Monday Morning Intelligence and the NY Times with Kool Aid - 15

Alright, I've been to the mountain on this Able Danger story.....and found it wanting!

Let's review shall we?

First, the core of the story, to wit:

"In September 2000, one year before the Al Qaeda attacks of 9/11, a U.S. Army military intelligence program, known as “Able Danger,” identified a terrorist cell based in Brooklyn, NY, one of whose members was 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta, and recommended to their military superiors that the FBI be called in to “take out that cell,” according to Rep. Curt Weldon, a longtime Republican congressman from Pennsylvania who is currently vice chairman of both the House Homeland Security and House Armed Services Committees."

The entirety of this story, and Weldon's charge of FBI/CIA "stonewalling" hinges on whether this "cell" actually existed.

I mean, like brother Porky said, Thatss, alllll folks!

That's the whole ballgame. If this cell didn't exist, there is no story - period.

As it stands now, however, it just looks like this who story has been just another "book selling moment".

Consider the facts:

1. Beside Weldon's assertions above, a Government Security News article, and three uncolaborated witnesses - what other solid evidence is there that this "Brooklyn Cell" EVER existed? Moreover, that Mohammed Atta, or any other 9/11 hijacker was a member of it?

(Buzzer Sound!)

The answer is None!

Isn't that simple?

Oh, we have speculation galore among bloggers and MSM pundits. But speculation isn't evidence.

It is amazing that no one at the Pentagon, State Department, NIS, CIA can or will positively confirm this information about a "cell in Brooklyn" in 1999/2000. Quite the contrary, according to what we hear, no one can find jack- squat on it. Specifically there is NO colaboration from the Intel world - CIA/NIS/ not even Army Intelligence and hell they OUGHT to know, the supposed AD team members were using their facilities!

To be more clear, there is absolutely NO documentation to back up Ltc. Schaffer or the other 'witnesses' and Weldon's claims - NADA. There is NO chart, no 'spreadsheets', no "backups" and no "team".

Another point....!

One would think with the numerous leaks that came out/continue to come out of the Plame Game that SOMETHING would have leaked out the Pentagonby now.

You would think by now that some document, any document, anything...

I mean, IF they're were ANYTHING, there would be SOMETHING OUT by now. But there hasn't been a blasted thing OUTSIDE of Weldon's Book Script.

Maybe even a memo, you know, with a little "S" on it next to Plame's name....would surface by now - but it hasn't.

Again, this story began with a story - that the 9/11 hijackers were in Brooklyn a year before 9/11 - and it's where - unless there is new solid evidence - where the story will die - a story.