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investigation DoD classified information and DoD precedent allowing the Army Chief Smff testify before Judiciary; whether recommend that formal investigation utilizing DoD assets undenaken; which DoD Senior should have with Sen. Warner, Roberts and Specter attempt cancel the upcoming Judiciary Hearing. (USDI has lead) 
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V.R. 
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Subject:  Executive Summary Today's Hill Briefing Able Danger  
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Classification: 
SIR: 
Today the DoD ABLE DANGER briefing team (reps from USDI, Anny, SOCOM and 
briefed the ABLE DANGER project six Members the House Armed Services Committee (Reps. Weldon. 
Skelton, Saxton, Everett, Meehan and Reyes). addition, officials from the DoD and DIA OGC were 
attendance discuss intelligence oversight and Tony Shaffer's security clearance issues respectively. Seven _staffers supporting both sides the aisle were also present 
Per other iterations. the ABLE DANGER team discussed what ABLE DANGER .Vas and what was not and ran through chronology significant events involving SOCOM, Army 11nd private contractor involvement the program. Efforts locate the "Mohammed Atta chart" were discussed (extensive search records, files 
and electronic data and over interviews personnel with possible knowledge the ABLE DANGER program). The results the DoD search, date, have not pmduced the chart showing Mohammed Atta's photo prior 9/11 nor the data that would have created such chart. was opined that the documents/records search was almost complete but that some follow interviews still remain accomplished. 
Mr. eldon bei.m.asoliloquyagaistthe DoD ABLE ?ANGERriefing earn general and particular. indicated that the bnefing team had omitted much mformat1on from its briefing; had not interviewed many the ABLE DANGER participants; had not asked the right questions those that they had interviewed; had ordered Shaffer not meet with the FBI officials: DIA had besmirched the career outstanding Anny otlicer (Shaffer); DIA had destroyed terabytes ABLE DAll'GER documents because was embarrassed its intelligence gathering performance leading 11: and was trivializing it's search for the ABLE DANGER Atta chart "in spite the murder 3000 people". Weldon personally berated during the meeting. Attempts counter Mr. Weldon's allegations set the record straight were not successful Mr. Weldon continually interrupted became incensed and interjected personal invective into the discussion. The main questions the other Members assembled centered the difference belween "fomial investigation. under oath with subpoenas" and "informal inquiry". 
Mr. Weldon produced with great fanfare "10 [ABLE DANGER-related] charts [with Atta's photo depi cted] that had found" and asked "why [the DoD team] hadn't found them." NOTE: Mr. Weldon charts had been produced using 9/11 data but that distinction was lost the other Members present. numerous occasions during the presentation. Mr. Weldon indicated that was providing all the information 
that and his associates had assembled the Senate Judiciary Committee and that hey would hold hearing the subj eel. also stated that had been providing names witnesses called and opined that they 
would "under oath" confinn all the allegations had put forth. 
There were follow-on actions from the HASC Members. 
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Upon return from the Hill, the DoD briefing team licked its wounds and held impromptu Hot Wash meeting summarize the briefin and discuss tions and the course ahead the ABLE DANGER issue. After detailed MFR will follow. 
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DIA Office for Congressional Affairs 
House Staff Briefing 
Memorandum for Record 

SUBJECT: House Staff Briefing Able Danger 
DATE: September 2005 1130-1245 hrs 
HOUSE STAFF PRESENT: HPSCI -Mike Meermans Chuck Gault 
Chris Donesa Dave Buckley Jeremy Bash 
HAC-D Although asked participate. none attended 
DOD ATTENDEES: 
SUMMARY: 
(U) September, the DoD ABLE DANGER Briefing Team (representatives from USDI, JS, Am1y, SOCOM and presented the DoD position the ABLE DANGER (AD) allegations assembled House staff. The team had just completed briefing eight Senate staffers AD. 
Before the DoD ABLE DANGER briefing team could begin its presentation, Mr. Meermans (HPSCI Staff Director) began asking questions thereby precluding natural flow and chorography and orchestration the information briefed. 
Significant staff questions posed and paraphrased responses: 
Question: When 'Will your study complete? 
Answer: Two weeks. 

Question: Who has the lead the study? 
Answer: Dr. Cambone. 

