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ABLE DANGER: "Bigger than Watergate"

  • Rep. Curt Weldon's Testimony before Senate Judiciary Committee on ABLE DANGER

  • Transcript of interview: Rep. Curt Weldon on Michael Savage Radio Program

    For a fantastic compilation of all Able-Danger related information, visit QT MONSTER'S PLACE, an Internet Blog unmatched for factual information about what will potentially be the largest political cover-up in U.S. History.

    The Northeast Intelligence Network thanks and gratefully acknowledges QT MONSTER'S PLACE for permitting the reproduction of the Weldon transcript cited here.

    "A MUST READ."


    Pat Robertson, Hugo Chavez & E.O. 12333

    Chavez is Protected – the American People Are Not

    AN ANALYSIS BY:

    By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

    By Sean Osborne, Senior Analyst & Military Affairs Expert

    29 August 2005: We're with Pat Robertson – Hugo Chavez, the paranoid terrorist dictator of Venezuela, needs to go. There is, however, this pesky “rule of law” called Executive Order 12333. Remember the statement made by White House communications counsel Paul Begala in July 1998 about Clinton’s exceptional number of executive orders? Said Begala: "Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kind of cool." He was talking about the ease with which President Clinton was able to create law virtually unchallenged using executive orders and presidential directives.

    Ironically, the same E.O that prevents the assassination of Chavez by the U.S. should be at the heart of the Able Danger fiasco, but regarding the latter, it is currently being treated like a red-headed stepchild of a dysfunctional family. Which is worse? An off-handed comment made by a television evangelist about the assassination of some whacked out dictator in our own backyard that if implemented, would theoretically violate E.O. 12333, or the actual violation of that very same law by DoD and DoJ officials in the 18 months leading up to – and perhaps facilitating the worst attack on U.S. soil in modern history.

    The media opts to go for the glitter and stops reading after E.O. 12333 addresses the more salient issue of intelligence sharing among governmental departments. E.O. 12333 is at the very heart of the ill-conceived March 1995 Gorelick memo, that created this seemingly impermeable wall between governmental departments which was easily torn down with sanity and logic by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White.

    Yet the media has a feeding frenzy because of one statement made by Pat Robertson, although completely ignores the complicity of certain government officials in their role in the tragic events of 9/11. And the public ignores the fact that Jamie Gorelick, the creator of the wall between agencies, sat on the very same commission to investigate what went wrong that led to 9/11. The outrage against Pat Robertson needs to be redirected to Gorelick who convoluted the intent of E.O. 12333 to the extent that 3000 Americans are dead, the 9/11 Commission for their resurrection of Arlen Specter’s “magic bullet theory,” and the majority of the public who just don’t give a damn.

    In his research and evaluation of this matter, Sean Osborne has affirmed the long-term legal standing of Executive Order 12333 and how it heretofore has been completely ignored. The oversight functions of the Congress have also been virtually non-existent, at least to date.

    Was there a coup d'etat of the Republic by some unelected judiciary or an invisible government at some point in the past 20 years? None that would be apparent to the public, which is the reason for the firm attachment to this issue as THE core issue regarding Project Able Danger and the unprecedented intelligence failure which resulted in the events of 9/11/2001. This failure clearly occurred during the mid-to-late 1990’s, and by virtue of continuing to ignore those failures, continues even today.

    Here are the facts: President Ronald Reagan issued Executive Order 12333 entitled "United States Intelligence Activities" on 4 December 1981.

    Here is the historical data concerning this specific Executive Order:

    SOURCE: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/1981-reagan.html

    Executive Order 12333
    United States Intelligence Activities

  • Signed: December 4, 1981
  • Federal Register page and date: 46 FR 59941; December 8, 1981
  • Amends: EO 12139, May 23, 1979
  • Amended by: EO 13284, January 23, 2003; EO 13355, August 27, 2004
  • Revokes: EO 12036, January 24, 1978
  • See: EO 12564, September 15, 1986; Pub. L. 102-396 (106 Stat. 1910); EO 12829, January 6, 1993; EO 13231, October 16, 2001; EO 13283, January 21, 2003; EO 13354, August 27, 2004; EO 13356, August 27, 2004

    E.O. 13284 Amended EO 12333 on 23 January 2003 with the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security and its insertion into United States Intelligence Activities, per Section 18. This EO did nothing to otherwise alter the legal effect to EO 12333.

