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August 14, 2005

Able Danger Scandal DOA? (Update: Signs of Life!)

A lot of people on the right are walking back from the Able Danger story, given the 9/11 Commission's emphatic denials and the lack, thusfar, of any corroborating evidence of the charge. (Scroll down to later in the article.)

Even Weldon is backing down, saying he's uncertain the name Mohammad Atta was on the list of suspects AD ID'd.

As Snopes might say, this story currently falls into the category of Undetermined authenticity and import.

A black eye for the blogosphere? Well, not quite. Personally I got excited by the story when the AP seemed to confirm the story in its broad outlines.

Plus, the last act isn't written yet. Or maybe it is. We don't know yet.

But more importantly: give the dextrosphere credit. We sometimes get too far ahead of a story, but when the facts suggest we've gone too far ahead, we do walk it back and disseminate the information that suggests we may have been wrong.

Compare that to the sinistrosphere, which is still yapping about trans-Afghanistan oil pipelines, paying the Taliban billions in US aid, and flying out bin Ladin family members when no other planes were cleared for take-off.

Walking Back The Walk-Back Update: Rumors of the Able Danger scandal's death may have been greatly overstated. An interview with members of the Able Danger team confirms they were watching him a year before the attacks and even knew he was holding meetings with terrorists.

Thanks to rls.


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