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Key terror information 'blocked'
news.com.au ^ | 15 February 2006

Posted on 02/14/2006 9:17:26 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

A SECRET US military intelligence unit had terrorist ringleader Mohammed Atta in its cross-hairs before the September 11, 2001, attacks 13 times, a congressman claimed today, citing the unit's records.

Data produced by the Pentagon unit code-named Able Danger, which used data mining to investigate the al-Qaeda network, showed Atta's name 13 times, Republican Representative Curt Weldon told a news conference. "Thirteen times we have hits in the data that's still available, that we were told was destroyed," he said, citing recent analyses of data gathered by Able Danger before the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

"They knew he was up to no good and that he was planning something."

Mr Weldon, vice chairman of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committee, spoke on the eve of a House Armed Services joint subcommittee hearing on Able Danger which he has initiated.

The House representative has pressured Congress and the Pentagon to investigate Able Danger since August, arguing that government officials became aware of Atta's ties to al-Qaeda earlier than admitted.

Mr Weldon said he now had proof there had been several attempts to transfer the information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but they were blocked by lawyers for the administration of President George W Bush.

"We have information that will be testified to under oath that there were attempts to transfer information to the FBI on at least three occasions, and on all three of those occasions in September of 2000, lawyers within the administration denied those meetings from taking place," he said.

"At least one" witness would testify under oath that Atta had been on the US intelligence radar before the attacks, the Pennsylvania politician said.

"At least one additional witnesses has come forward who just retired from one of the intelligence agencies who will also testify under oath that he was well aware of, and identified, Mohammed Atta's both name and photo prior to 9/11 occurring," he said.

Mr Weldon also said that Able Danger had detected problems in Yemen, which if they had been properly communicated, could have prevented the attack on the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden in October 2000.

He has criticised the official investigative panel on the 9/11 attacks as lacking and for months has alleged that the authorities were trying to hide pre-September 11 errors committed in tracking al-Qaeda to protect senior officials.

The issue has reopened a long-standing controversy over the failure of the US intelligence agencies to share information that might have prevented the September 11 attacks.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; abledanger; alqaeda; atta; intelligence; september11; terror
WTF?!!!
1 posted on 02/14/2006 9:17:28 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher
Mr Weldon said he now had proof there had been several attempts to transfer the information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but they were blocked by lawyers for the administration of President George W Bush.

Ladies and gentlemen, the next "THIS time we've got him!!!!" thread on DU.

2 posted on 02/14/2006 9:19:59 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (An agnostic for religious freedom, not Islamofascistic multiculti PC secularism)
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To: Aussie Dasher
"At least one" witness would testify under oath that Atta had been on the US intelligence radar before the attacks, the Pennsylvania politician said.

"At least one additional witnesses has come forward who just retired from one of the intelligence agencies who will also testify under oath that he was well aware of, and identified, Mohammed Atta's both name and photo prior to 9/11 occurring," he said.


My question: "Who?"
3 posted on 02/14/2006 9:20:43 PM PST by proud_yank (Good intentions + bad information = Recipe for disaster.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Bump for Able Danger.


4 posted on 02/14/2006 9:21:15 PM PST by dirtboy (I'm fat, I sleep most of the winter and I saw my shadow yesterday. Does that make me a groundhog?)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Mr Weldon said he now had proof there had been several attempts to transfer the information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but they were blocked by lawyers for the administration of President George W Bush.

"We have information that will be testified to under oath that there were attempts to transfer information to the FBI on at least three occasions, and on all three of those occasions in September of 2000, lawyers within the administration denied those meetings from taking place," he said.

Ummmm...Refresh my memory. WHO was President in September 2000? It sure as hell wasn't George W. Bush.

5 posted on 02/14/2006 9:24:24 PM PST by Choose Ye This Day ("Without God all things are permissible." -- Dostoevsky)
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To: Aussie Dasher

What is with the Australian press?
Reporting on this fringe trivia when we have a constitutional crisis
over a blood-lust, shotgun shootin' Dick Cheney?!?!

Seriously, I think the MSM here in the USA is just about to get a
bit of a backlash. They've done nothing but obsess over a couple of
stay shotgun pellets and are devoting chunks of the ex-new program
that is still called "NightLine" to the atrocity committed by Cheney:
not calling the major news offices himself with the story.
Before taking his wounded buddy to the hospital.


6 posted on 02/14/2006 9:27:13 PM PST by VOA
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To: Aussie Dasher

bump for later


7 posted on 02/14/2006 9:27:43 PM PST by GOPJ (If Dems had courage, they could have the courage of their convictions, if they had convictions.)
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To: Choose Ye This Day
WHO was President in September 2000? It sure as hell wasn't George W. Bush.

