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  • Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds

    08/01/2014 1:47:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 31, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said Thursday that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats. The National Defense Panel called on the president to dump a major section of his 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and write a broader strategy that requires the military to fight on multiple fronts at once. It also said the shrinking U.S. armed forces, which are being downsized to fit that strategy and budget cuts, is a “serious strategic misstep on the part of the United States.” The forces’ numbers spelled out in...
  • Video: Two commandos made it to Benghazi

    10/31/2013 7:23:16 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 31, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The official line from the White House, the State Department, and the Pentagon about the US response to the attack on our consulate in Benghazi has been that we didn’t have time to send in troops to fight the terrorists that were killing Americans. A new report from Washington Times reporter Rowan Scarborough undermines that argument, and once again raises the question about the lack of response. Two American commandos have received medals for fighting in Benghazi after volunteering to accompany five security contractors from Tripoli, and Scarborough wonders why the US didn’t mobilize other forces at the same time:
  • Bashar Assad loses U.S. friends as Kerry, Hagel and Biden take Bush’s stance on Syria

    09/02/2013 12:13:46 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 1, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Obama national security team that wants to go to war with Syria and demonizes President Bashar Assad is the same group that, as senators, urged reaching out to the dictator.As a bloc on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, President Obama, Secretary of State John F. Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Vice President Joseph R. Biden all opposed the George W. Bush administration’s playing tough with Mr. Assad. None grew closer to Mr. Assad and promoted him in Washington more than Mr. Kerry.“President Assad has been very generous with me in terms of the discussions we have had,”...
  • Military indoctrinated on gays kissing, behavior

    03/23/2011 7:38:24 AM PDT · by Outlaw Woman · 145 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 23, 2011 | Rowan Scarborough
    Four branches of the military have begun sending training material to 2.2 million active and reserve troops as a prelude to opening the ranks to gays, with instructions on, for example, what to do if an officer sees two male Marines kissing in a shopping mall. Key themes are that sexual orientation will no longer be a bar to service, that all service members must respect each other, and that the partners of gay troops will not receive the benefits of heterosexual spouses. “We are going to make [gay ban] repeal training expeditiously,” said Maj. Joel Harper, an Air Force...
  • Combat troops to get gay sensitivity training

    02/24/2011 9:39:57 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 92 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Feb. 24, 2011 | Rowan Scarborough
    American combat troops will get sensitivity training directly on the battlefield about the military’s new policy on gays instead of waiting until they return to home base in the United States, the senior enlisted man in Afghanistan said Thursday. The Pentagon is launching an extensive force-wide program to ease the process of integrating open homosexuals into the ranks, including into close-knit fighting units. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill, the top enlisted man in Afghanistan where 100,000 U.S. troops are deployed, said that the sessions on respecting gays’ rights will go right down to the forward operating bases, where troops...
  • Tough fight set for gays in military--Obama wants ban repealed, but House and Senate not so sure

    02/01/2010 9:38:15 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 605+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 1, 2010 | Rowan Scarborough
    President Obama's pledge to lift the military's ban on openly gay service members this year seems at best headed for extremely close votes in the House and Senate, according to Congress watchers. The president's proposal needs 218 votes in the House. A bill to repeal the policy known as "don't ask, don't tell" has fewer than 190 co-sponsors. What's more, a number of Democrats representing conservative districts, led by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton of Missouri, are set to buck the president and vote against repeal. In the Senate, senators who support the ban could filibuster the 2011...
  • Support swells for 3 accused SEALs

    01/22/2010 9:51:04 AM PST · by ColdOne · 11 replies · 816+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 22,2010 | Rowan Scarborough
    When a small team of Navy SEALs set out to capture one of Iraq's most-wanted terrorists in September, they never dreamed it would go so smoothly. After all, Ahmed Hashim Abed, the suspected mastermind of a 2004 atrocity against U.S. contractors in Fallujah, was holed up in a safe house in Anbar province. Intelligence reports, which identified his location, said he kept a revolver under his pillow.
  • SEALs Who Caught High-Profile Terrorist Now Face Court-Martial

