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Monday Morning Intelligence and the NY Times with Kool Aid - 17

We are now finally going to get to the meat of the matter.

Via Time Magazine:

"As questions continue to swirl around claims that the Pentagon failed to act on pre-September 11 intelligence about the hijackers, a Senate panel is trying to clear up a key mysteries surrounding the data-mining intel program known as "Able Danger." The Senate Intelligence Committee is asking the Pentagon to let it interview anyone who worked on Able Danger, and last week drafted a letter asking the White House for a copy of a chart that Congressman Curt Weldon claimed in a recent book he gave then-deputy national security adviser Steve Hadley just after the 9/11 attacks."

"Weldon says in the book, Countdown to Terror, that the chart was produced by Able Danger before the attacks and pegged lead hijacker Mohammad Atta as a threat to the U.S. Hadley—since promoted to be President Bush's national security adviser—has refused to confirm or deny the claim. Whether such a chart existed and was given to Hadley could prove or greatly undermine claims by Weldon and a handful of members of the Able Danger team."

At the "proof text" of this story is that blasted chart. If Hadley would just come forward and say, "Yeah I got it" or "Weldon's a nut, I never saw it", we could get on with the summer.

Although Weldon himself seems to be his own worst enemy. First he has the chart with Atta's mug firmly dead center mass. Then he can't remember if Atta was specifically on it. Then he gives the chart to Hadley, and who knows who's picture is on the damn thing or even if there was a chart.

At this point, I'd have to be honest, I think Weldon is ready for the farm. I haven't found a single solitary confirmation of this story from any contact I have with the Pentagon/SOC/ or any other agency I know of - NADA. Believe me I tried. Hell I even broke the family rule (military family); and dropped a dime to my cousin who in 2000 sat at the right hand of Albright (that twit!). Still nothing. No one knows diddle about this program.

In fact, from what I hear, it's becoming a bit of a "joke" in intel circles.

But even worse is the fact that I do believe his rantings will in the long run do more harm than good. Why?

Simply this. Iraq WAS linked to 9/11. That is a fact. The 9/11 Commission ignored all the available and plentiful documentation of this for obviously political reasons.

So why don't I just buy into Able Danger's claim and get the "meme" hits on my little blog?

Simple - it's a bunch of crap, and nothing hurts the "cause" more than laying on a little crap.

The fact that there is a ton of evidence linking Al Qaeda/Bin Laden/Iraq and 9/11. One has only to Google the three to read at will the numerous connections. Even in simplicity one would have to be a moron not to have seen the connections all along. Al Qaeda isn't a "nation", it's an "idea" and that idea permiates and has permiated the Middle east for a long time.

We didn't need a "smoking gun" chart to prove it. Apparently though, Rep. Weldon thinks we did and in the process, if he found to be full of hot air, you can "kiss the recongnition of commission" goodbye forever.

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