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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Able Danger Aficionados

Thanks to Tom Maguire and AJ Strata for putting us over the top yesterday with more than 1,000 unique visitors on Monday. For anyone looking for a summary of Able Danger, this interview with Tony Shaffer by Government Security News still provides the best overview of the Able Danger story that I have seen. I also need to thank our own QT Monster, and her friend Atlas Shrugs for helping promote the new online petition.

Remember, Weldon is on Lou Dobbs tonight. I'll post a transcript afterward.

In the meantime here is some interesting commentary, informed or not, from the comments section at Tom Maguire's blog:

The unspoken aspect of able danger was that it traced money. It is the easiest thing to follow by monitoring electronics.

It was too good because it never filtered out certain types of transactions.

It scared the bejeebus out of everyone in the know-as it could follow every bribe, foreign and domestic, and every intell op that had a budget. No secrets.

What is really scary is that it did work, and proved its accuracy in successfully targeting terrorists, but the other strands of info that would be available would implicate every system it came across.

It would be my hope that the info would be completely destroyed,but the cynic in me tells me that someone still has it.

Posted by: paul | November 28, 2005 at 04:21 PM

Ever see information destroyed? OK, yes. How about new knowledge?

Posted by: kim | November 28, 2005 at 05:42 PM

Remember the scene at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark? Sometimes destruction isn't necessary...

cathy :-)

Posted by: cathyf | November 28, 2005 at 07:34 PM

Were physicists left in charge of the decision to use atomic weapons?

Inventers of a technique commonly lose control of it's use. Potentially loose lips are no longer connected to ears hearing about Able Danger.

What have you heard about data-mining lately?

Let me put it this way. Is data-mining more effective if the objects are aware of it or not? Let's call on Heisenberg for a discussion of the effect.

Posted by: kim | November 29, 2005 at 01:29 AM

Hey you, get that officionado outa' here. What do I have to do to get a little privacy.

Posted by: kim | November 29, 2005 at 02:42 AM