    11/27/2009 8:32:10 AM PST · by Irisshlass · 148 replies · 2,843+ views
    Human Events ^ | 11/26/2009 | Rowan Scarborough
    The military is throwing the book at three terrorist-hunting Navy SEALs who captured one of the most wanted in Iraq. It seems one of the commandos may have punched Ahmed Hashim Abed, who intelligence reports said planned the bloody ambush of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah, Iraq, five years ago. Instead of plaudits, three SEALs face court-martial in January. And conservatives are expressing outrage to HUMAN EVENTS. Abed, whom the U.S. command designated "Objective Amber," was nabbed in darkness Sept. 3 by a platoon of commandos from SEAL Team 10, based in Norfolk. The next few hours proved...
  • Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist

    11/25/2009 8:55:22 AM PST · by Paige · 118 replies · 4,826+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/24/2009 | Rowan Scarborough
    Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges, sources told FoxNews.com.
  • Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist

    11/24/2009 11:45:09 AM PST · by Terrence DoGood · 638 replies · 27,028+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | By Rowan Scarborough
    Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And for their trouble, three of the SEALs, members of the Navy's elite commando unit, are now facing criminal charges, sources told FoxNews.com. The three have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral's mast — and requested a trial by court-martial. Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it....
  • White House Irked at McChrystal

    10/08/2009 1:49:28 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 8 replies · 1,063+ views
    Humanevents.com ^ | 10/8/09 | by Rowan Scarborough
    The White House is becoming increasingly irked at its most important general -- Stanley McChrystal, the four-star running President Obama's war in Afghanistan. Obama dispatched McChrystal to Afghanistan in June to defeat the Taliban under a White House strategy adopted in March and with 21,000 extra troops.
  • Cheney Was Right

    08/26/2009 2:44:20 AM PDT · by kingattax · 10 replies · 1,254+ views
    Human Events ^ | 08/26/2009 | Rowan Scarborough
    The CIA's harsh interrogation techniques saved countless American lives by forcing al Qaeda chieftains to disclose a string of sophisticated terror plots to infiltrate the United States with cold-blooded killers. That fact is established in two documents released Monday by the Justice Department, hours after they released the CIA Inspector General report which Attorney General Holder has used as a basis to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the CIA interrogators. The successes produced by the so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” are disclosed in two declassified CIA reports -- the same ones demanded to be released by former Vice President Dick...
  • Pakistan Nukes At Risk

    07/01/2009 7:12:43 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 8 replies · 518+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 7/1/2009 | Rowan Scarborough
    Taliban terrorists know where some of Pakistan's nuclear weapons are stored based on information from allies inside the country's national security forces. A military source tells HUMAN EVENTS the Taliban and al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan's western frontier have ties to elements of the Pakistan army and Inter-Services Intelligence. The ISI helped put the Taliban in power in Afghanistan in 1996s. Its agents have helped it carry out attacks, including the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul. It is through these contacts that the Taliban and its extremist allies know the locations of some nuclear warheads. Pakistan is believed...
  • U.S. Has Plan to Secure Pakistan Nukes if Country Falls to Taliban

    05/14/2009 3:56:15 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies · 925+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 14, 2009 | Rowan Scarborough
    The United States has a detailed plan for infiltrating Pakistan and securing its mobile arsenal of nuclear warheads if it appears the country is about to fall under the control of the Taliban, Al Qaeda or other Islamic extremists. American intelligence sources say the operation would be conducted by Joint Special Operations Command, the super-secret commando unit headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C. JSOC is the military's chief terrorists hunting squad and has units now operating in Afghanistan on Pakistan's western border. But a secondary mission is to secure foreign nuclear arsenals -- a role for which JSOC operatives have trained...
  • The Great Left Smear Machine

