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Able Danger Atta Photo Mystery Solved
Media Is a Plural ^ | 3/1/2006 | Rory O'Connor

Posted on 03/01/2006 12:57:55 PM PST by vadkins

Sources close to the ongoing Department of Defense investigation into the controversial Able Danger data mining intelligence program, which purportedly identified Mohammed Atta and three other 9/11 hijackers a year before the worst terror attacks in US history, say the mystery person who actually obtained a much-disputed photograph of Atta for the Able Danger team has now been identified.

Ever since the Pentagon-ordered destruction in 2000 of 2.5 terabytes of data unearthed by Able Danger – allegedly including a chart featuring Atta’s photograph that revealed terrorist links and patterns when clicked on – skeptics have long raised doubt about the very existence of the chart and the photograph in question.

It has now been confirmed that a female contract employee of defense contractor Orion Scientific, which provided personnel and proprietary software to the original Able Danger operation, has been identified as a result of investigation by the Pentagon’s own Inspector General.

Identification of the mystery woman lends more credence to claims by Able Danger members, such as team leader Captain Mark Phillpott, Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer, and Orion analyst J.D. Smith, among others, that the Able Danger program did in fact identify four 9/11 hijackers well before the attacks.

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To: Calpernia
I was bored and began channel surfing. Nothing much of interest anywhere at all. Didn't even notice the channel until I saw Alan Colmes speaking to Tom Kean. Heard about a half of a sentence. Something about the President and how if when he was governor.............

Having seen more than enough of Tom Kean and his band of obstructionist liars I am firm in my decision not to vote for his son if he is our senatorial candidate.

41 posted on 03/02/2006 5:57:22 AM PST by OldFriend (HELL IS TOO GOOD FOR OUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA)
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To: OldFriend

bumping that

42 posted on 03/02/2006 6:08:13 AM PST by Calpernia (
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To: brityank

43 posted on 03/02/2006 6:36:10 AM PST by ovrtaxt (Join the FR folding team!!
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To: randog

"Best to just sweep that one under the rug."

Is that your opinion or are you just saying that's the way the ruling class thinks?

Otherwise, I think the comment is completely wrongheaded. "A screw-up"?? "the very foundations of government"?? How about real accountability? How about figuring out what REALLY went wrong so we can stop it from happening again? How about rooting out the rot that allowed this monumental tragedy to happen?

44 posted on 03/02/2006 9:38:51 AM PST by JewishRighter
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To: JewishRighter
Sorry; sometimes I think my sarcasm is obvious and leave off the </sarcasm> tag.
45 posted on 03/02/2006 9:52:43 AM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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46 posted on 03/02/2006 12:38:55 PM PST by JewishRighter
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To: ovrtaxt

Thanks for the ping!

47 posted on 03/03/2006 12:07:25 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: roses of sharon
"...I confused him with the Dutch businessman who is on trial in the Netherlands right now for selling Saddam his chemical weapons, which BTW is another very interesting story we never read about..."

Since it has been established that there never were any chemical weapons, and that all the villages full of dead Kurdish children, years ago, were actually due to the ravaging effects of poor dental hygiene, I cannot see why this man is being held and tried.

Does Ramsey Clark know about this? Does Cindy Sheehan?

My God, man, we've got to tell Dennis Kucinich!

48 posted on 03/03/2006 7:05:54 AM PST by pickrell (Old dog, new trick...sort of)
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To: pickrell
Amazing isn't it, how the MSM can write the script and rewrite history for an entire nation.

This guy fled Dutch authorities and lived in Baghdad for 13 years under an Arab name, then upon our invasion fled to Syria, where he was eventually picked up.

I wonder what he fled with?
49 posted on 03/03/2006 7:12:05 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: Calpernia
Sorry kids. Your daddy will never come home again and you will never understand why because the people you pay screwed up and don't want to admit it.

Not only do they not want to admit it, I'm beginning to think that They don't care! - and that goes for both parties!

50 posted on 03/03/2006 7:17:48 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Former SAC Trained Killer)
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To: The Sons of Liberty


51 posted on 03/03/2006 7:20:14 AM PST by Calpernia (
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To: TexasCajun

So now Bush controls Congress too? Gee whatta guy.

