Pentagon Refutes Conservative Myths About "Able Danger"
The crusade by Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) to prove that a defunct military intelligence program had identified Sept. 11 hijackers prior to the attacks -- and to promote the myth that the 9/11 Commission was trying to protect the Clinton Administration from embarrassment -- was rejected again yesterday by a Pentagon report that found no evidence to support any of the congressman’s allegations.
The Defense Department inspector general’s report concluded that members of the Able Danger data-mining operation "did not identify Mohammed Atta or any of the 9/11 terrorists as possible threats at any time during its existence."
"In fact, Able Danger produced no actionable intelligence information," Acting Inspector General Thomas Gimble wrote in the 71-page report.
The 9/11 Commission had previously dismissed Weldon’s claims, which led the congressman to ratchet up his accusations that commission members and staffers conspired to exclude the Able Danger findings from their final report to shield the Clinton Administration from embarrassment.
Weldon hit the national media circuit in the summer of 2005. "This is a scandal, I think, bigger than Watergate," he said in December.
Perhaps the conservative mythmakers and radio ranters will finally put this story to rest.