    04/10/2009 8:15:41 AM PDT · by Reagan Man · 18 replies · 928+ views
    Human Events ^ | April.10, 2009 | Rowan Scarborough
    Liberals have created a powerhouse propaganda machine that helped Moveon.org smear a four-star general, promotes endless environmental scares and brags it can place its left wing themes in the nation's leading newspapers. Fenton Communications pitches for trial lawyers, collectively the largest contributors to the Democrat Party, as well as for the hard line environmental group Greenpeace; Venezuela's socialist leader Hugo Chavez; anti-war demonstrator Cindy Sheehan; and gay and abortion advocates. Its account executives arrive from such left wing outposts as the office of ultra liberal Rep. Dennis Kucinich, abortion provider Planned Parenthood, the anti-Bush ACLU, Greenpeace and the news media....
  • Number of Ex-Gitmo Prisoners Rejoining Terror Higher Than Reported

    03/12/2009 8:40:57 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 34 replies · 2,977+ views
    Human Events ^ | March 12, 2009 | Rowan Scarborough
    The number of ex-Guantanamo detainees who have gone back to terrorism is much larger than the government is letting on. A senior intelligence official, who has access to some of the country's top secrets, tells HUMAN EVENTS that some Pentagon analysts actually believe 102 former enemy combatants have returned to terror -- not 61 as publicly reported by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). That would mean that of 520 terrorists released from the Guantanamo Bay prison, nearly 20 percent returned to the practice of killing to achieve their radical view of Islam. The number is gaining importance in light of...
  • Potemkin Democrats Talk Defense

    08/28/2008 4:16:21 PM PDT · by vietvet67 · 5 replies · 131+ views
    Human Events ^ | 08/28/2008 | Rowan Scarborough
    The 2008 Democratic Party platform calls for ushering in a new era of government intervention in nearly all corners of American life, but its words on national defense read more like a Republican document than leftist manifesto. The platform's pro-defense bent at times belies specific statements from Sen. Barrack Obama, the party's presidential nominee. He has singled out major weapons programs for budget cuts and has pledged to talk to any world leader, including the president of Iran, without preconditions. The platform's national security blueprint does contain two overtures to the Left: a pledge to end the ban on gays...
  • Iran's bad behavior blamed on Bush

    03/15/2008 3:33:51 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies · 880+ views
    Iran's bad behavior blamed on Bush March 15, 2008 By Rowan Scarborough - Sen. Barack Obama's most senior military adviser says President Bush is to blame for Iran's bad behavior. The assessment from an interview with retired Air Force Gen. Merrill McPeak provides a glimpse into how an Obama administration would deal with Iran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called repeatedly for the destruction of Israel, is pursuing nuclear weapons in the opinion of some national security experts, and his Revolutionary Guard is training Iraqis to kill American military personnel in Iraq. Earlier this month, Mr. Ahmadinejad said of Israel,...
  • Military fears 'unknown quantity'(Obama as CIC)

    02/26/2008 6:43:21 AM PST · by SE Mom · 150 replies · 252+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 26 February 2008 | Rowan Scarborough
    Members of Washington's military and defense establishment are expressing trepidation about Sen. Barack Obama, as the Illinois senator comes closer to winning the Democratic presidential nomination and leads in national polls to become commander in chief. ~snip~ We're very concerned about his apparent lack of understanding on the threat of radical Islam to the United States," said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, who is pro-Iraq war and a Fox News analyst. "A lot of retired senior officers feel the same way."
  • "Sabotage" (on now -- 8 AM -- EST)

    09/01/2007 5:02:36 AM PDT · by Beckwith · 18 replies · 802+ views
    CSPN2 ^ | 9/1/2007 | Rowan Scarborough
    Former Washington Times reporter Rowan Scarborough on Sabotage: American's Enemies within the CIA.
  • SABOTAGE: Rowan Scarborough Talks About his New CIA Book

