Feb 22 2006

Able Danger Scoop

Published by at 9:20 pm under Able Danger/9-11,All General Discussions

Ed Morrissey has some news from a source on the closed session of the Able Danger hearings last week. Check it out.

The good Captain, Mike at Able Danger Blog and Rory O’Connor shared the stage for a radio interview for a station in my Mom’s home town area, Columbus, OH.

Being my first radio interview – it was wild! Who knew what this blogging would lead to. Stay tuned, tomorrow I am on a conference call with Representative Curt Weldon thanks to the efforts of Mike at Able Danger Blog.

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Able Danger Scoop”

  1. Snapple says:


    Here are my two questions.

    Ask Weldon why he thinks the fake Indian Ward Churchill is so interested in Able Danger that he came to Cynthia McKinney’s September conference on Able Danger. Churchill was a big shill for Iraq. I think Churchill was a bit worried about this Able Danger.

    Ask if it is correct that James D. Smith is a retired Indian policeman.
    That is what Shaffer wrote in his testimony on page 15.
    Page 15

    I asked the lawyer Mr. Zaid and a Weldon aid about the Indian background of Smith. I asked this in person. They seeemed sort of surprised and said Smith was a retired Indiana policeman.

    Really? Is it Indian or Indiana??

    Shaffer put “retired Indian policeman” in his testimony.
    Is it true or not? This is possibly a very important admission.

    Able Danger nailed a lot more than Atta, I think.

  2. Snapple says:

    I talked to Mark Zaid and an aid of Curt Weldon’s face-to-face on Sunday, February 19, 2006. http://www.intelligencesummit.org/schedule.php

    They said that Shaffer made a typo–“Indian” should have been “Indiana.”

    I said that in that case they should fix the transcript, but they said that posted Congrssional testimony can’t be changed.

    Fine. I’d like to see subsequent official testimony clarify this point, not bloggers.

    Let’s see the correction in the official Congressional testimony, with someone’s real name on it.

  3. AJStrata says:


    You need to let this go. It’s a typo. I am sure the man knows where he is from and no one has any doubts on this. He held security clearances and had background checks. He is not an Indian.

  4. Snapple says:

    Fine. then let him say it. Shouldn’t be a problem to correct a typo.

  5. Snapple says:

    Lots of people are Indians or part Indian. They are still Americans.

    Indians were big in signals intelligence since WWI–code readers as I recall.

    Maybe now a few write computer code.

    Zaid might not even know someone’s ethnic background.

    And lets hear about how he was a retired Indiana policeman who found M. Atta.

  6. Snapple says:

    Earth to AJ–

    Here is an article about a 1980s DATA MINING software program called PROMIS that was used by law enforcement and allegedly stolen from its owner INSLAW by the DOJ

    I don’t know what the truth is. I am just a little nobody who was a big dope in math.

    Even so, sometimes even people who don’t work for NASA can do the math.

    For example, I notice that there is a lot of “conspiracy theory” stuff on the Internet about how this early DATA MINING software called PROMIS (made by INSLAW) was allegedly stolen by the Department of Justice and ended up with the Soviets, the Russian mafia, Al Qaeda, etc.

    There is even some conspiracy theory with Cabazon Indians involved, and the witnesses are not very credible people.

    I happened to notice that the faux Indian Ward Churchill was interested in Able Danger, also a DATA MINING program. It reminded me of this old story about Promis/Inslaw, which seems to be in the Canadian news again. The Canadian Mounties reportedly investigated this a lot.

    And then JD Smith is accidentally called a “retired Indian policeman” but that is a typo and he is really a “retired Indiana policeman.”

    I am pretty skeptical of far-out conspiracy theories on the Internet, but is is possible that putting out all these confusing conspiracy stories about Promis/Inslaw on disreputable sites may sort of throw sand in readers’ eyes.

    And the reasons for the deluge of conspiracy theories, if lies, would be interesting to know, too.

    I don’t know the truth, and I am not smart enough to figure it out; but I am noticing the “Indian” angle to the data mining Able Danger
    just as the Promis/Inslaw story was also data mining allegedly with an Indian angle—Cabazon Indians.

    Should just let that all go? You mean, I shouldn’t ask questions?
    No way, AJ. Just because you work for NASA doesn’t mean you know everything or should decide the questions.

    I think I will put my questions and what I notice on my dumb little blog.

    I mean, I am being called a crazy person and constantly threatened by some really scary people who defend Ward Churchill. That’s proof positive I must be crazy, huh?