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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Senator Salazar's response to Able Danger

Here is a response received from Senator Salazar (D-CO) regarding Able Danger. I strongly considered not linking to the source but trust me, it's not worth clicking on the link to find out why. Let's just say the poster is a self-proclaimed, uh, jerk. The letter looks authentic, though. It sounds like there is at least one Senator who would be willing to sign Weldon's letter:

Thank you for writing me about the claim that a secret military intelligence unit called Able Danger identified four September 11 hijackers as al Qaeda members a year before the 2001 attacks. The Pentagon has so far been unable to validate this claim, but a number of service members have stepped forward to support it.

These allegations are extremely concerning and should be investigated fully.

It is clear that our homeland security apparatus was ill-prepared for the September 11 attacks. The 9/11 Commission has made a thorough investigation of what went wrong and I share your concerns that after an initial flurry of activity including the intelligence overhaul bill and the reation of a Director of National Intelligence, Congress and the White House have slowed down in implementing some important reforms recommended by the Commission.

Among the reforms that have yet to be accomplished are properly consolidating terrorism watch lists, clearing more of the radio spectrum for emergency responders and reforming the structure of congressional committees to simplify oversight of the Department of Homeland Security.

We cannot wait for another attack to occur before we act to shore up our homeland security. Thank you again for contacting me. I will keep your concerns in mind.


Ken Salazar

United States Senator