Skip to comments.Senate to Hold Hearings on Able Danger, Info Sharing
Posted on 08/25/2005 10:05:04 AM PDT by george76
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., plans to hold a hearing on the "Able Danger" allegations and the larger issue of information-sharing between the Pentagon and the FBI...
Able Danger...learned a year before terror attacks that lead hijacker Mohamed Atta and other terrorists were already in the United States.
One of the central Able Danger claims that military lawyers blocked the sharing of the Atta information from the FBI in the late summer and early fall of 2000 will be a priority of the committee's probe...
Some analysts involved with Able Danger have recently gone public with their findings, saying they were discouraged from looking further into Atta, and their attempts to share their information with the FBI were thwarted, because Atta was a legal foreign visitor at the time.
"This story needs to be told. The American people need to be told what could have been done to prevent 3,000 people from losing their lives," said Rep. Curt Weldon.
"There's something very sinister going on here that really troubles me," Weldon told FOX News on Thursday, blasting the Sept. 11 commission for not taking the claims more seriously. He said some panel members were trying to smear Shaffer and Able Danger.
"What's the Sept. 11 commission got to hide?" Weldon asked. "The commission is trying to spin this because they're embarrassed about what's coming out. In two weeks with two staffers, I've uncovered more in this regard than they did with 80 staffers and $15 million of taxpayer money."
Weldon added that at least five people on the federal payroll will testify under oath about the validity of the Able Danger intelligence.
"When this is over, the Sept. 11 commission is going to have egg all over their face," he said.
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Countdown to the first post decrying the inevitable whitewash...
Arlen "Status Quo" Specter.
oh pick me ! pick me !
they better be swearing-in Jamie Gorlick....
Oh I'm THRILLED that Arlen "Magic Bullet" Specter will hold hearings as there is NO telling what HE may uncover!
And you expect something else?
What I expect is whatever those who are steering the process will view as most beneficial to their political fortunes. If Arlen is driving the bus, I'd expect him to use this as an opportunity to ingratiate himself with those superiors he occasionally bucks - so, a cursory glossing over. If others are driving the process, well, then it depends on who...
Weldon said in a statement that doing so "might give the unfortunate impression that its results are predetermined."
The congressman said he spoke to DiRita on Wednesday and that "he was backpedaling left and right," claiming he was misquoted about the status of the search.
I was pleased when I first read the headline...then I saw who was chairing the committee. What a joke.
Senate to hold hearings on Able Danger? Bring out the clowns and dancing asses last used in the 9/11 Commission. There's more Washington theater planned.
"The Able Danger memo went into Sandy Berger's pants pocket, travelled downward to his socks, and exited his right shoe"
Ok, who is on the Judiciary Committee from the Republican side that we can count on calling Gorelick as a witness?
Who is runninbg the Senate? Specter or Frist?
Frist was running the senate? could have fooled me
Orrin G. Hatch
Patrick J. Leahy
RANKING DEMOCRATIC MEMBER, VERMONT
Charles E. Grassley
Edward M. Kennedy
Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Russell D. Feingold
Charles E. Schumer
Richard J. Durbin
there will many more of these until they get it right. each time this stuff comes up they look more foolish. this isn't about kickbacks , pork or blue dresses . this is a big deal. if weldon and others have the goods , this will be more than any of these hacks can control. slowly the fog will lift. these old fools have had their day . information will rule.
Listening to Schaffer talk I got the impression he was saying that Ben Venista was saying they could not investigate because the TECHNOLOGY (ABLE DANGER) no longer existed. That is true. They had disbanded. He said they are desperately trying to get together another group and it will be called ABLE (superior or suspicion or something that started with an S) I can't remember what the S stood for.
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