The coverup of the Able Danger operation may be the most disturbing of the secretive behind-the-scenes plots and distractions obscuring the “war on terror.” House Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) broke the news this past August (before the FBI shushed him) that Able Danger had identified two of the three al-Qaeda cells that pulled off the 9/11 attacks in September 2000.
Today, Weldon told United Press International that officials at the Defense Intelligence Agency “conducted a deliberate campaign of character assassination” against the whistleblower, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer.
Shaffer set up one Able Danger/FBI meeting in late 2000 which was CANCELLED. The Clinton administration ordered the main Able Danger files destroyed in 2000, and Lt. Col. Shaffer’s back up copy was destroyed in 2004.
The 9/11 Commission was forced to cover up the existence of Able Danger in their findings, and after Rep. Weldon delivered a speech on the House floor on June 27 of this year, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee attempted to set up a hearing. The Pentagon and FBI stood in the way of this hearing, and it was cancelled several times, before finally, on September 21, it took place.
But the Pentagon blocked the star witnesses, former Able Danger team members James D. Smith and Lt. Col. Shaffer. Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) stood up to the DoD along with committee members on both party lines raising obstruction charges.
Robert Fisk, the internationally reknown British journalist was recently banned from visiting the U.S. because he was vocal about the Able Danger cover-up.
The Able Danger hearings were rescheduled for October 5, when, surprise surprise, they were once again cancelled.
There is nothing to be proven anymore regarding how or if 9/11 could have been prevented. The government has already confessed to “intelligence failures.”
However, it is very dangerous for the government to operate with such shadowy and downright disrespectful (in)actions. While this information is not being explored, the government has been promoting people who should be in prison, and, as The New American reports in a great expose, is blatantly playing with fire.
Through it all, the media remains consumed by alternative dramas that are of little significance to our wellbeing and our future (deLay, Miller, Saddam), and the university bombs of the past couple weeks (alluded to in this post last week), including the bombing outside a nationally televised Oklahoma – Kansas State football game, in which the bomber had Islamic Jihadist writings in his dorm room and bomb-making instructions.
I write this brain-deadedly, late at night, but follow up on this and you too will realize that this is no ‘fraidy-cat conspiracy theory B.S. Its all right under our noses.
Go here for links to news video regarding Able Danger.
“I said what I said, I am not guilty, I am innocent,” Saddam told the court after charges that included torture, murder and forced imprisonment were read out.
Check all the key quotes here.
From the Case School of Law: Groatian Moment, a blog on the Saddam Hussein trial.
Summary of various news reports from The Belmont Club.
While Saddam declared the court “illegal,” even the presiding judge admitted he felt stripped of his identity because he was not allowed to wear his traditional garb in the court.
David Folkenflik reports on NPR this morning: For journalists, its not a matter of if you get shot at upon entry to the “Green Zone,” its a matter of when.
Listen to his disturbing collection of reports from journalists in Iraq.