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Question: No! He's not doing personally. Who doing it? Answer: You're looking them. 
Question: Have you talked Weldon, Shaffer and Phillpott? 
Answer: Yes. Dr. Cambone has talked Weldon and have talked Shaffer 
and Phillpott. 
Question: Have you found the chart? Answer: No. 
Question: Shaffer backpedalling from his story. How about Phillpott? Answer: Phillpott says saw the chart; saw the [Atta] photo and saw the [Atta] nameShaffer says saw the chart, the photo and the name. Smith 
[ORION employee] says saw the chart, the picture and the name. The SOCOM analyst saw the chart, the photo and the name. Pressier saw the chart and just the name; photo. 
Question: How many analysts were working the project? Answer: .In LIW there were five. ORION had four but they were unwitting and SOCOM had total. 
Question: What did ORION produce? 
Answer: was huge data haul. They would dip model vthat ve Vere 

looking for through this data haul. There are things al-Qai'da 
leadership, facilities, facilitators etc. 
Question: the [Atta] chart was ORJON produced one? 
Answer: 	Must have been. They had pictures them and they were simple, something that layman would understand. 
Question: Did the Atta photo the chart look like the May 2001 Florida drivel''s license Atta? 
Answer: Rep01tedly was mug shot Atta and was very grainy. 
Question: 	When talked Smith said that had made chart with Alia's picture it. 
Answer: But we1ve talked others ORION who swear that Smith never made any charts. Smith his interviews with -us never said made any charts. 
Question: Weldon's been saying that he's uncovered more [Able Danger] information two weeks with two analysts than DoD has. Answer: Dr. Cambone has been touch with Weldon almost daily basis 
and has asked that Mr. Weldon provide the information has. 

Question: Did Weldon hand chart? 
Answer: [Elaine] Pressier was there the meeting between -and Weldon and she saw chart. Pressier dose Weldon. Dr. Cambone will talk -about this. 
Question: Will there DoD report explaining what you've done this search [for Able Danger documents]? Answer: Not sure. We've not been tasked put together written report. 
AFTERACTIONS: The following requirements resulted from this hearing: list personnel who had knowledge Able Danger [USDI took far action] Interview -Rep. Weldon's analyst working the Able Danger issue [OSD took for action] Copies 12333 and DoD Directive 5240.1-R [OSD took for action] 
CP-C COMMENTS: was apparent that the HPSCI staff director had interviewed most all the individuals mentioned the press accounts having seen photo name Mohammed Atta ABLE DANGER chart prior 9/11. 
PREPARED BY:  APPROVED BY:  
Kathleen Turner  
....  Chief, DIA Office for Congressional Affairs  

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DIA Office for Congressional Affairs 
Senate Staff Briefing 

Memorandum for Record 

SUBJECT: Senate Staff Briefing Able Danger DATE: September 2005 1000-1120 hrs 

SENATE STAFF PRESENT: SASC Peter Levine
Creighton Greene 
Sandy Luff 
Dave Morris 

Richard Fieldhouse 
Majority Leader' Office-Mark Esper 
Judiciary Committee -Carolyn Short 
Tara Magner 
DOD ATTENDEES: 
SUMMARY: 
(U) September, the DoD ABLE DANGER Briefing Team (representatives from USDI, JS, Anny, SOCOM and presented the DoD position the 
ABLE DANGER (AD) program assembled Senate staff and followed immediately 
with the same briefing for House staffers. 
Per Dr. Cambone's guidance, the team did not use briefing slides, discussed what 
Able Danger was and what was not and ran through chronology significant events involving SOCOM, Army and private contractor involvement the program. Efforts locate the "chart" were discussed (extensive search records, files and electronic data and over interviews personnel with possible knowledge the ABLE DANGER program). The team also stayed avay from discussion personalities individuals and did not attempt degrade embarrass any individuals. The results the search, 
date. have not produced the chan showing Mohammed Atta's photo prior 9/11 nor the 
data that would have created such chart. was opined that Nhile continue search, 
DoD nearing the conclusion iis efforts. Staff continually interrupted L'le briefors with 
questions and thus hindered the flow the presentation. 

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Question: When? Answer: Feb 2000. 
Question: Was the reason that the documents were destroyed was because the length time that was held because was persons? was destroyed because the length time was held. 
being made that DoD attorneys because had information persons. Answer; sense this true. Under intelligence oversight protocols, you can't keep information persons data base longer than days. 

