Thursday, November 10, 2005

FW: Able Danger Scandal Looming -- Investigations underway in House, Senate, and Pentagon IG


Friends, colleagues and Citizenswatch members,

[Please forward and post widely -- Watch Rep. Weldon's press conference at
C-SPAN.org -- Call C-SPAN and urge them to air it prime time on C-SPAN1 -
see contact details below.]

The Able Danger scandal and cover-up is mushrooming into a cloud that now
looms over the 9/11 Commission, the DoD, and the DIA. Rep. Curt Weldon said,
"to me this is the most important story of my lifetime." He talked about
friends he lost on September 11th. He raged and attacked the 9/11 Commission
for omitting Able Danger. The day before yesterday's press conference he
accused former Commission Vice-Chair Hamilton of lying to protect the Bush
administration as reported by Govexec.com; that's right, the Bush
Administration. 9/11 has truly turned the world upside down. Hopefully,
the mainstream press will catch up and recognize how big a story this is and
how serious the charges are. Once eyes turn back to 9/11 and the integrity
of the Commission is seriously, rightly and broadly questioned, there will
be many other still unanswered questions raised about the attacks and the
flawed findings of the 9/11 Report and calls for further investigation. As
Joe Wilson pointed o!
ut to the Washington Post not long after his famous op-ed exposing the
Yellowcake farce, "if they lied to us about this, what else are they lying
to us about?"

Currently there are two committees in the Senate and four in the House
investigating Able Danger and as of yesterday the Inspector general at the
Pentagon is investigating as well. But still the key witnesses are
effectively gagged by the DoD. In response, Rep. Weldon has initiated a
petition yesterday already signed by over 100 of his colleagues calling upon
the DoD to permit testimony of Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, Captain Scott
Phillpott, and the other witnesses.

Weldon leveled allegations against former 9/11 staffer Dietrich Snell who
interviewed the Able Danger team leader Phillpott tens days before the
release of the 9/11 Report and who heard from Phillpott that indeed they had
identified Atta. Given that Snell is now at NY Attorney General Eliot
Spitzer's office in NYC there is a new opportunity to demand Spitzer dispell
any questions of conflict of interest and act upon the extensive 9/11
Complaint brought by families and victims filed with his office last Fall.
[See http://www.justicefor911.org]. [Perhaps someone should sue the
Commissioners for fraud for starters.] In response to Phillpott's putting
his career on the line with his private testimony regarding Atta and the
obstructions they encountered in getting this to the FBI, Snell asked
Phillpott, "What do you want to do with this information, we are going to
print in 10 days?" Well, we know that neither Roemer (a dem) nor Lehman (a
Republican) were briefed and neither t!
he Report nor the post report 'monographs' made any mention of Able Danger.

Please call your representatives in Congress (see number below) and ask them
to sign Rep. Weldon's petition so that the American people can hear the
truth from those that identified Atta, Al-Sheehi, Al-Hazmi, and Al-Mihdhar a
full year before the atttacks and who experienced repeated obstructions in
trying to bring this information forward to the FBI and who can speak to who
ignored this intelligence and tried to bury it, repeatedly.

Below are a few select quotes from Rep. Weldon's press conference yesterday
followed by snippets from today's articles on the subject as well as a
transcript of his appearance on Lou Dobbs.

Thank you for your concern and dedication to finding the truth. It is never
too late to set the record straight and hold those responsible to account.

Kyle F. Hence
9/11 CitizensWatch
For extensive resources and articles on Able Danger visit:
http://www.911citizenswatch.org

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There is a cover-up here. It is clear. It is unequivocal.
I have no other recourse but to ask for a criminal investigation.
The 9/11 Commission refers to Able Danger as historically insignificant.
It is my contention that there was a deliberate attempt to not have this
story told to the American people.
There is no mention of Able Danger in the entire 9/11 Commission Report.
There's been nothing but denial and spin since the story broke in the first
week of August. Denial and Spin.

You know Richard Nixon had to resign from office because he tried to cover
up a third-rate burglary. No one was injured. No money was stolen. No one
was killed. Here we have a cover-up of the single largest incident in the
history of our nation...[might be missing rest of this quote?]

