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Senate Hearing concerning Pentagon Able Danger Operation

September 25th 2005

Senate Hearing concerning Pentagon Able Danger Operation

Senator Arlen Specter

The Pentagon has reversed its decision and will allow five witnesses to testify at a new public Senate committee hearing concerning operation Able Danger. The hearing is scheduled for October 5th.  On Wednesday the Pentagon had prohibited these witnesses, including members of the secret military intelligence team code-named Able Danger.  

Able Danger, a shut down data-mining operation, was highly classified and used powerful computers to sift through public data looking for clues on a variety of topics.  The Able Danger team had identified Mohamed Atta and three other hijackers as al Qaeda cell members a full year before the September 11th 2001 attacks.     

It appears Able Danger tried to pass the information three times to FBI for further investigation but was forced to cancel the meetings by Pentagon lawyers. 

 
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"Our position has not changed," Defense spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters.  "This is a classified program and there are still aspects of it that are not appropriate for an open hearing. And that's what we have told the committee."

These five people that Arlen Specter and other committee members would like to testify have said they recall and intelligence chart that identified Atta as a terrorists inside the US one year before the attacks, according to the Washington Post.  The Pentagon claims they can not find the chart or evidence that it ever existed.  Much of the information was destroyed in 2000 according to an army officer who testified on Wednesday.  . 

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have suggested the Pentagon may be trying to cover something up.  Arlen Specter said the Pentagon could be guilty of obstructing congressional proceedings.  The Pentagon may fear the hearings will show that the attacks in New York and Washington could have been prevented. 

 

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