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August 17,.2005 

Officer Says Military Blocked Sharing Files Terrorists PHU.JP SHENO 
WASHlNGTON, Aug. military intelligence team repeatedly contacted the F.B.L 2000 warn about the existence American-based terrorist cell that included the ringleader the Sept. attacks, according veteran Anny intelligence officer who said had now decided risk his career discussing the infonna;lion publicly.  
The officer, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, said military lawyers later blocked the team from sh(lring any its information with the bureau. 
Colonel Shaffer said interview Monday night that the small, highly classified intelligence program, known Able Danger; had identified the terrorist ringleader, Mohamed Atta, and three other future hijackers name mid-2000, and tried arrange meeting that summer with agents the Washington field-office the Federal Bureau oflnvestigation share its information.' 
But said military lawyers forced members the intelligence program cancel three scheduled etings with the F.B.I. the last minute, which left the bureau without information that Colonel Shaffer said might have led Mr. Atta and the other terrorists while the Sept. 11attacks were still being planned.  
111 was the point near insubordination over the fact that this was something important, that this was somethi that should have been pursued," Colonel Shaffer said his efforts get-the evidence from 
the intelligence program the F.B.I. 2000 and early 2001. 
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The F.B.L referred calls about Colonel Shaffer the Pentagon. 

The account from Colonel Shaffer, reservist who also working part time for the Pentagon, corroborates much the information that the Sept. commission has acknowledged received about Able Danger last July. from Navy captain who was also involved with the program but whose name has not been made public. statement issued last week, the leaders the commission said the panel had concluded that the intelligence program "did not tum out historically significant." 

Colonel Shaffer said that his role Able Danger was liason with the Defense Intelligence Agency Washington, and that was not intelligence analyst. The interview with Colonel Shaffer Monday was arranged for The New York Times and Fox News Representative Curt Weldon, the Pennsylv ania 
Republican who vice chairman the House Armed Services Committee and champion datamining programs like Able Danger. 

Colonel Shaffer's lawyer, Mark Zaid, said interview that was concerned that Colonel Shaffer was facing retaliation from the Defense Department, first for having talked the Sept. commission staff October 2003 and now for talking with news organizations. 

Mr. Zaid said that Colonel Shaffer's security clearance was suspended last year because what the lawyer said were series "petty allegations" involving $67 personal charges i;nilitary 
cellphone. said that despite the disciplinary action, Colonel Shaffer had been promoted this year 
from major. 
Colonel Shaffer said had decided allow his name used part because his frustration with the statement issued last week the commission leaders, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton. 
The commission said its final report last year that American intelligence agencies had not identified Mr. Atta terrorist before Sept. 11, 2001, when flew American Airlines jet into one the World Trade Center towers New York. 

000700 Page 3of3 Tuesday that while could not judge the credibility the infonnation from Colonel Shaffer and others, the Pentagon needed ''provide clear and comprehensive explanation regarding what  information had its possession regarding Mr. Atta." 
"And these assertions are credible," Mr. Ben-Veniste continued, "the Pentagon would need explain why was that the commissioners were not provided this information despite requess for all information regarding Able Danger.11 
Colonel Shaffer said had provided infonnation about Able Danger and its identification Mr. Atta private meeting October 2003 with members the Sept. commission staff when they visited Afghanistan, where was then serving. Commission members have disputed that, saying that they not recall hearing Mr. Atta's name during the briefing and thatthe name did not appear documents about Able Danger that were later turned over the Pentagon. would implore the 9111 commission support follow-on investigation ascertain what the real truth is," Colonel Shaffer said the interview this week. believe the 9/11 commission should have done that job: figuring out what went wrong with Able Danger." 
"This was agood news story because, before 9/11, you had element the military -our unit -which was actually out looking for Qaeda," continued. can't believe the 9111 commission would som ehow believe that the historical value was not relevant!' 
Colonel Shaffer said that because was not intelligence analyst, was not involved. the details ofthe procedures used Able Danger glean information from terrorisl databases, nor was aware which databases had supplied the information that might have led the name Mr. Atta other terrorists long before the Sept. attacks. 
But said did know that Able Danger had made use publicly available information from government immigration agencies, from Internet sites and from paid search engines like LexisNexis. 
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