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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Timing investigations to impact elections

From Paul Weyrich at Townhall.com:

The headlines blared across the front pages of the Philadelphia papers: "FBI Raids Offices of U.S. Representative Curt Weldon's Daughter and Associate." It was three weeks before Election Day. Representative Wayne Curtis (Curt) Weldon already was in the race of his career. Since he defeated Representative Bob Edgar in 1986 Weldon has not had such a difficult challenge.

I want to make it clear that I have no idea if Representative Weldon has done anything wrong. If he has he needs to be punished. However, I am suspicious. I have watched operations in this town for nearly 40 years and have seen a pattern. A Representative stakes out a position against the Establishment and claims he has information to support his position. In Weldon's case it was a project known as Able Danger. The Pentagon was outraged at the Representative's charges. Mind you, Weldon in no way wants this country to lose the conflict in Iraq. Just the opposite. So a top Democrat was recruited to run against Weldon. The money poured into Weldon's district, suburban Philadelphia, which has become more Democratic over the years. President William J. Clinton carried the district in 1996, as did Presidential candidate John F. Kerry in 2004. Well-known Democrats had campaigned in the district yet Weldon appeared to be ahead. Polls showed him with a lead of 52, closer than in previous years but adequate to win.

Then comes a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raid. Weldon presently is not charged with any wrongdoing but there is an implication that he helped his daughter secure contracts with Russian business firms in exchange for favorable treatment in the United States. The offices of longtime Weldon associate Charlie Sexton also were raided. Sexton, known as the party boss of part of Weldon's district, recruited Weldon to run against Edgar after several failed attempts to defeat Edgar. Was what Weldon may have done of such timeliness that the FBI could not have waited three weeks to begin the public aspects of its investigation?

I know Weldon to be a courageous Member of Congress. Were he to be re-elected he almost assuredly would be either Chairman or Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee. He came within one vote of defeating Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) when the position opened years ago. Hunter has been an able Chairman but he is term-limited. I think certain forces do not want to see Weldon as Chairman or Ranking Minority Member of the Committee.

I recall during the Panama Canal fight that the Senate ratified the Treaty but implementing legislation, which only takes a simple majority vote, had to pass the House of Representatives. A Democrat said that legislation would pass over his dead body. The FBI raided his offices in time for the vote and, by coincidence or otherwise, he was silenced.

I do not believe in most conspiracy theories. However, perhaps we have a conspiracy here. Certain people in the Pentagon who were fearful that Weldon might pursue the Able Danger investigation may have worked with the FBI to achieve the perfect political storm for Weldon. I repeat, if Weldon really did something wrong, he should be held accountable.

There was a time when the FBI was held in high esteem. Sure, J. Edgar Hoover had his files which caused President John F. Kennedy to unexpectedly retain him as Director of the FBI. For the most part, however, the FBI could be trusted. It did not involve itself in politics unless Hoover felt the security of the country was at stake. That was not very often.

Mind you, the average FBI agent is honest, hard working and decent. The agent wants to do the right thing. Perhaps management has become political. A President needs to be able to trust the FBI. Now that Congress has removed the artificial barriers which prevented the FBI from sharing information with the CIA, intelligence ought to operate better. But politics must give way to an honest review of things.

Curt Weldon has been courageous in setting up contacts between Members of Congress and Members of the Duma in Moscow. There may be people who do not want that kind of achievement, preferring Russia as an enemy. Weldon has worked to see that Russian legislators visit this country and have a chance to learn about us. That work has been meritorious, so far as I can discern.

A Member of Congress or an opposing candidate should conduct a campaign on issues. If Representative Weldon has legal problems they should be addressed, but as long as the investigation is not hindered they should be addressed entirely outside an election context.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Weldon fights back against Sestak and CREW

From the National Review online:

Under the shadow of FBI investigations of his family and associates, Curt Weldon squared off with Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania's 7th district.