There are exceptions this and they are spelled out the appropriate regulations. yes. the lawyers were saying time running out and you have destroy this information under existing regulations. 
Question: Have you looked the protocols since that time see you need 
change them? Answer: DoD domestic collection and file maintenance are all spe lted out 
Executive Orders, DoD regulations and instructions. Someone higher than makes the determination change these. 
Question: understood that Atta was not even tbe when the chart was 
made? 
Answer: 	When the chart was allegedly [emphasis added] made. Yes. that 
correct. 
Question: Could the Atta chart made during the period that RA. YTHEON was 
involved? Answer: This not supported the interviews have conducted. 
Question: Was this information similar that which had been produced LIWA? 
Answer: There was different software involved. 
Question: When was Atta the US? 
Answer: 	Under link analysis, LIWA obtained inf011nation Brooklyn Cell. Here's where lot Confusion exists. This was not cell the nonnal use the tenn. was not guys gathered together ready bad things. Also, the Brooklyn cell was not physically located Brooklyn. was just called that. The Brooklyn cell was really model the type infonnation used during the first attack the World Trade Center. 
Question: Concerning information sharing with the FBI. understanding that meeting was cancelled. Answer: are trying get contact with the FBI agent allegedly involved setting this meeting. 
Question: have been told that meeting was planned and that DoD stopped from happening. 
Answer 	We've talked people about this. They don't remember anyone asking pennission pass infonnation the FBI. Also we've talked the attorneys who were there and lawyer said "you can't share 
this information." fact, there are all sorts reasons share information. Remember you don't have ask permission share, 
you just it. It's done all the time. 

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correct. key element has been missed, please provide appropriate information. 
the lead for this gone Mon-Thurs. wants this presentation Monday, provide 
your comments 1200 Monday. understand it, this presentation for use with the USD(l), possibly other DoD officials, and the intelligence committees congress. 
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BC-Sept11-Hij11ckers 3rdLd-Writethru 08-110645 BC-Sept n-Hijackers, 3rd Ld-Writethru,640 9/11 commission omitted from final report reference intelligence about lead hijacker Mohamed Atta Eds:AMs KIMBERLY HEFLING 
Associated Press Writer 
WASHINGTON (AP) --The Sept. commission knew military intelligence officials had identified lead hijacker Mohamed Atta member ofalQaida who might part U.S.-ba.sed terror cell more than year before the terror attacks but decided not include that its fina report, spokesman acknowledged 
Thursday. 
Felzenberg, spokesman for the commission's follow-up project called the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, had said earlier tllis week that the panel was unaware ofintelligence specifically naming Atta. But said subsequent information provided Wednesday confirmed that the commission had been aware the intelligence. 
The information did not make into the final report because was not consistent with wbat the commission knew about Atta's whereabouts before the attacks, Felzenberg said. 
The inteiligence about Atta recently was disclosed Rep. Curt Weldon, vice chairman ofthe House Armed Services and Homeland Security committees. Tbe Pennsylvania Republican has expressed anger that the intelligence never was forwarded the military establishment the FBI. 
The discourse project, Pentagon and least two congressional committees are looking into the issue. found accurate, the intelligence would change the timeline for when government officials first became aware ofAtta's links a.1-Qaida. 
According Weldon, classified military intelligence unit called "Able Danger" identified Atta and three other hijackers i999 potential members terrorist cell New York City. Weldon said Pentagon lawyers rejected tbe unit's recommendation that the information turned over the FBI 2000. 

Felzenberg said unidentified person working with Weldon came forward Wednesday and described meeting days before the panel's report was issued last July. During it, military official urged commission staffers include reference the intelligence Atta the final report. 

Felzenberg said checks were made and the details the July 12, 2004, meeting were confirmed. Previ-Ous that, Felzenberg said was believed commission staffers knew about Able Danger from meeting with military officials Afghanistan during which mention was made Atta the other three hijackers. 
Staff members now are searching documents the National Archives look for notes from the meeting Afghanistan and any other possible references Atta and Able Danger, Felzenberg said. 
Felzenberg sought minimize the significance the new information. 
"Even were valid, would've joined the lists dozens other instances where information was not shared," Felzenberg said. "There was major problem with intelligence sharing." 
Weldon Wednesday wrote Thomas Kean, chairman the 9/11 commission, and Lee Hamilton, the vice chairman, asking for information sought that would look why the information was not passed Pentagon lawyers the FBI. 
His letter also asks the commissioners find out why the panel's staff members did not pass the information about Able Danger onto commission members and provide full documentation. 
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, chairman the Senate Intelligence Committee, and his House counterpart, Michigan Rep. Peter Hoekstra, are looking into the issue. the Net: 
9/11 Discourse Project: hUP.JL'"-=UXLQllJH:g/ 
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