#911Truth WTFact #38: Able Danger and The Intelligence Community Clusterf***
Did you miss the introduction to this year’s campaign?
As an introduction to this article, consider the following interview of Congressman Curt Wheldon with CNN’s Lou Dobbs (before Dobbs fell out of favor for truth-telling).
Able Danger in a nutshell, as described by Wikipedia: Able Danger was a classified military planning effort led by the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). It was created as a result of a directive from the Joint Chiefs of Staff in early October 1999 by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Hugh Shelton, to develop an information operations campaign plan against transnational terrorism.
Anthony Shaffer was one of the major players in this operation. This operation identified four of the alleged 9/11 hijackers a year before the terror attacks, one of them being Mohammad Atta. Shaffer has stated that the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) failed to properly evaluate intelligence on 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta. In October 2003, according to his statement to Congress, Shaffer told the 9/11 Commission that in 2000,a DIA data-mining program known as Able Danger had uncovered two of the three terrorist cells eventually implicated in the September 11 attacks. Shaffer told the Commission that DIA leadership declined to share this information with the FBI because military lawyers expressed concerns about the legality of doing so. Shaffer also said that he briefed Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet on three separate occasions regarding his unit’s activities. The 9/11 Commission Report did not mention Shaffer’s allegations, but in 2005 and 2006 the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Curt Weldon, publicized Shaffer’s allegations in public statements and hearings.
Comments by members of the Able Danger team from Wikipedia (Also see additional links at bottom):
Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer
After Weldon’s assertions were disputed, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, a member of the Able Danger team, identified himself as Weldon’s source. Shaffer claimed that he alerted the FBI in September 2000 about the information uncovered by the secret military unit “Able Danger,” but he alleges three meetings he set up with bureau officials were blocked by military lawyers. Shaffer, who at the time worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency, claims he communicated to members of the 9/11 Commission that Able Danger had identified two of the three cells responsible for 9/11 prior to the attacks, but the Commission did not include this information in their final report.
Shaffer specifically states that in Jan 2000, Able Danger data-mining revealed the existence of a ‘Brooklyn’ Al-Qaeda cell connected to the “Blind Sheik” Omar Abdel-Rahman; as well as two other cells overseas. Shaffer & Philpott examined this chart of Al Qaeda suspected operatives, containing names & photos, and Philpott pointed out one particular sinister and “scary looking dude” — Mohammed Atta.
Shaffer’s lawyer, Mark Zaid, has revealed that Shaffer had been placed on paid administrative leave for what he called “petty and frivolous” reasons and had his security clearance suspended in March 2004, following a dispute over travel mileage expenses and personal use of a work cell phone. These allegations are claimed to have been pursued in bad faith & breach of process, in relation for Shaffer talking to the 9/11 Commission. Army investigations subsequently found these to be ill-grounded, and cleared his promotion.
As Lt. Col. Shaffer received a memorandum of OPCON status from Joint Task Force (JTF) 121, confirming his attachment to this element 1 November through 1 December 2004, and participating in the 75th Ranger Regiment’s nighttime air assault of 11 November 2003, the controversy of his wearing the 75th Ranger Regiment patch as his “combat patch” is closed in his favor. In the Army Reserve, LtCol Shaffer is now assigned as the G6 of the 94th Division (Prov), Ft. Lee, VA. Congressman Weldon asked for a new probe into the activities undertaken to silence Lt. Col Shaffer from publicly commenting on Able Danger and Able Danger’s identification of the 9/11 hijackers. Weldon called the activities “a deliberate campaign of character assassination.”
Shaffer has also told the story of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) opposition to Able Danger, prior to 9/11, based on the view Able Danger was encroaching on CIA turf. According to Shaffer, the CIA representative said, “I clearly understand. We’re going after the leadership. You guys are going after the body. But, it doesn’t matter. The bottom line is, CIA will never give you the best information from “Alex Base” or anywhere else. CIA will never provide that to you because if you were successful in your effort to target Al Qaeda, you will steal our thunder. Therefore, we will not support this.”
Navy Captain Scott Phillpott
Capt. Scott Phillpott confirmed Shaffer’s claims. “I will not discuss this outside of my chain of command,” Phillpott said in a statement to Fox News. “I have briefed the Department of the Army, the Special Operations Command and the office of (Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence) Dr. Cambone as well as the 9/11 Commission. My story has remained consistent. Atta was identified by Able Danger in January/February 2000,” he was quoted as saying.
James D. Smith
Shaffer’s claims were also confirmed by James D. Smith, a civilian contractor who worked on Able Danger. In an interview with Fox News, Smith reported that the project had involved analysis of data from a large number of public sources and 20 to 30 individuals.
Smith stated that Atta’s name had emerged during an examination of individuals known to have ties to Omar Abdel Rahman, a leading figure in the first World Trade Center bombing.
Major Eric Kleinsmith
Major Eric Kleinsmith, who was with the Army and chief of intelligence for LIWA until February 2001, testified that he was ordered to destroy Able Danger’s information. “I deleted the data,” he said. “There were two sets, classified and unclassified, and also an ‘all sorts,'” which contained a blend of the two, “plus charts we’d produced.” Kleinsmith deleted the 2.5 terabytes of data in May and June, 2000, on orders of Tony Gentry, general counsel of the Army Intelligence and Security Command.
The Defense Department announced its findings on September 1, 2005, after a three-week investigation into Able Danger. The statement announced the discovery of three other witnesses in addition to Shaffer and Phillpott who confirm Able Danger had produced a chart that “either mentioned Atta by name as an al-Qaeda operative [and/or] showed his photograph.” Four of the five witnesses remember the photo on the chart. The fifth remembers only Atta being cited by name. The Pentagon describes the witnesses as “credible” but stated that the document which allegedly mentioned Atta could not be found.
The bottom line in this whole situation is that criminal elements of the government blocked members of the intelligence community from pursuing the suspected hijackers, which leads to the main question: were they allowed to go ahead with the plans to attack and destroy the WTC towers and the Pentagon? As you will see in our following articles on 9/11, this is exactly what happened; the government trained and allowed the attacks to take place to expand wars in the Middle East and expand the police state here in the United States.
Hearings on Capitol Hill
Some Mainstream Media for your consideration.
The smear campaign against Lt. Col. Shaffer
To hear Shaffer’s own words, watch the videos below.