    08/25/2007 9:59:33 AM PDT · by ChessExpert · 6 replies · 611+ views
    Human Events ^ | 07/16/2007 | Jeff Babbin
    RS: Well, about three years ago John McCain became probably the first politician who declared the CIA a 'rogue agency.' And it is because inside the CIA, the bureaucracy at Langley had a priority of leaking and stopping Bush administration programs, rather than following the policy directives of the White House. And we’ve seen that in countless leaks about terrorist surveillance programs, the prisons where they were trying to interrogate top-ranking al Qaeda prisoners, in station reports from Baghdad. When Porter Goss took over the CIA in 2004, really trying to reform it, what happened? He died by a million...
  • The CIA vs. Scarborough

    08/25/2007 10:12:07 AM PDT · by ChessExpert · 40 replies · 1,452+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | July 27, 2007 | Jed Babbin
    On July 20, the CIA issued the most extraordinary press release. Director of Public Affairs Mike Mansfield wrote: We generally don't comment on books, but we have departed from that on occasion, and have decided to do so in connection with Rowan Scarborough's new book, "Sabotage: America's Enemies Within the CIA."
  • CIA Post Mortem

    08/17/2007 6:19:12 AM PDT · by Kaput · 9 replies · 526+ views
    campusreportonline.net ^ | August 16, 2007 | Matt Hadro
    CIA Post Mortem by: Matt Hadro, August 16, 2007 In the final decade before the new millennium, the overall CIA budget plummeted, training bases closed, and the number of recruits for the clandestine service steadily dropped. The agency is still recovering from that decade of decline, said reporter Rowan Scarborough at the Heritage Foundation recently. Since then, the organization’s ability to effectively collect intelligence has been hampered, Scarborough said. However, since new members became agents during the Clinton years, the organization developed a political bias, not to mention a widespread resort to leaking inaccurate information and the use of “smear”...
  • Sabotage (book review)

    08/08/2007 6:17:29 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 3 replies · 610+ views
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | 08 aug 07 | Jamie Glazov
    Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Rowan Scarborough, a Navy veteran who covered the Pentagon for the Washington Times for nearly two decades, where he built a tremendous reputation for breaking news. He now covers national security for the Washington Examiner. He previously wrote the New York Times best seller Rumsfeld's War. He is the author of the new book Sabotage: America's Enemies Within the CIA.
  • Majority of Guantanamo Bay suspects threat to U.S., says report

    07/31/2007 10:43:05 AM PDT · by BGHater · 3 replies · 271+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 31 July 2007 | Rowan Scarborough
    WASHINGTON -The military compiled sufficient evidence to show that all but a few of the 516 terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2004-05 were a threat to the U.S., according to a new government report. The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point said in a 39-page report that only six captives posed no risk based on an analysis of the military's publicly available profiles of each detainee. The Bush administration is under pressure from human rights groups to close Guantanamo and bring the detainees under the U.S. judicial system. If that happens, the Pentagon says, it would have...
  • Sabotage: America's Enemies Within the CIA

    07/30/2007 3:56:06 PM PDT · by airedale · 16 replies · 842+ views
    July 16, 2007 | Rowan Scarborough
    I'm just about finished with Rowan Scarborough's fine book, Sabotage: America's Enemies Within the CIA. It's highly recommended. Paints a very different picture than what the MSM provides. Lots of detail Here is the material from the inside flap of the book: "From the Inside Flap How Bush-hating CIA Bureaucrats Are Sabotaging the War on Terror Since the attacks on September 11, 2001, intelligence collection has become the number-one weapon in the effort to defeat al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. A plot penetrated is an attack stopped. And to the outside observer, the CIA has performed well as a...
  • Arm chair generals help shape surge in Iraq