He called the Democrats' attacks on his family "outrageous and un-American," defended his record of public service and then laid into his opponent.

As a volunteer fireman, Weldon said, "I put myself between a 700-foot-long oil tanker in Marcus Hook and an oil refinery for three days, where 29 people were killed ..I would ask you," he said turning to Sestak, "have you ever faced a similar situation, Joe? Or (were you) always in the admiral quarter drinking out of your wine goblets and being waited on by your sailor servants?"

Weldon just picked up steam from there.

When a baffled Sestak mangled a question from moderator G. Terry Madonna about where he stood on the question of having a regional airport authority, confusing it with the FAA's controversial redesign plan, Weldon pounced again.

"He doesn't even understand your question, Terry."

Weldon laid into Sestak again and again, showing his superior knowledge of the district and the issues.

It was Sestak who played the part of Underdog's alter ego, Shoeshine Boy. He smiled meekly and tolerantly throughout, even when lampooned by Weldon for giving wrong answers to fairly simple questions.

Where Weldon talked specifics, Sestak spoke in fractured generalities.

No wonder at the end of the show, when Madonna said he regretted he didn't have time to ask more questions, Weldon chirped, "Go ahead, I'll stay!"

According to the Weldon campaign, Sestak couldn't even get the details of his own brother's life straight.

In his opening statement recounting his Springfield roots, Sestak said that before his brother could get a lifeguard job at country club pool, he first had to be interviewed by Charlie Sexton, because "that's the way things were done back then."

It was meant to be a clever dig at the GOP boss who'd just been forced to resign as Weldon's adviser. But it wasn't Sexton who ran the pool back then. It was Springfield Democrat Bernie Stein.

"I was the pool guy," Stein told me Friday afternoon. "And I ran the pool hiring procedures ..There was no way in hell I would send anyone over to talk to Charlie Sexton."

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Pelosi Chimes In

As quoted in Rolling Stone Magazine:

"Curt Weldon has outlived his usefulness to the country," says House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. "He's seeing ghosts and conspiracies."


Thanks a lot Nancy. Of course, you might want to remind the 100 House Democrats - who signed Weldon's letter demanding a full investigation of Able Danger - they have outlived their usefulness to the country, too:

The Honorable Donald Rumsfeld
Secretary
Department of Defense
Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301

Dear Secretary Rumsfeld:

We the undersigned are formally requesting that you allow former participants in the intelligence program known as ABLE DANGER to testify in an open hearing before the United States Congress. Until this point, congressional efforts to investigate ABLE DANGER have been obstructed by Department of Defense insistence that certain individuals with knowledge of ABLE DANGER be prevented from freely and frankly testifying in an open hearing. We realize that you do not question Congress's authority to maintain effective oversight of executive branch agencies, including your department. It is our understanding that your objection instead derives from concern that classified information could be improperly exposed in an open hearing. We of course would never support any activity that might compromise sensitive information involving national security. However, we firmly believe that testimony from the appropriate individuals in an open hearing on ABLE DANGER would not only fail to jeopardize national security, but would in fact enhance it over the long term. This is due to our abiding belief that America can only better prepare itself against future attacks if it understands the full scope of its past failures to do so.

On September 21, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary conducted a hearing on ABLE DANGER which Bill Dugan, Acting Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight, certified did not reveal any classified information. Congressman Curt Weldon's testimony at that hearing was largely based on the information that has been given to him by ABLE DANGER participants barred from open testimony by DOD. Their testimony would therefore closely mirror that of Congressman Weldon, who did not reveal classified information. Therefore we are at a loss as to how the testimony of ABLE DANGER participants would jeopardize classified information. Much of what they would present has already been revealed. Further refusal to allow ABLE DANGER participants to testify in an open congressional hearing can only lead us to conclude that the Department of Defense is uncomfortable with the prospect of Members of Congress questioning these individuals about the circumstances surrounding ABLE DANGER. This would suggest not a concern for national security, but rather an attempt to prevent potentially embarrassing facts from coming to light. Such a consideration would of course be an unacceptable justification for the refusal of a congressional request.

