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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Able Danger in the New York Times

After several months missing in action, Able Danger has suddenly reappeared in the pages of the Times. I couldn't crop out all the spin. What is the exact difference between "numerous" and "some" anyway? All the same, here's the article:

"It's absolutely essential that we have a system that allows people to speak out about abuses, especially in the national security realm," Mr. Shays said in an interview.

He said his conviction that current protections were inadequate was strengthened by testimony on Tuesday at a hearing of his House subcommittee on national security by five self-described whistle-blowers who described retaliation for their disclosures. Mr. Shays's concerns are shared by numerous Democrats and some other Republicans, including Representative Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania, who has denounced what he calls the mistreatment of a military intelligence officer, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, who disclosed the Pentagon's Able Danger data-mining program. Mr. Weldon says he believes that the program identified Mohammed Atta before he became the lead hijacker in the 2001 terrorist attacks, though a Pentagon review found no evidence to support that conclusion.

Among the military officers who have spoken to him about Able Danger, Mr. Weldon said at a news conference this week, are some "whose lives were ruined, who were threatened and intimidated because they simply wanted to tell the truth."

Granted it's not much more than the short AP recap, but it's a start.