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Monday, May 15, 2006

New witness verifies Able Danger claims

The quote of note is at about the five minute mark. From C-SPAN's Washington Journal last Wednesday:

CALLER: YES, GOOD MORNING. I'M LISTENING TO YOUR STATEMENT THERE, SENATOR WELDON. IT IS NICE TO SEE YOU. HOWEVER, THE BUDGET. I'M JUST WONDERING IF THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE THIS BUDGET AND EARMARK IT WITH A BUNCH OF RIDERS ON THERE FOR EXTRA SPENDING, LIKE HAD HE NORMALLY DO, WHICH I WOULD HATE TO SEE. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A CLEAR BUDGET THAT COVERS ALL FACETS OF OUR DEFENSE. HOWEVER, WHILE YOU'RE HERE, COULD YOU PLEASE BRIEF US, UPDATE US, ON "ABLE DANGER." IT SEEMS LIKE ANYBODY WHO SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT THIS IN THE MEDIA OR ANYWHERE BECOMES PERSONA NON GRATUS. MANY PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THAT.

GUEST: REP. CURT WELDON (EXCERPT) ON "ABLE DANGER," I'M GLAD YOU ASKED THE QUESTION. BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN RESISTANCE BY THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION AND BY SOME IN THIS ADMINISTRATION NOT TO HAVE THIS STORY TOLD. THE GOOD NEWS IS THE INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS CONTINUING A MAJOR INVESTIGATION THAT I THINK IS GOING TO BRING FORTH SOME SIGNIFICANT REVELATIONS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE INTELLIGENCE OVERSIGHT AND WHAT WAS DONE TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL SCOTT SCHAFER AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE "ABLE DANGER" TEAM. ALONG WITH THAT WORK, I CAN TELL YOU THAT I HAVE A NEW WITNESS.

I'VE NOT ANNOUNCED THIS YET, SO YOU'VE ALLOWED ME TO OFFER THIS TO OUR VIEWERS. ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE MILITARY HAS RETIRED AND HAS COME FORTH AND WILL VERIFY EVERYTHING THAT THE "ABLE DANGER" TEAM HAS SAID. YOU KNOW, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN THE RUN-UP TO 9/11. THIS IS NOT EMBARRASSING -- ABOUT EMBARRASSING PEOPLE. IT IS ABOUT FACTS. AND CLEARLY, THE "ABLE DANGER" STORY THAT WAS COMPLETELY KEPT OUT OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT, THAT HAS NOT BEEN WELCOMED BY EITHER ADMINISTRATION, NEEDS TO BE TOLD. 248 OF MY COLLEAGUES SIGNED A LETTER LAST FALL THAT I SENT TO SECRETARY RUMSFELD DEMANDING THAT WE ALLOW THE "ABLE DANGER" PRINCIPLES TO TESTIFY IN AN OPEN FORUM. WE'VE HAD ONE HEARING. THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. THE INFORMATION CONTINUES TO COME OUT AND I CAN TELL YOU THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO HAVE ANSWERS. AS LONG AS I'M IN CONGRESS, I WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH FOR WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN THE RUN-UP TO 9/11.