    E.O. 13355 Amended E.O. 12333 on 27 August 2004 which Strengthened Management of the Intelligence Community per its Section 2 and applied directly to E.O. 12333. This E.O. strengthened the legal provisions of E.O. 12333.

    Therefore, there is no legal basis for the provisions of Executive Order 12333 to have been interfered with or blatantly ignored by Department of Justice or Department of Defense lawyers pursuant to the exchange of intelligence data between USSOCOM project Able danger and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Furthermore, E.O. 12333 mandated such collaboration and exchanges of data occur specifically between the DoD and the FBI when intelligence data was indicative of international terrorist activity occurred or was active within the territory of the United States.

    There MUST BE A FULL AND UNBIASED INVESTIGATION into this matter. Eventually this E.O. must become the focus of national attention if the crux of the Able Danger story is to be told truthfully to the American people. This has been our position since August 9, 2005 and it is where we publicly continue to stand on this issue.

    Sadly, The 9/11 Commission Has Failed Every American

    By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

    "This is a very, very important part of history and we've got to tell it right." Thomas Kean, Chairman of the 9/11 Committee; December 17, 2003.

    "Promises Broken"

    Kean promises major revelations in public testimony beginning next month from top officials in the FBI, CIA, Defense Department, National Security Agency and, maybe, President Bush and former President Clinton. CBS NEWS

    ”Thanks to your democratic laws, we will invade you; thanks to our religious laws, we will dominate you.” Islam Cleric

     

      19 August 2005: Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer is a true American patriot of great character and integrity. Placing the unbridled truth over potential negative career ramifications and harassment, the Army intelligence officer yesterday publicly charged that the unit in which he worked had identified two al Qaeda cells inside the U.S. and 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta more than a year before the terrorist attacks. Properly handled, according to Lt. Colonel Shaffer, that information might have prevented the terror attacks.

    Lt. Col. Shaffer stated that his unit, code-named Able Danger, provided this very information to the 9/11 commission headed by former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean; nonetheless, the commission failed to include any reference to this vital information in its final report.

    Kean, the very person who promised all Americans that he would “tell it right,” referring to the events leading up to 9/11, and other commission staff members initially denied ever receiving any information about Able Danger and its findings. When it could not be denied any further, Kean and his commission members ultimately admitted that yes, they were told of the information developed by Able Danger. Now, Kean and his commission members are dismissing the information as "historically insignificant."

    Also missing from the final report are any references to declassified documents proving that State Department analysts repeatedly warned the Clinton administration as early as 1996 that Osama bin Laden posed a major threat to U.S. interests.

    From an outright lie to a twisting of the facts and onward to a minimization of the “significance” of the data, the 9/11 commission continues to fail every American citizen to cover their own failings and political cover-ups.

    Worse than Watergate: Commission Members Protecting Their Own

  • Opening the U.S. to Multiple Foreign Attacks, from the first WTC bombing to the events of 9/11 will be President William Jefferson Clinton’s Legacy

  • Allowing the 9/11 Commission to Mislead the American Public, Covering the Incompetence of Intelligence Officials and Career Politicians Could be the Legacy Left by President Bush.

    The script for 9/11 Commission was written before it began. Legitimate and well-founded controversy surrounded the appointment of Jamie Gorelick, former Deputy Attorney General under Janet Reno and the Clinton administration. Gorelick was at the center of controversy as a result of her March 4, 1995 controversial memo to U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White and others, erecting “a wall of separation” disallowing the sharing of intelligence between law-enforcement agencies about terrorists in the United States. What a concept.