    07/27/2007 7:25:45 AM PDT · by BGHater · 13 replies · 1,010+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 25 July 2007 | Rowan Scarborough,
    When it comes to the troop surge in Iraq, a bunch of arm chair generals in Washington are influencing the Bush Administration as much as the Joint Chiefs or theater commanders. A group of military experts at the American Enterprise Institute, concerned that the U.S. was on the verge of a calamitous failure in Iraq, almost single handedly convinced the White House to change its strategy. They banded together at AEI headquarters in downtown Washington early last December and hammered out the surge plan during a weekend session. It called for two major initiatives to defeat the insurgency: reinforcing the...
  • Dubai Ports to Have Played Intelligence Role for CIA

    07/20/2007 7:33:05 PM PDT · by RTO · 107 replies · 1,716+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 07-20-2007 | Bill Gertz
    Former Inside the Ring co-author Rowan Scarborough has written a new book revealing a key reason the Bush administration pressed hard for the 2006 deal for the United Arab Emirates-based Dubai Ports World to take over management of several U.S. ports. According to Mr. Scarborough, the administration wanted the deal to go through because the UAE government had agreed to let the United States post agents inside its global port network who could report on world shipping... ... "Dubai Ports, in essence, was going to become an agent of CIA," Mr. Scarborough said in an interview. "The arrangement is helping...
  • Marine Brass Seem Exonerated (And I predict, so will the Enlisted!)

    06/02/2006 9:13:25 AM PDT · by kellynla · 120 replies · 3,445+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 2, 2006 | Rowan Scarborough
    U.S. Marine Corps headquarters in Washington did not learn of the killing of Iraqi civilians by Marines in Haditha until early March, a timeline that appears to exonerate the highest ranks of the Marine Corps from any cover-up or failure to act. The U.S. military command in Baghdad learned of the civilian killings in February and began two investigations: one criminal and one administrative. The administrative probe by Army Brig. Gen. Eldon Bargewell is focusing on whether any information was covered up along the Marine Corps chain of command. This is because the 2nd Marine Division issued a press release...
  • Chavez turns to Iran on military, uranium

    04/10/2006 12:16:09 PM PDT · by demoRat watcher · 8 replies · 484+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | April 10, 2006 | Rowan Scarborough
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is seeking to deepen ties with Iran, with discussions on holding joint military exercises and obtaining uranium, according to Bush administration officials. Hamas also is talking to Caracas about sending representatives to Venezuela to raise money for the militant group's newly elected Palestinian government. But relations with another ally, Russia, have soured over a deal in which Moscow is selling 100,000 AK-47s to Venezuela. The South American country was counting on receiving new rifles, but Russia has shipped a number of refurbished models, prompting Caracas to halt the deal, the U.S. sources said.
  • JAG temporarily banned Army and Marine Corps snipers from using a highly accurate open-tip bullet.

    01/22/2006 2:35:38 PM PST · by radar101 · 111 replies · 5,434+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Jan 20, 2006 | Bill Gertz, Rowan Scarborough
    JAG, we are told, mistakenly thought the open-tip round was the same as hollow-point ammunition, which is banned. The original open-tip was known as Sierra MatchKing and broke all records for accuracy in the past 30 years. The difference between the open-tip and the hollow point is that the open tip is a design feature that improves accuracy while the hollow point is designed for increasing damage when it hits a target. About 10 days ago, the Army JAG in Iraq ordered all snipers to stop using the open-tip 175-grain M118LR bullet, claiming, falsely, it was prohibited. Instead of the...
  • IN Search of Rebuilding Billions

    01/20/2006 12:27:49 PM PST · by jamese777 · 2 replies · 366+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/21/06 | Rowan Scarborough
    In search of rebuilding billions By Rowan Scarborough THE WASHINGTON TIMES January 20, 2006 Finding out what happened to Iraq's $37 billion in oil-financed reconstruction funds -- its stacks of plastic-wrapped hundred-dollar bills popping up all over the country like play money -- has taken investigators down many paths, including one to the Defense Ministry office of Ziyad al Qattan. Questions about what happened to the fund, once held by the United Nations and turned over to the Bush administration, are part of a broader story of how the United States has spent billions in American and Iraqi money after...
  • Bin Laden's phone

