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  • Able Danger Blog: Another Side of Pat Fitzgerald
    two bin Laden offices of origin in New York the SDNY and the FBI s NYO dedicated an existing unit Squad I 49 to building a case against the Saudi billionaire Coleman became a key component along with Special Agent Jack Cloonan Patrick Fitzgerald the AUSA who was the second seat to Andrew McCarthy in the Day of Terror trial had since become chief of the Organized Crime Terrorism Unit in the SDNY He was effectively tasked to direct the squad as lead prosecutor It would be a career making position for Fitzgerald the Harvard educated son of Irish immigrants In years to come he would emerge as the DOJ s leading bin Laden authority described in a February 2006 Vanity Fair profile as a man with scary smart intelligence an uncanny memory and a mainframe computer brain As lead prosecutor in United States v bin Laden the African Embassy bombing case in 2001 Fitzgerald would be rewarded for his conviction of the Saudi billionaire in absentia with an appointment as U S attorney for the Northern District of Illinois becoming the top Fed in Chicago a city infamous for political corruption With a staff of 161 AUSAs Fitzgerald whose close friends called him Fitzie would oversee Operation Safe Road a public corruption case that would result in the conviction of seventy three defendants including thirty public employees and officials If that wasn t enough to keep him busy by December 2003 Fitzgerald would be tapped by George W Bush s Justice Department as special prosecutor in the Valerie Plame CIA leak investigation It would be his job in essence to determine whether presidential aide Karl Rove one of the most powerful men in Washington had leaked the name of former CIA covert operative Valerie Plame in an effort to

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  • Able Danger Blog: My rebuttal to the SSCI review
    to show link analysis of known al Qa ida members The former president of the defense contractor and the former employee who produced the charts with the photographs of al Qa ida associates were emphatic that no charts produced by the defense contractor included the name or photograph of Mohammed Atta or any of the other 9 11 hijackers prior to the 9 11 attacks The only problem is the DOD IG identified not one but two former Orion employees who produced charts of Al Qaeda associates with photos Jay L Boesen and James D Smith While Boesen denies producing such a chart Smith not only claims to have produced it but actually kept a copy on his wall and looked at it every day for two years Mr XXXXXX testified that from October 2002 until August 2004 he prominently displayed the chart containing Mohammed Atta s picture while he was employed by Beta Analytics in Maryland He testified that he placed the chart on the wall directly across from his desk and stated I stared at that everyday Mr XXXXXX testified that he worked with four other people in the office area but of those four coworkers Some of them recall the chart but don t specifically recall Atta Mr XXXXXX added that on 30 to 40 different occasions when people came to his office and asked about the chart he would go right to the picture of Mohammed Atta and say there there is that asshole right there Furthermore discussing Dr Preisser on page four the SSCI states Likewise when interviewed by Committee staff she said that at the time of the Hadley meeting she did not have any pre 9 11 Able Danger charts in her possession Compare this to the DOD IG report She recalled that one chart was produced by Orion and allegedly contained a photograph of Mohammed Atta However she denied that this was the chart at Figure 1 The other chart was a parentage or dot chart that was produced by LIWA Dr XXXXXX described the parentage chart as not having any photographs but rather containing names of entities such as people or companies designated by small circles or dots on the chart similar to the propeller chart at Figure 3 Both charts were provided to CAPT XXXXXX in order to demonstrate link analysis Dr XXXXXX testified that any link analysis chart with photographs was produced by Orion because LIWA did not have that capability to produce such charts The SSCI makes it sound like she has no recollection of any Atta charts despite the fact they know full well this is not the case Last but not least the SSCI claims Committee staff found no evidence to support the Lieutenant Colonel s claims Furthermore Committee staff found no evidence that the Able Danger program produced any actionable intelligence or any information which would have warranted sharing with the FBI You know it s interesting how both the DODIG and SSCI go to

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  • Able Danger Blog: News update from Peter Lance
    second in COVER UP Both stories were advanced in TRIPLE CROSS and this report sheds new light on my earlier findings READ ON I might also add the release of the Sandy Berger document theft report to that list posted by Supporter 4 23 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Judiciary Committee Hearing on Data Mining
    Judiciary Committee Full Committee DATE January 10 2007 TIME 09 30 AM ROOM Dirksen 226 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 Posts Rebuttal to DODIG and

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  • Able Danger Blog: Rebuttal to DODIG and SSCI on Able Danger
