posted on Aug, 17 2005 @ 01:08 PM
According to LtCol Shaffer, he tried to contact the FBI a few times before the 9/11 incident actually occured. Due the to extremely sensitive nature
of gathering the information though he was turned back by Deparment of Defense lawyers.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 - A military intelligence team repeatedly contacted the F.B.I. in 2000 to warn about the existence of an American-based terrorist
cell that included the ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a veteran Army intelligence officer who said he had now decided to risk his
career by discussing the information publicly. The officer, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, said military lawyers later blocked the team from sharing any of
its information with the F.B.I.
Colonel Shaffer said in an interview that the small, highly classified intelligence program known as Able Danger had identified by name the terrorist
ringleader, Mohammed Atta, as well three of the other future hijackers by mid-2000, and had tried to arrange a meeting that summer with agents of the
F.B.I.'s Washington field office to share the information.
Colonel Shaffer said that his role in Able Danger was as the program's liaison with the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, and that he was not
an intelligence analyst. The interview with Colonel Shaffer on Monday night was arranged for The New York Times and Fox News by Representative Curt
Weldon, the Pennsylvania Republican who is vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and a champion of data-mining programs like Able
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If this is the case, then I feel the general public does not care how they got the information. That would of been the least of our concerns. There
is no right way to combat terrorism as its sole purpose it to cause chaos and destroy freedoms.