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to cause all the attenting, Soj, but you deserve more, and this piece is a classic.

I've been talking to Larry C. Johnson about the capabilities of the intelligence agencies, and whether data mining could have identified Atta as a terrorist.

Larry still carries some security clearances, and he is highly skeptical of their abilities.  He also has a problem buying the basic story line about the Special Operations Command having any intelligence gatherers under its command.

Now he's written about it:

http://noquarter.typepad.com/

by BooMan on Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 03:58:18 PM EST
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but, having read Larry Johnson, I note he speaks of Weldon's spotty record. You yourself say (in the Booman Trib thread on this subject) Weldon is a loser and half insane -- but that this doesn't matter, it's the story, the facts, that matter (and I agree).

On Weldon though, I wondered if you'd seen Susie Madrak's take here and here, though you probably have.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 05:17:28 PM EST
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with Susie on Tuesday night, but no, I hadn't seen her take.

But just so everyone knows, Weldon's basic claims have been confirmed:

The Sept. 11 commission was warned by a uniformed military officer 10 days before issuing its final report that the account would be incomplete without reference to what he described as a secret military operation that by the summer of 2000 had identified as a potential threat the member of Al Qaeda who would lead the attacks more than a year later, commission officials said on Wednesday.[snip]

Al Felzenberg, who served as the commission's chief spokesman, said earlier this week that staff members who were briefed about Able Danger at a first meeting, in October 2003, did not remember hearing anything about Mr. Atta or an American terrorist cell. On Wednesday, however, Mr. Felzenberg said the uniformed officer who briefed two staff members in July 2004 had indeed mentioned Mr. Atta.
NY Times

by BooMan on Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 06:29:44 PM EST
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