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Sunday, March 05, 2006

New article by James Rosen

James Rosen, along with Jacob Goodwin and Keith Phucas, continues to be one of the only journalists still interested in getting to the bottom of the Able Danger story. Here is his latest article:

Two operatives at the center of the Able Danger controversy have sued the Defense Department for denying them contact with their lawyers during closed congressional hearings and other probes of the covert intelligence program.

Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer and J.D. Smith were among a dozen intelligence officers and contractors who worked on the clandestine program set up long before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to track al-Qaida. They are accusing the Pentagon and two of its largest components - the Army and the Defense Intelligence Agency - of violating their First Amendment rights by blocking their access to legal counsel during the closed sessions.

The lawsuit, filed Monday with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, marks the first time that the incendiary claims at the center of the Able Danger saga have been made in court....

In addition to targeting the military and intelligence agencies, the lawsuit names their four top lawyers: William J. Haynes, general counsel of the Defense Department, and George Peirce, who holds the same post at the Defense Intelligence Agency; and their deputies, Tom Taylor and Robert H. Berry Jr.

The denial of access violated the Sixth Amendment right to counsel of Shaffer and Smith, and also violated the Pentagon's internal regulations, the lawsuit alleges.