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August 11, 2005

For Those of You Who Missed The Able Danger Story...

Let Phinn provide a brief recap:

I think the Able Danger story is going to be the biggest of the year.

A. A SOCOM unit, run by Gen. Shelton himself, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, identifies Atta and the Brooklyn cell as a threat as early as 1999. (It doesn't hurt that the unit has a cool sounding name, too.)

B. A year before 9/11, they recommend that that the FBI close down the cell. (Who was president a year before 9/11 again?)

C. DOD lawyers (lawyers!) overrule this recommendation, and refuse to allow the Able Danger guys to pass this information on to the FBI, because Atta has a legal immigration status, and they are worried about political fallout after Waco. They put Post-It notes over Atta's face so that all reference to him is kept secret (a nice touch, dont' you think?).

D. The 9/11 Commission chose to omit any reference to it or investigate. This is inexcusible, regardless of how accurate the story is. It clearly deserves to be addressed and the facts explored, to be proved or disproved.

Oh, and, by the way? The lawyers wouldn't okay passing that info on to the FBI almost certainly because of the wall of separation erected between intelligence services... by none other than 9/11 Commissioner, and Clinton hack, Jamie Gorelick.

Gee, you don't think that might have played a role in the deicision to omit this tidbit, do you?


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