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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Hearing airing on C-SPAN TV now

Tune in if you're still awake and missed it this afternoon. What you miss by only listening to it is how hard a time Shaffer had keeping from laughing when going through the list of actions taken against him. On the radio he sounded nervious because he rushed, but from the video you can see that he was not nervous at all.

James Rosen has a good summary of Tuesday's hearing here.

Don't forget Vi's audio clips of the Able Danger portions of the hearing.

You can see the video from C-SPAN here, or at their direct link here.

A commenter points out an article with some key quotes here, too:

In an unusual move, whistleblowers from the FBI, National Security Agency, Defense Department and Energy Department were allowed to testify before the House Government Reform National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations Subcommittee. Congressional committees usually hear from senior agency managers, not rank-and-file employees.

The whistleblowers recounted their allegations and how they were retaliated against, in some cases by having their security clearances revoked or their careers ruined. They said agency managers seemed more focused on cover-ups and retaliation than investigating allegations or addressing exposed problems.

"I became a whistleblower not out of choice, but out of necessity -- necessity to tell the truth," said Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, who said he was retaliated against after reporting pre-9/11 intelligence failures.

Shaffer is scheduled to testify in a closed session Wednesday before the House Armed Services Committee. Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., said the session will be "a hearing that is going to change... the nature of this city."