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Friday, August 12, 2005

Another Democratic Coverup Comes Undone

      In the summer of 2000, a top secret Army Intelligence operation called ABLE DANGER decided that four Arab men were in the U.S., had been there since late 1999 or early 2000, that the four were members of al-Qaida, and also members of a Qaida cell operating in Brooklyn.  The ABLE DANGER team told the Pentagon's Special Operations Command, to which they reported, that the information on and names of these men should be passed on to the FBI anti-terrorism unit, because the four's presence put the U.S. at risk for a terrorist act.

      The military declined.  The then current policy was that terrorism was a 'criminal' problem, and that information from 'intelligence' units must not be shared with those investigating and attempting to thwart 'criminals.'  And the four Arab men were in the country legally, so the law enforcement officials had no business investigating them till information from a non-intelligence unit raised suspicions of a crime.  Any other procedure would be a threat to our civil liberties.

      On 9/11/2001, four planes were hijacked by a group of Islamofascist terrorists, who smashed them into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, and were thwarted from crashing flight 93 into the White House only by the actions of passengers on the flight.  The head of the terrorist group was Mohammed Atta.  Atta was one of the four men identified by the ABLE DANGER group, and the other three were also among the plane hijackers.

      In late 2002, the 9/11 commission was created.  It was told, twice, about the ABLE DANGER information, but no mention of ABLE DANGER's claims were made in the report.  Why not?

      Well, the first time the 9/11 Commission heard from ABLE DANGER was in October, 2003, and they don't even remember being told about Atta and the terrorists, much less what their reaction was, or what they did or didn't do with the information.

      But the second time they were told was in July, 2004.  The Commission does remember that meeting.  They decided to reject the information, because even though ABLE DANGER had correctly identified four terrorists, by name, in 2000, and even though the four had carried out a terrorist operation, just as ABLE DANGER had feared, ABLE DANGER's information couldn't be trusted. The Commission had records from Immigration and Naturalization that said that Atta didn't enter the U.S. until June of 2000.  Reasoning that it was utterly impossible for Atta to have been here illegally, utterly impossible for Atta to have sneaked in under another name, and utter impossible for the INS records to be in error, ABLE DANGER just had to be wrong about Atta being in the U.S. in early 2000.  And since ABLE DANGER was wrong about that, the fact that it had identified four of the 9/11 hijackers over a year before their mass murder wasn't important.  Neither was the fact that, if the information had been given to the anti-terrorism unit, the hijackings, property destruction and mass murder might not have taken place.  And of course this decision had nothing to do with the fact that Ms. Jamie Gorelick, a former Clinton Administration official was both on the 9/11 Commission, and the creator of the policy that intelligence information should not be shared with the criminal investigation units.  Move along, nothing to see here.

      And if you believe any of the Commission's reasons for ignoring ABLE DANGER's information, you'll be happy to know that I can find out the winning numbers for any lottery in the country before they are drawn.  Just deliver $100,000 dollars to me in used, unmarked bills, and I'll make you rich.



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