Letter from CitizensWatch reader calls DoD's bluff


Monday, November 21, 2005 - 09:22 PM

If, as the Dep of Defense, the 9/11 Commissioners and the DIA have said is true and there is nothing to the Able Danger story, why then have LTC Shaffer, Capt. Scott Philpott and the four other witnesses been gagged? If there's nothing to it, then there can't be any sensitive security information which needs to be protected in the interests of national security. So then, why not allow these folks to testify openly in Congress?

The 9/11 Commissioners and DoD can't have their cake and eat it too. Either there is something to the Able Danger story, which is significant and needs to be protected, or there is nothing to the story, in which case Shaffer and the others should be allowed to testify. Obviously, if the gag order holds, there must be more to the Able Danger story than the 9/11 Commissioners and the DoD want told.

What the 9/11 Commissioners should be doing is demanding that these folks be allowed to testify in the open so as to put the Able Danger story to rest once and for all. The fact that they haven't taken up that call is evidence, in and of itself, that there is a cover-up afoot.

--Brian S., MA