Wednesday, September 28, 2005

How much is too much?

The Pentagon is still blocking efforts to look into Able Danger. For some yet unknown reason someone destroyed 2.5 terabytes of intelligence information gathered by the Able Danger team (that's equivalent to 1/4 the amount of information stored in the Library of Congress.) Intelligence information that is now gone. Think about that. That's intelligence that might have been used to help protect America, and now its gone and the Pentagon refuses to tell us why. Any effort to investigate this matter has been blocked by the Pentagon. When witnesses offer to come foward the Pentagon orders that their testimony be classified. Four years after 9/11 we should no longer have the patience to tolerate those who block efforts to get to the bottom of this.

EDIT - I also should have noted that the Pentagon's refusal to allow the testimony of these men is further made inexplicable by the fact that the information gathered by the Able Danger data mining team was open source and publically available - meaning that NONE of the information they gathered was classified.

Correction - The Pentagon is no longer refusing to allow the witness testimony. They have decided to allow the testimony, but the hearing which had been scheduled for Oct. 5th was postponed without being rescheduled.

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