This story is about intimidation, it's about harassment, it's about ruining
the career of a professional military officer. It's about denying the
American people the basic facts of what happened to 3000 human beings and 17
sailors. It is unacceptable. It's outrageous. It's un-American. It's
undemocratic, it's not what our country stands for.

The 9/11 Commission missed the boat. They flubbed it. They have no
credibility on this issue whatsoever.
It's only a matter of time before this story is going to come out.
I can't believe the mainstream media turns its head and does nothing to
investigate this.

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While it is still posted online at C-SPAN please take the time to Rep.
Weldon's press conference yesterday and send C-SPAN a polite note asking
give the press conference an appropriate prime time billing on C-SPAN1 --
remind them we are talking a cover-up of an operation that could easily have
foiled the worst terrorist attack and mass murder on U.S. soil in U.S.
history :

Rep. Kurt Weldon (R-PA) on Able Danger Investigation
rtsp://video.c-span.org/15days/e110905_weldon.rm'
Representative Curt Weldon (R-PA) talks about the Able Danger investigation.
11/9/2005: WASHINGTON, DC: 47 min.

viewer@c-span.org
Main Number: (202) 737-3220
tmurphy@c-span.org
Terry Murphy, VP of Programming

Capitol Hill Switchboard: 202-224-3121

New Skirmish in War Over 9/11 Information Congressman challenges Department
of Defense
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=O'20051110&a
rticleId=1224
By Rory O'Connor -- November 10, 2005

Representative Curt Weldon, Republican from Pennsylvania, has just fired
another salvo in his ongoing battle against the Defense Department over the
Able Danger “information warfare” program. According to at least five DOD
employees, the controversial data-mining project, which ended in 2000,
identified Mohamed Atta and other 9/11 hijackers a year before the worst
terror attacks ever on US soil.

Weldon believes that the 9/11 Commission’s work investigating the attacks
has proven “to be a disappointment and a failure, especially as it pertains
to Able Danger.” Possible explanations for this failure, says Weldon,
include “gross incompetence either on the part of the Commissioners or the
Commission staff, or both,” or more alarmingly, “a deliberate cover-up that
would make the Watergate scandal pale in comparison.”
[snip]

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Pentagon probes treatment of 'Able Danger' officer Reuters -- Wed Nov 9,
2005 7:32 PM ET
http://www.911citizenswatch.org/print.php?sid=717
By David Morgan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon inspector general is investigating the
Defense Intelligence Agency's treatment of an Army colonel who was the first
to claim publicly that the government knew about four September 11 hijackers
long before the 2001 attacks, officials said on Wednesday.

Among the issues under review is whether the DIA revoked the security
clearance of Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer last September in retaliation for
repeated comments he made in the media about a military intelligence team
code-named Able Danger, sources familiar with the case said.
[snip]

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Rep. Curt Weldon on Lou Dobbs (CNN)
http://curtweldon.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=36857
DOBBS: New charges tonight. Charges of a massive cover-up by members of our
defense intelligence community. Congressman Curt Weldon today called for a
criminal investigation into what he says, is the most important story of our
lifetime.

Weldon says the army's intelligence unit known as Able Danger, identified
the ringleaders of the 9/11 attacks more than a year before September 11,
but those warnings were ignored by the Pentagon.

Weldon says the defense intelligence agency is now trying to smear the
reputation of Able Danger member Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer, for
speaking out about the scandal.

In addition to identifying the ringleaders of the 9/11 attacks, Congressman
Weldon says Able Danger warned defense officials about terrorist activity in
the Port of Aden in Yemen, two weeks before that bombing of the U.S. the
bombs of the U.S.S. Cole in 2000.

He also blasted the 9/11 Commission, calling them a disappointment and a
failure for not including that information about Able Danger in its final
report.

