Thursday, September 15, 2005

Weldon: Able Danger documents ordered destroyed

Rep. Curt Weldon says he has a Pentagon employee who will testify that he was ordered to destroy documents that identified Mohamed Atta as a possible al Qaeda cell leader two full years before 9/11. This may well be true. The "wall" that was thrown up between the intelligence services and domestic law enforcement (FBI) by Jamie Gorelick and Janet Reno made it against regulations to keep data on "U. S. persons". Gorelick and Reno defined "U. S. persons" as US citizens as well as those who were in the country legally, such as visa holders.

There are now 5 witnesses (3 provided by the Pentagon itself) who have testified or are willing to testify that they saw Mohamed Atta's name on a chart of likely terrorist operatives developed by the top secret Able Danger team. Now we have a Pentagon employee who says he was ordered to destroy "2.5 terabytes - as much as one-fourth of all the printed materials in the Library of Congress" of information in the Pentagon.

What blows me away about all this is that members of the 9/11 commission still deny that Able Danger ever existed. Ex-Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., said, "Bluntly, it just didn't happen and that's the conclusion of all 10 of us." You gotta be kiddin' me. Two active military officers, Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer and Navy Capt. Scott Phillpott, have already testified that they were a part of the Able Danger program and remember Atta's name on a chart which has disappeared, the Pentagon admits it has interviewed 80 former members of the program, finding 3 who specifically remember Mohamed Atta's name, and the 9/11 Commission still denies its existence? That's gotta be a typo, right? Surely the members of the commission cannot continue to deny the existence of a program that is now recognized publicly by the Pentagon itself.

Well, this Pentagon employee is expected to testify next Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee and will reveal the name of the superior who ordered that massive amount of documentation be destroyed. This should be very interesting.

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