Skip to main content

Monday Morning Intelligence with the New York Times and Kool Aid - 20

Sept. 11 Commission Rejects Atta Claim

"WASHINGTON -- Former members of the Sept. 11 commission on Wednesday dismissed assertions that a Pentagon intelligence unit identified lead hijacker Mohamed Atta as an member of al-Qaida long before the 2001 attacks.

The ex-commissioners also criticized the government for not putting in place changes recommended last year in homeland security and emergency response. They pointed most notably to the failure to improve communication systems, which they said might have saved lives after Hurricane Katrina."


Well that was a unceremonial thud to a building story if I ever saw one!

"Two military officers, Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer and Navy Capt. Scott Phillpott, claimed a classified military intelligence unit, known as "Able Danger," identified Atta before the attacks. Shaffer has said three other hijackers were identified, too.

Kean said the recollections of the intelligence officers cannot be verified by any document.

"Bluntly, it just didn't happen and that's the conclusion of all 10 of us," said a former commissioner, ex-Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash.

Pentagon officials said this month that they could find no documents to back up the claims."


Whether you're a fan of the Commission or not, this has been the glowing discrepancy all along.

NO HARD EVIDENCE.

Yes, witnesses, and some very good one's at that.

Note though that the Commission is not dissing the existance of Able Danger, nor of even some of their work. But the "Atta" angle is weak and always has been.

It doesn't help that Weldon cannot remember if Atta was on the chart that he says he gave to Hadley whom doesn't admit to squat. If only someone had a copy of the chart....

Now, my "brothers in the blogshere" Capt Ed and AJ Strata who did a lot of footwork on this story, and have I, and they have the following takes on this.

The Captain is blunt:

"Now they want to shade their eyes and cover their ears as the evidence they missed or actively ignored comes to light. Let them. It will only demonstrate their lack of investigatory detachment and marriage to their preconceived narratives all the more."

Ed too also makes the point that there have been a lot of witnesses. Yet again, the Commission didn't say there wasn't a program, and everyone knows, and even skeptical "I" admit that there was "something" to the story. However, as I have asserted the problem all along has been "cold-hard-evidence". Not just witnesses, but "paperwork" - namely that dang chart.

Or if my old Army chum General Schoomaker had spoke up - that would have been most helpful.

In addition to Weldon's flakey memory, Shaffer's admission that the whole reason they came forward for this story was yet another 'pet project' to drum up more funding is telling.

AJ Strata's take echos my main point though: "Note that the commission doesn’t address the full Able Danger claim - identifying possible AQ in country and trying to alert the FBI. The statement only mentions one terrorist: Atta.

Exactly. No one is doubting that point, it's the "Atta Angle" that killed the story - pure and simple.

Now the Commission's action only makes sense in regards to Katrina which gave the commission a sort of "New Focus", so that they are basically tossing this "annoyance" to the side, as if to say,

"Who has time? Let's fix what went wrong with Katrina"

You might say that if Hurricanes had a political persuasion Katrina was a democrat!

(Note: to search for other post of mine in this series, use the "search this blog" feature and put in macsmind+ able danger)

UPDATE: Weldon is unhindered!. Talk of document destruction and "yet" another suprise witness! I wonder if they'll bring the freaking chart with them.

Stick a fork in it - it's done.


Filed under:

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Calling Mr. Fitzgerald?

**UPDATED AND BUMPED****

As I told you about in this post yesterday as a source confirmed to me that the Justice Department has launched a probe into the NSA leak. Mr. Risen, you are in trouble - prepare your defense. I told you so.

The White House will be announcing the probe at about 12:30pm. My source tells me that this probe will most likely result in another prosecutor being assigned as of course Fitzgerald is still busy/dizzy on the Plame/Game No-Leak. Additionally, other probes into other recent leaks such as the CIA 'prisons'leak is in the works as well. As I said, this is the NEW Bush - on the attack - it's no more Mr. Nice Guy!

About time! Also covering Michelle Malkin

*****End Update*********

UPDATE II: Looks like I owe my source big time as yet another tip comes true as the Washington Post is on the target list as well for the CIA Prison leak.

****End Update II*************************************

Update III: Via Fox: "The government has no legal right to…

Able Danger - Sign Up - Get the Truth

Per the Able Danger Blog (newly added link), get over to this petition and sign ur name. Again, if there is any chance of true bi-partisan hearings, the people are going to have to speak up and loud.

Just do it!



Newsbusters Busts the MSM on Bush Event

Newsbusters, the blog of Brent Bozell's Media Research Center, exposes the MSM attempt to spin President Bush's meeting with troops into a 'staged event'.

Truth is that the event was not staged, the troops were telling their real feelings: that they support the war and our President.

I guess they might have this story mixed up with the "planted question" to Sec. Rumsfeld back in December 2004.

Yet, that wasn't the case here, Soldiers when asked, will tell you the truth.

Just like in this picture, they tell it like it is!











Michelle Malkin has links to other reactions. Also Blogs for Bush.

UPDATE I: Michelle has a further reponse from one of the soldiers in the video. Here's an excerpt:

"First of all, we were told that we would be speaking with the President of the United States, our Commander-in-Chief, President Bush, so I believe that it would have been totally irresponsible for us NOT to prepare some ideas, facts or comments that we wanted to share …