If it were W's administration, this would have been trumpetted to the world 10,000 time in the press by now.

8 posted on 02/14/2006 9:42:18 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: Aussie Dasher

"We have information that will be testified to under oath that there were attempts to transfer information to the FBI on at least three occasions, and on all three of those occasions in September of 2000, lawyers within the administration denied those meetings from taking place, he said."

The date doesn't make sense.

Bush wasn't elected until Nov., and he was sworn in in January of 2001. The Clintons were too busy carting off the White House furnishings and pardoning drug dealers and contributors to the Clinton Presidential Library fund.to fully brief the incoming President..and their outgoing staffs were busy ruining the office computers and writing graffiti on Inauguration day.


9 posted on 02/14/2006 10:08:50 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Choose Ye This Day
blocked by lawyers for the administration of President George W Bush.

I didn't read that in transcript of Weldon's press conference. I did read this:

No, I don't think it's Bush. I think it's career underlings that were holdovers from the previous administration who are fearful they're going to be embarrassed when the story is told. They're more concerned about their careers than the safety of the country. They're more concerned with their careers and their little fiefdoms than they are about what really happened in the run-up to 9/11. I mean, Richard Nixon covered up a third-rate burglary and had to resign from office. What's going on here?

And I believe I read that the one of the several hearings taking place will begin at 2:30 PM EST today, some open, some closed, closed because people who are afraid for their careers and possibly their lives.

10 posted on 02/15/2006 3:26:08 AM PST by Simo Hayha (An eduction is incomplete without instruction in the use of arms to defend against harm.)
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To: Simo Hayha

Do you have a link to the press conference?


11 posted on 02/15/2006 3:41:08 AM PST by Maelstrom (To prevent misinterpretation or abuse of the Constitution:The Bill of Rights limits government power)
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To: Maelstrom; Baynative
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1577580/posts?page=53

Hope this helps. The thread is titled Able Danger Update. Baynative posted a transcript starting at #53

12 posted on 02/15/2006 3:51:01 AM PST by Simo Hayha (An eduction is incomplete without instruction in the use of arms to defend against harm.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Mr Weldon said he now had proof there had been several attempts to transfer the information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but they were blocked by lawyers for the administration of President George W Bush.

MSM alert! lol- Look how they're trying to spin this now.

The DC elite must be starting to sweat, the Able Danger scandal is finally starting to break...of course they're going to cast blame at Bush as if this didn't go back to Clinton. They still disrespect the power of the new media. We know the truth, and if they run with this story, soon the rest of America will too!

13 posted on 02/15/2006 4:11:05 AM PST by ovrtaxt (Join the FR folding team!! http://vspx27.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/main.py?qtype=teampage&teamnum=36120)
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To: Maelstrom

Click on the Able Danger link at the top of the Forum page for all related articles and audio clips. The keyword is ATTA.


14 posted on 02/15/2006 4:13:23 AM PST by ovrtaxt (Join the FR folding team!! http://vspx27.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/main.py?qtype=teampage&teamnum=36120)
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To: Aussie Dasher

AFTER the fact it's always EASY to put it all together. If you have NOTHING on him but suspicion, there's nothing you can do.


15 posted on 02/15/2006 4:15:06 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people believe in Intelligent Design (God))
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To: MEG33

You're right!


16 posted on 02/15/2006 4:16:36 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people believe in Intelligent Design (God))
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To: ScaniaBoy; Cooter; eyespysomething; B4Ranch; Alamo-Girl; Triple; MJY1288; potlatch; Shermy; ...
DOMESTIC TERRORISM ALERT. Please let me know by freepmail if you want to be put on or taken off this list. Thanks.

I've changed the name of the ping list. No longer the OKC/911 Connection, now Domestic Terrorism. The Able Danger scandal occupies an interesting position between OKC and 911, so I will be pinging this list to anything related. I will try to limit these pings to new information, since it looks like the MSM is running with it now.

lol This should be fun!

17 posted on 02/15/2006 4:21:14 AM PST by ovrtaxt (Join the FR folding team!! http://vspx27.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/main.py?qtype=teampage&teamnum=36120)
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To: Choose Ye This Day
I guess it could have happened,[sarcasm] after all, President Nixon sent John Kerry to Cambodia before he was sworn in.

