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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Accuracy in Media addresses Able Danger

They agree that the media blackout is an outrage:

One thing is certain: don't look for any investigative stories from the Post into the intervention of the intelligence community into the media and politics.

While the media have played a nefarious role, officials of the Bush and Clinton administrations are scrambling to silence those, led by Weldon, who are asking tough questions about the performance of the intelligence community. Weldon, for example, wonders how it could happen that lead 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta was not arrested even though he had been identified as a dangerous terrorist by the Able Danger military intelligence unit well before the terrorist attacks. He and at least three other members of an al-Qaeda cell in Brooklyn, NY were known as dangerous terrorists more than a year before the planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field.

With notable exceptions (see below), powerful media outlets are ignoring or ridiculing those who are trying to expose the scandal of what at best can be categorized as incredible incompetence. At the moment, their target is Congressman Weldon, Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee.

Weldon and 248 of his colleagues in both parties are demanding a no-holds-barred investigation. There was one congressional hearing in February—followed by minimal news coverage—with other Capitol Hill investigations possibly in the offing. Congressman Todd Tiahrt, a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, said he could not comment when AIM asked if that panel planned hearings on Able Danger. Most of the Intel committee's hearings are behind closed doors.

In an updated interview with AIM (his first was with Editor Cliff Kincaid months ago), Weldon noted that at the hearing "five very senior, very trustworthy and well respected leaders in our military establishment" swore under oath that the Able Danger team identified the cell members (including Atta) "in January of 2000 and that in September of 2000 made three attempts to transfer the data to the FBI and were denied each time." Then-FBI Director Louie Freeh recently stated that if he had known of that Able Danger material, the FBI may well have stopped the 9/11 attacks from ever happening.

Weldon also told us "the 9/11 Commission said that the Able Danger task force members did not identify Mohammed Atta [even though] five people have testified under oath that they did."

The Philadelphia Inquirer in the congressman's backyard is part of the media whitewash. That liberal paper is trying not only to discredit Weldon and the Able Danger team itself, but also other threats the congressman has exposed over the years.

The article goes into a lot of detail on the Able Danger story. Go read it.

They also suggest sending a friendly post card to the new White House Press Secretary, Tony Snow. He has covered Able Danger in the past, and AIM suggests asking him to bring more information on the program to light:

Mr. Tony Snow
Press Secretary
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500