Sincerely,



John Murtha, John P. (D-PA)

Ike Skelton (D-MO)

Jim Cooper (D-TN)

Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)

Solomon Ortiz (D-TX)

Silvestre Reyes (D-TX)

Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX)

Joe Baca (D-CA)

Bob Etheridge (D-NC)

James R. Langevin (D-RI)

Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)

Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)

Ed Pastor (D-AZ)

Eliot Engel (D-NY)

Loretta T. Sanchez (D-CA)

Linda T. Sanchez (D-CA)

Mike McIntyre (D-NC)

Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D-NY)

Corrine Brown (D-FL)

Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)

Ellen Tauscher (D-CA)

Sam Farr (D-CA)

Chet Edwards (D-TX)

Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)

Nita M. Lowey (D-NY)

Neil Abercrombie (D -HI)

Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD)

Gwen Moore (D-WI)

Madeline Z. Bordallo (D-GU)

Maurice D. Hinchey (D-NY)

Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV)

Robert Brady (D-PA)

Paul Kanjorski (D-PA)

Mike Doyle (D-PA)

Tim Holden (D-PA)

G.K. Butterfield (D-NC)

Dale E. Kildee (D-MI)

James E. Clyburn (D-SC)

Steve Israel (D-NY)

Harold Ford (D-TN)

John Larson (D-CT)

Eni Faleomavaega (D-AS)

Ken Meek (D-FL)

John Dingell (D-MI)

Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)

Rush Holt (D-NJ)

Vernon J. Ehlers (D-MI)

Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL)

Martin Olav Sabo (D-MN)

Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA)

David Wu (D-OR)

Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA)

Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)

Ruben HinoJosa (D-TX)

John M. Spratt, Jr. (D-SC)

Norman D. Dicks (D-WA)

Edward Markey (D-MA)

Jane Harman (D-CA)

Peter DeFazio (D-OR)

Bart Stupak (D-MI)

Susan A. Davis (D-CA)

Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)

Hilda Solis (D-CA)

Gene Green (D-TX)

Martin T. Meehan (D-MA)

Marion Berry (D-AR)

Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)

James P. Moran (D-VA)

Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD)

Maxine Waters (D-CA)

John Lewis (D-GA)

Cynthia McKinney (D-GA)

Chaka Fattah (D-PA)

Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)

Lane Evans (D-IL)

Shelley Berkley (D-NV)

Bill Delahunt (D-MA)

Rick Larsen (D-WA)

Robert E. (Bud) Cramer, Jr. (D-AL)

Gene Taylor (D-MS)

Allyson Y. Schwartz (D-PA)

Richard E. Neal (D-MA)

Al Green (D-TX)

Robert Wexler (D-FL)

John T. Salazar (D-CO)

Michael Capuano (D-MA)

Mike Thompson (D-CA)

Collin Peterson (D-MN)

Joseph Crowley (D-NY)

Robert Andrews (D-NJ)

Mark Udall (D-CO)

George Miller (D-CA)

Adam Smith (D-WA)

Michael Honda (D-CA)

Anthony Weiner (D-NY)

Steven R. Rothman (D-NJ)

Bennie Thompson (D-MS)

Jerry Costello (D-IL)

Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ)

Allen Boyd (D-FL)

Too Close to Clinton for Comfort?