52 posted on 03/03/2006 9:50:22 AM PST by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Right the GOP lead attacks on our enemies are just mirages.

53 posted on 03/03/2006 9:55:17 AM PST by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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To: roses of sharon
"..This guy fled Dutch authorities and lived in Baghdad for 13 years under an Arab name, then upon our invasion fled to Syria, where he was eventually picked up...
I wonder what he fled with?

Certainly with all the money that he made selling those chemicals. What I wonder is... what does this guy think at night before he sleeps? He is likely at the point in his life where he ponders the afterlife; the afterlife which approaches him at the speed of life.

How will he face those whom his conspiracy deprived of their threescore and ten? What terrible fear must seize him when he stops to think. Crimes never end. The price may not be paid now... and it may not be paid next year...

But no one participates in murder on the wholesale level, without a terrible price being extracted. This price approaches. It nears him as time passes. And I hope he is sweating mightily.

Some crimes transcend apologies; and the ones who enabled and assisted the Ba'athists to fill over a hundred thousand graves, that we know of, will be huddling together with the souls of those in the United States and Europe who assisted and defended the Soviets in their pogroms against their own mass-victims.

Neither you nor I could conceive of wanting money that badly. Along with the many who think like us on this forum, we're making a start, anyway... What else can we do?

54 posted on 03/03/2006 7:49:21 PM PST by pickrell (Old dog, new trick...sort of)
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To: usmcobra; roses of sharon
In Washington, the FBI moved to quiet the Prague connection by telling journalists that it had car rentals and records that put Atta in Virginia Beach, Va., and Florida close to, if not during, the period when he was supposed to be in Prague. The New York Times , citing information provided by "federal law enforcement officials," reported that Atta was in Virginia Beach on April 2, 2001, and by April 11, "Atta was back in Florida, renting a car."

All these reports attributed to the FBI were, as it turns out, erroneous. There were no car rental records in Virginia, Florida, or anywhere else in April 2001 for Mohamed Atta, since he had not yet obtained his Florida license.

His international license was at his father's home in Cairo, Egypt (where his roommate Marwan al-Shehhi picked it up in late April). Nor were there other records in the hands of the FBI that put Atta in the United States at the time. Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet testified to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in June 2002, "It is possible that Atta traveled under an unknown alias" to "meet with an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague." Clearly, it was not beyond the capabilities of the 9/11 hijackers to use aliases.


The only dispute over Atta's whereabouts is whether he was in Prague on April 9, 2001, to meet with Samir al Ani, an Iraqi intelligence officer. Czech intelligence insists he was. Able Danger, apparently, had information supporting the Czechs.


Spanish police last February arrested Algerians Khaled Madani, 33, and Moussa Laour, 36, on suspicion of furnishing phony passports to, among others, al Qaeda operatives Ramzi Binalshibh and Mohamed Atta. According to a February 29 Associated Press dispatch, Binalshibh revealed Madani's identity to interrogators at the American military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


Meanwhile, in a February 24 letter to James Beasley, Jr., the attorney in the aforementioned lawsuit, Czech U.N. Ambassador Hynek Kmonicek affirms an October 26, 2001 statement by Czech Interior Minister Stanislav Gross: "In this moment we can confirm, that during the next stay of Mr. Muhammad Atta in the Czech Republic there was the contact with the official of the Iraqi intelligence, Mr. Al Ani, Ahmed Khalin Ibrahim Samir, who was on 22nd April 2001 expelled from the Czech Republic on the basis of activities which were not compatible with the diplomatic status." Atta flew from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Prague on April 7, 2001. Car-rental records place him in the Czech capitol the next day. He flew home to Florida that April 9.

National Review

So they have car rental records as well.

55 posted on 03/06/2006 6:20:33 AM PST by ravingnutter
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To: randog
Best to just sweep that one under the rug.

If I felt that the issues Able Danger brings up were solved then I would understand if it had to be forgotten...but watching the daily news on the NSA and wiretaps...I don't think much has changed.
56 posted on 03/12/2006 7:42:56 PM PST by P-40 (
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