Michael Ledeen, "Intelligence? You Kidding Me?":
At first I thought there was a short circuit in the ouija board, because there were sparks coming out of the thing, just when I thought I’d finally connected with my old friend, the late James Jesus Angleton, former head of CIA counterintelligence. But then I realized that it was, indeed, Angleton, cursing and sputtering (his poetic side — the side that made him the editor of The Yale Literary Review when he was an undergraduate in New Haven — somehow got lost when he got angry).
ML: Hey! That used to be my ear...
JJA: Sorry, sorry, but this latest business is just too much.
ML: You mean the Curt Weldon story about how some Army intel guys figured out — from open sources — that Mohammed Atta was part of an al Qaeda cell inside the United States, but then they weren’t permitted to pass it on to the FBI?
JJA: Damn right, but that’s not even the half of it. All these stories, all this faux shock, oh my gosh, we knew it but we couldn’t act on it, they just make me sick.
ML: But they’re true enough, aren’t they?
JJA: Half true, except for the original reaction from those phonies at the 9/11 Commission, that bunch who think they’re the first eternal commission in American history, all those pompous moralists who pronounce on everything that happens. They just lied.
ML: So it seems. They said they never heard about it, but then it turns out that they had, but they ignored it.
Deborah Orrin, "Commission Coverup?":
IT'S starting to look as if the 9/11 Commission turned a blind eye to key questions that could embarrass one of its own members — Clinton-era Justice Department honcho Jamie Gorelick..
Investors.com, "Atta Boy, Democrats":
The knowledge that Mohammed Atta was affiliated with al-Qaida was known at least a year before Sept. 11, but political correctness and walls between agencies built by Democrats kept it a secret.
It was Curt Weldon, R-Pa., who first announced in a floor speech in June that a classified military intelligence unit known as "Able Danger" had tagged Atta in 1999. But his remarks attracted little attention, unlike the media feeding frenzy over a presidential daily briefing that allegedly warned President Bush of an imminent attack.
From the AP, "Atta Details Omitted from 9/11 Report":
According to Pentagon documents, the information was not shared because of concerns about pursuing information on ''U.S. persons,'' a legal term that includes U.S. citizens as well as foreigners legally admitted to the country.
Felzenberg said an unidentified person working with Weldon came forward Wednesday and described a meeting 10 days before the panel's report was issued last July. During it, a military official urged commission staffers to include a reference to the intelligence on Atta in the final report.
Felzenberg said checks were made and the details of the July 12, 2004, meeting were confirmed. Previous to that, Felzenberg said it was believed commission staffers knew about Able Danger from a meeting with military officials in Afghanistan during which no mention was made of Atta or the other three hijackers.
Staff members now are searching documents in the National Archives to look for notes from the meeting in Afghanistan and any other possible references to Atta and Able Danger, Felzenberg said.
Many bloggers have terrific updates and more news and speculation (especially Strata-Sphere, The Anchoress, Captain Ed, PowerLine, and many, many others.
There is no doubt in my mind that this is the most important story of the year (perhaps the last several years). Here, for the first time the issue of the Enabling Behavior that facilitates, encourages, apologizes, denies, dismisses, and finally covers-up for terrorists and terrorism is finally being discussed openly and in the context of the 9/11 attacks.
This exposure is long past overdue and should have been the purview of the 9/11 Commission. But that Commission chose to continue the Democrat's and Left's enabling behavior and let the American people down yet again.
The press rage against the "outing" of a CIA employee listed in "Who's Who"; but say little about a National Security Advisor who illegally takes classified documents from the National Archives, hides them in his pants, and then "loses" some of them.
File this under "enABLEing DANGER".