reilly is an exercise in table pounding I understand where your anger is coming from Andy You and the SDNY Feds have enjoyed an unchalleged reputation as terror busters and my three investigative books are the first to connect the dots on your mistakes Why should anybody care Because there has not been sufficient reform in the FBI and Justice Department with respect to counter terrorism to prevent the next al Qaeda attack I make that clear in Chapter 41 of the book relying in part on a series of DOJ Inspector General reports Clearly you re hurt that your attempt to do another drive by on me in Sunday s New York Post got derailed But I still expect you to be man enough to admit when you are wrong and either apologize or retract the libelous statement you made on O Reilly As for me I stand by every word of TRIPLE CROSS Respectfully Peter Lance CHAPTER SEVENTEEN HIDING BEHIND THE WALL One of the most bitter critics of Gorelick and the wall she raised with her memo was a former prosecutor in the SDNY who once technically worked under Gorelick Andrew C McCarthy was a street smart AUSA who put himself through Columbia College by working as a U S marshal The day after Gorelick sought to defend herself in a Washington Post Op Ed piece entitled The Truth About the Wall McCarthy wrote a scathing critique for the conservative National Review Online asserting that Gorelick belongs in the witness chair not on the commissioner s bench Pointing out accurately that the wall memo was completely unnecessary McCarthy branded Gorelick a key participant in the government s pre 9 11 intelligence failure As it turns out however in December 1994 the very same moment when Gorelick and Secretary of State Christopher were pushing to extradite Khalifa McCarthy himself was engaging in his own disconnection of the dots At the center of his attention was Ali Mohamed After years of missing the connections between Ali Mohamed s trained cell members from Nosair to Abouhalima and Salameh the Feds of the Southern District had assembled an extraordinary body of evidence linking Sheikh Rahman and his eleven co defendants in what they called a jihad army bent on waging a war of urban terrorism in the streets of New York In late December 1994 McCarthy and his co prosecutors Patrick Fitzgerald and Robert Khuzami were gearing up for the Day of Terror Trial in which they would seek to convict the blind Sheikh and his cell for the bridge and tunnel plot which Emad Salem had helped to break This was the Feds way of mopping up for their failure to see the conspiracy in the Kahane murder in 1990 and the FBI s inability to stop Yousef in 1992 before he planted the World Trade Center bomb The months long trial grounded in a seldom used Civil War era law prohibiting seditious conspiracy would allow the SDNY to connect the al Qaeda links going back to the rabbi s killing Nosair himself would be charged along with the Sheikh and this time the Feds would nail him for the Kahane murder not just the low level gun charge the Manhattan D A had been forced to accept in 1991 For this second trial Nosair would be represented by Roger Stavis a brilliant criminal defense attorney who avoided the theatrics of a William Kuntsler As Stavis prepped for trial he was shocked to find among the documents seized from Nosair s house those Top Secret training manuals from Fort Bragg This caused him to start asking questions about the mysterious Ali Mohamed the U S Army sergeant who seemed to have played some role in training Nosair and his cohorts Stavis immediately began investigating Mohamed himself I got down to Bragg months before the FBI ever thought to show up recalls Stavis You would have thought that those documents the FBI recovered on the Joint Chiefs and those Top Secret manuals would have prompted the Bureau to figure out who Ali Mohamed was long before this trial His defense for the Prozac popping Egyptian was that Nosair was trained by Ali Mohamed who had been an asset variously of the CIA and the U S Army and thus the U S government itself should share culpability for Nosair s shooting spree The Kahane murder in Stavis s argument was blowback from America s covert support for the Mujahadeen and Ali Mohamed was a merely an expeditor In the course of his investigation Stavis connected more dots about Mohamed than the government itself had ever managed I have him in Fort Bragg recalls Stavis I have him here in New York training these people And then I have him in Afghanistan because one of the witnesses who trained with him in New Jersey went to Afghanistan saw him there and also saw him in New Jersey And he stayed at Nosair s house I refer to that as completing the triangle So Stavis wrote up a subpoena for Ali Mohamed and started looking for him A DEFENSE LAWYER S SEARCH FOR ALI MOHAMED This was late 94 says Stavis I wanted him And I tried everything to find him But Mohamed it seemed had disappeared Even his wife hadn t seen him out in California Stavis says I invoked the Classified Information Procedures Act CIPA a special set of legal procedures for getting witness testimony in potentially classified matters I think a lot of bells went off in