September 22, 2005

Able Danger Hearings

Congressional hearings on the Able Danger disclosures began yesterday, and the Washington Times previewed the testimony. At The Corner, Andy McCarthy (here, here, and here) and John Podhoretz (here and here) have posted their various theories and observations.

The Pentagon has barred several witnesses from testifying before Sen. Specter's committee, and they are being criticized for doing so. Out front on this story as usual is Ed Morrissey, who scoffs at the notion that there are any national security issues or fears of the disclosure of intelligence gathering techniques at work here. It's old fashioned CYA...

After all, if the Senators want to discuss how the identifications worked, they would gladly go into closed session for that testimony. What the Committee and the rest of us want is open testimony about what they found in relation to 9/11 and the known hijackers, who they identified, what they did with that information -- and who insisted on covering it up, both at the Pentagon and on the 9/11 Commission.

None of that comes under the heading of national security -- it falls into the category of covering some high-ranking ass...

...The American people suffered the worst attack on our soil four years ago. We deserve answers about how that attack could have been prevented. The Pentagon has five witnesses that speak directly to that issue who have been prevented from speaking to the representatives of the people. Arlen Specter needs to subpoena those five witnesses, all of the senior officers in the chain of command for Able Danger, and Donald Rumsfeld himself to answer for why the Pentagon will not cooperate. Four years of hiding Able Danger is long enough.

Check out Ed's previous Able Danger post as well.

Posted by dan at September 22, 2005 1:32 PM