Legal debate hobbled Able Danger, By: KEITH PHUCAS, Times Herald Staff, 02/28/2006
NORRISTOWN - Just as "Able Danger" was uncovering startling links to al-Qaida in the United States and abroad in 2000, the data mining effort was suddenly ordered to cease operating that April. According to testimony from data analysts who worked on the program, Pentagon lawyers threw up red flags after learning that the data mining team was downloading information from Internet Web sites run by Islamic groups.
Their Internet access was sharply curtailed after attorneys raised concerns about the group's practice of collecting personal information on "U.S. persons......" Follow the link to get additional information on this story Legal Debate Hobbled Able Danger.
Another recent story run in the Times Herald may also be of interest:
Program mysteries unresolved By: KEITH PHUCAS, Times Herald Staff, 02/17/2006
WASHINGTON - When all the facts about "Able Danger" are revealed, the history of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be rewritten, according to Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, who accused the Pentagon at a Congressional hearing Wednesday of trying to hide the former data mining effort that claims it identified hijacker Mohamed Atta more than a year before the terrorist attacks.
Here is a current AP news story:
Weldon: 'Able Danger' ID'd 9/ll Ringleader Feb 14 5:33, By KIMBERLY HEFLING, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON Pre-Sept. 11 intelligence conducted by a secret military unit identified terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta 13 different times, a congressman said Tuesday. During a Capitol Hill news conference, Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., said the unit _ code-named "Able Danger" _ also identified "a problem" in Yemen two weeks before the attack on the USS Cole. It knew the problem was tied into the port of Aden and involved a U.S. platform, but the ship commander was not made aware of it, Weldon said. (The suicide bombing of the Cole killed 17 sailors on Oct. 12, 2000.)
A running cronology of Able Danger with some great links can be found at Summer Of Truth . Org:
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... WASHINGTON, (AP) -- The Sept. 11 commission will investigate a claim that
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