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  • Able Danger Blog: Investigating possible FBI election interference
    made the disclosure or is investigating the matter the FBI said that an internal review of this matter is being conducted at the request of Director Mueller Mr Weldon declined to comment on the probe but a person familiar with the former congressman s thinking said he believes the Justice Department and FBI deliberately sought to sabotage his re election bid by disclosing the probe in the press within days of the election Mr Weldon suspects that careerists and Democratic Party sympathizers in the Justice Department worked covertly with former Clinton administration officials to defeat him and to elect Mr Sestak according to the person Mr Weldon had played a key role in several high profile investigations of the Clinton administration including its role in a 1996 illegal transfer of missile technology to China the 1990s loss of nuclear secrets to China and the investigation of Clinton National Security Adviser Samuel R Berger who in April 2005 pleaded guilty to illegally removing classified documents from the National Archives related to counterterrorism efforts A Justice Department spokesman said the internal probe is being handled by the U S attorney for Delaware Colm F Connolly Mr Connolly had no immediate comment An FBI spokesman declined to discuss the status of the probe and referred questions to the Justice Department Interestingly enough he s just been offered a promotion Connolly on track for federal judgeship Posted Saturday August 11 2007 Two of four candidates nominated to fill the vacant U S District Court judgeship in Wilmington told The News Journal Friday they believe U S Attorney Colm F Connolly is on track to become the next federal judge from Delaware The White House has started a background investigation on one of the four attorneys nominated to fill the vacant judgeship an aide for Rep Mike Castle R Del said Friday The congressman s office was contacted by the White House yesterday letting him know that a background investigation was going to begin on one of the nominees said Jeff Dayton Castle s district director They did not say which nominee Neither the White House nor Delaware s congressional delegation would comment on whose background was being investigated but nominees Andrea L Rocanelli and Richard A Forsten said they had been informed by the White House that background investigations were not being conducted on them It was an honor to have my name submitted by Congressman Castle said Forsten who is legal counsel to the Delaware Republican Party and an attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney He added that based on reports he has heard Connolly is the person who will be nominated by President Bush The background investigation which takes four to five weeks takes the process a step closer to the president submitting a name to the Senate for confirmation The nominee would replace Judge Kent A Jordan who left the Delaware district in December for the U S 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals posted by Supporter 11 12 AM View our Able

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  • Able Danger Blog: Business as usual at the State Department
    Special Agent Militana kept contemporaneous notes of these interchanges which he has now shared with my staff Special Agent Militana and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Rubendall report that on September 25 2007 one week after I sent my letter your congressional affairs liaison and an attomey in the Counsel s office approached them about the Committee s invitation to be interviewed They were taken into the offrce of the Deputy Inspector General where your congressional liaison told Special Agent Militana and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Rubendall that they wanted to discuss their upcoming interviews At this point according to Special Agent Militana your congressional liaison told them they could suffer retaliation based on their cooperation with the Committee s investigation According to Special Agent Militana she stated The majority are not friends The minority staff has been helpful They advise that you should never do a voluntary interview in a million years When Special Agent Militana questioned her statement the congressional liaison told him You have no protection against reprisal You have no whistleblower protections Howard could retaliate and you would have no recourse The attorney informed Special Agent Militana and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Rubendall that although they might have some civil service protections against termination he concurred with the congressional liaison Special Agent Militana said that when he pressed the issue the congressional liaison stated Howard can fire you It would affect your ability to get another job Special Agent Militana and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Rubendall stated that at the end of this session they felt angry that such threats were being used against them Assistant Special Agent in Charge Rubendall informed my staff that as career investigators who deal with whistleblowers they were shocked by the brazenness of these tactics They ultimately concluded that this activity was inappropriate and should be reported to the Committee Special Agent Militana and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Rubendall are not the only current employees to raise these concerns Other employees have also reported that the congressional liaison and the attomey told them that if they appear before the Committee you could take unspecified legal actions against them based on their statements I am appalled by these reports As an Inspector General you hold a position of special trust within the federal government Your office is supposed to be an example of how to protect whistleblowers not an example of how to persecute them It is unclear whether you directed your senior staff to engage in these activities or whether they took matters into their own hands In either case the threats against Special Agent Militana Assistant Special Agent in Charge Rubendall and others are reprehensible You should be aware and you should advise your staff that Congress has passed civil and criminal prohibitions against threatening and tampering with witnesses retaliating against whistleblowers and providing false information to Congress If Special Agent Militana s and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Rubendall s accounts are true some

