Thursday, August 11

The US knew of Atta and the Sept. 11 commission did not think this was Important "ABLE DANGER"

I am almost speachless:

The Sept. 11 commission knew military intelligence officials had identified lead hijacker Mohamed Atta as a member of al-Qaida who might be part of U.S.-based terror cell more than a year before the terror attacks but decided not to include that in its final report, a spokesman acknowledged Thursday.

The information did not make it into the final report because it was not consistent with what the commission knew about Atta's whereabouts before the attacks, Felzenberg said.

So let me get this straight. A government Organization manages to identify Atta and three other hijackers over a year before the attacks and the Commission does not mention this in the report because some of the information conflicted with other information you have? Ever hear of a footnote? How about explaining the difference in the information? Did the conflicting information make it into the report? Not for anything, but if they had even managed to guest the identities of four of the hijackers I would expect that to be in the report.

Hmm, they only identified four of the 19. They could have done better, but which four? Was it the four pilots?* According to the news reports, they were all in the Us already. Not bad considering that many of the supporting hijackers did not arrive in the US until just before the event.

So how did they manage to identify these guys? I will take a guess:


Well I bet that profiling was a part. This is only the tip of the iceberg concerning this story. As you have probably read already, what exactly was Sandy Berger smuggling out of the National Archives?


Turns out that they were using Data Mining techniques. This just so happened to be a data mining experiment to prove the usefulness of data mining. Apparently at least two of the four identified were pilots.

This is the same technique the privacy extremists are so against. Now we can see why. I bet this technique is also useful in identifying criminals....

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