I mean,almost anything is possible. Two things which will never occur:1. An honest Democrat politic an. 2. A member of the mass media telling the truth.
18 posted on 02/15/2006 4:28:08 AM PST by sport
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To: Aussie Dasher

Bookmark


19 posted on 02/15/2006 4:41:45 AM PST by freema (Proud Marine FRiend, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: VOA; Aussie Dasher
What is with the Australian press? Reporting on this fringe trivia when we have a constitutional crisis over a blood-lust, shotgun shootin' Dick Cheney?!?!

LOL! I know. They really should be ashamed of themselves.

20 posted on 02/15/2006 5:46:03 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Mr Weldon also said that Able Danger had detected problems in Yemen, which if they had been properly communicated, could have prevented the attack on the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden in October 2000.

From my files:

Vice Adm. Thomas Wilson, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, wrote to all DIA personnel this week to explain the protest resignation of a DIA analyst in October. The analyst, Kie Fallis, quit the day after the USS Cole was attacked by suicide bombers in Aden, Yemen. Mr. Fallis charged that a report he had written on the threat of a terrorist attack in Yemen was suppressed by senior DIA officials.

Mr. Fallis' resignation letter stated that he had "significant analytic differences" with DIA superiors over a terrorist threat assessment produced in June.

U.S. intelligence officials said there were warnings, but they arrived too late. The National Security Agency issued a report shortly after the Cole was bombed warning of attacks in the region —too late to be useful.

Adm. Wilson said he asked the Pentagon inspector general (IG) to investigate Mr. Fallis' charges. In an awkwardly worded statement, the three-star admiral said on Wednesday the IG "found no evidence to support the public perception that information warning of an attack on Cole was suppressed, ignored or even available in DIA." What about the private perception?

The admiral's statement drew smirks from several intelligence officials. It relied on a dodge often used by intelligence analysts to dismiss unwelcome information. Saying there is "no evidence" —like that presented to a court of law — is often used to mask the fact there is lots of intelligence to the contrary that spooks would rather not talk about in public.

Source

Mr. Fallis also uncovered terrorist info related to 9/11:

One piece of the puzzle that Mr. Fallis uncovered was an intelligence report about a secret meeting of al Qaeda terrorists in a condominium complex in Malaysia in January 2000.

Information obtained after September 11 identified two of them as Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, who would be on American Airlines Flight 77 when it crashed into the Pentagon. They met with a former Malaysian army captain, Yazi Sufaat, described by Malaysian authorities as a key link in Southeast Asia for al Qaeda, who later would be tied to the bombing of the Cole.

What alarmed U.S. intelligence at the time was that Malaysian security officials traced the men to the Iranian Embassy there, where they spent the night.

Source


21 posted on 02/15/2006 5:58:18 AM PST by ravingnutter
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To: Aussie Dasher
Buried in the OKC bombing files:

The motel owner said that Moussaoui and a man who appeared to be Marwan al-Shehhi -- who helped crash a jetliner into the south tower of the World Trade Center -- were friendly and said a few things, but Atta was clearly the leader. "He did most of the talking and seemed very serious," said the owner, adding, "I was standing face to face, about two feet away from Atta, and talked to the three of them for about 10 minutes. Atta asked if he could rent one of the other rooms at a weekly rate, and I told him no.

"I asked him what they were doing here in the area. And Atta told me they were going to flight school. I thought he meant [Federal Aviation Administration] training in Oklahoma City. But Atta told me no, they were taking flight training in Norman.

Source (post #35)

22 posted on 02/15/2006 6:22:29 AM PST by ravingnutter
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To: Aussie Dasher

bttt


23 posted on 02/15/2006 6:23:31 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: ovrtaxt
A SECRET US military intelligence unit had terrorist ringleader Mohammed Atta in its cross-hairs before the September 11, 2001, attacks 13 times, a congressman claimed today, citing the unit's records.

Jamie Gorelick… call 1-800-HILLARY ext. 666.

24 posted on 02/15/2006 6:32:34 AM PST by auboy (The press practices free screech. And they're really good at it.)
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To: Aussie Dasher; Choose Ye This Day
""We have information that will be testified to under oath that there were attempts to transfer information to the FBI on at least three occasions, and on all three of those occasions in September of 2000, lawyers within the administration denied those meetings from taking place," he said."

This date is significant!

Now, also, might be a good time to take a new look at the circumstances surrounding other failures of that Administration to take measures to assure airlines safety and to prevent terrorist attacks following TWA 800, as outlined here.

25 posted on 02/15/2006 6:44:06 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: Choose Ye This Day
"Ummmm...Refresh my memory. WHO was President in September 2000? It sure as hell wasn't George W. Bush."

I just came across this thread and that was the first thing I picked up on. Do you think Weldon actually said that or do you think the media is misconstruing what he said. If it is the later then Weldon should be correcting it.

