Thursday, August 11, 2005

Able Danger: Seems Weldon is "on target"

Some people are saying that Representative Curt Weldon is off his rocker. He's written a book about the link between terrorism and Iran and, most recently, he assserted that elements of the U.S. Government had known the Al Qaeda terrorists were in the USA. And, he'd asserted that the 9/11 Commission was aware of this information, that the members of the Department of Defense were tracking terror cell members.

He's been getting bashed from the right and the left.

Well, maybe he's not off his rocker.

From the Associated Press today:
The Sept. 11 commission knew military intelligence officials had identified lead hijacker Mohamed Atta as a member of al-Qaida who might be part of U.S.-based terror cell more than a year before the terror attacks but decided not to include that in its final report, a spokesman acknowledged Thursday.

Al Felzenberg, who had been the commission's chief spokesman, said Tuesday the panel was unaware of intelligence specifically naming Atta. But he said subsequent information provided Wednesday confirmed that the commission had been aware of the intelligence.
The article goes on to say,
According to Weldon, a classified military intelligence unit called "Able Danger" identified Atta and three other hijackers in 1999 as potential members of a terrorist cell in Brooklyn, N.Y. Weldon said Pentagon lawyers rejected the unit's recommendation that the information be turned over to the FBI in 2000.

According to Pentagon documents, the information was not shared because of concerns about pursuing information on "U.S. persons," a legal term that includes U.S. citizens as well as foreigners legally admitted to the country.
The bottom line: something we know happened before and some people suspect still happens -- the right hand knows not what the rest of the body knows.

In the mean time, I'm wondering how right Represenative Weldon is on Iran. I'm hoping he's not anywhere near right, but I'm suspecting he is.

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