Pittsburgh Tribune Review Editorial blasts Gore
It's clear who they'll be rooting for a week from Sunday, and it's just as clear they see a connection between the Able Danger and NSA stories:
The other day, Al Gore was blustering about the Bush administration's warrantless monitoring of telephone calls and e-mails of Americans suspected of having ties with terrorists.
But a project undertaken by the Pentagon under the Clinton-Gore administration called Able Danger, an Internet data-mining operation, may have as early as 1999 or 2000 identified Mohammed Atta, head of the terror cell responsible for 9/11.
Because of legal restrictions lifted later by the Patriot Act, the data was not shared by Defense with the CIA and FBI. This separation between intelligence agencies -- called the "Wall" -- had its roots in the anti-intelligence hysteria of the Carter administration. It was reaffirmed during the Clinton reign.
Before Mr. Gore assails the strategy in the war on terror, let him beg forgiveness for his administration's deadly failure to protect the homeland.
U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.) has been in the lead in the search for truth on Able Danger. He says the 9/11 commission stonewalled.
There is quite enough evidence from people involved in Able Danger to justify a full-scale investigation and to break through the bureaucratic butt-covering that is endemic to Washington.
It's time to listen very carefully to Mr. Weldon -- if our interest is the truth.