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  • Able Danger Blog: Connecting the Dots
    story because Bush even though he made concessions to the rebels kept other aspects of the program intact Even after The New York Times revealed the existence of the secret surveillance two years later and despite outrage in Congress and among civil libertarians monitoring of calls and e mails between the United States and overseas without court approval continues Much has been written about the Justice Department rebellion including most recently the account in Barton Gellman s groundbreaking book Angler But a mystery remains What did the Justice Department rebels object to and what concessions did Bush make to appease them What precisely was canceled Two knowledgeable sources tell NEWSWEEK that the clash erupted over a part of Bush s espionage program that had nothing to do with the wiretapping of individual suspects Rather Comey and others threatened to resign because of the vast and indiscriminate collection of communications data These sources who asked not to be named discussing intelligence matters describe a system in which the National Security Agency with cooperation from some of the country s largest telecommunications companies was able to vacuum up the records of calls and e mails of tens of millions of average Americans between September 2001 and March 2004 The program s classified code name was Stellar Wind though when officials needed to refer to it on the phone they called it SW The NSA says it has no information or comment a Justice Department spokesman also declined to comment The NSA s powerful computers became vast storehouses of metadata They collected the telephone numbers of callers and recipients in the United States and the time and duration of the calls They also collected and stored the subject lines of e mails the times they were sent and the addresses of both senders and recipients By one estimate the amount of data the NSA could suck up in close to real time was equivalent to one quarter of the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica per second The actual content of calls and e mails was not being monitored as part of this aspect of the program the sources say All this metadata was then sifted by the NSA using complex algorithms to detect patterns and links that might indicate terrorist activity The secret collection and data mining program had begun with a blessing by John Yoo an ultraconservative lawyer in the Justice Department s Office of Legal Counsel Yoo was a close ally of hard line lawyers in the White House and worked closely with David Addington Vice President Dick Cheney s lawyer Addington is now Cheney s chief of staff But by 2003 Yoo had moved on and a new head of the OLC Jack Goldsmith began reviewing his work Goldsmith found Yoo s legal opinions justifying the program flawed His reasons are based on a mind numbingly complex area of federal law but the basic analysis comes down to this the systematic collection and digital transmission of huge amounts of telephone and e

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  • Able Danger Blog: Obama Names Top Pentagon Officials
    secretary of defense for policy Meanwhile Jeh Charles Johnson a partner in the Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton Garrison law firm will become general counsel at the Pentagon I am confident that these distinguished individuals have the expertise and commitment needed to help me implement a sustainable national security strategy that combats 21st century threats and keeps the American people safe Obama said in a statement They share with me the utmost respect for our brave men and women in uniform and will work day and night to support our troops strengthen our military and advance our capacity to carry out 21st century missions He continued Together with Secretary Gates and our military we will work to responsibly end the war in Iraq defeat al Qaeda and the Taliban and renew America s strength and standing in the world I am honored that they have joined me in this mission and I trust that they will serve the American people well Click here for the full biographies of the nominees as provided by the Obama transition office posted by Supporter 8 44 PM View our Able Danger timeline Read Tony Shaffer s testimony Listen to audio of the hearing Browse the hearing transcript Demand more news coverage Support a new investigation Add a banner to your site Disclaimer WWW Able Danger Blog About Us Vi is QT Monster Mike is TopDog08 Voxott is Voice of the Taciturn Email Us Contact at AbleDangerBlog Com Links Able Danger Overview Able Danger Twenty Questions Latest Able Danger Video Clips Able Danger Press Conference Able Danger Hearing Testimony Whistleblower Hearing Video Able Danger Timeline Able Danger on 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Open Letter to Senator Leahy
    has been documented Some of these terrorists were freed from Guantanamo Prison Why do we even bother to capture these terrorists just to set them free to kill innocent people again There is more than enough evidence to prove the complicity of the Yemeni regime interfering with the investigation into the Cole attack and Saleh s continued support of Al Qaeda We are asking you to reconsider your decision in not letting the hearing take place And to give the murdered sailors and their families the truth and justice that they have been denied for so long by our own government and the Yemeni Regime And in which they so rightly deserve As you know just recently President Obama decided to dismiss the charges against one of the Cole bombers and to close Guantanamo Effectively denying our son and us justice again Unfortunately this has become a habit in dealing with all of the Cole bombers except those killed by President Bush in the war they have all gotten off one way or another Please Sir we are pleading with you to change your mind and let the hearing go forward We have more than enough facts to substantiate our claims and credible witnesses as well I have been informed by the leading FBI agent that he will testify and members of Able Danger and the Commander of the Cole I have also been told that some ex cabinet members of the Yemeni regime will testify and maybe the former commander of the Yemeni Navy too Sir I hope you find it in your heart to take the side of truth and justice and not partisan politics Thank you for your time in these most serious matters Sincerely and Respectfully Gary G Swenchonis Sr and Deborah Swenchonis Remember the Cole

