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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Peter Lance on Lou Dobbs Monday

UPDATE: It looks like Lou took the day off day, and the interview with Peter Lance has been postponed until Monday, not Friday as they said on the show Thursday night.

From Lou Dobbs on Friday:

Thanks for being with us tonight. Please join us next week. We'll have the very latest on the Able Danger controversy. Author and Emmy-winning journalist Peter Lance (ph) has been investigating intelligence failures before 9/11. He'll be here. Also, presidential historians Richard Reeves, James Taranto will join us.

From Lou Dobbs on Thursday:

DOBBS: It's been 12 days since Congressman Curt Weldon sent a letter signed by more than half of the members of the House of Representatives to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, demanding Able Danger military officials be allowed to testify before Congress. But as of tonight, the Pentagon has not responded.

Able danger officials, when they tried to alert the FBI about 9/11 mastermind Mohamed Atta and other 9/11 radical Islamist terrorists more than a year before those attacks, they say the Pentagon prevented them from sharing that information with the FBI. My guest here tomorrow will be journalist Peter Lance, who has written a book dealing with Able Danger and the failure of our nation's intelligence agencies.

I don't think his book mentions Able Danger, since it was first published in 2004, before anyone knew about it. However, he raises serious questions about why Dieter Snell was allowed to write the entire section of the 9/11 Report that deals with the 9/11 plot itself, when he played a role in the series of failures that allowed the attacks to occur:

Valerie Caproni, now the FBI general counsel, was a prosecutor in Scarpa’s 1998 trial in Brooklyn, N.Y. At the time, Scarpa testified he spied for the FBI on four suspects in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, including convicted mastermind Ramzi Yousef, while they were jailed together in Manhattan.

Scarpa said he passed on to the FBI plans that said associates of the four men would kill a prosecutor in one of Yousef’s trials and attack a federal judge he declined to name as well as unspecified “government installations.”

Caproni and U.S. District Judge Reena Raggi scoffed at Scarpa’s claims, which the judge called insignificant at best and more likely “part of a scam.”

Freelance journalist Peter Lance has argued in his recent book, “Cover Up,” that Scarpa’s information was accurate and included tips that could have led the FBI to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Yousef’s uncle, long before the Sept. 11 attacks Mohammed purportedly helped plan.

You can read more about Peter Lance at his website. Here is a description of his latest book, now in paperpack:

Cover Up: What the Government Is Still Hiding About the War on Terror

Ever since the dust settled at Ground Zero, investigative reporter Peter Lance has been leading the fight to expose the intelligence gaps that led to the attacks. Now, in the follow-up to his bestelling 1000 Years for Revenge, he returns with devastating new evidence revealing that the U.S. government has been covering up its own counterterror failures since the mid-nineties-and continues to do so today. In Cover Up, Lance shows how our government has chosen repeatedly to sacrifice the national security for personal motives and political convenience. At a time when Americans still feel vulnerable, this book will be welcomed by readers who want the complete story behind 9/11-and inspire us all to keep demanding the truth.