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Thursday, September 01, 2005

ABLE DANGER: Pentagon Finds Three More Who Recall Seeing Mohamed Atta on Chart

Pentagon officials acknowledged today that they have turned up three more people who recall a chart with some kind of notation indicating a connection to 9/11 attack leader Mohamed Atta as part of the Able Danger data mining operation a year or so prior to the 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers in Manhattan.

AP reporter Robert Burns' story is on The Washington Post web site and notes that:

"In recent days Pentagon officials have said they could not yet verify or disprove the assertions by Shaffer and Philpott. On Thursday, four intelligence officials provided the first extensive briefing for reporters on the outcome of their interviews with people associated with Able Danger and their review of documents.
"They said they interviewed at least 80 people over a three-week period and found three, besides Philpott and Shaffer, who said they remember seeing a chart that either mentioned Atta by name as an al-Qaida operative or showed his photograph.

"Four of the five recalled a chart with a pre-9/11 photo of Atta; the other person recalled only a reference to his name. The intelligence officials said they consider the five people to be credible but their recollections are still unverified."

Read the full AP story here.

JustOneMinute has the analysis that puts it all into context and links to other reports from the Pentagon briefing.

FOXNews.com also carries the AP story, plus a helpful sidebar with links to previous Able Danger stories.

Ed Morrissey looks at the Pentagon briefing and concludes: "So many dots, and so many connections -- and yet, so little effort by the Omission Commission and the Pentagon to connect them. Will Congress finally take an opportunity to ask why?"

I fear the answer is no.