Wednesday, August 10, 2005

9/11 Commission possibly guilty of what they accussed the Intelligence Community of doing: Not Connecting the Dots

This section from the NYT's Four in 9/11 Plot Are Called Tied to Qaeda in '00 supports the claim in the title for this post:

A former spokesman for the Sept. 11 commission, Al Felzenberg, confirmed that members of its staff, including Philip Zelikow, the executive director, were told about the program [Able Danger] on an overseas trip in October 2003 that included stops in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But Mr. Felzenberg said the briefers did not mention Mr. Atta's name.
So, someone briefs the executive director of the 9/11 Commission and it slips through the cracks? How long before we here calls for a commission to investigate the 9/11 Commission?

Update: Confirmation Of Able Danger Raises Even More Questions references the following from the NYT's 9/11 Panel Seeks Inquiry on New Atta Report:

"According to the Times' source, however, he did explicitly brief the Commission on the existence of the Able Danger program and its identification of Atta and three other 9/11 hijackers as al-Qaeda operatives, as mentioned yesterday:
The former intelligence official said he was among a group that briefed the former staff director of the Sept. 11 panel, Philip D. Zelikow, and at least three other staff members about Able Danger when the staff members visited the Afghanistan-Pakistan region in October 2003. The official said that he had explicitly mentioned Mr. Atta in the briefing as a member of the American terrorist cell."


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