Skip to comments.Senate Eyes Able Danger Hearings
Posted on 08/20/2005 12:19:18 PM PDT by wagglebee
The Senate is considering holding hearings into claims that an elite military intelligence unit had identified lead 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta two years before the attacks but was ordered not to alert law enforcement by Clinton administration lawyers at the Pentagon.
Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer briefed the staff of Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Arlen Specter about Able Danger on Thursday, the intelligence unit's code name, Shaffer's lawyer, Mark Zaid, told the New York Post. A congressional source told Fox News that Able Danger hearings could come as early as this fall, though neither Specter's office nor Shaffer would confirm a plan for hearings.
"I think I can safely say that anyone who is involved in this project will do anything we can to [go to] the appropriate venue [to] present all the truth that we are aware of in the appropriate time and place," Shaffer said.
Tom Kean, the former chairman of the Sept. 11 Commission, told Fox that the Pentagon should expedite its evaluation of Shaffer's allegations.
On Thursday, Rep. Curt Weldon said that Lt. Col. Shaffer "had a good meeting with [Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence] Stephen Cambone and Gen. Schwartz on Monday where they really laid it out."
"Secretary Cambone told him, 'Look, we need to know what really happened here because this all happened in a previous administration and so we don't know all the details,'" according to Weldon.
This statement leads me to believe that all we have seen is the "tip of the iceberg" and there may be a lot more to come.
Tom Kean should find an emema.
That's a Fleet enema.
This would be great news if I had any confidence in the United States Senate.
Oh I can't wait! Arlen Spector, Ted Kennedy, John McCain and John Kerry all questionsing former Senators and Clintonesta from the committee, all getting to the bottom to reveal the hardcore truth. Yeah just can't wait.
I won't hold my breath waiting for Gore-Lick to be put under oath.
Gorelick will probably become the next Clintonista to refuse to testify under oath and go to jail for contempt to protect BJ.
I share your low estimation of this entire idea. It could be the cover-up of the cover-up.
I see your point but it might be worth watching just to see them squirm a little. I really think it would be foolish for them to even contemplate any kind of coverup at this point. Let the chips fall where they may.
See who squirm? The Republicans and Democraps protect their own!
Am I just a Pollyanna to be hopeful because the DOD and military will be doing a simultaneous investigation?
You may find this hard to believe, but Kean was a major improvement over his predessor, Gov. Brendon Byrne (D).
I want the NYT to retract the 'bush knew' headline and replace it with 'actually, clinton knew'.
Maybe in that position, but he's just an 'Obedient Functionary Liar' on the commission!
Like you, I suspect that there is much more to this and it will dribble out, drip, drip, drip...for a long time.
They should!!! As an American citizen, I want to know WHY 9/11 was allowed to happen! They investigate stupid stuff like who forgot to claim a golfing fee on their political donations list, so they'd better DAMN well look into this!
The hell with that! Here's what it should be:
"Clinton not only knew, he caused it"
The Democrats and Republicans can protect their own but will they want to this time? We are talking about 9/11 here. Surely the members will have to ask the witnesses questions that will foward the truth. If they don't, won't it be obvious to the American people? I believe when people are educated on the subject, they will demand the truth as well. IT IS ALWAYS THE COVERUP THAT GETS YOU. The mainstream media is no longer the force of years past. Things are different now. This may be the beginning....
The big problem though is Congress. We learned from the Terri Schiavo fiasco that there are more serious consequences to not paying a library fine than there are to ignoring a Congressional subpoena.
This was my thought as well. This might just be big enough that even the Dems will abandon Clinton.
Give Gorelick immunity?
She is deeply responsible. Her involvement with the 9/11 Cover-up-commission is another reason to nail her.
I agree, that Gorelick should be punished for the 9/11 commission cover-up; however, ultimately she is a nobody (most people had no idea who she was until a couple years ago). I would much rather see her finger the Klintoons, Reno, Sandy Burglar, Madeline Notsobright and some of the other big Clintonistas.
Congress is, of course, a BIG problem.
I think that when we finally see the "big picture" we will find out that Gorelick was basically a nobody who was just trying to keep the Clintonistas happy (when you get right down to it, how many people had ever even heard of her before the 9/11 hearings). If giving her immunity could result in nailing Clinton or very high level Clintonistas, it would be worth it.
Well, WE all heard of here here, but yes, the general populace hadn't. But she IS a very high up Clintonista and not, as you suggest, a lower level flunky. Reno did little; Gorelick did quite a lot.
Giving her immunity would allow the MSM to turn her into the lefts version of Oliver North. She'll take the fall, remember nothing and walk out of there with book deals and press adulation.
I'm not trying to say that Gorelick was a flunky, but I think you get my point. If she could directly implicate the Clintons, Berger, Albright or a few others, it would be HUGE!
But the Clintons and their enablers, including Gorelick, are responsible for 9/11 and the complete dereliction of duty, in protecting America from terrorist attacks; both here and abroad. And more, much more is going to come out about this.
The media knows that Cindy Sheehan is a crackpot, but she is a good diversion for this. In two weeks they will switch to nonstop coverage of the John Roberts hearings. After that they will find some other diversion.
I think the best solution is to have Bush, Cheney, Rehnquist and Rice to all make comments on the fourth anniversary of 9/11. I don't think they should point the finger at the Clintonistas, but I think they should make it clear that there was a chance that Atta could have been stopped, but that the inability for intelligence agencies to cooperate made that impossible.
Trust me, we really do NOT want the spotlight in this now; it's August and most people don't pay any attention to news now. We want this out after Labor Day; heck, we want it out after the Roberts confirmation! And remember, it took literally years of dribbles, before it took hold and became a big deal.
We need a special prosecutor.
In a sense, I agree with you. However, if you have a chance, talk to some people who get all of their news from their local newspaper and the ABC/CBS/NBC/CNN nightly news, you will find out that they either know nothing about this, or if they do, they have no idea what it's really about.
But could we live with a Gorelick Arkancide? ;) (I could.)
Senator Clinton will be busy blocking any investigation.
I don't like the idea of Gorelick dying and all of the secrets being buried with her as happened with Vince Foster and Ron Brown.
It needs to be done in the House, not in the hopeless Senate. At least in the House there are Republicans with both cajones and seniority. In the Senate those with enough of one lack the other; both are needed to be effective.
Be careful what you wish for. Televised hearings could just be another opportunity for Washington melodrama. Remember Richard Clarke?