    to recover all U S personnel held prisoners of war or missing in action during and after the Vietnam War During the first Persian Gulf War did thousands of U S soldiers suffer effects injurious to their health from exposure to low levels of chemical agents released by U S bombing of Iraqi chemical weapon depots Unfortunately the Department of Defense has not always acquitted itself honorably and well in answering questions such as these Consequently controversy surrounding many of these issues has continued for years even decades Congress showed due diligence in the exercise of its oversight powers by tasking the DoD Office of the Inspector General to investigate the Able Danger affair The Able Danger affair is a major national controversy where the reputations of senior DoD officials and of presidents and their administrations are at stake over responsibility for the failure to prevent the 9 11 hijackings and attacks on New York and Washington Therefore it was incumbent on the DoD Inspector General to conduct an investigation and produce a report that is factually and analytically unimpeachable Congressional responsibility does not end with receipt of the Inspector General report The Congress would be remiss in its constitutional duty if it simply rubberstamped the Inspector General report The U S Congress owes to the American people a healthy skepticism toward the DoD Inspector General report on Able Danger Even a casual reading of the Inspector General report on the Able Danger affair raises serious questions if not impugns the report s factual and analytical integrity What s Wrong With The DoD Inspector General Report Summarizing the problems with the Inspector General report on the Able Danger affair 1 The report falsely alleges that there is no evidence that the Able Danger program discovered Mohammed Atta and other 9 11 terrorists prior to the September 11 attacks 2 The report falsely claims to prove that the Able Danger project never produced a chart identifying Mohammed Atta the 9 11 ringleader 3 The report falsely claims the Able Danger witnesses are not credible and is so clearly hostile and biased against those witnesses that it concocts false evidence in an effort to discredit them Generally as is evident in the examination that follows of the three specific analytical failures described above the DoD Inspector General did not exercise due diligence in collecting and reporting facts and interviewing witnesses and neglected or deliberately ignored exculpatory evidence The report falsely alleges that there is no evidence that the Able Danger program discovered Mohammed Atta and other 9 11 terrorists prior to the September 11 attacks The DoD Inspector General concludes The evidence did not support assertions that Able Danger identified the September 11 2001 terrorists nearly a year before the attack More specifically what the Inspector General means by this is significantly clarified in the body of their report p 3 Our review of Able Danger team records found no evidence that Able Danger team members had identified Mohammed Atta or any of the other terrorists who participated in the 9 11 attack Italics added Yet finding evidence in the Able Danger team records of the discovery of Mohammed Atta or other terrorists who participated in 9 11 should no longer be possible as according to testimony by the Able Danger team members to the Congress those records were destroyed The Inspector General report confirms that the Able Danger records were in fact destroyed p 3 We found that large quantities of data that had been collected at two locations as part of the Able Danger data mining mission were destroyed One intelligence analyst told us that he destroyed approximately 2 5 terabytes of Able Danger data that had been collected at the Land Information Warfare Activity LIWA Fort Belvoir VA The Inspector General report does not explain how they could have conducted a review of now non existent Able Danger records The Inspector General report mentions the destruction of Able Danger records in order to assert that destroying the Able Danger data was legal and followed established procedure and violated no regulation an issue that was never in dispute The Inspector General s assertion that they reviewed Able Danger records is glaringly contradicted by and cannot be reconciled with the fact that those records were destroyed The Inspector General report makes no mention of the existence of pre 9 11 data on Mohammed Atta and other terrorists who participated in the September 11 2001 attacks located in other U S government databases that would certainly have been collected by the Able Danger data mining operation Investigation by the U S Congress found for example that Mohammed Atta and other 9 11 terrorists appear hundreds of times in various U S government databases prior to the attacks of September 11 2001 Indeed Mohammed Atta the ringleader of the 9 11 terrorists left a conspicuous paper trail in connection with the September 11 conspiracy that certainly would have been detected by Able Danger Atta associated with prominent known terrorists such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Osama Bin Laden s right hand man in planning the 9 11 plot Mohammed Atta traveled back and forth to the United States Germany and Spain on a passport He had a large bank account in the United States and conducted large cash transfers in order to finance the 9 11 operation While in the U S Atta enrolled in flight