    12/31/2005 2:18:38 AM PST · by airedale · 8 replies · 1,287+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/30/05 | Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough
    Bin Laden's phone There's been a lot of press this month about the U.S. missing a chance to catch Osama bin Laden because he stopped using a satellite phone in August 1998. While some Clintonites and President Bush blamed the press for writing that he used such a phone, we thought there was another plausible reason: August 1998 was when the U.S. tried to kill bin Laden in an air strike. Such events would likely make the terrorist leader change his methods. Anyway, we came across a speech, delivered in April 2002, that reveals the U.S. continued to gain valuable...
  • Army recruiting tops new goals

    12/13/2005 10:24:34 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 20 replies · 861+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2005 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Army has exceeded recruiting goals in the first two months of this fiscal year, reversing a trend that had some Iraq critics saying the armed services branch was "broken." The Pentagon yesterday said the Army signed up 5,856 recruits in November, 5 percent above its goal. It previously announced the Army also exceeded its target in October, the first month of the 2006 fiscal year. The Army has that hit its recruiting mark for six straight months, a promising development for the Bush administration. President Bush's critics had cited the Army's failure to achieve its recruiting goals in fiscal...
  • Pentagon sticks with 2-war plan

    12/12/2005 5:34:34 AM PST · by robowombat · 4 replies · 329+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 9, 2005 | Rowan Scarborough
    Pentagon sticks with 2-war plan By Rowan Scarborough THE WASHINGTON TIMES Published December 9, 2005 The Pentagon, in a major four-year decision, has decided to stick with having the capability of being able to fight two major conflicts at once, The Washington Times has learned. Two officials said that when the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) is completed next month, it will retain the requirement that the Pentagon maintain active forces and reserves able to repel and occupy an enemy in one war and defeat a second enemy but not necessarily occupy the capital. The decision is one of the most...
  • Rumsfeld scores press 'negativity' [Rummy Opens Can Of Whoop Arse On Lying Liberal Media]

    12/06/2005 6:04:54 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 36 replies · 1,466+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Dec. 6, 2005 | Rowan Scarborough
    Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld urged the American press yesterday to reassess what he called repeated negative coverage of Iraq as his commanders in Iraq push an extensive information war to counter terrorists' propaganda. "We've arrived at a strange time in this country, where the worst about America and our military seems to so quickly be taken as truth by the press and reported and spread around the world," Mr. Rumsfeld said. The reporting is "often with little context and little scrutiny, let alone correction or accountability after the fact." Mr. Rumsfeld's remarks were part of the new Bush campaign...
  • Murtha assesses Army as 'broken' [TRAITOR TO HIS COUNTRY ALERT]

    12/02/2005 6:58:13 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 79 replies · 2,871+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Dec. 2, 2005 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>Rep. John P. Murtha is continuing his assault on the Bush administration's Iraq war policy, asserting this week that the U.S. Army is "broken, worn out" and "living hand to mouth."</p> <p>The Pentagon and a senior Republican senator sharply disagreed with his assessment.</p>
  • Military fears critics will hurt morale

    11/21/2005 2:50:59 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 192 replies · 4,786+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | November 21, 2005 | Rowan Scarborough
    Pentagon officials say they are increasingly worried that Washington's political fight over the Iraq war will dampen what has been high morale among troops fighting a tenacious and deadly enemy. Commanders are telling Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that ground troops do not understand the generally negative press that their missions receive, despite what they consider significant achievements in rebuilding Iraq and instilling democracy. The commanders also worry about the public's declining support for the mission and what may be a growing movement inside the Democratic Party to advocate troop withdrawal from Iraq. "They say morale is very high," said...
  • Transcript of Curt Weldon Interview on the Sean Hannity Radio Show

