Friday, August 19, 2005

Ollie North on "Able Danger" or was it "Enabling Danger"

There's quite a few blogs like Powerline, Captains Quarters and Michelle Malkin which have been covering this information. Ollie also spoke with Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer. Of course, most of this you won't read about in NYTs, LATs, Mpls. Strib or Wash Post because this just doesn't fit their agenda. They all LOVE Richard Clark and Jamie Gorelick and oh of course anyone from the Clinton Administration. Good grief, these newspapers can't even find space to report on the Air America scandal where AA took $875k from a non-profit for children and Alzeheimers patients.
LTC Shaffer was part of an undercover counter-terrorism unit code-named "Able Danger." When I spoke with him earlier this week he told me that the group, created in 1999, used open source "data mining" technology to identify and track terrorists. In 2000, the Able Danger unit identified the Al Qaeda cell led by Mohamed Atta, holed up in New Jersey . A year later, Atta and his fellow jihadists -- Khalid al-Mihdhar, Marwan al-Shehhi, and Nawar al-Hamzi -- would carry out the 9-11 attacks.

According to LTC Shaffer, on three separate occasions, officers in the Able Danger unit tried to pass information on the Atta-al Qaeda cell to the FBI but were blocked by military lawyers because of concerns about the legality of collecting information on foreign terror suspects in the United States.

This is Gorelick's wall from her days in Justice under AG Janet Reno. Hopefully just like the Church committee became synonymous with the restrictions and watering down of the CIA, "Gorelick's Wall" will become known as one of the prime reasons for the surprise attack on the United States on September 11th, 2001.

Finally, Ollie asks:
All of these questions need to be answered for the 9-11 Commission to be considered as something other than a whitewash for the Clinton administration. Most importantly -- has the Bush administration solved the "communications problems" evident in the Able Danger case? If not, then we have learned nothing from the murders of 9-11.

Oliver North: Enabling Danger
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