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  • Able Danger Blog: Two interesting stories
    credit bureau assigns a rating based on a consumer s spending behavior and debt The program focuses on foreign suspects but also includes data about some U S residents A prototype is expected to be tested this year Justice Department officials said the system offers analysts a powerful new tool for finding possible terrorists They said it is an effort to automate what analysts have been doing manually STAR does not label anyone a terrorist the report said Only individuals considered emergent foreign threats as opposed to other criminal activity such as U S bank robbery threats will be analyzed Some lawmakers said however that the report raises new questions about the government s power to use personal information and intelligence without accountability The Bush administration has expanded the use of this technology often in secret to collect and sift through Americans most sensitive personal information said Sen Patrick J Leahy D Vt chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee which received a copy of the report on data mining initiatives The use of data mining in the war on terror has sparked criticism An airplane passenger screening program called CAPPS II was revamped and renamed because of civil liberty concerns An effort to collect Americans personal and financial data called Total Information Awareness was killed Law enforcement and national security officials have continued working on other programs to use computers to sift through information for signs of threats The Department of Homeland Security for example flags travelers entering and leaving the United States who may be potential suspects through a risk assessment program called the Automated Targeting System STAR is being developed by the FBI s Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force which tracks suspected terrorists inside the country or as they enter Both the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI s STAR programs create their ratings based on certain rules In the case of STAR a person s score would increase if his or her name matches one on a terrorist watch list for example A country of origin could also be weighted in a person s score After STAR has received the names of persons of interest it runs them through an FBI data mart that includes classified and unclassified information from the government airlines and commercial data brokers such as ChoicePoint Then it runs them through the terrorist screening center database which contains hundreds of thousands of names as well as through a database containing information on non citizens who enter the country It also runs the names against information provided by data broker Accurint which tracks addresses phone numbers and driver s licenses The report said access to STAR would be limited to trained users and that data would be obtained lawfully Results would be kept within the FBI s terrorist task force the report said Privacy expert David Sobel senior counsel for the nonprofit advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation said the government s system depends on potentially unreliable data If we can t assess the

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  • Able Danger Blog: Internet the Breeding Ground for Global Terrorism
    online chat forums about terrorism One message posted in 2005 reads We are 45 doctors and we are determined to undertake jihad and take the battle inside America The possible targets mentioned in those Internet posts include a naval base in Florida an unspecified army base in Virginia and the Guantanamo Bay detention center FBI officials tell ABC News those threats are most likely terrorist bravado but they are still being cautious Any threat should be taken seriously and chatter sometimes results in attacks said FBI agent Glen Jenvey Web sites also serve to encourage terrorist recruits It s the growth place for terrorist recruitment and particularly among the 15 to 25 year old said Sally Leivesley a terrorism adviser to the British government and sometimes they re recruited either as fighters suicide bombers or even to do reconnaissance on our cities posted by Supporter 2 31 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Business people in the news
    for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Firefighters Act of 2003 in the Defense Authorization bill which Congress approved As some readers might recall he was also a volunteer fire chief before serving as the mayor of Marcus Hook PA and winning his first election to Congress in 1986 posted by Supporter 8 48 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Attorney Ilann Maazel has been busy
    1 31 PM View our Able Danger timeline Read Tony Shaffer s testimony Listen to audio of the hearing Browse the hearing transcript Demand more news coverage Support a new investigation Add a banner to your site Disclaimer WWW Able Danger Blog About Us Vi is QT Monster Mike is TopDog08 Voxott is Voice of the Taciturn Email Us Contact at AbleDangerBlog Com Links Able Danger Overview Able Danger Twenty Questions Latest Able Danger Video Clips Able Danger Press Conference Able Danger Hearing Testimony Whistleblower Hearing Video Able Danger Timeline Able Danger on Google News Able Danger on Technorati Able Danger on Google Blogs Able Danger at Wikipedia Able Danger on CNN Congressman Curt Weldon Journalist Peter Lance Radiohost Dirk Thompson Intelligence Summit News Able Danger Video Links Able Danger Bloggers Related Books Related Blogs Armies of Liberation Gary Swenchonis Sr Haft of the Spear Tom Maguire Mac Ranger Left Coaster Mudville Gazette Daily Pundit Myopic Zeal Political Teen Michelle Malkin INTEL DUMP Brad Blog Doctor Sanity Junk Yark Blog Free Republic Daily Kos Politically Uncorrect Previous Posts EXCLUSIVE An interview with Dr Bruce Tefft What exactly is Bruce being sued over What s Philip Zelikow been up to lately

