Aug 30 2005
In the past week we have seen some major news coming out of WTOP channel 9 here in the DC area. Today’s is a real stunner
The Pentagon appears to have reversed its position on Able Danger, the Army intelligence collection team.
A Pentagon spokesman now says “there’s no reason to doubt the specific recollections” of the growing number of team members. The team members say the project had pre-Sept. 11 intelligence on al Qaida, which Defense Department lawyers prohibited them from sharing with the FBI.
Members of the team say they identified the lead Sept. 11 terrorist Mohamed Atta as a cell leader more than a year before the attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon.
“You could touch the picture and literally drill down and it would give you all the facts that we had from whatever source we had, we identified our sources and then why we had made a link,” says defense contractor J.D. Smith, describing how Able Danger’s computer software program worked.
Folks, the Pentagon just sent a warning shot across the bow of the 9-11 commission.
I, of course, need to head off to meetings, so I expect someone will be tracking down the actual pentagon statement.