2005/09/22

Now the DoD Is Stonewalling On Able Danger

Here we go again. Now it's the Pentagon with the able assistance of the administration's Secretary of Misinformation, Donald Rumsfeld.

As reported in Reuters (and elsewhere), the Department of Defense is again stonewalling on cooperating with the Senate Judiciary Committee in their probe of Able Danger. (For those of you who don't remember, Able Danger was the program that may have identified Mohammed Atta and three co-conspirators as having been part of an al Qaeda cell as early as the 1st quarter of 2000.)

In a classic "inmates running the asylum" moment Defense Dept. officials (echoed by Rumsfeld) asserted that the matter was classified (warranting their non-cooperation) and that internal probes had turned up no evidence that Atta was an al Qaeda member.

Personally, I'd like to see Rumsfeld charged with contempt of Congress, along with anybody in the Pentagon involved in making the decision not to cooperate with the Judiciary Committee. It's high time the executive (and especially the military) is reminded of exactly which branch of government has the power to conduct such investigations.

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