    Gorelick, refusing to withdraw from the commission despite actual and perceived conflicts of interest, and Kean, who led the commission, must be held accountable for their failure to address a number of issues and answering some important questions, including:

  • Why didn’t the final 9/11 Commission report address the “Gorelick Wall of Separation” that was described in 1995, after the first World Trade Center bombing and before the Oklahoma City bombing, as "very dangerous," with potentially "deadly results," by then-U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White, the prosecutor of the first World Trade Center bombing by Islamic terrorists inside the U.S.

  • Why didn’t the final 9/11 Commission report address a series of important memos from U.S. Attorney May Jo White complaining about the Justice Department, under then President William Jefferson Clinton, was obviously hindering the ability of our own military and intelligence agencies to find terrorists before they struck. Not surprisingly, Gorelick knew about the memos as she sat on the commission, but said absolutely nothing about them.

  • Why did the 9/11 commission ignore the information offered by the Able Danger operation and then lie about it – and continue to minimize it to this day.

  • Why is no one addressing the fact that Lt. Col. Shaffer stated that his unit tried, on 3 separate occasions in 2000 to meet with FBI agents from the Washington field office, but was rebuffed each time at the direction of military lawyers who were concerned that Able Danger might have violated the privacy of terrorists legally present in the U.S., despite of the provisions of Executive Order 12333? Every American citizen who died in terrorist attacks during the last 12 years and two Presidential administrations deserves answers, and not politics as usual.

     

    Most are Ignoring the Obvious

    A Simple, Primary Fact Concerning Able Danger

    Executive Order 12333 Places Final Authority with the President of the United States

    By Sean Osborne, Senior Analyst & Military Affairs Expert

    15 August 2005: On Friday, 11 August 2005, I outlined where the final legal authority rested that was in effect when the highly-classified US Special Operations Command Project Able Danger military intelligence team attempted to get its intelligence findings about Mohamed Atta and his al Qaeda terrorist cell in the U.S. to the FBI. It was not with the lawyers from the Department of Defense or with the Department of Justice. The defining legal authority of this entire affair DID NOT LEGALLY RESIDE with the reported Department of Justice lawyers who actually prevented that exchange of data. Accordingly, the road block and redirection were patently illegal - but few appear to be getting the very simple but most important point.

    ALL US Department of Defense intelligence activities are conducted as specifically mandated per Executive Order 12333, signed by President Ronald Reagan on 4 December 1981. All authority for the conduct of military intelligence operations in conjunction with other federal law enforcement agencies and bureaus resides and has resided since that time with the President of the United States, who is the military Commander-In-Chief as well as the chief constitutional law enforcement officer of the land. The direction found in this Executive Order is completely unambiguous and has remained in effect for the past 19 years. The order is directed to the Directors of US Central Intelligence, the FBI, NSA, NRO, DIA and the US Secretary of Defense, and to all branches of American military intelligence, and has encompassed every administration since the Reagan Administration, including the 8-year tenure of William Jefferson Clinton.

    It is just that simple.

    Details of E.O. 12333 can be found here.

    Specifically, as found section 1.11, line items (d), (f) and (k) Presidential Executive Order 12333 gives direction to the Secretary of Defense as follows:

    (d) Conduct counterintelligence activities in support of Department of Defense components outside the United States in coordination with the CIA, and within the United States in coordination with the FBI pursuant to procedures agreed upon by the Secretary of Defense and the Attorney General;

    (f) Provide for the timely transmission of critical intelligence, as defined by the Director of Central Intelligence, within the United States Government;

    (k) Conduct such administrative and technical support activities within and outside the United States as are necessary to perform the functions described in sections (a) through (j) above.

    Section 1.12, line item (d) states the following:

    The foreign intelligence and counterintelligence elements of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps,

    Whose responsibilities shall include: (1) Collection, production and dissemination of military and military-related foreign intelligence and counterintelligence, and information on the foreign aspects of narcotics production and trafficking. When collection is conducted in response to national foreign intelligence requirements, it will be conducted in accordance with guidance from the Director of Central Intelligence. Collection of national foreign intelligence, not otherwise obtainable, outside the United States shall be coordinated with the CIA, and such collection within the United States shall be coordinated with the FBI;

    Additionally, EO 12333 concludes with the following:

    Agencies within the Intelligence Community are authorized to:

