Weldon seeks Defense testimony on al-Qaida

Nov. 17, 2005 at 8:37 AM
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., said he plans to ask the Pentagon to allow certain intelligence officers to testify about pre-Sept. 11 investigations.

Weldon has been working to uncover what information a Department of Defense intelligence cell called "Able Danger" had on Mohammad Atta, the suspected ringleader in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror hijackings.

The Hill, a Washington newspaper, reported Thursday Weldon has more than 200 other members of Congress signing a letter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld about Able Danger.

Weldon's letter, as reported by The Hill, says open testimony by Able Danger officers would enhance national security. The Pennsylvania congressman said he learned Able Danger had been established in 1999 to uncover cells of al-Qaida, the terror group that claimed responsibility for carrying out the Sept. 11 attacks.

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