TOPDOG08.COM: Details emerge for Able Danger's second act
Details emerge for Able Danger's second act
Four years after 9/11, we are finally rebuilding Able Danger. Someone must have realized that if we were actually struck again - by a chemical, biological, or nuclear attack this time - and did not have something like this is place simply because we knew it worked and were trying to covering up the fact we had shut it down before 9/11, you think there might have been some dramatic political consequences - assuming the true story ever saw the light of day?
From Government Computer News, via AJ:
A draft proposal floating behind closed doors would reconstitute and improve upon a former Army data-mining program called Able Danger.
Able Providence, as the new program has been dubbed, would establish “robust open-source harvesting capabilities” to give military and law enforcement agencies the information to take the initiative in the war on terrorism—that is, to be able to plan and execute offensive measures—in addition to continued defensive actions.
In addition, the program would be driven by a presumption that use of weapons of mass destruction within the United States is possible. As a result, Able Providence would need to detect, track and target terrorists as they move from location to location and reorganize their cells.
As one part of the new data-mining effort, the proposal suggests using information about terrorist financing and the Islamist system worldwide to identify correlations.
The proposal, which GCN has seen, would place the Able Providence project within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, with the Defense Department having joint oversight responsibilities.
A first-year budget of a little more than $26 million would cover the cost of a director drawn from the Senior Executive Service, a deputy director from SES (or a brigadier general), five planners, software and hardware, and office space.
From the Saint Petersburg Times:
The Pentagon is establishing a secret facility in St. Petersburg to help Special Operations Command better process intelligence.
Because the project is classified, details remain sketchy. But Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores, confirmed the basic outline late Friday.
He said Blackbird Technologies of Virginia was awarded the $27-million contract to operate a Joint Intelligence Operations Center on behalf of SOCom, which is based at MacDill Air Force Base.
SOCom oversees the nation's secret commandoes and is coordinating the Defense Department's global war on terror.
"They're continually looking for a more effective way to deal with their intelligence issues," said Young, chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
The center - to operate out of a building at 9th Street N and Gandy Boulevard - is intended to help National Intelligence Director John Negroponte "remodel" military intelligence at SOCom.
What a coincidence. A program for $27 million and a program for a little over $26 million. Hmm, I wonder if the two might be related?