    (b) Unless otherwise precluded by law or this Order, participate in law enforcement activities to investigate or prevent clandestine intelligence activities by foreign powers, or international terrorist or narcotics activities;

    Finally we come to the strawman legal argument which came from the “administration lawyers” as related by Congressman Weldon regarding the possession of “green cards”. The facts are these: Mohammed Atta and his terrorist cohorts were clearly and factually established as Al-Qaeda functionaries of a foreign government [Taliban of Afghanistan] with Al-Qaeda itself being a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (DFTO). Designated terrorist’s do not receive and retain "green card" status, and any card so previously attained would have to be considered a priori fraudulent, null and void.

    These are the salient facts regarding the intelligence collected by “Able Danger”. What remains is the also overlooked Congressional oversight of intelligence activities as delineated in EO 12333. The now defunct blue-ribbon 9/11 Commission having dropped the ball once is excused from further inquiry, and we call for a full-scale Congressional investigation which must reveal the truth of the matter to the American people. This is what we taxpayers pay them to do. It what our tax dollars paid “Able Danger” to do, and what EO-12333 signed by President Ronald Reagan in December 1981 directed them to do on our behalf.

    Anything less is a white-wash, a cover-up and professionally incompetent.

    “Able Danger”: The American People Should Demand Answers

    Questions of Legal Issues, Intelligence Oversight and Sharing of Collected Intelligence from US SOCOM that ARE NOT being asked

    By Sean Osborne, Senior Analyst & Military Affairs Expert

    11 August 2005: As we reported yesterday, Congressman Curt Weldon (R-PA) delivered to his peers in Congress on 27 June, 2005 revelations and evidence gained by a secret military intelligence entity, Code Name: “Able Danger” a full year prior to the events of September 11, 2001. (See article below). According to Congressman Weldon, and as reported by FoxNews yesterday, "Lawyers within the administration — and we're talking about the Clinton administration, not the Bush administration — said 'you can't do it'" when referencing the “taking out” of a known terrorist cell that would be the main component of the 9/11 attacks. These “lawyers” then placed 3M Post-It brand stickers over Mohammed Atta's face. In my professional opinion, the words and actions taken by these lawyers were the beginning of a literal, real-world cover-up which would result in the deaths of 2,819 innocent human beings.

    This situation begs for Congressional inquiry into exactly who these lawyers are- their names, where are they today and additionally, where is the evidence of any legal oversight of their actions - which appear to be demonstrably illegal, incompetent, negligent and possibly conducted with the highest degree of malfeasance.. Furthermore, additional questions for a Congressional inquiry are: (1) under whose specific direction did they act, and (2) under what legal authority did they act? In general, why did they NOT share information with our intelligence agencies to allow Atta and his fellow terrorists to be stopped when there was ample legal ability to do so?

    There is a very salient and critical point virtually every reporting media outlet has been remiss in identifying regarding intelligence collection activities by the United States Department of Defense. It is this: ALL US Department of Defense intelligence activities, just like US SOCOM's "Able Danger," ARE NOT derived from, emanate from or promulgated by US law and Congressional legislation. They arise specifically from Executive Order 12333 (signed by President Ronald Reagan on December 4, 1981) and all the authority resides and has resided since that time with the President of the United States who is the military Commander-In-Chief as well as the chief constitutional law enforcement officer of the land.

    Details of E.O. 12333 can be found here.

    Specifically, as found section 1.11, line items (d), (f) and (k) Presidential Executive Order 12333 gives direction to the Secretary of Defense as follows:

    (d) Conduct counterintelligence activities in support of Department of Defense components outside the United States in coordination with the CIA, and within the United States in coordination with the FBI pursuant to procedures agreed upon by the Secretary of Defense and the Attorney General;

    (f) Provide for the timely transmission of critical intelligence, as defined by the Director of Central Intelligence, within the United States Government;

    (k) Conduct such administrative and technical support activities within and outside the United States as are necessary to perform the functions described in sections (a) through (j) above.

    Section 1.12, line item (d) states the following:

    The foreign intelligence and counterintelligence elements of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps,

    Whose responsibilities shall include: (1) Collection, production and dissemination of military and military-related foreign intelligence and counterintelligence, and information on the foreign aspects of narcotics production and trafficking. When collection is conducted in response to national foreign intelligence requirements, it will be conducted in accordance with guidance from the Director of Central Intelligence. Collection of national foreign intelligence, not otherwise obtainable, outside the United States shall be coordinated with the CIA, and such collection within the United States shall be coordinated with the FBI;

    Additionally, EO 12333 concludes with the following:

    Agencies within the Intelligence Community are authorized to:

    (b) Unless otherwise precluded by law or this Order, participate in law enforcement activities to investigate or prevent clandestine intelligence activities by foreign powers, or international terrorist or narcotics activities;

    Finally we come to the strawman legal argument which came from the “administration lawyers” as related by Congressman Weldon regarding the possession of “green cards”. The facts are these: Mohammed Atta and his terrorist cohorts were clearly and factually established as Al-Qaeda functionaries of a foreign government [Taliban of Afghanistan] with Al-Qaeda itself being a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (DFTO). Designated terrorist’s do not receive and retain "green card" status, and any card so previously attained would have to be considered a priori fraudulent, null and void.

    These are the salient facts regarding the intelligence collected by “Able Danger”. What remains is the also overlooked Congressional oversight of intelligence activities as delineated in EO 12333. The now defunct blue-ribbon 9/11 Commission having dropped the ball once is excused from further inquiry, and we call for a full-scale Congressional investigation which must reveal the truth of the matter to the American people. This is what we taxpayers pay them to do. It what our tax dollars paid “Able Danger” to do, and what EO-12333 signed by President Ronald Reagan in December 1981 directed them to do on our behalf.

    Able Danger, the 9/11 Commission & the Strange (But Now Explainable) Actions of Sandy Berger

    By Sean Osborne, Senior Analyst & Military Affairs Expert

    & Douglas J. Hagmann,Director

    10 August 2005: Hey America… do you remember the strange actions of President Clinton’s national security adviser Sandy Berger during the 9/11 Commission investigation when he removed highly classified terrorism documents that should have been turned over to that independent commission? Did you ever wonder what Berger was attempting to hide and even more importantly, why? Did you also wonder why, even though he committed a felony, he received nothing more than a slap on the wrist while various political and intelligence officials played down his actions, wanting them to disappear as quickly as possible? It appears that we just might have discovered the answers to these and other troubling questions: Able Danger.

    Able Danger is the code name of a secret team of U.S. Army military intelligence operatives created in 1999 under a directive signed by General Henry H. Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to assemble information about al Qaeda networks around the world. In mid-2000, the Able Danger team discovered the existence of the key 9/11 terror cell of Mohammed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawar al-Hamzi inside the U.S. and recommended to their military superiors that the FBI be called in to “take out that cell,” according to Representative Curt Weldon, the Pennsylvania House member and vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. That information was presented in the summer of 2000 in the form of a chart complete with photographs of the terrorists to the Pentagon's Special Operations Command headquarters in Tampa, Florida. Our intelligence was dead-on accurate, but was not acted upon a full year before the 9/11 attacks.

    In fact, Representative Weldon said Able Danger members had recommended that the information they uncovered be shared with the FBI, but the idea was rejected and they “were directed to take those 3M yellow stickers and place them over the faces of Atta and the other terrorists and pretend they didn’t exist.”

    Despite the findings of Able Danger, absolutely no action was pursued to take out the cell during the weeks leading up to the 2000 presidential election, said Weldon. The reason? Mohammed Atta possessed a “green card” at the time. Under the rules of the Clinton Justice Department, lawyers working for Special Operations decided that anyone holding a green card had to be granted essentially the same legal protections as any U.S. citizen. They did not want to recommend that the FBI go after someone holding a green card, Weldon told his House colleagues on June 27, 2005 during a speech, known as a “special order,” which he delivered on the House floor. Defense Department lawyers were also said to be reluctant to suggest a bold action by FBI agents after the bureau’s disastrous 1993 strike against the Branch Davidian religious cult in Waco, Texas.

    Read Curt Weldon’s June 27, 2005 Testimony

    This week, Representative Weldon and a former defense intelligence official said they had spoken with three Able Danger team members, all still working in the government, including two in the military, and that they were consistent in asserting that Mohammed Atta's affiliation with a Qaeda terrorism cell in the United States was known within the Defense Department by mid-2000 but was not acted upon. Further and after the fact, the 9-11 Commission was reportedly never told about Able Danger or its findings.

    Enter Sandy Berger – During the 9/11 Commission

    While the investigation by the 9/11 Commission was in progress, Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger, who served as Clinton's national security adviser for all of President's Clinton’s second term, was caught removing documents from the national Archives – the very same documents that should have been turned over to the independent commission probing the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Berger ultimately admitted to intentionally taking and destroying various classified documents relating to terrorism collected under the Clinton administration. Berger and his lawyer said on July 19, 2004 that he knowingly removed the handwritten notes by placing them in his jacket, pants and socks, and also “inadvertently” took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio. Those documents reportedly included an assessment of America's terror vulnerabilities at airports, something very relevant to Able Danger’s findings and key to the 9/11 attacks. What Sandy Berger did was a felony, yet was allowed a generous plea agreement of a fine and a three-year suspension of his security clearance.

    Under the prism of Able Danger, we are now able to make sense out of the previously curious actions of Sandy Berger.

    Able Danger & the Saga of the 9/11 Commission; Warren Commission Redux

    According to Weldon, staff members of the 9/11 Commission were briefed on the findings of the Able Danger intelligence unit within the Special Operations Command and about the specific recommendation to break up the Mohammed Atta cell, yet those members reportedly decided not to brief the commission’s members on those matters. Why not?

    Clearer now is the conflict of interest of having Jamie Gorelick, the Assistant Attorney General under Bill Clinton serving on the 9/11 Commission. Ms. Gorelick worked directly for Janet Reno and was directly involved in matters that were under review by the 9/11 Commission.

    Remember the reason the findings of Able Danger were not acted upon? In his testimony before the 9/11 Commission, Attorney General John Ashcroft stated the following:

    "In 1995, the Justice Department embraced flawed legal reasoning, imposing a series of restrictions on the FBI that went beyond what the law required," he said. "The 1995 Guidelines and the procedures developed around them imposed draconian barriers to communications between the law enforcement and intelligence communities. The wall left intelligence agents afraid to talk with criminal prosecutors or agents. In 1995, the Justice Department designed a system destined to fail."

    Continuing his testimony, Ashcroft stated:

    "Somebody built this wall.” Ashcroft added: "The basic architecture for the wall . . . was contained in a classified memorandum entitled 'Instructions on Separation of Certain Foreign Counterintelligence and Criminal Investigations. Full disclosure compels me to inform you that its author is a member of this Commission."

    Ashcroft was referring to Jamie Gorelick, who served as Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton Administration as well as general counsel at the Department of Defense. Both jobs put her at the very center of the former administration's anti-terrorism efforts. Consequently, her actions, as well as those of her superiors, were the subject of review by the very commission on which she is a member. Most assuredly, that is a huge conflict of interest. In her position at the Justice Department, Gorelick wrote a memo that provides a picture of the role she played setting policy for intelligence gathering and sharing during the Clinton Administration. The memo stemmed from the Justice Department's prosecution of the 1993 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

    Gorelick wrote in 1995:

    “During the course of those investigations, significant counterintelligence information has been developed related to the activities and plans of agents of foreign powers operating in this country and overseas, including previously unknown connections between separate terrorist groups." We believe that it is prudent to establish a set of instructions that will clearly separate the counterintelligence investigation from the more limited, but continued, criminal investigations. These procedures, which go beyond what is legally required, will prevent any risk of creating an unwarranted appearance that FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) is being used to avoid procedural safeguards which would apply in a criminal investigation."

    And therein is the framework for the legal conundrum faced by Able Danger, and why Atta and his minions were free to hijack 4 airliners on 9/11.


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