For over a year, Congressman Weldon tried unsuccessfully to get Pentagon officials to forensically go through old hard drives to look for remnants of critical pre-9/11 intelligence on Mohamed Atta from the Able Danger program. Despite two different Congressional hearings and a DOD IG investigation, NOT ONE OF THE RELEVANT HARD DRIVES WAS EVER EXAMINED FORENSICALLY for remnants of this critical data. Now, in an effort to kick Weldon out of office, the FBI has leaked word of an investigation into Weldon's daughter which spurred agents to execute search warrants simply because the investigation was revealed, regardless of whether it has merit or not. The most ironic thing of all is that those FBI agents will be using the same forensic techniques to look for deleted files on the hard drive of Curt's daughter to investigate how her lobbying firm did lobbying work for it's clients. The feds couldn't spare a single forensic examiner to look for critical pre-9/11 intelligence on Mohamed Atta, but three weeks before the election, they have time to look through the hard drive of Weldon's daughter? This would almost be funny if it wasn't so sad.

Vi Adkins writes:

Rush Limbaugh mentioned Rep. Weldon on his radio show yesterday and today. He remarked (paraphrasing here) that it looks like Curt Weldon got too close to the truth on Able Danger.


This quote from the Sestak campaign site is worth repeating:

“I will not make a single stop in this campaign season that means more to me than this one — not one,” Clinton told a crowd of nearly 900 at a rally for Joseph Sestak at Valley Forge Military Academy.


Of course with Bill he might mean, "I'll make more than one", but I digress.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Weldon searches spurred by leak

You heard that right, the FBI was forced to execute search warrants on Monday, with much publicity and fan fare, as a direct result of the leak on Friday by FBI officials determined to embarass Congressman Weldon weeks before the election. If the investigation had not been leaked, the warrants might never have been executed. In other words, this is all the product of CREW and friends of Bill over at the FBI.

From the AP:

The search warrants were executed, in part, because of news reports over the weekend exposing the investigation, according to a senior Justice Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing inquiry. Typically, such searches are sped up to prevent any evidence from being destroyed.

From the Dread Pundit Bluto:

Dem Dirty Tricks Squad Targets Able Danger Congressman

Curt Weldon (R-PA), the congressman who has waged a lonely battle to bring the Able Danger revelations to light, has been targeted by the George Soros-funded Democrat hit squad Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington. CREW was deeply involved in manipulating the Foley scandal, possibly to the point of altering an alleged Foley email.

Weldon has led a campaign to expose the persecution of former Able Danger personnel and the apparently successful coverup of the intelligence group's warnings, blocked by the Gorelick "wall," prior to the attack on the USS Cole and the 9/11 terror attack.

Now it appears that Weldon is paying the price for offending the Democratic establishment.


From Philly.com:

At an event earlier today at Philadelphia International Airport to discuss airport noise, Weldon said the investigation was politically motivated - blaming a complaint filed by Melanie Sloan, director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

"She is the only one I know of who went to the Justice Department and asked for an investigation," Weldon said. "I know that because I have her letter."

Monday, October 16, 2006

FBI raids home of Weldon's daughter

When we had a blogger conference call with Weldon in March, he joked he had pissed off every major intelligence agency now. So if he was found at the bottom of a pool some day we would have to start a blog site to his legacy. I guess he was not far off. Three weeks before election day, it's payback time. Mary Jo White, Jack Cloonan, and Jamie Gorelick, must still have some pull over at the bureau after all.

Obviously this guy still has pull there, too. From the Sestak campaign site:

“I will not make a single stop in this campaign season that means more to me than this one — not one,” Clinton told a crowd of nearly 900 at a rally for Joseph Sestak at Valley Forge Military Academy.


FBI raids home of Rep. Weldon's daughter

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press Writer
33 minutes ago

MEDIA, Pa. - The FBI raided the homes of Rep. Curt Weldon (news, bio, voting record)'s daughter and a close friend Monday as it investigates whether the congressman improperly helped the pair win lobbying and consulting contracts.

Agents searched four locations in the Philadelphia area and two in Jacksonville, Fla., said Debbie Weierman, an FBI spokeswoman in Washington. The congressman's home and his offices were not among the locations searched, she said.