training school to learn how to fly large commercial airliners While in the U S Atta received a traffic ticket for driving without a license Atta applied for a driver s license under his own name Further former Attorney General John Ashcroft in a recently published book Never Again Securing America and Restoring Justice reveals that the Clinton Administration National Security Council had intelligence on an al Qaeda presence in the United States in the year 2000 just as alleged by the Able Danger witnesses According to Ashcroft the highly classified NSC Millennium After Action Review warned of a substantial al Qaeda network and affiliated terrorist presence within the United States and it was critical of the nation s security measures taken prior to 2000 Ashcroft notes that it is this classified NSC memo that former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger attempted to steal from the National Archives and destroy prior to President Clinton s testimony before the 9 11 Commission It is inconceivable that the Able Danger data mining operation would have failed to collect some or all of the copious data on Mohammed Atta and other 9 11 terrorists in U S government and other public records prior to the attacks of September 11 2001 Yet the Inspector General report ignores this data and its significance to Able Danger When the Inspector General briefed Congressman Weldon on their report Weldon criticized the Inspector General for excluding from their report any mention of the pre 9 11 data on Mohammed Atta and other 9 11 terrorists existing in other government databases The Inspector General acknowledged the existence of this data but argued that it was irrelevant to their tasking that focused narrowly on the Able Danger database Therefore the Inspector General report s assertion that they conducted a review of the Able Danger records and found no evidence of Mohammed Atta or other 9 11 terrorists is highly misleading on two counts First a review of Able Danger records is impossible since the Able Danger records were destroyed Second the Inspector General defined their tasking so narrowly as to exclude pre 9 11 data on Atta and other terrorists existing in other government databases that certainly would have been collected by Able Danger Sources within the U S Intelligence Community have told the U S Congress that some Able Danger records still survive proving that the program detected Mohammed Atta and several of his fellow terrorists prior to 9 11 These sources have not yet provided evidence to prove their allegations claiming they cannot do so without sacrificing their anonymity that they insist on preserving because they allegedly do not trust the Inspector General and fear retaliation from DoD Perhaps significantly buried in the middle of the Inspector General report is what some might describe as a Get Out Of Jail Free card for the Inspector General just in case surviving Able Danger records identifying Mohammed Atta are discovered The Inspector General report concedes that Able Danger may well have detected Mohammed Atta and other 9 11 terrorists prior to September 11 2001 but argues such an intelligence coup would be insignificant According to the Inspector General report p 34 Although it is conceivable that the name Mohammed Atta or a photograph of Mohammed Atta may have appeared along with thousands of other bits of information examined by the Able Danger team neither Mohammed Atta nor any other 9 11 terrorist was identified in a manner that would have linked them to al Qaeda or justified more focused information gathering The concession by the Inspector General that Able Danger might have detected Mohammed Atta and other 9 11 terrorists before September 11 2001 is immensely important is in fact at the heart of the entire controversy over Able Danger Yet the Inspector General fails to include this finding in its summary or among its key judgments Nor does the Inspector General allow the acknowledged possibility that Able Danger might have detected Mohammed Atta to soften or make more circumspect its assertions about the supposed insignificance of the Able Danger program or the implied dishonesty of the Able Danger team The Inspector General s attempts to dismiss the significance of Able Danger s detection of Mohammed Atta and other 9 11 terrorists are unpersuasive Since the purpose of Able Danger was to discover al Qaeda terrorists the detection of Mohammed Atta and other 9 11 terrorists by Able Danger would contrary to the Inspector General have constituted the establishment of a possible link with al Qaeda The 9 11 Commission concluded that the discovery by the FBI of the least important of the 9 11 terrorists Zacarias Moussaoui about one month before 9 11 constituted the best opportunity to stop the airliner hijackings and attacks on New York and Washington of September 11 2001 Surely the discovery by Able Danger of the 9 11 ringleader Mohammed Atta about one year before 9 11 would have been an even better opportunity to prevent the September 11 catastrophe That the Able Danger team appreciated the significance of their discovery is proven by their thwarted efforts to inform the FBI and by their willingness to risk their reputations by testifying to Congress after 9 11 But of course the Inspector General claims that none of the senior members of the Able Danger team who have come forward are trustworthy On the issue of whether Able Danger detected Mohammed Atta and other 9 11 