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Jewish World Review August 22, 2005 / 17 Av, 5765

Dangerously disabled

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Since I wrote about the top-secret intelligence unit last week, Able Danger has gained a face, and other pertinent information about 9/11 that didn't make it into the 9/11 Commission's final report has emerged.

Able Danger was established by the Special Operations Command in 1999. Army LtCol. Tony Shaffer was the liaison between the Defense Intelligence Agency and Able Danger.

Then speaking anonymously, Shaffer and another intelligence officer told the New York Times and the Associated Press that in the summer of 2000, Able Danger had identified Mohammed Atta and the other members of his cell as likely al Qaida operatives. Shaffer said he tried three times to pass this information to the FBI, each time to have the meetings cancelled at the insistence of Pentagon lawyers.

Shaffer and the other officer, a Navy captain, also said they told members of the 9/11 Commission staff about Able Danger and what it had found.

Shaffer outed himself after the commission issued a statement saying Able Danger was not "historically significant."

Staff director Philip Zelikow had been briefed on Able Danger in a meeting in Afghanistan in October, 2003, but Mohammed Atta was not mentioned at that meeting, the statement said.

Atta was mentioned by the Navy captain in a meeting with staff the following July, but the information was discounted because the officer had no documentary evidence, the statement said.

The commission said also that it had asked the Department of Defense for information about Able Danger, and the information the Pentagon supplied made no mention of Atta or his cell.

This could well be true. Shaffer says the information the Pentagon handed over — two briefcase-sized packages — was less than 5 percent of the Able Danger files.

But since Shaffer was the guy with whom commission staff met in Afghanistan, and Shaffer is adamant that he told them about Atta, there can be no innocent explanation for the statement claiming he did not. Either Shaffer is lying, or the commission is.

The New York Times reported Wednesday on something else that wasn't in the 9/11 Commission's report, a 1996 warning from State Department analysts that permitting Osama bin Laden to move from Sudan to Afghanistan would make him more dangerous. (Sudan claims it offered to turn bin Laden over to the U.S. Clinton officials dispute this.)

It isn't clear that the commission was aware of the top secret memo, which was obtained by the conservative group Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act request and provided to the Times.

But the commission did receive a copy of the blistering memo from Manhattan U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White warning that the rule Clinton Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick made forbidding information sharing between FBI intelligence officers and criminal investigators was "the single biggest mistake we can make in attempting to combat terrorism."

"It's hard to avoid the conclusion that the commission ignored White's memo because it was a potential embarrassment to the woman to whom it was addressed: commission member Jamie Gorelick," wrote New York Post Washington bureau chief Deborah Orin.

Nor is there a good reason why the commission should not have been aware of this, reported by the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin in March, 2001:

"German authorities, acting on CIA recommendations, had been focused on monitoring the activities of Islamic groups linked to bin Laden," said the summary of a report that had appeared in an Arabic newspaper in Paris.

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"They discovered the two Iraqi agents by chance and uncovered what they considered to be serious indications of cooperation between Iraq and bin Laden. The matter was considered so important that a special team of CIA and FBI agents was sent to Germany to interrogate the two Iraqi spies."

Yet there is not a word of this — not even a footnote debunking it — in the 9/11 Commission's report. Curious, when one recalls that Atta's cell was based in Hamburg before it moved to the United States.

"The commission never bothers even to supply the dots that might connect outside their preferred narrative," said Ed Morrissey, who reported on the German arrests in the Weekly Standard Wednesday.

CORRECTION: In last week's column, I said commission spokesman Al Felzenberg initially denied the commission had been briefed on Able Danger.

That was incorrect. It was commission co-chairman Lee Hamilton who made that denial. What Felzenberg denied — and still denies — is that the commission was briefed on Atta in 2003. I regret the error.

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