Earlier Monday, Weldon called the investigation politically motivated and called the timing suspect. A Republican locked in a tight re-election bid, he denied wrongdoing and said he gave his daughter no special help.

"What I find ironic, if there is an investigation, is that no one would tell me until three weeks before the election," Weldon said at an appearance in Media. "This incident was 2 1/2 years ago."

Weierman confirmed that the six raids included Karen Weldon's home in Philadelphia; the Springfield home of Charles Sexton, her business partner and the congressman's close friend; and the office of their company, Solutions North America, in Media.


This article sums it up pretty well:

Go along to get along? Not this congressman

Soros $$$$ + Clinton machine = rough battle

Wes Vernon
October 16, 2006

The late Speaker Sam Rayburn used to tell newly arrived congressmen that "around here, you've got to go along to get along."

It's not certain whether Congressman Curt Weldon, a Republican from Pennsylvania, was ever given that advice when he arrived here 20 years ago. But since then, he has not been following that script.

This writer has been in Washington for nearly 39 years. In that time — and long before — people have come here who don't "fall into line." They will demand answers to embarrassing questions of officials in high or responsible positions. Often they finally get the message and "behave themselves."

And then there are some who don't — lawmakers who think that what was wrong when they were going through their "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" phase is still wrong after they've been in office for awhile. By and large, those who persist in upsetting apple carts ultimately meet an ignominious political end. Someone digs up some dirt on them or manufactures dirt, uses the smear bucket one way or another, and before long the well-known Washington wolf pack is on the case of the congressman or senator who refuses to cave to "the system." (You know the "Washington wolf pack." President Reagan used to call it the "Iron Triangle," consisting of the entrenched bureaucracy, "team-playing" liberal politicians, and the media.)

For twenty years, Curt Weldon has been calling the shots right on target on a number of matters, mostly security-related.

He has been tireless in his pursuit of incompetence and insubordination (arguably outright insurrection) in our intelligence services. (See this column Fire the whole top level CIA bureaucracy, Jan. 22, 2006; also How to handle an inconvenient whistle-blower, April 3, 2006.)

America got a wake-up call the other day when North Korea detonated an underground explosion. Whether it was a nuke or a lesser scare tactic, the lesson is the same. The crazed dictator Kim Jong Il is out to develop nuclear weapons. He clearly hopes to be in a position to threaten the world — especially the United States-with nuclear blackmail. If he is warning us — as he did this past week — to stop "pestering" him about building nukes, imagine the kind of threats he'll issue when he gets a functional nuclear arsenal.

As far back as May 7, 1997 — as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Research and Development — Congressman Weldon took on an intelligence community that had downplayed the North Korean threat. The lawmaker cited a credible study warning that "prior to 2010" North Korea "will almost certainly" acquire ICBMs that can reach the United States.

It was Weldon who spotlighted the discovery of Soviet radar at Kransnoyarsk in the 1980s. He had exposed a Soviet violation of the 1972 ABM treaty, a document venerated by the left in this country even though it was repeatedly violated by the Soviets and was working against America's interests, risking millions of American lives. The congressman was vindicated on that score by a 1998 report that missile threats could come from outlaw cut-throats without any notice.

That meant, in plain English, we were defenseless, potentially subject to nuclear blackmail. Common sense tells us that is unacceptable, to say the least. And yet, getting policy-makers to do the rational thing and build a defense against such a nightmare scenario was like pulling teeth.

The biggest lesson from North Korea's nuclear program (assuming one more lesson on this is needed) is that a missile defense is a necessity. If there is anything that for so long typified the political class's frequent penchant for ignoring what Middle America would regard as rational old-fashioned horse sense, this is it. Even as I write this, a UPI dispatch out of Pyongyang quotes experts as saying North Korea's likely next step after developing a nuclear weapon is to create a means of missile transport for the warheads. Liberals here at home, meanwhile, have derisively tagged our own missile efforts as "Star Wars."

