Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Able Danger: What did Gorelick know, and when did she know it?

This AP story (Congressman: U.S. Intel Knew 9/11 Plotters) providing insight into operation Able Danger should prompt the question, what did Jamie Gorelick know and when did she know it? Remember the calls for her recusal (Update: also here) after John Ashcroft's testimony to the 9/11 Commission? (BTW, remember how the MSM called Ashcroft out for bringing this to the Commissions attention? Here's some help: Mr. Ashcroft's Smear, Critiquing Ashcroft's 9/11 Show)

Able Danger was an important 'dot' with a direct connection to the ultimate hijacking of 4 planes on 9/11/2001. Who would benefit most from this information not being released to the public?

Porkopolis doesn't delve in conspiracies, put this is a fairly big elephant in the room and in light of the circumstances a fair question. It's too convenient that an ongoing initative like Able Danger was not publicly disclosed.

Wouldn't disclosure of Able Danger's existance and the failure to act on it, as a direct (please see Update) indirect (please see Update 2) direct result of Ms. Gorelick's memo, have been an avenue of investigation for the Commission? [Update: Former 9/11 Commissioner Slade Gorton has come to Ms. Gorelick's defense and CQ speculates that Ms. Gorelick's philosophy for the 'wall' may have been established during her tenure in the Defense Department.] [Update 2: CQ makes the case for Gorelick's memo directly influencing Defense Department actions]

If it turns out Ms. Gorelick had absolutely no knowledge whatsoever of Able Danger, let's move on. Nevertheless, the recusal that many asked for was the right thing to do; with the information availalable at the time and even more so now with hindsight.

Hat Tip: WMD

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