Friday, September 23, 2005

Able Danger... take two

Kathryn Jean Lopez from National Review Online brings us a new development on Able Danger straight from the office of Sen. Arlen Specter.

Washington, D.C.--Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, will hold a second hearing on Operation Able Danger on October 5, 2005.

In the initial hearing held on September 21, 2005, the Department of Defense refused to produce five key witnesses relating to the identification of 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta. The Department of Defense has now changed their position and will make the witnesses available in a public hearing. The Committee will focus on obtaining corroborating evidence as to what occurred with the pre-9/11 charts and information which were allegedly destroyed by order of DoD personnel.

Some may say that this flip-flop came about because of increasing media pressure -- especially with the recent revelation that favorite MSM villain Donald Rumsfeld supported the Pentagon's decision to halt testimony. This may very well be true and certainly this was a disastrous PR move on the part of the Defense Department as I had mentioned in an earlier post.

But my personal take is that the White House may have begun leaning on the Pentagon to get some of the facts out. The patience of President Bush with an increasingly boisterous Bill Clinton is quickly drying up as the former president continues to run his mouth about everything from the war on terror to the Katrina disaster. As evidenced by Bush's unusually candid remarks from yesterday, the "new tone" is no longer operative and he has decided it's time to set the record straight.

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