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Friday, January 27, 2006

Able Danger and NSA spying

Here is someone who disagrees with the Pittsburgh Tribune Review:


On June 27, 2005, Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., gave a speech about a super-secret military intelligence unit called Able Danger. According to Weldon, this elite unit was organized at the request of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and carried out by members of U.S. Special Forces.

Weldon said this unit “actually identified the Brooklyn cell of al-Qaida in January and February of 2000, over one year before 9/11 happened.”

He also said, “We identified Mohamed Atta as one of the members of that Brooklyn cell, along with three other terrorists who were the leadership of the 9/11 attack.”

In a Sept. 21, 2005, interview with Michael Savage, Weldon claimed that Steve Cambone, a top deputy of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, was briefed on the Able Danger program nearly half a year before 9/11.

So let’s fast-forward to the NSA wire-tapping of U.S. citizens. President Bush claims he needs every tool available to protect Americans from terrorism. Vice President Dick Cheney laments that if there had been secret wire-tapping before the terrible events of 9/11, we “might have been able to pick up on two of the hijackers who flew a jet into the Pentagon.” Oh, really? What about Weldon’s testimony? What about the Aug. 6, 2001, Presidential Daily Brief that warned that followers of Osama bin Laden were planning to hijack airplanes and strike U.S. targets?

Repeatedly, this administration has proven itself incapable of surmounting its own dogma and actually taking action on good intelligence.