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      Fw: 'Able Danger' Officer's Clearance Revoked

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      'Able Danger' Officer's Clearance Revoked

      Sep 30, 4:13 AM (ET)
      By KIMBERLY HEFLING


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      WASHINGTON (AP) - An officer who has claimed that a classified military
      unit identified four Sept. 11 hijackers before the 2001 attacks is
      facing Pentagon accusations of breaking numerous rules, allegations his
      lawyer suggests are aimed at undermining his credibility.

      The alleged infractions by Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, 42, include
      obtaining a service medal under false pretenses, improperly flashing
      military identification while drunk and stealing pens, according to
      military paperwork shown by his attorney to The Associated Press.

      Shaffer was one of the first to publicly link Sept. 11 leader Mohamed
      Atta to the unit code-named Able Danger. Shaffer was one of five
      witnesses the Pentagon ordered not to appear Sept. 21 before the Senate
      Judiciary Committee to discuss the unit's findings.

      The military revoked Shaffer's top security clearance this month, a day
      before he was supposed to testify to a congressional committee.



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      (AP) Representative Curt Weldon, R-Pa., testifies on "Able Danger"
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      Mark Zaid, Shaffer's attorney, said the Pentagon started looking into
      Shaffer's security clearance about the time in 2003 he met in
      Afghanistan with staff members of the bipartisan commission that studied
      the Sept. 11 attacks and told them about Able Danger.
      Zaid said he can't prove the Pentagon went after Shaffer because he's a
      whistleblower, but "all the timing associated with the clearance issue
      has been suspiciously coincidental."

      Citing concerns with the privacy act, Cmdr. Terry Sutherland, a Defense
      Intelligence Agency spokesman, declined to release any information on
      Shaffer.

      Shaffer says he received a Bronze Star medal for work on a classified
      operation in Afghanistan in 2003. According to papers provided by Zaid,
      the military is now questioning whether he deserved it, including
      challenging whether at least one person who backed Shaffer's nomination
      for the medal had firsthand knowledge of his actions.

      Shaffer says he showed his government credentials during two incidents
      in 1990, when he was drunk, and 1996, when he was pulled over by police.
      The military says he misused his credentials, but Shaffer says he was
      not told he should not have used them. He also said he has joined
      Alcoholics Anonymous and has been sober for 13 years.



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      (AP) James Smith, left, and Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer listen during a
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      As for the pens and other office supplies taken, he blamed that on
      "youthful indiscretions" more than 20 years ago.
      According to the paperwork, the alleged infractions against Shaffer also
      include:

      - Falsely claiming $341.80 in mileage and tolls fees. He said he filed
      travel expenses based on what he was told by human resources staff.

      - Obtaining $67.79 in personal cell phone charges. He said the amount
      was a legitimate expense accrued so he could forward calls.

      - Going over his chain of command to do briefings. Shaffer said he was
      providing briefings to higher-ups on projects even his direct superiors
      did not know about, and he received superior review ratings for that
      time.

      - Showing irresponsibility with $2,012 in credit card debt. He said he
      paid off the debt.

      Shaffer, now a member of the Army Reserves, has been on administrative
      leave since March 2004. During the same time, he was promoted to
      lieutenant colonel on Oct. 1, 2004.

      Shaffer has said he tried three times to meet with the FBI to convey the
      Able Danger unit's findings before Sept. 11, but was ordered not to by
      military attorneys.

      Shaffer's assertions on Able Danger have been supported by Rep. Curt
      Weldon, R-Pa. If correct, they would change the timeline as to when
      authorities first learned of some of the Sept. 11 hijackers.

      The Sept. 11 commission has dismissed the claims. The Pentagon has
      acknowledged some employees recall seeing an intelligence chart
      identifying Atta as a terrorist before the attacks, but said none have
      been able to find a copy of it.


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