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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Scott Phillpott will testify in closed session

UPDATE: The hearing has started now. The written testimony was all just posted.

Pentagon Channel has a live video feed.

You can also listen to the live feed from the Armed Services Committee hearing room here.

Here is the written testimony.

Saxton statement: (pdf)
Everett statement: (pdf)
Dr. Stephen Cambone, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (pdf)
Mr. Erik Kleinsmith, Defense contractor (pdf)
Mr. Tony Shaffer, Department of Defense employee (pdf)
Mr. J.D. Smith, Defense contractor (pdf)

Not counting any chickens before they're hatched, but the Network Pool will be taping the hearing.

AJ Strata has a good overview of events up to this point.

Weldon explained in the hearing Tuesday, Phillpott will testify in the closed half of Wednesday's hearing. It sounded like Weldon was saying Phillpott has concerns he will be retaliated against, if he testifies publicly.

Don't get me wrong, as you can see from the banner on the site, I am glad Tony Shaffer will finally get a chance to talk, at both hearings Tuesday and Wednesday, but how can you have a hearing on Able Danger without the guy who was in charge of it? In fact, none of these four witnesses worked full time on Able Danger. Cambone was an Assistant Secretary of Defense, Kleinsmith ran LIWA, Smith worked for LIWA, and Shaffer ran Stratus Ivy. He acted as a liaison and more for Able Danger but was not one of the dozen or so people working full time on Able Danger - none of whom have talked - other than a two sentence statement from Phillpott back in August.

From the House Armed Services Committee web site:

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

2:30pm - 2118 Rayburn - Open, will Close

The Strategic Forces Subcommittee, joint with the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on the Able Danger program.

Witnesses:

Dr. Stephen Cambone, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
Mr. Erik Kleinsmith, Defense contractor
Mr. Tony Shaffer, Department of Defense employee
Mr. J.D. Smith, Defense contractor