Skip to comments.NYT: 9/11 Commission's Staff Rejected Report on Early Identification of Chief Hijacker
Posted on 08/11/2005 5:54:43 AM PDT by OESY
...Al Felzenberg, who served as the commission's chief spokesman, said earlier this week that staff members who were briefed about Able Danger at a first meeting, in October 2003, did not remember hearing anything about Mr. Atta or an American terrorist cell. On Wednesday, however, Mr. Felzenberg said the uniformed officer who briefed two staff members in July 2004 had indeed mentioned Mr. Atta....
Mr. Felzenberg said the commission's staff remained convinced that the information provided by the military officer in the July 2004 briefing was inaccurate in a significant way....
Mr. Felzenberg said staff investigators had become wary of the officer because he argued that Able Danger had identified Mr. Atta, an Egyptian, as having been in the United States in late 1999 or early 2000. The investigators knew this was impossible, Mr. Felzenberg said, since travel records confirmed that he had not entered the United States until June 2000.
"There was no way that Atta could have been in the United States at that time, which is why the staff didn't give this tremendous weight when they were writing the report," Mr. Felzenberg said. "This information was not meshing with the other information that we had."
But Russell Caso, Mr. Weldon's chief of staff, said that "while the dates may not have meshed" with the commission's information, the central element of the officer's claim was that "Mohammed Atta was identified as being tied to Al Qaeda and a Brooklyn cell more than a year before the Sept. 11 attacks, and that should have warranted further investigation by the commission."
Mr. Caso: "If Mohammed Atta was identified by the Able Danger project, why didn't the Department of Defense provide that information to the F.B.I.?"
Mr. Felzenberg confirmed an account by Mr. Weldon's staff that the briefing... had been conducted....
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The 9/11 Commission was only formed to run interference for the Clinton administration. Nothing but a whitewash. The report was written before the first hearing ever occured.
The MSM went right along with it.
Was it documents revealing the attention to Mohammed Atta during the klinton administration that Sandy Berger stuffed into his pants and socks at the Natl Archives? We KNOW Burger was one of the main players in allowing UBL to carry on unmolested and uncaptured......
Mr. Felzenberg said. "This information was not meshing with the other information that we had."
AKA: Stop muddling up our conclusions with facts.
So this spokesman and his staff had selective memory loss until the facts came out. That means the 9-11 Commission Report was flawed from the beginning.
This may actually be better then if he had briefed them because some of the 9-11 Commission members are livid and it shows the length the Clintonites went to in order to keep this information from being made public.
I hear Ms. Clinton's Presidential bid ticking away and headed down the sewer as more and more information is revealed about her and her husband's administration. Perfect ad -- Do you want the person(s) who allowed 9-11 to happen to be anywhere near the WH?
The MSM cannot ignore all of this forever as talk radio and other places like FR keep exposing the Clinton lies of them and their minions.
When the GOP put liberal RINO Keane in charge, I knew it was over.
They were more worried about everyone being in agreement than getting to the truth.
How could anyone pose this question without a single mention of Gorelick's wall?
With the aiding and abetting of Tom Kean.
Exactly! They had a predetermined outcome. Blame no one, despite all roads leading to Clintons justice dept. failings and incompetence. Intentional, i'm convinced.
The MSM media is going to give the Gorelick memo the Swift Boat Vets treatment. Ignore it and hope they don't have to cover it.
Thanks for the ping!
re; post 13. Right on.
With Gorelick on the commission and Sandy Berger stealing documents, the fix was in.
Let's haul everyone up and have them testify UNDER OATH, and then we'll see who says what.
Rove's plan is coming together :-) Remember that quote from Bill Clinton the day of the attacks? "I knew it was Al Qaeda..." Perhaps, he wasn't grandstanding.
The MSM knows Hillary can't win if she's perceived to be weak on terrorism. This story can't help her.