terrorists before September 11 2001 the single most important fact bearing on this question is conceded by the Inspector General but not included in their report Pre 9 11 data on Mohammed Atta and other 9 11 terrorists exists in other U S government databases Through incompetence or dishonesty the Inspector General report fails to acknowledge this fact or to deduce the obvious conclusion The existence of pre 9 11 data on Mohammed Atta and other 9 11 terrorists in U S government databases proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the Able Danger data mining operation must have collected at least this data on Atta and other 9 11 terrorists Thus the best evidence supports the single most important and most controversial claim of the Able Danger witnesses who testified to Congress As the Able Danger witnesses are proven credible on this crucial point their general trustworthiness is also proven and their entire testimony though there may be the usual inevitable errors of detail should be deemed generally credible and true The DoD Inspector General report falsely claims to prove that the Able Danger program never produced a chart identifying Mohammed Atta the 9 11 ringleader The cornerstone of the Inspector General s case that Able Danger never detected Mohammed Atta is a single chart that according to the Inspector General is the source of a false collective memory among the Able Danger team that they detected Mohammed Atta However although several of the Able Danger team recollected a chart showing Mohammed Atta as an illustration of their program s achievement against al Qaeda all recognized that the chart was relatively unimportant was merely a symbol of the Able Danger program s real achievement against al Qaeda the data mining effort the records of which were all destroyed For example Mr Erik Kleinsmith a senior member of the Able Danger team who led the data mining project noted pointedly in his February 15 2006 testimony to Congress that the chart and its picture of Mohammed Atta was unimportant compared with Able Danger s collection of copious data showing an al Qaeda presence in the United States Kleinsmith One of the questions was whether or not I recognized or remembered seeing Mohammed Atta And I reiterate that I do not remember seeing his name or face on a specific chart But the more important point is that we were tracking hundreds of names and we were creating dozens of charts for SOCOM And while most of these charts contained information and intelligence that needed further analytical vetting we were still able to identify a significant worldwide footprint with a surprisingly large presence within the United States Kleinsmith in earlier testimony to Congress on September 21 2005 made the same point that a specific chart was unimportant compared to the real achievement of Able Danger the highly successful data mining effort against al Qaeda We were able to collect an immense amount of data for analysis that allowed us to map al Qaeda as a worldwide threat with a surprisingly significant presence within the United States Significantly Kleinsmith also testified that the Able Danger program produced its own charts that were subsequently destroyed and that these charts were more sophisticated than charts only one or two provided by a contractor Orion Scientific We also had printouts of charts that we had produced the charts that we had produced as well as one chart or two that Orion Scientific had provided to us but we had already gone beyond their analysis So both soft copy and hard copy was deleted or destroyed Nonetheless despite the fact that the Able Danger program was about data mining against al Qaeda not about producing charts the Inspector General report focuses its analysis of Able Danger almost exclusively on proving that Able Danger never produced a chart showing Mohammed Atta According to the Inspector General report p 3 The preponderance of witness testimony indicated that recollections concerning the identification of 9 11 terrorists were linked to a single chart depicting al Qaeda cells responsible for pre 9 11 terrorist attacks which was obtained but not produced by the Able Danger team The chart Figure 1 of this report was produced by Orion Scientific Corporation Orion in May 1999 and contained the names and or photographs of 53 terrorists who had been identified and in many cases incarcerated before 9 11 including a Brooklyn cell but it did not identify Mohammed Atta or any of the other terrorists who participated in the 9 11 attack Yet as noted in Kleinsmith s testimony above the head of the Able Danger data mining effort stated specifically that the Able Danger team produced its own charts that were more sophisticated than the one chart or two provided by Orion and that the Able Danger charts both soft copy and hard copy were destroyed Kleinsmith should know the fate of the Able Danger charts better than anyone since he in reluctant obedience to orders from DoD lawyers personally destroyed the Able Danger database Why does the Inspector General believe that the Orion chart is the Mohammed Atta chart even though the chart does not show Atta and even though the Able Danger team denies that this is the correct chart The Inspector General relies on the memories of the Able Danger witnesses about details of the chart to conclude that the Orion chart is the correct chart According to the DoD Inspector General report The evidence indicated that the chart recalled