Skip to comments.Bush Admin. Briefed on Able Danger After Attacks
Posted on 08/18/2005 9:46:51 AM PDT by wagglebee
Two weeks after the 9/11 the attacks, the Bush administration was told that a special military intelligence unit code named Able Danger had developed actionable intelligence two years earlier that could have foiled the 9/11 plot, a member of the Able Danger team revealed on Wednesday.
Among the Able Danger evidence shared with the Bush National Security Council: a chart put together before 9/11 featuring a picture of lead hijacker Mohamed Atta. Asked why he didn't go public before this week with the news that his group had been tracking Atta during the Clinton administration, Able Danger team member Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer told ABC radio host Sean Hannity:
"Within two weeks of the attack, this colleague of mine ... she took that very poster [with Mohamed Atta] to Congressman [Curt] Weldon," Shaffer said. "And I have to say he took it right to Michael Hadley, I believe, over at the NSC."
"It's my understanding that he gave him that chart and Hadley had a great deal of interest in it," he added.
Once the Bush administration had been briefed, Shaffer said, he thought the information would be handled properly. "[I felt] that we were good to go - that everything was going to be solved," he told Hannity.
The military intelligence sleuth stressed, however, "I'm not criticizing the Bush administration here. They're doing everything in their power to prevent this now. I think they're fully behind what we're doing. I think the Pentagon right now is fully behind me trying to get the word out and trying to get to the bottom of this."
Shaffer credited his still unidentified Able Danger colleague with managing the technical side of the program.
"The doctor who put this all together is brilliant. I mean, I cannot speak high enough of her and her brilliance in being able to break the code on this. She was able, through the technology used, to somehow pull out of all this amorphous data usable, actionable information."
"And that's where things kind of got off track," Shaffer explained. "Because at the same time she pulled that out, we then were trying to look at how we could exploit that information. And that's where the lawyers got involved."
Shaffer said that immediately after the 9/11 attacks, this same colleague alerted him to the fact that the Able Danger team had developed intelligence on the hijack team, a detail he hadn't noticed.
"My colleague called me in and said, 'Look, we knew these guys.' And I was shocked. It was like, in the pit of my stomach there was just this sinking feeling, like - we knew. We knew this!"
Congressman Weldon has previously described three attempts by Able Danger to brief the FBI on the Atta intelligence, before being blocked by lawyers at the Clinton Pentagon.
Those lawyers have yet to be identified.
But what this points to is yet another Klintoon fiasco, and this time it was one of the deadliest and most damaging in history.
Maybe fata$$ Michael Moore would like to do a movie about how BJ knew there might be an attack coming and made it impossible to tell the FBI.
What does Richard Clarke have to say about Able Danger?
"Maybe fata$$ Michael Moore would like to do a movie about how BJ knew there might be an attack"
Michael Moore should be profoundly embarrassed - if he was capable of the emotion.
I have a feeling we will never hear from Clarke again. They are just hoping that Sandy Burglar got everything out of the National Archives.
Hell, he said that Bush knew about the attack, and now we are fairly certain that Klintoon definitely knew.
Typical lawyers. They screw everything up and then send you a bill for 50% more hours than they actually worked at $300 per hour.
Last year there was a stink about some PDB. This is more serious than some stupid PDB imho..
"Two weeks after" the attacks the Bush administration knew that there had been prior knowledge.
The key is who knew before and why the knowledge was suppressed or lost.
Who are these lawyers? What is their story?
Time for another Able Danger whistle blower to come out.
Pentagon lawyers...badgered by the White House, worried about PC, and directed by the Clintonistas to not share information with the FBI.
"What does Richard Clarke have to say about Able Danger?"
He never heard of it. What does he have to say about Sandy Berger stealing his memo from the National Archives?
He never heard of it, either.
Bet when the PHD lady who came up with the face chart is revealed, she will have her extended families trailer-homes detailed by the NYT and her entire career will get a rectal exam by RAT-finks. Maybe it's best she stay in the shadows under Rummy's care.
Moore is no more able to feel embarassment as he is able to pass up a plate of donuts.
As Sheehan is proving, it is much easier to be a nut job...you can say anything that comes to your mind, true or not.
No, it will be spun into a "this is all just a distraction from the Rove/CIA leak case." Fire Rove!!
Bush shouldn't be the one to do it, but I think either Cheney, Rumsfeld or Rice should hold a major news conference and tell the world that it is very possible that 9/11 could have been avoided were it not for the incompetence of the Clintonistas.
Planes into buildings.......not a chance.