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Senate demands info on Able Danger data-mining program

Senate demands info on Able Danger data-mining program
Senate demands info on Able Danger data-mining program

Honorable Robert Mueller


Federal Bureau of Investigation

935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington,  D. C.  20535-0001

Dear Director Mueller,

             It has been reported in the news media and directly to my 
staff that Army Lt. Colonel Anthony Shaffer was the operations officer 
for a secret military program referred to as Able Danger.  The mission 
of Able Danger was to use a sophisticated data mining program in 
conjunction with more traditional military intelligence methods to 
identify and track al Qaida terrorists oversees.

             In connection with this mission, Shaffer reports that he 
and his associates discovered the names and U.S. locations of three of 
the four 9-11 pilots a year prior to 9-11.  Because the suspected al 
Qaida terrorists were located in the U.S., Shaffer reports that he made 
repeated requests of Defense Intelligence Agency (=93DIA=94) officials to 
schedule a meeting with FBI officials in order to present this 
intelligence to the FBI for further investigation.  Shaffer further 
contacted FBI agent Xanthig Mangum and asked her to schedule such a 
meeting within FBI.  Shaffer states that he made this request both 
verbally and by email to Agent Mangum.  Shaffer claims that the DIA 
decided not to share this information with the FBI on the advice of 
legal counsel and that certain meetings that had been scheduled on this 
issue were cancelled as a result.

This is an official request that your office provide to the Judiciary 
Committee all information and documents it has in connection with Able 
Danger, Lt. Colonel Anthony Shaffer, Captain Scott Phillipot or any 
other persons having any connections with Project Able Danger, 
including, but not limited to, email communication, notes, phone message 
slips, memos or any other supporting documentation.

I would appreciate it if you would provide Agent Mangum for an interview 
with my staff at your earliest convenience.  Also, please provide 
information concerning any and all requests made to the FBI by any other 
entity, agency, branch or commission in connection with Agent Mangum, Lt 
Colonel Shaffer, Project Able Danger or any related matters, including, 
but not limited to, requests for interviews or documents.

Thank you for your attention to this important question about cross 
agency information sharing.


  Arlen Specter
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