if Mohammed Atta was identified by the Able Danger project, why didn t the Department of Defense provide that information to the F.B.I.? Book Review by JamesMessage 1 of 1 , Oct 28, 2009View Source
"if Mohammed Atta was identified by the Able Danger project, why didn't the Department of Defense provide that information to the F.B.I.?"
Book Review by James Bamford of:
The Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency
by Matthew M. Aid
In the late 1990s, the Iraqis began shifting much of their high-level military communications from radio to buried fiber optic networks, and at the same time, Saddam Hussein banned the use of cell phones. The little intelligence NSA had pointed away from Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction. "We looked long and hard for any signs," said one retired NSA official. "We just never found a 'smoking gun' that Saddam was trying to build nukes or anything else." Still NSA director, Lieutenant Gen. Michael V. Hayden, added his approval on the CIA's 2002 National Intelligence Estimate arguing that Iraq's WMDs posed a grave danger.
Before the September 11 attacks, the agency's coverage of Afghanistan was even worse than that of Iraq. The Taliban regime leaders were forced to communicate only by satellite phones, which were very susceptible to NSA monitoring. But at the start of invasion of Afghanistan, the NSA's principal listening post for the region did not have a single linguist proficient in Pashto or Dari, Afghanistan's two principal languages.
Matthew M. Aid writes in his book, "For more than a year and a half the NSA was eavesdropping on two of the lead hijackers, knowing they had been sent by bin Laden, while they were in the US preparing for the attacks." Yet the NSA never once sought a FISA warrant to pinpoint their locations, or even informed the CIA or FBI of their presence.
This does not make sense and it sounds like DoD was keeping NSA intelligence from the FBI and CIA. WHY?
Mr. Curt Weldon and a former defense intelligence official told the 9/11 Commission's staff about the secret program, called Able Danger. Welden said that the Able Danger team sought to pass on to the Federal Bureau of Investigation information they had gathered about Mr. Atta and the three other men. But they failed in the summer of 2000 to persuade the military's Special Operations Command, in Tampa, FL. to inform the FBI.
Russell Caso, Mr. Weldon's chief of staff, said that the central element of the officer's claim was that "Mohammed Atta was identified as being tied to Al Qaeda and a Brooklyn cell more than a year before the Sept. 11 attacks, and that should have warranted further investigation by the commission."
Also seven of the alleged 9/11 hijackers are still alive and four or five of them were granted visas into the US by DoD so they could attend US military schools. These visas were given even though the guy responsible for issuing them visas strongly protested to his bosses because he thought they were security risks, but he was threat to be fired if he did not issue them the visas.
It may have been possible that bin Laden sent these guys to the US, but these two guys and bin Laden were probably working for the CIA. The CIA was using bin Laden connected mercenaries in Bosnia and Kosovo.
It is my opinion that because the Cheney/Rumsfeld administration used a DoD secret Army GRAY FOX to begin an attack on Afghanistan made up of civilian contactors so the NSA was keep in the dark about the pending attack because 9/11 had not happen yet, but the operation to invade Afghanistan was already in motion. Days after Sept. 11th Cheney ordered his boys to draft up the legal basis to invade Afghanistan. NOTE the following date Sept. 27, 2001. It takes more than a couple weeks to get a force organized to do an invasion like Afghanistan.
In September 2001, Pres. Bush gave the green light to J. Cofer Black (the CIA officer in charge of the CIA's Counter-terror Center) to begin inserting special operations forces into Afghanistan. Before the core CIA team, JAWBREAKER, DEPLOYED on September 27, 2001, Black gave his men a direct order;
"Gentlemen, I want to give you your marching orders, and I want to make them very clear. I have discussed this with the President, and he is in full agreement, " Black told covert CIA operative Gary Schroen (who must have been in this group of men). "I don't want bin Laden and his thugs captured, I want them dead... They must be killed..." Schoen said it was the first time in his thirty year career he had been ordered to assassinate an adversary rather than attempting a capture. (p. 268)
Cofer Black later became employed by Blackwater and/or Graystone. This is a partern seen in the past, where the neo-con-men move operations they can't risk becoming public to-off-the book, corporate/civilian outfits.
The covert operation Black organized immediately after 9/11 relied heavily on private mercenaries. answering directly to him, rather than active-duty military forces. Black's men recruited about sixty former DELTA Force, ex-SEALs, and other special forces soldiers /CIA operatives as independent mercenaries of the initial mission, making up the majority of the first Americans into Afghanistan. (Blackwater, The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army by Jeremy Scahill, 2007, p. 270)
On November 21 2001, around 8,000 Taliban soldiers and Pashtun civilians surrendered at Konduz to the Northern Alliance commander, General Abdul Rashid Dostum. Many of them have never been seen again.
As Jamie Doran's film Afghan Massacre: Convoy of Death records, some hundreds, possibly thousands, of them were loaded into container lorries at Qala-i-Zeini, near the town of Mazar-i-Sharif, on November 26 and 27. The doors were sealed and the lorries were left to stand in the sun for several days. At length, they departed for Sheberghan prison, 80 miles away. The prisoners, many of whom were dying of thirst and asphyxiation, started banging on the sides of the trucks. Dostum's men stopped the convoy and machine-gunned the containers. When they arrived at Sheberghan, most of the captives were dead.
The US special forces running the prison watched the bodies being unloaded. They instructed Dostum's men to "get rid of them before satellite pictures can be taken".
Many of the survivors were loaded back in the containers with the corpses, then driven to a place in the desert called Dasht-i-Leili. In the presence of up to 40 US special forces, the living and the dead were dumped into ditches. Anyone who moved was shot. The German newspaper Die Zeit investigated the claims and concluded that: "No one doubted that the Americans had taken part. Even at higher levels there are no doubts on this issue." The US group Physicians for Human Rights visited the places identified by Doran's witnesses and found they "all... contained human remains consistent with their designation as possible grave sites".
Source: George Monbiot
March 25, 2003
DoD operations- Gray Fox
Under the Bush Administration's interpretation of the law, clandestine military activities, unlike covert C.I.A. operations, do not need to be depicted in a Finding, because the President (thinks he) has a constitutional right to command combat forces in the field without congressional interference.
As a result, Congress has been given only a partial view of how the money it authorized may be used. One of JSOC's task-force missions, the pursuit of "high-value targets," was not directly addressed in the Finding.
Translated...behind the lines hunter-killer teams like what went on in south east Asia during the Vietnam war. And remember they kill American POWs as well as high ranking North Vietnamese Army leaders. Sniper used to kill civilian government leaders is a war crime.
"This is a big deal," the person familiar with the Finding said. "The
C.I.A. needed the Finding to do its traditional stuff, but the Finding
does not apply to JSOC.
"The agency says we're not going to get in the position of helping to
kill people without a Finding," the former senior intelligence
official told Seymour Hersh, June 29, 2008.
The Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) is a component command of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
JSOC is under the operations control or command of the Secretary of Defense (SEC-DEF) . All component commander get their orders from the SEC-DEF.
Is JSOC's boss, Lt. Gen. William G. ("Jerry") Boykin?. He is (I think) deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence and warfighting support since July 23, 2003. And probably the longest-serving officer in one assignment in bureaucratic history:
Prior to June 13, 2008 the Commander of JSOC was Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, U.S. Army, for reappointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as director, Joint Staff, Washington, DC. http://www.sealtwo.org/williamhmcraven.htm http://www.socom.mil/Releases/2008/PR-JSOCCOC.htm
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