In 1999, Weldon helped write the law mandating a highly reluctant Clinton Administration to go forth with the full Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). This was contrary to the consensus in a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) at the time — the same kind of NIE "consensus" that is supposed to shock us today when we are breathlessly told that the Iraq war has increased the number of terrorists around the world determined to take us down. (Flash! — When we went to war to defend our country's honor against Germany and Japan, they promptly beefed up their war machines and "increased the number of" their troops determined to take us down. But psssst! Don't tell anybody. This is just between us rocket scientists.)

During the 1999 congressional battle against the efforts on missile defense led by Weldon and others, President Clinton dispatched Vice President Al Gore to Capitol Hill to tell the lawmakers not to vote it through because "it would embarrass the president." Nonetheless, horse sense won out, and the measure passed the House by a veto-proof majority — 317-105. Even a majority of Democrats voted for it — 103-102.

Weldon charged the NIE report was written to please the Clinton White House, whose policy coincided with the left's adamant resistance to bolstering missile defense. The Pennsylvania lawmaker added that the NIE was "the most outrageous politicization of an intelligence document" that he had seen up to that time. His critique was a factor in leading then-CIA Director John Deutch to have NIE's findings reviewed by a team of outside experts headed by former DCI James Woolsey. That panel found the NIE was "politically naïve and not as useful as it might have been," and that its "methodology was deeply flawed."

A separate report by the Congressional Accountability Office (GAO) found that the NIE's conclusions playing down any need for stepped up missile defense "implies a 100-percent certainty that predicted outcome will hold true during the next 15 years. However, caveats and intelligence gaps noted in NIE 95-19 do not support this level of certainty." The GAO noted other of the NIE's "shortcomings."

Largely as a result of prodding by Weldon and security-conscious colleagues, Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney was able to say in Human Events on October 9, 2006, "Thanks to deployment, the United States no longer is in a position of utter vulnerability to missile attack that Ronald Reagan recognized was unacceptable during the Cold War and would be intolerable in the post-Soviet era."

There is much more to be done to advance missile defense, and Weldon, as Vice-Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, hopes to play a role in seeing that through.

Weldon also ruffled more than a few feathers when he sided with whistle-blowers in the Able Danger team at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Able Danger's warnings of information on several of the 9/11 hijackers a year before the towers went down were ignored.

Recently, a Pentagon Inspector General's Report sided with those higher-ups who had tried to keep the team quiet under threat of disciplinary action. Weldon would have none of it. Said he: "Acting in a sickening manner, the DOD IG cherry-picked testimony from witnesses in an effort to minimize the historical importance of the Able Danger effort."

The above are just samples of some of the activities of a congressman who has refused to be "house broken" or to "go along to get along" even after 20 years.

Weldon is no blind partisan. Some Bush administration people are as unhappy with him as the Clintons are on the Able Danger scandal — which reflects unfavorably on officials from both parties. He has forged an alliance with organized labor in his district — far more so than most Republicans, and he broke ranks with his party in supporting the Family Leave bill. But he favors such social conservative measures as parental notification of a minor child's abortion. He voted against NAFTA because he believed it would drain jobs from America, including his district. And he has fought against the outsourcing of jobs to overseas locations.

One could say he is "a street-corner conservative," with an appeal to blue-collar voters. He is definitely not on the "A-list" of the grand dames of the Georgetown dinner party circuit.

Now when you have a congressman who for twenty years has been pointing out that "the emperor has no clothes [even when not fooling around with a White House intern]," he is going to make some enemies. And those enemies are out there whispering old discredited smears to the liberal media, based on "anonymous sources," of course. Middle America may like him precisely for the enemies he has made, but official Washington would likely have another view.

So Clinton has tapped Joe Sestak — his White House defense policy adviser on the National Security Council — to run against Weldon. Yes, that NSC — the same one that encouraged President Clinton to resist any effort for a meaningful missile defense.