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  • Able Danger Blog: EXCLUSIVE: An interview with Dr. Bruce Tefft
    Kansi outside of CIA Hqs one might have thought that either event would have focussed American attention to the Islamic War against the US BRUCE Then in 1995 the Philippines captured Ramzi Yousef s roommate Abdul Hakim Murad and learned of Operation Bojinka a plan to bomb 11 US airliners simultaneously over the Pacific assassinate Pope John Paul II and to hijack an airliner and crash it into CIA Hqs BRUCE In 1998 bin Laden issued his famous declaration of war calling on Muslims to kill all Americans everywhere It should be noted in the context of bin Laden s terrorism that no Islamic authority has ever declared bin Laden al Qaeda or any of his actions un Islamic which would have required him being declared an apostate and subject to a fatwa death sentence odd considering how quickly death sentence fatwas were issued on Salmon Rushdie and the Danish cartoonists for the flimsiest of excuses BRUCE So there were plenty of indications prior to 9 11 MIKE Were you personally aware of any Al Qaeda operatives present inside the US before 9 11 BRUCE I was aware that al Qaeda was essentially a Muslim Brotherhood creation as were the PLO and HAMAS and that in 1995 al Qaeda formed an official alliance with Iran and thus Hizballah I was aware of the PLO HAMAS and Hizballah criminal and fund raising activities particularly Hizballah cigarette smuggling from North Carolina and HAMAS coupon clipping scams in Chicago Thus I would have made a well founded assumption that al Qaeda was present in the US but prior to any arrests I was not personally aware of the identities of any individual al Qaeda operatives in the U S BRUCE It should be noted that 80 of all of the mosques and Islamic centers in the US and all of the Muslim Student Associations are funded by Wahabbi Saudis bin Laden is a Wahabbi Saudi It would also be a reasonable assumption that these are al Qaeda or al Qaeda sympathizers too MIKE In early 2002 not long after 9 11 you began commuting to New York In basic terms describe the work you did for Orion to assist the NYPD BRUCE Orion volunteered to pay for my salary commute and hotel expenses as a patriotic gesture to assist the City of New York and the NYPD following 9 11 BRUCE I shared my intelligence and counter terrorism expertise with members of the NYPD s Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Divisions in an effort to prevent another 9 11 type terrorist attack BRUCE As an intelligence officer my job had always been to be proactive to identify threats and events in advance Typically police and law enforcement concentrates on reaction to an incident or a crime My job was to convey such aspects of proaction as were possible and legal domestically to the NYPD and some of the 16 000 other law enforcement and first responders that I have trained in the US and abroad since 9 11 MIKE At what point did you stop making the trip to Manhattan BRUCE My last commute to Manhatten was prior to Christmas 2003 This was due to the acquisition of Orion by SRA a company which did not share Orion s view as to the value of my work in NYC MIKE Was NYPD the only Orion customer you were supporting all this time BRUCE The NYPD was my primary responsibility but I did other work as well MIKE Let s talk about the email list at issue I m a computer guy so I m curious what email software did you use for the list BRUCE I m NOT a computer guy I used the basic Microsoft office suite for my emails Outlook MIKE This might follow from the last answer but how would people subscribe and how could they unsubscribe BRUCE As I gave speeches presentations and training to all first responders and law enforcement officials I would in my closing remarks describe my international network of contacts chatrooms other email lists and my own research I would receive some 1 000 terrorist political or military related emails a day more now and disseminate perhaps 5 of them to interested parties on my own email list I offered to place any law enforcement or other interested party on my list MIKE How was the list in question actually managed Do you keep the list of email addresses in an address book or file on your computer Do people email you and ask to be added to the list and then you manually add them or delete them if they request to be deleted BRUCE Yes the list was kept in my address book on my computer For anyone to be put on the list they would have to either email me or write down their email address and hand it to me and I would manually add to the list Most if not all deletions were email requests I received no request from the Muslim suing me to be removed from the mailing list I might also add I don t know although I might hazard a guess the identity of the Muslim suing me he has requested court protection of his identity hence the law suit is John Doe vs City of New York and Bruce Tefft I have not been informed the identity of John Doe MIKE When was the list started and approximately how many members did it reach at it s peak BRUCE I started the list in connection with my on line research in 1996 after leaving the CIA The list is still growing and I m told that through various repostings etc that I reach approximately 15 000 readers daily MIKE Is the content of the list in question similar to that of the OSINT yahoo group you post to now BRUCE Almost identical I ve actually broken the list down into several now one exclusively for law

