No Evidence Pentagon Knew of Atta, Panel Says
9/11 Probers Reject Claims on Lead Hijacker
By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 13, 2005; Page A03
Investigators for the Sept. 11 commission have found no evidence to support allegations by a House Republican that lead hijacker Mohamed Atta was identified by a classified Pentagon program before the 2001 attacks, according to a commission statement issued last night.
Commission leaders Thomas H. Kean (R) and Lee H. Hamilton (D) said in the joint statement that panel staff members have found no documents or other witnesses to back up claims made by a U.S. Navy officer, who told the commission staff in July 2004 that he recalled seeing Atta's name and photograph on a chart prepared by another officer. Panel officials also said they have found no evidence to support similar claims made to reporters by a second person, a former defense intelligence official.
"None of the documents turned over to the commission mention Mohamed Atta or any of the other future hijackers," the commission statement said. "Nor do any of the staff notes on documents reviewed in the [Defense Department] reading room indicate that Mohamed Atta or any of the other future hijackers were mentioned in any of those documents."
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Malkin wrong again
Saying that Maglalang is wrong about something is like breathlessly reporting that a dog bit a man, or that there is gambling going on in the casino, but I'm going to do it anyway. Like many members of the 101st Fighting Keyboarders, Mags went nuts over the recent "Able Danger" story, that Mohammed Atta had been ID'd during the Clinton presidency, but no action was ever taken. The whole story has been a disinformation campaign by Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Ministry of Truth), to once again blame Clinton for 9/11 and deflect attention from Operation Ignore. Now the 9/11 Commission is fighting back, but I doubt this will keep the Liberal "Able Danger" Conspiracy from echoing around the wingnuttosphere for the next fifty years or so.