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If Only We Had Acted
The Washington Times ^ | 10/9/05 | F. Michael Maloof

Posted on 10/08/2005 10:40:54 PM PDT by vadkins

Rep. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania Republican, correctly asserts the terrorist attack on America on September 11, 2001, could have been averted. The assertion was based on his efforts as early as 1999 to create a national collaborative or fusion center. It would data-mine vast amounts of information from U.S. intelligence and law enforcement to confront such asymmetrical threats as terrorism, proliferation, illegal arms trafficking, espionage, narcotics and information warfare and cyber-terrorism. It was a process that produced, among other things, the Able Danger open-source analysis that reportedly revealed hijacker Mohamed Atta as a potential terrorist before the attack. Mr. Weldon first sought help from Eileen Preisser, who ran the Information Dominance Center at the U.S. Army's Land Information Warfare Activity (LIWA) at Fort Belvoir, Va. He then asked this writer to work with Ms. Preisser to see how the Army initiative could be expanded into a national effort. As Mr. Weldon envisioned it, the national collaborative center would have been comprised of a system of mini-centers or "pods" of some 34 entities from the U.S. intelligence community and law enforcement agencies to function in a common operating environment. It would not have been just another analytical unit. The effect of data-mining information that had already been analyzed was to game-plan particular issues and offer options to policymakers and national commanders to deal with them.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 109th; abledanger; atta; billgertz; butmonkey; clintonlegacy; coverup; cyapolicy; kneepadbrigade; lapdogmedia; mediabias; mohammadatta; pentagon; propaganda; rowanscarborough; waronterror; weldon; whitewash
As usual, the Able Danger breaking news blog continues to be The Strata-Sphere. AJStrata's post is here. AJStrata notes:

"Folks, this is enormous. This person worked with Eileen Preisser at LIWA who spear headed the new application of data mining technology. And Maloof has access to the actual legal response that resulted in the diversion of Able Danger from its initial work. And he makes no bones about it - there was a real possibility of stopping 9-11."

As always, my blog, QT Monster, has a continually updated Able Danger breaking news blogroll on the left column.

1 posted on 10/08/2005 10:40:58 PM PDT by vadkins
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Interesting, as I reread AJStrata's post, he points out that the author of this piece in The Washington Times, was an aide to Dick Clarke. He points to this profile of F. Michael Maloof and notes:

Wurmser works at Feith’s office, where he and another neocon, F. Michael Maloof, a former aide to Richard Perle, head a secret intelligence unit, named the Counter Terrorism Evaluation Group, or the “Wurmser-Maloof” project. The four- to five-person unit, a “B Team” commissioned by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, uses powerful computers and software to scan and sort already-analyzed documents and reports from the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and other agencies in an effort to consider possible interpretations and angles of analysis that these agencies may have missed due to deeply ingrained biases and out-of-date worldviews.

The blogger also found this Knight Ridder report titled, U.S. revokes security clearance for Pentagon employee.

Be sure to read the entire post!

2 posted on 10/08/2005 10:49:41 PM PDT by vadkins
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Let me try this again.


Maloof was aide to Richard Perle, not Richard Clarke. My bad, but plenty of interesting stuff on Maloof. Like contacts with Saddam's government.

3 posted on 10/08/2005 11:06:29 PM PDT by AJStrata
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Iraq connected to terrorism and 9/11? You can be darn sure MSM won't go near any story that makes that connection. Truth doesn't mean anything to communist media, only news that is bad for Bush, bad for Anerica and good for the Clinton royalty and the democRATs matters.

4 posted on 10/08/2005 11:28:44 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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5 posted on 10/08/2005 11:36:26 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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Did it single out Atta boy, or did it yield an unwieldy large list?

6 posted on 10/08/2005 11:38:47 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (No wonder the Southern Baptist Church threw Greer out: Only one god per church! [Ann Coulter])
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If only we had acted; Spilt milk, I'd say

7 posted on 10/09/2005 12:02:28 AM PDT by garylmoore (Homosexuality: Obviously unnatural, so obviously wrong.)
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This MAY be important. Then again, it may not. Now, 4 years later, it's too easy to point to solutions. If only, if only... Let's stop the next one, not the previous one.

8 posted on 10/09/2005 3:59:29 AM PDT by aardvark1 (Eschew obfuscation.)
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