Sep 03 2007
I am sure many have forgotten about Able Danger (see here for my many posts on the mater), a prototype data mining intelligence program that was begun in 1998 by the NSA and folks in the Pentagon to see if data mining technology, applied to publically available data sets, could help identify terrorists. The claim, never really proved, was the Able Danger program had identified the 9-11 highackers prior to 9-11 and no one paid attention because it was a prototype evaluation program, not a fully operational capability the Intelligence Community had confidence in.
One of the more infuriating aspects of the entire story was the fact that our intelligence tools were shut down because the test program for this technology unearthed possibly incriminating information about the Clintons and their administration. One of the many posts I have on this aspect of the story is here. I am dredging up this old news because it probably plays into some of the current news involving the Clintons and their ties to Chinese spies (i.e., illustrates the nexus of Clinton greed and Clinton naivetÃ©’). This is because the Able Danger program was rapidly (and possibly illegally) shut down because its sister technology demonstration program, investigating US connections to Chinese technology, came up with high level names.
It was this unfortunate and accidental discovery connecting China’s efforts to acquire our technology with high ranking Clinton administration officials that triggered a complete shutdown of the data mining efforts against al-Qeada. The fear of this technology was so prevelant someone decided chasing terrorists was less important than covering someone’s butt. We never learned who was connected to the Chinese spies (outside Condi Rice, who would not be someone the Clinton administration would work so hard to cover for).
The reason I bring this up is to echo what Mac Ranger is saying about the Clintons and the myriad of China scandals that dogged their administration, and where never really investigated.
While the MSM continues to largely ignore the reemerging â€˜China Gate scandalâ€™ that I believe will either fatally wound or will outright derail her candidacy, itâ€™s really time to call Hillary Clinton in her constant denials of culpability.
The word is very different from the loose and wild days of the Clinton administration. We take things much more seriously since 9-11, since we now appreciate how what seems to be trivial can have terrible consequences. The problems the Clintons had with Chinese agents spreading large amounts of money around dogged them constantly (and Al Gore and is fundraiser at a Temple known for frugality and rejection of personal gain). Will the pliant MSM cover for the Clintons again? Honestly I doubt it. They did their job once and it cost them their reputation and respect of the country. I doubt they see any reason to do it again.