Pentagon Opened the Doors
To the 9/11 Attack
The Pentagon “ordered five key witnesses not to testify”, according to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter. “That looks to me as if it may be obstruction of the committee’s activities,” Specter, R-Pennsylvania, said at the start of his committee’s hearing into the unit.
Attorney Mark Zaid, representing Lt. Colonel Anthony Shaffer and the other four Able Danger employees at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in September 2005, pointed out to the Committee that his clients had been forbidden by the Pentagon to testify to the Committee. He also discussed the Defense Intelligence Agency’s decision to suspend Lt. Colonel Shaffer’s security clearance shortly after it became known that he had provided information to the 9/11 Commission on Able Danger. “Based on years of experience I can say categorically that the basis for the revocation was questionable at best.”
According to statements by Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer and those of four others, Able Danger had identified the September 11 attacks leader Mohamed Atta, and three of the 9/11 plot’s other 19 hijackers, as possible members of an al Qaeda cell linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Shaffer claimed that he alerted the FBI in September 2000 about the information uncovered by the secret military unit “Able Danger,” but he alleges three meetings he set up with bureau officials were blocked by military lawyers. Shaffer, who at the time worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency, claims he communicated to members of the 9/11 Commission that Able Danger had identified two of the three cells responsible for 9/11 prior to the attacks, but the Commission did not include this information in their final report.
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