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  • Able Danger Blog: Should Sestak be relieved from duty?
    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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Revisiting the Cole
    the Egyptian Islamic Jihad went on Qatar TV it was probably a tape not a live shot but there was a tape played of Osama bin Laden and Egyptian Islamic Jihad officials making pretty specific threats against American forces and specifically threatening attacks on ships Now there are some within the administration who said they were unaware of these bin Laden threats Did the Pentagon did CENTCOM did the U S Navy did the Cole get any kind of threat assessment or warning as to the threats being made Osama bin Laden and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad Bacon Well that s precisely the type of question that the various panels will look at And I think rather than rifle shoot at questions like that it s better to look at the whole pattern That s one of the reasons Secretary Cohen is setting up this Cole Panel It will look at the full panoply of intelligence factors that were available whether intelligence reached the right people at the right time whether the information was as accurate as it could be whether there was a proper distinction between general threats and specific threats These are the type of questions they ll be looking at Rather than try to answer these questions piecemeal I think it s better just to let the panel do its work and try to release a complete report as soon as possible Of course the panel did nothing of the sort but what would you expect As it is warnings of an attack were available from sources besides Osama From the New York Times on October 20 2000 American intelligence officials said yesterday that they received reports in late May that a militant Egyptian Islamic group was in the final stages of preparing a terror attack against American targets and that they passed on the warning to all American posts and foreign governments in the Middle East The group said to be preparing the attack was the Egyptian Islamic Jihad a faction of which is closely associated with Osama bin Laden the Saudi financier who tops the United States list of most wanted terrorists The Jihad and Mr bin Laden s organization Al Qaeda or the base have come under scrutiny by American and Yemeni officials as possible culprits in the bombing last Thursday of the American destroyer Cole in Aden Yemen an attack that killed 17 sailors American officials said the administration had received two separate warnings about a possible terrorist attack against American forces The first in late May warned that the Egyptian Islamic Jihad was in the final stages of preparing an attack against American forces The second received in mid September warned about a possible attack against an American warship but did not specify where or when From the Complete 9 11 Timeline July 2000 CIA Learns Al Qaeda Related Group Plans to Attack US Naval Ship A CIA informant reveals that a militant group based in Sidon Lebanon that is affiliated with bin Laden is planning to attack a US naval ship somewhere in the Eastern Mediterranean probably off the coast of Lebanon Miniter 2003 pp 215 This is a probable reference to Asbat al Ansar the only group that fits such a profile US Department of State 5 21 2002 The CIA and Defense Department discount the threat pointing out the US is not deploying ships near Lebanon However counterterrorism tsar Richard Clarke will later say he was alarmed by the warning because it showed increased ambitions for al Qaeda in going after hardened military targets Miniter 2003 pp 215 Al Qaeda will successfully bomb the USS Cole several months later in Yemen see October 12 2000 August Early October 2000 FBI Notices Increased Al Qaeda Telephone Activity in Yemen before Cole Attack The FBI and other US intelligence agencies have been monitoring an al Qaeda communications hub in Sana a Yemen since the attacks on US embassies in East Africa and have used it to map al Qaeda s global network see Late August 1998 and Late 1998 Early 2002 In the run up to the bombing of the USS Cole in Aden Yemen the FBI notices that there is increased telephone activity to and from the Sana a hub One of the messages says that bin Laden is planning a Hiroshima type event see August 2000 PBS 10 3 2002 Late Summer 2000 Informant Says Al Qaeda to Attack US Warship According to PBS an Egyptian informant warns US intelligence that al Qaeda will attack an American warship PBS 10 3 2002 The FBI also notices increased telephone activity by al Qaeda in Yemen around the same time see August Early October 2000 The USS Cole is attacked in the autumn of this year see October 12 2000 A quote from Kie Fallis in Breakdown by Bill Gertz I obtained information in January of 2000 that indicated terrorists were planning two or three major attacks against the United States he said The only gaps were where and when As September ended the DIA and the rest of the intelligence community the CIA the FBI the National Security Agency and the State Department s Bureau of Intelligence and Research received extremely solid information supported by several sources that an attack was imminent I went to my supervisor and he told me there wasn t going to be a warning issued Mr Fallis said For Mr Fallis the eureka point before the Cole bombing in determining an impending terrorist attack came from a still classified intelligence report in September 2000 which he will not discuss But after the bin Laden video surfaced that same month Mr Fallis said he knew then it would be within a month or two Another excerpt from Breakdown by Bill Gertz The National Security Agency which conducts electronic eavesdropping around the world received an intelligence intercept about terrorists planning for an attack against the United States On the day the Cole bombing was carried out NSA

