Skip to comments.9/11 Commission's Staff Ignored Military's Early Identification of Chief Hijacker
Posted on 08/10/2005 9:13:33 PM PDT by Pikamax
9/11 Commission's Staff Ignored Military's Early Identification of Chief Hijacker By DOUGLAS JEHL and PHILIP SHENON
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 - The Sept. 11 commission was warned by a uniformed military officer 10 days before issuing its final report that the account would be incomplete without reference to what he described as a secret military operation that by the summer of 2000 had identified as a potential threat the member of Al Qaeda who would lead the attacks more than a year later, commission officials said on Wednesday.
The officials said that the information had not been included in the report because aspects of the officer's account had sounded inconsistent with what the commission knew about that Qaeda member, Mohammed Atta, the plot's leader.
But aides to the Republican congressman who has sought to call attention to the military unit that conducted the secret operation said such a conclusion relied too much on specific dates involving Mr. Atta's travels and not nearly enough on the operation's broader determination that he was a threat.
The briefing by the military officer is the second known instance in which people on the commission's staff were told by members of the military team about the secret program, called Able Danger.
The meeting, on July 12, 2004, has not been previously disclosed. That it occurred, and that the officer identified Mr. Atta there, were acknowledged by officials of the commission after the congressman, Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania, provided information about it.
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This is from the Times? Is their editor on vacation?
It will run on page Z-30.
Now that's very, very,.....illogical....
Or maybe it's whitewash for the Plame thing.
"But aides to the Republican congressman who has sought to call attention to the military unit that conducted the secret operation said such a conclusion relied too much on specific dates involving Mr. Atta's travels and not nearly enough on the operation's broader determination that he was a threat."
So was it just the "Republican's" aides, or was it everybody's, and this is counter-spin directed to him.
typical NYTimes disinformation.
Of course, Atta's travels are of particular interest to Prague...
I'm sure they also ignored Laurie Mylroie's testimony.
"Mr. Felzenberg said staff investigators had become wary of the officer because he argued that Able Danger had identified Mr. Atta, an Egyptian, as having been in the United States in late 1999 or early 2000. The investigators knew this was impossible, Mr. Felzenberg said, since travel records confirmed that he had not entered the United States until June 2000."
Maybe he had a different passport? Doh!
> This is from the Times? Is their editor on vacation?
Too big for them to ignore (unlike Air Enron).
But they will try to manage it.
Note the title:
"9/11 Commission's Staff Ignored ..."
Not the Commission. Their Staff.
One Commissioner, Gorelick, of course, either already
knew, or pretended not to know when this came up.
History will show that Bush's greatest blunder, the thing about which he was most stupid, was his failure to purge EVERY Clintonista and ensure that no Clintonista ever had a role in his administration. The dem scumbags on the 9/11 Commission had no interest in the facts or the truth, just in protecting Willie and, indirectly, Hillie.
Had this been last minute info that "Rumsfeld and Bush knew!" the presses would have been stopped.
i could think of a few others, but i take your point.
Does anyone have an email address for Gorelick?
She must hear from the public on this.
1964 - The Warren Commission
2004 - The 9/11 Commission
I want to know what documents he took and possibly replaced (with new ones) and which ones he shredded :0)
2004 - The 9/11 Commission
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