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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Monday, August 22, 2005


The national media is not giving much attention to the Able Danger story. Why is this?

Congressman Curt Weldon (R-PA), vice chairman of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, sent a letter to the former 9/11 Commission members, also known as the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, in which he refutes the Commission's claim that they were not briefed on "Able Danger". Click here to see a copy of the letter sent by Congressman Curt Weldon to the former 9/11 Commission members.

The following is a compilation of headlines and links on Able Danger for any of you who want to read up on it.

Senate Eyes Able Danger Hearings
The Senate is considering holding hearings into claims that an elite military intelligence unit had identified lead 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta two years before the attacks but was ordered not to alert law enforcement by Clinton administration lawyers at the Pentagon.

Bush Admin. Briefed on Able Danger After Attacks
Two weeks after the 9/11 the attacks, the Bush administration was told that a special military intelligence unit code named Able Danger had developed actionable intelligence two years earlier that could have foiled the 9/11 plot, a member of the Able Danger team revealed on Wednesday.

Officer Says Military Blocked Sharing of Files on Terrorists
A military intelligence team repeatedly contacted the F.B.I. in 2000 to warn about the existence of an American-based terrorist cell that included the ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a veteran Army intelligence officer who said he had now decided to risk his career by discussing the information publicly.

Able Danger's hidden hand
The report of the September 11 Commission, once a best seller and hailed by the news media as the definitive word on the subject, must now be moved to the fiction shelves.

The commission concluded, you'll recall, that the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon couldn't have been prevented, and that if there was negligence, it was as much the fault of the Bush administration (for moving slowly on the recommendations of Clinton counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke) than of the Clinton administration.

Able Danger has changed all of that.

Able Danger Whistleblower Blasts 9/11 Probers
An Army intelligence officer said Wednesday he told staff members from the Sept. 11 commission that a secret military unit had identified two of the three cells involved in the 2001 terrorist strikes more than a year before the attacks. Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, who said he was associated with the "Able Danger" unit, said that during a 2003 meeting in Afghanistan, he mentioned that the unit had identified Sept. 11 ringleader Mohamed Atta along with three other hijackers as terrorist suspects.

Lt. Col. Shaffer: Able Danger Docs Disappeared
Documents detailing the work of a top secret military intelligence unit that identified lead 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta before the 9/11 attacks have disappeared, according to the Defense Intelligence Agency's liaison for the group, code named Able Danger.

Able Danger: Just Another 9/11 Commission Omission
The biggest unreported story of the year -- at least, unreported by the "mainstream" media -- may be the story of Able Danger. A top secret Pentagon task force identified three of the 9/11 hijackers as terrorists in advance, including ringleader Mohammed Atta, but was told it couldn't touch them by government bureaucrats. This should be above-the-fold news in every paper in America, right? The problem is, this happened during the Clinton administration, so don't expect too much from the Liberal press, even though "Able Danger" is a cool-sounding name for a counter-terrorism operation.


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