Nov 17 2005
Weldon has made some serious progress in rallying Congress to his side apparently:
Lawmakers join Weldon in calling for testimony on Able Danger
By Roxana Tiron
Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.) has gathered at least 202 Congress membersâ€™ signatures for a request that participants of an intelligence cell that may have identified some of the Sept. 11 ringleaders a year before the attacks be allowed to testify before Congress.
Weldon has been leading the crusade for months, but his colleagues, several of them prominent members of the GOP conference, now appear to be listening.
Weldon plans to send the letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in the coming days requesting that he allow the participants in the cell known as â€œAble Dangerâ€ to testify in open congressional hearings.
BTW, Top Dog has more on Able Danger at his new Able Danger site here.
Weldon is getting some heavy hitters on this letter:
Among those signing Weldonâ€™s letter are House Majority Leader Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.), Government Reform Chairman Tom Davis (R-Va.), Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Don Young (R-Alaska), Small Business Chairman Donald Manzullo (R-Ill.) and Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.), as well as Reps. Henry Bonilla (R-Texas) and John Linder (R-Ga.).
There are also several members of the Armed Services Committee, including Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Rob Simmons (R-Conn.), Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) and Todd Akin (R-Mo.)
Among the approximately 80 Democrats signing the letter are Reps. John Murtha (Pa.), ranking member on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee; Ike Skelton (Mo.), ranking member of the Armed Services Committee; Mike McIntyre (N.C.); and Ellen Tauscher (Calif.).
I expect the list of Big Dogs to grow. Wouldn’t hurt to get democrat Jane Harman on the list.