Friday, September 30, 2005

Pentagon Going After "Able Danger" Whistleblower

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, the man who revealed details about the "Able Danger" project, which allegedly identified several 9/11 terrorists, including Mohamed Atta, a year before the attacks, has had his security clearance revoked and has been charged with several offenses, among them stealing pens.

From the Washington Post:
The alleged infractions by Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, 42, include obtaining a service medal under false pretenses, improperly flashing military identification while drunk and stealing pens, according to military paperwork shown by his attorney to The Associated Press.

Shaffer was one of the first to publicly link Sept. 11 leader Mohamed Atta to the unit code-named Able Danger. Shaffer was one of five witnesses the Pentagon ordered not to appear Sept. 21 before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the unit's findings.

The military revoked Shaffer's top security clearance this month, a day before he was supposed to testify to a congressional committee.
Will this be worth a mention on the big three networks' nightly news broadcasts? Not unless they can find a way to hit President Bush over the head with it while preserving the "legacy" of Bill Clinton.