Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Specter Weighs in on Able Danger

From Fox News:
WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said Wednesday he wants answers from the Defense Department about Able Danger, a secret military unit that is said to have identified four of the Sept. 11 hijackers more than a year before the terrorist attacks.
Specter's interest is all the more remarkable considering the virtual mainstream media embargo on the Able Danger story. More on Able Danger (links in ascending chronological order):

The "Able Danger" Fiasco - Libertarianism Run Rampant

9/11 Commission Knew About "Able Danger"

How "Able Danger" Will Be Played

"Able Danger" Speech Given on June 27

Able Danger Spook Speaks to Columnist

"Able Danger" Story Entering Mainstream Media

Second Able Danger Officer Goes Public

Another "Able Danger" Source Comes Forward

Pentagon Employee: Able Danger Documents Were Destroyed Under Orders

Able Danger Team Warned of Attack on USS Cole

Typically, blogs are about one week ahead of the mainstream media on major investigative stories (this excludes dramatic breaking stories like Hurricane Katrina). In this case, however, the MSM is over a month behind. Furthermore, the essential elements of the Able Danger story were entered into the Congressional Record following a speech by Representative Curt Weldon (R-PA) on June 27.

Why the footdragging? Would it take this long if the worst allegations seemed to reflect badly on the Bush administration, rather than the Clinton one?