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'Able Danger' Officials to Testify Before Congress

Friday, 16 December 2005 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon will allow members of the Able Danger project to testify before Congress. But, it might insist on confidentiality.

In a December 13 letter, acting deputy secretary of defense Gordon England said the Pentagon would be "pleased to participate" in hearings, but reluctant to agree to open hearings.

"A closed hearing," wrote England, "is preferable to better assure that classified information will not be inadvertently released, but we will work with the committees to arrive at an approach that is acceptable."

The announcement was in response to an effort led by Representative Curt Weldon (R-Pa.) to hold congressional hearings on the Able Danger project.

Able Danger participants reportedly identified September 11 mastermind Mohammed Atta and three other 9/11 hijackers in early 2000. They are also said to have warned defense officials about terrorist activities in Yemen in the weeks immediately preceding the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.

Weldon believes the information could have been used to prevent the 9/11 attacks.

However, it is alleged that the information was not shared with appropriate law enforcement officials because of a legal "wall" established by the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick has been criticized for allegedly enhancing the legal "wall" while serving as a deputy attorney general in the Clinton Justice Department.

Weldon has alleged that a Gorelick aide prevented the Able Danger information from being presented to the 9/11 Commission.

Weldon told the Delco Times, a Philadelphia-area newspaper, that Congress has an important role in investigating the matter.

"This is just going to open the door," he said Wednesday. "Everyone wants to have a hearing now – and they should. We're no going to have to do the job the 9/11 Commission was supposed to do."

Weldon also said he expects hearings to begin as early as January.

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