Friday, September 16, 2005


Able Danger

The latest on Able Danger from AJStrata:
Rep. Weldon has responded to the 9-11 Commission’s brazen dismissal of Able Danger today:
"For the 9/11 commission (search) to say that this did not exist is just absolutely outrageous. It’s a total denial of the facts,” said the Pennsylvania Republican.
He also hints at some of the witnesses for next week’s hearings (during which, of course, I have an all day meeting to attend!):
Weldon said witnesses will include an FBI agent who will testify that she set up three meetings in 2000 between the FBI’s Washington field office and the Able Danger, but each was cancelled at the last minute. Weldon also said another witness will testify that he was ordered to destroy documents related to the Able Danger project.
What will be important is when the order to destroy the documents came. If it happened in February 2001 when Able Danger wrapped up, no big deal - just unfortunate. If it was in the summer or fall of 2000 - well then I want to know who gave the order.
So do I.

UPDATE: Dick Morris has this today:
The recent publication of some once-cen sored parts of the 9/11 Commission report reveals that, in 1998, federal intelligence sources had shared their concern that al Qaeda could be planning to use passenger airplanes as missiles on suicide raids against prominent targets in the United States. This is the first time we've heard that that the possibility of such a suicide mission was raised at the federal level during the Clinton years.

But the entire thrust of the administration's attitude toward air safety and security was based on the happy assumption that no terrorist would ever engage in a suicide bombing using airplanes. Now the question arises: Why did not the Clinton Administration re-evaluate its air safety measures in light of the 1998 warning?
Good question.


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