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Sen. Specter to Hold Hearings on 'Able Danger'

Thursday, 25 August 2005 12:00 AM

"This story needs to be told. The American people need to be told what could have been done to prevent 3,000 people from losing their lives," said Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.).

Weldon spoke about Able Danger on the House floor and called for the Sept. 11 commission to explain why the FBI's intelligence wasn't detailed in its final report.

Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer and several other Able Danger analysts claim that in October 2003, they told commission staffers of the presence of al-Qaida operatives in the U.S. in 2000.

Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita said on Monday that defense officials have not yet been able to verify the Able Danger claims.

"There appear to be more memories than there is information to substantiate those memories," the Pentagon said in a statement.

"We're reviewing the matter carefully, but thus far have not found what it is these handful of individuals seem to remember. At a certain point, we'll decide we have looked long enough and welcome anyone else coming forward with additional information."

But Weldon said he spoke to DiRita on Wednesday and that "he was backpedaling left and right," claiming he was misquoted about the status of the search.

"There's something very sinister going on here that really troubles me," Weldon told FOX News, attacking the Sept. 11 commission for not taking the claims more seriously. He said some panel members were trying to smear Shaffer and Able Danger.

"What's the Sept. 11 commission got to hide?" Weldon asked. "In two weeks with two staffers, I've uncovered more in this regard than they did with 80 staffers and $15 million of taxpayer money."

Weldon added that at least five people on the federal payroll will testify under oath about the validity of the Able Danger intelligence.

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