Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Another Case of Lawyers Doing the Wrong Thing

This whole Able Danger thing is such a round pound.
"I was at the point of near insubordination over the fact that this was something important, that this was something that should have been pursued," Colonel Shaffer said of his efforts to get the evidence from the intelligence program to the F.B.I. in 2000 and early 2001.

He said he learned later that lawyers associated with the Defense Department's Special Operations Command had canceled the F.B.I. meetings because they feared controversy if Able Danger was portrayed as a military operation that had violated the privacy of civilians who were legally in the United States. "It was because of the chain of command saying we're not going to pass on information - if something goes wrong, we'll get blamed," he said.

The Defense Department did not dispute the account from Colonel Shaffer, a 42-year-old native of Kansas City, Mo., who is the first military officer associated with the so-called data-mining program to come forward and acknowledge his role.

Note it was the privacy of a civilian, not a citizen. Whoever made these rules should be the ones held accountable, but instead they are given seats on big commissions investigating why things went wrong.

1 comment:

Granted said...

The one thing about this all that does crawl right up my spine is the fact that the bloody Clinton appointed lawyer that made the decisions regarding keeping the intelligence operations seperated was also one of the principals investigating what went wrong. Shock of shocks, that seperation between intelligence operations was a messy little problem that we can now eliminate, but it sure didn't prevent us from stopping the attacks, oh no.