Saturday, September 17, 2005

Able Danger Team Warned of Attack on USS Cole

Members of a now-defunct clandestine Pentagon intelligence operation called "Able Danger" came forward this summer to corroborate the claims of Representative Curt Weldon (R-PA) that 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta and others had been identified as threats as early as 1999.

Now the Able Danger whistleblowers are claiming to have warned the Pentagon about the danger in Yemen weeks before the USS Cole was attacked by al Qaeda terrorists.

From the New York Post (free subscription):
In the latest explosive revelation in the Able Danger saga, two former members of the data-mining team are expected to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee next week that they uncovered alarming terrorist activity and associations in Aden weeks before the Oct. 12, 2000, suicide bombing of the U.S. warship that killed 17 sailors.
It sounds like the information about Yemen was less specific than the information the team developed about Mohamed Atta, but it should have been enough to either preclude Yemen as a port of call, or at least put sailors on high alert.