Though born and raised in the district, Sestak has been away from it for many years, and his campaign shows it. He called local residents "bubbas [slang for "big dumb redneck"]." That gave Weldon's campaign an opening to say that the Democrat candidate — in his years away from his roots — "seems to have developed a superiority complex." Fellow crew members who served with Sestak in the navy have described him in the media as "arrogant" and "egotistical." Weldon — formerly a firefighter, school teacher, and mayor — fits the district like a glove.

Among the contributors to the Sestak campaign are Mary McCarthy, the fired CIA officer believed to have leaked the story about so-called "secret CIA prisons," a news report that has yet to be substantiated — though the mainstream media would have you believe otherwise; Clinton National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, who pleaded guilty to stealing and destroying classified documents; and Clinton CIA Director John Deutch, who (see above) commissioned a panel to investigate the faulty intel estimate on missile defense in a vain attempt to head off the GAO probe. So thanks to Weldon, Deutch ended up with not one, but two investigations.

Berger also hosted a fundraiser for Sestak in the offices of Harold Ickes, a close associate of Hillary Clinton and billionaire George Soros. (See this column Will George Soros rule America?, October 2, 2006.) Speaking of which — Soros-funded websites are piling on Weldon and urging his defeat.

Hillary Clinton came to the district and campaigned for Sestak, although Sestak has called for withdrawal from Iraq by a date certain, whereas Senator Clinton has said telegraphing an exit date to the enemy is not "smart."

At last check, Weldon and Sestak were in a statistical dead heat. Any public official targeted by Soros money has a first-class fight on his hands. But Weldon is in fact a fighter. That is when he is at his best. Patriotic Americans are lending Curt Weldon their support. It is not everyday we get someone on Capitol Hill with his persistence for noble causes.

(Weldon Victory Committee — 1001 Baltimore Pike — Springfield, Pa. 19084)

Monday, October 09, 2006

Facts the DOD IG left out

Many of these points have been described previously here on Able Danger Blog, before the release of the IG report. However here is a summary of things the IG left out:

1-During unclassified testimony given at the closed session of the HASC hearing on Able Danger, the lead attorney at SOCOM responsible for Able Danger testified that certain individuals were "minimized" because there was a question as to whether they were "US persons" or not. As a result, those individuals were considered "off limits". Many of them were located within the US, not just associated with the US.

2-The same SOCOM lawyer confirmed they had found records of an appointment scheduled between Colonel Worthington and the FBI Washington Field Office for October 2000. The Inspector General was present at the closed hearing where all this unclassified information was presented. Yet, this information was not included in the IG report.

3-All of the specific targeting information, data mining techniques, or computer technology used were classified. By failing to declassify or even discuss any of the related information, the IG report did not even touch the surface of Able Danger.

4-Other DoD "black" programs were involved in Able Danger. This has been confirmed in Congressional testimony, however the IG report never even mentions it. In fact, some of this information is so tightly held that no members of Congress have been briefed. This is the information that members of the Able Danger team were stopped from testifying about by DOD lawyers at the closed HASC hearing session in February.

5-A study was done at LIWA in October 2000 specifically to determine the difference between the importance and Arabic characters for "Atta" and "Atef". Why would such a study have been needed if the name "Atta" have never come up before this date?

6-None of the investigators from the Inspetor General were trained in the areas they were supposed to be investigating. Not special operations, not signals or human intelligence, and not even computer science. What were they trained to investigate?

This lays out some of the basics, I will address specific claims made by Bill Arkin, in a separate post. Although, I may need to put on some boots first to wade through.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Curt Weldon debates Joe Sestak

The congressional debate between Curt Weldon and his opponent Joe Sestak was last night. You can watch it here. I can't watch it all now, but Sestak looks flat at the opening. Weldon comes across as much more personable and makes his points more effectively. As far as the issues go, it sounds like most of the debate was on Iraq, Iraq, Iraq.