Able Danger update

Atta - Able Danger - Yep, That's him

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.


Hurricane Wilma Wilma Wilma on Jamaica

Fred Flintstone, IQ of 2, coins the phrase “global warming,” begins 24-hour vigil outside White House demanding the return of his wife and puts the Flinstone-mobile lobby on red alert.

All jokes aside… BIGGEST STORM EVER. Seems news outlets are happy to say that its at its strongest NOW. Screw the Jamaicans and Caribbean residents because Florida will be spared in comparison?!?!?

Citizen journalists file first-hand reports at BBC.

Ed Shultz Stonewalled by the Pentagon

ed schultzIn another low blow to free speech, here are the straight deets with help from Think Progress:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) — A talk radio host says his program, slated to debut on a Pentagon radio station Monday, was pulled to punish him for airing audio embarrassing President Bush.

Ed Shultz played an audio tape of Pentagon communications official Allison Barber helping troops in Iraq rehearse for their broadcast video teleconference with the president last week on his progressive talk radio show.

According to People for the American Way [view .pdf of the email], Barber personally called Schultz — regarded as a liberal in the world of talk radio — on Monday to tell him his show would not be airing Oct. 17 after all.

Earlier, Joe Gandelman of The Moderate Voice interviewed Schultz on the significance of being syndicated on the Armed Forces Network. (read the full interview).

To listen to the Ed Schultz show, visit his website. An .mp3 (or “podcast” as Steve Jobs insists we call it) archive of recent shows is here. Schultz relays the news on his show here (.mp3).

The great Howard Schultz covers Schultzgate in the Tuesday Washington Post. While you’re there, don’t miss these exclusive e-mail clips from Brownie’s office that WaPo somehow got a hold of.

Just one of the gems tucked away on page 11:
“Let them play their raindeer games as long as they are not turning around and tasking us with their stupid questions. None of them have a clue about emergency management.”

Live from Stockholm its…

Al Gore!!! Gore has nothing but nice things to say about Mr. Prez on his trip to Sweden.

What would be happening if he won in 2000?
“We would not be trying to control and intimidate the news media. We would not be routinely torturing people,” Gore said. “We would be a different country.”

David Brooks finds written material from Harriet Miers. Imagine non-lucid statements such as this from the pen of a Supreme Court Justice:
“We must end collective acceptance of inappropriate conduct and increase education in professionalism.”

Fafblog gets the beef on Harriet Miers straight from Georgie’s mouth (satire).

Today’s doofus column (although I like it in principle)… Richard Cohen in WaPo, pleading Patrick Fitzgerald to please just let it go!
Fitzgerald might not indict anyone for the illegal act he was authorized to investigate, but some other one — maybe one concerning the disclosure of secret material. Here again, though, this is a daily occurrence in Washington, where most secrets have the shelf life of sashimi.

In other words… who cares anymore (these 9 major publications think “scooter cares about miller“) – there are much ways we can nail Rove, Cheney Rumsfeld et al. So Ms. Huffington, if you would please stop bashing and get on with the matters at hand?!? I mean, perhaps we can all justify retirement after a couple months in jail because we got fucked over by the administration. Some have gotten much worse for buying into the government’s leaks and the pentagon’s leads.

Perhaps the NYC subway plot was a hoax. How would Dan Rather report this? Isn’t just about everything that pops up on the front page (ahem… Iraqi constitution?). What Sunnis agreed to what now?!?!?

Lets get into the recent university campus terror scares and bomb squad / FBI events. First, we had the Oklahoma suicide-by-exploding-backpack outside the football game. This week in bombs on college campuses: UCLA, Georgia Tech. Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin is thinking conspiracy, and a corporate law professor at UCLA is glad the FBI is chillin in Westwood.

Unicef bombs the Smurfs gets an internet home. Here’s the video, from CrooksandLiars.

Like a box of chocolates … Marc Cooper‘s on the week gone by in LA Weekly:
President Bush?s much-vaunted ?big speech? on Iraq last week went over like a Mars bar in the diabetes ward.

Now at the bottom, the TOP STORY in world news today – the suicide of Syria’s former top man in Lebanon… just before he’s investigated for the assassination of the Lebanese P.M.
Bush: Syria may pose risk to ‘peace in the Holy Land’

Cover your eyes – the poll of polls reveals that only 30% of Americans feel the country is headed in the “right direction.”