    10/20/2005 8:45:41 PM PDT · by vadkins · 19 replies · 1,236+ views
    QT Monster's Place ^ | 10/20/05 | The Sean Hannity Show
    Rep. Curt Weldon: 2 weeks before the attack on the USS Cole and then again 2 days before the attack on the USS Cole, saw through their analysis that a major event was going to occur in Yemen. They told the Navy not to bring the Cole into Yemen harbor and it went in and was attacked. That information was also compiled and the analysis was done by Able Danger. That story has not been told. These people will testify to that story as well.
  • Data-Mining Offensive in the Works

    10/18/2005 8:43:02 AM PDT · by vadkins · 7 replies · 626+ views
    Government Computer News | 10/10/05 | Patience Wait
    A draft proposal floating behind closed doors would reconstitute and improve upon a former Army data-mining program called Able Danger. Able Providence, as the new program has been dubbed, would establish “robust open-source harvesting capabilities” to give military and law enforcement agencies the information to take the initiative in the war on terrorism—that is, to be able to plan and execute offensive measures—in addition to continued defensive actions. In addition, the program would be driven by a presumption that use of weapons of mass destruction within the United States is possible. As a result, Able Providence would need to detect,...
  • Able Danger: Curt Weldon Interviewed by Rush Limbaugh in the Limbaugh Letter

    10/17/2005 9:09:06 PM PDT · by vadkins · 8 replies · 887+ views
    The Limbaugh Letter ^ | September 2005 | Rush Limbaugh
    I did not take the story to the media first when I was told about Able Danger in June. I'd been working on datamining with the Army's LIWA (Land Information Warfare Assessment) facility for six years, since 1999...When I first found out about Able Danger three months ago, I went to the House floor after I investigated this. I went to two 9/11 commissioners, a Democrat and a Republican. And John Lehman told me I should pursue this publicly. He said, "Curt, if you don't, nobody else will." I went to the House floor and did a speech, and no...
  • Louis Freeh's Able Danger Remarks on Meet The Press

    10/17/2005 12:15:31 AM PDT · by vadkins · 16 replies · 2,564+ views
    The Intelligence Summit ^ | 10/16/05 | Tim Russert
    Louis Freeh: No I disagree with that. And you know, while we're on the subject of the 9-11 Commission, I'm very interested and I know the country is in the Able Danger report. We have now very honorable military officers telling the United States, Tim, that in 2000 not only had Mohammad Atta been identified, by photo and name, but was earmarked as an Al Qaeda operative in the United States...
  • National Security Watch: Disquieted whistle-blowers

    10/12/2005 11:07:20 AM PDT · by vadkins · 25 replies · 3,263+ views
    US News and World Report ^ | 10/11/05 | Kevin Whitelaw
    One of the biggest names of the conference never even uttered a word. Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer is the military intelligence operative who recently went public with a controversial claim that a year before September 11, his top-secret task force "Able Danger" was able to identify the man who later turned out to be the lead hijacker as being connected to al Qaeda. Shaffer is a veteran of top-secret operations against terrorists, including some in Afghanistan, and several of his DIA colleagues have come out publicly to confirm that they remember Mohamed Atta being identified in 2000 as part of...
  • If Only We Had Acted

    10/08/2005 10:40:54 PM PDT · by vadkins · 7 replies · 855+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/9/05 | F. Michael Maloof
    Rep. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania Republican, correctly asserts the terrorist attack on America on September 11, 2001, could have been averted. The assertion was based on his efforts as early as 1999 to create a national collaborative or fusion center. It would data-mine vast amounts of information from U.S. intelligence and law enforcement to confront such asymmetrical threats as terrorism, proliferation, illegal arms trafficking, espionage, narcotics and information warfare and cyber-terrorism. It was a process that produced, among other things, the Able Danger open-source analysis that reportedly revealed hijacker Mohamed Atta as a potential terrorist before the attack. Mr. Weldon first...
  • The Able Danger Foxtrot Continues

