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Thursday, August 11, 2005


Able Danger

I don't have much to add as I'm not in a good position to verify the claims and haven't cogitated on the subject much, but the Able Danger story will be one to follow over the coming weeks.

In brief, according to the story put forward by Curt Weldon, the military identified Atta and some of the other hijackers in 1999 and decided they should be deported via their Able Danger program, but couldn't give the info to the FBI for legal reasons. The military reported this information to the 9/11 Commission who decided (not for security reasons) to not include this information in their report.

If the news does pans out over the coming days, we should really reexamine
  1. the Total Information Awareness program,
  2. the Prague connection between Atta and Iraq,
  3. having Goerlick on the 9/11 commission, and
  4. the 9/11 commission report in detail.
Curt Weldon's statement to Congress on Tuesday is here.

There's been some walking back on this subject as Time notes a change in Weldon's story (no Atta?). So at the moment, it looks like the Weldon sensationalist version of Able Danger may not pan out.

Update 2
Walk back on the walk back? Shaffer is anonymous no more.


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