Friday, August 12, 2005

IBD On "Able Danger"

Investor's Business Daily offers a harsh editorial concerning the "Able Danger" controversy, in which a secret military intelligence unit identified Mohammed Atta as a potential threat in 1999. Pentagon lawyers rejected the unit's recommendation that the information be turned over to the FBI in 2000.
Weldon [Curt Weldon, R-PA] noted: "They put stickies on the face of Mohammed Atta on the chart that the military intelligence unit had completed, and they said you can't talk to Atta because he's here on a green card."

Lee Hamilton, co-chair of the 9-11 commission, said the commission "did not learn of any U.S. government knowledge prior to 9-11 of surveillance of Mohammed Atta or of his cell . . . Had we learned of it, obviously it would've been a major focus of our investigation."

But they did learn of it. The New York Times reports that the 9-11 commission staff had the Able Danger data but decided not to share it with the panel members because the information sounded inconsistent with what they thought they knew about Atta.

Commission staffers plan a trip to the National Archives to retrieve their notes on Able Danger's findings. Yes, the same National Archives where Clinton National Security Adviser Sandy Berger was caught stuffing classified documents about terrorist threats down his pants, presumably to remove them from public scrutiny.