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Curt Weldon, Able Danger

No port for Able Danger Storm

By Judi McLeod
Tuesday, February 21, 2006

In his Washington D.C. office last Thursday, a slightly tired Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa) was lamenting to Canada Free Press the ongoing suppression of Able Danger.

Eric Kleinsmith and two colleagues had given testimony in open session before the House Armed Services Committee the day before.

Weldon said that he had found it demoralizing that sincere witnesses, who had turned out for the hearings in full military dress, had been identified on committee papers as "only Mr."

In 1999 and 2000, "Mr.'s" like the then-Major Kleinsmith was chief of intelligence for the U.S. Army's Land Information Warfare Activity at Ft. Belvoir, VA. and was finding huge success with data mining used to support a top secret unit of Special Operations Command that subsequently pinpointed al-Qaeda cells around the world–code name "Able Danger".

As Weldon has been trying to flag the western world, Able Danger, through computer scanning of some 2.5 terabytes of classified and unclassified data, identified five "nodes" of active al-Qaeda intelligence–long before 9/11. One of the nodes identified was active in Brooklyn, N.Y. Another was in the faraway port of Aden, Yemen, where the USS Cole was attacked.

But Able Danger and the intelligence it discovered have been withering on the vine due to lack of interest.

"Neither my own party nor the Democrats want to hear the truth about Able Danger," Weldon ruefully told CFP.

Like the proverbial dog with a bone, Weldon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, does not want to give up.

On the day of CFP's visit, the mainstream media were in a frenzy about what they were sure was another more important big "cover-up", the cover-up at the heart of the Dick Cheney hunting accident, which some politicians had convinced them was a conspiracy because the major media had been held at bay for one whole day after the big event.

While Weldon sat patiently describing the history of Able Danger to a Canadian news outlet, American reporters raced to hunt down conspiracy theories such as Cheney may have been drunk. Shamefully, some were poised for the obituary of one Harry Whittington.

What with media attention to the Muhammad cartoon brouhaha and the Cheney incident, Able Danger was in the backseat.

That's where Able Danger figured in the news last week.

This week Able Danger is taking a back seat to the storm over the ports.

Lifelong Republicans such as Peter Gadiel, whose son James died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, are asking if the "president's gone insane".

How else to explain how a company owned by a terror-linked country could ever get control of America's prime ports?

9/11 happened on the watch of President Bill Clinton, as did ignored warnings from Able Danger.

Surely it's the irony of all time that Senator Hillary Clinton has lined herself up with Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey to introduce legislation prohibiting the sale of port operations to foreign governments.

Meanwhile the feisty one-man force behind Able Danger and its red flag on 9/11, may be down but he's not out.

"I'll never give up. I just can't," were the last words he said to CFP.

Canada Free Press founding editor Most recent by Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck. Judi can be reached at: [email protected]

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