26 posted on 02/15/2006 7:50:27 AM PST by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: All; VOA
"They've done nothing but obsess over a couple of stay shotgun pellets and are devoting chunks of the ex-new program that is still called "NightLine" to the atrocity committed by Cheney:"

Tune in tonight. I heard on the radio news this morning that ABC Nightly News and Nightline will be telling about the tapes recently found with Saddam Hussein talking about a big attack on the US and his WMD program.

27 posted on 02/15/2006 7:59:37 AM PST by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: Spunky

Post 10--someone said they didn't read this in the transcript of what Weldon said. If I had to guess, it's the press (intentionally) getting the facts wrong.


28 posted on 02/15/2006 8:05:31 AM PST by Choose Ye This Day ("Without God all things are permissible." -- Dostoevsky)
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To: MEG33
"The date doesn't make sense."

Lets hope the date of September of 2000 is correct and that blocked by lawyers of President Bush's Administration is wrong.

29 posted on 02/15/2006 8:08:27 AM PST by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: Darkwolf377
Mr Weldon said he now had proof there had been several attempts to transfer the information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but they were blocked by lawyers for the administration of President George W Bush.

"We have information that will be testified to under oath that there were attempts to transfer information to the FBI on at least three occasions, and on all three of those occasions in September of 2000, lawyers within the administration denied those meetings from taking place," he said.

Those were undoubtedly the same Xlinton-appointed holdovers lawyers that GWB failed to fire...and still hasn't to this day, I'll bet.

This blowback, which someone in the Administration evidently hoped to avoid by continuing the Xlinton's Jamie Gorelick coverup is now unavoidable...and in fact, is made far worse with the conservative base by the fact of someone's complicity in the coverup.

30 posted on 02/15/2006 8:10:25 AM PST by Paul Ross (Hitting bullets with bullets successfully for 35 years!)
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To: MEG33
all three of those occasions in September of 2000

Agreed, the date doesn't make sense. It does appear that the MSM is messing with the actual statement of Weldon.

31 posted on 02/15/2006 8:13:37 AM PST by Paul Ross (Hitting bullets with bullets successfully for 35 years!)
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To: loveliberty2
"This date is significant!"

"Now, also, might be a good time to take a new look at the circumstances surrounding other failures of that Administration to take measures to assure airlines safety and to prevent terrorist attacks following TWA 800, as outlined here."

First what is significant about the date September 2000? Second your link doesn't work. When I click on it, it says this thread not on this server. Can you fix it?

32 posted on 02/15/2006 8:21:02 AM PST by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: Spunky
In answer to your question, the significance of the date, September 2000, is that it is during the Clinton Administration.

Sorry about my link. Here it is, corrected

Thanks!

33 posted on 02/15/2006 8:31:06 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: ovrtaxt

Thanks for the ping!


34 posted on 02/15/2006 8:33:54 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: loveliberty2

Thank You!


35 posted on 02/15/2006 8:44:42 AM PST by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: Spunky

thanks for the heads-up...I'll catch tonight's NightLine, with barf-bag
nearby as the news crew tries to spin this story into a "Bush Lied"
scenario. I just know they won't be able to restrain themselves.


36 posted on 02/15/2006 10:46:31 AM PST by VOA
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To: Aussie Dasher
Mr Weldon said he now had proof there had been several attempts to transfer the information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but they were blocked by lawyers for the administration of President George W Bush.

"We have information that will be testified to under oath that there were attempts to transfer information to the FBI on at least three occasions, and on all three of those occasions in September of 2000, lawyers within the administration denied those meetings from taking place," he said.

Somebody has got to get their time line straightened out. GW Bush became president in January of 2001, and even at that his transition team was denied access for all of November of 2000.

37 posted on 02/15/2006 10:52:16 AM PST by mware (The keeper of the I's once again.)
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To: ovrtaxt

Thanks for the ping.


38 posted on 02/15/2006 8:33:47 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: ovrtaxt; Alamo-Girl
I've changed the name of the ping list. No longer the OKC/911 Connection, now Domestic Terrorism. The Able Danger scandal occupies an interesting position between OKC and 911, so I will be pinging this list to anything related. I will try to limit these pings to new information, since it looks like the MSM is running with it now.

Concur. There are also connections to illegal campaign funding involving both political parties, so expect some crossover in reporting of those scandals as well.

Please keepme on the list, of course!

39 posted on 02/16/2006 10:57:44 AM PST by archy (The darkness will come. It will find you,and it will scare you like you've never been scared before.)
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To: archy

Thanks for the ping!


40 posted on 02/16/2006 10:06:23 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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