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  • Able Danger Blog: U.S. Spy Chief: 9/11 'Could Have Been Prevented'
    be concerned with Given the vast resources of the intelligence community along with the FBI s and CIA s knowledge that al Qaeda had an interest in flight training and had sent 9 11 hijackers Khalid al Mihdhar and Nawaf al Hazmi and terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui to undertake such training in the United States McConnell said For whatever reason we didn t connect the dots posted by Supporter 12 35 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Sestak received $2,750 from Hsu
    11 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 Hsu is an associate of Bernard Schwartz Sestak staffers are jumping ship First Amendment Reminder New Bin Laden videos not so new

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  • Able Danger Blog: Hsu is an associate of Bernard Schwartz
    Corp head Bernard L Schwartz who was allowed to transfer restricted satellite and missile technology to a People s Liberation Army front after contributing a record amount of cash to President Clinton s 1996 campaign Schwartz vice chairman of the New School board was among officials who introduced Hsu to the school s administration WND has learned Last November Schwartz and Hsu chaired a New School banquet at the Mandarin Oriental in New York which featured Sen Clinton as keynote speaker Clinton steered a 1 million federal grant to the college More recently Schwartz and Hsu pronounced shoo appeared together at the New York Yacht Club for Democratic Rep Patrick Kennedy s 40th birthday bash The pair are so called HillRaisers major donors to Clinton s war chest with Hsu raising more than 1 million for her campaign Hsu like Schwartz has lobbied the U S government to relax trade rules with China Sources say Schwartz vouched for Hsu at New School even though he was a fugitive convicted of grand theft in California posted by Supporter 10 41 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Sestak staffers are jumping ship
    going for months without a day off These are very long hours even by Capitol Hill standards As our readers might recall from The Navy Times July 25 2005 Deputy Chief of Naval Operations DCNO Vice Adm Joseph Sestak was administratively reassigned July 25 by new Chief of Naval Operations Adm Mike Mullen according to Rear Adm T McCreary chief of naval information Rear Adm Mark Edwards currently serving as director of the Surface Warfare Division will serve as the acting DCNO until such time as a relief can be identified nominated and confirmed McCreary said A source within the Navy Department said there were no allegations of misconduct on the part of Sestak Rather he said the move is being made because of poor command climate Command climate and how people exercise their leadership responsibilities are key priorities for Admiral Mullen the source said and this position is one of the key jobs that will help determine the success of the Navy its people and its future force structure Sestak s removal is one of the first moves made by Mullen who was sworn into office on Friday posted by Supporter 10 01 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

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