DIA pressures 9/11 whistleblower


ISN SECURITY WATCH (21/10/05) - A vocal Republican congressman is calling for a new investigation into what he says is a “witch-hunt” by defense chiefs against a 9/11 intelligence whistleblower, and has threatened to resign from Congress if the matter is ignored.

Representative Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania told the US House of Representatives on Wednesday that officials at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) were embarked on “an attempt to prevent the American people from knowing the facts about how we could have prevented” the 11 September 2001 attacks.

To do so, he said, they were engaged in “a grand effort to destroy the reputation” of the whistleblower, retired US Army Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony Shaffer. Weldon said the military wanted to “create scandalous accusations [...] to take away his health care benefits for his two kids because he is telling the truth.”
In June, the outspoken congressman made public Shaffer’s account of how a highly classified Pentagon data-mining project he worked on, codenamed Able Danger, identified the ringleaders of the 9/11 terror attacks as being linked to al-Qaida more than a year before they hijacked four planes and crashed them into US landmarks, killing nearly 3,000 people.