NY DAILY NEWS: Report: U.S. traced Atta before 9/11 :: 9/11 CitizensWatch :: We are concerned citizens challenging the official story of 9/11
A U.S. military intelligence unit knew 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta was running a terrorist cell in Brooklyn a year before the World Trade Center attacks - but did nothing about it, it was reported yesterday.
Atta escaped arrest even though investigators in an Army intel program called Able Danger got the goods on him and recommended the FBI be called in to "take out that cell." A hands-off order was slapped on the cell because, at the time, intelligence agencies were prohibited from spying on Americans, and the military believed that prohibition extended to foreigners with green cards, the Government Security News said in a story posted on its Web site.
GSN said the stunning revelation that authorities botched an opportunity to nab Atta and possibly prevent the attacks that claimed nearly 2,800 lives was made by Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.).
Weldon is vice chairman of both the Homeland Security and House Armed Services committees.
In a little-noticed House speech in June, Weldon said, "So now, Mr. Speaker, for the first time I can tell our colleagues that one of our agencies not only identified the New York cell of Mohamed Atta and two of the terrorists, but actually made a recommendation to bring the FBI in to take out that cell."
A former Able Danger officer corroborated the details of Weldon's claims for GSN.
He recalled carrying documents to the offices of Able Danger, which was being run by the Special Operations Command, headquartered in Tampa.
The documents included a photo of Atta supplied by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, and they described Atta's relationship with terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden.
"We were directed to take those 3M yellow stickers and place them over the faces of Atta and the other terrorists and pretend they didn't exist," the intelligence officer told GSN.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/story/335744p-286804c.html This coming from a Republican and with the Commission on the defensive relative to why this information was not included in the Report, plus given the recent story from the CIA relative to the DoD letting Bin Laden escape we have just witnessed folks and friend a most significant sea-change. Now is the time to mount the most aggresive public relations and education campaign on the omissions and distortions of the 9/11 Report. CitizensWatch encourages you to take your own initiative as well as join us with ours as we outline them in the coming days and weeks.