Monday, August 29, 2005

Able Danger

I haven't commented on this yet because I wanted to see how this played out. There are still a lot of questions about Able Danger, but we may begin seeing answers soon. Here's a link to a story about Able Danger: what it is, and where it's going. Excerpt:
The Senate Intelligence Committee has contacted the White House asking whether it has a copy of a pre-9/11 chart put together by the Able Danger military intelligence team that identified lead hijacker Mohamed Atta as a terrorist threat.

Time magazine reports that the Committee "last week drafted a letter asking the White House for a copy" of the politically explosive chart, which Congressman Curt Weldon said he gave to then-Deputy National Security Advisor Hadley two weeks after the 9/11 attacks.
Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) has been at the forefront of this matter, and he's been madder than Jesse Jackson in a room full of broken TV cameras. He thinks the 9/11 Commission will be discredited (not hard to imagine) for this:
"The 9/11 Commission is trying to spin this because they're embarrassed at what's coming out," Weldon told the Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" morning show.

"In two weeks with two staffers, I've uncovered more in this regard than they did with 80 staffers and $15 million of taxpayers' money!"

The Pennsylvania Republican said the truth would come out in hearings planned for this fall:

"This information will ultimately end up in a hearing. Senator Specter is preparing a hearing in the judiciary committee. I talked to Speaker Hastert yesterday on the House side. We will bring people in under oath, and they will swear and they will answer the questions."
Seems that 9/11 Commission Member Jamie Gorelick (rhymes with "derelict", ironically enough) was instrumental in erecting (and enforcing) the "wall" that prevented info sharing between agencies during her stay as Reno's Deputy AG during those "wonderful, peaceful" Clinton years. Perhaps the Commission was trying to protect one of its own by sitting on these Able Danger documents?

Or perhaps Able Danger is all puff with no substance, and Curt Weldon is trying to sell some books. You be the judge.