Skip to comments.Terrorist Known Before 9/11, More Say
Posted on 09/01/2005 10:22:30 PM PDT by neverdem
WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 - A Defense Department inquiry has found three more people who recall seeing an intelligence briefing slide that identified the ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks a year before the hijackings and terrorist strikes, Pentagon and military officials said Thursday.
But the officials said investigators who reviewed thousands of documents and electronic files from a secret counterterrorism planning unit had not found the chart itself, or any evidence the chart ever existed.
The officials acknowledged that documents and electronic files created by the unit, known as Able Danger, were destroyed under standing orders that limit the military's use of intelligence gathered about people in the United States.
At a Pentagon briefing on Thursday, four intelligence or military officials said investigators had interviewed 80 people who served directly with Able Danger, a team organized to write a counterterrorism campaign plan, or were closely associated with it.
Of those 80, 5 in all now say they saw the chart, including Capt. Scott J. Phillpott of the Navy and Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer of the Army, whose recent comments first brought attention to Able Danger.
At the briefing, the officials said that four of the five recalled seeing a picture of Mohamed Atta, the member of Al Qaeda who planned and carried out the attacks, while one said the chart contained only Mr. Atta's name.
The officials stressed that their inquiry was continuing, and that they still could not definitively prove or disprove whether the unit identified Mr. Atta - and, perhaps, other members of the hijacking team - before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The witnesses "are credible people," said Pat Downs, a senior policy analyst for the under secretary of defense for intelligence. But investigators "can't find the document," Ms. Downs said.
Another official who described the inquiry...
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Ummm.. The eyewitness reports are evidence..
Ah yes...a subtle news dump on a Friday printing during a Disaster cycle...
Yeah, people never lie.*
* Note: I am not saying these guys are lying. There has to be more evidence than word of mouth.
It's a Rovian cabal. Give them polygraphs and find out how many voted for Bush!!
The Clintonistas have been busy little bees.
Check with Sandy Berger.
No body, no crime.
there is more. weldon is lobbing back better than mcenroe . they know it is a long match. think of how far the issue has come in a short period of time. weldon gave a good shot to open the round . he got their attention . he is now counterpunching , their shots have no power , they are tentitive because they think there may be something to this. getting the old guard to admit the charges are possible is a big step.
"Terrorist Known Before 9/11, More Say "
Like Bill Clinton administration before? Yes, I thought so.
FWIW, it's Friday AM, and the story is listed in the Washington Section of its running homepage, and when you link to the story you find that it has been referenced as "Article in Washington (3 of 4)".
Now with story from Thom Shanker, the Times has a fourth reporter on Able Danger, FWIW. From time to time, Ill ping on noteworthy articles about politics, foreign and military affairs. FReepmail me if you want on or off my list.
You mean the investigators, right?
Why are the names, named. . .of the witnesses; but the 'investigators'. . .the 'Committee'. . .the 'Officials' remain, just that. It might be noted that they asked for no help; from those involved who just might know how to locate some of this info. . .
Better that Curt Weldon form his own team of experts; and go on a search. This so painfully bogus.
. ..for sure. . .the 'paper trail' from his pants.
And not a shred of evidence. . .
They are dragging their feet and the truth.
Probably hoping to take a detour through Lake Ponchetrain. . .
Ya mean Sandy Burglar right? lol
I could be knocked over with a hummingbird feather. Really. I could.
Oops; indeed I did; cannot believe I misspelled his name. . .'for sure' ;^)
I have the answer, and I'm going to pos.......WHEW! There's a pile of rotten fish somewhere...*kaff, kaff*.
As I was saying *kaff* it was the.....aaargh
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