Langley the CIA headquarters People went running around Finally some bells went off in the New York office of the FBI and the SDNY At the time Ali Mohamed was in Africa staying in a Nairobi safe house and interacting daily with Wadih El Hage one of the leaders of the embassy bombing cell Earlier that year Mohamed had been in Khartoum staying in Osama bin Laden s own house After surviving an assassination attempt bin Laden had personally asked Ali to train his bodyguards Now with Stavis seeking Mohamed s testimony prosecutor Andrew McCarthy was worried At that point no one outside the Bureau or the SDNY knew that Ali had been an FBI informant McCarthy could only guess what the former army sergeant might say if he got on the stand under oath in open court If Ali would have been put on the stand at that point in time he would have been viewed as an agent provocateur says retired special agent Jack Cloonan Maybe there would have been an issue of entrapment raised It wouldn t have helped the government s case That subpoena became a huge huge issue for Ali as well remembers Cloonan As an al Qaeda spy who was playing two FBI offices off each other by that point Mohamed had reason to be concerned If he was compelled to testify in federal court with the national media covering the trial the truth about his espionage career from Fort Bragg onward would have been exposed by defense attorneys like Roger Stavis That would have effectively blown his cover as an FBI informant says Stavis and shut him down as a spy then and there By the first week in December 1994 al Qaeda s military commander Mohammed Atef met with Ali at El Hage s house and ordered him to do surveillance of U S British French and Israeli targets in Senegal HELPING ALI AVOID A SUBPOENA But according to Cloonan prosecutor Andrew McCarthy was so desperate to get to Mohamed that he contacted the FBI s San Francisco office and Ali s control agent John Zent called his wife Linda Sanchez to find out where he was Nairobi bombing cell member L Houssaine Joe Kerchtou later testified that Mohamed received a call from the United States from a friend of his saying that he had some problem and he should come back The friend was Khalid Dahab the Egyptian who was running Mohamed s Santa Clara cell in his absence Dahab placed the call to El Hage s house after Linda told him that the Feds wanted an audience with her husband Mohamed later confirmed that after receiving a phone call in late 1994 from an FBI agent who wanted to speak to me about the upcoming trial of United States v Abdel Rahman he abruptly canceled the Senegal surveillance and headed back to the States As Jack Cloonan recalls he even expressed anger when the Feds failed to reimburse him for his airfare By that point however McCarthy was so worried about Stavis s subpoena that he actually flew to California with New York FBI agent Harlan Bell to interview Mohamed True to form Ali shined them on A master at spinning lies that seemed odd enough to be credible Ali told them that he was working in Kenya in the scuba diving business He admitted that he d made two prior trips to Pakistan but claimed that the first in 1988 was as an observer and the second in 1991 was in response to a request by the late Mustafa Shalabi to move Osama bin Laden out of Afghanistan It was the second time in two years that Mohamed had revealed his association with the al Qaeda leader Keep in mind that during his treasonous support for the terror network Mohamed was a U S citizen As recently as August 1994 he had been in the U S Army reserve His enlistment oath bound Ali to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic and bear true faith and allegiance to the same so help me God When he was sworn in as an assistant U S attorney McCarthy had taken a similar oath Given the extraordinary case he d built against the Sheikh and his cohorts McCarthy knew full well who Mustafa Shalabi was In fact McCarthy had even named the dead Egyptian as an unindicted co conspirator in the upcoming case along with 171 others from Osama bin Laden to the Murteza brothers the Connecticut gun dealers who dealt with Nosair Even the murdered Abdullah Azzam was on the list along with Mohamed Jamal Khalifa whom Jamie Gorelick was about to help eextradite from U S custody McCarthy and co prosecutors Fitzgerald and Khuzami were about to argue in front of a jury that the Sheikh s cell which Ali had trained was part of a jihad army fighting a war against America in a series of battles The Kahane murder was one battle The Trade Center bombing another and the Day of Terror plot represented just the last outbreak in that war Having read the Nosair files McCarthy knew that Mohamed had commuted up from Fort Bragg to train what his colleague Robert Khuzami would call the soldiers in this army As lead prosecutor on the case McCarthy must have realized that Ali played a key role in that military hierarchy In fact he d even named Ali himself as an unindicted co conspirator And yet now on December 9th in Santa Clara McCarthy sat listening with Special Agent Bell as Ali handed them a story about going off to Africa to run a diving business I didn t disclose