Monday, August 22, 2005

Second Able Danger Officer Goes Public

An active duty Navy captain has come forward to corroborate the story of Lt. Colonel Anthony Shaffer regarding the Able Danger fiasco. From The New York Times:
The officer, Scott J. Phillpott, said in a statement today that he could not discuss details of the military program, which was called Able Danger, but confirmed that its analysts had identified the Sept. 11 ringleader, Mohamed Atta, by name by early 2000. "My story is consistent," said Captain Phillpott, who managed the program for the Pentagon's Special Operations Command. "Atta was identified by Able Danger by January-February of 2000."
Able Danger identified Atta and several of his accomplices at least a year before the 9/11 attacks. They were prevented from sharing their information with the FBI, however, by rules put in place by Clinton Administration official Jamie Gorelick forbidding the military from sharing information with civilian criminal investigation agencies. Gorelick later served on the 9/11 Commission, which was advised of the Able Danger story, but refused to include it in its voluminous report.

Via Captain's Quarters.