by these key witnesses is the chart by Orion at Figure 1 of this report Dr Preisser s denials notwithstanding It bears the title mentioned by CAPT Phillpott in a contemporaneous memorandum and contains information described in various ways by LTC Shaffer and Dr Preisser As to the existence of a chart produced by Able Danger showing Mohammed Atta the Inspector General asserts that the collective memories of the Able Danger witnesses were in error The reasoning employed by the Inspector General to conclude that the Orion chart is the correct chart and the object of a collective false memory of Mohammed Atta by the Able Danger witnesses is clearly erroneous The Inspector General relies on the memories of the Able Danger witnesses concerning trivial details to single out the Orion chart but rejects their memories as in error and unreliable on the central matter of the existence of a chart produced by Able Danger showing Mohammed Atta Logically the Inspector General cannot have it both ways cannot deem the Able Danger witnesses reliable for purposes of identifying the correct chart but unreliable when they disagree with the Inspector General Moreover the Inspector General s analytical basis for singling out the Orion chart is highly dubious The details provided by the Able Danger team such as the chart title the arrangement of photographs colors and etc were common to charts produced by the Able Danger team too After all the Able Danger and Orion charts were both serving the same purpose attempting to illustrate visually the achievements of the Able Danger data mining operation It is commonplace in Intelligence

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  • Able Danger Blog: Curt Weldon for National Intelligence Director
    as President Bush develops a new strategy on Iraq The president has ordered reviews from his own agencies and the bipartisan Iraq Study Group which recommended a series of changes to reverse the slide toward chaos Negroponte has held a series of tough posts in the Bush administration and has been at the center of the Iraq debate since before the U S led invasion in March 2003 He served as U S ambassador to the U N from 2001 to 2004 and ambassador to Baghdad until March 2005 before becoming intelligence chief He also was ambassador to Mexico from 1989 93 Democrats taking control of Congress on Thursday have promised greater oversight of government agencies The Senate Intelligence Committee for instance is planning hearings this month on the intelligence overhaul that Negroponte helped put in place A top candidate for the intelligence chief opening is retired Adm Mike McConnell the director of the National Security Agency from 1992 to 1996 McConnell is now a senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton a government contractor and consulting firm posted by Supporter 12 21 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Peter Lance on Book TV this Sunday
    Triple Cross the author looks at the infiltration of the CIA and FBI by Al Qaeda agent Ali Mohamed Mr Lance argues that by posiing as an FBI informant Ali Mohamed was able to lead a double life for nearly two decades All efforts to stop him including efforts by prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald failed Author Bio Peter Lance is an Emmy Award winning investigative reporter and the author of 1000 Years for Revenge Cover Up and the novel First Degree Burn He is a former correspondent for ABC News and has covered hundreds of stories worldwide for 20 20 Nightline and World News Tonight For more information visit peterlance com They usually re air these things over time but if you aren t awake that early you could also set your DVR posted by Supporter 10 14 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 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: Personal request from Mark Zaid
    cases and other clear examples of criminal conduct in Iraq has also contributed to the negative inaccurate public image of our client and his fellow Marines I have reviewed thousands of pages of evidence that few have seen The deaths of these Iraqi civilians was a terrible tragedy but it was not a massacre as some in the media have portrayed And I personally do not believe based on what I know that SSgt Wuterich committed a crime that day War is a terrible thing Innocent lives are lost This was not the first time nor will it be the last Whenever women children and the elderly are killed it is natural to want to blame someone After all how can it be possible that children are killed and no one is punished But if the rules of engagement and the laws of war especially under the circumstances such as existed in Haditha that day are to mean anything then SSgt Wuterich is innocent of all charges We are set to prove this and defend the law The Article 32 hearing which is the initial step within the military system is scheduled to begin June 4 2007 There will be a great deal of press no doubt good and bad that will appear in the coming months This case is important enough to me that I am devoting a significant amount of my time to it There is in fact far more at stake than just the eight Marines who have been charged with crimes arising from actions taken that day What it means to be a U S Marine is being challenged Indeed the system and some may even say the War is on trial I wanted to make you aware of a website that has been set up

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