everything I knew Mohamed said later in a masterpiece of understatement From what we know on the public record after McCarthy and Bell left that meeting and returned to New York there were no immediate repercussions for Mohamed short of his name turning up on that unindicted co conspirators list But at this point in the story the question is Why Why did McCarthy and Bell fly more than 3 000 miles to speak to the al Qaeda spy Were they after the truth Did they really want to know just how deep his roots ran with al Qaeda and the EIJ Were they hoping to get enough on Ali to convert him from an unindicted co conspirator to a full blown defendant in the Day of Terror Trial Or was the meeting really about damage control NOSAIR S COUSIN ACCUSES McCARTHY The answer may lie in a hand scrawled letter from El Sayyid Nosair s cousin Ibrahim El Gabrowny which he wrote as part of his appeal after being convicted in the Day of Terror plot In it he contends that in October 1999 four years after his conviction he found himself in the Metropolitan Correctional Center MCC the federal jail in lower Manhattan In the cell next to his on the Nine South tier where all terror suspects are housed was Ali Mohamed whom the Feds finally arrested in September 1998 Referring to himself in the third person El Gabrowny described his interactions with Mohamed El Gabrowny and Ali Mohamed engaged in several conversations At one time El Gabrowny asked Ali Mohamed whether or not he ever received the subpoena that Nosair s lawyer sent to him and further if he did received the subpoena why he did not come to testify El Gabrowny then makes a shocking allegation Ali Mohamed added that regarding the subpoena that was sent to him by Nosair s lawyer he actually received it and was prepared to abide with the order and come to testify on Nosair s behalf But Mr Andy McCarthy the AUSA on El Gabrowny and Nosair s case came accompanied with an FBI agent and paid him a visit Ali Mohamed further added during this visit Mr McCarthy told him that he i e Mr McCarthy knew about the subpoena Then Mr McCarthy advised Ali Mohamed to ignore the subpoena s order and not to go to testify on Nosair s behalf and that Mr McCarthy will cover up for him regarding that In his appeal El Gabrowny who by then had become something of a jailhouse lawyer argued that Ali Mohamed s testimony was crucial to refute a major part of the Government s allegation and that would substantially effect the case for Nosair El Gabrowny and the rest of the co defendants Accordingly if Elgabrowny s claim is true this will represent a sever e Brady violation since the Government through it s representative Mr Andy McCarthy acted maliciously to destroy evidence and withhold exculpatory information from the defense that if they were revealed they would substantially effect the jury s mind and change the whole outcome of the trial Here El Gabrowny refers to a federal rule promulgated after the historic 1963 U S Supreme Court case Brady vs Maryland which held that the suppression by prosecutors of evidence favorable to an accused upon request violates due process where the evidence is material either to guilt or punishment irrespective of the good faith or bad faith of the prosecution BIN LADEN S PHANTOM SPY Later at trial when defense attorney Roger Stavis sought to question Norvell De Atkine the Fort Bragg officer who used Ali Mohamed in the training videos Andrew McCarthy objected on grounds of competence arguing to the judge that This witness is being proffered so that they don t have to put Ali Mohamed on the stand to ask him about it himself In short McCarthy was attempting to use Mohamed s absence from the trial to his advantage Later that day after Stavis tried to enter Mohamed s army service record into evidence McCarthy objected He Stavis wants to put in pages of stuff detailed minutia about the guy s career in the army which is not relevant to the case But the army career of Ali Mohamed couldn t have been more relevant to that case He had infiltrated the army as a phantom spy for bin Laden as surely as he had infiltrated the FBI and trained the key cell members of the very jihad army that was currently on trial for waging war against the United States In legal terms El Gabrowny s note amounted to double hearsay But was it nonetheless an accurate account of a conversation he had with Ali Mohamed Clearly the allegation was serious enough to warrant further investigation If a federal prosecutor like McCarthy had actually intervened with Mohamed to keep him from honoring a federal subpoena that might constitute a violation of the Brady rules On June 9 2006 I contacted McCarthy by e mail sending him a copy of El Gabrowny s note and asking him for a comment He never responded When I interviewed Roger Stavis on March 17 2006 he said he d never heard the charge that McCarthy had encouraged Mohamed not to testify But he emphasized that we couldn t find Mohamed and suggested a reason You have to understand the Feds didn t want Afghanistan in the case at all It undermined the entire theory of their prosecution In any case as the Day of Terror trial commenced on January 30 1995 Ali Mohamed ignored Stavis s subpoena and never showed up at court Even if we dismiss El Gabrowny s hearsay allegation that McCarthy told him to stay away McCarthy was certainly aware that Stavis

