Monday, August 22, 2005

Pentagon says it has found no evidence Atta identified before 2001 attacks

Pentagon says it has found no evidence Atta identified before 2001 attacks: "Pentagon says it has found no evidence Atta identified before 2001 attacks

A Pentagon review has so far found no evidence that a secret intelligence operation identified Mohammad Atta as a member of a US-based Al-Qaeda cell before the September 11, 2001 attacks, a spokesman said.

Representative Curt Weldon and Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer have charged that Atta and three other September 11 hijackers were identified as early as mid-2000 through a data-mining program codenamed 'Able Danger.'

But Lawrence DiRita, a Pentagon spokesman, said a review of materials related to Able Danger has so far turned up no evidence that it identified Atta, the reputed leader of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon."

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