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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Congressional hearings as early as next month

I take it back, this is the key paragraph from Gordon England's reply:

"If a request by a committee of jurisdiction is received, the department is prepared to fully participate in either open or closed hearings on this matter, consistent with the need to protect national security information," England wrote.

More details from the Delco Times:

Many of the questions surrounding the Able Danger intelligence program -- and the 9/11 Commission’s decision not to include the program’s purported findings in its final report -- could be answered during congressional hearings as early as next month, according to U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon. The Pentagon had previously blocked open hearings on the grounds that the program was classified.

"To have the Defense Department reverse itself and say they will allow these hearings to be held in an open forum is an historic win that all the members (of Congress) are talking about," Weldon, R-7, of Thornbury, said Wednesday....

Snell, a New York deputy attorney general, did not immediately respond to a phone call left at his office Wednesday. Gorelick referred questions to former 9/11 Commission spokesman Al Felzenberg, who denied Weldon’s allegation that the commission ignored Able Danger.

"There was no attempt to keep anything from the public or keep anything from the report," Felzenberg said, adding that the commission investigated Able Danger and found no evidence that it had identified any of the Sept. 11 hijackers.

"It was a thorough investigation," Felzenberg said. "They ran down every source."

Dismissing that statement as "absolutely, totally a lie," Weldon said he expects Able Danger hearings to begin as early as next month.

"It’s a story that needed to be told," Weldon said. "And now it’s going to be told."

"We welcome the hearings," Felzenberg responded.