Monday, August 29, 2005

It's Alive! 

Still alive, I should probably have said.

That would be the Able Danger imbroglio.

The famous chart, on which Atta was identified as...well, that's not clear to me, but certainly a person of interest in relation to Al Queda, and this a year before 9/11, has been a subject of controversy. Which chart, was one initial question, were there more than one, isn't it strange that Curt Weldon would have lost track of it, even, was there ever a chart?

Now, the truth can be told, and NewsMax is there to tell it.
Missing Able Danger 'Atta' Chart in 2002 Video

A copy of the Able Danger chart that identified lead 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta as a terrorist operating inside the U.S. a year before the 9/11 attacks is clearly visible in a video of a 2002 speech by delivered by Rep. Curt Weldon to the Heritage Foundation.

The Pentagon, the 9/11 Commission and the Senate Intelligence Committee are currently seeking evidence that the bombshell chart, featuring a photo Atta, ever existed - as claimed by three members of the Able Danger team, along with Rep. Weldon. But so far, no physical evidence of the controversial document has surfaced.

Until now.

A third of the way through his May 23, 2002 address on data fusion techniques, the video shows Rep. Weldon unfurling a copy of the now missing document and displaying it to the Heritage audience.

"This is the unclassified chart that was done by the Special Forces Command briefing center one year before 9/11," he explains. "It is the complete architecture of al Qaeda and pan-Islamic extremism. It gives all the linkages. It gives all the capabilities. . . ."
Well, all I can say is, "wow."

There is just one problem with the tape, which NewsMax, to its minimal credit, does report. Naw, I'm not going to tell you. More fun, if you try and guess.

You can find out about he whole delicious story by clicking here.

On a related matter, a ways back, I did a post about Judge Coughenour, who sentenced the millennium bomber, Ahmed Ressam, and the not terribly well known story behind the sentencing, which includes the valuable intelligence developed from Ressam's cooperation.

At the end of the post, I promised a Part 2.

I have not forgotten, nor run out of steam. I didn't post the already-written second part because of the sudden development of the Able Danger story of deep mining intelligence being ignored prior to 9/11, a subject that had a direct bearing on the story I was trying to tell. While watching the gathering Able Danger storm, I decided to do some journalism myself, by talking, or at least trying to, some of the principals involved. Thus, the delay. But it is only a delay.

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