Able Danger and “Gorelick”tion of duty-**UPDATED**

Posted by on August 17, 2005

By now most everyone with an ear to the news has heard about Able Danger and Congressman Weldon’s charges that the 911 Commission didn’t hear their story. Here’s a different angle unearthed by Sean Osborne at Northeast Intel Network.

Mr. Osborne states:

Clearer now is the conflict of interest of having Jamie Gorelick, the Assistant Attorney General under Bill Clinton serving on the 9/11 Commission. Ms. Gorelick worked directly for Janet Reno and was directly involved in matters that were under review by the 9/11 Commission.

Remember the reason the findings of Able Danger were not acted upon? In his testimony before the 9/11 Commission, Attorney General John Ashcroft stated the following:

“In 1995, the Justice Department embraced flawed legal reasoning, imposing a series of restrictions on the FBI that went beyond what the law required,” he said. “The 1995 Guidelines and the procedures developed around them imposed draconian barriers to communications between the law enforcement and intelligence communities. The wall left intelligence agents afraid to talk with criminal prosecutors or agents. In 1995, the Justice Department designed a system destined to fail.”

Continuing his testimony, Ashcroft stated:

“Somebody built this wall.” Ashcroft added: “The basic architecture for the wall . . . was contained in a classified memorandum entitled ‘Instructions on Separation of Certain Foreign Counterintelligence and Criminal Investigations. Full disclosure compels me to inform you that its author is a member of this Commission.”

Ashcroft was referring to Jamie Gorelick, who served as Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton Administration as well as general counsel at the Department of Defense. Both jobs put her at the very center of the former administration’s anti-terrorism efforts.

So here we have the DoD General Counsel, who was presumably responsible for the “DoD” lawyers who told the folks in Able Danger they couldn’t pursue their evidence, sitting on the Commission investigating the events that led up to 911. Sorta puts some things in perspective don’t it.

But wait! There’s more! Over at the Counterterrorism blog Bill West, a former INS National Security Section Chief, has the following:

I have some special personal/professional interest in all this. To explain requires just a bit of extrapolation…but only a bit.

If the news about the DoD intelligence is true, that infamous intelligence “wall” truly did create a huge missed opportunity in this…along with what was then the Clinton Administration’s generally fouled-up Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), where I served in the Investigations Division for 25 years.

The INS Headquarters National Security Unit (NSU), which was created in the late 1990s in spite of considerable obstacles generated by the INS High Command, was one of the few and small success stories within the INS. The INS/NSU, circa 1999-2000, tried to post a liaison officer to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) specifically to tap into DoD intelligence on counter-terrorism matters. The NSU Director at the time approved it and DIA bought off on the plan…but INS senior management above the NSU Director nixed it so it never happened. When I was on the job, I dealt with the NSU folks regularly…at times almost daily…on various operational matters.

Mr. West goes on to ponder the what-ifs had the Able Danger information been passed on up and the INS Liaison officer were posted to DIA. My mother has a saying about what-ifs…”If a frog had wings he wouldn’t bumb his tail a-jumpin.” Mom would probably say the same thing about Mr. West’s what-if scenarios but unfortunately in this case we don’t have a tail with a sore butt. In this case we have almost 3000 American civilians murdered and a gaping hole in the New York Skyline.

Mom…forgive me but I think these what-ifs should be talked about because they will drive this investigation.

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2 Responses to “Able Danger and “Gorelick”tion of duty-**UPDATED**”

  1. SingleMind Says:

    What if the FBI had gone after Atta and al-Shehhi?

    The only “crashing” they’d be doing right now would be with their heads against the cell walls while the other inmates poke them in the butt.

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