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  • Able Danger Blog: What exactly is Bruce being sued over?
    when Bruce Tefft appeared on the scene as a counterterrorism and intelligence advisor to the NYPD Tefft sent the e mails that prompted John Doe to file his lawsuit But the lawsuit has been filed against the city of New York The reason is that John Doe says he complained in person to four of his superiors reading them the e mails before complaining in writing He always kept to the official complaint procedure developed for cases such as his There was no reaction The city of New York takes a different view Wednesday s edition of the New York Times cites an e mail from Paul J Browne the NYPD s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information As soon as the Police Department became aware of a complaint about the content of e mail sent by an individual not employed by the Police Department we took immediate action to block his e mails followed by a cease and desist letter to the individual and his employer a consulting firm the e mail states Browne also told the New York Times that the NYPD s contact with Orion Tefft s employer ended sometime in 2003 but that Tefft was somehow able to continue sending e mails to NYPD officers Maazel believes the NYPD waited too long before taking action Another odd detail from the article What is so bad about this If he worked in the Cyber Unit isn t this exactly the kind of an article he would be interested in The Cyber Unit monitors jihadist Web sites and writes risk analyses based on the online exchanges between terrorism supporters One day the officer found an email printout on his desk with the subject line Al Qaida Recruits Through the Internet But the e mails the police officer received were

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  • Able Danger Blog: What's Philip Zelikow been up to lately?
    did not disclose his relationship with Barbour Griffith Rogers But he looks like such an honest respectable guy CNN fills in the details A senior Bush administration official told CNN the White House is aware of the lobbying campaign by Barbour Griffith Rogers because the firm is blasting e mails all over town criticizing al Maliki and promoting the firm s client former interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi as an alternative to the current Iraqi leader But the administration official insisted that White House officials are not privately involved or blessing the lobbying campaign to undermine al Maliki TIME com Few good alternatives to al Maliki There s just no connection whatsoever the official said There s absolutely no involvement The lobbying firm boasts the services of two onetime foreign policy hands of President Bush Ambassador Robert Blackwill the former Deputy National Security Adviser and Philip Zelikow former counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice posted by Supporter 4 43 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Here is who Bruce is up against
    counsel or co counsel to a putative class of millions of Americans subjected to illegal surveillance by the federal government to a class of hundreds of disabled preschool children in a suit against the New York City and State Departments of Education and to a class of thousands of inmates in New York City prisons in a suit against the New York City Department of Corrections Mr Maazel is a recipient of the Legal Aid Society s 2004 and 2005 Pro Bono Publico Awards a 2001 02 recipient of a Coro Fellowship Leadership New York and received an Echoing Green Public Service Fellowship awarded to outstanding individuals who are committed to public service work Mr Maazel previously worked at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton Garrison and at the Federal Defenders in the Eastern District of New York He regularly writes and lectures on civil rights First Amendment education and election law issues and is a frequent commentator on civil rights issues in the national media Mr Maazel also writes a regular Civil Rights Litigation column for the New York Law Journal Cached from NYCPR org Sean Bell is the tip of the iceberg said Ilann Maazel a partner at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady posted by Supporter 11 36 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

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