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  • Able Danger Blog: Able Danger supporters to chair HASC and HPSCI
    is while still in Afghanistan Dr Zelikow called back to the commission headquarters in Washington and requested that staff immediately draft a document requesting draft a document request seeking information from DOD on Able Danger The staff had also heard about Able Danger in another context related to broader military planning involving possible operations against al Qaeda before 9 11 That s in this document My question WELDON Will the gentleman yield on that point REYES I will WELDON Would you include in your unanimous request an inclusion of an interview with Dr Zelikow just on February the 10th where he said and I quote never briefed about Able Danger while in Afghanistan which appears to me to be in direct contradiction to what my friend and gentleman just said REYES Absolutely I ll be glad to WELDON Thank you REYES And the reason I read that was because I wanted to ask Dr Cambone relative to this statement the staff had also heard about Able Danger in another context related to broader military planning involving possible operations against al Qaeda before 9 11 Can you comment on that Or tell us in what context those broader possible operations might have been CAMBONE I can t answer for the 9 11 Commission having heard of Able Danger prior to the conversation that took place in Bagram So I m not sure how they might have heard But I can tell you what engaged in And that is there was a good deal of conversation with staff committee staff commission staff about the department s activities in the period of 99 2000 2001 with respect to counterterrorism activities operations in Afghanistan support to those operations planning that was being done by the Joint Staff things of that nature And we had an ongoing conversation about that I can get for you when we began providing them with the actual documentation on those broader planning efforts And it is possible although I don t know that they may have derived it from that or some other source But we were in a constant communication with them And if I may Mr Reyes the first time I heard about Able Danger was in the context that you re just talking about because the commission came back and asked us as I said in my statement for materials in the department on Able Danger And we went about the business of trying to find what we could on that subject at the time REYES For me at least there are several issues that add to confusion First and foremost the issue of whether Mr Zelikow who was mentioned in one context here as having acknowledged that he met with and also called back and said hey let s bring us up to speed on this program of Able Danger And then in the other context that my good friend from Pennsylvania speaks about where he denies ever having met in Bagram So I think it s vitally important that we sift through all this stuff and find out what is fact and what is fiction Having said that for me at least it isn t too clear if the mention of Able Danger in whatever context you know whichever side might be correct or whichever side might speak to the truth Was Able Danger in context as a operation and as a strategy that had been set up which I think I agree with a number of my colleagues it was cutting edge type stuff I mean it s a good news effort by the U S government to get ahead of the curve now How it broke down or where the disconnect was is for me as important as whether or not we did have the information that is claimed was there So in trying to in helping me understand that Dr Cambone what from you being there what is the downside of fully having people understand that Able Danger was in existence the work that they were doing the information that they provided and the way that it has subsequently either been represented or misrepresented whichever however the truth comes out CAMBONE Yes Mr Reyes there is no downside There is no downside to letting you know what was done in that project known as Able Danger first Second I don t believe it broke down in any way shape or form It actually provided what it was set up to provide And what it was set up to provide was what is called an information operations plan campaign plan which itself was subsequently rolled into a larger campaign plan which again in the parlance of the department used all of the elements of power available to the department information operations maritime operations airborne operations bombing boots on the group all of that was rolled into a much larger campaign effort of which the work that was done in the Able Danger compartment was lifted and inserted in proper ways not in toto but in proper ways into that larger campaign plan It was a success There is no question about its being a success Third the issue of data mining and Able Danger get intertwined with one another And the data mining is a technique meant to support the planning So it s a technique it s a tool And it was designed to demonstrate what could be done in a campaign plan They were not as I understand it Able Danger was not set up to go find targeting actionable intelligence and the like against al Qaeda or any other terrorist organization It was perfectly natural and reasonable however that they focused on what was the number one problem that the country had at the time in the counterterrorism world which was al Qaeda So if you re going to do a campaign plan against for counterterrorism you re going to do it first and foremost with respect to al