I talked with 9/11 commission member and former senator Slade Gorton three
weeks ago. And I ask him why Able Danger was omitted from the commission's
report.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SLADE GORTON, FORMER 9/11 COMMISSIONER: Well, Able Danger worked out very
interesting. It didn't identify Mohammed Atta a year beforehand.
Unfortunately, no one identified Mohammed Atta beforehand. Able Danger was
simply irrelevant to our report and still is.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

DOBBS: Congressman Weldon now joining me from Washington, in an exclusive
interview.

Congressman, it is good to see you. Simply irrelevant how Slade Gorton
describes Able Danger, what's your reaction?

REP. CURT WELDON (R), ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE: Unbelievable. Slade Gorton
has never talked to any principle involved with Able Danger. And how he can
go off and profess to know something about something that he's never talked
to anyone about, is beyond me.

Slade Gorton is into what the 9/11 commission is doing, Lou. It's called c,
y, a. Cover their butts, pretend it didn't happen.

How can you say something is historically insignificant that Louis Freeh
just two weeks ago on national TV said Able Danger information was the kind
of intelligence that could have prevented the hijackings.

That's Louis Freeh saying that two weeks ago. Able Danger was briefed to the
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in January of 2001. How could you call
that historically insignificant?

Lou, this is a cover-up. It's not a third-rate political burglary. It's a
cover-up of information on the largest attack in the history of the country.

DOBBS: Congressman, you are calling for a criminal investigation. Obviously,
you're not going to receive a great deal of cooperation from the leadership,
the Republican leadership in the House or the Senate.

You're a Republican, what kind of reaction are you getting as you go one on
one with your fellow Congressman?

WELDON: Lou, the members of Congress want the facts to come out, both
parties. I did a briefing this afternoon for members of Congress, we had
dozens of their members and their staff show up.

And just within two hours Lou, today, I got 100 signatures. One hundred
signatures from Republicans and Democrats across the country. Liberals and
conservatives to Secretary Rumsfeld demanding that we allow these Able
Danger military officers to testify in an open hearing.

The American people need to know the facts. They need to know the truth.
Three thousand people were killed, 17 sailors were killed in the U.S.S Cole.
The 9/11 commission did not do its job. It's time to get the facts out to
the American people.

DOBBS: Let me quote Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Congressman. When
asked about Able Danger, Donald Rumsfeld said, quote, it's such an
interesting story. Of course, it's something that occurred well before this
administration came in. Back in the '90s, as I understand it, and it's an
interesting story.

What's your response?

WELDON: Well, Donald Rumsfeld would not have been given the detailed
information about Able Danger because it ended at the end of 2000, before he
came into office.

However, Lou, we have to understand. There were people within the Pentagon
who stayed in place from the 1999/2000 period into 2001. In fact, they're
still there today. They have a vested interest in not having the story be
told because some of them are going to be embarrassed because the American
people will see we failed them in 1999 and 2000.

We failed them in 2001. We had information we should have acted upon. It was
denied from being transferred to the FBI and as Louis Freeh said just two
weeks ago, could have allowed us to stop the hijackings from having ever
occurred.

DOBBS: Louis Freeh, the former FBI director. At this point, Congressman,
where does the investigation go from here? The people that are most critical
to establishing what the unit, Able Danger knew, and was capable of
disseminating, relevant to 9/11, have been gagged by the Pentagon and cannot
speak. What do you do now?

WELDON: Well, we have a DOD, inspector general investigation that actually
commenced today. I met for an hour and a half with four of their top
leaders. They were requested by three separate members of Congress, one
senator and two House members.

They have commenced an internal investigation of the Defense Intelligence
Agency. In addition to that, I talked to the head of the General Accounting
Office and I have asked him to look at a criminal investigation of what
happened, and a deliberate attempt to cover-up information.

The person who debriefed Scott Philpott, Lou, was a guy named Dieter Snell.
Dieter Snell worked for Jamie Gorelick. We have to know whether or not there
was a deliberate attempt by Dieter Snell not to have the 9/11 commission
members know the full details of what Able Danger was doing. I can't answer
that question. An investigation needs to take place.

DOBBS: And Scott Philpott, of course, one of those who has been gagged by
the Pentagon in this case. Congressman Curt Weldon, we thank you very much.

WELDON: My pleasure, Lou.

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