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Monday, January 30, 2006

Gary Aldrich from the Patrick Henry Center

You might remember him from when his organization named Shaffer as a recipient of their Whistleblower award in November. Today he has an interesting piece with some questions about Able Danger and the current discussions about the secret NSA program:

This happened during the Clinton years of “purity,” apparently admired by the ACLU.

Back then, members of the Able-Danger unit made up of military officers and private contractors discovered the existence of a terrorist cell that included the 9/11 lead hijacker, Mohammad Atta. However, the information was useless because they were unable to notify the FBI about these potential terrorists or what they might be planning. This was because of incompetent Clinton policies. Clinton is gone, but too many of the incompetent bureaucrats he brought with him remain.

And now, they are attacking members of Able-Danger for revealing the truth!

The feds were also aware – through efforts of Able-Danger – that the U.S. Navy warship Cole was about to be attacked. Again, nervous bureaucrats could not find a way to warn the captain. Able Danger found out about the attack listening to conversations or reviewing documents, presumably without a warrant....

Why do I have the feeling that we’re being told we must give up more simply because the federal government refuses to institute needed reforms to guarantee more excellence? There still is no evidence of accountability or competence, and excellence in the federal workplace is hardly mentioned during speeches made by the various leaders of our government. Have the feds decided to settle for what they have, and not bother to expect higher quality?

Don’t ask me to give up more of my liberties, such as privacy, because the federal government has settled into a comfortable pattern of incompetence, unaccountability, and political correctness. They need to remember that they work for us, not the other way around. Let’s get this mess fixed!