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  • Able Danger Blog: EXCLUSIVE: Able Danger witness statement
    VA from 1994 1996 2 On November 30 2005 I took a flight from Reagan National Airport to Los Cabos Mexico via Houston TX Seated next to me on the flight out of Houston were a man and woman who as it turned out lived in Annandale VA not far from my home 3 Even more coincidentally the man who personally identified himself to me as Butch Willard worked at the Pentagon and told me he was staffing the ABLE DANGER issue for OSD I told him I was closely following this hot topic by virtue of the fact that Tony Shaffer had been an AFSAC Intel colleague of mine back in the mid to late 1980 s as had been Dr Eileen Preisser 4 Our initial conversation lasted about fifteen minutes and consisted of Intel small talk I did not engage in any discussion of ABLE DANGER or Shaffer because I had initially erroneously as it turns out understood Mr Willard to say he was connected to the OSD IG Intel office handling Shaffer s clearance investigation Therefore I presumed it would be improper for him to talk about it 5 During most of the flight I was either reading or talking to Mr Willard s girlfriend who was sitting in the middle seat 6 However as the plane approached Los Cabos and passengers were preparing for the landing I turned and asked Mr Willard whether Dr Preisser had red hair I explained the reason I was asking was to finally confirm to myself that the Dr Preisser analyst I was reading about in the blogosphere was indeed the same Air Force lieutenant Eileen Preisser collector who worked in my unit back in the eighties 7 He rolled his eyes laughed and said yes she still has red hair He added that he had taken Dr Preisser to the Hill to testify relating incredulously that she had actually asked him whether she must answer all the questions posed to her and he told her yes Although I do not remember the precise adjective he used Mr Willard volunteered his opinion of Dr Preisser which was that she was a bit quirky or different 8 Surprisingly he then asked me what I thought of Tony and I replied Do you mean back when I knew him or now with this clearance stuff He responded Both I said that all I knew about the clearance was what I was hearing in the news and reading online but it looked to me like retribution for his interview with the 9 11 Commission staff while serving in Afghanistan Willard smiled and said this was not what happened but is the story Tony wants the public to believe He very clearly remarked that Tony figured he could run crying to his buddy Congressman Weldon to get Weldon to help him get his clearance back insinuating this was the reason Weldon went public with ABLE DANGER He also told me that the DIA IG had

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  • Able Danger Blog: Maybe the I is for Incompetence?
    is sensitive to criticism of it I asked him twice to specify what he considered false but he did not respond In the absence of specifics Mr Kennedy s word should not be taken as gospel In an interview with CNN on June 3 2002 Mr Kennedy said Even in the Moussaoui case there s a lot of uproar over the fact that there was a failure to obtain a warrant to search his computer The computer was searched and guess what There was nothing significant on there pertaining to 9 11 Three days later the Washington Post reported Amid the latest revelations about FBI and CIA lapses prior to the Sept 11 attacks congressional investigators say it is now clear that the evidence that lay unexamined in Zacarias Moussaoui s possession was even more valuable than previously believed A notebook and correspondence of Moussaoui s not only appears to link him to the main hijacking cell in Hamburg Germany but also to an al Qaeda associate in Malaysia whose activities were monitored by the CIA more than a year before the terror attacks on New York and Washington In three books A Thousand Years for Revenge Cover Up and Triple Cross Mr Lance detailed FBI bumbling in the war on terror and the tendency of the FBI to promote the bumblers Bill Gertz national security writer for the Washington Times has written an equally disturbing book Enemies about how foreign spies have been eating the FBI s lunch Enemies focuses chiefly on the case of Katrina Leung who was permitted to pass along critical national secrets for years after she d confessed to being a spy because the two FBI agents who were supposed to be monitoring her were sleeping with her Neither of those agents was punished posted

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