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  • Able Danger Blog: Charges dropped against suspect in Cole blast
    at the U S Navy base in Cuba Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Crawford dismissed the charges against al Nashiri without prejudice That means new charges can be brought again later He will remain in prison for the time being It was her decision but it reflects the fact that the president has issued an executive order which mandates that the military commissions be halted pending the outcome of several reviews of our operations down at Guantanamo Morrell said Thursday night The ruling also gives the White House time to review the legal cases of all 245 terror suspects held there and decide whether they should be prosecuted in the U S or released to other nations Obama was expected to meet with families of Cole and 9 11 victims at the White House on Friday afternoon to announce the move posted by Supporter 8 51 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: LTC Tony Shaffer on Fox News around 6:15pm ET
    special operations forces in sub Saharan Africa posted by Supporter 5 42 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 Tony Shaffer in the news Judge rules for Shaffer three years later

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  • Able Danger Blog: Judge rules for Shaffer three years later
    the DIA in connection with the controversial intelligence program known as Able Danger DIA sought to bar Shaffer from providing classified information about the program to his attorney Mark S Zaid even though he holds a security clearance Mr Zaid challenged the denial and the court found merit in his complaint Without knowing all that his client and the Defendants know Plaintiff Shaffer s counsel cannot be prepared to adequately represent his client s interests Judge Kessler concluded posted by Supporter 5 40 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Tony Shaffer in the news
    with regards to strategy or end game standard to determine when the conditions for victory have been met Shaffer was invited to give his presentation for an hour and a half however his audience proved exceptionally receptive and persuaded him to continue for a full three hours From the Rockport Pilot in Texas Monday February 23 2009 7 03 PM CST For more than eight years Gary and Debbie Swenchonis have mourned the loss of their son Gary Graham Swenchonis Jr who was killed Oct 12 2000 along with 16 other sailors when terrorists attacked the USS Cole in Port Aden Yemen We were told last Monday the hearing is off It s all politics said G Swenchonis He Leahy does not want the Cole attack brought up especially with Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State Col Tony Shaffer testified before Congress after the Cole attack and asked what happened to Able Danger s warning of such an attack He was forced into retirement said Swenchonis like anyone else in the government who has tried to get answers I feel bad for them but at least they tried to do the right thing posted by Supporter 11 51 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

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  • Able Danger Blog: Still no charges in Weldon probe
    after they testify against whomever the government plans to target according to John Lauro a defense attorney and former Assistant U S Attorney in New York You want to keep that issue open and give the sentencing judge the ability to see the extent of the cooperation which may have included testifying Lauro said The fact that prosecutors want to proceed to sentencing Caso and Grimes signals to me that charges against anybody else are unlikely he said Others are not so sure But other legal observers including Peter Tague a professor at Georgetown University School of Law warned against reading too much into the government s recent actions Tague who specializes in criminal procedure said it s possible that the investigation is winding down but that it would be premature to assume that the Weldons and Sexton are in the clear posted by Supporter 5 32 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

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