    10/05/2005 4:18:27 PM PDT · by vadkins · 5 replies · 863+ views
    The Daily Standard ^ | 10/5/2005 | Ed Morrissey
    "It really does raise the question about where the [Armed Services] committees are on this," Zaid said. He emphatically states that the two Armed services have "done nothing, at least with respect to contacting Able Danger team members." Shouldn't these two panels at least have some curiosity about what information the DoD had about al Qaeda prior to 9/11? Everyone else seems to want answers--except those closest to the Pentagon. And Zaid wants Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer to be allowed to supply them. It's extraordinary that the Armed Services committees would continue to act as wallflowers while the Pentagon they...
  • Report due in Able Danger probe

    10/05/2005 7:19:45 AM PDT · by vadkins · 28 replies · 1,434+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/5/2005 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Senate Intelligence Committee has taken closed-door statements in an inquiry that could clear up whether the intelligence program Able Danger identified September 11 hijacker Mohamed Atta a year before the attack. A spokesman said yesterday that the committee likely will release a report or a statement in the next two weeks that makes conclusions, or at least determines the facts. Most of the attention on Able Danger has come from the Senate Judiciary Committee, which already has conducted one public hearing on the intelligence-collection program. It is now asking the Pentagon to allow personnel associated with Able Danger, such...
  • Able Danger: Zaid's Rebuttal To The AP

    10/01/2005 9:48:23 PM PDT · by vadkins · 12 replies · 983+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | 10/1/05 | Mark Zaid, Esq.
    This is my first post on this blog and I want to use this opportunity to comment on something that I find to be very important, and that is the issue of LTC Shaffer's security clearance. The AP story that was issued Friday entitled "Pentagon revokes clearance of 'Able Danger' officer" was replete with many errors and unfortunate omissions that portrayed my client, who the reporter never interviewed, in a false light. I would like to set the record straight so that everyone knows the situation. I set up the story so that a full and balanced portrait could be...
  • Inside the Ring/Atta's Photo

    10/01/2005 1:55:16 PM PDT · by vadkins · 21 replies · 1,759+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/30/2005 | Bill Gertz/Rowas Scarborough
    The purported photo of Atta was later reproduced on a chart that had the names of up to 60 suspected terrorists that Mr. Weldon says he gave to Stephen J. Hadley in 2001, when he was White House deputy national security adviser. Frederick Jones, an NSC spokesman, said that Mr. Hadley does not recall ever seeing the chart with the Atta photo, but does not rule out the possibility that he was given the photo by Mr. Weldon. The photo was purchased from the woman by Orion Scientific Systems Inc., a government contractor that was involved in an early phase...
  • Special operations forces eye terrorists (Rumsfeld)

    08/13/2005 10:04:06 AM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 25 replies · 2,583+ views
    WashTimes ^ | 8/12/2005 | Rowan Scarborough
    Special operations forces eye terrorists By Rowan Scarborough THE WASHINGTON TIMES August 12, 2005 U.S. Special Operations Command has drafted a war plan that sets up procedures for how its commandos will work with other regional commands across the globe to hunt for senior Islamic terrorists. The complex plan from SoCom in Tampa, Fla., has been in the works since summer 2002, when Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signed a secret directive authorizing it. His memo directed SoCom to come up with a plan for dispatching special operations forces on quick notice to virtually any spot in the world to...
  • Task force to set pace of pullout

    07/29/2005 11:49:02 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 26 replies · 366+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 07/30/05 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Pentagon plans to set up a task force of senior U.S. and Iraqi officials that will set conditions for withdrawing substantial numbers of American troops from Iraq next year, U.S. officials said yesterday. Up to this point, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has said he would make such an important decision based on recommendations from his two main commanders in the region, Gen. John Abizaid of U.S. Central Command and Gen. George Casey Jr., who runs operations in Iraq. He will also consult with Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.