√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??I think the Department of Defense owes the American people an explanation of what went on here,√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R.-Pa.) said this week after the Pentagon, arguing the program was classified, barred witnesses with knowledge of the military√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs Able Danger data-mining-intelligence unit from publicly testifying at a September 21 committee hearing.
The questions: What did the Defense Department know about terrorist Mohammed Atta? When did it know it? And why didn√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęt it tell the FBI what it knew? √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??The Pentagon has acknowledged that at least five members of Able Danger have said they recall a chart produced in 2000 that identified Mr. Atta √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬¶,√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě reported the New York Times. The Associated Press reported of the September 21 hearing: √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??Erik Kleinsmith, a former Army major who worked on Able Danger, said he destroyed documents pertaining to Able Danger in 2000 because he was required to do so under Army regulations.√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??Did we have information that identified Mohammed Atta?√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě William Dugan, an assistant to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld testified in the committee. √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??I√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęve heard the testimony presented, but I don√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęt know.√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě