Able Danger hearings troubling (updated)

Like Dr. Sanity, I could not find television coverage of the Able Danger hearings. But Dr. Sanity looked further and found a webstream source, from which she writes a really excellent summary of what was discussed today and what conclusions intelligent folks may draw. All of it is troubling, and all of it calls into question the theatrics of last year within the 9/11 commission.

Dr. Sanity thinks that perhaps AD was disbanded because it shed too much light on subjects unrelated to 9/11 that may have reflected badly on someone within the Clinton Administration. I tend to agree with that and will probably do so until we find out what exactly was in Sandy Berger’s pants. However, that does not explain the reluctance by the current administration to pursue this matter with all due scrutiny. The whole thing is odd…but I cannot help but think Sandy Berger’s thefts from the National Archive (and his extraordinarily light sentence) play a part. You will definately want to read the whole thing.

Michelle Malkin has much more including all the links I was going to direct you to: Ed Morrissey, AJ Strata and Andy McCarthy and Tom McQuire.

UPDATE: A writer in to NRO’s The Corner offers a more benign explanation of things.

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  • http://none Darrell

    More than likely, Able Danger has been replaced by another covert project due to its effectiveness. Since we are are war, we don’t want sink the new project by giving away all the secrets of the old. It should make everyone feel better that this Administation is more concerned with victory against terrorism rather than scoring political points against their political enemies. That seems to be the hallmark of this presidency, maybe even its legacy–selflessness. Bush is wise enough to realize that the MSM will just spin any revelations anyway. Think not? Witness what happened with GHW Bush. Talk of the Great Depression II when the recession just met the minimum definition(2 consecutive quarters of a decline in the GNP), GHW being out of those with those scanners(when he was commenting on a scanner-of-the-future at a trade show that’s still not in place today), and…you get the picture. As much as I’d like to drive the nails myself in the Left’s political coffin, I’d rather see our Nation safe, successful–and victorious—wouldn’t you?

    Remember when reporters disclosed how we were keeping track of terrorists by monitoring/tracking those satellite phones? Just coincidently, terrorists started using other technology. Wouldn’t our enemies, foreign and domestic, just love to know all the secret ways “ADII” gathers intel–and put a stop to it? Or tie it up in the courts for the next twenty years?

  • http://none Darrell

    “we are at war”
    “out of touch” with those scanners…

    Never “pre-written” and it shows!

  • Larwyn

    DON’T ANY OF YOU REMEMBER THIS:
    February 13, 2002
    New York Times
    Chief Takes Over New Agency to Thwart Attacks on U.S.

    THEN THE LEFT BEGAN ATTACKS:
    Click here: Meet Big Brother – John Poindexter and the Iran Contra Reunion Tour
    On February 13, 2002, Americans were warned that our nation was facing the threat of danger to homeland security. Three hours later it happened, but nobody told America.
    That day, John M. Poindexter was appointed Director of the Pentagon’s Information Awareness Office.
    Meet America’s New Big Brother
    What’s the Information Awareness Office (IAO)?
    It’s a new office created by the Pentagon agency DARPA after 9/11 to gather intelligence through electronic sources like the internet, phone, and fax lines. [2] He was the Vice President of Syntek Technologies, a government contractor. Syntek and Poindexter worked for years with DARPA to develop Genoa, a surveillance device that’s a combination cutting-edge search engine, sophisticated information harvesting program”, and a “peer-to-peer” file sharing system. Kind of a military-grade Google/Napster for use in instant analysis of electronic data. [3]
    POINDEXTER RESIGNED 2 DAYS BEFORE
    THIS PROGRAM WAS TERMINATED BY
    SEC. RUMSFELD.

    BIG STORIES WERE ALL OVER CABLE NEWS/
    NYT WAPO ETC.

    11:02 AM Jul. 29, 2003 PT

    WASHINGTON – The Pentagon will abandon a plan to establish a futures market to help predict terrorist strikes, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Tuesday.

    Sen. John Warner (R-Virginia) said he spoke by phone with Tony Tether, the head of the agency overseeing the program, “and we mutually agreed that this thing should be stopped.” Tether is the head of the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA.

    Later, in an interview, Warner said that DARPA “didn’t think through the full ramifications of the program.”

    “The head of DARPA inasmuch stated that to me by phone and he on his own initiative is looking to frankly stop all engines on this matter today,” the senator said.

    SO RUMSFELD STARTED UP SAME TYPE OF
    PROGRAM, THEN THE LEFT WENT NUTS AND
    THEN POINDEXTER RESIGNS AND RUMSFELD
    “TERMINATES” THE PROGRAM.

    There may be a lot of reasons that
    the Pentagon doesn’t testimony in
    open hearings.

    And the answer to Dr. Sanity’s list
    could well be ALL OF THE ABOVE.


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