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Friday, November 11, 2005

Shaffer has not been fired, yet

While this new article is causing a lot of justified outrage about the treatment of Lt. Col. Shaffer, from Daily Pundit and others, as far as I know the Tampa Tribune is jumping the gun by implying that Shaffer has already been fired:

Pentagon Firing Link To Able Danger
Published: Nov 10, 2005

The Army Reserve officer who went public with details about a secret military unit called Able Danger is being fired from his post at the Defense Intelligence Agency, a move that also could end his military career....

Without the clearance, Shaffer cannot perform his duties as a senior intelligence officer.

"I expect that Tony will receive a notice of termination also in record-breaking speed," Zaid said in an e-mail.

As the quote from Mark Zaid indicates, it may happen soon, but has not happened yet. The article seems to be based in part on an email Mark Zaid sent to Captain Ed last week:

Ed, in record breaking speed that to me clearly denotes selective retaliatory attention, the DIA's SAB has affirmed the revocation of Tony's security clearance. Unfortunately DIA has seen fit to completely disregard our submissions, and Cong Weldon and Hunters' formal requests to refrain from acting against Tony. This was the final stage of the process. There are no more administrative appeals left with respect to the clearance. A response to the indefinite suspension will be filed tomorrow. I expect that Tony will receive a notice of termination also in record breaking speed. That will take effect no sooner than thirty days from when received.

Lardner then goes on to clarify that Shaffer might well be fired soon, but has not been yet:

On Tuesday, Shaffer called the allegations "bogus," noting that the Army promoted him to lieutenant colonel in October 2004.

That promotion would not have occurred, he said, if the Army had concerns with his job performance or personal integrity.

But now, due to the finality of the agency's action, the Army might have little choice but to follow suit, thereby undercutting his uniformed career, Shaffer said.